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5 Time-Saving Tips for Smart Data Access on IBM i

How IT can save time and money today
IBM i
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December 20, 2016

Your IT department has endless responsibilities. And endless responsibilities turn into an impossible workload. It might seem like there will never be enough time in the day to keep up.

And there won’t be—until you do something about that workload. Get started now by rethinking processes that don’t make sense for your business.

Take data access. The way many organizations approach data hasn’t changed much over recent decades. Manual RPG programming, outdated tools, and the like all take up time that your organization can no longer afford to dedicate.

These methods aren’t your only option.

With a smart data access strategy, you can carve out more time in your day. Start building your strategy today with these five time-saving tips.

 

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Tip #1: Leave That Old Query Tool Behind

Is Query/400 still the query tool of choice at your organization? Moving on from Query/400 is an easy way to save time.

For one, Query/400 can slow down your organization with inefficient queries. Each subset of data your organization needs requires a separate query with Query/400. Each query you have to run takes time away from the other tasks on your plate.

For another, it takes too long to get insight into your data. You can access data with Query/400, but manual work is needed to turn data into insight. Once again, every hour spent on this is an hour taken away from another task.

Upgrading from Query/400 to a modern data access tool will help your organization save time. The ability to utilize the same query to deliver multiple subsets of data contributes to significant time-savings, as does the ability to easily turn data into insight.

Is it Time to Upgrade from Query/400? Find Out >

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Tip #2: Make Sure Your Data is Accurate

How accurate is your data today?

Are you sure about that?

Data accuracy can only be assured when you receive live data that updates in real-time. If your data doesn’t fit that description, you might have inaccurate data on your hands.

If inaccurate data isn’t caught right away, it can wreak havoc on your workload. You’ll need to start over again, and all of the hours you spent compiling and manipulating data will be wasted and ultimately lost.

Smart data access requires data accuracy. You can save time by ensuring data accuracy. When data is accurate the first time, there is no need to redo work. You can move on to the next task confident that the data you just delivered was correct.

How Accurate is Data Today? Find Out >

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Tip #3: Fulfill Data Access Requests Faster

Fact: requests for data access are never going to go away. Every leader and everyday business user at your organization needs accurate information to do their jobs effectively. After all, data drives decisions.

So, saving time isn’t necessarily about cutting down on data access requests. Saving time ultimately comes down to responding to requests faster.

That’s where a smart data access tool comes in. With the right tool, you can harness the skills your programmers already have and utilize them to access data faster.

Faster turnaround helps you get through more data access requests in a shorter period of time. As a result, you’ll be able to find more time in your day.

Sequel Data Access makes fulfilling data access requests quick and easy.

See How Fast It Can Be >

“I can write scripts on the fly, and it’s a much quicker way for me to get and sort the data I need. Because of that, I get a much better turnaround time for my work.”

Butch Patton
Programmer
MainSource Financial Group

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Tip #4: Decrease Your Data Reporting Time

Accessing data is just one small piece of business intelligence needs. Reporting on that data is another.

Outdated methods for accessing data make it difficult to take the data reporting step. As a result, reporting takes a significant portion of your valuable time.

Smart data access tools can seriously decrease the time it takes for your organization to report on data.

Completing reports at an increased speed will inject significant time back into your day. If you’re able to format four reports in the time it used to take you to do one, you’ll be able to get to the other (possibly neglected) tasks on your plate.

For instance, a data access tool like Sequel can streamline data reporting. In fact, creating and formatting reports can take as little as one-quarter of the time they did before.

See How Fast Data Reporting Can Be >

“My background is as an RPG programmer, but for 90% of the things I do, I use Sequel because it’s faster. It takes me a quarter of the time.”

Alan Boulee
Senior Programming Analyst
Fremont Insurance

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Tip #5: Give Your Users Self-Service Data Access

Empowering users with data access can have a huge impact on IT’s workload in two ways.

The first way is to give users self-service data access. Self-service data access puts the power of creating queries into the hands of the users. Tools like Query/400 make this impossible and impractical. But smart data access tools save valuable IT time by putting the power of queries in to the hands of users. Instead of data access requests piling up on IT’s plate, the users can go and get the data for themselves.

Plus, self-service data access is secure. There’s no need for IT to worry that empowering users comes at the cost of secure data. 

If you’re not ready to give users self-service data access, there’s another way to empower them: browser-based data access. There’s no need to install or maintain additional software with a web interface. Users can have as much access as you are comfortable with—or you can allow them to only see the data you want them to see.

Either way, you’ll save time by giving users the ability to see data for themselves.

Why Self-Service BI is Important >

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Saving Time = Saving Money

A smart data access tool like Sequel makes it easy to do more in less time. Efficient queries, accurate data, faster data access, quick data reports, and empowered users all add up to much more time in your day. You’ll finally be able to keep up with your workload and tackle those other projects you’ve been putting off. 

And when you save time, you’ll save money. 

How Much Could You Save?

Sequel Data Access makes it easy for you to get up and running quickly—in under an hour—so you experience ROI faster. But how much ROI are we talking? Find out using our free, interactive tool. 

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