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A Reason to Celebrate

Phantom Fireworks teams IBM System i hardware with a BI solution and ERP software to launch reports.

Phantom Fireworks teams IBM System i hardware with a BI solution and ERP software to launch reports.

Pleased with what he's done so far with NGS-IQ, Koocher is also looking at ways he can use NGS's SmartView and Qport Builder modules for analysis and query building. This will, for example, allow the company president to view data in multiple ways, including side-by-side comparisons for year-to-year sales. "All he would have to do is log on to the network and SmartView will present the information to him," Koocher says.

Enjoying the Show

When fireworks are going off this Fourth of July, people will sit back and marvel in their hissing, booming, banging glory. The behind-the-scenes distribution of them shouldn't even come to mind. And thanks to companies such as Phantom, they likely won't. The company has taken great strides to ensure that the fireworks experience is as enjoyable, not to mention as safe, as possible, with its back-office systems, including VAI and NGS-IQ, now ensuring that the show will go on.

Up Close

CUSTOMER: Phantom Fireworks
HEADQUARTERS: Youngstown, Ohio
BUSINESS: Fireworks retailer and distributor
HARDWARE: Two IBM System i 270s
SOFTWARE: NGS-IQ BI solution, Vormittag Associates' ERP software and Formtastic from Quadrant Software
CHALLENGE: Creating reports to help company management make crucial decisions
SOLUTION: Writing reports tailored for individual users



Jim Utsler, IBM Systems Magazine senior writer, has been covering the technology field for more than a decade. Jim can be reached at jjutsler@provide.net.



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