Report Manager is an IBM i based software utility that automates report distribution and spooled file management -- allowing you to reduce printing costs while better serving your users. Report Manager delivers output to the right place, in the right form. No more hand splitting and sorting paper. No more programming changes or job reruns to produce additional copies. No more discarding all but a few pages. Report Manager offers a complete solution for report management.
Distribution of print output is accomplished by Report Manager "report writers." These are similar to IBM i printer writers but more powerful. A report writer processes spooled files from an output queue and supports:
Spooled file distribution is controlled by information stored in Report Manager "reports." These contain spooled file selection and distribution specifications that direct the processing of report writers. Implemented as system objects, reports can be saved, restored, moved and secured using ordinary IBM i commands.
Spooled file distribution specifications are added to reports as subscriptions. Subscriptions allow you to precisely define how and where each recipient's output should be delivered. Subscription features include:
Report Manager provides your users organized on-line access to printed output. Spooled files can be selected by a variety of criteria for viewing, printing, recall from archive, etc.
Spooled files can be filtered (split) by a report writer during distribution. Only the specific pages needed by each recipient are delivered.
Report Manager can selectively archive individual or groups of spooled files. Archived spooled files can be recreated, saved and restored.
No Change To Existing Software
Report Manager does not require changes to existing software in order to implement report distribution. Any spooled file from any source can be managed with Report Manager.
Report Manager supports implementations ranging from separator pages for a single printer to recipient-maintained subscription-based multiple printer report distribution on a network. Report Manager can operate in a mixed environment where some spooled files are managed while others are not, even when those spooled files are mixed on a single output queue. This ability allows you to implement report distribution incrementally.
Our Display Page Data (DSPPAGDTA) command is included in the product. The command allows you to display selected data from within a spooled file. The command supports output to a display, to print, and most interestingly to an output file. For example, by displaying the page positions of the customer number in spooled files containing invoices, you can create an index from customer number to the related spooled files that contain their invoices.
Our Retrieve Page Data (RTVPAGDTA) command is included in the product. The command allows you to retrieve data from a specific location within a spooled file. The requested data is returned in a Control Language (CL) program variable.
Gumbo products include a range of standard features that make them easy to use, easy to manage, and easy to live with:
For additional information see: Answers to the most frequently asked general product questions.
Gumbo offers two choices for licensing our IBM i software products, system wide licensing and partition licensing. These are mutually exclusive. A system wide license applies to a specific system serial number and processor group and is good for any and all partitions in the system. A partition license applies to a specific system serial number, partition number, and maximum processor capacity, and is not valid for a system that has not been partitioned. For the overwhelming majority of our customers, a system wide license (~ 98%) is the best choice. A partition license (~ 2%) is the best choice in very limited circumstances involving small partitions on large machines.
The system wide license prices for all of our products, with the exception of Report Designer, are tiered based on your system's processor group. You can determine your machine's processor group by running the IBM i Work with License Information (WRKLICINF) command.
The partition only license prices for all of our products, with the exception of Report Designer, are based on the maximum processor capacity configured for the partition (rounded up to the nearest tenth). You can determine your partition's maximum processor capacity by running the IBM i Start System Service Tools (STRSST) command and taking option 5 "Work with system partitions" then option 1 "Display partition information" then option 2 "Display partition processing configuration".
|System Wide License (all partitions)|
|Processor Group||One Time Charge||Annual Maintenance|
|Partition Only License (one partition)|
|Price Component||One Time Charge||Annual Maintenance|
|Base per partition||$895||$135|
|Add per processor||$1,000||$150|