Momentum Has 3 New Releases

Momentum Utilities has released new versions of its client/server report writer suite of applications -- Jacana, Valet and Open/DB. Momentum has also rolled out new applications called ValetMiner and JacanaForms, resulting from strategic marketing arrangements with Datawatch Corp. and JetForm Corp. as integrated plug-ins to its reporting system.

"With this succession of releases, we have not only evolved our AS/400-centric core report writer applications, but also extended the overall capability of the Momentum solution into adjacent areas of interest to our customers, form processing [JacanaForms] and report mining [ValetMiner]," says Keith Dickins, managing director of Momentum Utilities, which is based in Sydney, Australia, but has North American headquarters in Chicago.

Jacana 2.0, Valet 4.0 and Open/DB 7.0 all offer functional, ease of use and performance improvements over existing versions. The client components of the report writer system, Jacana and Valet, are now able to connect to the AS/400 via direct or native TCP/IP, and these releases provide the software platform for ValetMiner and JacanaForms.

The new releases feature "multi-sheet" processing to allow multiple output formats with common sorting and selection criteria to be produced from a single pass of the data, improving processing performance. Enhancements have also been made to Open/DB's Information Interface capabilities, including the ability to rename and copy a subset.

A variety of new macros have been added with this release, with particular focus on extending OS/400 data types handled and providing additional date handling to assist users with Year 2000 issues, such as conversion of six digit (YYMMDD) dates to eight digit dates and seven or eight digit dates to print as six digits. The new releases also support the use of Web technology for submission of report run requests and e-mail as a delivery mechanism for delivery of report or PC file output.