Report Manager is an i5/OS based software utility that automates report distribution and spooled file management on the IBM® System i -- 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 i5/OS printer writers but more powerful. A report writer processes spooled files from an output queue and supports:
Distribution of a single spooled file to multiple recipients, output queues, printers, email and network IDs.
Conversion to an Integrated File System object (PC file).
Printing of spooled files collated by recipient, form type, delivery point, or report group.
Archiving of spooled files for off-line storage, recall and reprinting.
Splitting of spooled files based on filter specifications.
Printing of customizable separators with large block letters, distribution and delivery data.
Printing of customizable packing slips with an index to the reports printed in a bundle.
Support for remote printers.
Exit points for additional delivery processing. Programs are included for large laser commands, microfiche output, copy to directory, archive save/recall, message notification, and optical storage among others.
Integration with Spool-a-Matic and SpoolMail.
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 i5/OS commands.
Spooled file distribution specifications are added to reports as subscriptions. Subscriptions allow you to precisely define how and where each recipients output should be delivered. Subscription features include:
Local or network users as recipients.
Queues, printers, email, PC files or programs as destinations.
Form type and copies specifications.
Start and end dates.
Temporary delivery (vacation) hold.
Multiple subscriptions per recipient.
External delivery point specification.
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