PLATFORMS: FOCUS Six operates in a mixed Microsoft environment, including NT-based SQL Server and Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 clients. FOCUS Six provides access to data stored within SQL Server and the legacy IMS database.

BACKGROUND: Freightliner is the leading builder of Class 8 trucks. Following the acquisition of Ford's heavy truck division, the company commands 39 percent market share in the high-end truck category. With the growth in business has come a new demand for better information. A legacy IBM MVS environment is gradually being supplemented with a mix of NT and IBM RS/6000- based client/server networks at the work-group level. The company, a long-time FOCUS user, is now developing reporting environments for SQL Server databases. Mainframe data is batch loaded into SQL Server during off hours to allow interactive reporting at the work-group level. As the driving force behind new truck designs, the engineering department has been challenged with maintaining parts design, procurement and product testing activities in a market where product innovation is becoming more important. The department's initial foray into client/server reporting using Visual Basic was problematic. Thanks to FOCUS Six for Windows, the bottleneck to obtaining information from SQL Server was eliminated.

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