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Bundle Report Writer

Benefits of an OEM Writer Report

  • Increase sales of your product
  • Increase your existing customer's satisfaction
  • Reduce support calls and your maintenance costs
  • Sliding license fees as low as $995 per copy of Spectrum Writer
  • Report writer can run under the name of your choosing (not as "Spectrum Writer")

Spectrum Writer Features:
  • You and your customers can create brand-new production reports in just minutes
  • Your customers can run one-time queries quickly and easily
  • Your customers can extract and format your product's mainframe data for use in:
    • PC spreadsheet, database and graphics programs
    • Oracle databases
    • Unix Web servers
    • Internet and Intranet Web browsers (HTML)
    • any other mainframe-, mini-, or PC-application that requires a custom file format

Bundling FAQ

Why should I bundle a report writer with our product?
Many established mainframe products still come with a cumbersome, archaic report writer (if they provide for custom reporting at all.) Often it's a "kluge" solution hastily thrown together years ago when early customers complained that they couldn't customize the standard reports. Including a modern 4GL report writer and PC-export utility could be just what it takes to make your product soar above its competition. It lets your prospective customers get exactly what they want during their product trial. And it lets your salesmen say "yes" when the prospect asks if it's easy to change the reports.
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How would the bundling arrangement work?
You would be licensed to distribute a customized OEM version of our 4GL report writer (Spectrum Writer) with your product. The report writer will run under the name of your choice, as a part of your system. It will be our full-featured product, with no functions disabled. The only restriction will be that it can only report on your product's files. (That is, it will not serve as a general purpose report writer for other files in the customer's shop.) Your license fees to us will be on a sliding scale based on volume, going as low as just $995 per copy. You are free to charge your customers whatever you like for this new "report writer option," recuperating the fee, or even making a profit on each copy. Or you may decide it's best to include it "for free" to help close more sales. That's up to you.
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What work would be involved on our end?
To get started, you will just write file definitions for some (or all) of your prod­uct’s files. Spectrum Writer's built-in COBOL/ASM converter makes this easy. With these definitions, your customers can start creating their own custom reports and comma-delimited files. It’s also a good idea for you to write a number of standard “canned” reports to include with your product. The customers can then just make modifications to these, rather than writing whole report requests from scratch. You may even be able to use the report writer to replace some of your hard-coded report programs. That makes mainte­nance and modifications much simpler. (See the testimonial letter below.)
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What is the first step?
Perhaps this sounds interesting enough to investigate further. But you may feel reluctant to make a phone call and risk being hassled or pitched. I understand the feeling. That's why I encourage you to first examine the technical possibilities all on your own. Download a free 30-day trial of the report writer directly from this site. It installs easily in under half an hour. Let your technical staff experiment with it. Check out the quality of the full documentation. See how easy it is to use, and how well it works with your product's file system.

When you would like to discuss it further, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to the possibility of discussing with you a mutually beneficial business relationship.
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Would adding 4GL custom reporting really help us increase our sales and lower our costs?
Read what the President of one software company (which has bundled Spectrum Writer since 1992) wrote about his experience. Then decide for yourself!

"Spectrum Writer has turned out to be everything we hoped it would be. In fact, I can honestly say it has exceeded our initial expectations.

"Our customers are very pleased with Spectrum Writer. Many of them have complimented us on "our" Report Writer. They say it is easy to use and powerful enough to do almost anything they could want.

"The bottom line: bundling Spectrum Writer with our product has helped us increase sales, profits and customer satisfaction. Furthermore, it has freed up our technical staff from maintaining our old reporting programs and allowed them to create new and exciting reports with Spectrum Writer."

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