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CONVERGENT SOLUTIONS, INC. ANNOUNCES A REVOLUTIONARY PRODUCT FOR COMPLEX REPORTING AND ANALYSIS

 CONVERGENT SOLUTIONS, INC. ANNOUNCES A REVOLUTIONARY PRODUCT
 FOR COMPLEX REPORTING AND ANALYSIS
 LAURENCE HARBOR, N.J., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Convergent Solutions, Inc.(NASDAQ-NMS: CSOL) (CSI), has announced the immediate availability of CS/ADS ReportWriter (TM), the first product designed for complex reporting, 3D graphics and end-user front-ends. A very high-level reporting environment, ReportWriter was created to fulfill those requests for information that go beyond the capabilities of report generators and spreadsheets, and require too much effort using a 3GL like C or COBOL.
 According to CSI Executive Vice President Tom Bosanko, "ReportWriter is a unique product because developers get the flexibility and performance of a C program with the analytical power of electronic spreadsheets. ReportWriter can be used as a developer's reporting and graph tool or it can utilized to quickly create customized end-user tools so corporations can enjoy the benefits of end-user reporting without the performance and learning curve drawbacks associated with generic report generators."
 ReportWriter is exceptional for a number of reasons:
 -- ReportWriter can easily integrate data, graphs, free format text and symbols in any combination into a single report for maximum comprehension. The data can come from multiple sources, such as databases (ORACLE (R), InterBase (TM), INFORMIX (R) and ShareBase (TM)), flat files, bar code readers, communication ports or just about any device that transmits or receives information.
 -- Report and end-user applications are portable between UNIX and MS-DOS operating systems without modifications. ReportWriter also supports vendor-specific SQL, such as PL/SQL (TM) from Oracle, for optimized performance without affecting database independence.
 -- ReportWriter allows developers to make sophisticated reports and graphs accessible to end users by letting them create intuitive and useful end-user tools. Because the developer has complete control, end users can redefine report layouts based on the data request.
 ReportWriter is a complete environment and includes an advanced 4GL to code reports, manipulate graphs and create end-user tools. A powerful block structured programing language, the English-like 4GL is highly data independent and frees programmers from having to be concerned with the physical representation of data. All database interface processing is handled transparently, including status checks, cursor allocation and error handling for rapid development. The 4GL uses dynamic variable substitution to allow end users to customize reports that are both complex and flexible through an interface the developer builds.
 A comprehensive data dictionary is a natural extension of a RDBMS dictionary and serves as a repository of cross-referenced information for all report building blocks, including field formats, screens, graph and report layouts, validation lists and public 4GL procedures, This allows for quick development without data redundancy or duplication of developer effort.
 ReportWriter also includes a WYSIWYG screen and report designer. Fields from the schema can be imported into a form and placed anywhere on the page.
 An interactive Graph Editor allows developers to create 2D and 3D graphs that can be displayed using real time data or saved for inclusion in a report. Chart types include bar, line, pie, X-Y, high/low/close, text and multi-charts. Graphs can be dynamically manipulated through the 4GL during report generation, so one 3D bar graph can be customized by hundreds of reports. Single graphs can be displayed on character based terminals or up to 10 active graphs on a graphic workstation or pc. A symbol library provides basic business objects, such as arrows and 3D boxes, and can be inserted into reports anywhere. New symbols, such as company logos, can also be added.
 ReportWriter is a product of Convergent Solutions, Inc. The company is best known for the CS/ADS (TM) 4GL, which has more than 23,000 licenses running under UNIX, DOS, and CTOS. The company offers training and consulting services through its DataFocus subsidiary, not only for CS/ADS and ReportWriter but also in a number of other areas, including project management, SQL, CASE and prototyping.
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 /CONTACT: David deLisi of Convergent Solutions, 908-290-0090/
 (CSOL) CO: Convergent Solutions, Inc. ST: New Jersey IN: CPR SU: PDT


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