IBM Personal Application System/DOS for Windows (Personal AS for


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IBM Announcement Letter No. ZP92-0200 dated June 09, 1992.

  • Title
  • Program Number
  • Abstract
  • Highlights
  • Description
  • Product Positioning
  • Publications
  • Technical Information
  • Specified Operating Environment
  • Planning Information
  • Security, Auditability and Control
  • Ordering Information
  • Charges, Terms & Conditions for COU Program Package
  • Charges
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Announcement Countries

  • IBM Announcement Letter No. ZP92-0200 dated June 09, 1992.


    See final section for details of availability and limitations.

    Title

    IBM Personal Application System/DOS for Windows (Personal AS for Windows)

    Program Number

    5621-286 Personal AS for Windows (Base)

    5621-287 Personal AS Development for Windows

    5621-288 Personal AS Statistics for Windows

    5621-289 Personal AS Business Planning for Windows

    5775-AZ4 Distribution and Usage Authorization for Personal AS for Windows (Base)

    5775-AZ5 Distribution and Usage Authorization for Personal AS Development for Windows

    5775-AZ6 Distribution and Usage Authorization for Personal AS Statistics for Windows

    5775-AZ7 Distribution and Usage Authorization for Personal AS Business Planning for Windows


    Abstract

    The Personal AS for Windows (TM) products provide multi-function, customisable decision support solutions for the business professional, operating on standalone, LAN-connected and host-connected workstations. The base product provides access to a wide range of data on host systems and personal computers, including access to OS/2, OS/400, DB2 and SQL/DS data. Data analysis, reporting and charting capabilities are also provided by the base product, which is a prerequisite for the other three products. Personal AS Development for Windows provides a development environment and an object-based, event-driven development language designed to enable rapid creation and prototyping of application solutions. Personal AS Statistics for Windows provides a broad range of statistical analyses. Personal AS Business Planning for Windows provides a multi-dimensional business modelling tool.

    (TM) Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation


    Highlights



    Description

    BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

    The Personal AS for Windows products provide a set of decision support business tools which can be used either individually or combined to create a fully integrated solution to business problems.

    The four products are :

    Charts (an integrated component of the Base product)

    Provides the following chart types allowing users to select the most appropriate presentation method for their information - Line charts, Surface charts, Scatter charts, Bar charts, Mixed charts and Pie charts. A choice of presentation methods, including three-dimensional display, give a wide and flexible choice to users when presenting information. This expands presentation alternatives and simplifies audience interpretation.

    Report (an integrated component of the Base product)

    Reports are of two basic types: detail, for ordering and showing the information used to make decisions, and summary, which shows the result of analyzing the information. Using Report users can total across or down data tables, calculate new columns, percentages and averages, show maximum and minimum values and include header and footer text. Layout and design of the report is controlled by the user through the graphical user interface which means that users can tailor a report to meet the specific needs of their solution, for example a monthly summary of department expenditure, and then save the report for future use, possibly as a component of a procedure.

    Schema and Query (integrated components of the Base product)

    The information needed to solve a business problem is often spread across several different data tables. Business users are often not aware how much information is available to them or how it is organized. This problem is solved by helping users find the information they need with Schema and Query. Schema gives a graphical representation of selected tables and automatically draws links between related columns. Users can examine the links, accept or reject them, and create new links to identify the information they need. Once complete the Schema definition can be saved for future use. Query can be used either directly with data tables or with a predefined Schema. It enables the user to select the sub-set of information needed to solve a business problem from a mass of available data. Once created the Query can be saved and integrated with other Personal AS for Windows functions to build a solution.

    Procedure (an integrated component of the Base product)

    Many business problems are unique to the corporation in which they occur - and a solution cannot be bought "off-the-shelf". The solution must be tailor-made which traditionally can be time consuming and costly. This problem is solved by Procedure which allows users to build applications interactively on their terminals. Procedure provides a blank desk-top and palette of icons (or objects). Icons represent the various tools that can be used for example, a chart, report, data table, Query, output terminal, or printer. Applications created with the Development product can be saved as an icon and used in a procedure. Using a mouse a user drags the required icons onto the desktop and draws links between them. Links define the logical flow through the procedure which, once defined, can be encapsulated and saved as an icon. The encapsulated procedure can be run directly from the saved icon. It can also be placed onto the procedure desktop and used in the definition of another procedure. In this way a set of low level procedures can be defined and combined when needed to give end-users a powerful procedure capability. Using Procedure end-users can create business solutions interactively without needing to learn a programming language. Each solution can be automatically checked for logical consistency and saved for future use where it can be copied and modified to build further solutions.

    Table (an integrated component of the Base product)

    Table is the tool for creating and modifying data. It is used to create and store the user's own data, and as the repository for data gathered from other sources e.g. DOS, OS/2, OS/400, DB2, SQL/DS etc.

    Command (an integrated component of the Base product)

    A Personal AS for Windows user can create and edit Application System commands, view the results of Application System execution, and include Application System commands and procedures in Personal AS for Windows processes.

    Personal AS Development for Windows

    Some organizations and industry sectors will have very specific decision support requirements which are not fully satisfied by the standard tools and functions provided by the Personal AS for Windows Base product. Personal AS Development for Windows is designed to meet this need by providing a comprehensive set of programming tools to enable production of industry specific business solutions. A set of Application Programming Interfaces is provided to allow customers and business partners to add their own modules. Typical users will be independent software vendors producing business applications, corporate DP departments producing applications for use within their own company, or individual departments producing applications for their own use. The tool set provided allows interactive syntax-free definition of the end-user interface and generation of Application System Language (ASL) program code. The generated code can be modified and enhanced using the program editor. Personal AS Development for Windows has been designed to enable rapid creation of business solutions that fit seamlessly onto the platform.

    Personal AS Statistics for Windows

    Modern computing techniques provide individuals and corporations with an ever increasing amount of raw data gathered from all areas of their business activity. Business professionals frequently need to turn that raw data into information that can be used to make effective business decisions. Statistics provides over 50 different statistical analyses and methods grouped in the following general categories: Exploratory methods -- for raw, unexamined data, Relations -- both correlation and regression, Model fitting -- for forecasting and making predictions, Tests -- for testing samples and identifying patterns, Distributions -- for probability analysis, Quality control -- including industry standard SQC charts, and Analysis of variance -- for identifying influential data. Personal AS Statistics for Windows provides a powerful tool that enables users to analyze data and search for trends and patterns. It uses today's data to forecast tomorrow's trends and enables corporations to make informed business decisions about future market needs.

    Personal AS Business Planning for Windows

    Effective financial planning is a major component for the success of any organization. Personal AS Business Planning for Windows is designed to enable planners and managers to identify market trends, understand the effects of price increases, changing interest rates, raw materials cost fluctuations, demographic buying trends, and many other factors that can influence corporate balance sheets. Using a simple definition language planners can build a powerful multi-dimensional computer model of a company's business structure that can interpret and analyze detailed corporate information and provide a sound basis for future business decisions. Personal AS Business Planning for Windows combines independent hierarchical dimensions into a multi-dimensional model. Intrinsic functions, such as compound growth and depreciation, make definition of standard algorithms unnecessary. Results can be consolidated automatically, saved for future use, analyzed using Personal AS Statistics for Windows and presented using Charts and Report. It provides a powerful solution for business professionals and financial planners who want to analyze and prepare plans at any level within a company.

    USER PRODUCTIVITY

    Development enables rapid prototyping of applications including automatic code generation. A set of Application Programming Interfaces is provided to allow customers and business partners to add their own modules. The integrated Menu Editor allows rapid creation of menus for use on action bars. The Window Editor allows interactive creation of a graphic user interface. The Program Editor will automatically generate skeleton code from menus and windows designed by the Window and Menu editors, and enable users to add complex logic to their program. Finally, the Make Facility enables users to manage the program code, menus, and windows used to create an application. It simplifies maintenance, and supports reuse.

    Extensive on-screen help using hypertext, indexing, and graphics reduces the time spent solving problems and ensures that users always have the right level of documentation for their version of the product.

    INVESTMENT PROTECTION

    Applications created with Personal AS Development for Windows can be transferred to any other Personal AS for Windows user either on diskette or by LAN. These applications will run directly on the Personal AS for Windows platform and users do not need the Development product installed.

    Applications created with Personal AS Development for Windows can be easily transferred to the Personal Application System/2 Version 2.02 platform. Similarly, applications created using Personal Application System Development/2 Version 2.02 can be easily transferred to the Personal AS for Windows platform. This easy portability of applications makes migration between the products straightforward, and is particularly suitable for customers who have mixed OS/2 and Windows environments.

    Data, chart specifications, report specifications, queries, graphical procedures and business plans are interchangeable between Personal Application System/2 V2.02 and Personal AS for Windows.

    GROWTH ENABLEMENT

    Both Procedure and Development give users the ability to create new business tools and applications. Once created the new tools can be transferred to other Personal AS for Windows users either on diskette or by LAN. In this way the range of applications, which are available in a company, can grow in a way that matches the needs of the user.

    SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

    Personal AS for Windows uses standard and simple procedures to instal and maintain all family products, bringing important benefits to customer support personnel.


    Product Positioning

    Personal AS for Windows is the third member of the family which also includes Application System, operating in the MVS and VM environments, and Personal Application System/2, operating in the OS/2 environment.

    Personal AS for Windows provides equivalent function to Personal Application System/2 Version 2.02, and there is full two-way exchange of data, chart specifications, report specifications, queries, graphical procedures, applications and business plans between the two products. This provides an easy migration, if required, from Personal AS for Windows to Personal Application System/2.

    Personal AS for Windows provides opportunities for co-operative processing with Application System V2 and Application System V3.1. The Personal AS for Windows user can create and edit Application System commands, view the results of Application System execution, and include Application System commands and procedures in Personal AS processes. In addition, data and specifications can be exchanged between Personal AS for Windows and Application System.


    Publications

    The following publications are available from IBM. To order, contact your IBM representative.
             Title                                    Order Number
    --------------------------------------------------------------
     Personal Application System for OS/2             GH45-5054-00
      and Windows Brocure
     Getting Started with Personal AS for Windows     SH45-5071-00
     Installing Personal AS for Windows Products      SH45-5072-00
     Getting Started with Personal AS Development     SH45-5073-00
      for Windows
     Getting Started with Personal AS Statistics      SH45-5074-00
      for Windows
     Getting Started with Pers AS Business Planning   SH45-5075-00
      for Windows
     Reference to Personal AS Development for Windows SH45-5079-00
    

    Technical Information

    Specified Operating Environment

    Machine Requirements

    Programming Requirements

    Planning Information

    Customer Responsibilities

    IBM Conditions of Use apply to all Dual Media packages, thus the program in a package may only be used on a single machine at any one time, even though the program may be provided in the package on two different sized media. If a customer wishes to use an IBM Conditions of Use program concurrently on more than one machine at a time, irrespective of the size of the medium, he must acquire that number of program packages equal to the number of concurrent users of the program.

    Installability

    Packaging

    Personal AS for Windows will be distributed in one package with the following materials :

    Personal AS Development for Windows will be distributed in one package with the following materials :

    Personal AS Statistics for Windows will be distributed in one package with the following materials :

    Personal AS Business Planning for Windows will be distributed in one package with the following materials :

    Security, Auditability and Control

    The Personal AS for Windows products use the security functions of the IBM DOS operating system.

    User management is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.


    Ordering Information

    The Personal AS for Windows products can be ordered by program number or by part number.

    Program numbers are as follows:

    Program    DUA Program
                                            Number        Number
                                            --------   ------------
     
    Personal AS for Windows (Base)          5621-286      5775-AZ4
    Personal AS Devt for Windows            5621-287      5775-AZ5
    Personal AS Stats for Windows           5621-288      5775-AZ6
    Personal AS Bus Plan for Windows        5621-289      5775-AZ7
    

    Part numbers are as follows:

    Part          DUA Part
                                            Number         Number
                                            -------       --------
     
    Pers AS for Windows (Base) - English    07G5866       07G6184
    Pers AS for Windows (Base) - French     07G5867       07G6184
    Pers AS for Windows (Base) - German     07G5868       07G6184
    Pers AS for Windows (Base) - Italian    07G5869       07G6184
    Pers AS for Windows (Base) - Spanish    07G5870       07G6184
    Pers AS for Windows (Base) - Dutch      07G5871       07G6184
    

    Pers AS Devt for Windows - English 07G5872 07G6185

    Pers AS Stats for Windows - English 07G5873 07G6186 Pers AS Stats for Windows - French 07G5874 07G6186 Pers AS Stats for Windows - German 07G5875 07G6186 Pers AS Stats for Windows - Italian 07G5876 07G6186 Pers AS Stats for Windows - Spanish 07G5877 07G6186

    Pers AS Bus Plan for Windows - English 07G5878 07G6187 Pers AS Bus Plan for Windows - French 07G5879 07G6187 Pers AS Bus Plan for Windows - German 07G5880 07G6187 Pers AS Bus Plan for Windows - Italian 07G5881 07G6187 Pers AS Bus Plan for Windows - Spanish 07G5882 07G6187


    Charges, Terms & Conditions for COU Program Package

    Charges

    Consult your IBM Marketing Representative for the applicable One-Time Charge.

    Distribution and Usage Authorisation, which is optional, is also available for a One-Time Charge.

    Terms and Conditions

    This program is available from IBM under the Terms and Conditions for Purchase, and is subject to the Conditions of Use contained in the program package.

    The Conditions of Use authorize the customer to use the program on only one machine at any one time.

    Volume Discount

    The IBM IBM Personal Application System for Windows, Version and its copies (DUA's) are added to Category A, Discount Group 1, in Exhibit 8 (COU-02).

    The program is eligible for the Customer Fulfilment Option.

    Educational Volume Discount

    Educational Volume Discount is available via Exhibit 8E (COUED-02). Category A, Discount Group 1.
    Academic Use Allowance is not available for this program.

    Warranty

    IBM standard warranty of media. Warranty period 3 months (or the period required by local legislation, if greater).

    Distribution and Usage Authorization

    This program is eligible for the Distribution & Usage Authorization for IBM programs. The customer may make copies upon receipt of an Authorization form which designates the program which may be copied and the quantity of copies authorized. Consult your IBM Marketing Representative for the applicable Charges, Terms and Conditions.

    Program Services

    Central Service only. Defect support only.

    Assistance with defect related queries will be provided to registered Customer Technical Support Locations (CTSLs) by the country specified technical support group. Such service will be in accordance with the Service Statement included in the program package, and will be available until the Service End Date, June 30, 1994.

    CUSTOMER TECHNICAL SUPPORT LOCATION (CTSL)

    The customer should establish a Customer Technical Support Location (CTSL) to act as the focal point for end-user assistance within the customer's organisation. The CTSL will also be the contact point to IBM for technical queries.


    Announcement Countries

    All European, Middle Eastern and African Countries.


    The data in this letter is subject to the disclaimer in Letter ZS90-0112, which is available from IBM on request.

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