is the real key to any computer solution. Choosing hardware
with sufficient capacity to perform the work you require is
an important step in the overall selection process, but without
software that actually solves your problems, your investment
in computer hardware is worthless.
been designed to not only solve your business problems quickly
and efficiently, but also to maximise your overall return
on investment in a total computer solution. How?
technically minded, R5 has a powerful Relational Data Base
Management System(RDBMS) at its core, which has evolved specifically
to solve business problems. Originally developed for the US
Department of Defence to track helicopter parts over 20 years
ago, it was the first implementation of a RDBMS on a mini-computer.
a large technological lead, and continual enhancement and
refinement, it is not surprising that the underlying Data
Model and RDBMS is generally recognised as the most efficient
edge technology is coupled with a powerful Fourth Generation
Language, or 4GL, designed to optimise the many benefits of
the underlying RDBMS. Stamina R5 was written using these 4GL
tools, resulting in a completely integrated application environment
that offers you a number of significant advantages.
costs are greatly reduced, with all systems and screen forms
following a consistent set of rules. Once you have learnt
to operate one screen, you have mastered the entire system!
documentation is available at any point during processing
with the touch of a button. This is like having an intelligent
assistant with the user manual on hand, turned to the right
page, whenever you need help or assistance.
the most important design rules embodied within the Stamina
product is, "If you maintain it, you shouldn’t
have to remember it!" Extensive cross references and
alternate access paths mean that you don’t have to memorise
hundreds or thousands of computer codes. Instead you can access
a FiND screen to quickly locate the information you need with
a single keystroke from within any process.
also suspend screen processing at any point, perform another
task, then resume your initial process. For example, you could
be mid way through entering a stock receipt, put this task
on hold to answer a telephone account enquiry, then resume
processing the receipt from the same point at which you were
interrupted when your call is finished.
errors are minimised through the highly interactive nature
of the entry forms. Extensive validations are performed on
each field, such as range checking, existence on associated
files, numeric type matching etc, as each field is entered,
catching errors at the source rather than the end of the day.
security conscious, you can control access to information
right down to the level of individual fields within a form,
hiding information from sight, allowing information to be
seen but disabling changes, protecting fields with passwords
or allowing full access to view or modify a field at your
can be controlled to the level of individual users and terminals,
or at a higher level if required, to simply ensure that operators
only see processes on menus that they actually have a need
menus themselves can be operated in the usual "by the
numbers" technique. Once you are familiar with the system
you can by-pass the menus, within your security constraints,
and move quickly from process to process, with function key
access to standard processes as required.
you need additional reports or enquiries not found within
the standard Stamina system, the powerful RDBMS Query Language
Interface allows you to issue plain English commands to obtain
the information you require, providing you with endless possibilities.
For example, a valid query would be:
CUSTOMERS WITH A BALANCE OVER "$5000" BY SALESMAN
SHOWING SALESMAN CUSTOMERS.NAME TELEPHONE.NUMBER TOTAL BALANCE
of this query is plain, and so obvious that the system will
actually produce a list of all customers that currently owe
more than $5,000. The list will be sorted by salesman, and
show the salesman, customers name and telephone number, current
balance of their account and the date they last made a payment.
A total value for all of these debts will be shown at the
bottom of the list.
this is a trivial example, it demonstrates the real computing
power that Stamina puts in your hands. You do not have to
be a "computer expert" in order to get the computer
to do some useful work.
you have to be an expert to educate the system as to the way
your business works. You can simply turn off questions or
whole systems that are not appropriate to your environment,
and parameter tables establish how the various systems are
to operate and interact on a day to day basis in order to
mimic your current operations.
have multiple companies, locations or departments, Stamina
also allows you to mimic the various ways you may look at
each of these accounting entities. You could establish multiple
views, or groups, to correspond to, say, a normal company/division/department
structure, another to group similar departments from multiple
companies, and yet another corresponding to geographic or
all of these views can be used in any of the Stamina systems,
greatly extending the analytic, enquiry and reporting capabilities
changes be required to the basic Stamina system, a technique
called DYNAMIC BINDING allows customization to be preformed
without making changes to the underlying system core. This
approach is somewhat unique in that it provides you with the
benefits of an individually tailored system, while maintaining
access to all future upgrades to the base system.
4GL tools are provided with the system, allowing you to write
your own systems or enhancements with the same look, feel
and facilities as the rest of the Stamina system. If you already
have existing systems that need to be integrated with Stamina,
this can also be achieved with a minimum of effort.
of integration is greatly simplified by the open systems approach
adopted within Stamina, and also the range of hardware platforms
that support the RDBMS, from PC’s through to mainframes
supporting thousands of online terminals. A wide range of
popular operating systems is also supported, including MS-DOS,
Unix, VMS, VM, or you can also use the RDBMS in a native mode
to control your hardware.
level of application portability, you may be able to outgrown
your initial hardware configuration, but you will never outgrow
your investment in Stamina.
also easily integrate Stamina with other industry standard
products. For example, a spreadsheet can directly
extract information from the Stamina database, information
can be exported for inclusion in a Word Processing document or
for manipulation by other PC or mainframe based products.
business is seeking to achieve a Quality Assurance Management
System to ISO9001 or ISO9002, then Stamina is the obvious,
proven choice. Stamina integrates with 75% of ISO9001 and
70% of ISO9002. Areas such as Contract Review, Supplier Assessment,
Instrument Control, Document Control, Process Control, Statistical
Techniques, Non-Conformances and Corrective Actions, Training
and Quality Records are just some of the areas where a total
software solution can be provided.
of Quality Assurance (QA) has also been extended with Automated
Test facilities available for some industries, allowing to
offer your customers a superior service that far exceeds International
Standards. Most modern test instruments can be integrated
into the system with relative ease, and greatly increased
final analysis, Stamina provides you with a TOTAL solution
that is uniquely flexible, extremely powerful, highly efficient
and simple to use. The following sections will give you some
indication of how Stamina will solve your problems and put
you back in total control.