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NextForm (Data Migration)

Published in IRI

NextForm v3 is the latest data management product supported in Eclipse from IRI, The CoSort Company. Spun from the SortCL program in IRI CoSort, IRI NextForm is a data migration and reformatting package that helps you convert and re-use the data stored in legacy fields, file formats, and databases.

Apply and view your data in new ways ... in new files and tables, custom reports, BI tools, virtualized views, and more. NextForm handles data in all of these:

File Formats

Data Type Groups

CSV

Delimited Text 

Fixed-position Text

žLDIF

žMicro Focus Variable Length

Micro Focus ISAM¹

Line / Record / Variable Sequential

žVariable Blocked

žVision¹

žVSAM, QSAM, KSAM, C-ISAM²

žXLS (Excel)

žXML3

žASCII (C types)

žNumerics (All)

žEBCDIC MF & RM COBOL

žEndian (Big, Little, BOM)

žDates

žTimestamps

žComposite

žSingle-Byte

žMulti-Byte (CJK, Thai)

žUnicode (UTF-16)

žPacked Decimal

žZoned Decimal

Databases

Unstructured Sources

žOracle

žDB2 UDB

žDB2 Mainframe² 

žMySQL

žSQL Server

žSybase

žTeradata

žASN.1 TAP3

ž.DOC, .DOCX

ž.EML, .OST, .PST

ž.PDF, RTF

ž.PPT., .PPTX

ž.TXT, .XML

ž.XLS, .XLSX

¹ NextForm COBOL edition supports standalone conversion of Micro Focus and Acucobol Vision index files.

² Contact IRI Professional Services for VSAM and related semi-structured data conversion services.

³ Non-UIMA versions require XML data elements to conform to a flattened structure and other restrictions.

 

Feature & Benefit

Feature

Benefit

   

Recasts huge files fast; reliable, scalable migration of legacy data sets to client/server RDBs

Facilitates right-sizing initiatives, reduces data synchronization requirements, and saves time and money over custom coding or (the acquisition, implementation, and support of) legacy platforms

Converts over 100 data types

Allows data re-use in new platforms and applications

Structures unstructured data

Unlocks data elements and exposes associations for relational use

Re-maps field layouts

Supports pivot transformations, reporting needs, and database repopulation (inserts)

Data replication

Allows re-use of same or re-formatting data copies without new system re-generation, and facilitates data virtualization

Migrates database versions and platforms

Frees data and application from stale procedures,and frees company's locked into specific vendor terms

Built-in report generation

Migrate and expose information in multiple sources in custom displays suitable for billing and analytics

Interoperable metadata

Re-use source and target data definitions, as well as mapping and manipulation specifications in CoSort (for data transformation and reporting), FieldShield (data masking), and RowGen (test data generation)

Simple data and definition (metadata) syntax, optionally supported in purpose-built Eclipse GUI

Data migration tasks are easy to configure, run, modify, and share

Cross-platform; runs on Windows, Unix/Linux

The same jobs defined or run on one platform can be modified or run on any other

Low cost licenses and volume discounts

Immediate project ROI and low TCO for enterprise-wide deployment

 

IRI NextForm Use Cases

Quick and Easy Data Migration Multiple Files and Data Types Multiple Files and Data Types
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"NextForm simply and quickly customizes our outputs when converting LDIF files to CSV. A 165mb LDIF file converted in seconds, 1+GB in less than a minute. Excellent product!" "NextForm converts EBCDIC data files (including zoned and PD fields) to ASCII. As a beginner I was able to make new jobs quickly and determine the output was correct." "Performance was great, and the GUI was not necessary because the jobs self-document. Among all the conversion tools we found, NextForm was at once the easiest and most robust.
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