By 2011, CoSort v9.5 was out as a major interim release expanding data source support to ODBC sources, UTF-16 and native multi-byte Asian character sets, big and little endian data at the file and field level, and more date and mainframe numeric data types. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of CoSort 9.5, however, is its new Graphical User Interface (GUI).
The "IRI Workbench" is an Eclipse plug-in with wizards for job creation, metadata discovery and conversion, and job tuning. This visual, Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for all IRI products features purpose-driven, end-to-end job wizards, dialogs, and graphical componentry linked to a syntax-aware editor for scripting SortCL (and its metadata-compatible spin-off product) jobs. The IRI Workbench features database views, version control, metadata management, job flow, reporting, and client/server execution capabilities designed for enterprise data management.
In 2012, CoSort 9.5.2 was shipping with more data warehousing and reporting features like pivoting, slowly-changing dimension and fuzzy logic lookups for discrete, trending, and windowed aggregate reporting. At the same time, the dramatic acceleration effects of SortCL's big data transformation capabilities, alongside ETL and BI tools like BOBJ, Cognos and Microstrategy, were reported. FACT-supported databases expanded beyond Oracle and DB2 to handle SQL Server, Sybase, MySQL, Altibase, and Tibero.
2013 through 2015
In 2013, IRI was updating CoSort yet again for data architects, and releasing third-generation versions of FieldShield, RowGen, and FACT. A new NextForm package for native COBOL index file handling, database-to-database migration, unstructured data parsing, and expanded data source support followed in 2014. Between 2014 and 2015, IRI continued to demonstrate the impact CoSort has in preparing big data sets for analytics in tools like QlikView, R, Splunk, Spotfire, and Tableau. To bolster its offerings in data security, IRI also developed .NET and Java SDKs for FieldShield users, and CellShield to protect PII in Excel.
2015 and Beyond
These years will see the release of CoSort v10, and a modern, cohesive, and user-friendly data integration and curation package called Voracity that also supports multiple Hadoop engines, and the ETL industry's widest array of job design interfaces. IRI Voracity consolidates most enterprise information management activities -- data discovery, integration, migration, governance, and analytics -- into a single Eclipse IDE and bends a megavendor and specialty provider cost curve that's kept the promise of big data away from too many organizations.
IRI will meanwhile continue to offer its constituent data management and protection tools in custom combinations for enterprise-wide licensing, like the IRI Data Manager and IRI Data Protector suites, so you pay only for what you need.