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2010-2012


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 - 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.

2016 - 2018. Superior IRI Tools => Superior Data Platform.


These years are seeing even more rapid development and adoption of IRI software, including fourth-level releases of FieldShield for data masking and RowGen for test data management, and finally, CoSort version 10.

Most notably however is the introduction and expansion of IRI's new "total data management" platform, Voracity. Powered by CoSort or interchangeable Hadoop engines, and the ETL industry's widest array of job design options, IRI Voracity combines data discovery, integration, migration, governance, and analytics in Eclipse. Already an award-winning one-stop-shop for big data, Voracity is a game-changing solution stack with subscription pricing that bends megavendor and specialty provider cost curves, and brings big data analytics, data governance, and information exchange to SMBs and enterprise CIOs who want a faster, easier and more affordable long-term option.

Also in 2017, IRI began providing a market-leading database firewall system called Chakra Max, for those who need faster, more affordable, high-traffic DAM/DAP and DDM!

IRI meanwhile continues 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.