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CoSort Announces Support for Acucorp's Vision File System

Direct Sorting and Transformation of ACUCOBOL-GT Vision Index File Format

Melbourne, Fla. (December 4, 2003) – CoSort / Innovative Routines International (IRI), Inc. now supports Acucorp Inc.'s Vision file system, part of the ACUCOBOL-GT® development suite, on Windows® and Solaris™ platforms - with other UNIX flavors to follow shortly. This support enables ACUCOBOL-GT users to sort Vision files, convert a Vision file to another output file format, create a Vision file from input in another format, and combine these and other data manipulation operations in the same I/O pass -- all using CoSort's Sort Control Language (SortCL) or SortCL_routine (API).

CoSort is able to provide this support as a result of its membership in Acucorp's Complementary Technology Program, an annual program for third-party tool vendors who develop and market software solutions that complement Acucorp's extend(R) family of technologies.

"By combining the unique features of our Vision file system with CoSort's well-known sorting and manipulation capabilities, we can offer companies the benefit of a high-performance data processing suite for file sorting, transformation, and reporting," says Drake Coker, Acucorp's Co-Founder and Chief Scientist.

CoSort's support of the Vision file system means that ACUCOBOL-GT users can work with data housed in legacy applications, and bridge their legacy COBOL systems with relational databases and data warehouses. "With CoSort, these developers can produce highly-formatted and readable (detail and summary) reports based on Vision file data," explains David Friedland, CoSort / IRI's Vice President of Business Development. CoSort's support of the Vision file system also provides Acucorp's customers with "better options for mainframe sort migrations to open systems, accelerated database and data warehousing, and sorting capabilities beyond the COBOL sort verb," he adds. CoSort users can process data within or outside of COBOL programs -- in batch scripts based originally on JCL.

About CoSort / IRI, Inc.

CoSort/IRI Inc. is the world's leading provider of high-performance, high-volume data sorting and manipulation software on UNIX and Windows platforms. For 25 years, IRI has created and expanded "open systems standards" for speed, ease, versatility and value with its flagship CoSort solution set for data centers. CoSort accelerates commercial and government data processing applications, including mainframe sort and data migration, database utility operations, data warehouse ETL, report generation, and many third-party software applications. CoSort users include American Airlines, Bank of America, Blue Cross, CIGNA, DHL, EDS, Fidelity Investments, and The Hartford. CoSort agents are in 30 countries. Additional information about CoSort is available at http//www.cosort.com.

About Acucorp, Inc.

Founded in 1988 and celebrating its 15th anniversary, Acucorp, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California, with additional offices in Great Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Acucorp's products are distributed in more than 75 countries throughout the world, and its technology users include Ford Argentina, Red Cross Belgium, Sanyo Extended Data Systems, Seagram Americas, Siemens, The Gap, The Travelex Group (formerly Thomas Cook), Tower Records and Warner Music Group. The company continues to design, develop, and market robust solutions for extending the life of inherited COBOL applications. Additional information about Acucorp is available at http://www.microfocus.com/products/micro-focus-developer/extend.

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