Free Converters Leverage Your File Definitions
CoSort Version 9 and other IRI software products ship with tools to translate your existing file layout metdata. In CoSort's case, the tools also convert legacy sort program metadata.
With these included utilities, you can re-use
your existing data definitions with IRI software. IRI has also partnered with a leading metadata
conversion company (MITI) to automatically create the necessary file layouts from major BI, ETL and relational data tools.
About IRI Product Metadata
The explicit text-based metadata of CoSort's SortCL, RowGen, FieldShield, and NextForm is straightforward and self-documenting --
making it easy to learn, use, and audit. You can store your files' field (column)
layouts in reusable Data Definition File (.ddf) repositories. You can paste or
reference these definitions in your job scripts. They all use
the same "/FIELD=" statements to identify column:
• Names or Aliases
• Sizes or Ranges
• Positions or Delimiters
• Data Types
• Conditions and Expressions
• Security and Other Functions
File layout translators included in the CoSort package and other IRI tools can migrate your existing
field/column descriptions into data definition file (.ddf) repositories. These
tools can reduce or eliminate the overhead associated with migrating metadata
to a .ddf from:
• COBOL copybooks (cob2ddf)
• comma-separated values (csv2ddf)
• W3C extended log format (elf2ddf)
• Oracle SQL*Loader control files (ctl2ddf)
• LDIF files (ldif2ddf)
• XML files (xml2ddf)
Therefore, if you already have file layouts defined in the above applications,
you can automatically reproduce that metadata for use
in large SortCL manipulation jobs, in RowGen for generating
safe test data in those same file formats, in FieldShield for protecting sensitive fields in these file types, and NextForm for converting them.
If your file layouts exist in
other formats (including CWM, DSX, UML, XMI and XML), consider that Meta
Integration Technology, Inc. (MITI)'s Meta Integration Model Bridge (MIMB)
will convert these repositories into IRI's .ddf syntax as well!
Whether you use a metadata converter that IRI, MITI, a consultant, or your own company
develops, the benefit is clear -- not having to re-create metadata you already own.
Sort Program Metadata
You can also access free mvs2scl and vse2scl utilities to convert your
legacy sort parms. For many jobs, the automatic result can be an equivalent CoSort SortCL
job specification file containing the input and output field layouts.
Where automation falls short, manual conversion is not difficult.
Another CoSort package utility -- called sorti2scl -- converts CoSort's sort interactive
(SortI) program job specifications into their SortCL job equivalents.
Solutions > ETL/DB Acceleration
Solutions > Data Governance
Solutions > Data Transformation
Solutions > File Interchange
Solutions > Sort Migration
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Products > CoSort > SortCL
Products > CoSort > SortCL Metadata
Products > RowGen (Test Data)
Products > FieldShield (Masking)
Products > NextForm (Conversion)
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