IRI NextForm uses the IRI CoSort engine for big data movement and manipulation. The same fast input and output routines, as well as data manipulation and formatting algorithms, are inside. This means that NextForm users can convert massive file and table data fast, and scale performance linearly in volume.
NextForm also supports concurrency for unstructured data. Multiple sources can be read together across multiple threads.
NextForm is supported in Eclipse with simple-to-use metadata discovery and format conversion wizards that quickly step you through data and re-format definitions. But at the end of the process, the GUI only creates a text script you could have written yourself, and can easily modify. You can run that script in the GUI or from any command line where NextForm is licensed.
NextForm Control Language (NCL) job scripts are in the same simple 4GL syntax as CoSort's popular Sort Control Language (SCL) program, and use the same Data Definition File (DDF) format for the field layouts. All the data and commands are therefore explicit, self-documenting, and shareable, making it easy to upgrade to big data transformations, protections, and reports after the data are in their new formats and definitions.
NextForm handles file, record, and file layout changes. More than a dozen flat-file formats, 84 proprietary (legacy) files, semi- and unstructured files, and more than a hundred data types are supported for conversion purposes. You can also use the tool to change the file layout in terms of field positions and sizes, produce custom reports, and target new applications and federated views. The NextForm DBMS edition supports the creation and population of new tables in your target database while also reading and remapping data from your source database.
How much money and effort go into writing custom conversion programs? How much time does it take to manage data migration service providers? What is the cost of other commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software that performs conversions? ETL packages with built-in data migration capabilities are not only expensive, but have steep learning curves and performance limits.
For either nothing (the lite version is free), or under $10K, you can own NextForm for present and future data conversion needs. Ramp-up and upgrade costs are nominal, and IRI Professional Services are reasonable.