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RowGen Version 2 Simulates and Protects Real Data

Melbourne, Fla. (April 22, 2008) – Innovative Routines International Inc. (IRI), developer of the CoSort data manipulation suite for open systems, is now shipping RowGen Version 2: test data software for application development, load testing and outsourcing. RowGen eliminates the need for testing with real data, and overcomes traditional limits of low load volumes and inaccurate data.

RowGen V2 builds large test sets in production table and file structures by leveraging existing data models and metadata, sophisticated data generation and selection techniques, built-in data transformations, and custom formatting functions.

Test Data Targets

IRI engineer Rob Howard explains that RowGen V2 "provides fast and easy ways to build test data targets that are safe, real-looking, and preserve referential integrity. RowGen targets can have any range of data types, values, and volumes."

From DDL-compliant models, RowGen V2 creates test data for:

  • Oracle
  • Sybase
  • SQL Server
  • Teradata
  • Packaged Apps (e.g. PeopleSoft, Informatica)
  • Interdependent Flat Files

RowGen also creates detail and summary test files in these formats:

  • ACUCOBOL-GT Vision
  • Fixed & Delimited Text
  • Line, Record, Variable Sequential
  • LDIF
  • MF COBOL VarLenth & ISAM
  • Mainframe Blocked
  • CSV
  • ELF
  • XML

FlexITy Solutions (Ontario) uses RowGen to create test data for a financial services client prohibited by privacy laws from testing with database extracts. Project manager Nolan Evans conservatively estimated 200 programming hours to simulate their data. "RowGen gave us 16 large, referentially correct test tables in four hours on a PC, and a huge competitive advantage in bidding that job."

Other Features

Using GUI or 4GL front-ends, RowGen users can customize and transform their test files to reflect their business rules and production report formats.

For audit purposes, RowGen creates XML job logs that help companies comply with GLBA and HIPAA requirements in testing environments.

The RowGen test data definition file (.DDF) format is supported by the Meta Integration Model Bridge (MIMB). MIMB automatically converts third-party metadata for use in RowGen, allowing BI, ERP, ETL and data modeling users to generate accurate test data for their applications.

About IRI, The CoSort Company

Founded in 1978, Innovative Routines International (IRI), Inc. is a leading provider of high-performance data manipulation software for open systems. More at:


Jason Kirshner
RMS Public Relations