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IRI Upgrades High-Volume Data Migration Tool

NextForm v2 GUI Controls Multiple File, Field Conversions

Melbourne, Fla. (March 9, 2010) – Innovative Routines International Inc. (IRI), Inc., a leading developer of data manipulation software, is now shipping release 2 of NextForm, for large file and data type conversions.

According to users like Collin Perry of Sailpoint Technologies, NextForm v1 "worked well for converting our CSV and LDIF files" but a GUI job specification editor would "help users master the functionality and run faster." Thus, v2 is controlled through an easy-to-use Java GUI called "NextForm Builder."

NextForm Builder represents a substantial ergonomic improvement in sequential file and field remapping," explains David Friedland, IRI's business development vice president. "The wizard allows you to point and click between XML, COBOL and text, LDIF and CSV files, and between EBCDIC and ASCII fields, packed decimal and numeric, etc."

Unlike other conversion tools (especially for XML and LDIF) that cannot handle high volumes, NextForm converts multi-gigabyte files quickly and with maximum flexibility. Users can also reformat files by changing field layouts from fixed to variable (or vice versa), move fields around, limit fields on output, or create multiple output files (and formats) from a single input format. The NextForm Builder GUI features a preview option to validate conversions, and supports both immediate execution and job exportation for command line or batch operations.

NextForm on Windows starts at US$400, and is discounted in volume. Additional fees apply on Unix platforms, and for COBOL index file support.

An upcoming NextForm version will reformat variable blocked (VB) and spanned (VBS) files, and change between big and little endian data – both at the file and field level. This will allow users to track, convert, and process their data across platforms, regardless of its source.

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NextForm Builder (v2) Screenshot

About IRI, The CoSort Company

Founded in 1978, Innovative Routines International (IRI), Inc. is an independent software vendor headquartered in Melbourne, Florida. IRI software is licensed and supported through more than 30 international resellers. IRI's flagship CoSort product migrates legacy sort tools, transforms data for large data warehouse and BI environments, and speeds databases, ETL tools, and applications. CoSort-compatible tools include Fast Extract (FACT) for Oracle, RowGen (test data), FieldShield (data masking), and NextForm (data migration).


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