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problems associated with sort replacements

Many operating systems and programming languages contain sorting tools. Do you rely on the sort verb that comes with your platform or application? If so, are you satisfied with its performance and flexibility? Have you wondered if more powerful sorting algorithms could simply "plug into" and "play" in your current environment?

Or perhaps you are relying on mainframe JCL steps that copy, sort, merge, select, sum, or on ICEMAN or ICETOOL reporting operations that need to work on Unix, Linux or Windows. Sort parms for (z/OS) MVS and VSE are cryptic and functionally limited. They are also incompatible with, and not extensible on, open systems.

The challenge in either case is to find the closest sort replacement, or the most seamless migration for your sorting techniques available. You also need the fastest possible runtimes, precisely the same output results, a reliable vendor dedicated to the success of your transition and production operations, and ideally, a target platform that modernizes not only your sort operations, but delivers related data transformation, reporting, conversion, and security options at the same time.


IRI has continually developed, delivered, and improved sorting and sort tool migration technologies for open systems platforms. Almost 50 years of innovative performance and functional development on "open systems" means faster production of same sort operation results, but with new, richer metadata for concurrent data transformation, migration, masking, and reporting.

IRI sort replacement solutions

IRI CoSort includes free, automated sort job converters for z/OS MVS and VSE sort parms. These utilities successfully upgrade many third-party sort functions, and translate JCL parms to functionally equivalent CoSort Sort Control Language (SortCL) programs.

Another exciting option is through proxy coupling technology from Proximal Systems Corporation (PSC), wherein CoSort (called PSCsort in that case) jobs run seamlessly from DF-SORT parms in z/OS, but operate in the z/Linux IFL automatically

Along with either offloading method, CoSort provides a full range data transformation, reporting, protection, and prototyping functionality. Consider all the other data management and manipulation functions that SortCL performs at no additional cost.

Mainframe migration experts with CoSort experience include:

Atos Origin Blue Phoenix (Modern Systems) Capgemini Clerity (NTT Data)
Cognizant Cronus / Software AG Datamatics EDS
Mainline Metaware Sungard Tecnocom
Tetrad Transoft Unicon Conversion Technologies Unisys

They use CoSort to convert and modernize legacy sorts and data.

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