SOURCE: Fujitsu Computer Systems

January 30, 2008 08:00 ET

NeoData Opens VSAM Data to Microsoft SQL Server Without Rewriting Legacy Code

Fast, Easy-to-Use NeoData Delivers Data Accessibility to COBOL Application Users

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - January 30, 2008) - Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation announced today the release of its NeoData software product, the latest addition to its suite of modernize-as-you-migrate solutions for legacy mainframe applications. NeoData provides an easy and flexible route for converting VSAM data to Microsoft(R) SQL Server(R) without having to make changes to the COBOL code. Data that might seem to be locked within the COBOL-specific, proprietary formats of the VSAM data system can now be opened up to the richer query environment provided by SQL Server. NeoData provides a Data Mapper tool that handles the challenging aspects of VSAM to SQL migrations, such as multiple record formats and the COBOL OCCURS clause, which often derail attempts to perform this migration manually.

Early users of NeoData have been excited by the ease with which they are able to migrate their VSAM data to SQL Server. Sheila Silva, chief information officer of Ability Resources Inc, an insurance group specializing in long-term care insurance, states, "The growth plans for Ability Resources dictate that our systems have to be centered on a flexible, scalable platform such as SQL Server(R). Consequently we had to move a core system from the mainframe to ASP.NET and were looking for ways to make the data more accessible than it was within VSAM files. Fortunately we heard about NeoData and were given the opportunity to be early users of the product as we couldn't have completed the project in such a timely manner without it. With no changes to the COBOL file handling code, NeoData gave us a low-risk solution that also delivered speed of implementation and the desired functionality."

Jim DuEst, director of database management and development at Ability Resources, adds, "Our developers like the easy-to-use features in NeoData, such as being able to create views on data that is actually stored in binary and saving data that is common across many files. For example, I've been able to feed the migrated data into our data warehouse by using NeoData's Expanded Views feature that gives access to the raw data -- a much better solution than having to extract data to populate the data warehouse on a recurring cycle."

Commenting on the release for Fujitsu Computer Systems, Ron Langer, vice president of legacy modernization, says, "Although NeoData has primarily been designed to complement our modernize-as-you-migrate set of tools (NeoBatch, NeoKicks, NeoSort) for moving applications from the mainframe to .NET, it is going to have a strong appeal to all COBOL application users both on and off the mainframe. Giving users greater and more flexible access to data is a need for many traditional COBOL applications whatever their current platform, and NeoData delivers this ability in a straightforward way."

Jim DuEst concludes, "By using NeoData we are managing to simplify a number of our batch jobs as many job steps are sorting the data by one key or another for sequential processing in the next step. Now that we have the data in SQL Server, we can define those keys as table indexes and retrieve records in the desired order without having to use up cycles and disk space for multiple sort operations. This is just one example of the opportunities that are opening up to us by using NeoData."

For more details on the updates, see the NeoData product page at

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