Micro Focus has launched its Database Connectors and XDBC, two tools that improve COBOL data access. Database Connectors bridges the gap between COBOL and SQL, providing a transparent interface for COBOL programs to relational database management systems. Database access is automatic and transparent to the end user, meaning vital data can be seen instantly from previously inaccessible sources. Its interface also allows customers benefit from relational database technology without the significant time and expenditure required to re-write applications or re-train staff.
Micro Focus XDBC is a data management system which incorporates COBOL data into a relational database-like environment. It allows users to access their COBOL data from any Open or Java Database Connectivity-compliant application using SQL (for example using SELECT, VIEW or JOIN) which offers a multitude of possible front-ends for data, ranging from popular desktop software such as Microsoft Office to internet-based solutions. This means users can access and manage data as they would with popular business intelligence tools. Micro Focus XDBC facilitates real time data access, giving decision-makers access to up-to-date information from their COBOL databases.
"Micro Focus Database Connectors and Micro Focus XDBC will open new doors for our customers, expanding the limits of what can be done with their existing IT resources", said Stuart McGill, CTO, Micro Focus. "Business data is a key source of insight and competitive advantage to any organization, so improving its availability and manageability is of paramount importance."