Select Business Solutions, a Provider of Mainframe Reporting and Data Access Tools, Announces Today a New Release of Nomad for z/OS

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Highlights of this new release are enhancements or changes to the VSAM Interface, IMS Interface, JDBC Interface, Java Interface and the Copybook facility.

Select Business Solutions is pleased to announce the release of a new version of Nomad for z/OS. This new release includes enhancements and changes to the product, as well as a series of patches for compatibility with the latest operating systems and data sources.

Some of the key enhancements and changes include:

JDBC Interface: Provides access to Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases. The JDBC Interface allows Nomad to join data residing off the mainframe with any of the mainframe-based data sources Nomad has previously accessed. In this release Nomad no longer requires the JDBC Server running under UNIX System Services.

VSAM/QSAM Interface: The new TRUNCATED keyword on the MASTER or SEGMENT statement may be used when external data is stored in VSAM or QSAM and the data fields are in fixed locations, but the record length is varying. Also, there is new syntax for the REDEFINE command, which allows the direct mapping of nested REDEFINES clauses in COBOL COPYBOOKs.

Copybook: The Nomad Copybook utility now generates a slightly different syntax for the 4GL SCHEMA when it encounters a COBOL REDEFINES statement. This syntax allows for direct mapping of nested redefinitions.

IMS Interface: The IMSSCHEM utility, which generates Nomad schemas from IMS PSBs, has been enhanced. There is a new method of generating item, master, and segment names for IMS fields with similar names or with names containing invalid characters for Nomad.

Systematics Interface: The UltraQuest and Nomad Systematics Interface provides the ability to use Nomad or UltraQuest to access data in the Systematics suite of retail banking applications from FIS. The Systematics exit routines are now included in the Nomad load library. This means that there is no longer the need to have a separate SYMATICS LINKLIB.

Java Interface: The UltraQuest and Nomad for Java Interface provides the capability to run a Java program from the UltraQuest and Nomad environment. The Java Interface now requires Java 2 at SDK Version 1.5 or higher. This includes Java 5 and Java 6.

VFLIST: Efficiency enhancements and bug fixes have been made to the VFLIST (Virtual File Support) tool. VFLIST contains various commands that help you manage small amounts of volatile data in memory during your 4GL session.

Select Business Solutions is a leading international software company with customers drawn from the Global 1000. Select provides comprehensive solutions consisting of tools and services for business intelligence and information access, as well as business critical IT software development, deployment and management. Headquartered in Trumbull, Connecticut, Select operates sales offices throughout North America and Europe, in addition to a network of international distributors.

Trademark Information

Select Business Solutions, Nomad and UltraQuest are trademarks of Select Business Solutions, Inc. in the United States and other countries. FIS and Systematics are trademarks of FIS in the United States and other countries. Java is a trademark of Oracle in the United States and other countries.


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