Real Time, Relational Access to COBOL Data

Data modernization tools that unlock business application value.


Micro Focus Relativity® brings the benefits of modern relational database access to COBOL applications. This technology presents COBOL data as a relational data source, enabling business users and developers to take full advantage of modern analytics and reporting tools to enhance the data processing capabilities of COBOL applications.

Export COBOL data to any tool

Using ODBC or JDBC connectivity, Relativity makes COBOL data available to virtually any analytics or reporting tool, such as Microsoft Excel. This data modernization approach delivers the flexibility of RDBMS while ensuring the continued performance of COBOL data files and the existing application architecture remain unchanged.

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Faster access to business data

Relativity design tools enable developers to quickly craft relational table views of COBOL records. Once the tables are defined, business users can immediately connect modern reporting tools, such as Microsoft Excel, which treat the COBOL data files as another relational data source. Fast access to COBOL data in a matter of hours.

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No code changes

Because Relativity works with your existing COBOL data files, there’s no need to re-architect or change your application code.

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Unlock application data

The COBOL data file is a fast and efficient mechanism for storing application data but it is a proprietary format, accessible only through the COBOL language. Relativity provides secure and standards based access for virtually any ODBC or JDBC enabled tool or application to consume COBOL data and enable multiple integration points with your application.

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Real-time data access

Relativity provides SQL-based, relational data access to COBOL data files, not replicated copies. The end user sees exactly the same data at exactly the same time as the COBOL application.

Data modernization made easy

Fully integrating an RDBMS solution with existing COBOL applications can be time consuming, costly, and require considerable change to the application codebase. Relativity removes this challenge by providing a fast and simple approach to data modernization with minimal impact to the existing application architecture.

Case Studies

Geneva Software Co.

Micro Focus Relativity provides secure, real-time data access, meeting unique reporting requirements.

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Parklane Systems

Micro Focus Relativity provides real time data access at a fraction of the time and cost of a rewrite alternative.

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AMI Information Systems

Micro Focus Relativity enables real-time data analytics to support a highly customized marketing effort for AMI clients.

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Our customers love that they don’t have to rely on development to build their reports, but instead can run custom reports which help them run their business. It saves time and has given us a real value-add.

Tom Vincent – PRESIDENT
Geneva Software Co.
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