We feel that the process of accessing non-IBM
databases from iSeries
system is not what it can be. Various strategies are
used but few of
them provide the seamless access that is required.
Many pages can be
written regarding the pros and cons of these
strategies, if you use any
of these you know what they are.

Typical strategies:
*Importing / exporting of text files
*Expensive software products that are limited to
single database vendors
*Propriety API's that only work for a single database
*Use JDBC to write import and export code while the
rest of the system
is written in an ILE language

These days iSeries systems are rarely the only
database system in the
enterprise. Information typically has to be exchanged
between iSeries
and non-iSeries databases like Microsoft SQL Server,
MySQL, Oracle and
other non-IBM databases. Our goal is to develop a
system that allows
RPG, C/C++, COBOL and other ILE languages to access
databases as if it was an iSeries. In this system you
would be able to
access non-IBM databases using the same methods that
you would use to
access data on a remote iSeries system (but it happens
to be MySQL or
some other database).

The scope of this development has not been finalized.
We have created a
survey that will help us determine if there are other
iSeries users
that feel the same way we do. We also want to better
understand the
functionality that other iSeries users would like to
have included in
the scope of this development.

Please take a few minutes and complete the survey at

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