I use SPSS Showcase Suite on a regular basis for data extraction and reporting. It's not cheap, but it's very good at getting data into excel. The query interface is fairly intuitive without needing to know SQL in detail, and has the benefit that it can bring in data from other sources as well. The other very important benefit of Showcase is security. You can set access control down to field level so that users can only see what data you give access to - important if the data is, say, payroll related, or confidential. Showcase is Java/SQL based, so it does tend to hammer the AS400 if it's one of the older varieties. Client Access or OpsNav both offer file transfer, and NetManage Rumba terminal emulation also has an FTP facility, but there's precious little security for any file if the end-use has access to this kind of facility. David Dewick IT Manager Darcast Crankshafts Limited -----Original Message----- From: system21-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:system21-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Richard Chupík Sent: 26 April 2006 09:44 To: system21@xxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [SYSTEM21] Get Data How is the fastest way to get data from AS/400 system 21 ? >From folder,file,FTP, SQL, or ODBC,OLEDB.. ? Richard _______________________________________________ This is the System 21 Users (SYSTEM21) mailing list To post a message email: SYSTEM21@xxxxxxxxxxxx To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, visit: http://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/system21 or email: SYSTEM21-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives at http://archive.midrange.com/system21.