DBMS Inc, Lisle, Illinois, has told its user base that a product enabling SQL queries against IMS, IDMS, Adabas and VSAM databases will be available in July. IBM has yet to flesh out recent statements, which indicate that provision will be made for DB2 users wishing to access data stored in non-relational form (CI No 1,166). Called DQS Distributed Query System, the product is set firmly against a background of DBMS-specified business methodologies. These include facilitating end-user access, prototyping, piloting, and developing applications, interfacing with public databases and enhancing relational training. Naturally, it can also be used as a migration tool, enabling users to map and test an SQL design within the original database. Product pricing will be based on the number of databases that the user wants to access; early estimates suggest that the range will extend from $40,000 through to $150,000. According to development vice-president Peter Strell, the product has generated considerable interest within IBM. With meetings scheduled for next week, some kind of marketing or technology agreement seems imminent. The company’s European base is in Dublin, Ireland and it has branch offices in Wiesbaden in Germany, London, and Paris.
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