Evolutionary Technologies International (ETI) Inc has overhauled its data warehousing development platform to enable developers to build data warehouses from any legacy database system. The Buena Vista, Florida-based company said its third-party development (3PD) program, announced this week, would enable any third-party developers, consultants, integrators, database vendors and others, to create data warehouses by transforming data from any source to any target. In the past, a spokesperson for the company said all the development was done in house and it took a long time to roll out solutions for different databases. As a result, the company lacked solutions for numerous legacy systems. The 3PD program is designed to broaden the number of accessible databases providing developers with an open set of tools to extract, transform and load data from legacy systems into new data warehouses. ETI’s solution consists of a central engine, called ETI EXTRACT, which takes instructions from the ETI Data System Libraries (DSLs). For every database, there is a separate DSL which holds all the information about the system and instructs the engine how to carry out the extraction/transformation process. Currently, ETI has DSL’s for Oracle, Sybase, Informix, IBM, Terradata and Cobol databases. But David Marshall, ETI’s VP of development said the company anticipated being able to bring new DSL’s to the market very quickly, in as soon as 90 days for some systems. ETI will pay royalties to any developer that chooses to use its tools to develop new DSLs. Marshall said the first product to be developed under the 3PD program, to be delivered in the fourth quarter 1998, will be called DSL DA3 for Microsoft Corp’s SQL Server database.