You’ve probably heard the saying “stick to what you know.” But what are you missing out on by using outdated databases that don’t meet the demands of today’s data-intensive business climate?
Many independent software vendors (ISVs) and corporate end users still use legacy applications developed in COBOL, Magic, and other programming languages, which use database systems like DataFlex, Btrieve, and Pervasive SQL.
These systems use the Indexed Sequential Access Method (ISAM), as opposed to the relational method employed by newer databases. Between the stability, familiarity, and speed of such data storage/retrieval services – not to mention the extensive code rewrites such a move can entail – it’s not surprising that some companies aren’t eager to migrate their data.
However, with the increasing need for security and data integrity (plus tighter integration with newer applications), companies using legacy applications and database systems will have to modernize to meet the demands of their customers and users.
These demands not only put such companies at a competitive disadvantage, they also raise risks and make it harder to recover in the case of data loss and code corruption. To make matters even more difficult, Btrieve has increased its licensing costs, adding to the pain for businesses that have yet to adapt.
With security, reliability, and scalability increasingly becoming concerns that ISAMs can’t address, you need a solution that provides the ability to maintain data integrity and implement business rules enterprise-wide – without having to make drastic changes to your application or starting over from scratch.