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Sometimes, even if the data can be transferred to another system it will be unusable. IBM Mainframes encode data using EBCDIC, which is not compatible with UNIX systems and means data cannot readily be interchanged between these systems.

VAX VMS systems structure records in a number of ways that are incompatible with any application in the Windows or UNIX arena.

Vogon has developed a wide range of tools to process data so that it can be transferred to newer systems.

Vogon has dealt with a wide range of data from older and obsolete systems and has developed bespoke software to effect a rapid and accurate transfer of data.

IBM Mainframe/AS400
Data is encoded as EBCDIC with records being either fixed in length or with a binary length indicator. Transfer this data to your PC and try to use it and your application will probably crash.

To complicate matters further, the numeric representations used within data from these systems is often packed decimal (for example COMP-3), which is alien to any mainstream PC or UNIX application. Vogon will take your COBOL record descriptions and use them to recreate your data in a usable ASCII form.

Vogon can process your COPY or SAVE format data and convert it into delimited ASCII with printable numeric fields and suitable to be loaded into most PC/UNIX applications.

Although this conversion can often be performed via a PC link to the mainframe, the time required can run into days. At Vogon we can process several gigabytes of data in a few hours and have your reprocessed data returned to you before the start of the next day's business.

Vogon can convert from MVS Backup, AS/400 SaveObj and SaveLib and from MVS or OS/400 COPY format media.

VMS Data
VMS systems contain data with a variety of differing record structures, most of which are not compatible with Windows or UNIX applications.

Vogon has developed applications that will convert data from a VMS Backup set and restructure record based files to be compatible with the majority of Windows or UNIX applications. Even the VMS file version number can be retained where multiple occurrences of a file are found.

Data files containing records that are Fixed or Variable in length can be converted to be carriage return and line feed delimited. All this can be achieved rapidly and will save you from the trials of using complex and slow network or comms connections.

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