Conversion of Excel to AS/400 (IBM iSeries) database

Source database is also known as Microsoft Excel. Related files: .xls, .xlsx

Introduction


We are using Full Convert Enterprise to convert

Excel to AS/400 (IBM iSeries).


Full Convert Enterprise is a very powerful database converter.

It is extremely easy to use, yet provides terrific customizations when you need them.

About Excel

Microsoft Excel is a commercial spreadsheet application written and distributed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.

About AS/400 (IBM iSeries)

IBM AS/400 (formerly known as IBM System I) has integrated IBM DB2 database and supports ODBC and JDBC for easy access to it.

Conversion process

Full Convert Enterprise provides easy-to-use wizard which will help you convert your data as quickly as possible.

These are all the steps you need:

  • Select source database.
  • Select target database.
  • Optionally choose which tables to convert. By default all tables are selected.
  • Convert!

First look at Full Convert


Launch the application, you'll see that only relevant actions are visible on the ribbon bar.

In the center of the application, we are showing welcome dialog with links to actions done most often on application start.


Click on the Create New Conversion button.

Database conversion wizard

Wizard guides you through conversion process quickly and easily.

Connection to source Excel database

Initial screen shows you that Full Convert will automatically detect your database if you don't know which one do you have. Of course, if you do know your database, do select it from the list on the left.

  • We will choose Excel from the list of available database formats. Full Convert supports all versions of Excel documents from Excel 97 to Excel 2007. XLS and XLSX files are read flawlesly. Formulas will be calculated during the conversions, so target database will have formula results stored, not the formula expression texts.
  • Just type-in the folder containing your Excel documents, or click the ellipsis button on the right and Full Convert will display Browse for Folder dialog.
  • You don't even need to have Excel installed to be able to convert your Excel documents. We directly read your Excel files.

Click on the Next button.

Source database connection

Connection to target AS/400 (IBM iSeries) database

List on the left shows all the databases which can be filled with your source database data. Select the one you need and fill-in required parameters.

  • From the list of supported target databases, we will choose ODBC (AS/400 (IBM iSeries) target is currently not supported natively in Full Convert). For ODBC connection to work, appropriate ODBC driver needs to be installed.
  • In this step we will select desired ODBC DSN from the drop-down list. Type in your login credentials if needed.

Click on the Next button.

Target ODBC connection

Table selection

We will select all source tables for conversion by default. In case you only need some tables, simply deselect the ones you don't need - or deselect all, then select just the tables you do need.


Click on the Next button.

Table selection

Review

Here you can see how many tables will be converted. To start conversion right away, click on the Convert! button. To show contents of target database without converting, click on the Explore button. Use that to inspect target database prior to conversion, or to save the conversion project for later before even converting the first time.


Click on the Convert! button.

Conversion project summary

Conversion progress

Conversion is highly-optimized to run as fast as possible, yet provides top-notch reliability. Huge tables are converted in small chunks at a time, preserving memory and ensuring that your computer stays fast and responsive.


Here is what Full Convert does while you sit and watch:

  • Running your custom pre-conversion SQL scripts, if any
  • Creating all selected tables in your target database
  • Copying data
  • Applying indexes
  • Applying foreign key constraints
  • Running your custom post-conversion SQL scripts, if any

Excel to AS/400 (IBM iSeries) conversion summary

Here you will see basic conversion statistics, such as number of tables and records copied to target database.


If there were any warnings or errors during conversion, you will be able to examine them in detail.

Finally, complete SQL log is available for you if you need it. This feature can be enabled in options dialog.

Conclusion

This small tutorial shows how easy it is to convert Excel to AS/400 (IBM iSeries) using Full Convert Enterprise.


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