Databases are critical in managing business knowledge assets. SQL is the de facto way of accessing data because of its simplicity, which allows end users to get what they want effectively. However, as businesses become more globally and electronically interconnected, the need for automated data access increases accordingly and the simplicity of SQL quickly disappears. This is primarily due to the large number of competing technologies that facilitate automated data access, with factors including different programming languages, different database application programming interfaces, different database management systems, and different operating systems. In global businesses or extended networks of businesses, it is common to have many different competing and sometimes incompatible technologies working together at the same time. This research provides a new solution, a unified way to access data regardless of the underlying technologies. Therefore, businesses can save time and cost by focusing on getting the data they want, instead of focusing on how to get the data.
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