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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

Knowledge Based_Structured Query Language (KB_SQL)
Knowledge Based_Structured Query Language (KB_SQL) Technology

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Description: Knowledge Based_Structured Query Language (KB_SQL) is a data access and reporting solution for Massachusetts General Hospital Utility Multi-Programming System (MUMPS), also known as M, databases. KB_SQL software functions as a simple report writer, a database management system, and an application development platform. Users can utilize KB_SQL via terminal screen or the Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) application to retrieve valuable information from their M databases and present it as a formatted report. KB_SQL integrates SQL and M, two American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard languages. SQL provides a standard for database access and communication between systems, whereas M provides a language for processing large amounts of data.

The KB_SQL Server layers on top of M Technology (MUMPS) server environments and accesses and extracts data from MUMPS. This data is delivered to third-party reporting applications such as SAP Crystal Reports and BusinessObjects to produce customized reports. Communication drivers are provided for Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), ActiveX Data Objects.NET (ADO.NET), and Java Database Connectivity (JDBC). Additionally, the KB_SQL Server stores metadata about the type, location, and references for data elements in the Data Dictionary database that resides on the Server. There are also two terminal applications (SQL Editor and EZQ Editor) that can write, edit, and store report queries within the KB_SQL Server Engine.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v22.11
Decision Date: 11/01/2022 at 18:56:55 UTC
Aliases: KB_SQL
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Knowledge Based Systems, Inc.
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (11/01/2022 at 18:56:55 UTC).