Cobol Data File To SQL Table Conversion

I am a novice in data base designing. I have MS certification in both design, implementation and administration. Can anyone help me provide information regarding converting from Cobol flat files to sql server tables ?
I will be very grateful.. This is my first assignment.. Got to prove myself... help....

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This nifty function convert COBOL value to equivalent integer.

If last characer is one of these alphanumeric charactersJ -1
K -2
L -3
M -4
N -5
O -6
P -7
Q -8
R -9
} -0it means that complete value is negative and last character is the equivalent numeric in table above.CREATE FUNCTION [dbo].[fnCobol2Int]
@Item VARCHAR(18)
WHEN @Item LIKE '%[^}jklmnopqr0123456789JKLMNOPQR]%' THEN NULL
WHEN LEFT(@Item, LEN(@Item) - 1) LIKE '%[}jklmnopqrJKLMNOPQR]%' THEN NULL
WHEN RIGHT(@Item, 1) LIKE '[}jklmnopqrJKLMNOPQR]' THEN '-'
END + LEFT(@Item, LEN(@Item) - 1) + CHAR(47 + CHARINDEX(RIGHT(@Item, 1), '}JKLMNOPQR0123456789}jklmnopqr') % 10) AS BIGINT)
E 12°55'05.25"
N 56°04'39.16"

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