Far too often, mainframe data is excluded entirely from analytics and reporting because it’s just too hard to access. There are several reasons why access has not been so easy to come by. These systems are usually responsible for mission-critical business operations and require the highest level of security.
Because of these concerns, data requests are commonly managed tactically as a one-off request. Analysts are given access to a narrow or limited dataset which is delivered to them in a file that was extracted from the mainframe. The data isn’t refreshed and quickly becomes out of date.
It is possible though to unlock mainframe data without ceding control.
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