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Stewart "Arturius" Campbell
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I would be interested in knowing what the so-called JCL limitation is. With over 20 years mainframe experience it would be a new one for me (unless it is a limitation in the user's knowledge of JCL, I have seen that one before...).

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:-Pw00t good q
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I too have well over 10 years experience on mainframe, mainly cobol and db2 on z/os. limitations could be put in place for numerous reasons, including, inter alia, the transport mechanism used to move the files (e.g. x'com), network restrictions and, as stated, user (lack of) knowledge.
however, the mention of "jcl limitations" is just incidental to the actual question, i.e. the most effective and efficient way to import the data and populate an SSAS cube.

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Agreed. The main point of the question is about how to import a number of files.

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Excellent question, stewartc, thank you!

I wish you had set this question a long time ago, this could have saved some people some work... How did this slip under my radar? Crazy

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I second Ed Vassie's question on the supposed JCL limitation.

I got the answer right, only because the category was SSIS and I figured that one of those two answers must be the one being driven for. However, SSIS is NEVER the most "efficient" solution. I'm sure there is a much more efficient solution using BCP or Bulk Insert (not with a cursor, that was an obvious bad answer), perhaps using CLR stored procedure, or perhaps concatenating the files before the BCP operation.



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Nice question! I didn't know a connections such as MULTIFLATFILE existed. I typically did what was suggested in the second answer. Thanks!



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I agree, nice question. I learned something new today and that is the point.
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WOW i always used the for each loop to process files and never knew about multiflatfile feature.
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