Bringing attribute lineage to IBM z/OS mainframes

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Solidatus brings attribute lineage to IBM z/OS mainframes

Move will enable users to automatically map mainframe metadata into Solidatus to create active blueprints from which they can derive actionable insights and de-risk their operations

London and Houston, 18th May. Solidatus, the leading data management solution that empowers organizations to connect, visualize and govern their data relationships, can now draw metadata from IBM z/OS mainframe scanners that operate at an enterprise-wide level on applications and systems. This metadata is then automatically mapped into lineage models so that users can fully visualize their systems and plan for change, such as migrating to the cloud.

With IBM z/OS mainframes heavily embedded into so many organizations’ IT infrastructures, and many components susceptible to end-of-life risks, it’s crucial for efficient and effective systems analysts to be able to: understand the business logic and data transformation rules embedded in code; understand data quality and validation rules for comprehensiveness and accuracy; and identify integration points to assess the impact of data migration on these integrations.

A resilient data architecture relies on capabilities that support the availability, integrity, and security of data within an organization.

Software already exists to support these aims but to bring things to the next level, Solidatus now allows users to effortlessly view IBM mainframe lineage through an ‘enterprise inventory’, with content clustered however the customer requires. In turn, this means that users can improve their data governance processes and controls through the sophisticated but easy-to-use models that can be built in Solidatus and the display rules that can be applied to them.

Howard Travers, Head of Technology Alliances at Solidatus, said: “I’m hugely excited by this initiative to automate the process of visualising IBM z/OS attribute lineage, which will save our customers a huge amount of time and cost by reducing manual effort. By visually identifying lost, redundant and orphaned code we can: simplify understanding; demonstrate risk and compliance; and, where required, accelerate the move to the AWS, Google and Azure Clouds. These are all things that Solidatus will make infinitely easier for our customers.”

Travers added: “This work addresses a major pain point for a massive chunk of industry around the world, especially in the USA. In the banking sector alone, 43% of existing systems were built using COBOL, a legacy programming language associated with z/OS.”


Solidatus’ representatives, including CEO and Founder, Philip Dutton, look forward to discussing this, and other connectors and technology partnerships, with delegates at next week’s Gartner® Data & Analytics Summit 2023 in London. Dutton will also co-host a presentation alongside BNY Mellon’s Lewis Reeder entitled Solidatus: How BNY Mellon is Visualizing a Holistic View from a Complex World.

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About Solidatus

Solidatus is an innovative data management solution that empowers organizations to connect and visualize their data relationships, simplifying how they identify, access, and understand them. With a sustainable data foundation in place, data-rich enterprises can meet regulatory requirements, drive digital transformation, capture business insights, and make better, less risky and more informed data-driven decisions. We provide solutions to several key areas of endeavor, including: governance and regulatory compliance; data risk and controls; business integration; environment, social, governance (ESG); and data sharing. Our clients and investors include top-tier global financial services brands such as Citi and HSBC, healthcare, and retail organizations as well as government institutions.

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Search, dashboards and better automation

At Solidatus, our work is never done: whether it’s a full-scale version update or a minor tweak, we’re always listening to customer feedback to make our even product better.

We never stop thinking about ways to make our users’ lives more productive and efficient. Even when we sleep, we dream about innovations in data lineage and visualization. Or sometimes we do. So the summary of exciting new features outlined below is neither exhaustive nor the end of the story.

Here’s how Solidatus is enabling our customers to work even faster and smarter:

Zero in on whatever you’re looking for in your entire data estate with all-new Solidatus Search

Work smarter with Solidatus Search:

  • Find data elements, data flows and properties with all new Solidatus Search
  • Fine-tune your search results with dynamic filters and suggestions
  • Locate the models you need to understand and navigate your business

As your models improve, so does the filtering – it will provide more suggestions to help you find what matters most to you.


Elevate your top-level insight for smarter decision-making with Solidatus Dashboards

With Solidatus Dashboard:

  • Review at-a-glance aggregated statistics as graphs and numbers
  • Choose what matters to you by defining the metrics that matter most
  • Shine a light on data mess with unlimited customized metrics tracking

The new analytics capabilities count metadata items and their properties across your entire Solidatus environment (access controls permitting!) and display them in colorful and meaningful charts.

Discover how your metadata conforms to internal standards and uncover cross-model statistics:

  • How many applications there are in each sector of your business
  • The percentage of applications that have been scanned by connectors and are included in the enterprise view
  • How many objects have been scanned by connectors vs manually
  • How many Critical Data Elements you have
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Gain rich, granular understanding with Automatic SQL Lineage Visualization

Our database connectors can do more than just catalog data schemas:

  • Automatically extract and analyze SQL code
  • Understand the flow of data through tables and views

Our SQL parsing connectors can now annotate the dataflow graph with the SQL snippets that created the data, which:

  • Instantly brings your complex, legacy-stored procedures under governance
  • Allows you to visualize both the flow of data and what SQL statement causes it

Tying this in with our automated lineage connectors, you’ve got a recipe for scalable, end-to-end and fully automated data flow visualizations of your systems.

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London, UK – 26 MAY 2020 – Solidatus, the leading data lineage and business relationship mapping solution, today announces its interactive Collibra integration.

The Solidatus’ technical integration with Collibra enables data to be seamlessly passed between the two platforms, providing a new market-leading level of analytics, automation, extraction and real-time lineage at scale.

Solidatus’ unique collaborative approach enables it to integrate with multiple sources of data. In this case, its solution will book-end Collibra for the generation, curation and federation of business-mastered data beyond the data steward community.

Data strategy, governance and integration specialist DTSQUARED was instrumental in facilitating the collaboration between Solidatus and Collibra. By advising on clients’ typical pain points to ensure the integration between the two solutions, the consultancy ultimately created greater client capabilities for data collaboration. Such integrations are highly beneficial to end user clients, streamlining functionality between systems and bridging gaps from platform to platform, generating much more holistic and effective end results.

Solidatus’ software and its uniquely visual approach accelerates the process of distilling an organisation’s data assets into critical data elements (CDEs), reference data sets and other categorised data sets from the plethora of metadata sources available. Its advanced metadata analytics, as well as the federated collection and socialisation models, together improve the accuracy, completeness, and agreement of the data an organisation delivers into Collibra.

Key benefits of the integration include:

Accelerating Discovery and Collibra Adoption: Solidatus accelerates the tagging, rating and commentary process, rapidly annotating an organisation’s relevant data and content so that it can be automatically exported into Collibra – this is while storing the deep technical content for future discovery and visualisation.

Performant Technical Lineage & Visualisation at Scale: When a user wishes to move from Collibra Business views to a more technical, granular level, Solidatus provides the opportunity to drill down into detailed lineage at considerable scale. The Collibra user can automatically link to Solidatus and define different categories of the detailed metadata to promote greater insight, illustrate data quality, and solve other related issues.

Assurance & Compliance: Solidatus can automatically import and reflect the current approved governance models from Collibra. Solidatus exposes Collibra-governed data to the development community where they can validate, map and test future changes using the distributed source control and audit features. This provides management teams and developers with visibility, individual responsibility, assurance and control, giving them confidence that they are compliant with the agreed company governance frameworks maintained in Collibra.

Philip Dutton, Co-Founder of Solidatus, comments: “Solidatus’ integration with Collibra brings a tremendous amount of value to organisations struggling with Enterprise data governance. Solidatus seamlessly links incumbent data governance platforms enabling accelerated ROI for organisations, by reducing the challenging implementation phase of governance from years to months, and providing instant impact analysis across the governed estate. Together this allows organisations to effectively visualise, generate, govern and utilise their most valuable asset, their data.”

Toby Pearson, CEO, DTSQUARED, adds, “Solidatus’ integration to Collibra is the connective tissue allowing end user clients to really benefit from the best of both platforms. Achieving truly sustainable Enterprise data governance requires collaboration. By advising and developing the use case for an integration between Solidatus and Collibra, two key players in the market, we are further supporting our clients with expert advice on all aspects of their data landscape.”

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About Solidatus

Award-winning Solidatus is the leading next generation data management and conceptual modelling solution that effectively manages data, people and processes. It has solidified its place as one of the most influential and critical new software solutions positioned to help the world’s largest data-rich and regulated organisations manage their processes and data. It highlights gaps, declares transparency and provides a simpler, quicker and better route to implement change.

Solidatus facilitates both data lineage and business process engineering. Whether to demonstrate regulatory compliance, improve governance, assist with transformational change or optimise your data landscape, it builds a connected digital map of your organisation, reducing complexity while driving efficiency. It is uniquely engineered to build end-to-end data models more efficiently and effectively and improve an organisation’s data economy. Solidatus is quickly being adopted by organisations across the globe, including top-tier global financial, pharmaceutical, utility and infrastructure firms and has been implemented by leading consulting and technology firms.


DTSQUARED are a specialist independent consultancy focusing on data strategy and data-related business challenges. We work with our clients to define and deliver global multi-year data strategies, modern data warehouse solutions, data governance and lineage, master data management, data quality measurement & remediation and overall program governance.

Our team of specialists are qualified and experienced in all aspects of data. We work together with clients to plan, install, extend, integrate and support a wide range of technology products. We help firms demonstrably reduce the cost of data management, return value to their business and build a lasting data strategy for business transformation and success.