IMS ACCESS Procedure Description

The ACCESS procedure creates SAS files of type ACCESS and VIEW.These files are referred to as descriptor files because they describe an IMS database to the SAS System
An ACCESS file describes the data in one IMS database. The ACCESS file is a master copy of all or part of a database definition.
You grant access to the actual database by creating different views of the ACCESS file. The VIEW files can identify a subset of the data described by the ACCESS file. The data specified in a VIEW can be used in the SAS System in much the same way that a SAS data file is used.