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Putting OPNQRYF's wild card function to work.

Brief: There are numerous ways you can scan character fields in an AS/400 database to find a pattern. The method presented here, although not the most conventional, may be one you should consider.

When you need to select records from a database file based on character string pattern matching, you basically have five choices (unless you purchase add-on products like SQL or Query/400). You can use the Copy File (CPYF) command with the ConTains (*CT) operator, use the QCLSCAN API, use Query Management, write your own HLL program or use the Open Query File (OPNQRYF) command. OPNQRYF may not be the first method that comes to mind, but it very well might be the best choice.

Consider the disadvantages of some of the options. The CPYF command doesn't provide wild card characters. The QCLSCAN API, while powerful, requires several parameters. Most programmers don't know the complexities of Query Management. Finally, writing a HLL program creates a somewhat static solution (e.g., file formats must be established at compile time).

On the other hand, record selection with OPNQRYF is easy to code, allows you to create flexible search criteria and can provide dynamic selection criteria by using variables to build the selection expressions, file names and field names.

Actually, OPNQRYF can employ two methods to perform character string pattern matching: the *CT operation method or the wild card (%WLDCRD) function method. I will use the %WLDCRD method since it offers more powerful pattern-matching capabilities.

To illustrate how to use OPNQRYF's %WLDCRD function, I have developed the Create Subset of File (CRTSSETF) command. It allows you to create a subset of any physical file based on a character string match against any character field of a file. Before I describe the command in detail, let's take a look at the %WLDCRD function.

The Wild Card Function

Selection of records via OPNQRYF is accomplished by submitting selection expressions through the QRYSLT parameter. Flexibility and power is added to the expression by incorporating the %WLDCRD function.

Like the %RANGE and %VALUES functions, %WLDCRD can be used only on the right side of a QRYSLT or GRPSLT expression. The left-hand side of the expression must contain a character field and the logical operator can only be EQual (*EQ or =).

For example, let's say you want to select all records from the CUSTMAST file where the company name field (CMNAME) contains "COMPUTER" anywhere within the field. The OPNQRYF command would look like this:

 OPNQRYF FILE((CUSTMAST)) + QRYSLT('CMNAME *EQ + %WLDCRD("*COMPUTER*")') 

The asterisks on each side of COMPUTER are the wild cards which cause the occurrence of the word (COMPUTER) anywhere within the field to be considered a match. Not only is this simple to code, but the selection processing time is very good. As an example, I ran a test on a dedicated D20 where I compared the OPNQRYF command using the %WLDCRD function with an RPG program that used the SCAN operation. I searched a 185,000-record file for a character string. When the number of records matching the selection criteria was small, OPNQRYF was slightly faster than the RPG program.

When the number of matched records was large (over 50,000), the RPG program was faster. 113,644 records were selected in two minutes by the RPG program versus three minutes by OPNQRYF. The performance of OPNQRYF was very acceptable, especially considering that the RPG program method doesn't allow wild cards, doesn't provide for dynamic file opens, and therefore must be hard-coded for a particular file.

%WLDCRD can use two separate wild card characters. By default, the pattern string you look for contains an underscore character (' _ ') and an asterisk ('*') as wild card characters. The underscore is interpreted as a fixed, one- character wild card-meaning that any single character is considered to match the underscore. The asterisk, on the other hand, is a flexible wild card, which can match any number of characters (even zero characters).

To illustrate, '_AT' (using the single-character, fixed wild card), matches BAT, CAT, EAT, FAT, and so on, but not SEAT, since 'SE' is two characters and ' _ ', the fixed wild card, represents only one character. However, '*AT' matches everything '_AT' would match, plus other words like SEAT, CHEAT or even AT and MONTSERRAT, since '*' can be replaced by any number of characters-even no characters. Now let's take a look at the format of the %WLDCRD function in 1.

To illustrate, '_AT' (using the single-character, fixed wild card), matches BAT, CAT, EAT, FAT, and so on, but not SEAT, since 'SE' is two characters and ' _ ', the fixed wild card, represents only one character. However, '*AT' matches everything '_AT' would match, plus other words like SEAT, CHEAT or even AT and MONTSERRAT, since '*' can be replaced by any number of characters-even no characters. Now let's take a look at the format of the %WLDCRD function in Figure 1.

The optional wild card characters parameter increases the flexibility of the %WLDCRD function by letting you select which characters to use for wild cards. The default characters are '_' for the single-character wild card and '*' for the flexible wild card character, as explained above. Most of the time, you can use the default values, but suppose you need to look for a character string that actually contains an embedded asterisk? Since the asterisk is a wild card character by default, it would seem that you have a problem.

%WLDCRD, however, lets you avoid the conflict by selecting another character as the wild card. Therefore, when you need to scan for an underscore character or an asterisk, you may substitute any character you like. The %WLDCRD function then uses your character(s) as the wild card characters.

If you specify a replacement character for one of the default wild card characters, you must specify both wild cards. This means that the second parameter of the %WLDCRD function must have two characters or none at all.

To illustrate, let's say you want to scan for the occurrence of an asterisk ('*') in any customer name in the CUSTMAST file. Since the character string contains an asterisk, we'll use an ampersand ('&') character for the substring wild card character. The OPNQRYF command would look like this:

 OPNQRYF FILE((CUSTMAST)) + QRYSLT('CMNAME *EQ + %WLDCRD("&*&" "_&")') 

Even though I didn't replace the default single-character wild card (' _ ') with a different character, I still had to include it.

The CRTSSETF Command

Rather than creating a new OPNQRYF command each time you want to subset a file, you can use the command I've created. With CRTSSETF, you can quickly and easily create a subset of any file by scanning for a character string up to 25 characters in length. 2 shows the prompting for the command. You must submit a qualified file name to be used as input, followed by the name of a character field that is to be scanned. By default, the target field will be translated to uppercase before the search string is compared to it. For a case- sensitive search, simply change the translate parameter value to *NO. You specify the source string for the search and replace the default wild cards, if necessary.

Rather than creating a new OPNQRYF command each time you want to subset a file, you can use the command I've created. With CRTSSETF, you can quickly and easily create a subset of any file by scanning for a character string up to 25 characters in length. Figure 2 shows the prompting for the command. You must submit a qualified file name to be used as input, followed by the name of a character field that is to be scanned. By default, the target field will be translated to uppercase before the search string is compared to it. For a case- sensitive search, simply change the translate parameter value to *NO. You specify the source string for the search and replace the default wild cards, if necessary.

The remaining parameters relate to the outfile. You can create a subset of the file, or you can add to or replace the records of an existing member. 3 contains the command source member.

The remaining parameters relate to the outfile. You can create a subset of the file, or you can add to or replace the records of an existing member. Figure 3 contains the command source member.

4 contains the source member for the command processing program. The OPNQRYF command carries out the selection of records, and the Copy from Query File (CPYFRMQRYF) command performs the actual creation of the file.

Figure 4 contains the source member for the command processing program. The OPNQRYF command carries out the selection of records, and the Copy from Query File (CPYFRMQRYF) command performs the actual creation of the file.

You might consider making modifications to the command to make it even more powerful. For example, you could allow a list of fields to be submitted for the scan instead of just one.

OPNQRYF is Powerful

As you can see, it is very easy to create global scanning programs using the OPNQRYF command. The real work in the CRTSSETF command is done by one statement-the OPNQRYF command incorporating the %WLDCRD function. The bottom line...if you aren't already using OPNQRYF for your scan selections, you should consider it.

Richard Shaler is a senior technical editor at Midrange Computing.


Flexible Character String Search with OPNQRYF

Figure 1 Format for Wild Card Function of OPNQRYF

 %WLDCRD(''pattern_string'' [''wild_card_characters'']) 
Flexible Character String Search with OPNQRYF

Figure 2 The CRTSSETF Prompt

 Create Subset of File (CRTSSETF) Type choices, press Enter. File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . __________ Name Library . . . . . . . . . . . *LIBL_____ Name, *LIBL Character field to search . . . __________ Character value Translate field to uppercase . . *YES *YES, *NO Search string . . . . . . . . . _________________________ Single character wild card . . . '_' Character value Substring wild card . . . . . . '*' Character value Outfile . . . . . . . . . . . . __________ Name Library . . . . . . . . . . . QTEMP_____ Name Create file . . . . . . . . . . *NO *YES, *NO Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . *FIRST____ Name, *FIRST Member option . . . . . . . . . *REPLACE *ADD, *REPLACE Bottom F3=Exit F4=Prompt F5=Refresh F12=Cancel F13=How to use this display F24=More keys 
Flexible Character String Search with OPNQRYF

Figure 3 The CRTSSETF Command Source

 /*===================================================================*/ /* To compile: */ /* CRTCMD CMD(XXX/CRTSSETF) PGM(XXX/SSET001CL) + */ /* SRCFILE(XXX/QCMDSRC) */ /* */ /*===================================================================*/ CRTSSETF: CMD PROMPT('Create Subset of File') PARM KWD(PF) TYPE(Q1) MIN(1) PROMPT('File' 1) PARM KWD(CHRFIELD) TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) MIN(1) + PROMPT('Character field to search' 2) PARM KWD(SEARCHSTR) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(25) MIN(1) + EXPR(*YES) PROMPT('Search string' 4) PARM KWD(TRANSLATE) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) RSTD(*YES) + DFT(*YES) VALUES(*YES *NO) + PROMPT('Translate field to uppercase' 3) PARM KWD(SNGWLDCRD) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(1) DFT('_') + PROMPT('Single character wild card' 5) PARM KWD(SSTWLDCRD) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(1) DFT('*') + PROMPT('Substring wild card' 6) PARM KWD(OUTFILE) TYPE(Q2) PROMPT('Outfile' 7) PARM KWD(CRTF) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) RSTD(*YES) + DFT(*YES) VALUES(*YES *NO) PROMPT('Create + file' 8) PARM KWD(MBR) TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) DFT(*FIRST) + SPCVAL((*FIRST)) PROMPT('Member' 9) PARM KWD(MBROPT) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(8) RSTD(*YES) + DFT(*REPLACE) VALUES(*ADD *REPLACE) + PMTCTL(PMTCTL1) PROMPT('Member option' 10) PMTCTL1: PMTCTL CTL(CRTF) COND((*EQ '*NO')) Q1: QUAL TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) QUAL TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) DFT(*LIBL) + SPCVAL((*LIBL)) PROMPT('Library') Q2: QUAL TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) QUAL TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) DFT(QTEMP) + PROMPT('Library') 
Flexible Character String Search with OPNQRYF

Figure 4 CPP SSET001CL Source

 /*==================================================================*/ /* To compile: */ /* */ /* CRTCLPGM PGM(XXX/SSET001CL) SRCFILE(XXX/QCLSRC) */ /* */ /*==================================================================*/ SSET001CL: + PGM PARM(&QPF &CHRFIELD &SEARCHSTR &TRANSLATE &SNGWLDCRD + &SSTWLDCRD &QOF &CRTF &OFMBR &ADDREPL) DCL VAR(&CLEANED_UP) TYPE(*LGL) LEN(1) VALUE('0') DCL VAR(&NORMAL) TYPE(*LGL) LEN(1) VALUE('0') DCL VAR(&ERRORSW) TYPE(*LGL) LEN(1) DCL VAR(&MSGID) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(7) DCL VAR(&MSGDTA) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(256) DCL VAR(&MSGF) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&MSGFLIB) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&ADDREPL) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(8) DCL VAR(&CHRFIELD) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&CRTF) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) DCL VAR(&DBLQTE) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(1) VALUE('"') DCL VAR(&OF) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&OFLIB) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&OFMBR) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&PF) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&PFLIB) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&QOF) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(20) DCL VAR(&QPF) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(20) DCL VAR(&QRYSLT) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(80) DCL VAR(&SEARCHSTR) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(25) DCL VAR(&SNGWLDCRD) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(1) DCL VAR(&SSTWLDCRD) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(1) DCL VAR(&TRANSLATE) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) DCL VAR(&WLDCRDS) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(2) MONMSG MSGID(CPF0000) EXEC(GOTO CMDLBL(ERRPROC)) CHGVAR VAR(&WLDCRDS) VALUE(&SNGWLDCRD *CAT &SSTWLDCRD) CHGVAR VAR(&PF) VALUE(%SST(&QPF 1 10)) CHGVAR VAR(&PFLIB) VALUE(%SST(&QPF 11 10)) CHGVAR VAR(&OF) VALUE(%SST(&QOF 1 10)) CHGVAR VAR(&OFLIB) VALUE(%SST(&QOF 11 10)) IF COND(&TRANSLATE *EQ '*YES') THEN(CHGVAR VAR(&QRYSLT) + VALUE('%XLATE(' *TCAT &CHRFIELD *BCAT 'QSYSTRNTBL)' *BCAT + '*EQ %WLDCRD(')) ELSE CMD(CHGVAR VAR(&QRYSLT) VALUE(&CHRFIELD *BCAT '*EQ %WLDCRD(')) CHGVAR VAR(&QRYSLT) VALUE(&QRYSLT *TCAT &DBLQTE *TCAT &SEARCHSTR + *TCAT &DBLQTE *BCAT &DBLQTE *TCAT &WLDCRDS *TCAT &DBLQTE + *TCAT ')') IF COND(&CRTF *EQ '*NO') THEN(DO) CHKOBJ OBJ(&OFLIB/&OF) OBJTYPE(*FILE) MBR(&OFMBR) MONMSG MSGID(CPF9800) EXEC(DO) SNDPGMMSG MSGID(CPF9898) MSGF(QCPFMSG) MSGDTA('Outfile' + *BCAT &OF *BCAT 'Member' *BCAT &OFMBR *BCAT 'in + library' *BCAT &OFLIB *BCAT 'does not exist') + MSGTYPE(*ESCAPE) ENDDO ENDDO ELSE CMD(DO) CHKOBJ OBJ(&OFLIB/&OF) OBJTYPE(*FILE) MBR(&OFMBR) MONMSG MSGID(CPF9800) EXEC(GOTO CMDLBL(SKIP)) SNDPGMMSG MSGID(CPF9898) MSGF(QCPFMSG) MSGDTA('Outfile' *BCAT + &OF *BCAT 'in library' *BCAT &OFLIB *BCAT 'already + exists') MSGTYPE(*ESCAPE) SKIP: + ENDDO OVRDBF FILE(&PF) SHARE(*YES) OPNQRYF FILE((&PFLIB/&PF)) QRYSLT(&QRYSLT) CPYFRMQRYF FROMOPNID(&PF) TOFILE(&OFLIB/&OF) TOMBR(&OFMBR) + MBROPT(&ADDREPL) CRTFILE(&CRTF) NORMAL_END: + CHGVAR VAR(&NORMAL) VALUE('1') CLEAN_UP: + CHGVAR VAR(&CLEANED_UP) VALUE('1') CLOF OPNID(&PF) DLTOVR FILE(&PF) IF COND(&NORMAL) THEN(RETURN) ERRPROC: + IF COND(*NOT &CLEANED_UP) THEN(GOTO CMDLBL(CLEAN_UP)) IF COND(&ERRORSW) THEN(SNDPGMMSG MSGID(CPF9999) MSGF(QCPFMSG) + MSGTYPE(*ESCAPE)) ELSE CMD(CHGVAR VAR(&ERRORSW) VALUE('1')) ERRLOOP: + RCVMSG MSGTYPE(*DIAG) MSGDTA(&MSGDTA) MSGID(&MSGID) MSGF(&MSGF) + MSGFLIB(&MSGFLIB) IF COND(&MSGID *EQ ' ') THEN(GOTO CMDLBL(ERRDONE)) SNDPGMMSG MSGID(&MSGID) MSGF(&MSGFLIB/&MSGF) MSGDTA(&MSGDTA) + MSGTYPE(*DIAG) GOTO CMDLBL(ERRLOOP) ERRDONE: + RCVMSG MSGTYPE(*EXCP) MSGDTA(&MSGDTA) MSGID(&MSGID) MSGF(&MSGF) + MSGFLIB(&MSGFLIB) SNDPGMMSG MSGID(&MSGID) MSGF(&MSGFLIB/&MSGF) MSGDTA(&MSGDTA) + MSGTYPE(*ESCAPE) ENDPGM: + ENDPGM 
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    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this 30-minute recorded webinar, our experts demonstrate how you can:

    • Manage multiple platforms from a central location
    • View monitoring results in a single pane of glass on your desktop or mobile device
    • Take advantage of best practice, plug-and-play monitoring templates
    • Create rules to automate daily checks across your entire infrastructure
    • Receive notification if something is wrong or about to go wrong

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericYou need to know when IBM i disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer. Our experts will show you how Robot Monitor can help you pinpoint exactly when your auxiliary storage starts to disappear and why, so you can start taking a proactive approach to disk monitoring and analysis. You’ll also get insight into:

    • The main sources of disk consumption
    • How to monitor temporary storage and QTEMP objects in real time
    • How to monitor objects and libraries in real time and near-real time
    • How to track long-term disk trends

     

     

  • Stop Re-keying Data Between IBM I and Other Applications

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericMany business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation.Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stop re-keying data between IBM i and other applications? Or if you could stop replicating data and start processing orders faster? Or what if you could automatically extract data from existing reports instead of re-keying? It’s all possible. Watch this webinar to learn about:

    • The data dilemma
    • 3 ways to stop re-keying data
    • Data automation in practice

    Plus, see how HelpSystems data automation software will help you stop re-keying data.

     

  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

    SB_Profound_WC_GenericWhen it comes to IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"

     

  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericToo much paper is wasted. Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets.And distributing documents is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.

     

  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

    • Different tools to develop Node.js applications on IBM i
    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using NodeRun.com as a pre-built development environment

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption

     

     

  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.