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In the business intelligence world at large, predictive analytics and "big data" are being touted as cutting-edge concepts. Although the IBM i was behind in these areas for awhile, it's quickly catching up.

 

In May 2011, IBM published a paper entitled "The Essential CIO – Insights From the Global CIO Study," an overview of the results of interviews with more than 3,000 corporate information officers around the world. In a nutshell, that study showed that the top concern (83 percent) of those surveyed was "business intelligence and analytics." While one might object that that topic would only naturally be the concern of the typical CIO, it's also true that in the nearly two years since that document was published, business data and the information to be retrieved from it has only grown in importance.

 

For many of the SMBs that make up the largest slice of the IBM i market, business intelligence (BI) has traditionally been the process of analyzing what has already happened: how much of what products and services have been sold to what customers, how well this year's financials are stacking up against those of previous years, and similar concerns. Query tools that answer specific questions from business databases, dashboards and other graphical tools that track key performance indicators (KPIs), and report-writers that put the good (or bad) news into succinct packages for quick digestion by decision-makers are the trusty hallmarks of this kind of BI.

 

However, for larger enterprises and more forward-looking SMBs, simply knowing where you've been isn't good enough. Equally important is the ability to wisely plan where you're going. That's where predictive analytics (PA) and "big data" enter the picture.

PA and Big Daddy Data

PA is the process of using information to forecast the likelihood of future events or actionsfor example, how probable it might be that a past customer will make future purchases and what those specific purchases might be. Armed with this knowledge, the enterprise could then take targeted actions to increase the likelihood of such a repeat purchase, or facilitate it when it takes place. PA uses models that, generally, assign a value called a predictor to the hoped-for future event and then use behavioral data and other patterns extracted from available information to guide business decisions going forward. Examples of using this kind of data would be restaurants deciding which less-popular items to replace on their menus and franchise operations deciding which underperforming stores to close based on projected sales volume.

 

Big data is a concept that involves using very large data sets for BI, PA, and other kinds of data analytics in business, science, and other fields. IBM's own Big Data pagcites examples such as analyzing streaming data about medical patients to decrease patient mortality and decreasing telephone-call processing time by examination of networking and call data. The trouble with big data, of course, is an enterprise's ability to process data. Analyzing up to about a terabyte of data is doable for most enterprises, but when potential data sets pass hundreds of terabytes enroute to multiple petabytes, the number of servers needed to effectively process that much data can become prohibitive.

 

When it comes to data, like many things, our culture tells us that more is usually better. Logically, it follows that the more data you can analyze to get an answer, the more likely that answer is to be a better one than you'd get by looking at less data. The problem is where to draw the line between enough and too much, and when it comes to advanced data functions like PA, perhaps that line is currently beyond the scope of many IBM i user companies.

When Too Much Still Isn't Enough

"To be brutally honest," notes Alan Jordan, senior vice-president of operations at Coglin Mill, makers of the RODIN data-warehousing product for IBM i and other platforms, "in my opinion very few IBM i shops are getting to the level of sophistication needed for PA. PA tools such as IBM's SPSS Modeler rely on carefully prepared data. This can be a very difficult and time-consuming task. Each 'model' used in PA will likely need the data to be prepared in a different way. This takes a lot of time and effort if you don’t have the right tools."

 

On the other hand, maybe PA isn't as important to most SMBs as it might be to larger organizations.

 

"Most [of our customers] are what IBM calls small to mid-size companies with somewhere between 50 and 500 employees," reports Bill Langston, marketing director for NewGeneration Software, which produces multiple business-intelligence and dashboard products for the i. "In that customer segment, we are rarely asked about predictive analytics, so at least for our typical customer, I'd have to say PA doesn't drive much BI demand on IBM i. Most customers we speak to are very focused on improving operational reporting and increasingly looking for ways to extend data access to mobile users' smartphones and tablets."

 

"The first step on the journey into PA is to design and build a data warehouse," counters Jordan. "Too many IBM i shops aren't investing in the infrastructure and are deploying reporting and analysis tools directly against operational data or ad-hoc data extracts. These organizations are missing out on the huge ROI they could achieve if they implemented the correct architecture that would allow them to get into PA."

 

"And we can't talk about critical technologies in BI without mentioning big data," he adds. "To a certain segment of IBM i shops, it is already relevant and important, but if you haven't implemented traditional BI over structured data with a data warehouse, then you can't take the leap into big data."

 

Of course, whether or not an enterprise considers moving down the road to data warehousing, there are still significant issues with data quality and data accessibility, obstacles that Jordan warns can't be overlooked.

 

"Reporting and analytic tools will not identify the errors in your data. Believe me, every database contains bad data. If you don't know how reliable it is, how can you trust the reports produced using it? Bad data is a significant issue for virtually every organization and is estimated to cost U.S. businesses over $1 trillion annually."

 

"Another critical issue is that these days we don't just have data in our IBM i application databases," he explains. "We have it in MS SQL Server, Oracle, and other databases. We have it in cloud applications such as Salesforce. Bringing all of this data together for BI reporting can be a huge challenge. It may be related, but it is formatted differently. Joins are impossible. Duplicates exist, and there are all sorts of other challenges. A data warehouse solves this issue."

Looking to the Cloud for Help

Laying down guidelines for determining the point at which data warehousing becomes feasible for enterprises of varying sizes is beyond the scope of this article, but perhaps cloud technology is a long-term answer to the challenge of putting such tools as PA within the reach of enterprises using the i.

 

"A private cloud approach lets the customer scale their use and investment by user, by month, for a specific allocation of disk space, memory, and CPW," advocates Langston. "We think it will be come a very popular way to extend data access to more IBM i customers in the next few years. We also expect to see a rise in the use of very low-cost cloud-based analytical tools that will enable customers to achieve results more cost-effectively and with far less implementation consulting. I think companies who are about to commit to a large BI project with a major vendor should think again about their plans to make sure they aren't making an unnecessary investment to obtain capabilities that will soon be matched by some of these new and inexpensive cloud-based solutions."

Being Clever with What You Have

Regardless of whether or not PA, big data, or data warehousing is in your enterprise's future, making the most of the resources you already have is crucial.

 

"One of [our] most innovative customers is providing critical information from their ERP systems here in the U.S. to suppliers in the Asia-Pacific region via custom Web portals where they have integrated our application to support on-demand inquiries and reports," notes NGS's Langston. "Another wholesale distribution customer uses [our] OLAP module to pinpoint in real-time the activity of their orders from the buying location to multiple distribution centers so they can quickly determine the precise quantity and value by business channel, product class, item, color, size, and other important criteria."

 

"One of our long-time customers uses their data warehouse as a clearing house of data for many purposes, way beyond the range of traditional BI. On a daily basis, [the warehouse] prepares general ledger interface data from their IBM i applications and pushes it to Oracle. Similarly, payment information is sent to their accounts payable system to print checks. It also drives their Web applications, and the list goes on," reports Jordan.

Available BI Tools for IBM i

What follows is a list of the major decision-support products currently available for IBM i. The first section shows products that aren't fully fledged BI systems but provide significant data-analysis and display capabilities for budget-minded enterprises that still need to get a better handle on their business data. The second section shows more comprehensive BI and data-warehousing offerings. Not included are report-design tools, products that simply handle reporting, and applications primarily designed for accounting, financial, and ERP functions, even though those apps fulfill many BI functions.

 

Database query tools are also not included here, despite their relevance to BI. Please see "Technology Focus: Basic Database Query Tools Still Have a Place at the Table" for an overview of those kinds of software applications for the IBM i.

 

The listings provide only a brief overview of each product's functions but include links to product Web pages where more complete information is available.

 

And as always when looking for products or services, be sure to check the MC Press Online Buyer's Guide.

Dashboard and Intermediate Products for IBM i

Attunity

Attunity Change Data Capture (CDC)

Attunity CDC captures and highlights all changes made to any corporate data sources, including databases, data warehouses, and non-relational data sources. Data sources can reside on IBM i and z systems, HP Nonstop, OpenVMS, UNIX, and Windows platforms.

 

Connect

Connect provides an array of database adapters that connect to a variety of PC, midrange, and mainframe databases and let users make this data available to any Java, .NET, and Web applications. Connect offers universal SQL database connectivity and XML data services for relational sources such as DB2/400, DB2, and Oracle, as well as non-relational sources such as text files.

 

Federate

Federate lets users build single views of corporate data from the same range of sources as its CDC and Connect products.

 

Automation Centre

Data Tracker Warehouse

Tracker Data Warehouse is a browser-based data miner that uses SQL Server as a data store and extracts information for display in spreadsheets, one of 40 preconfigured report templates, or user-designed custom report formats.

 

Help/Systems

SEQUEL

SEQUEL is a query and reporting tool that delivers data to the user's choice of graphical interfaces, such as dashboards, tables, custom-formatted reports, Web displays, and other media. It also provides options for data cleansing and reformatting, data drill-down, and distribution via email and other means.

 

IBM Corporation

IBM Cognos Real-time Monitoring

IBM's Cognos Real-time Monitoring displays KPI and other business operational data on self-service dashboards to augment other BI data.

 

IBM SPSS Collaboration and Deployment Services

SPSS Collaboration and Deployment Services is a consultation service that helps enterprises share data assets across multiple departments, enterprises, or other entities. Services include automating analytical processes and deployment of analytic results in existing or custom-built applications and other venues.

 

LANSA

LANSA Client

LANSA Client helps non-technical users query, report, and analyze data from IBM i and Windows servers. Users can download the data to MS Excel spreadsheets, graphical views such as charts and graphs, and comma-delimited ASCII text files.

 

LogiXML

Logi Info

Logi Info lets non-technical users build custom reports, dashboards, Web portals, interactive mobile apps, and other analytical tools using nearly any data source. The product includes more than 600 pre-built elements that can be selected to construct data display and analytical tools without programmer help.

 

Momentum Utilities

inTuator

Momentum's inTuator offers multidimensional analysis and charting tools for existing IBM i data. Users can link data across application areas, work with downloaded data offline, and export or download data to MS Office applications.

 

NewGeneration Software

Business Performance Dashboard

Business Performance Dashboard lets business professionals view, present, and interact with charts, reports, tables, gauges, calendars, maps, and other visualization aids via a Web browser. Information from these sources is also downloadable to MS Excel spreadsheets without additional programming.

 

SmartView

SmartView is a Windows-based, online analytical processing (OLAP) application that uses IBM i data gathered by the NGS-IQ application (see below). SmartView lets users analyze and display data in a wide range of ways, as well as customize it to show specific information types via drag-and-drop formatting aids.

 

QL2 Software

Web QL

Web QL is a proprietary language that runs on servers using UNIX or Windows and can harvest nearly any kind of data from Web and non-Web sources (including SQL), handle data transformation and restructuring processes, and then download the collected data to existing internal and external systems.

 

Visual Mining

NetCharts Performance Dashboards

NetCharts lets executives and other nontechnical users select operational business data and generate dashboards that display and analyze KPIs, reports, and other business metrics.

Full-Service Business Intelligence Products for IBM i

Andrews Consulting Group

RapidDecision

RapidDecision is a BI system that includes pre-built data warehousing and datamart solutions that work with existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications to provide data analysis support.

 

Business Computer Design International (BCD)

Nexus Portal

Nexus Portal provides a prefabricated, customizable Web portal for accessing enterprise information on IBM i machines. Nexus Portal can display information on Internet or intranet portals, provides security features, provides dynamic and menu navigation, and can generate dashboards that focus on KPIs.

 

Coglin Mill

RODIN Data Asset Management

RODIN Data Asset Management is a data-management environment for data warehouses, datamarts, and other data-integration applications. It includes tools for describing and managing metadata, acquiring new data, handling change-management and versioning, and managing ETL processes. The product is available in four editions tailored to different-sized organizations and includes an optional DB2 Web Query version.

 

Deloitte

DMA Managed Analytic Applications

With its 2011 acquisition of Oco, Inc., Deloitte offers BI analytic applications that can draw data from application systems such as Lawson and SAP, as well as homegrown System i-based applications. From this data, DMA Managed Analytic Applications can help users build dashboards, scorecards, user-specific reports, and other aids for analyzing business data.

 

Dimensional Insight

The Diver Solution

An end-to-end BI solution, Diver includes analysis, integration, and dashboard features, as well as security, real-time alerts, and extensive deployment options. It lets users build and deploy customized BI options using data from IBM i and other data sources.

 

IBM Corporation

Cognos Business Intelligence

Cognos BI provides reports, analysis, dashboards, and scoreboards to help users capture business data and other metrics to provide a well-rounded view of enterprise activity. It helps users analyze information as well as distribute it via impromptu or standardized reports, dashboards, and other graphical means, including social networking.

 

ShowCase Warehouse Builder

ShowCase Warehouse Builder generates a data warehouse or datamarts from corporate data on IBM i servers, as well as helps handle data transformation, loading, replication, and management.

 

Information Builders

iWay Integrity Solutions

The iWay Integrity Solutions suite provides several products that underlie a strong business intelligence system. These include data quality management (for optimizing data correctness), master data management (for consolidating up to millions of records), and data governance (management and control of data by its internal owners).

 

Performance Management Framework

Performance Management Framework can draw information from more than 300 IBM i and other platform data sources to deliver enterprise performance management information to all levels of business executives. The product includes more than 500 pre-packaged metrics for common business functions and can produce information in a wide array of graphical formats.

 

WebFOCUS Business Intelligence

WebFOCUS Business Intelligence provides business data for analysis via dashboards, scorecards, query and analysis tools, mobile devices, guided ad hoc reporting, integration with desktop products, and dynamic report distribution with real-time alerts.

 

WebFOCUS RStat

WebFOCUS RStat is a predictive analytics and data-mining application for corporate data. It offers a single platform for BI, data modeling, and data scoring that helps users build and export models for prediction and classification, and provides data exploration, descriptive statistics, and interactive graphs.

 

Visual Discovery

Visual Discovery is a data-analysis solution with built-in visualization features. It lets users build multidimensional, graphical representations of data and output completed dashboards to MS PowerPoint, Adobe PDF files, and compound WebFOCUS reports.

 

NewGeneration Software

Decision Assist

Decision Assist is made up of prefabricated business analytics and reporting models that specialize in either financial performance or business performance. Designed specifically for i5/OS, it includes a built-in datamart, a Web portal user interface, dashboards and multidimensional models, and predefined spreadsheets and reports.

 

NGS-IQ

NGS-IQ is a suite of business intelligence products that includes Decision Assist, IQ Client (a Windows query and Web report developer), Qport Access (data transfer to DB2 databases and MS Office apps), Qport Builder (a Web-based query developer), Business Performance Dashboard (browser-based graphical displays for business data), and IQ Server (a 5250 interface for building queries and interfacing with mobile devices).

 

NGS-IQ Cloud

NGS-IQ Cloud provides cloud-based BI services built on the company's NGS-IQ product suite. Features include security, query, analytics, reporting, and data replication.

 

SAP

Business Intelligence Solutions for IBM

SAP's products include a portfolio of BI applications that work with DB2 on all IBM platforms, as well as Lotus Notes/Domino, WebSphere portals, Tivoli products, and Informix databases.

 

Silvon Software

Silvon Stratum

Tailored for manufacturing operations, Stratum offers the ability to analyze data gathered in enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and Web-based transaction applications. It lets users compare and rank KPIs from different business areas, access hundreds of pre-built views and reports, carry out predictive and budget activities, and deliver information throughout the enterprise.

 

John Ghrist

John Ghrist has been a journalist, programmer, and systems manager in the computer industry since 1982. He has covered the market for IBM i servers and their predecessor platforms for more than a quarter century and has attended more than 25 COMMON conferences. A former editor-in-chief with Defense Computing and a senior editor with SystemiNEWS, John has written and edited hundreds of articles and blogs for more than a dozen print and electronic publications. He is currently CEO of John Ghrist Agency, a marketing communications firm for technology companies. You can reach him at ghrist@comcast.net.

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    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.