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Ensure top-notch DB2 Web Query reports by using QAQQINI, exit points, database monitors, and Visual Explain.

 

In July of 2007, IBM announced DB2 Web Query for System i, a product positioned as a query and reporting tool for the System i and the strategic enhancement to the Query/400 tool. DB2 Web Query has many advantages over Query/400. Most notably, it provides modernized development and end-user interfaces via a Web browser as well as modern report output formats such as HTML to the browser, Excel spreadsheets, and PDF. For more information on DB2 Web Query, download the IBM Redbook titled Getting Started with DB2 Web Query for System i.

 

In this article, I explain how DB2 Web Query accesses data from the DB2 for i5/OS database and how you can use various tools available on the System i to influence certain optimization behaviors. The ultimate objective is to ensure that DB2 Web Query reports are using the latest IBM technologies and obtaining optimal data access performance.

 

When accessing data from DB2 for i5/OS, DB2 Web Query uses one of three data adapters:

 

·        DB2 CLI—Generates an SQL statement and submits a Call Level Interface (CLI) API request to the database engine.

 

·        DB Heritage File—Generates an OPNQRYF CL command to submit to the database engine. Used to access multi-member files and multi-member logical files.

 

·        Query/400—Uses the RUNQRY CL command to run an existing Query/400 query (*QRYDFN object).

 

Of the three adapters, only DB2 CLI can leverage the database's new SQL Query Engine (SQE). SQE is a totally redesigned query engine and was first introduced with V5R2 of i5/OS. It employs efficient, advanced techniques when optimizing queries, creating access plans, and accessing data. Prior to SQE, all query requests were processed by the Classic Query Engine (CQE).

 

DB2 for i5/OS actually uses both engines to handle all query requests. As of V5R4, the most common items and environments that prevent SQE from executing an SQL statement have been these:

 

·        Non-SQL interfaces (Query/400, OPNQRYF, QQQQry API)

 

·        Upper, Lower, or Translate function

 

·        National language sort sequence

 

·        User-defined table function (UDTF)

 

·        DDS LOGICAL file references on FROM clause

 

·        Select-Omit or derived logical files (non-standard indexes) defined on underlying table

 

This means that even though DB2 Web Query generates and submits an SQL statement to the database, there may still be cases in which the request is processed by CQE. For most of the restrictions listed above, the only way to obtain SQE processing is to completely remove the offending condition. However, if you are one of many shops that uses Select-Omit logical files in your applications, read on, as there is a method to allow peaceful Select-Omit logical file and SQE coexistence.

Avoiding CQE

Many legacy System i applications rely heavily on the use of Select-Omit logical files; therefore, the underlying database tables, when referenced by an SQL statement, are ineligible for SQE processing. It is important to clarify that the mere existence of a Select-Omit logical over a table will cause the query to go down CQE, even when it's the table, not the logical file itself, that is referenced in the statement. Consequently, when any SQL interface (including DB2 Web Query via the DB2 CLI adapter) references such a table, the query will be optimized and processed by CQE. In most cases, this is not the desired behavior.

 

In a DB2 Web Query environment, you can influence the optimizer to ignore the fact that these Select-Omit logical files exist, thereby clearing the path for SQE processing. While it is true that a possible remedy would be to remove those Select-Omit logical files, it is a solution fraught with risk because existing applications likely rely on the business logic contained in these files. It is better to craft a solution that will not impact the behavior and environment of other applications.

 

To minimize disruption while accomplishing the stated objective, two System i technologies can be used together:

  • QAQQINI table

     

  • CLI connect exit point

     

QAQQINI

QAQQINI is known as the query options table. It is a special table that DB2 for i5/OS uses to change/override the default behavior of the query engines (both CQE and SQE). Each system is shipped with a template QAQQINI file in the QSYS library. If this file is copied to the QUSRSYS library, its options are in effect for all users on the system. However, if you do not want its settings activated globally, you can copy the file to another library and use the CHGQRYA command to instruct the database to only use the settings for the file in that specific library and only for the job that issued the command.  

 

One of the QAQQINI settings is IGNORE_DERIVED_INDEX. The default value of this setting is currently *NO, which means that the optimizer will not ignore derived indexes, so impacted queries must be processed by CQE. Changing this value to *YES allows SQE to process the query even when a derived key or select/omit index exists over a table in the query. When the query is run with this setting in place, SQE ignores the derived indexes over the referenced table and is allowed to process the request (barring any other SQE inhibitors).

 

Normally, you do not have to use QAQQINI as a database-tuning mechanism. Running without a QAQQINI file (which would be the same as running with the file using its default settings) provides good performance to the majority of System i customers. In fact, an important change planned for V6R1 is to change the default of the IGNORE_DERIVED_INDEX to *YES. As a result, all derived indexes and Select-Omit logical files will be ignored by default, and SQE processing can occur without intervention. But in the interim, you can use the technique described in this article.

CLI Connect Exit Point

DB2 Web Query has three adapters that you can use to process a query request. When creating a new report, unless you need to access a multi-member file, a multi-format logical file, or an existing Query/400 object, the adapter you will be using is the DB2 CLI adapter. As described previously, when this adapter is used, the reporting server component of DB2 Web Query will generate an SQL statement to satisfy the request and submit the statement via a CLI request. These requests are handled by the QSQSRVR (pre-start) jobs on the System i. This is known as "server mode," and each time one of these jobs is used in this mode, a connection event occurs. The CLI connect exit point allows control to be passed to a user-written program each time one of these connection event occurs. By now, you probably see where this is going: Use this exit point to invoke a program each time a DB2 Web Query report is run. This program will direct the database to use a version of QAQQINI that instructs the database to ignore derived logical files, clearing the path for SQE processing.

 

By marrying these two technologies, we can allow other existing applications to run and continue to use Select-Omit logical files, while enabling DB2 Web Query requests to use SQE.

Determining Whether a Solution Is Needed

Before implementing the solution proposed in this article, you may want to first determine whether the described Select-Omit logical file and CQE scenario is occurring in your DB2 Web Query environment. Note: These same detection steps could be used for any SQL workload.

 

To do this, take the following steps:

 

 

  1. Start an SQL performance monitor.

     

Sign on to a 5250 session and start a database monitor, using some of the new filtering options available in V5R4. In the following example, I use the FTRFILE and FTRUSER parameter to filter what data is collected. For DB2 Web Query report testing, database monitor data is only collected for all files queried in library QZRE for queries requested by user profile COBBG.

STRDBMON OUTFILE(QGPL/CQE_TEST1) JOB(*ALL) FTRFILE(QZRE/*ALL) FTRUSER(COBB)

 

Note: You can also use iSeries Navigator to start a database monitor. This tool provides a graphical, wizard-like interface to start the monitor. For more information, consult the IBM Redbook OnDemand SQL Performance Analysis Simplified on DB2 for i5/OS in V5R4.

 

 

  1. Run your DB2 Web Query report(s).

     

    3.      Analyze results.

From an SQL interface (STRSQL or the Run SQL Scripts window in iSeries Navigator), analyze the data collected in the database monitor collection. The following SQL statement can be used for this type of analysis:

 

WITH STATEMENTS AS (                                            
  SELECT DISTINCT QQUCNT, QQJFLD, QQ1000                        
  FROM cqe_test1                                               
  WHERE QQRID=1000 AND  QQC21 IN ('OP','SI','UP','IN','DL')  )  
SELECT                                                           
   a.qvc43,                                                     
   COUNT(*) AS COUNT,                                           
   B.QQ1000 AS STATEMENT                                        
FROM cqe_test1  A, STATEMENTS B                                
   WHERE QQRID = 3014                                           
   AND QQc16 ='N'  AND A.QQJFLD=B.QQJFLD                        
GROUP BY a.qvc43, B.QQ1000                                      
ORDER BY 2 DESC    

 

 

After running this statement against the collected monitor data, look for rows where the QVC43 column equals DK. This value indicates that CQE processing occurred because "An index with derived key or select/omit was found over a queried table." Here is an example of how this would look:

 010908Cobb_CQE_Analysis.gif

(Click images to enlarge.)
 

For more information on the QVC43 column and the other types of information captured in the SQL performance monitor collection, see the online IBM publication DB2 Universal Database for iSeries Database Performance and Query Optimization, which can be downloaded from the i5/OS Information Center Web site.

 

In addition, you can use the iSeries Navigator tools to find and analyze the data collected in the database monitor and run the Visual Explain tool to see the optimization details of the captured query. In the example shown in Figure 1, notice that the reason SQE was not used is "Derived Key of Select/Omit Index Exists."

 

 010908Cobb_Figure1_Visual_Explain_CQE.gif

 

Figure 1: The Visual Explain tool allows you to see the optimization details of the captured query.

 

Note: The Visual Explain query engine feedback indicators require that you install the latest iSeries Access fixpack and Database Group PTFs.

Setting Up the Environment

Once you have determined that the proposed solution is needed in your environment and you're armed with the knowledge of the technologies to be used, the next step is to perform the tasks necessary to implement it:

 

  1. Create and update a new version of QAQQINI.

     

  2. Create the program to be called by exit point.

     

  3. Activate the exit point.

     


Create and Update a New Version of QAQQINI

Since you want to ignore only derived indexes for DB2 Web Query requests, a global version of QAQQINI in the QUSRSYS library is undesirable. You want to activate this setting only for DB2 Web Query requests made through the CLI interface. To do that, you first need to create an "isolated" version of the query options file by following these steps:

 

  1. Create a new copy of the file. From the command line, issue this command:
    CRTDUPOBJ OBJ(QAQQINI) FROMLIB(QSYS) OBJTYPE(*FILE) TOLIB(COBBG) DATA(*NO) TRG(*YES)

     

  2. Populate the new file with the IGNORE_DERIVED_INDEX setting. From an SQL interface, issue this statement:
    INSERT INTO COBBG/QAQQINI VALUES('IGNORE_DERIVED_INDEX', '*YES', NULL)                                                           

     

Create the Program to Be Called by Exit Point

The next step is to create a CL program that will be called by the exit point. When creating the program for this exit point, the only requirement is that you must specify an input parameter for the user profile that is running the job (opening the connection). The example program shown below uses the CHGQRYA command to instruct the database to use the specified query options file and honor its settings for the current connection:

 

                                                
PGM        PARM(&CURUSER)                     

DCL        VAR(&CURUSER) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10)
DCL        VAR(&FORUSER) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10)
                                  
RTVDTAARA  DTAARA(COBBG/CLIEXITDA (1 10)) RTNVAR(&FORUSER)
IF         COND((&FORUSER = '*ALL') *OR (&FORUSER = +
             &CURUSER)) THEN(CHGQRYA QRYOPTLIB(COBBG))

 

ENDPGM       

 

 

Notice in the example program that a data area object is being used as a "switch" to effectively turn off/on the activation of the query options file. If the value in the data area is *ALL or equals the name of the current user profile, the CHGQRYA command is executed to instruct the database optimizer to use this query options file for the current connection. If the data area contains any other value, the switch is turned off and the CHGQRYA command is not executed. This method makes it easy to enable and disable the functionality.

 

Note: The example program uses the data area simply to demonstrate this switching technique. It is not required for the exit program and could be eliminated if desired.

 

 

To create this supporting data area, issue the following command:
CRTDTAARA DTAARA(CLIEXITDA) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) VALUE(*ALL)

 

 

When you're finished writing the program, issue the CRTCLPGM command against the CL source member to create the new program object.

Activate the Exit Point

The final step is actually activating the exit point so that the program is called each time a CLI connect event occurs. To do this, issue the following i5/OS command (specifying the exit program name and library created previously):

ADDEXITPGM EXITPNT(QIBM_QSQ_CLI_CONNECT) FORMAT(CLIC0100) PGMNBR(1) PGM(COBBG/CLIEXIT)                           

Verifying the Results

Once everything is in place, the verification process described previously can be repeated to determine whether the solution had the desired effect:
  1. Start another database monitor.

     

  2. Run the DB2 Web Query report(s) again.

     

  3. Analyze/compare results using SQL analysis statement and Visual Explain.

     

 

After running Visual Explain against the same queries in the captured database monitor, you should see some differences. For those same queries, the monitor data should no longer contain rows in which the value of the QVC43 column is DK. The Visual Explain graphical rendering should also look different. An example is shown in Figure 2.

 

 010908Cobb_Figure2_Visual_Explain_SQE.gif

 

Figure 2: The Visual Explain graphics of the SQE processed query should look different now.

 

 

Several interesting things should be pointed out from this Visual Explain example:

 

  • The Ignore Derived Index setting was implemented.

     

  • The Query Engine used was SQE.

     

  • The access plan is different from the one generated by the CQE optimizer. As mentioned previously, the SQE optimizer was redesigned with the intent of formulating more-optimal access plans. Though your results may vary, a better plan should result in a better-performing query.

     

Other Considerations

You should consider several other factors when putting this solution into practice. 

Exit Program Already Defined

It is quite possible that you have other applications that are using CLI to access information in the database, and as such, you already have a program defined for the QIBM_QSQ_CLI_CONNECT exit point. Prior to implementing the solution, this can be verified by taking these steps:

 

  1. Issue the command WRKREGINF EXITPNT(QIBM_QSQ_CLI_CONNECT).

     

  2. From the Work with Registration Information screen, select option 8 to see if a program is already defined for this exit point.

     

If there is another exit program defined and you don't wish to disrupt this process, implementing this solution will require program consolidation. This means you will have to incorporate the CHGQRYA command into the existing exit point program.

 

Indexing Strategies

Because the IGNORE_DERIVED_INDEX setting does exactly that (forces SQE to ignore all non-standard indexes), the new optimizer cannot use this index during query implementation. In some cases, this may in fact mean that the optimal index exists but cannot be used by SQE because it is being ignored. Consequently, it is suggested that you do some additional analysis to determine if the key fields of those indexes should be used to create new standard indexes or DDS logical files (without the Select-Omit or derivation fields). Doing so would mean that SQE could recognize and use these indexes.

 

Here are some ideas for this kind of analysis:

 

·        Determine whether the CQE access plan used any non-standard indexes.

 

·        Run the query and look for index advisories issued by the SQE optimizer. This can be done using Visual Explain or the new V5R4 Index Advisor interface.

 

·        Experiment! Create the non-standard indexes as standard ones and see if SQE uses them. If it does not, simply delete them.

 

For more information on indexing strategies, download IBM's white paper "Indexing and statistics strategies for DB2 for i5/OS."

 

Other Ideas for Exit Point Integration

The CLI exit point can be used in a DB2 Web Query environment for more than just influencing SQE usage. You could also use it to accomplish other objectives:

 

·        Activate the Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) feature so that the database engine can use more than one processor to handle your DB2 Web Query requests.

 

·        Activate the optimizer's inclusion of Materialized Query Tables (MQTs) when considering what resources to use in its access plan.

 

·        Activate the QAQQINI QUERY_TIME_LIMIT option. This setting specifies a time limit that queries are allowed to run. If activated, the optimizer compares its time-to-run estimate with the specified setting. If the estimate exceeds the setting, the query is not allowed to run.

Getting the Best Results

In this article, I have introduced you to several tools available in the System i toolset: the QAQQINI query options file to influence optimizer behavior, exit points to provide customized end-user control at key system intervals, database monitors to capture optimizer decisions, and Visual Explain to drill down to see the details of those decisions. When used together, these tools can help ensure that your DB2 Web Query reports and graphs are using the latest and greatest IBM technologies.

Gene Cobb

Gene Cobb is a DB2 for i5/OS Technology Specialist in IBM's ISV Business Strategy & Enablement for System i group. He has worked on IBM midrange systems since 1988, including over 10 years in the IBM Client Technology Center (now known as IBM Systems and Technology Group Lab Services). While in Lab Services, he assisted customers with application design and development using RPG, DB2 for i5/OS, CallPath/400, and Lotus Domino. His current responsibilities include providing consulting services to System i developers, with a special emphasis in application and database modernization. He can be reached at cobbg@us.ibm.com.

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    This 30-minute recording demystifies Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS and teaches best practice techniques for maintaining and controlling critical processes and applications running on your Linux, AIX, and VIOS environments.

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

    SB PowerTech WC GenericSecurity expert Carol Woodbury is joined by the newest member of the HelpSystems team: Debbie Saugen.
    Debbie is recognized worldwide as an expert on IBM i backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and high availability. For decades, Debbie has helped IBM i shops build and implement effective business continuity plans.
    In today’s business climate, business continuity is more important than ever. But 83 percent of organizations are not totally confident in their backup strategy.
    During this webinar, Carol and Debbie discuss the importance of a good backup plan, how to ensure you’re backing up your security information, and your options for encrypted back-ups.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

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    In this presentation, Alex Roytman (CEO, Profound Logic) and Liam Allan (2016 COMMON Student Innovation Award winner) will unveil a completely new and unique way to modernize your legacy applications.
    Learn how Agile Modernization:


    - Uses the power of Node.js in place of costly system re-writes and migrations
    - Enables you to modernize legacy systems in an iterative, low-risk manner
    - Makes it easier to hire developers for your modernization efforts
    - Integrates with Profound UI (GUI modernization) for a seamless, end-to-end legacy modernization solution

    Watch this Webcast NOW!

  • The Truth About Viruses on IBM i

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    Protecting your data from viruses or malicious code is not an unfamiliar concept, but understanding how these threats can affect your Power Systems server may not be as easy to grasp.
    There are many myths about viruses and IBM i—including the belief that the system is immune. Many Power Systems managers still don’t see viruses as a risk because they see them as a Windows threat. While this was once true, today’s connected environments operate under different rules.
    It’s time to take action and protect IBM i and the network that connects to it. This on-demand webinar will help you gain an understanding of the relationships between:

    - Viruses and the integrated file system (IFS)
    - Power Systems and Windows viruses
    - PC-based anti-virus scanning vs native IBM i scanning
    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. Learn the facts to ensure you're fully-protected.

  • Business Process Automation with Robot

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    Automate Process Flow Through the Data Center
    Typical “computerized” business processes are a combination of multiple schedulers, operational scripts, CL programs, and manual file checking, all backed up with the trusty runbook.
    Is there a better way to manage business processes?
    It is a common misconception that a business process cannot be automated if it’s too complicated or requires that someone verify each step. We’re here to tell you there is a better way to manage your business—process automation is possible!
    Take 30 minutes to learn the options for automating your business process flow and how they fit into your data center processing, including cases of:
    - Complex or iterative schedules
    - Event-driven dependencies
    - Multi-platform dependencies
    - Dynamically calculated parameters
    - Exception notification
    - SAP and Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne integration
    How do I know business process automation is effective?
    If you have any doubts that automating complex business processes will improve your level of service, you’ll also hear a success story from the senior systems administrator at Trident Seafoods who embraced automation using the Robot solution and is reeling in the benefits!

  • Find Out Why You Should Keep Data on IBM i

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    It’s simple. IBM i is the most reliable, securable, and powerful platform to house your critical business data.
    IBM i was built for business and has added features and functionality over the years to keep up with modern business needs. You can trust it to run your business, access your data in real-time, and keep your data secure. Plus, IBM i can scale to your business and handle all of your critical data.
    Can your other platforms do that?
    We didn’t think so.
    Watch this 30-minute webinar to learn why you should keep your data on IBM i, including:
    - IBM i is reliable
    - IBM i offers fast and secure real-time data access
    - IBM i helps your business prepare for tomorrow
    Plus, we demonstrate how Sequel Data Access helps you modernize IBM i data access and meet your business needs.

  • Mobile Apps for IBM i Monitoring

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    Overnight and weekend support can be a minefield for operations teams tasked with attempting to maintain system availability, especially when they must rely on laptop-based VPN access—where a delayed response can prove costly.
    With over 2 billion smartphone users worldwide, it’s perfectly reasonable for you to use the BYOD movement to your advantage and start managing your IT infrastructure from the palm of your hand. Watch this on-demand webinar to learn how Halcyon has modernized this crucial layer of support by introducing mobile applications for IBM i monitoring.
    You’ll hear how one company has used the Enterprise Console mobile app to provide a valuable audit trail and speed up response time. You’ll also learn:
    - The benefits of mobile apps
    - How to respond to critical messages within seconds
    - How to get notifications your way on your device
    - How to set up escalation, ensuring alerts are always handled in a timely fashion
    If your team is responsible for managing IBM i applications and services after regular business hours, you won’t want to miss this one!

     

  • Speed Up Your Manufacturing and Distribution with Paperless Processes

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    Your ERP system —whether it’s JDE World, Enterprise One, Infor, Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics, VAI, or anything else—is essential to maintaining your company’s key business information and processes. But you’re constantly generating and receiving paper and electronic documents, too, and it’s hard to keep everything straight. So, you wind up chasing documents and data around—and keeping your customers and vendors waiting.
    It’s time to make life easier and make your customers happier. With an electronic document management system, you can integrate with your ERP to keep all of your key documents and data in one spot.
    And when all of your documents are stored digitally, you can speed up your processes and get key documents (like purchase orders and invoices) approved faster.
    Watch the webinar and learn how to:
    - Integrate a document management system with your ERP
    - Capture all of your key shop floor, order, and shipment documents in one central repository
    - Improve customer, vendor, and employee response times
    - Accomplish more work without adding additional staff
    It’s time to deliver your shipments faster and keep your customers happy by streamlining your paperwork processes.

  • Dock Door Signing Made Easy

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    How long does dock door signing take your organization? Too long if you’re still using manual processes and paper.
    From generating to collating to printing to routing to signing, manual processes and paper slow down your organization—and your delivery times. Electronic documents and digital signature capture can change all of that. And your organization will be able to create, route, approve (with digital signatures), and retrieve documents faster.
    Learn how digital signature capture helps you:
    - Eliminate steps in your approval processes
    - Improve auditability
    - Reduce customer service time to resolve questions
    Plus, we’ll demonstrate how digitizing signatures and documents will reduce your organization’s costs over the long haul.

  • 5 Reasons Developers Love Robot Schedule

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    Why AppDev Should Embrace Automation
    Your application development team is an expensive resource that works hard to improve business processes, yet more and more IBM i shops are putting AppDev in charge of managing day-to-day system operations.
    Instead of taking their attention away from the website, business analytics, mobile, security, SQL data access, and more, streamline operations with automation and build in notifications so your teams have visibility into processing when they need it, and can manage the rest by exception.
    In just 30 minutes, our experts will show how AppDev teams can take advantage of Robot automated operations on IBM i and beyond so they can:
    - Stop programming for multi-platform job and file event dependencies
    - Stop struggling with incorrect parameter values
    - Stop wondering where to fit a process into daily, weekly, or monthly cycles
    - Stop the on-call headaches, the firefighting, and the lack of progress cycle
    - Go ahead, give your AppDev team a productivity boost!

  • Affordable Query Tool for Software Developers

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    NGS’ Software Developer Kit (SDK) gives IBM i developers comprehensive query, dynamic mobile reporting, analytics and Web report design features at an affordable cost. Install and create meaningful outputs for managers in one day! Web page and portal integration, email, FTP are included.
    The $895* SDK includes a one user license, online training, user manuals, one year of software maintenance; toll-free support and online incident reporting.
    - Want to modernize beyond Query/400 and PC files transfers?
    - Need a Web reporting solution without the learning curve and overhead of DB2 Web Query?
    - Have many reporting needs, but a tight budget and small staff?
    View the demo and request a FREE TRIAL of the SDK.
    * Limited time offer.

  • Your introduction to RCAC and Authority Collection

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    IBM has provided us with two powerful and very exciting security enhancements in the last two versions of IBM i.

    Scott Forstie of IBM joins Carol Woodbury to demonstrate and describe the V7R2 feature called Row and Column Access Control (RCAC), which extends how you define which users have access to specific rows in a database file. RCAC also provides a way to mask data for all or selected users.

    The recently released V7R3 adds Authority Collection. Authority Collection provides organizations and vendors with the ability to know exactly what authority is required to perform a task, eliminating the guesswork. Gone is the need to set *PUBLIC authority on database files to *ALL or to automatically grant service accounts *ALLOBJ special authority just because you’re unsure of what authority is required.

    Watch Scott and Carol as they discuss these and other new security features delivered in V7R2 and V7R3.

  • ​Getting Started with IBM i Security: Event Auditing

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    Learn why event auditing is necessary and how to configure it
    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This second session of the series introduces event auditing, with Robin Tatam covering the basics and more:
    - Why auditing is necessary
    - Determine if IBM i auditing is currently active
    - How to configure auditing with one simple command
    - What audit events are recorded (and which are missed!)
    - How high availability (HA) applications often make critical events disappear
    - Event reporting and real-time alerting

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Securing PC Access

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    Protect your system from unauthorized network access through readily available PC tools

    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.

    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.

    This on-demand webinar will show you how well-known services like FTP and ODBC enable users to access sensitive data without oversight or restrictions. Robin Tatam will also explain what exit programs are and how you can use them to protect your organization.

  • No Time for IBM I Security? No Problem

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    “Security” is definitely on your IT staff’s to-do list, but how often does this item get checked off?

    IT doesn’t have enough time for security—the 2016 IBM i Security Study proves it. The trouble is that data security isn’t a set-and-forget project. Data security on your IBM i requires on-going attention and expertise.

    In this on-demand webinar, you’ll learn how to save time and work more effectively. We’re cutting to the core of IBM i security by outlining the simple strategy developed by our experts.

    You’ll see a straightforward approach to understanding and addressing risk to your IBM i data. We’ll also show you how our world-class security services help people protect business-critical data when they don’t have the time, resources, or knowledge to tackle IBM i security on their own.

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: System Values

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    Set the tone for data protection with security-relevant system values

    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.

    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.

    The series opens with an introduction to security-relevant system values.

    System values are one of the fundamental elements of IBM i security. The security system values enable you to “set the tone” of security on your IBM i, enforce password composition rules, and enable auditing. Watch this on-demand webinar to see Carol Woodbury describe these system values and provide guidance on their best practice settings.

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Integrated File System (IFS)

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    The IFS is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of IBM i security
    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This recorded session has Robin Tatam introducing IFS security:
    - Defining IFS
    - How the IFS is configured
    - Common IFS security mistakes
    - What a virus can do to IBM i through the IFS
    - Tracking user activity

  • ​7 Habits of Highly Secure Organizations

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    Everyone knows that cyber security is important, but getting started on the road to data protection and compliance can be confusing and intimidating. Understanding common vulnerabilities helps you focus your attention and resources on the areas that need the most help.
    We all want “best-practice” security, but what are top organizations doing to achieve and maintain it?
    Watch this webinar to learn the details about how to develop the seven habits that are part of daily life for secure organizations. You’ll learn how to:
    - Break the Ostrich Syndrome
    - Develop a Security Policy
    - Assess Current Standing
    - Perform Security Event Logging and Review
    - Use “Best of Breed” Technologies
    - Monitor for Ongoing Compliance
    - Plan for the Future
    This on-demand webinar examines what each of these habits means to IBM i, and helps you make sure that you don’t become the next security statistic.

  • An Introduction to PCI Compliance on IBM Power Systems

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    "From the world's largest corporations to small Internet stores, compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is vital for all merchants who accept credit cards, online or offline, because nothing is more important than keeping your customer’s payment card data secure.” — PCI Security Standards Council
    Complying with the PCI standard is a normal part of doing business in today’s credit-centric world. But, PCI applies to multiple platforms.
    The challenge becomes how to map the general PCI requirements to a specific platform, such as IBM i. And, more importantly, how can you maintain—and prove—compliance?
    Watch this webinar to understand:
    - How PCI requirements relate to IBM i systems
    - IBM i-specific barriers to compliance
    - How PowerTech security solutions help you fulfill PCI requirements, meet compliance guidelines, and satisfy auditors
    You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence you need to evaluate PCI compliance requirements and prepare your IBM i system for today’s regulatory challenges.

  • Implementing Multiple Layers of Defense

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    Your IBM i holds a massive amount of data. In most organizations, that data constitutes a mission-critical and high-value asset.

    How do you adequately protect the data residing on your IBM i, given its value to your organization? IBM has provided us with many options for protecting our data, but it’s now always clear how to select and implement the best options for your circumstances.

    This recorded webinar describes IBM i’s different data security options, along with implementation recommendations and tips for getting started. Carol Woodbury, one of the world’s top IBM i security experts, also provides considerations to help you determine how many layers of security are right for your organization.

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIBM i is known for its security, but this OS could be more vulnerable than you think.
    Although Power Servers often live inside the safety of the perimeter firewall, the risk of suffering a data leak or data corruption remains high.
    Watch noted IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses common ways that this supposedly “secure” operating system may actually be vulnerable and who the culprits might be.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

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    Watch this on-demand webinar and learn how to rapidly and easily deploy mobile apps to your organization – even when working with legacy RPG code! IBM Champion Scott Klement will demonstrate how to:
    - Develop RPG applications without mobile development experience
    - Deploy secure applications for any mobile device
    - Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
    - Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform
    You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!
    Watch this Webinar Now!

  • Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise

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    Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.
    We will demonstrate how Profound UI:
    - Goes beyond simple screen-scraping to truly modernize your RPG applications
    - Uses RPG Open Access and your own RPG code and development talent to modernize
    - Supports rapid development with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Designer
    - Integrates with our on-the-fly modernization, mobile development, and Enterprise Modernization solutions

  • 5 New and Unique Ways to Use the IBM i Audit Journal

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericHigh availability for IBM i has been a hot topic in 2017, jumping 20% from our 2016 survey to take the #2 seat on IT priority lists just behind cybersecurity. And no surprise with these two topics so closely tied to your most valuable asset: your irreplaceable business data.
    With major airline outages last year and the recent ransomware attacks, you must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data?
    Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts—Tom Huntington, Matt Staddler, and Cole Ragland—deliver lively discussion around the top high availability issues of today, including:

    • Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    • Whether high availability in the cloud makes sense for IBM i users
    • Why some organizations don’t have high availability yet
    • How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    • High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

    There are no do-overs when it comes to your data. Once it’s gone, it’s gone...unless you have a data replication layer in place to protect it. Learn the value of these strategic solutions and how you can implement them in a hurry—watch now!

     

  • Profound.js 2.0: Extend the Power of Node to your IBM i Applications

    SB Profound WC 5541In this Webinar, we'll demonstrate how Profound.js 2.0 enables you to easily adopt Node.js in your business, and to take advantage of the many benefits of Node, including access to a much larger pool of developers for IBM i and access to countless reusable open source code packages on npm (Node Package Manager).
    You will see how Profound.js 2.0 allows you to:

    • Provide RPG-like capabilities for server-side JavaScript.
    • Easily create web and mobile application interfaces for Node on IBM i.
    • Let existing RPG programs call Node.js modules directly, and vice versa.
    • Automatically generate code for Node.js.
    • Automatically converts existing RPGLE code into clean, simplified Node.js code.

    Download and watch today!

     

  • Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js

    SB Profound WC 5541Roses are red, your UIs are green...It's time to make your apps proud to be seen!
    Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love.
    In this webinar, you'll learn how you can use both Profound UI and Profound.js to:

    • Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js
    • Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI
    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js

    This webinar will include a live product demonstration and Q&A with the presenters.

    Download and watch today!

  • 2017 IBM i Marketplace Revealed

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    IBM i is one of technology’s best-kept secrets, with little information available about what IBM i users are doing on this server. Even companies that use this technology struggle to explain to their own teams what IBM i stands for and who else is using it.
    The IBM i Marketplace Survey—now in its 3rd year—was designed to solve this problem. Watch this on-demand webinar for the exclusive results of the 2017 survey. IBM i Champion Tom Huntington is joined by a panel of technology experts to discuss year-over-year trends and new insights. The panel will discuss:

    • What other platforms do you run alongside IBM i?
    • What programming and Open Source languages are you using?
    • What are your top IT issues?
    • What version of POWER and what OS level is most prevalent?
    • Are you expanding your usage of IBM i?
    • Is IBM i a good ROI?

    The expert panel will provide industry insight and comments about the results. When the webinar concludes, you’ll get access to the full results.

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

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    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

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    Everyone wants a piece of your business data. But keeping up with data access requests in the era of constantly growing data is a challenge. As a result, your IT department can be overwhelmed, inundated, and constantly needing to play catch-up.
    It’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success in 2018.
    You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

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    Let’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch noted security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

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    There’s a better way to run your queries. With an advanced query tool like Sequel Data Access, you can deliver the IBM i data your organization needs quickly and efficiently—without the hang-ups.
    In this session, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access and distribution trends, and help you understand what to look for in a more advanced query tool.
    Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    • Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    • Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    • Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    • Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs
    • Watch the webinar and learn why you shouldn’t just settle for Query/400.

     

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

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    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    Capturing documents means scanning and filing—which takes you away from tasks that actually matter to the business. Managing documents means sorting through an endless sea of shared folders or filing cabinets—and sometimes documents can’t be found. Distributing documents means following a frustrating, manual process for routing documents internally and sending them to vendors and customers.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

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    Get actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    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.

  • Monitor VIOS (and AIX) from Your IBM i

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    Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) runs on AIX and allows you to share input/output resources across logical partitions. The health of your VIOS server is critical to the performance of all your Power server partitions, so monitoring it is a must.
    Our 2017 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results uncovered a cool trend: an increasing number of IBM i shops are running AIX instances alongside IBM i on Power Systems servers. We like to see these systems playing nicely together on the same server, though it does shine a spotlight on shared resources.
    During this 30-minute recording, our experts demonstrate the new VIOS and AIX monitoring capabilities in Robot Monitor. You’ll learn about:

    • The top AIX metrics that impact VIOS
    • Real-time monitoring with dashboard displays
    • Threshold and notification options
    • Identifying trends to better allocate resources

    With VIOS/AIX running alongside IBM i, you need visibility into your entire Power environment.
    Watch now to see how Robot Monitor can get you there!

     

     

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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    You’re responsible for looking after Windows, Linux, AIX, and VIOS, but you worry that you don’t understand their complexities well enough to make your job effective—or easy.
    No problem! Simplify the management of multiple operating systems and applications without becoming experts in each area.
    In 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 and shows how easy monitoring multiple operating systems and applications can be using point-and-click technology.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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    When IBM i disk space pulls its notorious disappearing act, you don’t have time to waste figuring out how the trick is done. You need to know when disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer.
    Looking behind the curtain to keep a close eye on disk space—especially in a multi-partition environment—can have its challenges, but every good admin can have an ace up their sleeve. 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

    Start seeing through the sleight of hand and get instant visibility into disk usage. Add advance warning of potential threats and—abracadabra!—you’ll reduce the risk of disk space depletion and curb the sudden flurry of activity to clean things up.

     

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

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    Still following manual processes for extracting and transferring data across platforms? You’re not alone. Many business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation. And that leads to a lot of manual effort.
    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, you’ll see a demonstration of how data automation software from HelpSystems will help you finally stop re-keying data.

     

  • Survey Results: 2018 Top Cybersecurity Risks and Mitigation Strategies

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    Protecting your organization from cyberthreats has never been more important—or more difficult.
    IT pros have many tactics to choose from, but time (and budgets!) are not unlimited. The key is prioritizing risks and identifying the most effective ways to mitigate the danger.
    In 2018, HelpSystems surveyed more than 600 IT and cybersecurity professionals to find out what security exploits loom largest and what strategies they’re turning to for protection.
    In this on-demand webinar, our team of cybersecurity security experts analyzes results. You’ll learn about:

    • Security strategies your peers are most interested in implementing
    • How managers and executives prioritize security
    • Who is responsible for cybersecurity at organizations around the world
    • Where IT pros turn for assistance with security

    You'll also get practical tips for using this data to drive cybersecurity conversations at your organization.

     

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

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    When it comes to IBM® Rational® Open Access: RPG Edition (also known as RPG Open Access), 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"

    This Webinar features IBM i expert Alison Butterill, and Profound Logic’s Brian May and Alex Roytman.

     

    Watch the On-demand Webinar Now!

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

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    Do your users keep paperwork on their desk until it's processed?
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  • 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

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

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    Disaster protection is vital to every business. Yet, it often consists of patched together procedures that are prone to error. From automatic backups to data encryption to media management, Robot automates the routine (yet often complex) tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable.
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  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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    Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. Messages need a response and resources must be monitored—often over multiple systems and across platforms. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
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  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

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    The thought of printing, distributing, and storing iSeries reports manually may reduce you to tears. Paper and labor costs associated with report generation can spiral out of control. Mountains of paper threaten to swamp your files. Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
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    For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i. With batch job creation and scheduling at its core, the Robot Job Scheduling Solution reduces the opportunity for human error and helps you maintain service levels, automating even the biggest, most complex runbooks.
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  • Control and Monitor User Access from Desktop PCs (ODBC, FTP)

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    Protect your company by monitoring network traffic to your IBM i servers with the industry-leading exit program, PowerTech Network Security.
    Without visibility into IBM i's exit points, your users could be viewing, changing, or even deleting sensitive data—and you wouldn’t know!
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    More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. Managing the complexities of today's operating systems, business applications, and networks challenges even the most knowledgeable IT professionals. The cost to an enterprise of unplanned downtime, loss of human expertise during sick leave or vacation, and system/application or environmental failure can be devastating. 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.

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