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# The Hidden Power of Query, Part 1

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IBM Query for AS/400 (a.k.a. Query/400 or Query) is the Clark Kent of the AS/400 world. On the surface, it’s a mild-mannered report writer that performs light-duty tasks with little fanfare. Its flexibility and usefulness are generally considered limited. Because Query doesn’t include built-in functions to translate a field into something else or allow users to set conditions and report in different ways based on the data, many companies look to more robust report writers to take on these challenging tasks.

But there’s a lot more to this tool than many people realize. Behind the humble façade is a powerful data formatter. The basic mathematical and character substring options available in Query can be combined like building blocks to perform much more complex logic.

Do you need to extract and reorganize numbers and character strings? Do you have to print text in only certain conditions? Those look like jobs for...Query!

### Integer Division

One simple Query building block is integer division. Say you have an integer field that contains 18. If you define a result field with zero decimal places and set it to the integer field divided by 10, your new field is 2 (because Query will round 1.8 up to 2 by default). However, under integer division, the result is truncated, not rounded, yielding a value of 1 instead. In other words, the result field will always be the “tens” digit.

Integer division is made possible by setting Use Rounding to N in the Specify Processing Options panel.

This ability to extract numbers without having to change data type to character is very useful. You can change the positions of the numbers but still be able to perform arithmetic functions on the result. Take an integer date, for instance 19991231. Define a zero-decimal field called TEMP1 that will hold the date divided by 10,000. This gives you
1999. Divide this by 100 with another field called TEMP2, which will then contain 19. The two-digit year can then be extrapo-lated with a defined field that takes (TEMP1 - TEMP2 *
100). You’ve pulled out the 99, but kept it as an integer, so you can use it for other duration calculations.

In addition to parsing numeric data, the numbers can be concatenated together in different order while still maintaining their data type. For instance, if you want the integer

date 19991231 to appear as the number 123199, just apply the same logic on a slightly larger scale, as seen in Figure 1.

### String Manipulation

If maintaining numeric data type is not an issue, an easy way to extract and reformat information is to use the SUBSTR and Concatenate (||) functions. SUBSTR(field, starting position, length) extracts characters, so if PARTNO = “12-456A,” SUBSTR(PARTNO,7,1) will be “A.” Concatenate attaches character strings together, so a field called REV can be defined as “REVISION “ || SUBSTR(PARTNO,7,1), which will become the string “REVISION A.”

However, SUBSTR parameters don’t have to be static fields, and type conversion can be embedded in the SUBSTR function. Using the integer DATFLD of 19991231 from the previous example, SUBSTR(DIGITS(DATFLD),5,2) produces the string “12.”

The starting position index can be dynamic as well, so if a field called DAYNUM is set to 7, SUBSTR(DIGITS(DATFLD),DAYNUM,2) produces the string “31.”

DAYNUM could also be a mathematical equation or anything else that results in a positive integer. This feature turns out to be another simple building block with hidden potential.

### Data Translation

In many customized reports, the information that’s retrieved directly from the database is not in a form that the user can easily understand. If there were a way to decipher the raw data into more detailed messages, the report could be more user-friendly. Using the tools I’ve covered this far, Query can handle this type of data translation.

A character-type result field can act as a conversion table, and the integer division and SUBSTR functions can be used to extract elements from this table. Figure 2 (page
109) demonstrates how to print the word EVEN or ODD based on any given number. Integer division is applied to get the low-order digit, which is used to calculate a starting position in a conversion string. By padding each table entry with trailing blanks so there is a consistent element size, SUBSTR can print a status of the original number.

Data field translation has many other uses on reports. Dates become more meaningful as a 2 becomes FEBRUARY or a 7 becomes SATURDAY. Cryptic database codes spring to life as an error 12 is decoded into NO STOCKROOM ASSIGNED or a status code 4 now prints as NOT YET INVOICED. Higher-order digits can be translated in a way similar to the example in Figure 2, so it becomes possible to print 25 as TWENTY- FIVE.

You can even set the index to be based on the current time to print a different message each time your report is run.

`SUBSTR(TABLE,SECOND(CURRENT(TIME))*10+1,10)`

Though powerful, I’m not sure how often this particular use will come in handy. Although, when concatenated with data from other defined tables that are indexed using the current microsecond, Query becomes an amusing random rumor generator!

SUBSTR’s length parameter can be a dynamic variable as well, so users can retrieve different size elements from the same table. It takes a few extra defined fields to tell Query about the starting position and length of each table element, but when this is done, reports have a much more natural look. For instance, go back to the suggestion of printing the month name based on a given date. Using 10-character fixed-length elements in your table means that 9/30 would print as “September 30,” but 5/30 would print as “May 30.” The extra seven spaces padding the end of May can be cleaned up using a method outlined in Figure 3.

Start with a table that lists all the month names back-to-back. Include a second table that lists the 2-digit starting position of each month name in the first table (JANUARY starts in table position 1, FEBRUARY starts in position 8, etc.), and a third table to define the length of each month name (JANUARY is 7 characters long, FEBRUARY is 8, etc.) The month is extracted from a data field using integer division. This number can then be used as an index to look up information across the multiple tables.

The starting position and length values are extracted from the tables in character form. One method of converting them to integer so they can be used by SUBSTR to index the main table is to use the MICROSECOND function. Appending any numeric character to the end of a time stamp string and then extracting the integer with MICROSECOND is a neat little trick that comes in handy in all kinds of situations.

In the Figure 3 example using 1000530 as an input date, the month (5) is used to extract a starting position (26) and string length (3). Once these parameters are set, a single call to SUBSTR(TABLE,26,3) will pull out the characters “MAY” without trailing blanks.

When creating a table of text that exceeds the space provided in the Define Result Field, simply break the table into multiple result fields and concatenate them all together into one final table using the || function. Query/400 allows a Result Field to be up to 32,766 characters long.

### Conditional Logic

One of the most common reasons for dismissing Query as limited is the fact that no conditional logic is available. There’s no If-Then-Else function to let the report choose what data to print or to print only in certain cases. Again, using the simple techniques I described, users can set a Boolean indicator by generating a 1 or 0 based on a numeric field. This indicator can then be multiplied by other fields to effectively turn them on (NUM * 1 = NUM) or off (NUM * 0 = 0).

The DIGITS() function is a good example. When given a number, DIGITS converts the number to character. When given a negative number, it converts it to character, but the sign is dropped. This is usually an important tidbit of information that should be kept with the original number. Get it back by setting a Boolean indicator.

Figure 4 shows how to break down a number into 1 if it’s a negative number, or 0 if it’s positive.

The formula is (X - 0.001)^2 / (X^2 + 0.00001). By subtracting a small amount from the numerator before squaring, the result is just over 1.0 if the original number is negative. Otherwise the result is just under 1.0. Adding 0.00001 to the denominator makes sure that there’s never a divide-by-zero error condition. By placing the result in a zero- decimal field and suppressing the rounding function, the on/off switch is set.

With this integer variable called RESULT that tells you if your number is positive or negative, SUBSTR can use it as an index. Define a 2-character result field called SIGN, set to “ -” (blank, dash). Then when you convert any number to character, use the following to append either a blank or a negative sign onto your converted number.

` DIGITS(NUMBER) || SUBSTR(SIGN,RESULT+1,1)`

This example sets the Boolean indicator by comparing a single number to zero, but you can really use any two numbers. Take the difference between two numbers, DIFF = A - B. If you run DIFF through the formula, the RESULT will be 0 if A is greater than B or 1 if A is less than or equal to B. The value can be used to calculate a dynamic SUBSTR index or as a multiplication factor to manipulate other numeric fields. Now your report can produce different output depending on the comparison of the original numbers. For an example, see “Query/400 Finds the Larger of Two Numbers” in September 2000
“TechTalk.”

You thought Query wasn’t that super!

### Scratching the Surface

This is just an introduction to see through to the hidden power and flexibility of Query.

Query can do a lot more with just the basic set of available functions. Calculating duration using numeric dates (so 991201 - 991130 equals 1 day and not the mathematical value of 71) and using file join and output reporting options to recursively search a tree- structure were once thought to be beyond the scope of the software. These and other building block techniques will be explored in future articles. With enough building blocks, you can make a tall building—and Query can leap it in a single bound.

If your integer date field "DATFLD" contains 19991231:

Define Field Size Decimals Definition Value

CYM 6 0 DATFLD / 100 199912 CYM00 8 0 CYM * 100 19991200 DD 2 0 DATFLD - CYM00 31
CY 4 0 CYM / 100 1999
MM 2 0 CYM - (CY * 100) 12
C 2 0 CY / 100 19
YY 2 0 CY - (C * 100) 99 NEWDATE 7 0 (MM * 10000) 123199

+ (DD * 100) + YY

Field Expression Len Dec

TEXT ‘EVENODD EVENODD EVENODD EVENODD EVENODD’ TEMP1 input / 10 4 0 INDEX input - (temp * 10) 1 0 TEMP2 ubstr(text,index*4+1,4)

Result: 12345 translates to the string “ODD“

Figure 1: Numeric data can be reformatted without changing the data type.

Figure 2: You can define a text field as a table and substring individual elements.

GIVEN THE INTEGER DATE 1000530: Field Expression Len Dec Description TABLE 'JANUARYFEBRUARYMARCHAPRILMAYJUNE Data elements of various size

JULYAUGUSTSEPTEMBEROCTOBERNOVEMBE RDECEMBER'

POSITION '010816212629333743525967' Starting position of each element SIZE '785534469788' Character length of each element CYYMM DATFLD / 100 5 0 Date variable (Ex: 10005)

CYY DATFLD / 10000 3 0 Date variable (Ex: 100) MONTH CYYMM - (CYY * 100) 2 0 Date variable (Ex: 5) YEAR 1900 + CYY 4 0 Date variable (Ex: 2000) START_CHAR SUBSTR(POSITION,MONTH*2-1,2) Start position of Month (Ex: 26) LEN_CHAR SUBSTR(SIZE,MONTH,1) Character length of Month (Ex: '3') START MICROSECOND(TIMESTAMP('2000-01-01 Convert Character to Number

-00.00.00.0000'||START_CHAR)) LENGTH MICROSECOND(TIMESTAMP('2000-01-01 Convert Character to Number

-00.00.00.00000'||LEN_CHAR)) LABEL SUBSTR(TABLE,START,LENGTH)||' '|| Produce "MAY 30, 2000" from

SUBSTR(DIGITS(DATFLD),6,2)||', ' the number 1000530 ||DIGITS(YEAR) (NUMBER - 0.001)^2

(NUMBER^2) + 0.00001

When NUMBER < 0, RESULT = 1 When NUMBER >= 0, RESULT = 0

Field Len Dec Expression

NUMER 15 5 (NUMBER - 0.001) * (NUMBER - 0.001) DENOM 15 5 (NUMBER * NUMBER) + 0.00001 RESULT 1 0 NUMER / DENOM

Figure 3: Text strings of different sizes can be handled by varying SUBSTR’s length parameter.

Figure 4: This equation can be used to change any number to a 1 or 0 for use as a conditional indicator.

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• #### Your introduction to RCAC and Authority Collection

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

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

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

“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

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)

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

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

"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

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?

IBM 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

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

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

High 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

In 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.

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

Roses 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.

• #### 2017 IBM i Marketplace Revealed

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

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.

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.

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

• #### Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

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...

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

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

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

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
• 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?

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

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

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

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

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!

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

Do your users keep paperwork on their desk until it's processed?
Are people constantly removing documents from filing cabinets?
What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
Too much paper is wasted—approximately 1,000 pages per month per worker.
Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets drive your employees crazy.
And distributing documents to customers, vendors, and business partners 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

Plus, our experts will provide a live demonstration of how implementing a document management solution will quickly solve your paper-based problems, so you can be more

• #### IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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

• #### TRY the One Package That Solves All Your Document Design and Printing Challenges

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- Drive over 450 different printer types.
- Create invoices, statements, checks.
- Set dynamic rules that transform output on the fly.
- Conditionally distribute via Email, fax, or PDF.
- Integrate with your current applications in minutes.
- Preview printing on screen.
- Native System i, Windows, AIX, Linux.

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

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.
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.
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• #### Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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?
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
- Seamless product integration
Keep your critical applications and data available. Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

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

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.
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
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• #### Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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.
Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. brKey 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
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• #### MS Office Connector for Query/400...FREE Trial!

NGS' Qport Office enables Windows users to run IBM Query/400 queries to:
- Create and update Excel spreadsheets and Access databases
- Create Word documents
- Send to Windows screen and PC printers
No query conversion is required. Works with i5/OS V5R1 & above. Installs in minutes!
If you don’t have a budget to replace IBM Query/400, but want your users to have one click enhanced output of their queries.... Request the online license agreement and product download instructions today!
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• #### Control and Monitor User Access from Desktop PCs (ODBC, FTP)

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!
Network Security lets you monitor and control access to over 30 exit points, including:

- ODBC
- FTP
- DDM
- Remote command
- Fileserve (mapped drives to IFS)
It’s easy to set up custom access rules and get notified in real-time when security events occur.
Stop “back door” access today. Try Network Security free for 30 days.

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

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.

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 (and staff) efficiency.