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New capabilities allow designers and programmers to continue to produce new and exciting applications.

 

Because DB2 for i5/OS is embedded within i5/OS, application designers and programmers likely expected that with the V6R1 release of i5/OS there would be plenty of database enhancements included. They weren't disappointed, because the developers of DB2 for i5/OS have been busy developing many new functions and enhancements that should be of interest to anyone that works with the database. (Isn't that everyone?)

 

I certainly will not be able to cover all the new functions and enhancements. Nor will I be able to describe any in full detail. As a way to discuss this lineup of new functions and enhancements, they will be broken up into several categories. These will include SQL syntax, new catalog statistic views, application development, SQL Query Engine (SQE) and performance, increased limits, and the System i Navigator database tools.

Starting Off with the SQL Syntax

Query users will find the VALUES clause helpful when they want to add literals or variable values to their result set without creating another table first.

 

SELECT      VAL1, VAL2,

            WEEK(SALES_DATE) AS WEEK,

            DAYOFWEEK(SALES_DATE) AS DAY_WEEK,

            MONTH(SALES_DATE) AS MONTH,

            REGION,

            SALES AS UNITS_SOLD

FROM PRODAPPL.SALES, 

            (VALUES('GROUP 1','GROUP 2') ) AS X (VAL1,VAL2)

 

Also, this release brings true full outer join support, which is useful for joining tables where some rows from the joined tables may not have any rows.

 

The ORDER BY and the FETCH FIRST n ROWS ONLY clauses will now be allowed on any subselect. For example, if an application needs to union tables together but only wants the top 10 sales from different regions tables, this support makes this possible, as shown below:

 

(SELECT * FROM PRODAPPL.SALES_EAST

      ORDER BY SALES DESC FETCH FIRST 10 ROWS ONLY)

UNION ALL

(SELECT * FROM PRODAPPL.SALES_CENT

      ORDER BY SALES DESC FETCH FIRST 10 ROWS ONLY)

UNION ALL

(SELECT * FROM PRODAPPL.SALES_WEST

      ORDER BY SALES DESC FETCH FIRST 10 ROWS ONLY)

 

Another nice query enhancement is the INSERT in the FROM clause. This will help with cases where the value is generated by DB2 for i5/OS. It allows the programmer to access the result rows of the INSERT statement as part of the SELECT statement.

 

SELECT *

FROM FINAL TABLE   ( INSERT INTO PRODAPPL.SALES_COPY ( SALES_DATE,

                                    SALES_PERSON, REGION, SALES )

                             SELECT * FROM PRODAPPL.SALES )

ORDER BY INPUT SEQUENCE;

 

In addition, grouping sets and super groups were introduced, which allows the programmer to do multiple groupings and include the groups in the final result set. In prior releases, there was no way to do this except to run multiple queries.

 

SELECT WEEK(SALES_DATE) AS WEEK,

                  DAYOFWEEK(SALES_DATE) AS DAY_OF_WEEK,

                  SALES_PERSON,

                  SUM(SALES) AS NUMBER_OF_UNITS_SOLD

     FROM PRODAPPL.SALES

     WHERE WEEK(SALES_DATE) = 10

     GROUP BY GROUPING SETS( (WEEK(SALES_DATE), SALES_PERSON),

                  (DAYOFWEEK(SALES_DATE), SALES_PERSON) )

     ORDER BY WEEK, DAY_OF_WEEK, SALES_PERSON

 

Another clause that has been added is SKIP LOCKED DATA, which allows the SQL program to continue retrieving rows from the target table when doing a query, but skip over the rows that are locked. Previously, the query would have timed out or waited for the lock to be released This is especially useful for queuing applications where rows can be processed by multiple applications in any order. 

 

New extended indicator variable values provide a way to specify which columns in an UPDATE statement should actually be updated. Unchanged values can be tagged with a new indicator value to remove them from the update. Previously, the programmer would have had to code this with multiple update statements, and the statements would have been individually optimized.

 

In addition, there are several new scalar functions in V6R1:

 

Datetime Functions

TIMESTAMP_FORMAT

Returns a timestamp from a character string representation of a timestamp according to the specified format of the string

VARCHAR_FORMAT

Returns a character string representation of a timestamp, with the string in a specified format

MONTHS_BETWEEN

Returns an estimate of the number of months between two dates

ROUND_TIMESTAMP

Returns a timestamp rounded to the specified unit

TRUNC_TIMESTAMP

Returns a timestamp truncated to the specified unit

 

 

String Functions

ASCII

Returns the ASCII code value of the leftmost character of the argument as an integer

CHR

Returns the character that has the ASCII code value specified by the argument

ENCRYPT_AES

Encrypts a string using the AES encryption algorithm

 

Also, a new data type named DECFLOAT has been added. A form of floating point, it keeps precision accurately like a decimal number. It is an IEEE 754R number with a decimal point. Special values even allow the program to store infinity! This data type is fully supported in SQL statements. Note, however, that only the ILE/C compiler supports DECFLOAT in this release.

 

Also, new data type syntax has been added to support the standard way to define UTF-16 columns.

 

Here's an example:

 

CREATE TABLE myUTF16.table (

           C1 NCHAR(10),

           C2 NVARCHAR(20),

           C3 NCLOB(1M) );

 

NCHAR (n)

GRAPHIC (1) CCSID 1200

GRAPHIC (n) CCSID 1200

NVARCHAR (n)

VARGRAPHIC (n) CCSID 1200

NCLOB (n)

DBCLOB (1M) CCSID 1200

DBCLOB (n) CCSID 1200

 

Another nice addition is the ability to create a column that has the IMPLICITLY HIDDEN attribute. This allows programmers to define and use the column in their applications, but it effectively "hides" the column from query applications if users or programs do not explicitly specify the column.

 

There is also now a way to define a timestamp column that will be automatically updated whenever a row changes by using the FOR EACH ROW ON UPDATE AS ROW CHANGE TIMESTAMP clause. This clause could be used in conjunction with the IMPLICITLY HIDDEN clause to have a hidden column that is updated with the latest change timestamp for each row.

 

CREATE TABLE PRODAPPL.TABLE1 (

      C1 INT,

      C2 VARCHAR (20),

      C3 TIMESTAMP IMPLICITLY HIDDEN;

SELECT * FROM PRODAPPL.TABLE1;

 

The result of this query will display only columns C1 and C2. C3 will be hidden from the query user's result set. But if the query is changed to include C1, C2, and C3, then it will return all columns.

 

SELECT C1, C2, C3 FROM PRODAPPL.TABLE1;

 

A significant enhancement is the ability to use expressions when creating an index. The CREATE INDEX statement now allows the use of expression notation to define the key columns. For example, SALARY + BONUS could be created as a key column in an index, which is commonly called a derived key. This will help give the optimizer a more useful key to consider when an application's query is looking for these columns combined. This support is similar to a derived key logical file. Note that an RPG program can use an index with selection using native I/O, but the program cannot use it in an SQL statement.

 

CREATE INDEX PRODAPPL.TOTAL_SALARY ON PRODAPPL.EMPLOYEE (SALARY + BONUS ASC)

 

A new capability that will be a real time-saver is the ability to use the ALTER statement to alter a function definition. Previously, the function would have to have been dropped and re-created with the new definition, and in the process any authorizations that were defined on the function were lost.

 

Sometimes, 50 characters were not enough text to describe constraint relationships for a programmer, so the COMMENT ON statement has been extended to constraints. The LABEL ON statement has also been extended to more SQL objects.

 

For programmers interested in having only one set of SQL syntax for their SQL statements while at the same time supporting multiple database targets or programmers wanting to port their SQL statement from another database to DB2 for i5/OS, many DDL statements and clauses that are unnecessary on DB2 for i5/OS will now be ignored.

 

Also, trigger support has been enhanced to allow the use of an INSTEAD OF trigger to be run now for each statement. 

Statistics Views

Each release brings more of the database statistics out into a more accessible place, which is the database catalogs. Programmers can query these catalogs by the application to gain a rich variety of information, including statistics about table, index, and table partition usage in their database. In V6R1, several new views were added to the catalogs. Note that the first five views in the table have also been PTFed back to V5R4.

 

Statistics Views

SYSCOLUMNSTAT

Contains one row for every column in a table partition or table member and one row for every column statistics collection

SYSPARTITIONINDEXSTAT

Contains one row for every index built over a table partition or table member

SYSPARTITIONSTAT

Contains one row for every table partition or table member

SYSTABLEINDEXSTAT

Contains one row for every index that has at least one partition or member built over a table. If the index has more than one partition or member, the statistics include all those partitions and members.

SYSTABLESTAT

Contains one row for every table that has at least one partition or member. If the table has more than one partition or member, the statistics include all partitions and members.

SYSINDEXSTAT

Contains one row for every SQL index. Use this view when you want to see information for a specific SQL index or set of SQL indexes. The information is similar to that returned via Show Indexes in System i Navigator.

SYSMQTSTAT

Contains one row for every materialized table. Use this view when you want to see information about a specified materialized query table or set of materialized query tables. The information is similar to that returned via Show Materialized Query Tables in System i Navigator.

SYSPACKAGESTAT

Contains one row for each SQL package in the SQL schema

SYSPARTITIONINDEXES

Contains one row for every index built over a table partition or table member. Use this view when you want to see index information for indexes built on a specified table or set of tables. The information is similar to that returned via Show Indexes in System i Navigator.

SYSPARTITIONMQTS

Contains one row for every materialized table built over a table partition or table member. Use this view when you want to see materialized query table information for materialized tables built on a specified table or set of tables. The information is similar to that returned via Show Materialized Query Tables in System i Navigator.

SYSPROGRAMSTAT

Contains one row for each program, service program, and module that contains SQL statements

Application Development

Client special registers will be very useful. Application programmers can set their own text in these registers when their applications connect and use the database. By specifying this information, programmers can have each of their client applications tagged with their own "signature." The client register information can be captured by looking at the job or by collecting an SQL Performance Monitor. This should be helpful when analyzing performance, troubleshooting, or just gathering statistics about the different client applications.

 

These special registers can be changed using the following:

  • The Set Client Information (SQLESETI) API
  • In CLI, the SQLSetConnectAttr() API
  • In JDBC, the setClientInfo connection method

Client Special Registers

CURRENT CLIENT_ACCTNG

Contains the value of the accounting string from the client information specified for this connection

CURRENT CLIENT_APPLNAME

Contains the value of the application name from the client information specified for this connection

CURRENT CLIENT_PROGRAMID

Contains the value of the client program ID from the client information specified for this connection

CURRENT CLIENT_USERID

Contains the value of the client user ID from the client information specified for this connection

CURRENT CLIENT_WRKSTNNAME

Contains the value of the workstation name from the client information specified for this connection

 

There have been several CLI enhancements made for application development. These include support for wide APIs, alias support in Metadata APIs, row-wise array INSERT, and complete ISO timestamp support.

 

JDBC has been upgraded to Version 4.0, and .Net support has been enhanced with distributed transaction support and multi-row INSERT. In addition, .Net has better integration with Visual Studio.

 

One of the more widely used enhancements will be the added support in embedded SQL for RPG precompiler variable scoping for local variables at a procedure level. Also, all the ILE SQL precompilers have added stream file support so that a stream file can now contain SQL statements. In addition, Unicode support was added into the COBOL SQL precompiler.

 

For those that use the RUNSQLSTM command, support has been added to allow running SQL statements that are stored in a stream file. In addition, SQL statements in a source member are no longer limited to the first 80 characters of each line; a right margin parameter has been added to the command to specify where the end of the line should be. It has also been enhanced to allow CL commands to be run within RUNSQLSTM. These enhancements, coupled with the ability of System i Navigator's Run SQL Scripts to use source physical file members and IFS files will help simplify storing/sharing and the running of SQL statements in programming environments.

SQL Query Engine (SQE) and Runtime Performance Improvements

SQE enhancements include the use of National Language Sort Sequence (NLSS) during optimization, as well as the ability to handle more CASE statements, UDTFs, and lateral correlation, to name a few. There are many other new capabilities and performance enhancements as well.

 

Prior to V6R1, a QAQQINI parameter called Ignore_Derived_Index was introduced with a default of *NO. This was because queries that referenced DDS files would be sent down the CQE path and programmers would not want derived keys ignored. With V6R1, the default value of the Ignore_Derived_Index QAQQINI parameter is now *YES because programmers can now use the new CREATE INDEX syntax to define derived keys instead of DDS.

 

SQL runtime improvements have also been made to the database in V6R1. These include host server variable-length compression, SQL Call caching improvements, and MQT REFRESH improvements. Also, an improvement has been made to the RGZPFM command to eliminate the need for an exclusive lock when returning storage. ALTER TABLE now preserves indexes in tables with LOB columns, and performance has been improved by not requiring the rebuild of EVIs.

Database Limits Have Been Increased

SQL application and runtime limits have been increased. These include 128-byte cursor and statement names, full 64K result-set row-length support, ability to allow more than 120 columns in a GROUP BY clause, and larger in-use table size. Database object limits have also increased for the number of schemas and the number of dependent logical files. Also, ALTER TABLE can support more dependents, and the number of saved dependents has been increased.

Database Tooling, On Demand Performance Center

Leading the way for V6R1 System i Navigator database tooling enhancements is the On Demand Performance Center. This collection of function was introduced in V5R4 to greatly simplify SQL performance analysis in DB2 for i5/OS. In V6R1, two of the most interesting additions are to the SQL Performance Monitor and SQL Plan Cache Snapshot reports. Now, when users analyze a monitor or snapshot report, they can customize which columns to include in the report. Another key enhancement is that there is now a way to save the analysis reports to a comma-separated value (CSV), tab-delimited, or even spreadsheet-formatted file directly, including the report headings. Figure 1 below shows an example of this. Another enhancement is the ability to compare more than two monitors or snapshots at a high level to see if they are interesting before going to deeper analysis.

 

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The SQL Plan Cache Show Statements dialog's usability has been greatly improved. New functionality includes additional columns and customization of the columns in the Show Statements dialog, the ability to generate a report showing all users that have run a specific statement since the last IPL, and the ability to generate a report showing all active jobs that are running the statement. In addition, a new category of snapshots called SQL Plan Cache Event Monitors has been introduced and added to the main folder list as shown in Figure 2 below. This new category will allow a programmer to set up a monitor that is actively running and will capture plans that are being pruned out of the SQL Plan Cache. When setting up these new Event Monitors, programmers will find the same filter capability as when creating an SQL Plan Cache Snapshot.

 

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Programmers who have used Current SQL for a job in previous releases will find that the usability of this dialog has been improved and that the dialog itself has been given a new name. It is now called SQL Details for Jobs. A set of filters has been added to improve narrowing down on the jobs that are of interest. Other new capabilities include the ability to see the client register information and the ability to view the QAQQINI file in use by the job.

 

One of the most helpful performance tools is Visual Explain. In V6R1, an exciting new option has been added called Explain While Running. Now, when Visual Explain is chosen for an active job that has a long-running SQL statement, the Visual Explain dialog will display the actual counts in the attribute section for the appropriate nodes in the Visual Explain dialog, as shown in Figure 3. In addition, the Refresh button can be pressed to view changes in these counts as the query continues to run. Also, the capability has been added to print the attributes for a selected node. New in this release is the ability to capture SQL performance information on the Query/400 and OPNQRYF statements. Once that information is available in an SQL Performance Monitor or SQL Plan Cache Snapshot, those statements can be analyzed using Visual Explain.

 

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The Index Advisor that was added in V5R4 has been very popular. One enhancement that was PTFed back to V5R4 was to be able to condense the index advised information. This option shows the same index advised information but has additionally condensed the advised indexes into the most useful ones. Another useful item is the ability to right-click on one or more Index Advised rows and generate the CREATE INDEX SQL statements in a Run SQL Scripts window as shown in Figure 4. Once they are in the Run SQL Script window, they can be saved for later use in a change management system.

 

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Many times, Show Indexes is used in conjunction with the Index Advisor to see if the optimizer is actually using the indexes that were created from the advice. The Show Indexes function has been enhanced so that Show Indexes can now be done at the schema level by right-clicking on the Tables folder of the schema. Show MQTs has also been given this capability for both tables and views. Also, the optimization usage counts that are shown can now be reset on individual indexes or tables. Finally, at times there are indexes that might share an access path with a primary key. Now, the indexes shown in the Indexes folder will contain the owning access path information, which would point to perhaps a primary key as the owner of that access path. This is shown in Figure 5.

 

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Health Center

A very useful addition to the Health Center is a new tab called Environmental Limits.  This tab lists the jobs on the system that are consuming specific database resources. These resources have known resource limits, but the key benefit is that application programmers may not have understood them or have had an easy way to view them until now. Figure 6 shows which job is consuming the resource and identifies whether the job is active or not. The blue gear icon means that it is active. If the job is active, additional drill-down options are available, including the ability to get more detailed job information and start a SQL Performance Monitor.

 

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Another tab called Activity has been added also, as shown in Figure 7. These categories are interesting counts that someone might want to keep track of as the database is being used and growing. The Overview tab has also added counts for journals and journal receivers, and the Size Limits tab has added counts for SQL package and program sizes.

 

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Run SQL Scripts

By far, the most-used database capability in System i Navigator seems to be the Run SQL Scripts tool. The most interesting addition to this tool is the ability to save the result set window rows to a CSV, tab-delimited, or spreadsheet-formatted file, which includes the capability to choose whether to include the column headings or not.

 

Speaking of headings, there is now a setting that you can use to change whether the result set window will display column headings instead of the column names. See Figure 8.

 

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Another addition is the ability to print the contents of the result-set window. Also, there is now the ability to save the script to a UTF-8 or a source physical file member in i5/OS. There are numerous other usability enhancements as well. For instance, font support has been extended to the result-set window. And a new option was added to the Run SQL Scripts application to allow for checking SQL statements for portability.

General Enhancements and the Web

Many other System i Navigator database enhancements have been made. For example, there is now a Show Object Locks option for tables, views, and indexes. And programmers now have the ability to add a comment to any of the database objects to write more-descriptive text. Column and sort capabilities were added to many of the folder lists, and the Generate SQL menu option can now be used from any of the database object folder menus. In addition to the System i Navigator interface, many of the same dialogs discussed can be used in the Web application called IBM Systems Director Navigator for i5/OS.

Wrapping It Up

This article has highlighted many V6R1 functions and enhancements by organizing them in the categories of SQL syntax, new catalog statistic views, application development, SQL Query Engine (SQE) and performance, increased limits, and the System i Navigator database tools.

 

For application designers and programmers, this lineup shows that DB2 for i5/OS continues to provide a rich and powerful set of functions and enhancements in each release. These new capabilities will help application designers and programmers continue to produce new and exciting applications for i5/OS.

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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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIt’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. 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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericLet’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 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...

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhile introducing Sequel Data Access, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access, distribution trends, and more advanced query tools. 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

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhat happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    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

    SB_PowerTech_WC_GenericGet 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.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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

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

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

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

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

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

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

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

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

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

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

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

    SB Profound WC GenericHave you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.
    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
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  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

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    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
    Watch Now.

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

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

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

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

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

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