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Advanced Function Printing (AFP) overlays are a great alternative to preprinted forms. Here’s the concept. You create your form in any Windows application (Microsoft Word, for instance). Then, just output the form with the AFP printer driver included with AS/400 Client Access Express for Windows V4R4 and store the output on your AS/400. Next, you simply tell your printer file to use that form when outputting the data from your application
(e.g., invoicing). All of your previously preprinted forms are now generated “on the fly,” and, any time you need the form changed, you just modify the Word document and recreate the overlay on the AS/400. OK, I know you’re thinking, “There has to be more to it than that!” This article will take you step-by-step through the process.

 

Why Use Overlay Forms?

 

The reasons to use overlay forms are endless, and not least of all is cost. Using AFP overlays means no more buying all those different preprinted forms. Now, regular laser printer paper serves all of your form needs. And you won’t have to worry about running out of preprinted forms anymore. Additionally, if you need any changes made to a form—say, company address or logo changes—you won’t be waiting two weeks for the printer to get you the new forms. Overlays also give you the ability to go “paperless” by saving a copy of the output and using the AFP Viewer, which is included with Client Access V3R1 and higher, to view or print a copy of the document whenever needed.

Overlays are easy to create because you use applications you are already familiar with, such as your favorite word processor or spreadsheet program, and generate the overlay easily by printing a copy of it. Also, overlays reduce the amount of program modification required because you no longer have to modify the program to fit your form. Instead, you can create a form that conforms to the program’s printed output but is customized for your company to include your name and logo and any other specific information. This can be a great timesaver when going through a new software implementation.

 

Where Do I Sign Up?

 

More to the point, how do I get started, right? The first thing you need to do is make sure you have a printer configured to print overlays. Here, there are two options: either an IPDS printer configured as AFP “YES” or a PCL-compatible laser printer configured for Host


Printer Transform (HPT). Just check the device description and, if need be, change the TRANSFORM parameter to *YES. You should also make sure you have the latest PTFs installed on your system, especially any AFP-related PTFs.

The next thing you need to do on the AS/400 is create a new shared folder in which to store the overlay output. It’s also not a bad idea to store a copy of the document that the overlay is created from in this folder as well for later modifications. Use the following Create Folder command to create a new shared folder called overlays:

CRTFLR FLR(OVERLAYS)

Now create a physical file with a record length of 1021 bytes that will be used to store and create the overlay resource later. To do this, type this Create Physical File command:

CRTPF FILE(QGPL/OVERLAYS) +

RCDLEN(1021) LVLCHK(*NO) +

MAXMBRS(*NOMAX).

Next, you need to make sure your PC has everything it needs to create and generate the overlays. First, you need to be working with a PC running Client Access V3R1M0 or higher. After that, the most important component required on the PC is the AFP printer driver. This is included with all versions of Client Access Express for Windows or can be downloaded from the IBM AFP Printer Drivers site (www.printers.ibm.com/r5psc.nsf/Web/afpdr).

Once you have the printer driver on your system, go to the control panel and select the Printers icon. Double-click on Add Printer, select Local printer, and click Next. When the list of printers is displayed, click Have Disk and point the program to the directory containing the AFP printer driver. This should either be under the Client Access directory or wherever you decompressed the file downloaded from IBM’s Web site. When the list of drivers is presented, select the appropriate one. Figure 1 shows this list. If you are going to be using an IBM printer with AFP support, select that printer. Otherwise, select either the AFP 600 or AFP 300 based on your printer’s resolution (600 or 300 dpi).

After selecting the appropriate driver, click Next. When asked to specify a port for the new printer, select File; this allows you to save the AFP output to a file that will be used to create the overlay resource on the AS/400. After clicking Next, you will be asked to name the new printer; name it “AFP Overlay Printer” and click OK. Now right-click on the printer that you just created and select Properties from the menu. When the printer properties box is displayed, click on the Options tab. Figure 2 shows the screen that will come up. Under Output Type, select Overlay, click Apply, and then click OK. This tells the printer driver that you will be creating overlays. You will also need to have a network drive mapped to the QDLS folder on your AS/400.

That’s all of the setup required. Now you need to design your form.

 

Forming Your Form

 

To create your overlay form, you can use any Windows application that allows you to print to a Windows printer. For the purposes of my example, I will use Microsoft Word 97. Most likely, you will be designing a form to replace an existing preprinted form, or you will be creating a new form to fit the “vanilla” output from your applications software (in the case of implementing a new software package).

The process of designing forms in Word is a fairly basic one. Figure 3 shows an example form, a simple invoice format. Create a new blank document in Word by going to the File menu and selecting New. Select the Blank template, click OK, and then go to the File menu again and select Print. No, you aren’t actually ready to print anything yet, but you need to tell Word that you will be using your AFP printer driver so that the document


you create will be formatted for the AFP driver. When the Print dialog is displayed, drop down the list of printers and select AFP Overlay Printer. Click Close to close the dialog box, go to the File menu, and select Page Setup. Now reduce all of the margins to zero (0”). When you click OK, Word will tell you that your margins are set outside of the printable area of the page. Click Fix to have Word automatically adjust the page margins to the minimum required by the printer driver. This will allow you maximum area for your form.

Now you’ll start on the form itself. First, move your cursor to the top of the page and click on the Center button on the button bar. This is the icon that appears to have several lines of text centered on a page. Click the Format menu and select Font; choose Arial 28-point font in bold style and click OK. Now type the word Invoice. Using the point size selector on the button bar, reduce the font to 18 points and disable bold by clicking on the bold icon on the button bar. Finally, type the name and address of your company (ABC Corp., 123 Main Street, Anytown, US 99999, in this example).

Now you need to create a table. To do this, go to the Table menu and select Insert Table. When the Insert Table dialog is displayed, select two rows and two columns (which happens to be the default) and click OK. This will place the new table on your page with two columns, each half the width of the page, and two rows, each approximately one letter tall. Highlight the bottom two cells of the table by clicking on the left cell and dragging it over to the right cell. Now click on the Table menu and select Cell Height and Width. On the Rows tab, change the list box on the right from Auto to Exactly and change the cell height to 2 inches (2”). This table will be used for the ship to and bill to sections of the form. Click on the top left cell and type “Ship To” and click on the upper right cell and type “Bill To.”

Now you will create a second table that will be used to show your invoice detail lines. Go to the Table menu and select Insert Table again, but, this time, create a table with four columns and two rows. On the top row, type “Item,” “Quantity,” “Price,” and “Amount” in the cells from left to right. Again, highlight the second row and, this time, change the row height to 6 1/2 inches (6.5”).

At this point, go to the bottom of the page and, using Arial 12-point font, insert eight tabs and type “Invoice Total.” Save the document by going to the File menu and selecting Save As. It’s a good idea to save the Word document to the shared folder on your AS/400. To do this, click the Save in list box on the save dialog and select Network Neighborhood. Look for your AS/400 system name and double-click on it. Then, look for the Overlays folder you created earlier, give your document a name, and click Save. It’s not a requirement to save the Word document to this location, but it is a good idea because it will be easier to find later if and when you need to modify the form.

Now that you have saved the document, click on the File menu and select Print; make sure the AFP Overlay printer is still listed as the printer for the document and click OK. When you are prompted for the file name and location, select the Overlays folder the same way you did previously and type “Invoice.prn” for the file name. That’s all of the PC work. The rest of the work needs to be done on the AS/400.

 

Creating the Overlay

 

The process of creating the overlay from the file created by the AFP driver involves three separate AS/400 commands. First, you need to use the Copy from PC Document (CPYFRMPCD) command to copy the AFP printer output from the shared folder to the physical file you created earlier. From the command prompt, type the following:

CPYFRMPCD FROMFLR(OVERLAYS) TOFILE(QGPL/OVERLAYS) FROMDOC(INVOICE.PRN) TOMBR(INVOICE)
TRNTBL(*NONE) TRNFMT(*NOTEXT)


Next, you need take this physical file and create the overlay resource from it using the following command:

CRTOVL OVL(QGPL/INVOICE) FILE(QGPL/OVERLAYS)

 

Sample Program

 

Now that you have the overlay created, you are almost there. Figure 4 shows the RPG IV code you need to type in for INV001RP, and Figure 5 shows the DDS specs you need to type in for INV001P1. This program will create some sample output on your invoice form. There are three methods that you can use to attach the overlay to the printer file.

The first way is to add the overlay record-level keyword to the DDS source of the printer file. The format of the keyword is as follows:

OVERLAY([(library-name/overlay-name] position-down position-across (*ROTATION
rotation-field))

The unit of measure specified on the Create Printer File (CRTPRTF) command should match the unit of measure used for the position-down and position-across keywords. These two parameters allow you to specify the offset from the top corner of the page for the overlay. The optional *ROTATION parameter allows you to rotate the overlay relative to the page in 90 degree increments.

The second option is to add an Override Printer File (OVRPRTF) command to your program using the FRONTOVL and/or BACKOVL parameters. The FRONTOVL parameter identifies the overlay to be used for the front of the page. Subsequently, the BACKOVL parameter identifies the overlay to be used for the back of the page. These parameters are specified in the same format that you used on the overlay DDS keyword with the exception of the *ROTATION parameter.

An alternative to the previous two options is to specify the FRONT-OVL or BACKOVL parameter on the CRTPRTF command. These parameters are the same as those on the OVRPRTF command, and you can also do a Change Printer File (CHGPRTF) and specify the FRONT-OVL or BACKOVL parameter there.

Any one of these options will give you the same result. Which one you choose is entirely up to you. The thing to remember is that the first two options involve actual code changes, whereas the third solution does not. However, in the third example, if changes are made to the printer file, you will need to remember to specify the FRONT- OVL/BACKOVL parameter when recompiling. With any of these options, you need to specify DEVTYPE(*AFPDS) when you create the printer file. If you don’t, the overlay will not be generated when output is sent to the printer.

For this example, I used the third method. Compile the printer file using the following command:

CRTPRTF FILE(library/INV001P1) SRCFILE(library/QDDSSRC) DEVTYPE(*AFPDS) PAGRTT(0)
FRONTOVL(library/INVOICE) PAGESIZE(66 80)

Next, compile the ILE source by typing the following:

CRTBNDRPG PGM(libname/INV001RP) SRCFILE(libname/QRPGLESRC) SRCMBR(INV001RP)

When the compile is complete, run the sample program by typing CALL INV001RP from the command line. Figure 6 shows what the generated output should look like. This is a very basic sample, but you can see how easily you can create clean-looking finished output.


Once you’ve started working with overlays, you’ll be amazed at how easily you can make all of your preprinted form applications “overlay-compatible.” And you’ll never have to worry about running out of preprinted forms again.

 

References and Related Materials

 

IBM AFP Printer Drivers site: www.printers.ibm. com/r5psc.nsf/Web/afpdr

 

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Figure 1: Select the AFP driver to match the printer you will be using to print the overlay from your AS/400.


 

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Figure 2: Go into the AFP printer driver properties and change the Output Type to Overlay.


 

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Figure 3: This is an example of the Microsoft Word document that you will use to create an overlay.


***************************************************************************

*

*

*

* To Compile : CRTBNDRPG PGM(libname/INV001RP)

* SRCFILE(libname/QRPGLESRC)

* SRCMBR(INV001RP)

*

***************************************************************************

*

FINV001P1 O E PRINTER OFLIND(*IN01)

C*

C* WRITE INVOICE HEADER

C EVAL SHIP1=*ALL'X'

C EVAL BILL1=*ALL'X'

C EVAL SHIP2=*ALL'X'

C EVAL BILL2=*ALL'X'

C EVAL SHIP3=*ALL'X'

C EVAL BILL3=*ALL'X'

C EVAL SHIP4=*ALL'X'

C EVAL BILL4=*ALL'X'

C EVAL SHIP5=*ALL'X'

C EVAL BILL5=*ALL'X'

C WRITE HEADER

C*

C* WRITE DETAIL LINES

C DO 34 X 2 0

C MOVEL *BLANKS XA 2

C EVAL XA=%EDITC(X:'4')

C 'ITEM' CAT XA ITEM

C EVAL QTY=X

C EVAL PRICE=X/34

C QTY MULT PRICE AMOUNT

C WRITE DETAIL

C ADD AMOUNT TOTAMT

C ENDDO

C*

C* OUTPUT TOTAL LINE AND END

C*

C WRITE TOTAL

C MOVEL *ON *INLR

A***********************************************************

A*

A* Printer File for AFP Overlay Sample

A*

A* To Compile: CRTPRTF FILE(library/INV001P1)

A* SRCFILE(library/QDDSSRC)

A* DEVTYPE(*AFPDS)

A* PAGRTT(0)

A* FRONTOVL(library/INVOICE)

A* PAGESIZE(66 80)

A***********************************************************

A*

A R HEADER

A SHIP1 30 3SKIPB(7)

A BILL1 30 43SPACEA(1)

A SHIP2 30 3

A BILL2 30 43SPACEA(1)

A SHIP3 30 3

A BILL3 30 43SPACEA(1)

A SHIP4 30 3

A BILL4 30 43SPACEA(1)

A SHIP5 30 3

A BILL5 30 43SKIPA(23)

A R DETAIL

A ITEM 10 3

A QTY 10 0 20EDTCDE(4)

A PRICE 13 5 45EDTCDE(M)

A AMOUNT 13 2 65EDTCDE(M)

A SPACEA(1)

A R TOTAL SKIPB(62)

A TOTAMT 15 2 63EDTCDE(M)

Figure 4: This RPG code will be used to generate sample output to test the overlay.

Figure 5: This is the DDS source for the printer file for the sample program.


 

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Figure 6: Here is the final output created by the sample program.


Mike Faust

Mike Faust is a senior consultant/analyst for Retail Technologies Corporation in Orlando, Florida. Mike is also the author of the books Active Server Pages Primer, The iSeries and AS/400 Programmer's Guide to Cool Things, JavaScript for the Business Developer, and SQL Built-in Functions and Stored Procedures. You can contact Mike at mikeffaust@yahoo.com.


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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

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

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

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

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

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

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

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

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

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

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

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

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