What Do You Need to Know to Turn an Idea for an Article or Book into a Published Work?

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According to a 2003 survey conducted by Jenkins Group, Inc., a Michigan publishing services firm, 81 percent of Americans would like to write a book. And, although it appears that a similar study about writing articles has never been done, it's probably safe to say that a fairly large number of people have entertained the thought of writing for a magazine as well. There are certainly enough books on the subject to back up this theory, as well as support the 2003 survey's findings; a recent search for books on writing at returned an astonishing 149,911 hardback and paperback titles.


With so many books on writing available, choosing the right one to help you get started can be a daunting task. To begin with, only a fraction of these books are designed to guide you through the process of turning an idea for a technical article or book into a published work. And unfortunately, many of the books that focus on this aspect of writing contain material that's outdated and no longer relevant. For example, most describe how to query an editor by way of regular mail, even though today, the majority of editors prefer to be contacted by e-mail. (And there is a significant difference in how e-mail queries are submitted.) Or they fail to provide information that every first-time author needs to know, such as how to use tables and artwork and how to revise early drafts until the wording is clear, concise, and strong. More importantly, almost all of these books neglect to mention just how difficult the task of writing can be. They also fail to offer suggestions on how to develop good writing habits; habits that will help you overcome any obstacle you are likely to encounter.


From Idea to Print: How to Write a Technical Article or Book and Get It Published is different. First and foremost, it contains up-to-date information on everything you need to know to turn an idea for a technical article or book into a published work. I can make this claim without hesitation because I contacted several editors and an agent to find out how they do business before I documented the process a writer should follow when creating and submitting a query and/or a book proposal. Furthermore, it combines and summarizes important information found in a wide variety of resources, some of which are available only to authors who have already signed a publishing agreement with a publisher. For example, when you sign an agreement with a large publishing house like McGraw-Hill or Prentice Hall, you normally receive a copy of their "author guidelines," which you are expected to adhere to as you prepare your manuscript for publication. Portions of Chapters 6, 7, and 10 were developed by combining the information found in the author guidelines used by six well-known publishers that specialize in producing technical and educational books. Similarly, a careful analysis of the publishing agreements I received from publishers I have worked with in the past, as well as a comprehensive examination of agreements I received from friends and colleagues who have worked with other publishers, went into the creation of Chapter 4—a chapter that took me just over five months to complete and that many early reviewers have said is the most important chapter in this book.


More importantly, much of the information found in this book is derived from my own personal experience writing technical articles and books for publication. When I set out to create this book, one of my goals was to capture, in writing, tips and suggestions I have offered friends and colleagues who have sought my advice in the past. Another was to reinforce many of the concepts presented with real-world examples taken from my own writing projects that were ultimately published by companies like McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, CMP Media, TDA Group, and IBM. But I didn't stop there. As I developed the manuscript for this book, I relied heavily on the feedback of subject matter experts to ensure that the information being presented was both accurate and complete. For example, two attorneys who specialize in intellectual property and publishing agreements reviewed and provided valuable feedback on the sections in this book that address understanding and negotiating the terms of a publishing agreement (Chapter 4) and describe how to avoid making libelous statements, how to avoid plagiarizing others, and how to avoid copyright infringement (Chapter 7). As a result, if you have little or no experience writing, this book will give you a clear and accurate picture of the steps involved in authoring a technical article or book for publication. It should also answer any questions you may have about turning an idea for an article or book into a printed work. If, on the other hand, you're an established author with a list of published works to your credit, this book may teach you a few things you don't already know.


As I alluded to earlier, Chapter 4 of From Idea to Print is designed to introduce you to a very important document that most writers receive after getting an offer to publish their work—the publishing agreement. The following material was taken from that chapter:

The Publishing Agreement

Many first-time authors are so excited that someone wants to publish their work that they don't pay a lot of attention to the terms and conditions outlined in their publishing agreement. Instead, they skim it, sign it, and send it back, without giving it a second thought. However, once an agreement is signed, it becomes a legally binding document, and some of the terms and conditions they have agreed to can, and usually do, have long-lasting consequences.


At the very least, a publishing agreement is designed to supply answers to the following questions:


  • When does the agreement (and by extension, the author-publisher relationship) take effect?
  • Who is legally bound by the terms and conditions of the agreement?
  • How will the author's work be prepared for publication and when will it be delivered?
  • How and when will the author's work be published?
  • Who will have final approval over the published work's format and appearance?
  • Who will own the copyright to the published work?
  • What rights to the author's work are to be granted to the publisher?
  • How much and when will the author be paid in exchange for these rights?
  • How long will these rights be tied up?
  • What promises and guarantees is the author required to make?
  • What happens if someone claims the author did something wrong (for example, infringed someone else's copyright)?
  • What are the consequences if either the author or the publisher fails to comply with the terms of the agreement?
  • When does the agreement (and consequently, the author–publisher relationship) end?


And, although authors and publishers rarely have serious disagreements, if a difference of opinion does arise, the publishing agreement forms the basis for resolving any and all disputes.


Given that they've been designed to provide the answers to these and other questions, publishing agreements tend to be lengthy and complex (most are typically ten to fifteen pages long, single-spaced). And reading one can be an exercise in boredom and frustration—particularly if you're unfamiliar with most of the terminology used. Nonetheless, it's imperative that you take the time to carefully examine any agreement you receive, and more importantly, that you understand the immediate and long-term ramifications of each provision it contains before you sign and return it. Because once an agreement is signed, you're legally obligated to deliver on the promises you've made in it—and for the price that you've agreed to.


Although the wording in publishing agreements can vary (primarily because the writing styles of the lawyers that draft them differ), most adhere to a similar format. Typically, they begin with the title "Publishing Agreement," "Publishing Contract," or "Agreement" and continue with a preamble, in which the names and geographical locations of the parties involved are provided and the book to be published is briefly described. The term party is a lawyer's term that's used to identify the persons or businesses that are legally bound by a contract; the geographical location of each party is required because where the parties live and work often determines which state's laws will apply should a dispute between the parties arise. The preamble is followed by a series of numbered paragraphs, referred to as "clauses," that spell out the specific terms of the agreement. Most publishing agreements contain anywhere from fourteen to twenty clauses, and some of these clauses have multiple subclauses.


An example of one such clause is the "out-of-print" clause. There are few things an author would like more than to see his or her book become a best seller that continues to earn royalties throughout the duration of its copyright (which is the life of the author, plus seventy years). Unfortunately, most books have a much shorter shelf life—the longest that any of my books have remained in print is just over five years. Because of this, many publishing agreements contain an out-of-print clause that gives the publisher permission to stop producing a book if demand for it is no longer sufficient to warrant its continued manufacture and sale. In some cases, this clause also defines how rights are to revert to the author once the decision to stop publication has been made.


You would think that a book would automatically be declared "out of print" according to its earnings—for example, if its sales fall below 500 copies a year or if the author fails to earn at least $800 in royalties in two consecutive accounting periods. However, many publishers resist the use of such guidelines, preferring instead to wait until their supply of books has been exhausted, even though they may only be selling two or three copies a year. And, with more and more publishers utilizing print-on-demand and e-book technology to make backlist titles available, a book can technically remain "in print" long after all physical copies have been either sold or destroyed.


Even if a publisher allows a book to go out of print, it typically does not notify the author that the book is no longer available. Instead, it's up to the author to make this determination. And, in most cases, if an author discovers that his or her book is no longer for sale, the out-of-print clause requires them to request, in writing, that the publisher put the book back into print. (Again, with today's technology, there can be a question as to what exactly "into print" means—does it refer to a printed book, an e-book, or something else entirely?) Usually, the publisher then has some period of time, often anywhere from eight to eighteen months, to respond by either putting the book back into print or by licensing the reprint rights to another publisher. If the publisher chooses to do nothing in the period in which it is required to act, the publishing agreement is normally terminated. Even then, the reversion of rights is not likely to be automatic. Instead, the author may be forced to ask for and receive written Reversion of Rights or Termination of Agreement documentation from the publisher before all rights previously granted will be reverted.


To ensure that a publisher doesn't keep a poorly performing book in print forever, it's imperative that the out-of-print clause be worded in such a way that leaves no question of when a book goes out of print. This is especially true now that digital and on-demand publishing can make the literal meaning of traditional out-of-print clauses obsolete. (Publishers are likely to favor a clause that defines "out of print" as meaning that the book is not available for sale in any format.) Ideally, the out-of-print clause in your publishing agreement should state that your book is to be automatically considered out of print if annual sales fail to reach a specified level (say, 500, 1,000, or even 2,000 copies a year). Having an out-of-print clause worded this way puts you in a much stronger position to insist on a reversion of rights when your royalty statement indicates that sales have sharply declined.


(In Chapter 4, you'll be introduced to fifteen clauses that are found in most publishing agreements and, in many cases, you will receive recommendations on how to make the terms and conditions of these clauses more favorable to you.)

Staying out of Trouble

In Chapter 7, you will learn how to keep from alienating or offending others by using bias-free text, and you'll discover why and how to avoid making libelous statements in your writing. You will also learn what plagiarism is, as well as what you can do to avoid it, and you'll become knowledgeable about things like copyright, copyright laws, the public domain, the "fair use" doctrine, and the proper way to "reuse" someone else's copyrighted material in your work.


One of the most interesting topics covered in Chapter 7 has to do with self-plagiarism and copyright infringement. The following except from Chapter 7 explains what self-plagiarism is and illustrates how it can lead to copyright infringement:


As the term implies, self?plagiarism is the reuse of significant portions of one's own work without acknowledging that the material is being reused and without citing the original work. Typically, self-plagiarism is considered to be an ethical issue in situations in which it is implied that a publication consists primarily of new material, such as in academic publishing or educational assignments. However, the practice of self-plagiarism can also be illegal if the copyright of the original work has been transferred to another entity, which is normally what takes place when you sign a publishing agreement that allows a publisher to produce, market, distribute, and sell your work.


In 1994, Pamela Samuelson, the Richard M. Sherman 1974 Distinguished Professor of Law and Information Management at the University of California, Berkeley, with a joint appointment in the UC Berkeley School of Information and Boalt Hall, the School of Law, identified several factors in which reuse of one's previously published work should not be considered self-plagiarism. These factors are:


  • The previous work needs to be restated to lay the groundwork for a new contribution in the second work.
  • Portions of the previous work must be repeated to deal with new evidence or arguments.
  • The audience for each work is so different that publishing the same work in different places is necessary to get the message out.
  • The author thinks he or she said it so well the first time that it makes no sense to say it differently a second time.


Samuelson also stated that "Although it seems not to have been raised in any of the self-plagiarism cases, copyright law's fair use defense would likely provide a shield against many potential publisher claims of copyright infringement against authors who reused portions of their previous works." While this statement may be valid if the same publisher holds the copyright for both works, that's not always the case when one publisher holds the rights to the previous work and another publisher holds the rights to the second work. I know, because when I started writing DB2 Certification Exam Study Guides, I learned this firsthand.


My sixth and last book with McGraw-Hill, DB2 Administration All-In-One Exam Guide, happened to be my first book on DB2 certification. The purpose of this book was simple—to prepare the reader for two DB2 7.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows certification exams (Exams 512 and 513). But, when IBM came out with a new set of exams for DB2 8.1 (Exams 700 and 701), the material in that book quickly became dated. Yet, McGraw-Hill made the decision to not update this book to cover the new certification exams. So, when Pearson Education/Prentice Hall learned that both IBM and I wanted to make an updated version of this book available and that McGraw-Hill had no interest in producing a revised edition, they extended me offers to publish three new DB2 8.1 Certification Exam Study Guides.


Shortly after signing the publishing agreements for these new books, I discovered that the topics covered on Exams 700 and 701 were almost identical to the topics that had been covered on Exams 512 and 513 (which I had just written about). Unfortunately, I also learned that I could not reuse any of my material from the DB2 Administration All-In-One Exam Guide because McGraw-Hill now owned the copyright for that material; if I attempted to reuse any portion of that material, I would be guilty of both self-plagiarism and copyright infringement. And, because McGraw-Hill felt that the DB2 8.1 books would harm the sales of my previous book, they indicated that they would bring a lawsuit against me if they thought I infringed on their copyright in any way. Suddenly, I found myself under contract to write two new books on essentially the same subject, and I was forbidden to reuse a single sentence from my previous work (which was approximately 800 pages in length). I did it, but it was a painful exercise in rewriting and revision that I promised myself I would never go through again.


Later, when I left Pearson Education/Prentice Hall and went to MC Press for similar reasons (Pearson Education/Prentice Hall did not want to revise my DB2 8.1 books for the DB2 9 exams and MC Press did), I had Pearson Education/Prentice Hall revert back to me all the rights I had given them in exchange for publishing the DB2 8.1 books. And I did not sign publishing agreements for the DB2 9 books until I received a statement, in writing, that the rights to the DB2 8.1 material had been returned to my possession. This guaranteed that Pearson Education/Prentice Hall could never sue me for copyright infringement because I now owned the rights to my material and could freely reuse portions of it in any way that I pleased.


Since then, I've learned to look for ways to hold on to the right to reuse portions of my material in other works so that I won't get into a similar situation. For instance, because parts of the articles that I write for my regular column in IBM Data Management magazine have the potential to be incorporated into the manuscript of a future book on DB2, I have a special contract in place with the magazine publisher (TDA Group) that allows me to freely reuse any material I create for the magazine in a future book if I so desire.


As a writer builds a vast collection of material to draw from, there are cases in which he or she may try to reuse portions of his or her material that has already been published. (Reusing material in a book to create a magazine article is one example; reusing material in a book or magazine article as a blog posting is another.) After consulting with an attorney who specializes in intellectual property law, I believe that the factors for reuse that Samuelson identified in 1994 are a good set of guidelines to follow. However, they may not necessarily represent the factors a publisher will use to determine whether an author's work should be viewed as self-plagiarism.


At a minimum, you should avoid acts of self-plagiarism unless you meet the criteria outlined in Samuelson's guidelines. Otherwise, you run the risk of disappointing readers—especially if they're expecting something new. But more importantly, unless you have safeguards in place to protect you, keep in mind that whenever you self-plagiarize, you run the risk of copyright infringement. This is particularly true if different publishers end up owning the rights to different works that contain identical material. Consequently, if you truly want to avoid claims of copyright infringement, treat your own previously published works (where copyright was assigned to the publisher) as you would any other copyrighted work that has been authored by someone else.

Final Thoughts

I begin the book From Idea to Print: How to Write a Technical Article or Book and Get It Published by saying that writing is hard work—a worthwhile task that is rarely easy. I also point out that writing an article or a book and getting it published can be extremely rewarding. It took me just over a year to write my first book, The Developer's Handbook to DB2 for Common Servers, and, although I didn't know it at the time, the publication of that book started a chain of events that literally changed my life. Fifteen years, twenty-two books, and numerous magazine articles later, my name has become synonymous with DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, and I have received several accolades and awards as a result.


The goal of this book is to provide you with everything I know about the craft of writing technical articles and books. I trust you will find the information contained in this book helpful and well worth the time you will spend reading it.


Roger Sanders

Roger E. Sanders is a DB2 for LUW Offering Manager at IBM. He has been working with DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows (DB2 for LUW) since it was first introduced on the IBM PC (as part of OS/2 1.3 Extended Edition) and is the author of 24 books on relational database technology (23 on DB2 for LUW; one on ODBC).


For 10 years, Roger authored the Distributed DBA column in IBM Data Magazine (formerly DB2 Magazine), and for three years, he served as president of the Triangle DB2 User’s Group (TriDUG), a regional DB2 user’s group that meets in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Roger has also written articles for publications such as Certification Magazine and IDUG Solutions Journal (the official magazine of the International DB2 User’s Group), authored DB2-related tutorials and articles for IBM’s developerWorks website, presented at a variety of International DB2 User’s Group (IDUG) conferences and regional DB2 User’s Group (RUG) meetings, taught numerous classes on DB2 Fundamentals and DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration, and participated in the development of 23 DB2 certification exams.


From 2008 to 2015, Roger was recognized as an IBM Champion for his contributions to the IBM Data Management community; in 2012, he was recognized as an IBM developerWorks Master Author, Level 2 for his contributions to the IBM developerWorks community. He lives in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.

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    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


    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 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
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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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  • 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:

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    - 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:
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    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
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  • 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.