Case Study: BOScom's Jadvantage

Case Studies
  • Smaller Small Medium Big Bigger
  • Default Helvetica Segoe Georgia Times

"Can I access, edit, and print from my iSeries or AS/400 application using my Web browser?" That's the question that Jadvantage answers with a resounding "Yes."

Jadvantage provides 5250 GUI emulation via a Web browser. No installation is required on the user side, and all user and session configuration is done via the server, which can reside directly on your reliable AS/400 or iSeries host or on a Windows NT/2000/XP PC.

An excellent remote access solution, the only requirement on the user side is a JVM 1.1 (or higher) Web browser in a Windows, Macintosh, or Linux environment. Jadvantage includes bi-directional security features (based on SSL encryption mechanisms), ensuring a safe and secure connection. Both self-signed and third-party certificates are supported, allowing customers to choose the most cost-effective solution. Jadvantage also supports native SCS printing and enables creation of custom printer drivers and distribution from a central point in the organization.

The built-in, user-friendly GUI toolbox allows transformation of AS/400 and iSeries applications into Web applications without touching the code! Green-screens are turned into function-rich and graphically pleasing interfaces via application of fonts, colors, and pictures; creation of tables, time-saving macros, and drop-down list boxes; replacement of texts with graphic action buttons; and hotlinks to HTTP and FTP sites and relevant pictures. With Jadvantage, you can cut down customization implementation time from months to minutes!

Most customers find the built-in picture viewer an excellent way to enrich their existing applications, increase usability, and reduce data entry errors. By simply creating a picture archive on the server, screen text can be linked to appropriate visuals (such as part numbers to catalogs, employee IDs to photos, and descriptions to schematics). There is no need for modification on the client side; once the graphic files have been appropriately named and uploaded to the Jadvantage server, they are instantly available to all the users who have been granted access to the session. New versions of the Jadvantage software are automatically passed on when the user first logs on to the server, thus keeping the total cost of ownership very low.

Jadvantage: A Tool for Many Reasons

Everyone has a different reason for using a tool, and organizations have chosen Jadvantage to solve different problems. Here's what three BOScom customers are doing with Jadvantage.

Equinox Software Systems: Shorten Software Sales Cycle

Based in a Northwest Chicago suburb, Equinox Software Systems, Inc. develops, markets, and supports an iSeries-based application for welding supply distributors. Clients span "Mom and Pop" shops to multi-million dollar companies. A unique characteristic of this industry sector is container rental; the Equinox solution includes 60 ways to calculate rental and usage fees. Since 1972, Equinox has steadily enhanced the software and incorporated new technology without losing sight of twin fundamentals: customer service and ease of use.

Perry Shukas, Vice President of Sales, uses Jadvantage to shorten the sales cycle by streamlining connectivity for online demos. Shukas notes the following benefits:

Time savings: "Until we found Jadvantage, setting up and conducting online demos with prospects was tedious and troublesome. We used PC Anywhere, so we first had to send prospects a copy to install on their PC, then step them through the installation and configuration, and then had to establish a dial-up connection between the machines. Sometimes we couldn't even connect. The time it took was a killer--literally days to complete the process," he recalls.

"Jadvantage quickly connects prospects, via their Web browsers, to a 5250 session on the Equinox iSeries," he says. "I can complete more demos now."

Ease of use: "With PC Anywhere, it was so cumbersome that it distracted them from our demo. It's not good when people are confused during your demo. There's a huge difference with Jadvantage: we simply check that their browser supports Java, and let them connect. They can sign on in 15 minutes now, versus hours or days before. Prospects are no longer frustrated by the set-up process and can focus on understanding the Equinox Software demo."

Security: "Security is built into Jadvantage; we don't have to worry when prospects connect to our iSeries. It's also more secure than using TCP/IP because we have our own firewall," Shukas adds.

KMS Computer Services: Web Access to Physician Management System

Since 1979, when KMS Computer Services first offered System/36 software for physicians' offices, the Kokomo, Indiana, firm has been a leader in providing full-service, turnkey medical practice management systems. Today, several hundred practices rely on KMS to meet their information management needs. Three years ago, as part of its commitment to keep up with evolving technology, KMS decided to add Internet connectivity to its AS/400-based solution.

Jadvantage was the right solution, determined Senior Analyst Danny Jewell after evaluating many products available on the market. "With Jadvantage, we found a simple solution that is easy to install on our customers' PCs without loading a lot of software on their machines, that meets the legislated security levels, and that we can manage and support remotely," Jewell states.

Some KMS customers run the Physicians' Management System on their own AS/400, while others rely on KMS as an application service provider (ASP). Both sets of customers find browser-based Internet access to their system convenient.

Implementing Jadvantage on the KMS server was literally a matter of minutes, Jewell recalls: "I simply followed the instructions in the manual. When we add user licenses, we just call BOScom support and have them give us an update key, and use their license program. We talk new users through setting up a shortcut on their desktop, walk them through their first log-on, and that's it."

"Whether it's a physician needing access to their database from home, or one of our ASP customers working with the patient's medical record or billing, they simply use their PC to connect," Jewell explains.

A big plus is how Jadvantage implements security, because current and future legislation on privacy is very strict in the medical field. "With a certificate on the server and certificate authentication of the client, Jadvantage security features meet the strict legislative 'chain of custody' requirements," Jewell adds.

In his R&D capacity, Jewell periodically surveys the solutions available on the market. "For Internet connectivity to AS/400 systems, Jadvantage is still the best price for available products, especially when compared to the difficulty of setting up competitive solutions," he concludes.

Asante Health System: Intranet and Internet Access to Hospital Census Data

Based in Southern Oregon, Asante Health System provides quality healthcare to the communities of southern Oregon and northern California. When Asante consolidated its medical system and sold off a dozen clinics, it still had to continue to give 200+ physicians access to the hospital census data. The physicians' offices use the patient census information for billing purposes, to accelerate cash flow and to check approvals. In addition to the physicians' offices, 81 departments and clinics at Asante's two hospitals also need to access the census.

Instead of installing 5250 emulation on each hospital or physician PC, Asante created a portal that allows each user to dial in over the Internet with their own browser. With Jadvantage, Asante is able to give each authorized user secure access to their census information on the AS/400.

Asante's Jon McCauley cites a number of benefits from implementing Jadvantage:

Cost savings: "Without a portal, we would have had to provide each of 218 physicians with 5250 emulation, at around $100 per PC. With Jadvantage, we just purchased one 50-user site license at a considerably lower cost."

Compactness: "Jadvantage is not a hard hit on the PCs; it doesn't consume a lot of PC resources."

Reliability: "We were already using the BOScom TCP/IP client emulation product and the BOScom e-Twin@x Controller, so we knew BOScom products were reliable, and they have outstanding support."

Ease of implementation: "We had considered designing an Internet site for the physicians, using IBM WebSphere and Lotus Notes, but decided against it because that would have taken too much work and too long to complete, not to mention maintain. With Jadvantage, we wrote a simple program for the AS/400 in CL and RPG. Then it just took a couple of hours to set up the portal with Jadvantage."

Ease of use: "With our portal, the doctors' staff signs on to the AS/400 just as they did in the past. They see a three-option menu that's easy to understand, and that takes them to the database they need."

Security: "Jadvantage's built-in SSL security ensures confidentiality of sensitive patient data."

Return on investment: "Our ROI was almost immediate, just in savings of the time it would have taken us to develop and maintain a Web site for the physicians, and the cost of putting emulation on each doctor's PC."

Martin Pladgeman is President of BOSaNOVA Inc., the U.S. Master Distributor of BOScom Jadvantage.
BOScom Master Distributor
2021 W. Rose Garden
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Tel: 866-865-5250
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Support MC Press Online





  • White Paper: Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization

    SB Profound WP 5539

    If your business is thinking about modernizing your legacy IBM i (also known as AS/400 or iSeries) applications, you will want to read this white paper first!

    Download this paper and learn how Node.js can ensure that you:
    - Modernize on-time and budget - no more lengthy, costly, disruptive app rewrites!
    - Retain your IBM i systems of record
    - Find and hire new development talent
    - Integrate new Node.js applications with your existing RPG, Java, .Net, and PHP apps
    - Extend your IBM i capabilties to include Watson API, Cloud, and Internet of Things

    Read Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization Now!


  • Profound Logic Solution Guide

    SB Profound WP 5539More than ever, there is a demand for IT to deliver innovation.
    Your IBM i has been an essential part of your business operations for years. However, your organization may struggle to maintain the current system and implement new projects.
    The thousands of customers we've worked with and surveyed state that expectations regarding the digital footprint and vision of the companyare not aligned with the current IT environment.

    Get your copy of this important guide today!


  • 2022 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results

    Fortra2022 marks the eighth edition of the IBM i Marketplace Survey Results. Each year, Fortra captures data on how businesses use the IBM i platform and the IT and cybersecurity initiatives it supports.

    Over the years, this survey has become a true industry benchmark, revealing to readers the trends that are shaping and driving the market and providing insight into what the future may bring for this technology.

  • Brunswick bowls a perfect 300 with LANSA!

    FortraBrunswick is the leader in bowling products, services, and industry expertise for the development and renovation of new and existing bowling centers and mixed-use recreation facilities across the entertainment industry. However, the lifeblood of Brunswick’s capital equipment business was running on a 15-year-old software application written in Visual Basic 6 (VB6) with a SQL Server back-end. The application was at the end of its life and needed to be replaced.
    With the help of Visual LANSA, they found an easy-to-use, long-term platform that enabled their team to collaborate, innovate, and integrate with existing systems and databases within a single platform.
    Read the case study to learn how they achieved success and increased the speed of development by 30% with Visual LANSA.


  • Progressive Web Apps: Create a Universal Experience Across All Devices

    LANSAProgressive Web Apps allow you to reach anyone, anywhere, and on any device with a single unified codebase. This means that your applications—regardless of browser, device, or platform—instantly become more reliable and consistent. They are the present and future of application development, and more and more businesses are catching on.
    Download this whitepaper and learn:

    • How PWAs support fast application development and streamline DevOps
    • How to give your business a competitive edge using PWAs
    • What makes progressive web apps so versatile, both online and offline



  • The Power of Coding in a Low-Code Solution

    LANSAWhen it comes to creating your business applications, there are hundreds of coding platforms and programming languages to choose from. These options range from very complex traditional programming languages to Low-Code platforms where sometimes no traditional coding experience is needed.
    Download our whitepaper, The Power of Writing Code in a Low-Code Solution, and:

    • Discover the benefits of Low-code's quick application creation
    • Understand the differences in model-based and language-based Low-Code platforms
    • Explore the strengths of LANSA's Low-Code Solution to Low-Code’s biggest drawbacks



  • Why Migrate When You Can Modernize?

    LANSABusiness users want new applications now. Market and regulatory pressures require faster application updates and delivery into production. Your IBM i developers may be approaching retirement, and you see no sure way to fill their positions with experienced developers. In addition, you may be caught between maintaining your existing applications and the uncertainty of moving to something new.
    In this white paper, you’ll learn how to think of these issues as opportunities rather than problems. We’ll explore motivations to migrate or modernize, their risks and considerations you should be aware of before embarking on a (migration or modernization) project.
    Lastly, we’ll discuss how modernizing IBM i applications with optimized business workflows, integration with other technologies and new mobile and web user interfaces will enable IT – and the business – to experience time-added value and much more.


  • UPDATED: Developer Kit: Making a Business Case for Modernization and Beyond

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Having trouble getting management approval for modernization projects? The problem may be you're not speaking enough "business" to them.

    This Developer Kit provides you study-backed data and a ready-to-use business case template to help get your very next development project approved!

  • What to Do When Your AS/400 Talent Retires

    FortraIT managers hoping to find new IBM i talent are discovering that the pool of experienced RPG programmers and operators or administrators is small.

    This guide offers strategies and software suggestions to help you plan IT staffing and resources and smooth the transition after your AS/400 talent retires. Read on to learn:

    • Why IBM i skills depletion is a top concern
    • How leading organizations are coping
    • Where automation will make the biggest impact


  • 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



  • 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.

  • 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.



  • Encryption on IBM i Simplified

    SB PowerTech WC GenericDB2 Field Procedures (FieldProcs) were introduced in IBM i 7.1 and have greatly simplified encryption, often without requiring any application changes. Now you can quickly encrypt sensitive data on the IBM i including PII, PCI, PHI data in your physical files and tables.
    Watch this webinar to learn how you can quickly implement encryption on the IBM i. During the webinar, security expert Robin Tatam will show you how to:

    • Use Field Procedures to automate encryption and decryption
    • Restrict and mask field level access by user or group
    • Meet compliance requirements with effective key management and audit trails


  • Lessons Learned from IBM i Cyber Attacks

    SB PowerTech WC GenericDespite the many options IBM has provided to protect your systems and data, many organizations still struggle to apply appropriate security controls.
    In this webinar, you'll get insight into how the criminals accessed these systems, the fallout from these attacks, and how the incidents could have been avoided by following security best practices.

    • Learn which security gaps cyber criminals love most
    • Find out how other IBM i organizations have fallen victim
    • Get the details on policies and processes you can implement to protect your organization, even when staff works from home

    You will learn the steps you can take to avoid the mistakes made in these examples, as well as other inadequate and misconfigured settings that put businesses at risk.



  • The Power of Coding in a Low-Code Solution

    SB PowerTech WC GenericWhen it comes to creating your business applications, there are hundreds of coding platforms and programming languages to choose from. These options range from very complex traditional programming languages to Low-Code platforms where sometimes no traditional coding experience is needed.
    Download our whitepaper, The Power of Writing Code in a Low-Code Solution, and:

    • Discover the benefits of Low-code's quick application creation
    • Understand the differences in model-based and language-based Low-Code platforms
    • Explore the strengths of LANSA's Low-Code Solution to Low-Code’s biggest drawbacks



  • 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).
    Watch Now.

  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

    SB Profound WC Generic The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security
    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.

  • Comply in 5! Well, actually UNDER 5 minutes!!

    SB CYBRA PPL 5382

    TRY the one package that solves all your document design and printing challenges on all your platforms.

    Produce bar code labels, electronic forms, ad hoc reports, and RFID tags – without programming! MarkMagic is the only document design and print solution that combines report writing, WYSIWYG label and forms design, and conditional printing in one integrated product.

    Request your trial now!

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

    FortraRobot 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

    FortraRobot 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.