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Vendors continue to develop modernization solutions to enhance IBM i legacy code.


Despite the relatively modest attendance at this year's COMMON Conference, there was a lot of energy at the show, partly because the IBM i vendors had many enhancements to their product lines. The modernization trend for the i platform is in full swing, and that means work for both product developers and IT staff members, who must evaluate all the new technology and incorporate it into the user experience.


Below is a list summarizing a few of the major announcements that vendors briefed the media on at the show. It's followed by a list of the expo exhibitors and their Web sites so that you can follow up on their new products if your vendor isn't mentioned.  

10ZiG Technology (formerly BOSaNOVA)

The company startled show-goers by announcing it had remade itself into 10ZiG Technology and would no longer be representing BOS products. The company said it picked the name 10ZiG after the Sherpa who guided Sir Edmund Hillary up the slopes of Mt. Everest because it wants to symbolize the idea of guiding users through the tricky path of technology selection. "There are many alternatives for thin clients that are all different, depending on the user's situation," says pladgeman_phillips_v2.jpgcompany president Martin Pladgeman. "We do the research and can ensure that a user doesn't take the wrong path and invest in a solution that doesn't work," he told MC Press Online.





Martin Pladgeman, president, and Jennifer Phillips, marketing director, of 10ZiG Technology, sport shirts with their new company logo during the expo at COMMON.


ARCAD Software

The company, based in France, had a large contingent of sales and technical people at the expo and reported good traction for its products among attendees. ARCAD Software develops solutions that manage change and modernize business applications in the IBM i environment. CEO and Chairman Philippe Magne was everywhere, it seemed, with a coterie of followers; perhaps it was the Sony video camera the company gave away in a drawing.... ARCAD exhibited its integrated application lifecycle management suite, including ARCAD-Open Repository, ARCAD-Skipper (change arcad_award_4_28_09_v3.jpgmanagement), ARCAD-Observer (application analysis), ARCAD-Qualifier (test automation), and ARCAD-Customer (help desk). ARCAD-Skipper WAP helps reduce downtime associated with data file updates for 24x7 business applications. Using state-of-the-art high availability and change management processes, this product allows companies to convert IBM i database files with minimal interruption to app availability.


First-time COMMON attendee Corey Bedenbender of Dot Foods (center) was the lucky winner of a camcorder at the ARCAD Software booth. Pictured with Corey are Joelle Cilley, ARCAD senior sales executive, and Philippe Magne, ARCAD CEO.



At the urging of users, Business Computer Design, Int'l. (BCD) and Aldon have integrated Aldon's Lifecycle Manager into BCD's Web development tools. At the same time, BCD has put a lot of effort into enhancing its product line. Here is what their literature says:


"Aldon and BCD announced a strategic technology partnership aimed at bringing new levels of process automation and efficiency to Web application development and modernization for the IBM i platform covering PHP and RPG-CGI centric projects."


The partnership integrates Aldon Lifecycle Manager with WebSmart ILE and WebSmart PHP, providing users with a host of new benefits when building Web applications or modernizing legacy ones.


IT managers will gain a better view of all IT assets and projects at any given time and ensure compliance standards are met, while developers are free to focus on application innovation rather than administrative tasks, according to the company.


Benefits that users can expect with the joint solution include the following:

•  Advanced software configuration management (SCM) concepts such as concurrent development, multiple release management, emergency changes conflict management, and source comparison

•  Advanced deployment management concepts such as scheduled deployments for after-hours, easy and secure multi-platform deployments, simple management of all deployments via a GUI console, and rollback capabilities

•  Audit compliance aids such as automatic historical tracking of all changes and deployments, advanced reporting, finely tuned security via role-based profiles, and separation of duties

•  Centralized management of all software assets from all platforms to increase vision and teamwork and easily comply with best-practice standards for centralized control and tracking

•  Cross-referencing to tie database changes in other applications to WebSmart ILE programs that reference those files, thus preventing unexpected downtime of critical Web applications.


BCD briefed the press on its extensive efforts during the past year to upgrade and enhance its product line. If you missed any of these earlier announcements, here is a summary. The company has a complete suite of modernization tools--called the Clear PATH Modernization Suite--that includes the following:

•  WebSmart ILE application development tool is now improved with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), allowing users to create and manage entries connected to different LDAP data sources. WebSmart 8 is also available with XML document capabilities.

•  WebSmart PHP with built-in change management has added support for the FTP path that makes it easier to publish and manage content on the Web.

•  Clover, BCD's real-time IBM i Web reporting and query tool, is now able to import query definitions from IBM Query/400. Advanced reporting features on Clover help manage dynamic library lists, handle change management, and call back-end RPG programs or reports. Clover comes with unlimited user licensing and is an affordable alternative to DB2 Web Query.

•  Nexus Portal, a portal for secure and controlled access to enterprise information, is in the process of being enhanced with a Google Search Appliance portlet, allowing search of any indexed network drive. Nexus Portal now gives search result text previews. Using Portal, users can more easily secure and organize Clover reports.

•  Presto, BCD's rapid green-screen-to-Web enabling tool, is now able to run on V5R1 instead of V5R4. Users can now run Presto without installing WebSphere Application Server.

•  Catapult, a PC and IBM i client/server application for automated report and document distribution, has been rewritten to increase performance up to 15 times faster in most cases than was previously possible. It also now has a modern user interface and a new "grab rule editor" to improve process flow when creating distribution rules.


Collectively, these advancements make it even easier for developers to bring existing RPG applications to the Web, develop new PHP or RPG Web applications, create real-time Web reports, distribute reports and documents, and control access to enterprise information.

Halcyon Software Inc.

The company announced Network Server Suite V6.0 supporting native AIX monitoring, launched Message Management Suite V3.0 for IBM i, and also announced a strategic partnership with Network Services Plus, Inc. Halcyon develops multi-platform systems management software to help organizations proactively monitor, manage, and automate mission-critical systems and business processes. Channel manager John Dominic told MC Press Online the company is having good success with its new managed services approach through second-tier suppliers. The autonomic monitoring capabilities are finding an enhanced role in shops where there is a need to fill a void of laid-off or retiring IBM i operations personnel.

HiT Software

The company introduced to attendees its new version of DBMoto V6.6 with new features designed to improve data replication speed and performance in large-scale data integration implementations. The latest version has improvements in the form of enhanced support for Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and My SQL Enterprise database systems.

Key Info (rebranded from Key Information Systems)

This California-based systems integrator that worked with IBM, Systech, and Talend to develop the Smart i business intelligence appliance on Power Systems had a booth at COMMON this year that was crawling with people. After a proof of concept at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, Key announced the general availability of the Smart i at COMMON. The latest news? The company is developing a mobile client for Smart i that users can employ dave_brown_v2.jpgto access reports from the data warehouse. The company had systems architect Dave Brown demonstrating the product at its booth in Reno. We'll have more on that in a future issue. Meanwhile, Roxanne Reynolds-Lair, CIO at FIDM and a longtime COMMON member, talks about how Smart i will open up BI for small and medium businesses in a professional-looking video posted on You Tube.








Systems architect Dave Brown demonstrates the technology behind Key Info's mobile client for Smart i in Key's booth at COMMON. 



This longstanding human resources solution provider is showing customers how they can achieve major savings in labor costs by running a tighter ship. That means using the company's proven solutions to schedule employees to work more when they're needed and less when they're not needed. Larry Cassella, Kronos division sales manager, briefed MC Press Online on the company's recession-fighting software solutions that HR and IT managers need to look at if they want to save major labor costs.


Lansa announced a new product,, that is an extension of its tried-and-true LANSA Repository and creates a platform to tie the IBM i and Microsoft .NET environments together. is a new solution that combines IBM and Microsoft technologies to form a unified architecture to enable organizations to integrate their custom legacy systems with Microsoft solutions or applications built with the .NET Framework. The platform promises to go beyond the limits of previous interoperability solutions to create composite applications that deliver real-time enterprise data and on-demand functionality.





Steve Gapp, left, president of LANSA, and Dave Brault, product marketing manager, were on hand at COMMON to explain to users the innovative platform that can enable integration of IBM i legacy systems with Microsoft .NET applications.     



looksoftware announced ilook, a free software offer to the IBM i community aimed at helping i customers better experience modernization through using a GUI. Classic green-screen users will be able to convert to a GUI through ilook at no charge.


Based on looksoftware's smartclient technology, ilook provides a cloud-deployed plug-in that will provide a rich user experience for IBM i OS screens while integrating tightly with the desktop and IBM's online reference library.


Marcus Dee from looksoftware said, "ilook has been created in response to input from IBM i community leaders who believe many i customers need help getting started with application modernization." Modernization consultant Trevor Perry (newly elected to the COMMON Board of Directors) adds, "ilook provides a practical, easy, and no-risk step up that will enable many more i customers to modernize sooner."


ilook will be available for free download this coming June.


In addition to ilook, looksoftware announced a solution for Infor's BPCS application called, appropriately, "snap for BPCS." The latest version of looksoftware's snap is designed to improve reuse of BPCS LX and earlier versions of BPCS, enabling easy plug-and-play integration with nearly any other application. snap for BPCS can non-invasively connect existing back-end applications to other applications. Connectors for snap include MS Outlook, SharePoint, mobile front-ends such as the iPhone and BlackBerry, and the recently announced "snap for The Cloud."


A major benefit of snap for BPCS is its full support for customizations found in the majority of BPCS implementations currently in production.


General availability of snap for BPCS is scheduled for November 2009.

Maximum Availability

The high-availability software company from Aukland, New Zealand (with additional offices in California, the U.K., and Japan), was at COMMON telling users about its new delivery model for *noMAX HA software suite now available in the form of a software subscription option. Customers who choose the new *noMAX Subscription Edition products will no longer need to purchase a software license but will simply pay a quarterly or annual subscription fee that includes the cost of software use, updates and support, and even Web-based user training. It also includes periodic oversight of the *noMAX environment by experienced Maximum Availability technicians. Maximum Availability plans to continue to fully support existing customers that have purchased *noMAX under the traditional model and will continue to provide them with regular software enhancements, upgrades, and support. New customers wishing to purchase the software outright will still be able to do so.


This popular tool vendor says it is proving the worth of m-Power by developing a new business intelligence solution with it that the company will be rolling out this spring. Consultant Brian Crowley tells MC Press Online the solution can access virtually any database, including DB2, SQL Server, and Oracle among others.


New Generation Software (NGS) has announced its June 2009 availability of Release 7.0 of the NGS-IQ suite of business intelligence solutions. This release enables IBM i ISVs and application developers modernizing legacy applications to quickly add advanced and customizable Web-reporting features without Java, PHP, SQL, or other programming skills.


Release 7.0 continues to build on NGS' commitment to both on and offline development in response to customer feedback, indicating a strong desire for enhancing the productivity of mobile workers and telecommuters.


New real-time Web-reporting and HTML-formatting features will simplify report presentation and legacy application modernization to give users secure, controlled, graphical Web-browser access to data stored on the IBM i. External data stored in SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, and other databases can be accessed using the previously introduced IQ Connexion module.

Patrick Townsend Security Solutions

The company announced that it will begin offering subscription-pricing plans to help companies meet critical security needs during the current economy. The new pricing programs will complement the company's existing perpetual licensing plans and will make it easier for all companies to move forward with data security initiatives during a period of limited capital budgets. Townsend also announced it has begun a strategic alliance with Solutionary, Inc., a leading managed security services provider. The partnership will help the two companies to more fully serve customer needs by making it easier for users to bring their IBM System i into compliance with a total corporate strategy for monitoring enterprise servers and security devices.

Profound Logic Software

Profound Logic Software announced the release of Atrium, an enterprise portal for the IBM i. Atrium is the latest addition to Profound Logic's modernization suite of products and will be released in the third quarter.


Atrium allows businesses to eliminate complicated green-screen menus that require users to drill down to various levels of options to access a particular application. Legacy menus will be replaced with navigation menus from which users can select. Atrium users will also be able to tie directly to AS/400 user IDs.


Completing the modernization suite, Atrium provides a way for users to integrate all of their RPGsp Web applications, Genie-enhanced screens, and iData database views into one location. Users can also integrate other third-party applications, Web sites, and data, regardless of whether they are located on the i or other platforms.


Profound Logic is issuing a call for businesses who are interested in beta testing Atrium to apply for that opportunity.

Quadrant Software

Quadrant announced the release of IntelliChief 2.5, its document management, workflow, and imaging solution.


In Release 2.5, IntelliChief builds upon the foundation of previous editions, adding more capabilities to help companies process documents more efficiently. The new features in this release include these:

•  Performance Metrics gives users the ability to access historical information and create their own performance reports.

•  Matching of Workflow Documents verifies via IntelliChief whether there are documents waiting for a match and determines whether they can be routed to their final destination.

•  Enhanced WebForm Usage allows users to use an Internet browser to create and fill out a form. Release 2.5 allows re-editing before Web forms are approved.

•  Improved Notifications improves workflow of documents by triggering email notifications to users, alerting them of documents pending approval, time limits, and more.

•  Improvements for Handling Multiple Documents allows users to electronically retrieve and view multiple documents on their screens.

•  Document Attachment Options allows users to define how they want attachments to behave when they are emailed. Each document can be sent separately or consolidated into one large file.

•  Hardware and Software Updates are easier now. IntelliChief now supports MS Server 2008 and MS SQL 2008.


Release 2.5 is free of charge to existing IntelliChief customers.

RJS Software

RJS Software announced the release of DeliverNow, a significantly upgraded version of its WinSpool product for delivering IBM i reports. The major enhancements consist of the added ability to deliver reports from other platforms and a sleek new Web console.


DeliverNow automatically monitors, converts, and delivers reports from key business systems on any platform, including IBM i, Windows, Linux, and AIX. Reports can be converted into PDF, RTF, HTML, and many other file formats and then sent to any output directory. PGP is used to encrypt email and SFTP and FTP transmissions.


DeliverNow has a base price of $5,000 and supplies current WinSpool users with an easy upgrade path. RJS, however, will continue to support the individual products that have since been rolled into its new offering.

Vision Solutions

Vision Solutions announced the release of iTERA HA 6.0 and MIMIX HA 6.0, including advanced autonomics paired with full-featured high availability enhancements.


The solution's self-managing capabilities require little in-house expertise and are equipped with a unique virtual role-swap capability, allowing customers to test and validate the readiness of their role-swap easily.


Major new features within iTERA HA 6.0 include these:

•  Faster installation

•  Powerful self-correction

•  Faster resynchronization and audit performance


Major enhancements within MIMIX HA include these:

•  Improved performance through optimization, providing faster replication

•  More-flexible auditing

•  Powerful IBM i integration


Both of these upgrades extend the ease-of-use, flexibility, and performance capabilities while continuing to deliver accurate replication, comprehensive object and data coverage, advanced autonomics, and improved role-swap capabilities, the company said.


Vision Solutions also showed COMMON attendees its RecoverNow product, an affordable data recovery and continuous data protection solution. These are some of the benefits of RecoverNow:

•  Faster, more reliable, and complete recovery from backup tapes alone

•  Quick and easy recovery of many files, objects, or libraries

•  Powerful continuous data protection (CDP) "rewind" capabilities to recover damaged or deleted data


rich_krause_v2.jpgVision's RecoverNow can use storage available on virtually any platform as a target, including machines or partitions running Windows, Linux, IBM i, AIX, or other UNIX versions. It can also support SAN or NAS environments, meaning SMB customers can reap countless benefits from the fast recovery and CDP from RecoverNow without investing in a second IBM i server, the company notes.


RecoverNow works in conjunction with the IBM i Save-While-Active process, eliminating downtime when performing backups on the production system. Existing Vision HA customers can implement RecoverNow in the environment to provide CDP capabilities on top of data protection delivered with HA software.











Rich Karuse, senior product marketing manager at Vision Solutions, pauses at the company's booth before heading off to give a session for users on high availability. 




Zend, successful in having IBM preload Zend Core with all new IBM i servers, continues to integrate with the IBM i platform. Word on the street is that Zend is approaching IBM with ideas for closer ties with IBM's tools. Zend Studio is Eclipse based and so is RDI, so who knows what beautiful music they might make?

It's a Wrap!

That's about all the time and space we have for COMMON updates, but we will be visiting these and other companies in future issues to discuss their new products. In the meantime, look for individual releases published in MC Press Online and a follow-up rundown in a future issue of MC Systems Insight. Below is a list of the exhibiting companies and their URLs provided by COMMON for further reference and research.




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3COM Corporation



ARCAD Software, Inc.

Avacorp, Inc.


Business Computer Design Int'l, Inc.


Canvas Systems

CCSS USA Corporation


CNX Corporation

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Crossroads Systems, Inc.

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Chris Smith was the Senior News Editor at MC Press Online from 2007 to 2012 and was responsible for the news content on the company's Web site. Chris has been writing about the IBM midrange industry since 1992 when he signed on with Duke Communications as West Coast Editor of News 3X/400. With a bachelor's from the University of California at Berkeley, where he majored in English and minored in Journalism, and a master's in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Chris later studied computer programming and AS/400 operations at Long Beach City College. An award-winning writer with two Maggie Awards, four business books, and a collection of poetry to his credit, Chris began his newspaper career as a reporter in northern California, later worked as night city editor for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, and went on to edit a national cable television trade magazine. He was Communications Manager for McDonnell Douglas Corp. in Long Beach, Calif., before it merged with Boeing, and oversaw implementation of the company's first IBM desktop publishing system there. An editor for MC Press Online since 2007, Chris has authored some 300 articles on a broad range of topics surrounding the IBM midrange platform that have appeared in the company's eight industry-leading newsletters. He can be reached at



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    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
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    • 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:

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    • 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

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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:
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    - 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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    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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  • 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.