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AS/400 Client/Server Programming with ADO, Microsoft Excel 2000, and OLE DB

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Let’s face it. In a world dominated by graphical PC interfaces, green-screen applications are things of the past. To effectively present AS/400 data, one needs to capitalize on the graphical strengths of PCs. With a basic knowledge of a PC language and SQL, you can easily learn to harness the combined power of the PC and DB2/400.

In this article, I will demonstrate PC-to-AS/400 connectivity using Microsoft’s Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) as the PC development language. I will use IBM’s SQL/400 to retrieve data from the AS/400. I will also use Microsoft’s ActiveX Data Objects
2.0 (ADO 2.0) to enable the two environments to communicate. This article will primarily serve as an introduction to ADO and its syntax. For those who need help getting started, there are a myriad of books that teach VBA. IBM’s SQL/400 manuals can be accessed at publib.boulder.ibm.com/html/as400/infocenter.html. An AS/400-specific ADO reference, A Fast Path to AS/400 Client/Server Using AS/400 OLE DB Support (SG24-5183-00), is also available at www.redbooks.ibm.com. This manual is a great reference tool.

For this exercise, Excel 2000 will be used as the demonstration environment. With little modification, developers using Office 95 and 97, 32-bit versions of Visual Basic (VB), Active Server Pages (ASP) Web programmers, and just about any other language that can accept a library extension can also use these examples.

What Is ADO and Why Use It?

Microsoft has declared ADO the successor to the ODBC interface. Basically, ODBC allows PCs to access data from multiple database platforms via a standard SQL interface. In addition to SQL database access, ADO provides record-level access and access to non- database items such as email or text. In AS/400 terms, these non-database items include executing commands and accessing data queues.

Prior to ADO, an AS/400 developer would have to learn ODBC for database access and would also have to make use of several APIs or ActiveX controls to access commands and data queues. Now, ADO provides access to all of these features in a single interface. In other words, ADO provides a single toolbox for many AS/400 objects.

ADO is an ActiveX control and, like other ActiveX controls, it has a set of properties and methods that give PC developers access to data on a remote server. As with ODBC, each database engine needs to have a special driver. In ADO terminology, these drivers are called OLE DB providers. Hence, SQL Server, Oracle, and the AS/400 will

each have its own OLE DB provider. Each provider translates the generic ADO functions into platform-specific instructions. For platforms that don’t yet have an ADO provider, a generic ODBC provider is available that allows ADO to be used with any ODBC data source.

Making a Clean Start of It

Before you start programming an Excel macro for AS/400 OLE DB access, check your AS/400 to make sure PTF levels are current and that the host servers are running. (Perform this task by running the AS/400 ‘STRHOSTSVR *ALL’ command.) On the PC, you will need to download IBM’s OLE DB provider (ADO driver) at www.as400.ibm.com/ clientaccess/OLEDB/. Currently IBM’s ADO 2.0 OLE DB provider is still in beta and is only available with the AS/400 Client Access Express for Windows (Express client) beta. If you do not want to bother downloading IBM’s ADO driver until it is released, you may use the standard ODBC driver that comes with ADO 2.0. If you will only be using the ODBC provider, then you must download ADO 2.0 from Microsoft’s Web site at www.microsoft.com/data/.

Let’s Demo This Puppy

What if your vice president of sales wants to know the sales figures for the products sold during a given date range? (See Figure 1.) A graphical representation of the data would be helpful. The PC spreadsheet offers a solution because it allows the user to view, sort, group, and manipulate the data after it is downloaded. The spreadsheet also places the data in an interchangeable format for sharing and can generate a graph. This demonstration shows the simplicity and power of programmatically retrieving AS/400 data into Excel.

For this example, I placed some data from Microsoft’s Northwind database on the AS/400. (Northwind is a sample database that comes with Microsoft Access and VB.) The sample data consists of three tables: Orders, Order Details, and Products. The Order Details table was renamed to OrderDtl to conform to AS/400 naming conventions. With the exceptions of the OrderDtl name change and the parameter definition of the date data type, this entire demonstration will work with the Northwind database using the Microsoft Access OLE DB driver.

Setting Up Your Spreadsheet Architecture

The spreadsheet will consist of one workbook containing two worksheets. Worksheet one (sheet1) will contain a summary of the products sold over a requested date range. Worksheet two (sheet2) will contain the graphical representation of the data in sheet1.

Start Excel and open a new workbook. On sheet1 of the workbook, enter the desired headings. (See Figure 1.) My example uses three columns: Qty, Product, and Amount. My example also requires two special cells to be reserved for entering the order date range. To have your macros work correctly, the order date range fields must reside in spreadsheet cells B3 and B4. If you place them anywhere else, you will get an improper date type error from your AS/400 query. Finally, a command button is utilized to activate the data retrieval from the AS/400. (A command button can be inserted via the Excel Forms toolbar.

Creating a command button should actually be the last step in the process after the VBA macro has been created.)

The Programming Interface

After the headings are set up, enter the VB Editor (Tools/Macro/Visual Basic Editor). In the Editor, add the Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects 2.0 Library to the list of references (Tools/References). Referencing the ADO 2.0 library expands Excel’s capabilities to include all of ADO’s features. Next, insert a module (Insert/Module). All of the code from this example can be placed in the default module (module1). Note also that Excel considers all subroutines created in VBA to be user-defined macros.

Establishing a Connection

The SetADOConn function (Figure 2) is a generic function that can be used in any VBA application. Establishing a connection to the AS/400 is simple. Define an ADO connection variable (gADOConn) and assign it a provider and a data source name. Again, the provider is the driver that lets ADO know what kind of backend database it is talking with. IBM’s OLE DB provider is IBMDA400. The data source is the AS/400 system name. User name and password information may also be supplied in the .Open method. If you’re using this code to program your own OLE DB interface, be sure to change the USER and PASSWORD literals in the .Open method to a valid AS/400 user and password for your system. You must also change the data source name (AS400, in this case) to be your AS/400 system name or IP address.

Keep in mind that making the initial connection is a relatively slow process. It is wise to establish a single, global connection so that it can be used by all subroutines in the project. Establishing a new connection for every server request will give new meaning to the word slow.

If you don’t have IBM’s OLE DB provider, you can use the ODBC provider by substituting a complete ODBC DSN string in the .Open method:

.Open
“DSN=AS400;UID=USER;PWD=+
PASSWORD;XDYNAMIC=1;DBQ=+
DATALIB;”

Regardless of whether you use OLE DB or ODBC, the variable gADOConn is defined as a global ADO connection variable and will store all of the necessary connection information. All subsequent requests to the AS/400 will be routed through this connection definition.

Submitting SQL Statements

Once the connection is established, the AS/400 is ready to receive instructions from the PC. The Retrieve Product Information subroutine (RtvProdInfo) in Figure 3 demonstrates how to submit an SQL SELECT statement with parameters, retrieve and copy the data into the spreadsheet cells, and format a data column for display.

There are three ADO variable types that need to be defined. The first type is the ADO command. This type is primarily used for executing AS/400 commands for submitting SQL SELECT queries with parameters and for action SQL statements such as UPDATE or DELETE. In this example, the ADO command is defined through the adoCMDProd definition.

The adoCMDProd definition is static in scope. Once it has been set, it will retain its definition in subsequent calls to the subroutine. Its .ActiveConnection property references the global connection variable gADOConn, telling it how to communicate to the AS/400. The .CommandText property contains a command or, as in this case, an SQL statement.

One disappointing note worth mentioning is that IBM’s provider currently doesn’t have a way to specify a default library name. If libraries are not specified in the SQL statement, ADO will attempt to use the user name as the library name.

The question marks (?) in the SQL statement are known as substitution markers. They will be replaced with parameters at the time of execution (in this case, the from and to order dates for data to be displayed on the spreadsheet).

The second ADO data type is the parameter (defined as adoParm and set in this example on the Set adoParm statements). As seen in the Figure 3, ADO parameters are defined with a name, data type, direction and length. The direction property is available for defining parameters as input, output, or both. Once defined, the parameters are appended to the command’s parameters collection. This step creates the association between the substitution markers in the SQL statement (the question marks) and the command. The

parameter definitions must match the order of the substitution markers in the statement,
i.e., the first substitution marker must match the first parameter definition, etc. The third ADO data type is the recordset. A recordset can be thought of as a two- dimensional array that contains the field and record contents for a given SELECT statement. In my example, the resulting recordset will have three elements or fields—Qty, Product, and Amount. In SQL terms, a recordset is the equivalent of a cursor.

The recordset is opened by referencing the .Execute method of the command variable, telling ADO to submit the SQL statement to the AS/400 for processing. The data will be returned via the recordset object. All of the recordset’s fields can then be referenced by field number or by name. Additionally, the .EOF property is provided to detect the end of file, and the .MoveNext, .MovePrevious methods, etc. are available to access the records. (A recordset may also be opened by specifying a nonparameter SELECT statement.)

In Figure 3, a loop is established to read all of the records and place the field data into the worksheet’s cells. When the loop is finished, the recordset is closed, column C is formatted as currency, and a subroutine is called to create the chart.

As the final step in making the spreadsheet functional, go back to sheet1 and create a Retrieve Data button. To create a command button, display the forms toolbar (View/Toolbars/Forms) and click the button icon. Assign the macro RtvProdInfo() to the button when prompted.

Creating the Chart

See the code in Figure 4 for creating the data chart. While the code may seem long, don’t be intimidated because Excel created most of it. To have Excel create the code, I used the Record Macro feature (Tools/Macro/Record New Macro). When the macro recorder is on, almost everything the user does (e.g., menu options and data entry) is recorded. When the macro recorder is stopped, everything that was recorded is converted to a VBA macro. Go to the VB Editor to view the macro.

With the macro recorder on, I used the chart wizard to create a chart on sheet2 (Figure 5). I then resized the chart, toyed with a few of its properties, and clicked the stop record button. To my delight, Excel had created a new VBA macro that provided the necessary code to create the chart.

When I started this project, I had no idea how to create a chart using VBA, so I let Excel show me how. One of the great features of Excel is that it can be used to create VBA code automatically! In fact, just about anything that can be done via menus in Excel can also be done using a VBA macro. The moral of this story is don’t spend hours combing through manuals to figure how to code something in Excel. Let Microsoft do it for you.

Users with Excel 2000 and a Web server can take this demonstration a step further by dynamically publishing the results to a Web page. Or users of an email client such as Outlook 98 can automatically email the spreadsheet to a predefined distribution list. Get out of the rut of doing things manually!

Forging Ahead with OLE DB

I’ve only scratched the surface of ADO’s capabilities in this article. There are a lot of easy-to-program possibilities once you learn the techniques.

ADO is a great benefit for the AS/400 developer because it provides a single interface to a variety of AS/400 features including access to database files, commands, and data queues. With ADO, there is no more need to learn a separate ActiveX control or API for each of these functions. In my opinion, ADO also requires less maintenance than ODBC.

ADO is a useful tool for combining the graphical capability and versatility of PC applications with the power of AS/400 applications. It behooves all AS/400 client-server developers to take advantage of this technology.

References

A Fast Path to AS/400 Client/Server Using AS/400 OLE DB Support, Redbook (SG24-5183-00), available online at www.redbooks.ibm.com

IBM AS/400e Information Center: publib.boulder.ibm.com/html/as400/infocenter.html

Related Reading

“Slam-dunking AS/400 Data into Microsoft Excel with OLE DB,” Midrange Computing, May 1999

“Microsoft Office 2000: Another Fish in the Groupware Sea,” Midrange Computing, April 1999

“Making PC Application-to-AS/400 Programming a Snap with IBM’s AS/400 SDK for ActiveX and OLE DB,” AS/400 Network Expert, January/February 1999

“Why IBM’s AS/400 SDK for ActiveX and OLE DB Ran Afoul of Visual Basic
6.0 (and How to Correct It),” AS/400 Network Expert (Web Edition), January/February 1999, www. midrangecomputing.com/ane/99/01

“Programming in Visual Basic Using the IBM AS/400 SDK for ActiveX and OLE DB,” Midrange Computing, October 1998

“Configuring 32-Bit Client Access/400 ODBC, Part 1” Client Access/400 Expert, September/October 1998

“Configuring 32-Bit Client Access/400 ODBC, Part 2,” Client Access/400 Expert, November/December 1998

Figure 1: Here’s a graph of sales figure I created in Excel 2000 by using an ADO interface to my AS/400.

AS-_400_Client-_Server_Programming_with_ADO-05-00.jpg 600x448

'

' Define global variables
'

Public gADOConn As ADODB.Connection

Function SetADOConn() As Boolean
'

' Function:
' Set global connection to ADO data source
'

' Returns:
' False - if successful
' True - if failed
'

On Error Resume Next

If gadoConn Is Nothing Then

Set gadoConn = New ADODB.Connection

'

' Specify name of AS/400 OLE DB provider

' and system name (Ex. S1024200)

'

gadoConn.Open "Provider=IBMDA400;_

Data Source=S1024200;"

, "USER","PASSWORD"

If Err Then

MsgBox "Could not connect to ADO data source"

Set gadoConn = Nothing

SetADOConn = True

End If
End If

End Function

Figure 2: Use this code to establish an ADO connection to an AS/400.

Sub RtvProdInfo()
' Retrieve Product Information
'

' This macro will retrieve summary info
' for all products for the given
' date range.

'

' It will then graph the resulting info
' on Sheet2.

'

Dim ws1 As Worksheet 'Worksheet 1 (Product Info)
Dim ws2 As Worksheet 'Worksheet 2 (Chart)
Dim adoRSprod As ADODB.Recordset 'ADO Recordset-Product Info
Dim adoParm As ADODB.Parameter 'Parameter
Static adoCMDprod As ADODB.Command 'ADO Command
Dim iRow As Integer

If SetADOConn() Then Exit Sub
'

' Set Reference to Worksheet 1
'

Set ws1 = Worksheets!Sheet1 'Data Sheet
ws1.Range("A7", "C100").Clear 'Clear Cells
iRow = 7 'Start row

If adoCMDprod Is Nothing Then _

Set adoCMDprod = New ADODB.Command

With adoCMDprod

If adoParm Is Nothing Then

.ActiveConnection = gadoConn

.CommandType = adCmdText

.CommandText = " SELECT Sum(B.Quantity) AS Total_qty, " & _

" C.ProductName, " & _

" Sum(B.UnitPrice*B.Quantity) AS Amount " & _

" FROM MDRNGCOMP.Orders A, " & _

" MDRNGCOMP.OrderDtl B, " & _

" MDRNGCOMP.Products C " & _

" WHERE A.OrderDate Between ? AND ? " & _

" AND A.OrderID=B.OrderID " & _

" AND B.ProductID=C.ProductID" & _

" GROUP BY C.ProductName"

' Define Date Parms

' NOTE: Date data types are defined as char on the AS/400

Set adoParm = .CreateParameter("FromDate", adChar, adParamInput, 10)

.Parameters.Append adoParm

Set adoParm = .CreateParameter("ToDate", adChar, adParamInput, 10)

.Parameters.Append adoParm

End If

'

' Set Date Parameters

' Must be in YYYY-MM-DD format for the AS/400

'

.Parameters(0) = Format(ws1.Cells(3, 2), "yyyy-mm-dd")

.Parameters(1) = Format(ws1.Cells(4, 2), "yyyy-mm-dd")

Set adoRSprod = .Execute

With adoRSprod

'

' Loop through all records & place data in

' worksheet 1.

'

Do Until .EOF

ws1.Cells(iRow, 1) = !Total_Qty

ws1.Cells(iRow, 2) = !ProductName

ws1.Cells(iRow, 3) = Format(!Amount, "########")

iRow = iRow + 1

.MoveNext

Loop

.Close

End With
End With
'

' Format Column for Currency
'

ws1.Columns("C").NumberFormat = "$#,##0.00_);[Red]($#,##0.00"
'

' Create Chart on Sheet 2
'

Set ws2 = Worksheets!Sheet2

Dim c As ChartObject
'

' Delete Old Chart(s) first
'

For Each c In ws2.ChartObjects

c.Delete
Next

CreateChart ("B7:C" & Trim(Str(iRow - 1))) 'Create Chart

End Sub

Figure 3: Use this code to create the RtvProdinfo macro.

Sub CreateChart(sDataRange As String)
'

' CreateChart Macro
' Receive Parm sDataRange - Data range to graph
' ex. B7:C15
Sheets("Sheet2").Select
Charts.Add

ActiveChart.ChartType = xlColumnClustered
ActiveChart.SetSourceData Source:=Sheets("Sheet1").Range(sDataRange)
ActiveChart.Location WHERE:=xlLocationAsObject, Name:="Sheet2"

With ActiveSheet.Shapes(1)

.ScaleWidth 1.48, msoFalse, _

msoScaleFromBottomRight

.ScaleHeight 1.35, msoFalse, _

msoScaleFromBottomRight

.ScaleWidth 1.25, msoFalse, msoScaleFromTopLeft

.ScaleHeight 1.25, msoFalse, msoScaleFromTopLeft
End With

With ActiveChart

.Legend.Delete

' Format Chart Title

.HasTitle = True

With .ChartTitle

.Characters.Text = "Product Summary"

.Font.Size = 12

End With

' Format X Axis

With .Axes(xlCategory, xlPrimary)

.HasTitle = True

With .AxisTitle

.Characters.Text = "Product"

.Font.Size = 10

End With

End With

' Format Y Axis

With .Axes(xlValue, xlPrimary)

.HasTitle = True

With .AxisTitle

.Characters.Text = "Amount"

.Font.Size = 10

End With

End With
End With
'

' Set Font Size for Axes
'

With ActiveChart.Axes(xlCategory).TickLabels

.AutoScaleFont = True

.Font.Size = 8
End With
With ActiveChart.Axes(xlValue).TickLabels .AutoScaleFont = True

.Font.Size = 8
End With

End Sub

Figure 4: The Create Chart macro code can also be generated with Excel’s macro recorder.

Figure 5: The final product! I created this chart by using the code and techniques in this article.

AS-_400_Client-_Server_Programming_with_ADO..08-00.jpg 600x449

Michael Sansoterra is a DBA for Broadway Systems in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He can be contacted at sqlsleuth@gmail.com.


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    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIt’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success. You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?

     

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericLet’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhile introducing Sequel Data Access, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access, distribution trends, and more advanced query tools. Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    - Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    - Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    - Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    - Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhat happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

    SB_PowerTech_WC_GenericGet actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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

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

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

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

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

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

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

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

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

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

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

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

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

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

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