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Do you understand lightning? I don’t mean the kind in thunderstorms, but the IBM version that started life as Project Lightning and is now known as two pieces: the IBM AS/400 SDK for ActiveX and OLE DB. Where does this new technology fit into your organization? In this article, I’ll answer many common questions about the SDK and help you get started with it. I’ll discuss how to integrate the SDK into your application development, the components you’ll need for development and deployment, and how the OLE DB support compares to ODBC and IBM’s AS/400 Toolbox for Java. I’ll explore how to use the SDK, IBM’s AS/400 Client Access for Windows 95/NT (V3R2M0), and Microsoft Visual Basic (VB) 5.0 to create a Windows 95/NT client application front-end to retrieve and update data on an AS/400 database back-end. After reading this article, you should be comfortable enough to start coding your own Windows 95/NT OLE DB-to- AS/400 applications.

Why Does Lightning Exist?

IBM designed the SDK to make PC application development in environments as varied as VB, Inprise Delphi, and Sybase PowerBuilder as easy as possible. The SDK can also be used to code in many user productivity tools such as Lotus Notes, Lotus SmartSuite, and Microsoft Office. IBM’s OLE DB support function parallels that of IBM’s AS/400 Toolbox for Java. Where the AS/400 Toolbox for Java provides Java application integration with AS/400 services, the SDK provides the same application integration for the Windows 95/NT developer. The SDK, along with the Client Access OLE DB provider, creates an easy-to-use interface between Windows 95/NT tools and the AS/400.

What Is Lightning’s Microsoft Technology Made Of?

IBM’s OLE DB support is built upon Microsoft OLE DB and ActiveX technology for enterprise data access. Two pieces comprise this technology: OLE DB and ActiveX Data Objects (ADO).

OLE DB expands the data access paradigm and can easily be compared to ODBC. ODBC provides standardized access to SQL database data or an SQL database management system (DBMS). OLE DB removes the SQL-only restriction and provides common access


to data that can be represented in a tabular form. While tabular form data includes SQL, OLE DB can also access record-level database, spreadsheet, email, word processing, and multimedia data. ODBC doesn’t work with AS/400 data queues but OLE DB does. Using OLE DB, a developer who learns the OLE object model and concepts can use those techniques to access a wide variety of data types without learning a new interface. Microsoft is rewriting all of its products to use this technology. VB 6.0, for example, has its own OLE DB wizards, OLE DB data bound controls, and an ActiveX builder. Since many IBM customers use Microsoft tools under Windows 95/NT, IBM created an OLE DB middleware provider (or map) that implements the OLE DB specification for low-level DB2/400 access and other AS/400 services.

ADO is a high-level interface that simplifies PC programming. ADO concepts are very easy to understand, and you can quickly write working application with very few lines of code. ADO takes the high-level programming calls and converts them into OLE DB provider calls. It is a programming interface that sits on top of OLE DB, enhancing OLE DB without degrading its performance. ADO is not bulky, and Microsoft has streamlined it for Web application development.

There are three basic ADO objects: connections, commands, and recordsets. The connection object establishes a connection to your system. A connection object also retrieves all host and client errors as well as status information. The command object executes commands. Using the SDK, you can code command objects to open AS/400 database files and data queues, execute SQL statements and stored procedures, and call AS/400 programs. Command objects can also contain input and output parameters. Recordset objects hold the tabular results of an ADO command (e.g., an SQL result set, database file records, or data queue entries). ADO technology allows you to learn these simple objects and methods and to use them inside almost any Windows 95/NT tool for AS/400 data access.

What about Lightning’s Client Access Components?

Just as there are two pieces to the under-lying Microsoft technology, there are two pieces to IBM’s OLE DB and ADO support: the Client Access OLE DB runtime provider and the IBM AS/400 SDK for ActiveX and OLE DB itself. Keep in mind that these are two separate components with two different functions.

The Client Access OLE DB runtime provider comes with Client Access V3R1M3 and above. It is installed as part of the base support for Client Access, which means you do not need a XW1 license to use it. Just as IBM provides the Client Access ODBC driver, IBM provides the Client Access OLE DB Provider. The OLE DB provider supports PC-to- AS/400 record-level access database, SQL statements and stored procedures, data queues, programs, and CL commands.

The second component is the SDK itself. Just because Client Access provides an OLE DB Provider doesn’t mean developers will automatically know how to use it. IBM created the SDK to provide sample code, documentation, and even code-generating wizards that allow you to easily use the Client Access OLE DB Provider for AS/400 access. The SDK includes sample projects using Delphi, PowerBuilder, VB, Visual C++, Internet Explorer, and Lotus 1-2-3.

The difference between the two components is that the Client Access OLE DB provider is the engine that provides AS/400 access from PC applications, while the SDK is a set of development environment samples and plug-ins that helps you create OLE DB provider code in your PC applications.

Visual Basic Wizards Included with the SDK

When you install the SDK, a set of wizards is included as a plug-in for the VB Add-Ins menu. As you run each of the wizards for AS/400 tables, data queues, stored procedures, commands, and programs, it generates ADO code into your current project. In turn, this ADO code is set up to call the Client Access OLE DB Provider. By using these wizards, you can create a customized client/server application while knowing very little


about the AS/400, Client Access, OLE DB, ADO, or even VB for that matter. You can quickly develop a working application that also performs very well. The only drawback is that the wizards are only available in VB. For other tools, you need to rely on the sample projects and the SDK documentation.

Getting Client Access

How do you get a copy of the latest V3R2M0 Client Access and the OLE DB provider runtime? First, if you order or upgrade to OS/400 V4R3, you receive the Operations Navigator CD-ROM that can be used for OLE DB provider installation. This CD-ROM comes bundled with OS/400 at no extra charge. Second, if you order the Client Access XW1 product, you also receive the Client Access CD-ROM that can be used to install the OLE DB provider. There is a charge for this CD-ROM because it gives you a license to use Client Access features such as SNA communications, PC5250, and data transfer functions. The OLE DB provider is part of the base support on both CDs and does not require an XW1 license to use. The OLE DB provider is a fully supported piece of Client Access, and you should use your normal support line channels for technical support. If you are a V3R1M3 user, you already have the OLE DB provider on your machine, but you should install the most recent service pack in order for the latest SDK to work with it.

Getting the SDK

How do you get a copy of the latest SDK and VB wizards? First, you can continue to download the latest version of the SDK and the latest fixes at http://www. as400.ibm.com/clientaccess/oledb.

Second, the Client Access V3R2M0 XW1 CD-ROM contains the SDK install setup program in the Odbsdk folder. The Operations Navigator CD-ROM does not have it. Since the SDK is a set of “as is” tools and samples for helping the application developer, there is no formal support through the support line. The only way to report problems, ask questions, and provide feedback on the SDK is by sending an email to the development team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The email account is usually monitored each workday.

Building a Record-Level Access Application

The AS/400 SDK menu item, shown in Figure 1, is automatically added to your VB 4.0 or 5.0 Integrated Development Environment when you install the SDK. You use the Link menu items to establish connections, open tables, access data queues, execute SQL statements, and run AS/400 commands and programs. The Create Form from Links option is used to create a user interface form for displaying or manipulating the data.

Specifying AS/400 Libraries in VB 4.0 through 5.0

[Editor’s Note: As we go to press with this article, IBM has discovered several important issues with running the OLE DB provider and the SDK with Microsoft VB 6.0. Currently, the SDK and the VB wizards are not compatible with VB 6.0 and you should use VB 5.0 for your wizards support. For current information on these incompatibilities and IBM’s advice and patches to achieve compatibility, please refer to IBM’s Client Access OLE DB support Web page at http://www.as400. ibm.com/clientaccess/oledb. The known issues, as of this writing, are presented in a sidebar to this article, “Trouble Installing or Using the SDK for ActiveX and OLE DB?” by Joe Hertvik on the AS/400 Network Expert Web page at http://www. midrangecomputing.com/ane/99/01.]

To create an application, you must first establish the AS/400 libraries your application will be working with. A list of your Client Access-configured systems is displayed when you select the Options menu item. This displays the IBM AS/400 OLE DB Provider Options panel. Select the OS/400 system you want to work with and click on the Properties button. This brings you to the Properties for System window shown in Figure
2. Updating the list of libraries that you work with for a particular system is simple. You can retrieve the system library list and add libraries to your current list or you can manually type in a library name in the Library to add box. Adding libraries to the current library list is necessary to have the library appear when you are using any of the Link menu items. This current library list has nothing to do with the libraries used at runtime. It is only used when


you are building a VB-to-AS/400 application. Click on OK from the Properties for System panel to save your current library list for that AS/400 connection.

Project Initialization

After building your library list, select Link Tables from the AS/400 SDK menu and you can begin to generate VB code to connect to your selected AS/400 system and open a database file. If this is the first time that the wizard has been run in this project, the wizard will add a new class file to your project called DA400Links.cls. This class file holds the wizard-generated code and common routines for accessing your AS/400. You will receive a pop-up message asking “Would you like to add this class file to your project?” Click Yes. The wizard will then ask you to specify the Windows directory on your hard drive to save the DA400Links.cls to. Save it to the default directory and continue.

Along with the execution code the wizard is generating, it will generate code into your current project form. (This form may be named Form1.frm if this is a new project.) The wizard will ask if you want to save your VB form at this time. Select Yes. This project initialization will only happen once for each VB project.

Linking to a Table

After saving your class file and form, the wizard will prompt you for the AS/400 database name (which it refers to as a table) you would like to open by using the Links to Tables screen shown in Figure 3. You can type the library and table name directly into the field or you can click on the Add button to browse your system for the table name by using the Add a Table Link window in Figure 4.

The Add a Table Link screen shows the list of AS/400 systems that you have configured to Client Access. Expanding a system name displays the list of libraries that you specified earlier using the Options panel. Expanding a library name displays all the physical and logical database files residing in that library. If you want to modify your table data inside VB, select the Additional Table Operations method desired by clicking on the Insert, Update, or Delete check boxes listed on the screen. If no Additional Table Operations are selected, the AS/400 file will be opened as read-only. Other options are available on this screen to specify whether you want to use commitment control and what type of control should be used. If you leave the Select Commitment Control check box blank, it will not enable any commitment control for this application. Click Finish when you are done.

Your link has now been added to the Links to Tables screen, as shown in Figure 5. More links can be added as necessary. When you are done, click OK to generate ActiveX code for this connection and table.

Link Tables Code

Figure 6 displays the sample code that was generated into the General Declarations and the Connect and OpenLinks procedures of the DA400Links.cls. You can see that the wizard has created ADO connection, command, and recordset objects according to the ADO specifications. The connect code opens the connection to the AS/400, and the OpenLinks code opens the file on the AS/400.

Creating a Form

Now that you have an open file and access to the file records, how can you display and update your AS/400 data on a form? Select the Create Form from Links option on the AS/400 SDK menu and the wizard will help you create a new form through the Create Form from Links panel, shown in Figure 7. This panel displays all the current AS/400 table links from which forms can be created. By clicking on the Control Type drop-down box, you can specify how the data should be shown in standard VB controls such as Grid, List, List Box, Combo Box, or Form. Select Form from the table and click Next. Each time you run the Create Form from Links wizard, a new form file will be created and added to your current project.

On the next form (Figure 8), the wizard has gone to the AS/400 and retrieved the file field description and listed all of the fields on the form, one per line, along with name, data type, and field description. For each field in the file, you can select whether it shows


up on the new form as a Text Box or Label by clicking on its Control Type drop-down box. You can also specify that a field should not be displayed by selecting None. When finished, click Next. The last wizard form allows you to specify the title for the new VB form that will be created. Enter a title on this screen and click Finish to generate the form using these parameters.

You should now see that a new form (similar to Figure 9) has been added to your project. You will always get the navigational buttons on created forms. The Add, Update, Delete, and Clear buttons are dependent on which options you selected when you specified the Link Table. If the file is an AS/400 keyed file, a Find button will also be generated so that you can search and position to a specific record by key value. When the wizard creates a form, it also generates VB code into the new form file—Form2.frm in this case. Due to space considerations, I cannot show the wizard-generated code for this form, but you can view it as you begin to create your VB-to-AS/400 ADO applications.

Completing the Application and Deployment

The last task is to add a command button to your Form1 from the VB toolbar, and add one line of code (Form2.Show) behind the button to show the new form when the command button is pressed. Then run your application and see how it works.

Once your VB project programming is complete, there are a few distribution issues to deal with. To create an installation setup, follow the VB online help instructions for information on how to create an executable program and a setup file containing the VB runtime objects you need. Every PC that runs your new application will also need to have Client Access V3R1M3 or V3R2M0 with the OLE DB provider installed. See the Client Access license agreement for details on any additional licensing considerations. Finally, the AS/400 system name that your application is connecting to will need to be configured on each PC in the AS/400 Connections screen.

Need More Information?

There are many excellent ADO and SDK informational resources available. To learn more about Microsoft’s Universal Data Access strategy, OLE DB, and ADO, see Microsoft’s Web page at http://www. microsoft.com/data. The SDK also installs an online Technical Reference manual and the Microsoft ADO help file on your PC. Demo scripts are included as part of the VB wizard’s online help. Just click on the Help menu item from within VB Add-Ins and the AS/400 SDK.

The IBM International Technical

Support Organization (ITSO) has written and released a new Redbook, A Fast Path to AS/400 Client/Server Using AS/400 OLE DB Support, SG24-5183-00. See the ITSO Web page at http://www.redbooks. ibm.com and enter OLE DB into the search field to find this manual online. The Client Access OLE DB development Web page at http://www.as400.ibm.com/clientaccess/oledb contains links to technical support information and companies that are offering technical education sessions.

IBM is also looking for project references to publish on or link to from its Web pages. If you have already written a project using the IBM AS/400 OLE DB support and don’t mind sharing some basic information about your experience, IBM would like to hear from you. You can email IBM’s development team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Figure 1: The AS/400 SDK menu item is automatically added to your VB 4.0 or 5.0 Integrated Development Environment when you install the SDK.


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Figure 2: Add AS/400 libraries to your current library working list by using the Properties for System window.

Figure 3: Define which AS/400 tables you want to open in your VB application by using the Links to Tables window.


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Figure 4: The Add a Table Link window lets you browse your AS/400 libraries for VB access.


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Figure 5: More links can be added as necessary to the Links to Tables screen.

General Declarations Code
Public cnSystem03 As New ADODB.Connection
Public cm_QGPL_TEST As New ADODB.Command
Public rs_QGPL_TEST As ADODB.Recordset

Connect Code
Public Sub Connect()
cnSystem03.Open “Provider=IBMDA400;Data Source=System03;”, “”, “”
End Sub

OpenLinks Code
Public Sub OpenLinks()
Dim Rcds As Variant
Dim Parms As Variant
Const DBPROPVAL_UP_CHANGE = 1
Const DBPROPVAL_UP_DELETE = 2
Const DBPROPVAL_UP_INSERT = 4
Set cm_QGPL_TEST.ActiveConnection = cnSystem03
cm_QGPL_TEST.Properties(“Updatability”) = DBPROPVAL_UP_INSERT + DBPROPVAL_UP_DELETE + DBPROPVAL_UP_CHANGE
cm_QGPL_TEST.CommandText = “/QSYS.LIB/QGPL.LIB/TEST.FILE(*FIRST, *NONE)”
cm_QGPL_TEST.Parameters.Append cm_QGPL_TEST.CreateParameter(“P1”, adChar, adParamInput, 1)
Set rs_QGPL_TEST = cm_QGPL_TEST.Execute(Rcds, Parms, adCmdTable)

End Sub

Figure 6: This is the sample ActiveX connectivity code that was generated by the VB wizard.


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Figure 7: You can use the Create Form from Links option on the AS/400 SDK menu to display AS/400 data in a VB form.


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Figure 8: The VB wizard will retrieve your AS/400 data fields and prompt you for how they should be displayed in your VB form.


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Figure 9: This is the VB form that the wizard creates.


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    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

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    • 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.

     

     

  • Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

    SB Profound WC GenericHave you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.
    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
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  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

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    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
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  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
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    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
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  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

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

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