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Management Central is a family of integrated systems management applications designed to simplify ownership of AS/400 systems. Controlled through the AS/400 Operations Navigator GUI, Management Central first appeared in OS/400 V4R3 and expanded significantly in V4R4. As your TCP/IP network grows more and more complex, Management Central provides a significant upgrade in the manageability of the AS/400 platform, particularly when you need to manage multiple AS/400s.

 

Managing Many as Easily as One

 

All Management Central applications support a common set of principles that provide the foundation of AS/400 systems management. The difference between managing a single system versus managing multiple systems, though, is enormous. In a single-system environment, you can make changes to and monitor the system in a straightforward manner. In a multisystem environment, however, management becomes much more complex. System configurations need to be kept in sync with one another, and often, the same task needs to be performed across multiple systems. In addition, data needs to be moved between systems. You can no longer monitor system states individually; instead, administrators and operators must monitor the entire network and focus on individual systems only when a problem occurs.

At the core of Management Central’s ability to manage multiple systems is a construct called a system group, which is a logical grouping of AS/400 systems. Just as you might perform a management operation on a single AS/400, you can also perform any Management Central operation on a system group. System groups allow you to bunch AS/400s together using any business criteria you wish. These groups can reflect the AS/400s an individual operator is responsible for (e.g., “Laura’s Systems”) or the systems that belong to a particular organization (e.g., “Finance Systems”). They can be used to group AS/400s that perform similar functions (e.g., Web servers) or are at the same location (e.g., “Memphis Systems”). Because an individual AS/400 can belong to more than one system group, any logical grouping is possible to meet some practical need. An


endpoint system is the term that Management Central uses to describe any AS/400 that can be managed individually or belong to a system group.

You can use system groups to reduce the complexity of managing multiple systems. Performing an action to a system group eliminates the need for tedious, repetitive operations involving multiple emulator sessions. They also allow you to perform the same operations to AS/400s that need to be kept in sync and allow you, within the network, to move data from one AS/400 to other endpoint systems that need it.

 

A Free and Easy Ride

 

Even with system groups, managing multiple systems would still be difficult if you were responsible for setting up and maintaining connections from your management console to all of your AS/400 endpoint systems. Management Central eliminates this problem by providing for centralized management through a single AS/400. The central system is an AS/400 that you choose as your connection point for managing multiple AS/400 endpoints. Your PC must be connected only to the central system, and the central system will connect to any of the endpoints that it needs to manage. Figure 1 shows a PC connected to a central system that is managing three endpoint systems.

Management Central’s GUI provides a modern, easy-to-use look and feel to the management of multiple AS/400s. As a subcomponent of AS/400 Operations Navigator, Management Central integrates with the rest of the GUI for AS/400. You choose your central system, manage your systems groups, and perform all of your management activities through the Management Central graphical interface. There are also graphical wizards to lead you through some of the management challenges that are especially complex.

A key part of Management Central’s ease of use is that it greatly simplifies many of the tasks that you need to perform. It provides management operations at a higher level of abstraction than what previously existed in OS/400. For example, you can move data to multiple AS/400s without having to manually perform saves and restores. Or you can install a PTF with requisite PTFs installed automatically so that you don’t have to worry about all of the requisites. Operations at this level give you more time to focus on the needs of the business because they free you from performing many of the necessary manual, sometimes error-prone, activities.

Another great feature of Management Central is that it is included with OS/400 V4R3 and later releases at no additional cost. There is no additional software to order,

purchase, and configure to get Management Central. Just install the Management Central portion of Client Access Express on your PC, and you are ready to use Management Central.

 

A Growing Hub of Possibilities

 

Management Central first appeared in OS/400 V4R3 and has been evolving ever since. Leveraging an underlying object-oriented framework, Management Central was able to introduce a significant number of new functions in V4R4 (see Figure 2) and will continue to grow in the future. In addition, an increasing number of AS/400 systems management partners are working to integrate their functions with Management Central.

Management Central’s underlying framework provides a common set of constructs that appear in the form of a consistent set of management applications through the user interface. Because the applications build upon the same base, they behave consistently. For example, the status, scheduling, and execution of different management tasks all appear similarly on the user interface, regardless of the type of task.

 

Benefits of Management Central

 

The benefits of Management Central are numerous. Here is a summary of some of its more noteworthy attributes.


 

Simplification

 

Management Central’s focus on multisystem management gives you a broader reach throughout your AS/400 network. It allows you to administer many systems at the same time, eliminating the need for repetitive operations. As stated earlier, it also provides higher-level operations than have previously existed in OS/400 for systems management. This gives you more power to get your job done, leaving more time for you to focus on other critical aspects of your business.

 

Automation

 

Management Central helps you automate many of your AS/400 operations and can automatically react to problems detected in your AS/400 network. Management Central’s monitors allow you to define the kinds of situations that you want to trigger automated actions. These actions can initiate a command to notify the person responsible for maintaining the system (by dialing a pager or cellular phone) or take some corrective action. Management Central’s monitors can run and trigger automation 24 hours a day, whether or not an operator is present or a PC is connected to the central system.

 

Scheduling

 

Another way to automate with Management Central is to set up recurring tasks that execute on a given schedule. Every business has operations that need to occur daily, weekly, at the end of the month, or on some other scheduled basis. With Management Central, these recurring activities can be scheduled for multiple systems. By using Management Central’s user interface, you can, at any time, verify that these activities are occurring or have successfully occurred in the past. Again, no operator is needed and no PC needs to be connected to the central system for a scheduled task to execute, making it ideal for off-shift activities.

 

Step Aboard for a Guided Tour

 

Now take a look at some of the systems management applications that currently exist in Management Central.

 

Real-time Performance Monitors

 

Management Central provides performance monitors to allow you to track system-level performance metrics on multiple AS/400s. A real-time graph is provided for each metric included in your monitor. You may drill down on points in this graph to view second- and third-level detail about a performance metric. This detail provides additional information about the resources (e.g., jobs or disk units) contributing to the metric. Figure 3 shows the graphical view of two performance metrics being monitored on three systems.

You don’t need to watch your real-time graphs to keep abreast of performance on your AS/400s. You can set thresholds for each metric in a monitor that allow you to take the appropriate actions when the metric exceeds the threshold. Notifications may be sent, events may be logged, or a command may be run when a monitor threshold triggers. This allows the right person to be notified to take some corrective action when uncommon performance conditions occur in your AS/400 network.

 

Data Packaging and Distribution

 

You can distribute data to multiple AS/400s using Management Central. You define the data that you want to distribute in a package and send it right away or schedule its distribution for some time in the future. You can use this feature to send any kind of data, including such things as updated pricing information to retail servers or software updated from a development machine to production machines.


Part of the definition of a data package is an optional post-command that can be run after the package arrives and is unpacked. The post command enables you to do such things as run a program or install software that you just distributed to an AS/400.

OS/400 capabilities for data transport, synchronization, and updates throughout the network are greatly enhanced with this Management Central application.

 

Fix Management

 

Managing PTFs is greatly simplified with Management Central. In addition to the capability to view PTF information and search for PTFs in your AS/400 network, Management Central also provides graphical wizards to help you through some of the more difficult PTF management tasks. Wizards exist to install and remove PTFs and to compare and optionally update PTF levels across systems. You may also distribute PTF save files throughout your AS/400 network using Management Central. These PTF tasks can be either executed immediately or scheduled to take place at a specific time.

The PTF install wizard gathers information about the PTFs that you know you want to install. In addition to these PTFs, it also determines if any requisite PTFs need to be installed. The requisite PTF information is stored with PTFs, and it is this information that Management Central uses to determine which PTFs are required. After gathering other install options from you, the install wizard will install the PTFs on the system group of AS/400s that you desire.

The PTF compare-and-update wizard allows you to synchronize fix levels across a group of systems. Using the wizard, you identify what is called a model system. A model system is an AS/400 that has all the PTFs you need installed on it. You can prepare your model system the same way that you put PTFs on a single system today, or you can use the graphical facilities in Management Central to set up your model system. The compare-and- update wizard allows you to compare this model system to a target system group to determine what fixes are missing from the target AS/400s. You can either view or export the results of this comparison. In addition, you can tell the wizard to update the target AS/400s and it will automatically distribute the save files and install the PTFs on the target systems that need them. Figure 4 shows the summary panel of the compare-and-update wizard, detailing what will be compared, where the save files are located, and how the installs will be performed.

 

Remote Command

 

Management Central provides remote command capability, allowing you to execute a CL command in parallel across multiple systems.

Performing this single action from the graphical interface can save you the work of multiple emulator sessions and multiple logins when you need to run a command on more than one system.

Management Central allows you to schedule a remote command’s execution or run it right away. You can create and save definitions of your favorite commands and share them with other users if you wish.

 

Inventory

 

Management Central allows you to collect hardware, software, and PTF inventory across multiple systems. You may view the inventory information through the user interface and export inventory information to a spreadsheet for reporting or record-keeping purposes. You may also search across multiple systems for hardware, software, or fixes that match your search criteria.

 

Performance Collection Services

 

Collection services is a part of Management Central that allows you to collect performance data for use with other AS/400 performance tools. Using collection services, you can


control what kind of data is collected, when data is collected, and what happens to the data after it is collected. You can use these control features on a single system or across multiple systems.

 

Arriving at Your Destination

 

Management Central’s family of integrated systems management applications is included in new releases (V4R3, V4R4) of the operating system at no additional cost to enhance the manageability of the AS/400 platform. The simplification of complex tasks and the automation and scheduling capabilities of Management Central enhance the value of your AS/400 investment by reducing your total cost of ownership. With Management Central, taking control of multiple AS/400s in your TCP/IP network just got a whole lot easier.

 

References and Related Materials

 

“Using Management Central in an AS/400 Network,” Michael Branson, AS/400 Network Expert, July/August 1999, also on the Web at www.midrangecomputing.com/ane/

 

Simplify_AS-_400_Ownership_with_Management_Central05-00.png 300x201

 

Figure 1: This PC (the graphical client) is connected to a central system that is managing three endpoint systems.

 

Simplify_AS-_400_Ownership_with_Management_Central05-01.png 330x234

 

Figure 2: Management Central continues to grow, with a significant number of new functions in V4R4.


 

Simplify_AS-_400_Ownership_with_Management_Central06-00.png 400x312

 

Figure 3: The graphical view of this monitor shows the values of two performances metrics on three systems with drilldown details for the point selected on the upper graph.

 

Simplify_AS-_400_Ownership_with_Management_Central06-01.png 400x350

 

Figure 4: The summary panel of the compare-and-update wizard lists the model system, the target group of systems, the products to compare, and the details you have specified about how to send and install the missing PTFs.


Management Central is a family of integrated systems management applications designed to simplify ownership of AS/400 systems. Controlled through the AS/400 Operations Navigator GUI, Management Central first appeared in OS/400 V4R3 and expanded significantly in V4R4. As your TCP/IP network grows more and more complex, Management Central provides a significant upgrade in the manageability of the AS/400 platform, particularly when you need to manage multiple AS/400s.

 

Managing Many as Easily as One

 

All Management Central applications support a common set of principles that provide the foundation of AS/400 systems management. The difference between managing a single system versus managing multiple systems, though, is enormous. In a single-system environment, you can make changes to and monitor the system in a straightforward manner. In a multisystem environment, however, management becomes much more complex. System configurations need to be kept in sync with one another, and often, the same task needs to be performed across multiple systems. In addition, data needs to be moved between systems. You can no longer monitor system states individually; instead, administrators and operators must monitor the entire network and focus on individual systems only when a problem occurs.

At the core of Management Central’s ability to manage multiple systems is a construct called a system group, which is a logical grouping of AS/400 systems. Just as you might perform a management operation on a single AS/400, you can also perform any Management Central operation on a system group. System groups allow you to bunch AS/400s together using any business criteria you wish. These groups can reflect the AS/400s an individual operator is responsible for (e.g., “Laura’s Systems”) or the systems that belong to a particular organization (e.g., “Finance Systems”). They can be used to group AS/400s that perform similar functions (e.g., Web servers) or are at the same location (e.g., “Memphis Systems”). Because an individual AS/400 can belong to more than one system group, any logical grouping is possible to meet some practical need. An


endpoint system is the term that Management Central uses to describe any AS/400 that can be managed individually or belong to a system group.

You can use system groups to reduce the complexity of managing multiple systems. Performing an action to a system group eliminates the need for tedious, repetitive operations involving multiple emulator sessions. They also allow you to perform the same operations to AS/400s that need to be kept in sync and allow you, within the network, to move data from one AS/400 to other endpoint systems that need it.

 

A Free and Easy Ride

 

Even with system groups, managing multiple systems would still be difficult if you were responsible for setting up and maintaining connections from your management console to all of your AS/400 endpoint systems. Management Central eliminates this problem by providing for centralized management through a single AS/400. The central system is an AS/400 that you choose as your connection point for managing multiple AS/400 endpoints. Your PC must be connected only to the central system, and the central system will connect to any of the endpoints that it needs to manage. Figure 1 shows a PC connected to a central system that is managing three endpoint systems.

Management Central’s GUI provides a modern, easy-to-use look and feel to the management of multiple AS/400s. As a subcomponent of AS/400 Operations Navigator, Management Central integrates with the rest of the GUI for AS/400. You choose your central system, manage your systems groups, and perform all of your management activities through the Management Central graphical interface. There are also graphical wizards to lead you through some of the management challenges that are especially complex.

A key part of Management Central’s ease of use is that it greatly simplifies many of the tasks that you need to perform. It provides management operations at a higher level of abstraction than what previously existed in OS/400. For example, you can move data to multiple AS/400s without having to manually perform saves and restores. Or you can install a PTF with requisite PTFs installed automatically so that you don’t have to worry about all of the requisites. Operations at this level give you more time to focus on the needs of the business because they free you from performing many of the necessary manual, sometimes error-prone, activities.

Another great feature of Management Central is that it is included with OS/400 V4R3 and later releases at no additional cost. There is no additional software to order,

purchase, and configure to get Management Central. Just install the Management Central portion of Client Access Express on your PC, and you are ready to use Management Central.

 

A Growing Hub of Possibilities

 

Management Central first appeared in OS/400 V4R3 and has been evolving ever since. Leveraging an underlying object-oriented framework, Management Central was able to introduce a significant number of new functions in V4R4 (see Figure 2) and will continue to grow in the future. In addition, an increasing number of AS/400 systems management partners are working to integrate their functions with Management Central.

Management Central’s underlying framework provides a common set of constructs that appear in the form of a consistent set of management applications through the user interface. Because the applications build upon the same base, they behave consistently. For example, the status, scheduling, and execution of different management tasks all appear similarly on the user interface, regardless of the type of task.

 

Benefits of Management Central

 

The benefits of Management Central are numerous. Here is a summary of some of its more noteworthy attributes.


 

Simplification

 

Management Central’s focus on multisystem management gives you a broader reach throughout your AS/400 network. It allows you to administer many systems at the same time, eliminating the need for repetitive operations. As stated earlier, it also provides higher-level operations than have previously existed in OS/400 for systems management. This gives you more power to get your job done, leaving more time for you to focus on other critical aspects of your business.

 

Automation

 

Management Central helps you automate many of your AS/400 operations and can automatically react to problems detected in your AS/400 network. Management Central’s monitors allow you to define the kinds of situations that you want to trigger automated actions. These actions can initiate a command to notify the person responsible for maintaining the system (by dialing a pager or cellular phone) or take some corrective action. Management Central’s monitors can run and trigger automation 24 hours a day, whether or not an operator is present or a PC is connected to the central system.

 

Scheduling

 

Another way to automate with Management Central is to set up recurring tasks that execute on a given schedule. Every business has operations that need to occur daily, weekly, at the end of the month, or on some other scheduled basis. With Management Central, these recurring activities can be scheduled for multiple systems. By using Management Central’s user interface, you can, at any time, verify that these activities are occurring or have successfully occurred in the past. Again, no operator is needed and no PC needs to be connected to the central system for a scheduled task to execute, making it ideal for off-shift activities.

 

Step Aboard for a Guided Tour

 

Now take a look at some of the systems management applications that currently exist in Management Central.

 

Real-time Performance Monitors

 

Management Central provides performance monitors to allow you to track system-level performance metrics on multiple AS/400s. A real-time graph is provided for each metric included in your monitor. You may drill down on points in this graph to view second- and third-level detail about a performance metric. This detail provides additional information about the resources (e.g., jobs or disk units) contributing to the metric. Figure 3 shows the graphical view of two performance metrics being monitored on three systems.

You don’t need to watch your real-time graphs to keep abreast of performance on your AS/400s. You can set thresholds for each metric in a monitor that allow you to take the appropriate actions when the metric exceeds the threshold. Notifications may be sent, events may be logged, or a command may be run when a monitor threshold triggers. This allows the right person to be notified to take some corrective action when uncommon performance conditions occur in your AS/400 network.

 

Data Packaging and Distribution

 

You can distribute data to multiple AS/400s using Management Central. You define the data that you want to distribute in a package and send it right away or schedule its distribution for some time in the future. You can use this feature to send any kind of data, including such things as updated pricing information to retail servers or software updated from a development machine to production machines.


Part of the definition of a data package is an optional post-command that can be run after the package arrives and is unpacked. The post command enables you to do such things as run a program or install software that you just distributed to an AS/400.

OS/400 capabilities for data transport, synchronization, and updates throughout the network are greatly enhanced with this Management Central application.

 

Fix Management

 

Managing PTFs is greatly simplified with Management Central. In addition to the capability to view PTF information and search for PTFs in your AS/400 network, Management Central also provides graphical wizards to help you through some of the more difficult PTF management tasks. Wizards exist to install and remove PTFs and to compare and optionally update PTF levels across systems. You may also distribute PTF save files throughout your AS/400 network using Management Central. These PTF tasks can be either executed immediately or scheduled to take place at a specific time.

The PTF install wizard gathers information about the PTFs that you know you want to install. In addition to these PTFs, it also determines if any requisite PTFs need to be installed. The requisite PTF information is stored with PTFs, and it is this information that Management Central uses to determine which PTFs are required. After gathering other install options from you, the install wizard will install the PTFs on the system group of AS/400s that you desire.

The PTF compare-and-update wizard allows you to synchronize fix levels across a group of systems. Using the wizard, you identify what is called a model system. A model system is an AS/400 that has all the PTFs you need installed on it. You can prepare your model system the same way that you put PTFs on a single system today, or you can use the graphical facilities in Management Central to set up your model system. The compare-and- update wizard allows you to compare this model system to a target system group to determine what fixes are missing from the target AS/400s. You can either view or export the results of this comparison. In addition, you can tell the wizard to update the target AS/400s and it will automatically distribute the save files and install the PTFs on the target systems that need them. Figure 4 shows the summary panel of the compare-and-update wizard, detailing what will be compared, where the save files are located, and how the installs will be performed.

 

Remote Command

 

Management Central provides remote command capability, allowing you to execute a CL command in parallel across multiple systems.

Performing this single action from the graphical interface can save you the work of multiple emulator sessions and multiple logins when you need to run a command on more than one system.

Management Central allows you to schedule a remote command’s execution or run it right away. You can create and save definitions of your favorite commands and share them with other users if you wish.

 

Inventory

 

Management Central allows you to collect hardware, software, and PTF inventory across multiple systems. You may view the inventory information through the user interface and export inventory information to a spreadsheet for reporting or record-keeping purposes. You may also search across multiple systems for hardware, software, or fixes that match your search criteria.

 

Performance Collection Services

 

Collection services is a part of Management Central that allows you to collect performance data for use with other AS/400 performance tools. Using collection services, you can


control what kind of data is collected, when data is collected, and what happens to the data after it is collected. You can use these control features on a single system or across multiple systems.

 

Arriving at Your Destination

 

Management Central’s family of integrated systems management applications is included in new releases (V4R3, V4R4) of the operating system at no additional cost to enhance the manageability of the AS/400 platform. The simplification of complex tasks and the automation and scheduling capabilities of Management Central enhance the value of your AS/400 investment by reducing your total cost of ownership. With Management Central, taking control of multiple AS/400s in your TCP/IP network just got a whole lot easier.

 

References and Related Materials

 

“Using Management Central in an AS/400 Network,” Michael Branson, AS/400 Network Expert, July/August 1999, also on the Web at www.midrangecomputing.com/ane/

 

Simplify_AS-_400_Ownership_with_Management_Central05-00.png 300x201

 

Figure 1: This PC (the graphical client) is connected to a central system that is managing three endpoint systems.

 

Simplify_AS-_400_Ownership_with_Management_Central05-01.png 330x234

 

Figure 2: Management Central continues to grow, with a significant number of new functions in V4R4.


 

Simplify_AS-_400_Ownership_with_Management_Central06-00.png 400x312

 

Figure 3: The graphical view of this monitor shows the values of two performances metrics on three systems with drilldown details for the point selected on the upper graph.

 

Simplify_AS-_400_Ownership_with_Management_Central06-01.png 400x350

 

Figure 4: The summary panel of the compare-and-update wizard lists the model system, the target group of systems, the products to compare, and the details you have specified about how to send and install the missing PTFs.


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    SB Profound PPL 5491Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.

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

    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.

    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).

  • 5 New and Unique Ways to Use the IBM i Audit Journal

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericYou must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data? Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts discuss:


    - Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    - Whether high availability in the cloud makes sense for IBM i users
    - Why some organizations don’t have high availability yet
    - How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    - High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

  • Profound.js 2.0: Extend the Power of Node to your IBM i Applications

    SB Profound WC 5541In this Webinar, we'll demonstrate how Profound.js 2.0 enables you to easily adopt Node.js in your business, and to take advantage of the many benefits of Node, including access to a much larger pool of developers for IBM i and access to countless reusable open source code packages on npm (Node Package Manager).
    You will see how Profound.js 2.0 allows you to:

    • Provide RPG-like capabilities for server-side JavaScript.
    • Easily create web and mobile application interfaces for Node on IBM i.
    • Let existing RPG programs call Node.js modules directly, and vice versa.
    • Automatically generate code for Node.js.
    • Automatically converts existing RPGLE code into clean, simplified Node.js code.

    Download and watch today!

     

  • Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js

    SB Profound WC 5541Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love:

    • Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js
    • Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI
    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js

     

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

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    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

    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.