TechTip: Analyze Your Programs and Applications, Part I

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In the first of this series of TechTips, find information about each object in each library.


Recently, a friend called me for help. His boss asked him two questions:

  • How much lost or forgotten old RPG or CL do we have?
  • What is the status of the "general review of all the ILE programs" project?


He added, "I don't want a bullet-point listing. If you can give me a report in Excel in a normal table with normal filters, such as used by normal users every day, that would be better."


Uh oh! Something has changed. It's true that the spools are out of favor these days, even the spools copied into an Excel or PDF file.


And of course, the boss didn't want to invest in software for analyzing cross-references. "With all the commands in the OS, there is at least one that gives this info, isn't there?" Unfortunately, my friend's boss had forgotten what command was needed to do the job.


"Umm, yes, boss. No doubt, boss."


Dear friend, it is the Display Object Description (DSPOBJD) command.


The IBM i provides much information about each object in each library. And this command can be used on both the objects manufactured in-house and the objects of purchased software packages. Yep, you can easily find out whether your supplier's management of internal development is perfectly logical or as whimsical as what might have been created in-house.


Here's proof. In order to not offend anyone (yet still get my point across), I will demonstrate this on my own toolbox. I have added one old CLP and one old RPG to it for the purpose of this article; otherwise, I cannot show how to locate heritage programs.



Figure 1: Use the DSPOBJD command. (Click images to enlarge.)





If the analysis must include multiple libraries, use the option below to make as many DSPOBJDs as needed by making all DSPOBJDs append to the same file:




Unfortunately, DSPOBJD typically provides too much information. For building extractions, STRSQL is a bit overwhelmed by the width of the file. I used iNav Sql instead (Run SQL Scripts from IBM i Navigator).


To make access more rapid, add a shortcut to iNav Sql on your desktop:



Figure 2: Add a shortcut to iNav Sql on your desktop.


Right-click Properties:





First trial: Get the raw information.


select * from jpltools.objs



Figure 3: Get the raw data.


iNav Sql retrieves data very efficiently, but it's not much for the column headings. With STRSQL in parallel, the gap is filled.


Next step: Identify the columns needed—e.g., source file name and date. We have chosen the year of the source code's last update as the marker of reviewed source code. If we were reviewing program recompilation, we would instead have chosen the object creation date. There is so much information in DSPOBJD!


Here's the problem: DSPOBJD gives the date of the source code, but it gives it with three columns (all characters): the century, the date, and the time. We seek the four-digit year. SQL can take care of that with the following code.


SELECT ODLBNM "Library", ODOBNM "Object" , ODOBTP "Type" , odobat "Attribut",trim(ODSRCL) "Src Lib",  trim( ODSRCF)      "Src PF",  trim(ODSRCM)  "Src Member",case when odsrcc =  '' then ' ' else trim(char( ODSRCC+ 19)) concat substr(ODSRCD , 1 , 2) end as year   FROM jpltools.objs



Figure 4: The year is now shown in standard four-digit format. 


Much prettier.


Note: The ILE *PGM objects have no source. Normally, my ILE programs are created by CRTPGM. The modules will provide the information I'm searching for. If I wanted to analyze an external application, delivered without modules, DSPOBJD would not give me the information I want. In that case, I would have to code a program that uses  the program descriptions API to obtain the  list of the modules and their source code file names. I'll return to that point later.


So my friend's boss was right: the information is available. Now, it's just a matter of extracting this information and exporting it to Excel.


Note that we found a wealth of information, just with the DSPOBJD command. Having discovered that gives us the opportunity to show many different aspects of the application we are analyzing.  So, in the second part of this TechTip series, we'll pursue the application analysis with some other DSPxxx commands. You'll see all the information that can be extracted by using a few DSPxxx commands.


For now, we'll just get the requested information to Excel with the SQL above, and we'll reveal the answers to the questions the boss asked.


In Excel, we used the ODBC connection, because it's one of the easier connection modes to implement. Moreover, it's likely that the ODBC declaration to use already exists on your PC.

Creating an ODBC Connection

Click Start > Run: odbcad32.exe.



Figure 5: Call the ODBC administration application. 


Click the ADD button.



Figure 6: Create an ODBC connection.


Select the Client Access driver.



Figure 7: Select the Client Access ODBC Driver.


Enter a name for your connection and specify the system to connect to. Leave the other settings on their default values.



Figure 8: Name your connection and specify the system log.


The ODBC connection is available.

Import the Information into Excel

I used Excel 2007, but with Excel 2003, the method is similar. Open Excel. In the Data menu, choose Get External Data > From Other Sources > From Microsoft Query. Then follow the steps shown below.



Figure 9: Select a data source and deactivate the Query Wizard.


Close the Add Tables view.



Figure 10: Close Add Tables.



Figure 11: Choose the SQL editor.


Paste in the SQL query shown below. Note that the query syntax here is simple, and ODBC will accept it. This is not always the case. When a query is too complex to manipulate with this very small editor window, you must run the SQL statement batch on the server (e.g., with a STRQMQRY with output OUTFILE) and then read the result with ODBC.


SELECT ODLBNM "Library", ODOBNM "Object" , ODOBTP "Type" , odobat "Attribut",trim(ODSRCL) "Src Lib",  trim( ODSRCF)      "Src PF",  trim(ODSRCM)  "Src Member",case when odsrcc =  '' then ' ' else trim(char( ODSRCC+ 19)) concat substr(ODSRCD , 1 , 2) end as year   FROM jpltools.objs



Figure 12: Paste in the SQL query. 


Click OK.


MS Query is a little confused by what is asked. Don't worry about that. Click OK.



Figure 13: Yes, continue!


MS Query retrieves and displays information. Continue to import to Excel.



Figure 14: Choose Return Data to Microsoft Office Excel.


The information has been received. Choose how you want to view it.



Figure 15: Choose how to view your data.


And voila!



Figure 16: Your data is now in an Excel spreadsheet.


With this table in Excel, we will now easily answer the questions we were asked:


First question : How much lost or forgotten old RPG or CL do we have?


The answer is very simple to provide. Just click on the column labeled Attribute:



Figure 17: Object attributes are revealed.


The answer is clear: there are objects with CL and RPG attributes. Select just these objects' attributes to get the detailed list.



Figure 18: Select RPG and CLP.



Figure 19: Details are revealed.


Second question: What is the status of the "general review of all the ILE programs" project? 


For the answer, we must first filter the objects, keeping only the * MODULE, * PGM, and * SRVPGM objects in which the year is not blank. Remember: we are working on the year of the source update date. Some objects have no source.





Figure 20: First, we filter.


Then, we sort by year.



Figure 21: Now we sort.


We now have an Excel sheet containing the information the boss asked for.If we had worked on ODCCEN plus ODCDAT (i.e., the object creation date) instead of ODSRCC plus ODSRCD (the source update date), we would have gotten a review of a general recompilation project.


The SQL extraction targeted only the year. It could also seek the full date by replacing


concat substr (ODSRCD, 1, 2) 




concat ODSRCD


in the SQL statement:


SELECT ODLBNM "Library", ODOBNM "Object" , ODOBTP "Type" , odobat "Attribut",trim(ODSRCL) "Src Lib",  trim( ODSRCF)      "Src PF",  trim(ODSRCM)  "Src Member",case when odsrcc =  '' then ' ' else trim(char( ODSRCC+ 19)) concat substr(ODSRCD , 1 , 2) end as year   FROM jpltools.objs


This first part of this TechTip series ends with the import into Excel of the first statistics on the status of programs' compilation. You have seen that generating the requested information is done simply by using the appropriate system command. You have also seen that, with a few clicks, you can insert these statistics into Excel, which is much more comfortable to use than a spool. Imagine how long it would take to produce these statistics without SQL or ODBC!


You also saw that we came across a wealth of information. In the second part of this series, you'll see all the types of information we derive from the other DSPxxx commands.

Jean-Paul Lamontre

Jean-Paul Lamontre has been working on IBM machines since 1976. His first was a 3/15 with 128K RAM (the biggest machine of the county). His first program was an RPG program, no more than 15 lines. It never compiled, and nobody ever understood why.


Currently, Jean-Paul divides has work time between two companies.


For Cilasoft, which offers the Cilasoft Audit and Security suite, he is the director of development. The Cilasoft suite is a cornerstore to any company's compliance process.


For Resolution, which offers Xcase, a database engineering suite, he is the CTO of the IBM i department. Xcase allows developers to modernize a DDS database to DDL, discover and implement implicit relationships, and manage SQL databases using an advanced GUI.


Jean-Paul also publishes some free tools on his personal Web site. Most popular are SQL2XLS, SPLF2PDF, and MAIL.


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    Take a fresh look your IBM i investment to identify the areas where automation provides you opportunities for cost control while improving scalability and resource utilization and boosting employee morale.

  • What’s New with Robot?

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    If you own or administrate any of the Robot products, you won’t want to miss this one. This recorded webinar offers an overview of the Robot product suite, a live demo of recent updates, and a preview of what’s on the horizon for the Robot system management solution.

  • Work Smarter: Integrate IBM i and Desktop Applications

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    My desktop application users spend a lot of time manually generating and printing letters using IBM i data.
    Our team copies and pastes information between IBM i applications all the time. Launching a PC application from my IBM i screens is impossible today.
    Sound familiar?
    Too many businesses go through manual efforts to transfer documents and data across IBM i and desktop applications—especially ERPs. Whether you use JDE World, JDE EnterpriseOne, Infor, Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics, or any other ERP, chances are your employees are stuck transferring information manually. And all of that manual effort leads to hours upon hours of wasted time.
    But it doesn’t need to anymore.

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  • IBM i Resources Retiring?

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    Let’s face it: IBM i experts and RPG programmers are retiring from the workforce. These folks have been managing all areas of your business—often manually and behind the scenes—for decades, everything from IT operations to data and documents to cybersecurity.
    Are you prepared to handle their departure?
    During this 30-minute recorded webinar, our panel of IBM i experts—Chuck Losinski, Robin Tatam, Richard Schoen, and Tom Huntington—will outline strategies that allow your company to cope with IBM i skills depletion by adopting these strategies that allow you to get the job done without deep expertise on the OS:
    - Automate IBM i processes
    - Use managed services to help fill the gaps
    - Secure the system against data loss and viruses
    IBM i skills depletion is a top concern for IBM i shops around the world. The strategies you discover in this webinar will help you ensure that your system of record—your IBM i—continues to deliver a powerful business advantage, even as staff retires.

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  • IFS Security – Don’t Leave Your Server Vulnerable

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    Experts agree that one of the most overlooked areas of IBM i security is the Integrated File System. Available since V3R1, the IFS provides access for users carrying nothing more than a user profile and password, so it better be secure! If you believe nothing important is stored on your server's IFS, think again, because it's a conduit to many things, including the Operating System and all of your application libraries and files.
    Watch this important session to learn about securing the IFS, including:
    Why do we care about the IFS?
    Permissions versus Authority
    Root folder access
    Auditing IFS activities
    Read/Write versus *ALLOBJ
    Anti-Virus Considerations

  • Who’s Afraid of Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS? Not i.

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    This 30-minute recording demystifies Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS and teaches best practice techniques for maintaining and controlling critical processes and applications running on your Linux, AIX, and VIOS environments.

  • How to Get Started Replacing AFP Forms

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericIBM is discontinuing support for AFP utilities, starting with IBM i 7.3.
    What does this mean? You probably need to find a replacement. AFP utilities have long been used to create electronic forms on IBM i. However, creating a form involves too many manual steps and takes up far too much of your time. So now is the time to find a more efficient electronic forms solution.
    How do you do it? Start here. Watch this on-demand webinar to learn:

    • Which features of AFP utilities you need to replace
    • What to look for in an electronic forms solution
    • When you need to have your replacement
    • How to implement new forms incrementally

    Plus, you'll see a demonstration of how an electronic forms solution from HelpSystems can fully replace AFP and make your organization more efficient.

    Watch the webinar today!


  • Why You Need Document Management in 2017

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericWhy is 2017 the year you need document management? Because not having document management costs too much. Your business grows—and outgrows the filing cabinets. Documents fall into disarray. Employees spend too much time manually managing them. And the biggest cost of all: you can’t provide the fast, helpful service that your customers and vendors need.
    Watch this webinar to learn how to improve service with document management. In just 30 minutes, we’ll cover:

    • Why you need document management
    • How document management improves service to customers and vendors
    • What you’ll gain in productivity
    • Plus, you’ll see a demonstration of HelpSystems document management software in action.

    Watch the webinar today!

  • Business Intelligence for the SMB's Budget

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericThink only large organizations can afford and implement business intelligence (BI)? Think again.

    Today, BI isn’t just for the big guys. Small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) can (and, indeed, do) deploy BI tools—and it doesn’t cost them a fortune. Here’s why: they choose a BI tool that’s the right size for their business. They gain the clear, actionable information they need to make sound business decisions. And, since the BI tool is scaled—in size and cost—to their needs, they achieve fast ROI.
    Need help finding the right BI for your SMB? Start here.
    You'll learn the must-haves for BI on IBM i at SMBs:

    • Get BI without missing a beat by importing existing queries
    • Give your SMB the ability to make better decisions
    • Increase productivity with real-time data access
    • Achieve fast ROI

    Plus, you’ll see a demonstration of how Sequel Data Access makes BI for SMBs easy. Quick installation, simple setup, and easy data access mean you can start pulling reports from your IBM i within an hour.
    Ready to help your SMB move faster and get more done? Watch the webinar today!


  • Encrypting PHI for HIPAA Compliance on IBM i

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericNearly 90 percent of healthcare organizations have experienced data breaches.

    Protected Health Information (PHI) is extremely valuable on the black market, which means cybercriminals are motivated to gain access to data stored by healthcare providers, insurance companies, and their business associates.
    To combat this threat, HIPAA enforcement is ramping up with more audits and more fines. Getting HIPAA compliant is more important than ever for organizations in the healthcare industry, but one critical security measure has been overlooked by many: encryption is your last line of defense.
    In this on-demand webinar, Bob Luebbe, Chief Architect for Linoma Software, will show you how encryption:

    - Protects sensitive data at rest and in motion
    - Limits the exposure caused by a cyberattack
    - Makes HIPAA compliance simpler
    - Can be surprisingly easy to implement

    Bob will also demonstrate Crypto Complete, an innovative encryption and key management solution for IBM i.

    Watch the webinar today!

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

    SB PowerTech WC GenericSecurity expert Carol Woodbury is joined by the newest member of the HelpSystems team: Debbie Saugen.
    Debbie is recognized worldwide as an expert on IBM i backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and high availability. For decades, Debbie has helped IBM i shops build and implement effective business continuity plans.
    In today’s business climate, business continuity is more important than ever. But 83 percent of organizations are not totally confident in their backup strategy.
    During this webinar, Carol and Debbie discuss the importance of a good backup plan, how to ensure you’re backing up your security information, and your options for encrypted back-ups.

    Watch the webinar today!


  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

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    In this presentation, Alex Roytman (CEO, Profound Logic) and Liam Allan (2016 COMMON Student Innovation Award winner) will unveil a completely new and unique way to modernize your legacy applications.
    Learn how Agile Modernization:

    - Uses the power of Node.js in place of costly system re-writes and migrations
    - Enables you to modernize legacy systems in an iterative, low-risk manner
    - Makes it easier to hire developers for your modernization efforts
    - Integrates with Profound UI (GUI modernization) for a seamless, end-to-end legacy modernization solution

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  • The Truth About Viruses on IBM i

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    Protecting your data from viruses or malicious code is not an unfamiliar concept, but understanding how these threats can affect your Power Systems server may not be as easy to grasp.
    There are many myths about viruses and IBM i—including the belief that the system is immune. Many Power Systems managers still don’t see viruses as a risk because they see them as a Windows threat. While this was once true, today’s connected environments operate under different rules.
    It’s time to take action and protect IBM i and the network that connects to it. This on-demand webinar will help you gain an understanding of the relationships between:

    - Viruses and the integrated file system (IFS)
    - Power Systems and Windows viruses
    - PC-based anti-virus scanning vs native IBM i scanning
    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. Learn the facts to ensure you're fully-protected.

  • Revealing the New State of IBM i Security

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    Get the results of the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study in this on-demand webinar!

    PowerTech has audited thousands of IBM i servers over the past 13 years, gaining extensive, real-world insight into the deployment state of IBM i security controls.
    The results of this wildly popular study, the State of IBM i Security, have revealed vulnerabilities that even auditors miss—providing invaluable insight in seven configuration categories:

    - Network-initiated commands & data accessServer-level security controls
    - Profile and password settings
    - Administrative capabilities
    - Public accessibility to corporate data
    - System event auditing
    - Anti-virus protection

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  • Business Process Automation with Robot

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    Automate Process Flow Through the Data Center
    Typical “computerized” business processes are a combination of multiple schedulers, operational scripts, CL programs, and manual file checking, all backed up with the trusty runbook.
    Is there a better way to manage business processes?
    It is a common misconception that a business process cannot be automated if it’s too complicated or requires that someone verify each step. We’re here to tell you there is a better way to manage your business—process automation is possible!
    Take 30 minutes to learn the options for automating your business process flow and how they fit into your data center processing, including cases of:
    - Complex or iterative schedules
    - Event-driven dependencies
    - Multi-platform dependencies
    - Dynamically calculated parameters
    - Exception notification
    - SAP and Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne integration
    How do I know business process automation is effective?
    If you have any doubts that automating complex business processes will improve your level of service, you’ll also hear a success story from the senior systems administrator at Trident Seafoods who embraced automation using the Robot solution and is reeling in the benefits!

  • Take Your Query Tool to the Next Level

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    There’s a better way to run your queries. With an advanced query tool like Sequel, you can deliver IBM i data you need quickly and efficiently—without the hang-ups of a basic query tool.
    In this session, we address common frustrations with the IBM i basic query tool, discuss major data access and distribution trends, and help you understand what to look for in a more advanced query tool.

    Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel helps you:

    - Get up and running queries quickly
    - \Make decisions with real-time data
    - Boost productivity with runtime prompts
    - Increase flexibility for users to access data
    Watch the on-demand webinar now and learn why it’s time to take your queries up a notch.

  • Pick Your Path to Better Document Management

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    Is babysitting documents through workflows driving you crazy? Are you tired of manually re-keying data day after day? Or are you simply losing your mind in an endless sea of paper documents?
    Don’t let your document management problem send your head spinning any longer. Watch the webinar to pick your path to better document management.
    You’ll learn how to solve your:

    - Workflow problem
    - Data entry problem
    - Paper problem
    Plus, we’ll demonstrate how HelpSystems Document Management (RJS) products will help you along the way.

  • Find Out Why You Should Keep Data on IBM i

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    It’s simple. IBM i is the most reliable, securable, and powerful platform to house your critical business data.
    IBM i was built for business and has added features and functionality over the years to keep up with modern business needs. You can trust it to run your business, access your data in real-time, and keep your data secure. Plus, IBM i can scale to your business and handle all of your critical data.
    Can your other platforms do that?
    We didn’t think so.
    Watch this 30-minute webinar to learn why you should keep your data on IBM i, including:
    - IBM i is reliable
    - IBM i offers fast and secure real-time data access
    - IBM i helps your business prepare for tomorrow
    Plus, we demonstrate how Sequel Data Access helps you modernize IBM i data access and meet your business needs.

  • Mobile Apps for IBM i Monitoring

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    Overnight and weekend support can be a minefield for operations teams tasked with attempting to maintain system availability, especially when they must rely on laptop-based VPN access—where a delayed response can prove costly.
    With over 2 billion smartphone users worldwide, it’s perfectly reasonable for you to use the BYOD movement to your advantage and start managing your IT infrastructure from the palm of your hand. Watch this on-demand webinar to learn how Halcyon has modernized this crucial layer of support by introducing mobile applications for IBM i monitoring.
    You’ll hear how one company has used the Enterprise Console mobile app to provide a valuable audit trail and speed up response time. You’ll also learn:
    - The benefits of mobile apps
    - How to respond to critical messages within seconds
    - How to get notifications your way on your device
    - How to set up escalation, ensuring alerts are always handled in a timely fashion
    If your team is responsible for managing IBM i applications and services after regular business hours, you won’t want to miss this one!


  • Stop Just Writing SQL Queries and Do More with Your Data

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    If your programmers know SQL, they’re skilled in using SQL/400 to get your organization’s data. But that’s all your programmers can do with SQL/400. They can’t dive deeper into the data, and they can’t deliver data in the format business users require.
    It’s time to do more than just get the data for your organization. Join us to learn how you can utilize your existing SQL skills with Sequel to access, analyze, and deliver useful data to your business users. With Sequel, it’s easy to run SQL-based queries in whatever interface you prefer—without writing the queries yourself. You can dive deeper into the data with reports and graphical dashboards. And, you can deliver data securely the way users want it.
    In just 30 minutes, you’ll learn how to:
    - Build SQL queries—without writing the code
    - Deliver useful data to users—with run-time prompts, reports, and dashboards
    - Keep your data secure—no matter where your users access it
    Ready to transform the way your organization accesses, analyzes, and delivers data? Watch the webinar now!

  • Speed Up Your Manufacturing and Distribution with Paperless Processes

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    Your ERP system —whether it’s JDE World, Enterprise One, Infor, Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics, VAI, or anything else—is essential to maintaining your company’s key business information and processes. But you’re constantly generating and receiving paper and electronic documents, too, and it’s hard to keep everything straight. So, you wind up chasing documents and data around—and keeping your customers and vendors waiting.
    It’s time to make life easier and make your customers happier. With an electronic document management system, you can integrate with your ERP to keep all of your key documents and data in one spot.
    And when all of your documents are stored digitally, you can speed up your processes and get key documents (like purchase orders and invoices) approved faster.
    Watch the webinar and learn how to:
    - Integrate a document management system with your ERP
    - Capture all of your key shop floor, order, and shipment documents in one central repository
    - Improve customer, vendor, and employee response times
    - Accomplish more work without adding additional staff
    It’s time to deliver your shipments faster and keep your customers happy by streamlining your paperwork processes.

  • Dock Door Signing Made Easy

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    How long does dock door signing take your organization? Too long if you’re still using manual processes and paper.
    From generating to collating to printing to routing to signing, manual processes and paper slow down your organization—and your delivery times. Electronic documents and digital signature capture can change all of that. And your organization will be able to create, route, approve (with digital signatures), and retrieve documents faster.
    Learn how digital signature capture helps you:
    - Eliminate steps in your approval processes
    - Improve auditability
    - Reduce customer service time to resolve questions
    Plus, we’ll demonstrate how digitizing signatures and documents will reduce your organization’s costs over the long haul.

  • Operations on IBM i: Where Do I Start?

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    Calling all programmers, system admins, operators, and data center managers! If your boss or your business just tossed you into the IBM i environment, you may find yourself up the operations creek without a paddle.
    Let the IBM i experts at HelpSystems be your guide. Both first-timers and old hands will benefit from a few new tricks on where to get started with these essential IBM i areas:

    - Job management and subsystems
    - Memory management and allocation
    - Report management
    - System message handling
    - User profile creation and control
    - Commands and menus
    Watch this one-hour recorded webinar to see how easy it can be to excel at IBM i systems management.

  • IT Compliance and Forensics the Robot Way

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    Robot automation and monitoring software provides features to simplify the task of managing your IBM i and cross-platform processes. It provides automated reporting and collects audit data for:
    - Job tracking for Robot and user submitted jobs
    - Audit trail of changes made to jobs
    - Administrator fields for documenting changes
    - Event logs reporting file arrival
    - Message history identifying the who, what, and why of a message
    - System storage and performance threshold events

    If you own or administrate any of the Robot products, you won’t want to miss this one. This recorded webinar will show how to access the Robot audit data through the graphical and 5250 interface and generate reports automatically for distribution.

  • An Automated Recovery Plan Auditors Will Love

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    Robot SAVE can make your life easier when it comes to recovering your IBM i data. Watch this 30-minute webinar and discover the features that you and your auditors will love, including:
    - Automatically generated system recovery procedures
    - Audit reports listing what was or was not saved
    - Tape integrity for all IBM i systems in the data center
    - Finding and restoring a single object, directory, or library
    - Technical support dedicated to ensuring the accuracy of your configuration

  • 5 Reasons Developers Love Robot Schedule

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    Why AppDev Should Embrace Automation
    Your application development team is an expensive resource that works hard to improve business processes, yet more and more IBM i shops are putting AppDev in charge of managing day-to-day system operations.
    Instead of taking their attention away from the website, business analytics, mobile, security, SQL data access, and more, streamline operations with automation and build in notifications so your teams have visibility into processing when they need it, and can manage the rest by exception.
    In just 30 minutes, our experts will show how AppDev teams can take advantage of Robot automated operations on IBM i and beyond so they can:
    - Stop programming for multi-platform job and file event dependencies
    - Stop struggling with incorrect parameter values
    - Stop wondering where to fit a process into daily, weekly, or monthly cycles
    - Stop the on-call headaches, the firefighting, and the lack of progress cycle
    - Go ahead, give your AppDev team a productivity boost!

  • Affordable Query Tool for Software Developers

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    NGS’ Software Developer Kit (SDK) gives IBM i developers comprehensive query, dynamic mobile reporting, analytics and Web report design features at an affordable cost. Install and create meaningful outputs for managers in one day! Web page and portal integration, email, FTP are included.
    The $895* SDK includes a one user license, online training, user manuals, one year of software maintenance; toll-free support and online incident reporting.
    - Want to modernize beyond Query/400 and PC files transfers?
    - Need a Web reporting solution without the learning curve and overhead of DB2 Web Query?
    - Have many reporting needs, but a tight budget and small staff?
    View the demo and request a FREE TRIAL of the SDK.
    * Limited time offer.

  • Security Considerations When Implementing and Using Access Client Solutions (ACS)

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    Because IBM i Access is not supported on Windows 10 clients, now is the time to migrate to Access Client Solutions (ACS), the strategic client solution provided by IBM.
    In this recorded webinar, IBM i security expert Carol Woodbury and her guest, Tim Rowe of IBM, discuss ACS and related security considerations. You'll find out what ACS is and what security considerations you should be aware of during the initial deployment and configuration of ACS.
    Carol and Tim also discuss:

    - Benefits to the security administrator of using ACS (over IBM i Access)
    - Other security considerations when using ACS
    - Recent enhancements to ACS unrelated to security

  • Your introduction to RCAC and Authority Collection

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    IBM has provided us with two powerful and very exciting security enhancements in the last two versions of IBM i.

    Scott Forstie of IBM joins Carol Woodbury to demonstrate and describe the V7R2 feature called Row and Column Access Control (RCAC), which extends how you define which users have access to specific rows in a database file. RCAC also provides a way to mask data for all or selected users.

    The recently released V7R3 adds Authority Collection. Authority Collection provides organizations and vendors with the ability to know exactly what authority is required to perform a task, eliminating the guesswork. Gone is the need to set *PUBLIC authority on database files to *ALL or to automatically grant service accounts *ALLOBJ special authority just because you’re unsure of what authority is required.

    Watch Scott and Carol as they discuss these and other new security features delivered in V7R2 and V7R3.

  • ​Getting Started with IBM i Security: Event Auditing

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    Learn why event auditing is necessary and how to configure it
    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This second session of the series introduces event auditing, with Robin Tatam covering the basics and more:
    - Why auditing is necessary
    - Determine if IBM i auditing is currently active
    - How to configure auditing with one simple command
    - What audit events are recorded (and which are missed!)
    - How high availability (HA) applications often make critical events disappear
    - Event reporting and real-time alerting

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Securing PC Access

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    Protect your system from unauthorized network access through readily available PC tools

    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.

    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.

    This on-demand webinar will show you how well-known services like FTP and ODBC enable users to access sensitive data without oversight or restrictions. Robin Tatam will also explain what exit programs are and how you can use them to protect your organization.

  • No Time for IBM I Security? No Problem

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    “Security” is definitely on your IT staff’s to-do list, but how often does this item get checked off?

    IT doesn’t have enough time for security—the 2016 IBM i Security Study proves it. The trouble is that data security isn’t a set-and-forget project. Data security on your IBM i requires on-going attention and expertise.

    In this on-demand webinar, you’ll learn how to save time and work more effectively. We’re cutting to the core of IBM i security by outlining the simple strategy developed by our experts.

    You’ll see a straightforward approach to understanding and addressing risk to your IBM i data. We’ll also show you how our world-class security services help people protect business-critical data when they don’t have the time, resources, or knowledge to tackle IBM i security on their own.

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: System Values

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    Set the tone for data protection with security-relevant system values

    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.

    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.

    The series opens with an introduction to security-relevant system values.

    System values are one of the fundamental elements of IBM i security. The security system values enable you to “set the tone” of security on your IBM i, enforce password composition rules, and enable auditing. Watch this on-demand webinar to see Carol Woodbury describe these system values and provide guidance on their best practice settings.

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Integrated File System (IFS)

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    The IFS is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of IBM i security
    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This recorded session has Robin Tatam introducing IFS security:
    - Defining IFS
    - How the IFS is configured
    - Common IFS security mistakes
    - What a virus can do to IBM i through the IFS
    - Tracking user activity

  • ​7 Habits of Highly Secure Organizations

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    Everyone knows that cyber security is important, but getting started on the road to data protection and compliance can be confusing and intimidating. Understanding common vulnerabilities helps you focus your attention and resources on the areas that need the most help.
    We all want “best-practice” security, but what are top organizations doing to achieve and maintain it?
    Watch this webinar to learn the details about how to develop the seven habits that are part of daily life for secure organizations. You’ll learn how to:
    - Break the Ostrich Syndrome
    - Develop a Security Policy
    - Assess Current Standing
    - Perform Security Event Logging and Review
    - Use “Best of Breed” Technologies
    - Monitor for Ongoing Compliance
    - Plan for the Future
    This on-demand webinar examines what each of these habits means to IBM i, and helps you make sure that you don’t become the next security statistic.

  • An Introduction to PCI Compliance on IBM Power Systems

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    "From the world's largest corporations to small Internet stores, compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is vital for all merchants who accept credit cards, online or offline, because nothing is more important than keeping your customer’s payment card data secure.” — PCI Security Standards Council
    Complying with the PCI standard is a normal part of doing business in today’s credit-centric world. But, PCI applies to multiple platforms.
    The challenge becomes how to map the general PCI requirements to a specific platform, such as IBM i. And, more importantly, how can you maintain—and prove—compliance?
    Watch this webinar to understand:
    - How PCI requirements relate to IBM i systems
    - IBM i-specific barriers to compliance
    - How PowerTech security solutions help you fulfill PCI requirements, meet compliance guidelines, and satisfy auditors
    You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence you need to evaluate PCI compliance requirements and prepare your IBM i system for today’s regulatory challenges.

  • Implementing Multiple Layers of Defense

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    Your IBM i holds a massive amount of data. In most organizations, that data constitutes a mission-critical and high-value asset.

    How do you adequately protect the data residing on your IBM i, given its value to your organization? IBM has provided us with many options for protecting our data, but it’s now always clear how to select and implement the best options for your circumstances.

    This recorded webinar describes IBM i’s different data security options, along with implementation recommendations and tips for getting started. Carol Woodbury, one of the world’s top IBM i security experts, also provides considerations to help you determine how many layers of security are right for your organization.

  • 5 Things Your Administrator Should Tell You

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    The IBM i operating system is lauded as one of the most secure available. Unfortunately, the truth is that many configurations result in shocking server vulnerabilities.

    If you have an interest in security or regulatory compliance, watch this webinar to learn about 5 important “secrets” that your administrator needs to be sharing with you. Remember, you can’t fix what you don’t know about!

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIBM i is known for its security, but this OS could be more vulnerable than you think.
    Although Power Servers often live inside the safety of the perimeter firewall, the risk of suffering a data leak or data corruption remains high.
    Watch noted IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses common ways that this supposedly “secure” operating system may actually be vulnerable and who the culprits might be.

    Watch the webinar today!


  • Easy Mobile Development

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    Watch this on-demand webinar and learn how to rapidly and easily deploy mobile apps to your organization – even when working with legacy RPG code! IBM Champion Scott Klement will demonstrate how to:
    - Develop RPG applications without mobile development experience
    - Deploy secure applications for any mobile device
    - Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
    - Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform
    You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!
    Watch this Webinar Now!

  • Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise

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    Modern, 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.
    We will demonstrate how Profound UI:
    - Goes beyond simple screen-scraping to truly modernize your RPG applications
    - Uses RPG Open Access and your own RPG code and development talent to modernize
    - Supports rapid development with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Designer
    - Integrates with our on-the-fly modernization, mobile development, and Enterprise Modernization solutions

  • The Quirks of IBM i Security Revealed

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    Security expert Carol Woodbury gets asked to explain many different aspects of IBM i security. Some are questions about straightforward concepts, but other questions reach the more obscure features and functions of IBM i security.
    In this recorded webinar, Carol has gathered these questions and will provide examples and explanations for the more quirky and confusing aspects of IBM i security, including:

    - What are the *ADOPT and *GROUP values you occasionally see when running the DisplayObject Authority command?
    - What is primary group authority?
    - Watch this webinar on demand to get answers to these and other security questions. There will be something of interest to everyone!

  • 5 Steps for Implementing Role-based Access on the IBM i. Presented by Carol Woodbury

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    One of the ways to simplify the administration and management of users’ capabilities and access rights is to implement role-based access (RBAC). This technique is often preferred by auditors because it provides a more simple way to review users’ configuration and access. In this session, security expert Carol Woodbury will explain RBAC, the 5 steps you can take to achieve RBAC, as well as how to use SkyView’s Policy Minder product to simplify the setup and daily management of RBAC configuration and policies.

  • The 12 Sections of PCI DSS and How Each Relates to the IBM i Community by Carol Woodbury

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    In this Coffee with Carol session, Carol Woodbury draws on her experience consulting with SkyView Partners’ clients and helping them with their PCI DSS implementation and compliance requirements. Carol explains each of the 12 sections of the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and describes specifically how each relates to the IBM i community.

  • Top Ten Security Vulnerabilities of IBM i Security Configuration

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    SkyView Partners has been performing security assessments for the IBM i community for over 12 years. Based on the findings of these assessments, Carol Woodbury will present the Top 10 vulnerabilities found in IBM i security configurations. She will talk about each issue, making sure to describe how the vulnerability poses risk to your data. In addition, her discussion will include the prevalence of these issues, how to assess the risk of these issues as they pertain to your environment and options for addressing the vulnerabilities.

  • The Explosion of Security Vulnerabilities Requires Diligent Act with Carol Woodbury & special guest Jeff Uehling

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    Carol is pleased to be joined for this Coffee with Carol by friend and former colleague Jeff Uehling, current Chief Security Architect for IBM i. Jeff and Carol will be discussing a number of the recent Security Vulnerabilities which have had a huge, industry-wide impact on both hardware and software vendors - including IBM and the IBM i development groups. These security vulnerabilities include well-publicized ones such as Heartbleed, Bash/Shellshock and Poodle as well as numerous vulnerabilities that haven’t hit the media. These vulnerabilities exist in areas such as Java, OpenSSL and many networking areas of your systems.

    IBM i has long been known as a secure platform on which you can run your business critical applications. However, securing the system requires careful attention to the system-wide security configuration options, managing the authority settings on your data objects which contain your business critical data (corporate assets), and - as importantly - staying current with your enterprise-wide maintenance and ensure the latest PTFs/Fixes are installed in order to close "real" or "potential" security holes.

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

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericHigh availability for IBM i has been a hot topic in 2017, jumping 20% from our 2016 survey to take the #2 seat on IT priority lists just behind cybersecurity. And no surprise with these two topics so closely tied to your most valuable asset: your irreplaceable business data.
    With major airline outages last year and the recent ransomware attacks, you 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—Tom Huntington, Matt Staddler, and Cole Ragland—deliver lively discussion around the top high availability issues of today, including:

    • 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

    There are no do-overs when it comes to your data. Once it’s gone, it’s gone...unless you have a data replication layer in place to protect it. Learn the value of these strategic solutions and how you can implement them in a hurry—watch now!


  • 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 5541Roses are red, your UIs are green...It's time to make your apps proud to be seen!
    Whether 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.
    In this webinar, you'll learn how you can use both Profound UI and Profound.js to:

    • 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

    This webinar will include a live product demonstration and Q&A with the presenters.

    Download and watch today!

  • TRY the One Package That Solves All Your Document Design and Printing Challenges

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    Produce bar code labels, electronic forms, ad hoc reports, and RFID tags – without programming! MarkMagic is the only document design and print solution that combines report writing, WYSIWYG label and forms design, and conditional printing in one integrated product. Why support 5 different products, when you can do it all with MarkMagic?

    - Drive over 450 different printer types.
    - Create invoices, statements, checks.
    - Set dynamic rules that transform output on the fly.
    - Conditionally distribute via Email, fax, or PDF.
    - Integrate with your current applications in minutes.
    - Preview printing on screen.
    - Native System i, Windows, AIX, Linux.

    Try MarkMagic today for free

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

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    Disaster protection is vital to every business. Yet, it often consists of patched together procedures that are prone to error. From automatic backups to data encryption to media management, Robot automates the routine (yet often complex) 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

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    Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. Messages need a response and resources must be monitored—often over multiple systems and across platforms. 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
    Keep your critical applications and data available. Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

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

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    The thought of printing, distributing, and storing iSeries reports manually may reduce you to tears. Paper and labor costs associated with report generation can spiral out of control. Mountains of paper threaten to swamp your files. Robot 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

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    For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i. With batch job creation and scheduling at its core, the Robot Job Scheduling Solution reduces the opportunity for human error and helps you maintain service levels, automating even the biggest, most complex runbooks.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. brKey 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.

  • MS Office Connector for Query/400...FREE Trial!

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    NGS' Qport Office enables Windows users to run IBM Query/400 queries to:
    - Create and update Excel spreadsheets and Access databases
    - Create Word documents
    - Send to Windows screen and PC printers
    No query conversion is required. Works with i5/OS V5R1 & above. Installs in minutes!
    If you don’t have a budget to replace IBM Query/400, but want your users to have one click enhanced output of their queries.... Request the online license agreement and product download instructions today!
    Offer good through December 31, 2016.

  • *ALLOBJ and not afraid to use it? Privileged user management is here.

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    Unbridled and unmonitored users are the quickest way to fail an audit and put your system at risk.
    PowerTech Authority Broker lets you pre-define which users are allowed to use elevated levels of authority. These users “swap” into privileged profiles only for a specific window of time.
    During the swap, Authority Broker lets you monitor powerful users even when they enter non-traditional environments, like interactive SQL, DFU, and QSHELL.
    All activity is logged and screens are captured. Get indexed PDFs via email, monitor in near real-time or playback screens on the system.
    Capture every keystroke. Try Authority Broker free for 30 days.

  • Auditing Tool with Built-in Reports for SOX, PCI Compliance

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    PowerTech Compliance Monitor simplifies the task of audit reporting. It comes with a set of reports for SOX, PCI, and even MICS gaming standards.
    IBM i's audit journal is often so large and cryptic, that most IT staff struggle to review the logged activity.
    Compliance Monitor analyzes your audit data across multiple systems and displays the exceptions to policy with remediation tips—all from your web browser! You can generate reports as PDF or Excel files.
    Need custom reporting? Compliance Monitor’s flexible filters allow you to generate reports on any audit data you need—from system configuration to user activity.

  • Control and Monitor User Access from Desktop PCs (ODBC, FTP)

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    Protect your company by monitoring network traffic to your IBM i servers with the industry-leading exit program, PowerTech Network Security.
    Without visibility into IBM i's exit points, your users could be viewing, changing, or even deleting sensitive data—and you wouldn’t know!
    Network Security lets you monitor and control access to over 30 exit points, including:

    - ODBC
    - FTP
    - DDM
    - Remote command
    - Fileserve (mapped drives to IFS)
    It’s easy to set up custom access rules and get notified in real-time when security events occur.
    Stop “back door” access today. Try Network Security free for 30 days.