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The first part of this article series showed how DSPOBJD can easily provide statistics to manage a general recompilation project. But it only touched the surface of all the things you get with the DSPxxx commands.

 

Let's start with a review of the information we gathered in Part I by just using DSPOBJD.

Objects by Type and Year

This data is concerned with counting objects by type and by year of source update (for those that have a source, of course).

 

If we had used ODCCEN plus ODCDAT (i.e., the object creation date) instead of ODSRCC plus ODSRCD, we'd have gotten a report on recompilation instead of a report on source update.

 

with stat as (SELECT ODOBTP "Type" , odobat "Attribut", trim(char( ODSRCC+ 19)) concat substr(ODSRCD , 1 , 2) "Year" FROM jpltools.objs where odsrcc <>  '') select  "Year" ,"Type" , "Attribut",   count(*) Number from stat group by "Type" , "Attribut",  "Year" order by   "Year","Type" , "Attribut" 

 

020312JpProgram2Fig1

Figure 1: Here's the list of objects by type and year.

 

The code below counts programs (in fact, programs and modules, to also take care of ILE objects) by compiler. Note that objects without source are eliminated by the WHERE clause.

 

SELECT  odobat "Attribut" , count(*) Number FROM jpltools.objs where odsrcc <>  '' and ODOBTP in('*PGM', '*MODULE') group by odobat order by   odobat

 

 020312JpProgram2Fig2

Figure 2: The programs are counted by compiler type.

 

There are two OPM programs in the libraries analyzed: one CLP and one RPG. But this analysis doesn't show whether the ILE programs use the ILE default activation group or a specific activation group. This information is provided by DSPPGM, which does not offer an output file. In the third part of this series, we will use the program description APIs for this information.  

Sources in Library

The following SQL will reveal the number of instances of source code per library.

 

select count(*) number, ODSRCL srclib  FROM jpltools.objs group by ODSRCL

 

020312JpProgram2Fig3 

Figure 3: JPLTOOLS has 70 source files.

 

Old applications may have had their libraries of code renamed many times and can show traces of these old libraries' names, so this list can be overwhelming. There are often names of libraries that no longer exist. This does not mean that the source code is lost, but it would be wise to check that the available source code has the same date indicated in the object.

Sources (aka File Members) per File

The following code will show you the number of instances of source code per file. Note that the objects without source are eliminated by the WHERE clause.

 

select count(*) number, ODSRCF srcpf  FROM jpltools.objs where ODSRCF <> '' group by ODSRCF order by number desc

 

020312JpProgram2Fig4 

Figure 4: Here's the number of instances of source code per file.

 

Much less often than in the list per library, this list can show source file names that have disappeared ... or should have disappeared.

Objects by Version

In a complex environment, it is common to have multiple machines with different version levels. This analysis ensures that the application can be used on a machine that is not yet at the latest version level.

 

SELECT count(*)number , ODcpvr i5os FROM jpltools.objs where odobtp in ('*PGM','*SRVPGM') group by   odcpvr  order by i5os

 

020312JpProgram2Fig5 

Figure 5: Objects are shown by version.

              

Here, the objects are all compiled for V7.1. Installation on a machine running an older version will require a recompilation. Sometimes, problems can appear if one or more programs use specific features of V7.1.

 

Note: In the case of JPLTOOLS, the question does not arise since I offer only the source code. And the JPLTOOLS code is backward-compatible until V5.4.

Objects by Owner

Is management of the owners being done correctly? DSPOBJD gives no information on adoption of rights. We will use the program description APIs for this information.

 

SELECT count(*)number , ODobow owner FROM jpltools.objs group by   odobow

 

020312JpProgram2Fig6 

Figure 6: Objects are shown by owner.

 

Ha! I have to make corrections.

 

All the above information was obtained only by using the result of DSPOBJD. Now we will extend our investigations to other commands.  We'll use SQL to mix the results provided.

Check the Date of the Source Code

The target of this analysis is to check that the source has not changed since last compilation.

 

Obviously, this runs only for programs built with a module of same name. By doing this, I'll artificially create a link between the source member and the program. In fact, when context is more complex than a source producing a module producing a program, I will need a true link between these three elements. APIs provide this information . I will return to that point later.

 

How do I do it? Run a DSPFD MBRLIST and join!

 

DSPFD FILE(JPLTOOLS/*ALL) TYPE(*MBRLIST) OUTPUT(*OUTFILE) FILEATR(*PF) 

 OUTFILE(JPLTOOLS/MBRLIST)

 

OK, but this list contains members of all files: PF-DTA and PF-SRC.

 

To keep only the membership list of source files, retrieve the attributes of all files: 

 

DSPFD FILE(JPLTOOLS/*ALL) TYPE(*ATR) OUTPUT(*OUTFILE) FILEATR(*PF)

 OUTFILE(JPLTOOLS/FD_ATR)


Then, isolate the source filenames:

 

SELECT PHFILE FROM JPLTOOLS.FD_ATR WHERE PHDTAT='S'

 

Keep only the members of the source files:

 

DELETE  FROM JPLTOOLS.MBRLIST WHERE MLFILE NOT IN (SELECT PHFILE FROM JPLTOOLS.FD_ATR WHERE PHDTAT='S')

 

Reminder: DSPOBJD gives us the exact date of the source code when compiling the module. DSPFD MBRLIST gives us the exact date of last modification of the source code.

 

The next step is to simplify reading of DSPFD-MBRLIST. For the modification date of the source code, use this code:

 

SELECT MLNAME, case when MLCHGc = '' then ' ' else trim(char(  MLCHGC+ 19)) concat MLCHGD concat '-' concat MLCHGt end Upddate,MLMTXT FROM jpltools.mbrlist WHERE MLCHGc <> ''              

 

020312JpProgram2Fig7 

Figure 7: Simplify the reading of DSPFD-MBRLIST. (Click images to enlarge.)

 

Now, simplify the reading of DSPOBJD. For the date of compilation of source code, use this code:

 

SELECT ODOBNM, ODSRCM , case when odsrcc = '' then ' ' else       trim(char( ODSRCC+ 19)) concat ODSRCD concat '-' concat odsrct end cpldate , ODOBTX FROM jpltools.objs WHERE odsrcm <> '' and odsrcc <> ''   

 

020312JpProgram2Fig8 

Figure 8: Simplify the reading of DSPOBJD.

 

 The join of the two previous results (with SQL CTE, common table expression) gives the list of programs without source (based on an SQL exception join):

 

with cpl as ( SELECT ODOBNM, ODSRCM , case when odsrcc = '' then   

' ' else trim(char( ODSRCC+ 19)) concat ODSRCD concat '-' concat   

odsrct end cpldate , ODOBTX FROM jpltools.objs WHERE odsrcm <> ''  

and odsrcc <> '' ), upd as ( SELECT MLNAME, case when MLCHGc = ''  

then ' ' else trim(char( MLCHGC+ 19)) concat MLCHGD concat '-'     

concat MLCHGt end Upddate,MLMTXT FROM jpltools.mbrlist WHERE MLCHGc

<> '' ) select ODOBNM, ODSRCM , cpldate, odobtx from cpl exception 

join upd on odsrcm = mlname                                        

 

020312JpProgram2Fig9 

Figure 9: Here's the list of programs without source.

 

Now find the list of source that are not used by a compiler to build an object—for example, code description of a service program, code of an SQL procedure, or copies of code:

 

with cpl as ( SELECT ODOBNM, ODSRCM , case when odsrcc = '' then  

' ' else trim(char( ODSRCC+ 19)) concat ODSRCD concat '-' concat  

odsrct end cpldate , ODOBTX FROM jpltools.objs WHERE odsrcm <> '' 

and odsrcc <> '' ), upd as ( SELECT MLNAME, case when MLCHGc = '' 

then ' ' else trim(char( MLCHGC+ 19)) concat MLCHGD concat '-'    

concat MLCHGt end Upddate,MLMTXT FROM jpltools.mbrlist WHERE MLCHGc

<> '' ) select upd.* from upd exception join cpl on odsrcm = mlname

 

020312JpProgram2Fig10

Figure 10: Here's a list of sources without objects.

 

Now you'll want the list of sources modified but not recompiled:

 

with cpl as (

SELECT ODOBNM, ODSRCM , case when odsrcc = '' then ' ' else trim(char( ODSRCC+ 19)) concat ODSRCD concat '-' concat odsrct end cpldate , ODOBTX FROM jpltools.objs WHERE odsrcm <> ''   and odsrcc <> ''

), upd as (

SELECT MLNAME, case when MLCHGc = ''   then ' ' else trim(char( MLCHGC+ 19)) concat MLCHGD concat '-'      concat MLCHGt end Upddate,MLMTXT FROM jpltools.mbrlist WHERE MLCHGc <> ''

) select ODOBNM "Object", ODSRCM "Src Mbr",

cpldate concat case when upddate =  cpldate then '' else ' was updated ' concat upddate end   "Compiled_date"

, case when mlmtxt = odobtx then '   ' concat odobtx  else '>> ' concat odobtx concat ' changed to ' concat mlmtxt end    "Text"

from cpl join upd on odsrcm = mlname and (cpldate <> upddate  

or odobtx <> mlmtxt)                                                                                               

                                            

020312JpProgram2Fig11 

Figure 11: These are the sources modified but not recompiled.

 

 I changed my machine; we see the traces dated 2010-11-12-20:41:42.

 

Remember that these analyses are based on the fact that program and source code members have the same name. It is common, but not 100 percent accurate.

Program Cross-Reference

I'm gaining momentum, and after getting so much information from two system commands, other questions have quickly come to mind:

 

How can we tell if a program or file is no longer used? Explore DSPPGMREF. Obviously, we cannot answer this question if the program name is determined dynamically in the application.

 

Here's a more difficult question: A program that should not be used remains called in some programs (last-used date is recent, days-used count continues to grow…). How can we get an impact analysis of deleting  this program? The answer is again provided by SQL—specifically by the recursive SQL on the DSPPGMREF outfile.

 

In the same way and by writing the recursion in the opposite direction, I have obtained for a given program a list of all programs and files it uses. SQL recursion has been available since V5R4.

 

This is the DSPPGMREF, simple version:

 

DSPPGMREF PGM(JPLTOOLS/*ALL) OUTPUT(*OUTFILE) OBJTYPE(*ALL)

 OUTFILE(JPLTOOLS/PGMREF)

 

Why a "simple version"? Because there's a complex version. Indeed, DSPPGMREF allows you to find cross-references—not only PGM, but also SQLPKG, SRVPGM, MODULE, and QRYDFN. Yes, but with several minor problems.

 

First problem: The structure of the DSPPGMREF outfile does not give the type of the object scanned. This information is actually provided by the column WHSPKG:

 

WHSPKG     Type

P          *PGM

S         *SQLPKG

V         *SRVPGM

M         *MODULE

Q         *QRYDFN

 

This forces us to, at least, require that the transformation be able to make joins with the DSPOBJD file:

 

alter table jpltools.pgmref add column whptyp char (10 ) not null with default   ;

update jpltools.pgmref set whptyp = case

when whspkg ='P' then  '*PGM'

when whspkg ='S' then '*SQLPKG'

when whspkg ='V' then    '*SRVPGM'

when whspkg ='M' then '*MODULE'

when whspkg ='Q' then '*QRYDFN' end       

 

Second problem: Variable names are exposed (dynamically called programs). We may want to ignore them. And the modules overlap program references, so they are not useful.

 

Third problem: DSPPGMREF provided a list of all formats, especially for DSPF. My analysis of cross-references does not descend to the file format level; this information is then simply useless duplicates.

 

Fourth problem: Depending on whether the target application uses the library list or the qualified objects, joins will, or will not, integrate the objects  library.

 

Fifth problem: WHLNAM and WHFNAM columns for the library and the referenced object are 11 characters instead of 10, causing some errors in the joins on WHLIB and WHPNAM

 

Embedding SQL transformation (needed to correct these problems) in the recursive SQL would make the SQL statement not understandable. There are two methods to deal with this problem: Either build a view on jpltools/pgmref, or do an insert into another table. I chose the insert.

 

Which brings us to this SQL to repackage the PGMREF file:

 

drop  table jpltools.root ;

create table jpltools.root as (

select distinct –- solve duplicates on file name

  whlib caller_lib

, whpnam caller 

, cast (case

    when whspkg ='P' then  '*PGM'

    when whspkg ='S' then '*SQLPKG'

    when whspkg ='V' then    '*SRVPGM'

    when whspkg ='M' then '*MODULE'

    when whspkg ='Q' then '*QRYDFN' end  as char(10)) as caller_type

,   cast(whlnam as char(10)) called_lib  -- resize correctly called

,   cast(whfnam as char(10)) called

, whotyp called_type

, cast( '' as char(30) ) caller_key

, cast( '' as char(30) ) called_key

  from jpltools.pgmref

  where whspkg <> 'M'

) with data including column defaults

;

update jpltools.root set

caller_key = --caller_lib concat -– don't use object lib in join

   caller concat caller_type

,called_key = --called_lib concat

   called concat called_type

;

 

The Caller_key and Called_key columns are used to simplify the writing of recursive joins.

 

It is likely that you already have a scheduled batch job that runs DSPPGMREF. I suggest that you either compile the three samples of SQL above by using CRTQMQRY and then add these three with a repackaging STRQMQRY in the same batch, or copy the three samples of SQL above in a source member and then add one repackaging RUNSQLSTM in the same batch. 

Cascading Caller to Called

This recursive SQL takes as root all the lines of repackaged DSPPGMREF (ROOT file). The Title_Caller column is used to keep track of the path and also to detect loops in the recursive calls. The Title_Called column is used to power the previous one. Level column can master the infernal loops and the too-deep analysis.

 

with cascade (caller, title_caller, called, title_called

             , level, called_key) as (

    select caller,

        cast(trim(caller_lib) concat '/'  concat trim(caller)

            as varchar(1000) ) title_caller

      , called

      , cast(trim(called_lib) concat '/'  concat trim(called)

            as varchar(21) ) title_called

      , 1 level

      , called_key

    from jpltools.root

/* here choose the caller to analyze */

-- where caller='MYPGM'

    union all  

    select 

        cascade.caller

      , cascade.title_caller concat ' > '

                concat cascade.title_called

      , child.called

      , cast(trim(child.called_lib) concat '/' 

                concat trim(child.called)

           as varchar(21) ) title_called

      ,  level + 1

      , child.called_key

    from  cascade, jpltools.root child

    where cascade.called_key = child.caller_key 

/* here is a loop stopper */

        and cascade.title_called not like '% ' concat trim(child.called) concat ' %'

/* here is another loop stopper */

        and cascade.level <= 20

/* here choose the called to follow */

--

) select cascade.* from cascade  order by title_caller

;

 

020312JpProgram2Fig12

Figure 12: Cascade caller to called.

 

Now, the same recursion, but the other way. This analysis allows you to, for example, search to find whether a file or program is still present that should have disappeared, understand the impact of a change, or prepare a test plan.

 

with cascade (caller, title_caller, called, title_called

     , level, caller_key) as (

    select caller,

        cast(trim(caller_lib) concat '/'  concat trim(caller) as varchar(21) ) title_caller

      , called

      , cast(trim(called_lib) concat '/'  concat trim(called) as varchar(1000) ) title_called

      , 1 level

      , caller_key

    from jpltools.root

/* here choose the caller to analyze */

-- where whpnam='MYPGM'

    union all

    select 

        child.caller

      , cast(trim(child.caller_lib) concat '/'  concat trim(child.caller) as varchar(21) ) title_caller

      , cascade.called

      , cascade.title_called concat ' < ' concat cascade.title_called

      ,  level + 1

      , child.caller_key

    from  cascade, jpltools.root child where cascade.caller_key = child.called_key 

/* here is a loop stopper */ and cascade.title_called not like '%' concat trim(child.caller) concat '%'

/* here is another loop stopper */ and cascade.level <= 20

/* here choose the called to follow */

) select title_called, called, caller, level from cascade  order by title_called

;

 

020312JpProgram2Fig13 

Figure 13: Cascade called to caller.

 

This SQL statement, which is already complex, suffers from two defects: The lines are not displayed in a particularly consistent order, and the presentation is not very friendly.

 

Here is the version I used to prepare the analysis to Excel:

 

with cascade(called, called_type, called_title

            ,caller, caller_type, caller_title

            , level, called_key, caller_key) as (

 select

  called

, called_type

, called

,  called

, called_type

, cast(called as varchar(1000))

, 0

, called_key

, called_key

from jpltools.root

 

 union all

 

select

 cascade.called

, cascade.called_type

, cascade.called_title concat ' < ' concat cascade.caller_title

, child.caller

, child.caller_type

, trim(child.caller)  as title_caller

, level + 1

, cascade.called_key

, child.caller_key

 from cascade join jpltools.root child on

      cascade.caller_key = child.called_key

where

/* here is the loop stopper on recursive call */

   cascade.called_title not like 

      '% ' concat trim(child.caller) concat ' %'

/* here is the loop stopper on too deep analysis */

   and cascade.level <= 20

/* here choose the caller type to follow */

--

 ) --select * from cascade order by called_title;

, ordered as (

 

select distinct

   cascade.called_title concat ' < '

      concat cascade.caller_title order_by

   , cascade.*

from cascade

 ) -- select * from ordered order by order_by;

 

select

  case when level = 0 then called_type else '' end "Called Type"

, case when level = 0 then called  else '' end "Called"

, level "Level"

, case when level > 0 then caller_type else '' end as "Type"

, case when level > 0 then  OBJS.ODOBAT else '' end as "Attribute"        

, case when level > 0 then

    SUBSTR('. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ',1,ordered.LEVEL*2)

    CONCAT    ordered.CALLER else '' end AS "Caller"

,Objs.Odobtx "Description"

 from ordered

left join jpltools.objs objs on caller = odobnm and odobtp=caller_type

order by order_by

 

The advantage of iNavSql (iSeries Navigator SQL Editor) is that it offers an easy way to modify and/or adapt queries.

 

Unfortunately, we can so quickly adapt an SQL statement that often we forget to back it up. The backup is not automatic. And iNavSql stores the previous executions in the message window. This window is not very visible and is erased each time you close iNavSql.

 

Excel, in contrast, with its minuscule editing window, really does not facilitate the editing of the SQL…if you can retrieve it! It is here:

 

020312JpProgram2Fig14

Figure 14: Retrieve SQL connections used into Excel.

 

020312JpProgram2Fig15 

Figure 15: Retrieve SQL statements used into Excel.

 

Be sure not to confuse the properties of the connection with the properties of the import.

 

020312JpProgram2Fig16   

Figure 16: Retrieve the properties of the import process.

 

020312JpProgram2Fig17 

Figure 17: Update the properties of the import process.

 

These maintenance difficulties are one reason that iNavSql is dedicated to the development of SQL and Excel for use in production.

 

There's nothing complicated about this next part: When the SQL is developed, each result is in a different tab. After opening the Excel sheet, click here for updated information:

 

020312JpProgram2Fig18 

Figure 18: Refresh SQL data into the Excel spreadsheet.

 

Note that MS QUERY doesn't really try to understand the SQL to execute. That makes it not very tolerant to syntax error.  When building the connection, follow this dialogue:

 

020312JpProgram2Fig19 

Figure 19: Here's an example of syntax error.

 

Note the syntax error: The final semicolon (;) is not supported.

 

The classic error message shown in Figure 20 is followed by the explanation in Figure 21.

 

020312JpProgram2Fig20 

Figure 20: Yes, continue!

 

020312JpProgram2Fig21 

Figure 21: Excel shows the syntax error.

 

These constraints should encourage you to prepare your application analysis in batch at night and leave the bare minimum SQL in Excel.

 

But the night batch, with an output file, brings a new constraint: The recursive SQL is a powerful tool based on the common table expression (CTE). But the use of CTE is prohibited in a CREATE AS (SELECT clause) or in an INSERT INTO (SELECT clause). That forbids us from using most tools capable of executing SQL statements here because we want an output file. The only native tools capable of providing output to a file without going through the SQL clauses CREATE AS or INSERT INTO are STRSQL in interactive and STRQMQRY in batch mode.

 

For example, let's consider the SQL Called to Caller. The QMQRY for the caller list and the called list is available in my toolbox at http://jplamontre.free.fr/jpltools.htm#Index. Follow "The savf with all the sources." Compile with CRTQMQRY:

 

CRTQMQRY QMQRY(JPLTOOLS/ANZAPCALED) SRCFILE(JPLTOOLS/JPLTOOLS)

 

Then run it:

 

STRQMQRY QMQRY(JPLTOOLS/ANZAPCALED) OUTPUT(*OUTFILE) OUTFILE(JPLTOOLS/CALLEDPGM) NAMING(*SQL)                                                    

 

Then, in Excel, just do this:

 

Select * from jpltools.calledpgm

 

020312JpProgram2Fig22 

Figure 22: The simplified SQL goes into Excel.

 

Presentation is improved. The line order is correct, the called object appears only when changed, and the caller is indented depending on level of deepness.

 

Note: To be able to use QMQRY with *SQL naming, I had to explicitly qualify the name of the *FILE object. It works. I have found the parameter RDB(*NONE) to specify "use the local database" but nothing to specify "use the current schema."

 

You now have a complete overview of the opportunities available to you, ranging from the need for response time, which encourages us to prepare the analysis by night, and the need for flexibility, which encourages us to do analysis at the last minute. In our case, knowing that DSPPGMREF is much more efficient when analyzing a library rather than one program at a time, analysis is needed by night.

 

You have seen how—from system commands DSPOBJD, DSPPGMREF, and DSPFD—it is possible to draw an accurate picture of an application.

 

In these two articles of this series, you also noticed that some information that could have been provided by DSPPGM remains missing because DSPPGM does not offer OUTPUT (*FILE). In the third article, you will find a program, based on several APIs, that can fill the gap.

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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    This Developer Kit provides you study-backed data and a ready-to-use business case template to help get your very next development project approved!

  • What to Do When Your AS/400 Talent Retires

    HelpSystemsIT managers hoping to find new IBM i talent are discovering that the pool of experienced RPG programmers and operators or administrators is small.

    This guide offers strategies and software suggestions to help you plan IT staffing and resources and smooth the transition after your AS/400 talent retires. Read on to learn:

    • Why IBM i skills depletion is a top concern
    • How leading organizations are coping
    • Where automation will make the biggest impact

     

  • IBM i Resources Retiring?

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericLet’s face it: IBM i experts and RPG programmers are retiring from the workforce. Are you prepared to handle their departure?
    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
    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.

     

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

    SB PowerTech WC GenericSecurity expert Carol Woodbury is joined by Debbie Saugen. Debbie is an expert on IBM i backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and high availability, helping 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.

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

    SB Profound WC GenericIn this presentation, Alex Roytman and Liam Allan 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

     

  • 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

    SB Profound WC GenericWatch 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!

     

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

    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.