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If you use SQL to access your database objects, you may be aware of the SQL Query Engine (SQE) introduced in V5R2. SQE offers algorithms and features that give it distinct performance advantages over its predecessor, the Classic Query Engine (CQE).

One of SQE's most powerful features is the SQE plan cache, an internal matrix-like repository that holds the access plans for queries optimized by SQE. The primary purpose of the plan cache is to facilitate reuse: Whenever SQE encounters a query that is the same as or similar to one stored in the plan cache, it reuses the plans associated with that query, regardless of the user or interface. That way, the optimizer does not have to create new access plans, thereby saving time and resources. In addition, the plan cache contains valuable feedback information about the execution of the queries, including elapsed run time, access methods used, Open Data Path (ODP) creation, and index advisories.

In V5R4, IBM provided an interface to the plan cache through iSeries Navigator, giving administrators direct access to a vast and useful source of database information. They can view the statements in the plan cache, perform analysis using the provided reports, compare statements, and even launch Visual Explain to view a graphical representation of any statement resident in the plan cache. In many cases, problem queries can be captured and analyzed in the plan cache. This eliminates the need to collect performance data using the much more resource-intensive database monitors.

Due to the complexities involved with maintaining the plan cache data through an IPL process, IBM has chosen to implement it as an internal object that is deleted during the IPL shutdown phase and then recreated at startup. While this may seem reasonable, it can be a source of frustration if you want to keep the data in the plan cache for future analysis and comparison.

In addition, the active plan cache is fixed in size. In V5R2 and V5R3, the maximum size was 256 MB, a limitation that was increased to 512 MB in V5R4. The number of plans held in the plan cache obviously depends on the complexity of the SQL statements, but you should expect the capacity to be in the range of 10,000 to 20,000 unique access plans for a V5R4 system. To maintain this capacity, the database constantly monitors the plan cache size and removes plans based on an aging algorithm. Once a plan is determined to be "old" and kicked out of the plan cache, that information is lost and cannot be recovered.

All must not be lost, however. In V5R4, IBM also introduced plan cache snapshots, a feature designed to provide a mechanism to periodically capture statement information. Snapshots represent the data in the plan cache captured at some point in time and then store this information in a single database table. This provides the following:

  • A means for plan cache data to persist across IPLs
  • A way to capture plans before they are aged and cast out of the plan cache

Perhaps the best thing about snapshots is this: All the features available in the iSeries Navigator interface for the active plan cache are also supported for plan cache snapshots. And because the plan cache snapshot is a table, you can run your own custom queries against the data, something unavailable for the active plan cache data. In fact, the snapshot table format is identical to a detailed database monitor collection (a nice feature if you consider that custom-built queries and reports that analyze database monitor data can also be used to analyze plan cache snapshot data).

Capturing a plan cache snapshot is not an automated process. It must be done either manually through iSeries Navigator interface or programmatically by calling the system-supplied stored procedure QSYS2/DUMP_PLAN_CACHE. In either case, remembering to perform a plan cache dump prior to every IPL can be problematic: If this step in the shutdown process is forgotten or bypassed, all plan cache data is lost. A method of automation can be quite useful, and this is where exit points come in.

By definition, an exit point is a specific point in a system function or program where control can be passed to one or more specified exit programs. In other words, when a specific event occurs on the system, a user-written program can be called to perform a specific task. One of the supported exit points on the System i is QIBM_QWC_PWRDWNSYS, an exit point that is invoked whenever the PWRDWNSYS or ENDSYS command is issued. The program registered under this exit point is called before the system actually powers down.

By now, you probably see where this is going: Combine this exit point with the ability to programmatically dump the plan cache and voila! Plan cache snapshot automation is in place! No longer do you need to worry about doing it manually. Set it up once, and let the system handle the rest.

Here are the steps involved in setting up this automated behavior:

  1. Write the exit point program.
  2. Compile the exit point program.
  3. Register the program to the exit point.
  4. Import the snapshot (after an IPL).

Write the Exit Point Program

The exit point program can be written in any System i–supported language. Here's a source code example written in free-format RPG:

h dftactgrp(*no) actgrp(*caller)                            
d currentDate     s               d                         
d snapshotName    s             10a                         
 /free                                                      
   currentDate = %date();                                   
   snapshotName = 'PC' +                                    
                 %char ( %subdt(currentDate:*YEARS)) +      
                 %char ( %subdt(currentDate:*MONTHS)) +     
                 %char ( %subdt(currentDate:*DAYS));        
   exec sql                                                 
     CALL QSYS2/DUMP_PLAN_CACHE('QGPL', :snapshotName);     
                                                            
   // Did an error occur?                                   
   if %subst(sqlstate:1:2)<> '00';                          
      // do something...like send a message to QSYSOPR      
   endif;                                                   
   return;                                                  
 /end-free                                                  

Notice that the program uses embedded SQL to call the system-supplied stored procedure DUMP_PLAN_CACHE in library QSYS2. This is important to note because a stored procedure can be called only from an SQL interface.

This stored procedure accepts two input parameters:

  • Snapshot table library—The 10-character system object name of the library to hold the specified snapshot table
  • Snapshot table—The 10-character system object name of the table to dump the plan cache data into

Note: This procedure itself does not clear the plan cache. It only dumps the contents of the plan cache into the specified snapshot table. As mentioned, the plan cache is deleted and recreated during IPL.

In this example, the current date is used to assign a dynamic name to the snapshot table, which helps to easily determine when the snapshot was taken. However, if this example is used and more than one IPL is performed per day, subsequent calls to the DUMP_PLAN_CAHCE stored procedure will fail with the SQL error SQL0601 (file already exists). Therefore, you should consider a naming scheme with more granularity, such as appending a counter to the end of the name or using a sequence object to generate a unique name.

Compile the Program

Now, issue the command to create the program:

CRTSQLRPGI OBJ(QGPL/IPLEXIT) SRCFILE(QGPL/QRPGLESRC)

Once the program object has been created, it is recommended that you perform a simple test to verify that the program works and that a plan cache dump can be generated. To do this, simply call the program from a command line:

CALL QGPL/IPLEXIT

To make sure that the snapshot contains data, use your favorite database viewing tool to examine the contents of the table.

Register the Program to the Exit Point

The next step is to register the exit program to the exit point. To use this registration facility, issue the following command from a command line:

ADDEXITPGM EXITPNT(QIBM_QWC_PWRDWNSYS) FORMAT(PWRD0100) PGMNBR(*LOW) PGM(QGPL/IPLEXIT)               

This will cause the system to invoke the program IPLEXIT in library QGPL whenever a user issues the PWRDWNSYS or ENDSYS command.

The exit point is now configured and ready to dump the plan cache into the specified snapshot table.

Import the Snapshot

One last step: You must import the plan cache snapshot before it appears in iSeries Navigator. To do this, open a connection and select Databases -> SQL Plan Cache Snapshots. From the right-mouse-click menu, select Import, as shown in Figure 1.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/Tip%20-%20capture%20plan%20cache%20snapshot%20at%20IPL%203%20V4--11170600.jpg

Figure 1: Import the snapshot.

The Import SQL Performance Data dialogue window is displayed. Enter a brief description, schema, and table name of the snapshot table, as shown in Figure 2.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/Tip%20-%20capture%20plan%20cache%20snapshot%20at%20IPL%203%20V4--11170601.jpg

Figure 2: Specify the snapshot table to import.

Click OK to complete the import process. The snapshot now appears in the SQE Plan Cache Snapshots list and is ready to be viewed, compared, and analyzed.

Feel the Power

The SQE plan cache and exit points are two very powerful features available on the System i. Use them together to capture valuable database performance information in an automated, worry-free manner.

Gene Cobb is a DB2 Technology Specialist on IBM's ISV Enablement team for System i. He has worked on IBM midrange systems since 1988, with 10 years in the IBM Client Technology Center (CTC), IBM Rochester. While in the CTC, he assisted customers with application design and development using RPG, DB2 for i5/OS, CallPath/400, and Lotus Domino. His current responsibilities include providing consulting services to System i developers, with special emphasis in application and database modernization.

Gene Cobb

Gene Cobb is a DB2 for i5/OS Technology Specialist in IBM's ISV Business Strategy & Enablement for System i group. He has worked on IBM midrange systems since 1988, including over 10 years in the IBM Client Technology Center (now known as IBM Systems and Technology Group Lab Services). While in Lab Services, he assisted customers with application design and development using RPG, DB2 for i5/OS, CallPath/400, and Lotus Domino. His current responsibilities include providing consulting services to System i developers, with a special emphasis in application and database modernization. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you use SQL to access your database objects, you may be aware of the SQL Query Engine (SQE) introduced in V5R2. SQE offers algorithms and features that give it distinct performance advantages over its predecessor, the Classic Query Engine (CQE).

One of SQE's most powerful features is the SQE plan cache, an internal matrix-like repository that holds the access plans for queries optimized by SQE. The primary purpose of the plan cache is to facilitate reuse: Whenever SQE encounters a query that is the same as or similar to one stored in the plan cache, it reuses the plans associated with that query, regardless of the user or interface. That way, the optimizer does not have to create new access plans, thereby saving time and resources. In addition, the plan cache contains valuable feedback information about the execution of the queries, including elapsed run time, access methods used, Open Data Path (ODP) creation, and index advisories.

In V5R4, IBM provided an interface to the plan cache through iSeries Navigator, giving administrators direct access to a vast and useful source of database information. They can view the statements in the plan cache, perform analysis using the provided reports, compare statements, and even launch Visual Explain to view a graphical representation of any statement resident in the plan cache. In many cases, problem queries can be captured and analyzed in the plan cache. This eliminates the need to collect performance data using the much more resource-intensive database monitors.

Due to the complexities involved with maintaining the plan cache data through an IPL process, IBM has chosen to implement it as an internal object that is deleted during the IPL shutdown phase and then recreated at startup. While this may seem reasonable, it can be a source of frustration if you want to keep the data in the plan cache for future analysis and comparison.

In addition, the active plan cache is fixed in size. In V5R2 and V5R3, the maximum size was 256 MB, a limitation that was increased to 512 MB in V5R4. The number of plans held in the plan cache obviously depends on the complexity of the SQL statements, but you should expect the capacity to be in the range of 10,000 to 20,000 unique access plans for a V5R4 system. To maintain this capacity, the database constantly monitors the plan cache size and removes plans based on an aging algorithm. Once a plan is determined to be "old" and kicked out of the plan cache, that information is lost and cannot be recovered.

All must not be lost, however. In V5R4, IBM also introduced plan cache snapshots, a feature designed to provide a mechanism to periodically capture statement information. Snapshots represent the data in the plan cache captured at some point in time and then store this information in a single database table. This provides the following:

  • A means for plan cache data to persist across IPLs
  • A way to capture plans before they are aged and cast out of the plan cache

Perhaps the best thing about snapshots is this: All the features available in the iSeries Navigator interface for the active plan cache are also supported for plan cache snapshots. And because the plan cache snapshot is a table, you can run your own custom queries against the data, something unavailable for the active plan cache data. In fact, the snapshot table format is identical to a detailed database monitor collection (a nice feature if you consider that custom-built queries and reports that analyze database monitor data can also be used to analyze plan cache snapshot data).

Capturing a plan cache snapshot is not an automated process. It must be done either manually through iSeries Navigator interface or programmatically by calling the system-supplied stored procedure QSYS2/DUMP_PLAN_CACHE. In either case, remembering to perform a plan cache dump prior to every IPL can be problematic: If this step in the shutdown process is forgotten or bypassed, all plan cache data is lost. A method of automation can be quite useful, and this is where exit points come in.

By definition, an exit point is a specific point in a system function or program where control can be passed to one or more specified exit programs. In other words, when a specific event occurs on the system, a user-written program can be called to perform a specific task. One of the supported exit points on the System i is QIBM_QWC_PWRDWNSYS, an exit point that is invoked whenever the PWRDWNSYS or ENDSYS command is issued. The program registered under this exit point is called before the system actually powers down.

By now, you probably see where this is going: Combine this exit point with the ability to programmatically dump the plan cache and voila! Plan cache snapshot automation is in place! No longer do you need to worry about doing it manually. Set it up once, and let the system handle the rest.

Here are the steps involved in setting up this automated behavior:

  1. Write the exit point program.
  2. Compile the exit point program.
  3. Register the program to the exit point.
  4. Import the snapshot (after an IPL).

Write the Exit Point Program

The exit point program can be written in any System i–supported language. Here's a source code example written in free-format RPG:

h dftactgrp(*no) actgrp(*caller)                            
d currentDate     s               d                         
d snapshotName    s             10a                         
 /free                                                      
   currentDate = %date();                                   
   snapshotName = 'PC' +                                    
                 %char ( %subdt(currentDate:*YEARS)) +      
                 %char ( %subdt(currentDate:*MONTHS)) +     
                 %char ( %subdt(currentDate:*DAYS));        
   exec sql                                                 
     CALL QSYS2/DUMP_PLAN_CACHE('QGPL', :snapshotName);     
                                                            
   // Did an error occur?                                   
   if %subst(sqlstate:1:2)<> '00';                          
      // do something...like send a message to QSYSOPR      
   endif;                                                   
   return;                                                  
 /end-free                                                  

Notice that the program uses embedded SQL to call the system-supplied stored procedure DUMP_PLAN_CACHE in library QSYS2. This is important to note because a stored procedure can be called only from an SQL interface.

This stored procedure accepts two input parameters:

  • Snapshot table library—The 10-character system object name of the library to hold the specified snapshot table
  • Snapshot table—The 10-character system object name of the table to dump the plan cache data into

Note: This procedure itself does not clear the plan cache. It only dumps the contents of the plan cache into the specified snapshot table. As mentioned, the plan cache is deleted and recreated during IPL.

In this example, the current date is used to assign a dynamic name to the snapshot table, which helps to easily determine when the snapshot was taken. However, if this example is used and more than one IPL is performed per day, subsequent calls to the DUMP_PLAN_CAHCE stored procedure will fail with the SQL error SQL0601 (file already exists). Therefore, you should consider a naming scheme with more granularity, such as appending a counter to the end of the name or using a sequence object to generate a unique name.

Compile the Program

Now, issue the command to create the program:

CRTSQLRPGI OBJ(QGPL/IPLEXIT) SRCFILE(QGPL/QRPGLESRC)

Once the program object has been created, it is recommended that you perform a simple test to verify that the program works and that a plan cache dump can be generated. To do this, simply call the program from a command line:

CALL QGPL/IPLEXIT

To make sure that the snapshot contains data, use your favorite database viewing tool to examine the contents of the table.

Register the Program to the Exit Point

The next step is to register the exit program to the exit point. To use this registration facility, issue the following command from a command line:

ADDEXITPGM EXITPNT(QIBM_QWC_PWRDWNSYS) FORMAT(PWRD0100) PGMNBR(*LOW) PGM(QGPL/IPLEXIT)               

This will cause the system to invoke the program IPLEXIT in library QGPL whenever a user issues the PWRDWNSYS or ENDSYS command.

The exit point is now configured and ready to dump the plan cache into the specified snapshot table.

Import the Snapshot

One last step: You must import the plan cache snapshot before it appears in iSeries Navigator. To do this, open a connection and select Databases -> SQL Plan Cache Snapshots. From the right-mouse-click menu, select Import, as shown in Figure 1.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/Tip%20-%20capture%20plan%20cache%20snapshot%20at%20IPL%203%20V4--11170600.jpg

Figure 1: Import the snapshot.

The Import SQL Performance Data dialogue window is displayed. Enter a brief description, schema, and table name of the snapshot table, as shown in Figure 2.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/Tip%20-%20capture%20plan%20cache%20snapshot%20at%20IPL%203%20V4--11170601.jpg

Figure 2: Specify the snapshot table to import.

Click OK to complete the import process. The snapshot now appears in the SQE Plan Cache Snapshots list and is ready to be viewed, compared, and analyzed.

Feel the Power

The SQE plan cache and exit points are two very powerful features available on the System i. Use them together to capture valuable database performance information in an automated, worry-free manner.

Gene Cobb is a DB2 Technology Specialist on IBM's ISV Enablement team for System i. He has worked on IBM midrange systems since 1988, with 10 years in the IBM Client Technology Center (CTC), IBM Rochester. While in the CTC, he assisted customers with application design and development using RPG, DB2 for i5/OS, CallPath/400, and Lotus Domino. His current responsibilities include providing consulting services to System i developers, with special emphasis in application and database modernization.

Gene Cobb

Gene Cobb is a DB2 for i5/OS Technology Specialist in IBM's ISV Business Strategy & Enablement for System i group. He has worked on IBM midrange systems since 1988, including over 10 years in the IBM Client Technology Center (now known as IBM Systems and Technology Group Lab Services). While in Lab Services, he assisted customers with application design and development using RPG, DB2 for i5/OS, CallPath/400, and Lotus Domino. His current responsibilities include providing consulting services to System i developers, with a special emphasis in application and database modernization. He can be reached at cobbg@us.ibm.com.

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    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.