TechTip: Dynamic Menu Using Tree Data Structure

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This method for deploying menus uses only three objects to represent as many menus as needed. And menus can be changed by editing the file's records, instead of the code.


A menu is a list of options from which the user makes a selection. Each option is a brief description of the job that will be run when the user makes that selection. An option can lead to a program or to another menu of options. In IBM i, a menu consists of one display file, one message file, and one *MENU object [1]. In the IBM i environment, the display file contains the menu image, the message file contains the commands, and the *MENU object contains the name of the display file and the message file. In order to create one menu, we have to create a source file for the specified menu, define prompts for the menu image, define the command source for the menu, and finally save and compile the menu and command sources. If we want to change the menu, we have to reedit the code and recompile objects. This method is inconvenient if there's a large amount of menus, if we need to change options, or even if we want to avoid editing code.


Here, we present an alternative method for deploying menus in IBM i. All menus in our system can be stored in one DDS file and displayed by an array-subfile program. Each menu is stored as a tree-like form in the DDS file. Thus, the Dynamic Menu program can assign a menu with its options and can be easily navigated.

Graph and Tree Data Structure Theory

The Tree Data Structure (T-DS) is one of the most powerful data structures; it's often used in advanced tasks such as AI and compiler design [2, 3, 4]. Rooted trees can be used to store data in the computer's memory in many different ways. Unlike array, linked list, stack, and queue, which are linear data structures, tree is a hierarchical data structure. But what exactly is a tree? A graph is considered a set of vertices/nodes, which represent objects, data, or even operations, and edges/links, which represent links between the nodes.


A tree is a special kind of graph that follows a particular set of rules and definitions (Figure 1):

  • ConnectedA graph can be a tree if it is connected. Each node is connected with a link to at least one other node.
  • AcyclicA graph can be a tree if is acyclic. That means there's only one route from any node to any other node.
  • Root: The term root commonly refers to a top-most node. In Figure 1, node F is the root of the tree.
  • DescendantA descendant is a node that is farther away from the root than some other node. The term descendant is always in reference to another node. In Figure 1, nodes I and H are descendants of node G.
  • ParentParent is considered the node that is closer to the root node by one link or vertex. In Figure 1, node B is the parent of nodes A and D.
  • SiblingSibling nodes share the same parent. In the example, nodes A and D are siblings.
  • AncestorAn ancestor is any node between a given node and the root, including the root. In the example, the ancestors of node H are nodes I, G, and F.
  • Leaf or Terminal NodeA node is terminal if it has no children. In the example, node C is a leaf.
  • HeightThe height of a tree is defined as the number of vertices traversed to get to the most distant node. In Figure 1, the height of the tree is equal to three.



Figure 1: This is an example of a tree data structure.

Dynamic Menu

In menus, information naturally forms a hierarchy; objects are ordered "above" or "below" other objects. Tree data structure is a very efficient way to represent this type of information. In the problem at hand, each menu is a rooted tree. Root can represent the base menu while descendants of the nearest lower level can represent the options of the base menu. In this TechTip, nodes represent menu's options and new sub-menus, while leafs represent programs.


To store information in a hierarchical manner, a DDS file with the following fields will be used. Each record in this file represents one vertex (node or leaf) of the tree.

  • DYNFUNCT (not unique key)Since Dynamic Menu is designed to hold all of our system's root menus, we need a field to classify the records and assign them to a specific root menu. This segregation can be done based upon this field.
  • DYNSTYPEThis field holds the record's type. A record can be either node type (new sub-menu) or leaf type (program to be called or command).
  • DYNSCODEThis is the record's code ID. If this record is a leaf type record, it holds the name of the program that will be called. If this record is a node record, it holds the name of the new sub-menu.
  • DYNCFROMThis field displays the node (menu or sub-menu) in which this record belongs. In other words, this field holds the code ID of this record's parent node.
  • DYNLEVELEach record has a level. For example, root record belongs to the first level.
  • DYNSDESC This field is the option's brief description. If the record is a root menu or sub-menu, this description is shown as screen header.
  • DYNSSORTThis is for the menu options order. For example, the record with sort value equal to 2 will be displayed higher than its sibling record with sort value equal to 5.


Listing 1 shows an example of the DDS file code. Of course, the file and the logic can be expanded to deal with authority issues or to call leaf programs with additional input parameters, commands, etc. See the example data displayed in Listing 2.


     A         R DYN0001                   TEXT('Menu Tree file')

     A           DYNSCODE     10A         TEXT('Screen Code (NAME)')

     A           DYNCFROM     10A         TEXT('Called From')

     A           DYNLEVEL       1S 0       TEXT('Screen Level')

     A           DYNSTYPE       1A         TEXT('Screen Type')

     A           DYNSDESC     50A         TEXT('Screen Description')

     A           DYNPARAM       1S 0       TEXT('Program Parameters')

     A           DYNSSORT       3S 0       TEXT('Program Sort List')

     A           DYNFUNCT     10A         TEXT('Calling Function')

Listing 1: DDS file code



DYNSCODE  DYNCFROM DYNLEVEL DYNSTYPE DYNSDESC       DYNPARAM DYNSSORT DYNFUNCT APSMN01                 1       N     Root menu          0         1     950030

PGMNAME1   APSMN01       2       L     Leaf program 1     0         5     950030

APSMN02    APSMN01       2       N     Sub-Menu 1         0         6     950030

PGMNAME2   APSMN01       2       L     Leaf program 2     0         1     950030

PGMNAME3   APSMN01       2       L     Leaf program 3     0         2     950030

APSMN03   APSMN01       2       N     Sub-Menu 2         0         4     950030

APSMN05   APSMN03       3       N     Sub-Menu 2.1       0         1     950030

PGMNAME4   APSMN03       3       L     Leaf program 4     0         7     950030

PGMNAME5   APSMN05       4       L     Leaf program 5     0         1     950030

PGMNAME6   APSMN05       4       L     Leaf program 6     0         2     950030

PGMNAME7   APSMN05       4       L     Leaf program 7     0         3     950030

PGMNAME8   APSMN05       4       L     Leaf program 8     0         4     950030

Listing 2: Example of file's data


The program that manipulates the file's data is in essence an array-subfile program [5]. The dynamic menu (DMenu) program uses one main array as a pool and one screen array to fill the screen subfile. Initially, all records related to the root menu are loaded in a main array. Each time, the dynamic menu program reads the appropriate records from the main array and creates a subfile of output records via the screen array. When the entire subfile is written, the program sends the entire subfile to the display device [6]. The flow diagram is displayed in Figure 2. Please note that this TechTip is not intended to explain how an array-subfile program works.



Figure 2: Dynamic menu flow diagram


As mentioned before, the dynamic menu can be used to display all menus in a system. Thus, DMenu should be called with at least one input parameter (of course, entry parameters can be expanded to return errors or messages to the previous program, etc.) in order to select only the records that are needed for the specified root menu.


Two basic arrays are used. Initially, all records related with the root menu are loaded in the main array. In addition, all option records related with a sub-menu (or root menu) are loaded to the screen array in order to be displayed on screen. The options from the screen array are loaded to the screen subfile. The screen heading is loaded from the description of the submenu's (level one) root record. An example of the arrays definition is shown in Listing 3.


     * Work Array for Main File

     D I               S             5I 0 Inz(*Zeros)

     D SavI           S             5I 0 Inz(*Zeros)

     D WrkMenu         DS                 QUALIFIED

     D ArrAll                       81A   DIM(32676)

     D MenCode                             Overlay(ArrAll)

     D                                    Like(DYNSCODE)

     D MenFrom                             Overlay(ArrAll:*Next)

     D                                     Like(DYNCFROM)

     D MenSort                             Overlay(ArrAll:*Next)

     D                                    Like(DYNSSORT)

     D MenLeve                             Overlay(ArrAll:*Next)

     D                                     Like(DYNLEVEL)

     D MenType                             Overlay(ArrAll:*Next)

     D                                     Like(DYNSTYPE)

     D MenDesc                             Overlay(ArrAll:*Next)

     D                                     Like(DYNSDESC)

     D MenI                               Overlay(ArrAll:*Next)

     D                                     Like(I)

     D MenPara                       1S 0 Overlay(ArrAll:*Next)

     * Work Array for Screen fields

     D SI             S             5I 0 Inz(*Zeros)

     D SavSI           S             5I 0 Inz(*Zeros)

     D WrkScrn         DS                 QUALIFIED

     D ArrSAll                       68A   DIM(32676)

     D ScrSort                             Overlay(ArrSAll)

     D                                     Like(DYNSSORT)

     D ScrSI                               Overlay(ArrSAll:*Next)

     D                                    Like(SI)

     D ScrDesc                             Overlay(ArrSAll:*Next)

     D                                     Like(DYNSDESC)

     D ScrCode                             Overlay(ArrSAll:*Next)

     D                                    Like


Listing 3: Main and Screen arrays definition in D-spec


When a user selects an option, the program will check the field that shows the type (DYNTYPE) of the corresponding record to see if the option is a node (value 'N') or a leaf (value 'L'). When the option is a leaf, DMenu calls the program whose name appears in the code ID field (DYNSCODE) of the option's corresponding record. On the other hand, if the option is a node, screen array is reloaded with root record equal to the corresponding record of the user's option.


Let's look at the following example, which is based on the data of Listing 2. Call the dynamic menu with the appropriate input value (Listing 4):



Listing 4: Calling the dynamic menu


All records from the DDS file are copied to the main array. This is happening because the DYNFUNCT field value is equal to 950030 in all records. Thus, all records in the DDS file belong to only one root menu. The root record's description is displayed in the screen's header, while the records that are assigned to the root menu (e.g., rrn: 2 to 6, DYNCFROM = "APSMN01") are passed to the screen array. The screen array is sorted by the DYNSSORT field. The screen subfile is filled by the screen array (Figure 3).



Figure 3: Root menu


By selecting option 3, the procedure is repeated. The description of the Sub-Menu 2 is displayed in the screen's header, while the records that are assigned to this sub-menu (rrn: 7, 8) are passed to the screen array. The screen array is sorted by the DYNSSORT field, and it fills the screen's subfile (Figure 4).



Figure 4: Sub-Menu 2


When the user presses F12-Cancel, the program searches the main array for the corresponding record of the Sub-Menu 2 node. That is, it searches the record with a DYNSCODE value equal to APSMN03, which is the code ID of the Sub-Menu 2 node. The new menu is defined by the DYNCFROM value. The root menu screen is diplayed again (Figure 3).  

Dynamic Menu Code

Of course, there are many ways to implement the code of a dynamic menu. The following snippets of code constitute a simple DMenu creation example. 


As mentioned before, initially the main array must be loaded with all the root menu's related records. Listing 5 shows a code snippet for loading the main array from the file, where variable InpEntry is the program’s input parameter (e.g., 950030) and DYN00L4 is a logical file with one key (DYNFUNCT). The code ID of the root menu record is stored in the FirstScreen global variable.


     P LoadMainA       B

     D                 PI


     C                   Clear                   I

     C                   Clear                   SavI

     C                   Clear                   WrkMenu

     C                   Clear                   FirstScreen

     C     InpEntry     SetLL     DYN000L4

     C                   DoU       %EoF(DYN000L4) Or InpEntry <> DYNFUNCT

     C                   Read     DYN000L4

     C                   If       Not %EoF(DYN000L4) And

     C                             InpEntry = DYNFUNCT

     C                   If       DYNLEVEL = 1

     C                   Eval     FirstScreen = DYNSCODE

     C                  EndIf

     C                   Eval     I = I + 1

     C                   Eval     WrkMenu.MenCode(I) = DYNSCODE

     C                   Eval     WrkMenu.MenFrom(I) = DYNCFROM

     C                   Eval     WrkMenu.MenSort(I) = DYNSSORT

    C                   Eval     WrkMenu.MenLeve(I) = DYNLEVEL

     C                   Eval     WrkMenu.MenType(I) = DYNSTYPE

     C                   Eval     WrkMenu.MenDesc(I) = DYNSDESC

     C                   Eval     WrkMenu.MenPara(I) = DYNPARAM

     C                   Eval     WrkMenu.MenI(I)   = I

     C                   EndIf

     C                   EndDo

     C                   Eval     SavI = I





Listing 5: Load Main array example.


The screen array's loading procedure can be called with the menu's code ID as an input parameter (e.g., FirstScreen variable). This procedure is divided in two sections (Listing 6). The first section is responsible for filling the screen array if the input node is a root node, while the second section is responsible for filling the screen array in every other case. At the end, the screen array is sorted by the DYNSSORT file's sort field. In addition, a fold/unfold indicator is used to leave a blank between the menu's options. If the menu doesn't have many options (e.g., '7' in this example), then this indicator goes *On and the subfile displays the options with a blank record between them (Figure 3).


     P LoadArray       B

     D                 PI                 Like(SI)

     D InpFrom                             Like(DYNSCODE) Const

     * Local Variables

     D WrkLevel       S                   Like(DYNLEVEL)

     D                                     Inz(*Zeros)

     D TemLevel       S                   Like(DYNLEVEL)

     D                                     Inz(*Zeros)

     D WrkName         S                   Like(DYNSCODE)

     D                                     Inz(*Blanks)

     D TemName         S                   Like(DYNSCODE)

     D                                     Inz(*Blanks)

     D WrkI           S                  Like(I)

     D WrkSI           S                   Like(SI)


     C                   Clear                   SI

     C                   Clear                   SavSI

     C                   Clear                   WrkSI

     C                   Clear                   WrkScrn

     C                   Clear                   WrkI

     C                   Clear                   WrkName

     C                   Clear                   TemName

     C                   Clear                   FoldR

      * Check if Init

     C                   Select

     C                   When     InpFrom = *Blanks

     *         Sort By Level (Care only for Level 1)

     C                   SortA     %SUBARR(WrkMenu.MenLeve:1:SavI)

     C                   Eval     WrkLevel = 1

     C                   DoU       WrkLevel <> TemLevel

     C                   Eval     WrkI = WrkI + 1

     C                   Eval     TemLevel = WrkMenu.MenLeve(WrkI)

     C                   If       TemLevel = WrkLevel

     C                  Eval     SI = SI + 1

     C                   Eval     WrkScrn.ScrSI(SI) = SI

     C                   Eval     WrkScrn.ScrDesc(SI) = WrkMenu.MenDesc(WrkI)

     C                   EndIf

     C                   EndDo

     C                  Eval     SavSI = SI

     C                   Other

     C                   If       SavI > 0

     *         Sort By Name (Code)

     C                   SortA     %SUBARR(WrkMenu.MenFrom:1:SavI)

     *         Find Name (Code) Line

     C                  Eval     WrkI = %LookUp(InpFrom:WrkMenu.MenFrom:1:

     C                                           SavI)

     C                   If       WrkI > 0

     C                   Eval     WrkName = InpFrom

     C                   DoU       WrkName <> TemName

     C                   Eval     TemName = WrkMenu.MenFrom(WrkI)

     C                   If       TemName = WrkName

     C                   Eval     SI = SI + 1

     C                   Eval     WrkScrn.ScrDesc(SI) = WrkMenu.MenDesc(WrkI)

     C                   Eval     WrkScrn.ScrCode(SI) = WrkMenu.MenCode(WrkI)

     C                   Eval     WrkScrn.ScrSort(SI) = WrkMenu.MenSort(WrkI)

     C                   EndIf

     C                   Eval     WrkI = WrkI + 1

     C                  EndDo

     C                   Eval     SavSI = SI

     C                   EndIf

     C                   EndIf

     C                   EndSl

     C                   If       SavSI > 0

     C                   SortA     %SUBARR(WrkScrn.ScrSort:1:SavSI)

     C                   For       WrkI = 1 to SavSI

     C                   Eval     WrkScrn.ScrSI(WrkI) = WrkI

     C                   EndFor

     C                   If       SavSI > 7

     C                   Eval     FoldR = *Off                                

     C                   Else

     C                   Eval     FoldR = *On                                

     C                   EndIf

     C                   EndIf

     C                   Eval     SavCurrPGM = InpFrom

     C                   Return   SavSI




Listing 6: Load Screen array


It must be noted that the input record's code ID is stored in the SavCurrPGM global variable.  


Another important procedure is the Get Previous Sub-Menu procedure (Listing 7). It takes as input the SavCurrPGM global variable and updates the SavPrevPGM global variable. Then the SavPrevPGM variable can be used as an input in the Load Screen Array procedure to load the previous menu.  


     P GetPr           B

     D                 PI                 Like(DYNSCODE)

     D InpCode                             Like(DYNSCODE) Const

     * Local Variables

     D WrkI           S                   Like(I) Inz(*Zeros)

     C                   Eval     WrkI = 0

     C                   Eval     WrkI = %LookUp(InpCode:WrkMenu.MenCode:1:

     C                                           SavI)

     C                   If       WrkI > 0

     C                   Return   WrkMenu.MenFrom(WrkI)

     C                   Else

     C                   Return   *Blanks

     C                   EndIf

     P               E

Listing 7: Get previous sub-menu


The Call Leaf Program procedure takes as an input the code ID of a leaf record and calls the program that the leaf record indicates.


     P CallingPGM     B

     D                 PI

     D InpCode                             Like(DYNSCODE) Const

     * Local Variables

     D WrkI           S                   Like(I) Inz(*Zeros)

     D WrkError       S             7A   Inz(*Blanks)


     *    General Calling Procedure for Programs without I-O Variables

     D PgmName         S             10A   Inz(*Blanks)

     D CallPGM         PR                 EXTPGM(PgmName)


     C                   Eval     WrkI = 0

     C                   Eval     WrkI = %LookUp(InpCode:WrkMenu.MenCode:1:

     C                                          SavI)

     C                   If       WrkI > 0

     C                   If       WrkMenu.MenPara(WrkI) = 0

     C                   Eval     PgmName = WrkMenu.MenCode(WrkI)

     C                   CallP     CallPGM()

     C                  Else

     *If option's leaf program has more than zero inputs we can call it here

     C                   EndIf

     C                   EndIf




Listing 8: Call leaf program


Finally, the following procedure takes as an input the code ID of a record and returns *On if the record is a leaf record.


     P IsTypeL         B

     D                 PI                 Like(WrkInd)

     D InpCode                             Like(DYNSCODE) Const

     * Local Variables

     D WrkI           S                   Like(I) Inz(*Zeros)

     C                   Eval     WrkI = 0

     C                   Eval     WrkI = %LookUp(InpCode:WrkMenu.MenCode:1:

     C                                           SavI)

     C                   If       WrkI > 0

     C                   If       WrkMenu.MenType(WrkI) = 'L'

     C                   Return   *On

     C                   Else

     C                   Return   *Off

     C                   EndIf

     C                   EndIf

     P                 E


Listing 9: Check if a record is a type leaf record


This TechTip presents an alternative method for deploying menus in IBM i. In IBM i, each menu is composed of three different types of objects (*MSGF, *FILE, *MENU). Each time we need to maintain a menu, we have to edit the code and recompile the objects. Instead of creating different objects with different source types for each different menu, by employing the proposed method we need only three objects (one screen, one program, one file) to represent as many menus as we like. All the menus are stored in one DDS file, and we can edit them without an intervention in the code. Finally, this method prevents the repeated programs' call, resulting in better performance and in avoiding the "many calls" limit.


[1]        John Enck, (1997), Navigating the AS/400: A Hands-On Guide, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN 10: 0138625581

[2]        Gersting,J.L., (2007), Mathematical Structures for Computer Science, W.H. Freeman and Company.

[3]        Diestel, Reinhard, (2005), Graph Theory (3rd ed.), Berlin, New York: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-540-26183-4.

[4]        Steven S. Skiena, (2008), The Algorithm Design Manual (2nd Edition), Springer, ISBN: 978-1848000698

[5]        Kevin Vandever, (2011), Subfiles in Free-Format RPG, MC Press, ISBN-10: 1583470948

[6]        IBM, (2006), WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeriesUsing Subfiles, IBM Corporation 1992, 2006



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

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

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.

    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.

    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Download and watch today!


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

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

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


  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel


    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


    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 as a pre-built development environment



  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.


  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.



  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption



  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.



  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access




  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.


  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.



  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.



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

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

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

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
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    - 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
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  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

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

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