Reusing Object Code

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An appliance store in my hometown used to advertise with the slogan "Only the rich can afford cheap appliances." Their contention was that people who spend their money on less than the best appliances would eventually spend more money than they had saved on repair bills and new appliances.

If we were to adapt this slogan to our business, we might say it this way: "Only rich corporations can afford cheap software." However, I doubt it would be true. The largest corporations in the United States have changed a lot in the past few years. They're struggling to stay in business, too. I think we should say it this way: "Nobody can afford cheap software." The money saved by cutting corners, and even more, will eventually be spent scrapping ineffective systems and heavily repairing others. We need to build robust systems, and one way to do that is to reuse proven object code.

Previously, I discussed the philosophy of reusing source code (MC, April 1996). This month, I'm going to talk about reusing object code. Both have the same goal: to help you get the most mileage out of your programming effort. The difference is that reused object code does not have to be compiled.

If you've ever written a CL program, you have reused object code. When you include a Copy File (CPYF) command in the CL program, you run object code that was written and debugged by other people.

Reusing object code saves you time and makes you more productive. Think about how much time you would spend writing utility programs if you didn't have CL commands like CPYF. Since you don't have to write programs that copy records from one file to another, you can concentrate on other things.

Reusing object code allows you to use the best language for each task. RPG III can handle the simple math that makes up most business data processing, but it lacks operators for more complicated math. Let's say you write a program that calculates compound interest (like a mortgage), and you need to raise a number to a fractional power. You could write a program in another language that can handle the exponentiation.

Reusing object code makes it possible for you to simplify programs. Let's say that an AS/400 shop has the convention that the run date is formatted in report headings as the month name, followed by a space, the zero-suppressed day, a comma, and four-digit year, as in "February 8, 1994." Each report program would need an array of month names, along with the necessary calculations to transform an eight-digit numeric date into the shop's standard format. A better alternative would be to write one program that reformats a date and make all report programs call that program. The report programs would no longer need the array of month names or the calculations to reformat the date.

The heart of the philosophy of reusable object code is the construction and use of modules. A module is a unit of object code that accomplishes a task.

A module might be an entire program that allows a person to update vendor information through a terminal. This program might run from menus as a standalone program and could also be called from within accounts payable, purchasing, and receiving data entry programs as operators of these programs need to revise information about vendors.

A module could be a short RPG program that right-adjusts a character string. This module would be called by many programs throughout a system, so that no other program would have to deal with the task of right-adjusting character variables.

The philosophy of modular programming, then, centers on two questions:

1. Have I, or has anyone else, already solved this problem?

2. Can I solve this problem in such a way that I will not have to solve it again in the future?

But don't think code has to be reusable to be eligible for its own module. You may want to put portions of a large program into modules, just to simplify the main program. When you split one large program into four or five smaller programs, each program has fewer lines of code and fewer variables to keep track of. In this case, the modules are not reusable. Since I want to talk specifically about reusability, I won't discuss this use of modules. However, now that the Integrated Language Environment (ILE) is a reality, you may want to give this idea more thought.

A good module should have only one task to do, and it should do it well. A module that right-adjusts character strings and also counts the number of blanks in a string would be something like a CPA firm that paints houses on the side. Most people would wonder if the firm could do either task well.

Modules should be flexible. A module that reformats the system date into some special format is not as useful as one that will reformat any date provided to it through a parameter.

A module should communicate with the outside world only through documented interfaces, such as parameters, files, data areas, and messages. Be careful; programs can communicate with the outside world in ways you may not have thought of. A CL program that changes job attributes, such as the library list, is communicating with the world outside itself. Such programs often produce unforeseen and undesirable side effects.

The programmers who use the module should not have to understand its inner workings. AS/400 programmers don't know how the CPYF command works inside, and they don't have to know. It is sufficient to know what CPYF does and how to use it.

Modules should be documented so that people know how to use them. Documentation should explain the purpose of the module, how to invoke the module, what information the module needs, what information it will return, and what objects it requires.

Modules need sensible names. Sticking to a naming convention is the best way to achieve this goal. I have seen modular code that was next to impossible to read simply because the names of the modules (program names) it called were poorly chosen.

Modules should not be over-modularized. If a module contains only a few lines of source code, it may not need to be a separate module. For example, qualified object names are passed to CL programs as 20-byte character values. The leftmost 10 characters are the object name, and the rightmost 10 characters are the library name. You could write a subprogram that would handle the common task of extracting the object and library names, but it would be just as easy and more efficient to use two CHGVAR commands instead.

To illustrate these principles, I've included an RPG program, which I'll refer to as NUM001RG, in 1. This is the latest version of a handy program I've used for years to extract numbers from text fields. I've used it a lot for interpreting numbers included in files received via EDI (even the fixed-length translation files built by EDI programs often contain decimal points and signs). It's also good for reading CSV files uploaded from PCs and for character fields in which I've allowed the user to key either a number or a word like "ALL." You can probably think of other applications in which a number is stored in a text field.

To illustrate these principles, I've included an RPG program, which I'll refer to as NUM001RG, in Figure 1. This is the latest version of a handy program I've used for years to extract numbers from text fields. I've used it a lot for interpreting numbers included in files received via EDI (even the fixed-length translation files built by EDI programs often contain decimal points and signs). It's also good for reading CSV files uploaded from PCs and for character fields in which I've allowed the user to key either a number or a word like "ALL." You can probably think of other applications in which a number is stored in a text field.

NUM001RG adheres to the principles for module design that I've outlined.

o It has only one task to do: to extract a number from a string of text.

o It is flexible. It can handle strings of one to forty characters and align the extracted number for zero to nine decimal places.

o It communicates with the outside world in one way only: through five parameters.

o A programmer can use this module without understanding the logic of the code. He only has to know the name of the program and understand the five parameters.

o Whether this program has a sensible name or not depends on the conventions of the shop in which it is used.

In the Original Program Model (OPM), the CL and RPG languages use the CALL command to make other programs run. Since the called program is a separate object, it exists in its own little world. It has its own variables and maintains its own file pointers. It can use other objects, such as data areas and user spaces, independently of the calling program.

Although the calling program and called program exist in separate worlds, they can converse with one another. Any type of object that will store data-files, data areas, data queues, and user spaces-will work, but the common way for modules to communicate is through parameters. A parameter is a variable from the calling program that the called program has access to.

AS/400 programmers are quite comfortable with CALL. There is another way to invoke programs that is unfortunately ignored in many AS/400 shops and under-used in others-creating CL commands. Creating commands to run programs has the advantage that the command interpreter resolves parameter definitions.

One of the things NUM001RG must know is the length of the character string from which the number is to be extracted. Any program that requires the services of NUM001RG must give it this value as a three-digit number. The calling program must pass the value in packed decimal format, occupying two bytes of storage. If you define a command to run the program, as in 2, you can code the numeric value in any format. That is, the value four can be passed as 4; 004; 004.00; 4.0; 0000000004.00000; or any other format. The command interpreter will make sure NUM001RG receives the value in the correct format.

One of the things NUM001RG must know is the length of the character string from which the number is to be extracted. Any program that requires the services of NUM001RG must give it this value as a three-digit number. The calling program must pass the value in packed decimal format, occupying two bytes of storage. If you define a command to run the program, as in Figure 2, you can code the numeric value in any format. That is, the value four can be passed as 4; 004; 004.00; 4.0; 0000000004.00000; or any other format. The command interpreter will make sure NUM001RG receives the value in the correct format.

When a CL program ends and returns control to the program that called it, it ends. Period. It releases any resources it was using, and the operating system removes it from the job's invocation stack. If it is invoked again within the same job, it is reactivated.

RPG programs work the same way if the LR indicator is on in the called program when the program ends. Files are closed, locked data areas are unlocked or written, the program is taken out of the invocation stack, and so on. If LR is off, however, the program remains in the invocation stack, and execution is suspended. Variables (including indicators) retain their values, and file pointers remain intact. When the program is next called within the same job, the RPG program skips initialization routines and resumes execution at the beginning of the detail calculations.

Keep these things in mind when you choose a language for writing a subprogram. Suppose you're writing a program that reads an entire file, and, for each record in the file, calls a subprogram that reformats one of the fields. RPG would be a better choice than CL because it would be linked to the calling program only once per job-the first time it was called. If you wrote the reformatting program in CL, the operating system would waste a lot of time activating and deactivating the subprogram over and over.

It's great to leave a program in memory between invocations, but you have to get rid of it when you're through with it. RPG has a FREE opcode that does that very thing. When you FREE a called program, the operating system removes it from the list of activated programs. However, OS/400 does not do anything to the resources the called program was using, such as files and data areas.

CL's Reclaim Resources (RCLRSC) command will tidy up. It releases the resources used by programs that are no longer active. It doesn't hurt to include a RCLRSC at the end of a CL program that calls programs.

A good practice, one preferred by many programmers, is to clean up the job by passing a parameter to the called program to tell it whether or not to shut itself down upon exit. If the parameter contains a certain value, such as 1 or *ON, the program sets on the LR indicator before returning control to the caller. Any other value, and the program remains active.

NUM001RG uses an OPTION parameter. The value 1 means process the data and terminate the program, 2 means process the data but remain active, and 3 means end the program without processing the data.

It doesn't hurt to use a shutdown parameter followed by RCLRSC. It's something like wearing a belt with suspenders, but it's good to have RCLRSC there to take care of any loose ends you may not have tied up.

Under OPM, the AS/400 supports one type of call-the dynamic call. When program A calls program B, the system looks for program B, establishes linkage between the two, and yields control to program B. The dynamic call is often adequate for business data processing, where programs are usually I/O intensive. It has the advantages that the called program can be specified at run-time and that the called program can be modified and recompiled without having to recompile the programs that call it.

Dynamic calls may not be fast enough in applications that are CPU intensive or that are called very often. Dynamic calls may also be too slow when a program is called very often. One reason IBM introduced ILE was to reduce the amount of time it takes for one program to call another.

Some wag has commented that ILE stands for "It's a Linkage Editor," and that evaluation is not completely untrue. ILE provides a way for programs to establish linkage between one another at compilation time rather than at run-time. Since the linkage does not have to be reestablished every time a job runs, the call is much faster. This is not a new concept. Linkage editing has been around for years.

ILE gives you the choice of creating an executable program, a service program, or a module. In this context, module has a more specific meaning than as I've discussed it earlier in this article-it is a new object type. Modules and service programs are compiled code but cannot be executed alone. They must be called from an executable program.

RPG IV programmers can still use the dynamic CALL, but you now have the bound CALLB option as well. (In CL, the command is CALLPRC, or call procedure.) If you CALLB a procedure that's not in a service program, the compiler brings the object code into the calling program. If you change a module, you have to recompile the caller as well if you want it to benefit from the changes. If you change a service program, you only recompile the callers if the exports have changed. (For additional information on ILE binding, see "An Introduction to Program Binding," MC, August 1994.)

In the past, you may have copied a subroutine or section of code into many programs because the performance of CALLing a subprogram was unacceptable. ILE bound calls give you an intermediate alternative-much faster than dynamic calls without the maintenance overhead of duplicating code.

ILE also offers the advantage of activation groups. An activation group is a division of a job. All OPM programs run in the default activation group, but ILE programs can run in any activation group. If you wish to keep one of your reusable programs free from the overrides controlling other programs in the job, for instance, you can put the program in a different activation group. Using activation groups also gets rid of the dangling resources problem I discussed earlier. When the activation group ends, all resources it used are released.

There is yet another reason to use ILE. IBM has supplied a host of bindable APIs for ILE programs, and all you have to do is use them. See the OS/400 System API Reference V3R1 for more details.

I don't want to go into detail about ILE in this article. I suggest you read the book AS/400 ILE Example V3R1. What I want to get across is that ILE can help you if you reuse object code.

Can you imagine a large corporation where everyone refuses to allow anyone else to do anything? Everyone does his own typing, makes sales calls, pays bills, fixes the plumbing, and cleans the restrooms. How long would the company stay in business? Any entity-a corporation, a town, a nation, the world-works best when people specialize in different skills and each person does his part.

Systems should work the same way. Rather than make each program do everything that needs doing, write programs that specialize in different tasks, and have programs call upon them as needed.

Just as a corporation needs to hire people who can do the tasks required to carry on business, programmers need to collect, develop, and call upon existing modules to handle problems that have already been solved.

Ted Holt is an associate technical editor for Midrange Computing. He can be reached by E-mail at


AS/400 ILE Example V3R1 (SC41-3602, CD-ROM QBKAQ400).

OS/400 System API Reference V3R1 (SC41-3801, CD-ROM QBKAVD00).

Reusing Object Code

Figure 1: Program NUM001RG-An Illustration of a Module

*========================================================== * To compile: * * CRTRPGPGM PGM(XXX/NUM001RG) SRCFILE(XXX/QRPGSRC) * *========================================================== *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 * Extract a number from a character string * * Parameters * STRVAL (I): Character string containing number * STRLEN (I): Length of STRVAL * DECPOS (I): Number of decimal positions in returned number * NUMVAL (O): Number returned to caller * Upon return, caller should MOVE (from right) NUMVAL * into a variable with the number of decimal postions * in DECPOS * ERROR (O): Error code * 0 = Number was successfully extracted * -1 = STRLEN was not between 1 and 40 * positive number = position of invalid STRVAL data * OPTION (I): Run option * 1 = Run program and terminate * 2 = Run program and remain active * 3 = Terminate program * anything else = Run program and terminate * * Sample call, for 7-digit numeric field, 2 decimal positions * * C* LEN has been calculated as the number of characters to examine * C* STRING contains the characters to be examined * C LEN IFGT *ZERO * C CALL 'NUM001RG' * C PARM STRING 40 * C PARM LEN 30 * C PARM 2 DECPOS 10 * C PARM NUMVAL 150 * C PARM ERROR 30 * C PARM '2' OPTION 1 * C MOVE NUMVAL XAMT 72 * C ELSE * C MOVE *ZERO XAMT * C ENDIF * E SV 40 1 STRING VALUE ISTRVAL DS 40 I 1 40 SV C *ENTRY PLIST C PARM STRVAL 40 INPUT STRING C PARM STRLEN 30 STRING LENGTH C PARM DECPOS 10 DECIMAL POSITIN C PARM NUMVAL 150 NUM TO RETURN C PARM ERROR 30 ERROR FLAG C PARM OPTION 1 RUN OPTION C* C* If terminate requested, shut down program C* C OPTION IFEQ '3' C MOVE *ON *INLR C RETRN C ENDIF C* C* Fill in default values for output parameters C* C MOVE *ZERO NUMVAL C MOVE *ZERO ERROR C* C* Is string length valid? C* C STRLEN IFLT 01 C STRLEN ORGT 40 C Z-SUB1 ERROR C RETRN C ENDIF C* C* Ignore trailing blanks and find the last position to process C* C Z-ADDSTRLEN EP 30 ENDING POSITION C SV,EP DOWEQ*BLANK C SUB 1 EP C EP IFLE *ZERO IF ALL BLANK .. C RETRN ... RETURN ZERO C ENDIF C ENDDO C* C MOVE *BLANK SIGN 1 C* C* Ignore leading blanks and find beginning position to process C* C Z-ADD1 BP 30 BEGIN POSITION C SV,BP DOWEQ*BLANK C ADD 1 BP C ENDDO C* C* If there is a leading + OR -, save the sign & skip any blanks C* that immediately follow it C* C MOVE SV,BP CHAR 1 C CHAR IFEQ '-' C CHAR OREQ '+' C BP IFGE EP IF ONLY A SIGN, C RETRN .. RETURN ZERO C ENDIF C MOVE CHAR SIGN C ADD 1 BP C SV,BP DOWEQ*BLANK C ADD 1 BP C ENDDO C ENDIF C* C* If there was no leading sign, look for a trailing sign C* & skip any blanks that immediately precede it C* C SIGN IFEQ *BLANK C MOVE SV,EP CHAR 1 C CHAR IFEQ '-' C CHAR OREQ '+' C MOVE CHAR SIGN C SUB 1 EP C SV,EP DOWEQ*BLANK C SUB 1 EP C ENDDO C ENDIF C ENDIF C* C* Build the number from the characters between positions BP & EP C* C MOVE *ZERO DIGCT 30 COUNT DIGITS C MOVE *ZERO DECCT 30 DECIMAL PLACES C MOVE 'L' DECMAL 1 LEFT OF DEC PT C Z-ADDBP NX 30 C NX DOWLEEP C ERROR ANDEQ*ZERO C MOVE SV,NX CHAR 1 C SELEC C CHAR WHGE '0' C CHAR ANDLE'9' C ADD 1 DIGCT COUNT DIGITS C DIGCT IFGT 15 C Z-ADDNX ERROR C ENDIF C ERROR IFEQ *ZERO C DECMAL ANDEQ'R' IF RIGHT OF PT C ADD 1 DECCT COUNT DEC DIGIT C DECCT IFGT DECPOS TOO MANY? C Z-ADDNX ERROR C ENDIF C ENDIF C ERROR IFEQ *ZERO C MOVE CHAR DIGIT 10 C MULT 10 NUMVAL C ADD DIGIT NUMVAL C ENDIF C CHAR WHEQ '.' DECIMAL POINT C DECMAL IFEQ 'L' C MOVE 'R' DECMAL RIGHT OF DEC PT C ELSE C Z-ADDNX ERROR C ENDIF C CHAR WHEQ ',' IGNORE COMMAS C CHAR OREQ '$' . & DOLLAR SIGNS C OTHER C Z-ADDNX ERROR C ENDSL C ADD 1 NX C ENDDO C* C* Align for number of decimal positions requested C* C NUMVAL IFNE *ZERO C DECCT DOWLTDECPOS C MULT 10 NUMVAL C ADD 1 DECCT C ENDDO C ENDIF C* C* If there was a minus sign, make the number negative C* C NUMVAL IFNE *ZERO C SIGN ANDEQ'-' C MLLZO'J' NUMVAL C ENDIF C* C* If not to remain active, shut down program C* C OPTION IFNE '2' C MOVE *ON *INLR C ENDIF C* C RETRN *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7
Reusing Object Code

Figure 2: The Extract Number (XTRNUM) Command

 /* ========================================================= */ /* To compile: */ /* */ /* CRTCMD CMD(XXX/XTRNUM) PGM(XXX/NUM001RG) + */ /* SRCFILE(XXX/QCMDSRC) ALLOW(*BPGM *IPGM) */ /* ========================================================= */ CMD PROMPT('Extract a number from a string') PARM KWD(STRVAL) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(40) MIN(1) EXPR(*YES) + PROMPT('String containing a number') PARM KWD(STRLEN) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(3 0) MIN(1) + PROMPT('Length of string') PARM KWD(DECPOS) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(1 0) CONSTANT(0) PARM KWD(NUMBER) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(15 0) RTNVAL(*YES) MIN(1) + PROMPT('Extracted number . . . .(15 0)') PARM KWD(ERROR) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(3 0) RTNVAL(*YES) MIN(1) + PROMPT('Error code . . . . . . .( 3 0)') PARM KWD(OPTION) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(1) RSTD(*YES) DFT('2') + VALUES('1' '2' '3') PROMPT('Option') 






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    Too many businesses go through manual efforts to transfer documents and data across IBM i and desktop applications—especially ERPs. Whether you use JDE World, JDE EnterpriseOne, Infor, Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics, or any other ERP, chances are your employees are stuck transferring information manually. And all of that manual effort leads to hours upon hours of wasted time.
    But it doesn’t need to anymore.

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  • IBM i Resources Retiring?

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

    Watch this webcast now

  • IFS Security – Don’t Leave Your Server Vulnerable

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

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

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

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

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

    Watch the webinar today!


  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

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

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

    Watch this Webcast NOW!

  • The Truth About Viruses on IBM i

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

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

  • Business Process Automation with Robot

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

  • Find Out Why You Should Keep Data on IBM i

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

  • Mobile Apps for IBM i Monitoring

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


  • Speed Up Your Manufacturing and Distribution with Paperless Processes

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

  • Dock Door Signing Made Easy

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

  • 5 Reasons Developers Love Robot Schedule

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

  • Affordable Query Tool for Software Developers

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

  • Your introduction to RCAC and Authority Collection

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

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

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

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

  • ​Getting Started with IBM i Security: Event Auditing

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

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Securing PC Access

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

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

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

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

  • No Time for IBM I Security? No Problem

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

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

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

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

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: System Values

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • ​7 Habits of Highly Secure Organizations

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

  • An Introduction to PCI Compliance on IBM Power Systems

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

  • Implementing Multiple Layers of Defense

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

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

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

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

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

    Watch the webinar today!


  • Easy Mobile Development

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

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

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    Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.
    We will demonstrate how Profound UI:
    - Goes beyond simple screen-scraping to truly modernize your RPG applications
    - Uses RPG Open Access and your own RPG code and development talent to modernize
    - Supports rapid development with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Designer
    - Integrates with our on-the-fly modernization, mobile development, and Enterprise Modernization solutions

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    Download and watch today!


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

    SB Profound WC 5541Roses are red, your UIs are green...It's time to make your apps proud to be seen!
    Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love.
    In this webinar, you'll learn how you can use both Profound UI and Profound.js to:

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

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

    Download and watch today!

  • 2017 IBM i Marketplace Revealed


    IBM i is one of technology’s best-kept secrets, with little information available about what IBM i users are doing on this server. Even companies that use this technology struggle to explain to their own teams what IBM i stands for and who else is using it.
    The IBM i Marketplace Survey—now in its 3rd year—was designed to solve this problem. Watch this on-demand webinar for the exclusive results of the 2017 survey. IBM i Champion Tom Huntington is joined by a panel of technology experts to discuss year-over-year trends and new insights. The panel will discuss:

    • What other platforms do you run alongside IBM i?
    • What programming and Open Source languages are you using?
    • What are your top IT issues?
    • What version of POWER and what OS level is most prevalent?
    • Are you expanding your usage of IBM i?
    • Is IBM i a good ROI?

    The expert panel will provide industry insight and comments about the results. When the webinar concludes, you’ll get access to the full results.

  • 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


    Everyone wants a piece of your business data. But keeping up with data access requests in the era of constantly growing data is a challenge. As a result, your IT department can be overwhelmed, inundated, and constantly needing to play catch-up.
    It’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 in 2018.
    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


    Let’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 noted 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...


    There’s a better way to run your queries. With an advanced query tool like Sequel Data Access, you can deliver the IBM i data your organization needs quickly and efficiently—without the hang-ups.
    In this session, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access and distribution trends, and help you understand what to look for in a more advanced query tool.
    Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel 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
    • Watch the webinar and learn why you shouldn’t just settle for Query/400.


  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way


    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    Capturing documents means scanning and filing—which takes you away from tasks that actually matter to the business. Managing documents means sorting through an endless sea of shared folders or filing cabinets—and sometimes documents can’t be found. Distributing documents means following a frustrating, manual process for routing documents internally and sending them to vendors and customers.
    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


    Get 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.

  • Monitor VIOS (and AIX) from Your IBM i


    Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) runs on AIX and allows you to share input/output resources across logical partitions. The health of your VIOS server is critical to the performance of all your Power server partitions, so monitoring it is a must.
    Our 2017 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results uncovered a cool trend: an increasing number of IBM i shops are running AIX instances alongside IBM i on Power Systems servers. We like to see these systems playing nicely together on the same server, though it does shine a spotlight on shared resources.
    During this 30-minute recording, our experts demonstrate the new VIOS and AIX monitoring capabilities in Robot Monitor. You’ll learn about:

    • The top AIX metrics that impact VIOS
    • Real-time monitoring with dashboard displays
    • Threshold and notification options
    • Identifying trends to better allocate resources

    With VIOS/AIX running alongside IBM i, you need visibility into your entire Power environment.
    Watch now to see how Robot Monitor can get you there!



  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?


    You’re responsible for looking after Windows, Linux, AIX, and VIOS, but you worry that you don’t understand their complexities well enough to make your job effective—or easy.
    No problem! Simplify the management of multiple operating systems and applications without becoming experts in each area.
    In 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 and shows how easy monitoring multiple operating systems and applications can be using point-and-click technology.


  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor


    When IBM i disk space pulls its notorious disappearing act, you don’t have time to waste figuring out how the trick is done. You need to know when disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer.
    Looking behind the curtain to keep a close eye on disk space—especially in a multi-partition environment—can have its challenges, but every good admin can have an ace up their sleeve. 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

    Start seeing through the sleight of hand and get instant visibility into disk usage. Add advance warning of potential threats and—abracadabra!—you’ll reduce the risk of disk space depletion and curb the sudden flurry of activity to clean things up.


  • Stop Re-keying Data Between IBM I and Other Applications


    Still following manual processes for extracting and transferring data across platforms? You’re not alone. Many business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation. And that leads to a lot of manual effort.
    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, you’ll see a demonstration of how data automation software from HelpSystems will help you finally stop re-keying data.


  • Survey Results: 2018 Top Cybersecurity Risks and Mitigation Strategies


    Protecting your organization from cyberthreats has never been more important—or more difficult.
    IT pros have many tactics to choose from, but time (and budgets!) are not unlimited. The key is prioritizing risks and identifying the most effective ways to mitigate the danger.
    In 2018, HelpSystems surveyed more than 600 IT and cybersecurity professionals to find out what security exploits loom largest and what strategies they’re turning to for protection.
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    You'll also get practical tips for using this data to drive cybersecurity conversations at your organization.


  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!


    When it comes to IBM® Rational® Open Access: RPG Edition (also known as RPG Open Access), 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:

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    This Webinar features IBM i expert Alison Butterill, and Profound Logic’s Brian May and Alex Roytman.


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  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient


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

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    Disaster protection is vital to every business. Yet, it often consists of patched together procedures that are prone to error. From automatic backups to data encryption to media management, Robot automates the routine (yet often complex) tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable.
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  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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    Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. Messages need a response and resources must be monitored—often over multiple systems and across platforms. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution.
    Key features include:
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  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

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    The thought of printing, distributing, and storing iSeries reports manually may reduce you to tears. Paper and labor costs associated with report generation can spiral out of control. Mountains of paper threaten to swamp your files. Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
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    For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i. With batch job creation and scheduling at its core, the Robot Job Scheduling Solution reduces the opportunity for human error and helps you maintain service levels, automating even the biggest, most complex runbooks.
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    NGS' Qport Office enables Windows users to run IBM Query/400 queries to:
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    Protect your company by monitoring network traffic to your IBM i servers with the industry-leading exit program, PowerTech Network Security.
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    More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. Managing the complexities of today's operating systems, business applications, and networks challenges even the most knowledgeable IT professionals. The cost to an enterprise of unplanned downtime, loss of human expertise during sick leave or vacation, and system/application or environmental failure can be devastating. 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.

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