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Soft-coding is writing source code that allows someone to change the behavior of a program without modifying and recompiling. It makes programs more flexible by allowing users to change programs to meet their needs without calling on you.

Soft-coding helps you handle exceptions. For instance, suppose you want all expense reports to automatically go to a specific printer, except for Joe Smith's expense reports, which are to go somewhere else. Maybe you want some purchase orders to go to an output queue to be printed, but you want other purchase orders to go to an output queue where your fax software will read them and send them.

You may be able to benefit from soft-coding techniques if any of these situations applies to you:

? Users tell you they want a program like someone else's, but with some "small" modifications.

? You have cloned programs that differ only slightly from the original.

? Users cannot change the way they do a job without coming to you to change and recompile a program.

? You cannot rename a library or combine two libraries into one, without your applications crashing.

Problems with Hard-coding

Hard-coding creates more work for you, because users have to involve you when they need to make changes. For instance, suppose Joe needs two copies of a report, but everybody else needs one. You might write CL code like that in 1.

Hard-coding creates more work for you, because users have to involve you when they need to make changes. For instance, suppose Joe needs two copies of a report, but everybody else needs one. You might write CL code like that in Figure 1.

This code works fine, but you will have more work to do in the future. When Betsy decides she wants two copies as well, you'll have to modify and recompile the program.

Wouldn't it be nice if each user could tell the program how many copies he needs? Wouldn't it be marvelous if each user could change his mind as often as he likes and never have to notify you? Well, that's what soft-coding is all about.

Soft-coding Using

Programmer-created Objects

Soft-coding stores information in objects the programmer creates, such as files, data areas, and user spaces, rather than in program code. Programs can then access these objects at run-time to get information about how they are to do their job.

Let's look at another approach to users needing differing numbers of copies. You can create a file with three fields?user ID, report ID, and number of copies?uniquely keyed on USER and RPTID. You would use this file to store information about reports.

Next, you would need a simple RPG program, like the one in 2, to retrieve information from the file.

Next, you would need a simple RPG program, like the one in Figure 2, to retrieve information from the file.

Instead of using hard-coded values, the CL program (see 3) calls the RPG program to find out how many copies the user needs.

Instead of using hard-coded values, the CL program (see Figure 3) calls the RPG program to find out how many copies the user needs.

Now you can change how many copies of a report a user gets with a file maintenance program or a utility like DFU. If you write a program that lets users change their own records, the users can control their reports without coming to see you.

You can soft-code information that is common throughout an application. Let's say "ABC Incorporated" appears in your report headings and at the top of your displays. Your plant is sold and renamed "XYZ Corporation, Eastern Division." If you hard-coded "ABC Incorporated" in your output specs and DDS, you groan and kiss the weekend good-bye. However, if your programs retrieve "ABC Incorporated" from a data area, you only have to execute one Change Data Area (CHGDTAARA) command.

Suppose you need more than one "environment" for each user of a single application: say, a training environment and a production environment. Suppose also that, as part of the payroll system security, you restrict each payroll clerk to a certain member of file PRTRAN, set aside for his use alone.

You could write a different front-end program for each payroll clerk. Each program would have a Change Current Library (CHGCURLIB) command to change the current library to the library containing the payroll files. Each program would also have to add a member for that user to file PRTRAN, unless the member already existed, and override file PRTRAN so that all programs would use the member.

To change from the training environment to the production environment, you'd have to modify the CHGCURLIB command in that user's CL program and recompile the program. To add a new payroll clerk, you would copy one of the existing programs, modify it as needed, and compile.

Alternatively, you could set up a control file keyed on user ID. In this file, you would store a value for the user's current library. Then you'd only need one CL program to front-end your payroll system, no matter how many payroll users there were. The program would retrieve the user's record from the control file, then use that file's data to set up the user's working environment.

The control file would consist of only two ten-character fields?USER and LIBR. The file, which we might call PRCTLF, would be uniquely keyed on USER.

Each user would run a CL program like that in 4 to start the payroll application.

Each user would run a CL program like that in Figure 4 to start the payroll application.

Soft-coding lets you switch a user from one environment to the other with one simple change to his control record. You can give other users access to the payroll system simply by adding a record to this file.

It is possible to soft-code your calculations to some degree. For example, employees can have several types of income, such as base salary or wages, overtime pay, tips, vacation pay, bonuses, and severance pay. Some of these pay types are taxable; others aren't. Some of these pay types are included in Worker's Compensation wages; others aren't. The two lists are somewhat different.

Suppose you're writing a report program to show Worker's Compensation gross wages. You could hard-code such pay types into your program (see 5).

Suppose you're writing a report program to show Worker's Compensation gross wages. You could hard-code such pay types into your program (see Figure 5).

Another option you might consider is setting up a table file. Group the codes for each of the pay types into income groups. Set up one income group for W-2 gross income, another for Worker's Compensation gross income, and so forth. 6 illustrates how you would load such a file.

Another option you might consider is setting up a table file. Group the codes for each of the pay types into income groups. Set up one income group for W-2 gross income, another for Worker's Compensation gross income, and so forth. Figure 6 illustrates how you would load such a file.

7 contains code fragments from an RPG program that uses this technique. The EMPINC (employee income) file has a separate record for each income type an employee receives (e.g., regular pay, overtime pay, vacation pay). The INCGRPF file is being used to read only the income types that are grouped under Worker's Compensation gross wages. The program reads the records for these income types, sums up the amount fields, and prints a total line for each employee.

Figure 7 contains code fragments from an RPG program that uses this technique. The EMPINC (employee income) file has a separate record for each income type an employee receives (e.g., regular pay, overtime pay, vacation pay). The INCGRPF file is being used to read only the income types that are grouped under Worker's Compensation gross wages. The program reads the records for these income types, sums up the amount fields, and prints a total line for each employee.

Now the payroll clerk can change the types of income included in Worker's Compensation wages instead of calling MIS to make the change. Also, only one file needs to be changed instead of multiple programs.

Extra files mean more I/O, and unnecessary I/O is expensive and inefficient. You can reduce file I/O by reading codes or code groups into a table, array, or user index at program initialization time and using table lookups to retrieve the information. In this program, array CDE replaces continuous input operations from INCGRPF.

Soft-coding with OS/400 Objects

OS/400 makes heavy use of soft-coding techniques. Think about what the system goes through to determine which output queue to place a report into. The default value of the Create Printer File (CRTPRTF) command's OUTQ parameter is *JOB. This value specifies that the generated output should go to the output queue of the job running the program. Jobs get their values from job descriptions. The default value of the Create Job Description (CRTJOBD) command's OUTQ parameter is *USRPRF. This means that many jobs retrieve their output queue values from the user profile of the user who initiates the job. The Create User Profile (CRTUSRPRF) command's default OUTQ is *WRKSTN, which says that printed output goes to the output queue assigned to the display the user is working from. A display's default output queue is the output queue of the printer specified in the Create Device Description Display (CRTDEVDSP) command's PRTDEV parameter. PRTDEV's default is *SYSVAL, which points back to the system value QPRTDEV. In other words, when a program opens a printer file, the system might search the printer file, a job, a user profile, a device description, and a system value before it can determine which output queue to send the report to.

Clearly, you can specify an output queue name in several places, depending on what you're trying to do. A common way of handling this type of thing is to assign output queues to user profiles. This makes all output for a user go to one place by default. If a user's output queue is not attached to a writer, the user can review printed output and delete it or assign it to another output queue for printing.

If you have reports that you want to send to a certain output queue, no matter who generates them, you can specify the output queue on the CRTPRTF or Change Printer File (CHGPRTF) command. Let's say that you want purchase orders to go to a printer on which preprinted purchase order forms are always mounted. You can change the OUTQ parameter of the purchase order printer file to point to that printer. Other reports generated by the purchase order print job would go to the output queue assigned to the job, but the purchase orders themselves would go to the printer with the preprinted purchase orders.

If you have users who work at various places and want their reports to print out nearby, leave their user profiles with the default value *WRKSTN. Assign a nearby printer to each workstation.

Common soft-coding values used in OS/400 commands are *JOB, *CURRENT, *USRPRF, *WRKSTN, and *SYSVAL. Most soft-coded parameters eventually trace back to a system value.

The Library List

You can enhance your soft-coding techniques by letting the system scan the library list when looking for objects, rather than hard-coding library names in your code. For example, let's say that three factories use your system and that they use the same software. You need to print the plant name at the top of a certain report. You could make three copies of the report program and hard-code the appropriate plant name in the page headings of each one. The problem with that approach is that you have three separate programs to maintain.

Another approach is to create a common library for the objects used by all plants (e.g., programs, display files, and printer files), but have separate libraries for data objects, such as database files. Each user's library list includes the common program library and the data library for the factory he works in.

To put the plant name on displays and reports, you would create a data area called PLANT_NAME in each of the three data libraries and store each plant's name in its data area. The report program would read whichever copy of the data area it found by scanning the library list, and it would print out whatever it found.

Another advantage to using the library list is that you can easily reorganize the objects on your system. If you don't hard-code library names in your programs, you can rename libraries and move objects from one library to another. If you do hard-code library names and have to rename a library, resign yourself to another long weekend at the office.

If a command will not read the library list?for example, the FROMLIB parameter of Create Duplicate Object (CRT-DUPOBJ)?precede it with a Retrieve Object Description (RTVOBJD) command to find the library name. 8 illustrates how you would do this.

If a command will not read the library list?for example, the FROMLIB parameter of Create Duplicate Object (CRT-DUPOBJ)?precede it with a Retrieve Object Description (RTVOBJD) command to find the library name. Figure 8 illustrates how you would do this.

Hard-code library names in as few places as possible. A better approach is to maintain library lists through job descriptions and the system value QUSRLIBL. An alternative is to create a file, keyed on user ID, that contains the library list in a character field 275 bytes long. When a user signs on, his initial program retrieves his record. Then it executes a Change Library List (CHGLIBL) command through QCMDEXC to set the library list of his interactive job and any batch jobs he submits. One nice thing about this approach is that you can easily find out which users have a certain library in their library list by using SQL or Query, or even Display Physical File Member (DSPPFM).

If a user has to use different library lists for different tasks, give him menu options to let him choose the environment he needs. Let the programs behind those menu options, not the application programs, change the library list.

Disadvantages of Soft-coding

Soft-coding also has its disadvantages. First, soft-coded programs are harder to document and understand, because some information is external to the program rather than in the program code. A programmer has to look in more places to decipher a program. There may also be more steps in the program, since you must include code to retrieve and interpret the externally stored data.

Soft-coding is harder to program, or at least it requires more thought. Soft-coded programs are not usually the type that you can write "on the fly."

Soft-coding requires more user training if you plan to turn maintenance of your soft-codes over to your users.

The advantages, however, far outweigh the disadvantages. Soft-coding lets you spend less time doing tedious maintenance programming and more time developing new programs.

Don't Be Hard-headed! Soft-code!

This is not meant to be an encyclopedic reference of soft-coding techniques, but an introduction to the philosophy of soft-coding. You may think of other techniques you can use in your environment.

Change is a law of life. Employees come and go; product lines and prices change; organizations reorganize. Do yourself a favor. Try to write software that allows users to respond to change without programmer intervention.

Ted Holt is an associate technical editor for Midrange Computing.

Sharon Cannon is a programmer/analyst with Drexel-Heritage Furnishings in Drexel, North Carolina.


Tools from the Trenches

Figure 1: Hard-coded Printer Override

 DCL VAR(&USER) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) RTVJOBA JOB(&USER) IF COND(&USER *EQ 'JOE') THEN(OVRPRTF + FILE(AR100RP1) COPIES(2)) ELSE CMD(OVRPRTF FILE(AR100RP1) COPIES(1)) 
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Figure 2: Program to Retrieve Printer Override Values

 * Retrieve number of copies a user gets of a report * FPRTOVR IF E K DISK I SDS I 254 263 SUSER C *ENTRY PLIST C PARM PUSER 10 User ID C PARM PRPTID 10 Report ID C PARM PCOPIE 30 Copies * * If no user specified, assume current user * C PUSER IFNE *BLANKS C MOVELPUSER USER C ELSE C MOVELSUSER USER C ENDIF C MOVELPRPTID RPTID * C KEY1 KLIST C KFLD USER C KFLD RPTID * C KEY1 CHAINPRTOVRR 11 * * If user has no record for this report, look for default values * C *IN11 IFEQ *ON C MOVEL'*DEFAULT'USER P C KEY1 CHAINPRTOVRR 11 C ENDIF * C *IN11 IFEQ *OFF C Z-ADDCOPIES PCOPIE C ELSE C Z-ADD1 PCOPIE Assume 1 copy C ENDIF * C SETON LR 
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Figure 3: Soft-coded Printer Override

 DCL VAR(&USER) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&COPIES) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(3) RTVJOBA JOB(&USER) CALL PGM(RTVPRTOVRR) PARM(&USER AR100RP1 &COPIES) OVRPRTF FILE(AR100RP1) COPIES(&COPIES) 
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Figure 4: Payroll Front-end Program

 PGM DCL VAR(&CMD) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(256) DCL VAR(&USER) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCLF FILE(PRCTLF) RTVJOBA USER(&USER) /* Read the user's record */ CHGVAR VAR(&CMD) VALUE('OVRDBF FILE(PRCTLF) + POSITION(*KEY 1 PRCTLFR' *BCAT '''' *TCAT + &USER *CAT ''')') /* Execute the override */ CALL PGM(QCMDEXC) PARM(&CMD 256) /* Read file */ RCVF DEV(*FILE) MONMSG MSGID(CPF0000) EXEC(DO) /* (User is not in file; send msg & exit program) */ ENDDO CHGCURLIB CURLIB(&LIBR) ADDPFM FILE(PRTRAN) MBR(&USER) SHARE(*NO) MONMSG MSGID(CPF5812 CPF7306) OVRDBF FILE(PRTRAN) MBR(&USER) 
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Figure 5: Hard-coded Payroll Calculations for Worker's Compensation Report

 C INCCDE IFEQ 'BASPAY' C INCCDE OREQ 'OVERTM' * ... etc. 
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Figure 6: File INCGRPF

 Income Group Income Code (INCGRP) (INCCDE) W2WAG BASPAY W2WAG OVERTM W2WAG BONUS : : WCWAG BASPAY WCWAG OVERTM (etc.) (etc.) 
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Figure 7: Soft-coded Payroll Calculations for Worker's Compensation Report

 E CDE 99 5 * C PAYKY KLIST C KFLD EMP# C KFLD INCCDE 5 * ... (more code) C Z-ADD1 X C X DOWLECOUNT C MOVE CDE,X INCCDE * process all records for this employee and pay code type C PAYKY SETLLEMPINCR C PAYKY READEEMPINCR 53 * C *IN53 DOWEQ'0' * ... (code to process one record) C PAYKY READEEMPINCR 53 C ENDDO C ADD 1 X C ENDDO * C WRITETOTAL 51 * ... (more code) * C *INZSR BEGSR * * Load payroll codes for workman's comp into array CDE C MOVEL'WCWAG' GROUP C OPEN INCGRPF C Z-ADD1 X 30 C GROUP SETLLINCGRPR C X DOWLE99 C GROUP READEINCGRPR 53 C *IN53 IFEQ '1' C LEAVE C ENDIF C Z-ADDX COUNT 20 C MOVE INCCDE CDE,X C ADD 1 X C ENDDO C CLOSEINCGRPF * C ENDSR 
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Figure 8: CRTDUPOBJ with Soft-coded Library Name

 DCL VAR(&LIB) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) RTVOBJD OBJ(XYZ) OBJTYPE(*FILE) RTNLIB(&LIB) CRTDUPOBJ OBJ(XYZ) FROMLIB(&LIB) OBJTYPE(*FILE) TOLIB(xxx) 
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    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

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    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

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    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

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    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

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    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...

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.
    In this on-demand webinar, our team of cybersecurity security experts analyzes results. You’ll learn about:

    • Security strategies your peers are most interested in implementing
    • How managers and executives prioritize security
    • Who is responsible for cybersecurity at organizations around the world
    • Where IT pros turn for assistance with security

    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!

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    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:

    • 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"

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

     

    Watch the On-demand Webinar Now!

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

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    Do your users keep paperwork on their desk until it's processed?
    Are people constantly removing documents from filing cabinets?
    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Too much paper is wasted—approximately 1,000 pages per month per worker.
    Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets drive your employees crazy.
    And distributing documents to customers, vendors, and business partners is expensive and takes up far too much time.
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