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Brief: The AS/400's help support is one of its great strengths. A powerful feature of this help support is an index search function known as InfoSeeker. Learn how you can create your own custom search indexes to provide users with powerful help search facilities.

Help support is one of the most important features of any application. User access to online, context-sensitive help text can be a significant training and productivity boost. At the touch of a key, a user can quickly obtain information about a display or a particular area of a display. But did you know that you can supplement your application help support with access to help text by topic? By adding an index search function, you enable users to search for specific topics based on search words or phrases and allow them to browse detailed information about each topic.

Index search functions have always been part of OS/400, but V2R3 introduces an enhanced version dubbed InfoSeeker. (MC first covered V2R3's InfoSeeker in detail in "The New AS/400 InfoSeeker," March 1994.) As the user searches for specific topics in his own words, InfoSeeker presents a list of matching topics. From the list, he can select topics for viewing help text such as definitions, overviews, diagrams and how-to instructions. By adding this function to your help support, you can make your applications even easier to learn and use.

InfoSeeker ships with every AS/400 as part of OS/400, so there's no additional charge. It comes with hundreds of topics concerning the operations and programming of your system. But InfoSeeker is not limited to these topics. You can add topics of your own, customized for your applications. Through OS/400's User Interface Manager (UIM) language, you can create help support that includes InfoSeeker access.

Overview of InfoSeeker

With InfoSeeker, you gain access to information organized by topics. Think of it as a glossary or a table of contents for a book. InfoSeeker allows a user to search for topics through search words or phrases. It matches the word or phrase from a user request with synonym tables. The synonym tables are linked to topic descriptions which are in turn linked to help text. Once a topic is found, the user can view information about it.

To illustrate how InfoSeeker works, let's say you need information on how to power down your system. When you key the phrase "power down," InfoSeeker displays all topics related to powering down your system, as illustrated in 1.

To illustrate how InfoSeeker works, let's say you need information on how to power down your system. When you key the phrase "power down," InfoSeeker displays all topics related to powering down your system, as illustrated in Figure 1.

InfoSeeker presents topics in an outline view with dynamic expand, contract and search capabilities so that you can readily find your information. In 1, you can see several topics which you can expand, as indicated by the plus sign (+) to the left of each topic. You can expand these topics individually with the Expand topic option (7) or all at once with the All topics function (F5).

InfoSeeker presents topics in an outline view with dynamic expand, contract and search capabilities so that you can readily find your information. In Figure 1, you can see several topics which you can expand, as indicated by the plus sign (+) to the left of each topic. You can expand these topics individually with the Expand topic option (7) or all at once with the All topics function (F5).

You can view a particular topic to get more detailed information. For example, if you use option 5 (Display topic) in the "Power down system (PWRDWNSYS) command" topic, you get the information screen illustrated in 2.

You can view a particular topic to get more detailed information. For example, if you use option 5 (Display topic) in the "Power down system (PWRDWNSYS) command" topic, you get the information screen illustrated in Figure 2.

Objects known as panel groups (type *PNLGRP) contain InfoSeeker topics and the lower-level help text for those topics. The panel groups aren't directly accessible by InfoSeeker; but when you add them to a search index object (type *SCHIDX), InfoSeeker indirectly gains access to them.

You can start InfoSeeker with the Start Search Index (STRSCHIDX) command, through the Information Assistant Options (INFO) menu or through any command or display file that has the search index function enabled.

For more information about InfoSeeker and the search index function, see the AS/400 manuals listed at the end of this article, or these MC articles: "Simplify Con-textual Help Development," May 1994; "The New AS/400 InfoSeeker," March 1994; or "Jazz Up Help With UIM," January 1992. InfoSeeker Topic Candidates

Now that you have an idea of what InfoSeeker does, let's look at what kind of information you should consider for the InfoSeeker function.

InfoSeeker topics generally include three types of information.

o Reference information-includes reference material such as definitions, examples and tables to help answer the question "What is?" o Procedural information-includes a series of steps to illustrate a process (for example, how to enter an order). Procedural information answers the question "How?" o Conceptual information-includes answers to the question "Why?" Contains overviews, advantages and comparisons.

In brief, anything that helps answer "What?" "How?" or "Why?" could be candidate material for InfoSeeker. Deciding what type of help information you're going to include may help you create information that is more effective. Now we'll look at the objects (and the source members used to create them) that InfoSeeker uses to display help information.

Panel Groups

Although you can use several objects-display files, OfficeVision documents and panel groups-to generate help support for your applications, panel group objects are the most versatile. (You can also use panel groups for creating menus and even application dialogues; but in this article, we'll only be using panel groups to generate help support.) Many useful functions are available through panel groups that aren't available through the other object types that can be used for help support.

 o Help support for user-written commands. o Windowed help text. o Hypertext links. o InfoSeeker functions. 

As you can see, there are several good reasons to choose panel groups for your application help. But if you want to access InfoSeeker functions, you have no choice-you must use panel groups.

You create panel group objects from source members of type PNLGRP much like you create CL program objects from CLP type source members. To make a panel group object accessible through InfoSeeker, you must add it to a search index object. Here are the four basic steps to developing InfoSeeker help.

 1. Create a panel group source member. 2. Create a panel group object from the source member. 3. Create a search index. 4. Add the panel group object to the search index. 

InfoSeeker-capable panel group source members include the topic list that InfoSeeker displays and the help text for each topic in the list. You create panel group source statements with the UIM language. This tag-based language is easy to use and requires very little formatting. Therefore, you don't have to use SEU to edit panel group source-any editor will do.

Each statement starts with a tag which identifies the purpose of the statement. For example, :HELP denotes the beginning of a help module and :P denotes the beginning of a paragraph. The tag identifier is optionally followed by elements referred to as attributes. Attributes, as the name implies, describe the characteristics of the tag statement and how it's used by UIM.

You can enter the source for panel groups in uppercase, lowercase or mixed case. UIM converts all text except tag content (text that you can display or print) to uppercase at the time you create the panel group. For more information, see "Simplify Contextual Help Development," MC, May 1994.

A panel group used for InfoSeeker is similar to any other help panel group- it's made up of help modules. However, InfoSeeker panel groups contain special UIM tags which provide the index search function. Only three such tags exist, so you should be able to remember them quite easily. 3 lists the tags and illustrates their formats.

A panel group used for InfoSeeker is similar to any other help panel group- it's made up of help modules. However, InfoSeeker panel groups contain special UIM tags which provide the index search function. Only three such tags exist, so you should be able to remember them quite easily. Figure 3 lists the tags and illustrates their formats.

If you have already defined your help text with panel groups, you have done much of the work. All you have to do is insert InfoSeeker tags in the appropriate places. Of course, you can also generate panel groups specifically for InfoSeeker, as we'll do here.

In the following sections, we'll describe each statement. We'll then look at a working sample to bind the how-to concepts in your mind.

:ISCH and :ISCHSYN Tags

Every InfoSeeker topic has a corresponding index search (:ISCH) tag statement in the help panel group source member. This tag specifies the topic text displayed by InfoSeeker for a given help module. InfoSeeker displays the topic when the user enters a word that matches a synonym you create for a topic or when the user displays all topics with the F5 (All topics) function. Examine the format of this tag in 3. You must place the :ISCH statement in a help module immediately after the help module statement (:HELP).

Every InfoSeeker topic has a corresponding index search (:ISCH) tag statement in the help panel group source member. This tag specifies the topic text displayed by InfoSeeker for a given help module. InfoSeeker displays the topic when the user enters a word that matches a synonym you create for a topic or when the user displays all topics with the F5 (All topics) function. Examine the format of this tag in Figure 3. You must place the :ISCH statement in a help module immediately after the help module statement (:HELP).

UIM requires the ROOTS attribute for the :ISCH tag. The ROOTS attribute contains a root word list. UIM links these root words to index search synonyms which you specify in the index search synonym (:ISCHSYN) tag statement. In other words, root words are linked to synonyms. This link is created with the :ISCH statement and its related :ISCHSYN statements. Normally you specify an :ISCHSYN statement for every root word found in the :ISCH statement.

You can use a maximum of 50 root words in the :ISCH tag, and each word can be up to 20 characters in length. Valid characters for root words are A through Z, a through z, and 0 through 9. Because a blank is not valid, you cannot create roots that are made up of more than one word. For example, if you used the city of Los Angeles as a root, InfoSeeker considers Los as one root and Angeles as another. In this case, you must make sure that both words are specified as roots and synonyms to enable the user to find topics for Los Angeles with the search phrase "Los Angeles". When a search argument contains more than one word, the search function uses the words in an and relation to find a match.

The "index-entry-text" of the :ISCH tag contains the topic text as you would like it displayed. The text can be up to 72 characters in length and cannot span two lines. If the text won't fit on the :ISCH statement, place the entire text on the following line.

:ISCHSYN statements create a synonym table that InfoSeeker uses to find a topic match. They are normally placed at the very beginning of the panel group source member. 3 illustrates the format of the :ISCHSYN statement. The ROOT attribute contains a root word that corresponds to a word in the ROOTS attribute of an :ISCH statement. It links the root word to its synonyms.

:ISCHSYN statements create a synonym table that InfoSeeker uses to find a topic match. They are normally placed at the very beginning of the panel group source member. Figure 3 illustrates the format of the :ISCHSYN statement. The ROOT attribute contains a root word that corresponds to a word in the ROOTS attribute of an :ISCH statement. It links the root word to its synonyms.

As mentioned earlier, you normally specify one :ISCHSYN statement for every root word in an :ISCH tag. The synonym list follows the ROOT attribute. There is virtually no limit to the number of synonyms you can specify for a root word. To continue a list, just create another :ISCHSYN statement using the same root word. A synonym can be up to 40 characters in length.

The illustration in 4 will help you understand what you just read. It shows the link between the :ISCH and :ISCHSYN statements. Follow the diagram in the order specified by the numbers. The important thing to see here is that the synonyms are the path to the topic. If you want InfoSeeker to provide search capabilities, you must create index search synonyms. In fact, even if you only want to use the root word for a match, you must specify the root word as a synonym. 4 illustrates this requirement. The CPYF root found in the :ISCH statement is used as a synonym in the :ISCHSYN statement. If the cpyf synonym is left out of the synonym list and the user keys cpyf as a search word, no match is found.

The illustration in Figure 4 will help you understand what you just read. It shows the link between the :ISCH and :ISCHSYN statements. Follow the diagram in the order specified by the numbers. The important thing to see here is that the synonyms are the path to the topic. If you want InfoSeeker to provide search capabilities, you must create index search synonyms. In fact, even if you only want to use the root word for a match, you must specify the root word as a synonym. Figure 4 illustrates this requirement. The CPYF root found in the :ISCH statement is used as a synonym in the :ISCHSYN statement. If the cpyf synonym is left out of the synonym list and the user keys cpyf as a search word, no match is found.

:ISCHSUBT Tag

The :ISCHSUBT tag is used to create index search subtopics. 3 illustrates the format of the :ISCHSUBT statement. The TOPICS attribute contains the help module name or names that are subtopics of the help module in which the :ISCHSUBT statement is specified. It must be specified after the :ISCH tag. Any topic for a help module that contains an :ISCHSUBT tag will contain a '+' character to the left of the topic description when displayed by InfoSeeker.

The :ISCHSUBT tag is used to create index search subtopics. Figure 3 illustrates the format of the :ISCHSUBT statement. The TOPICS attribute contains the help module name or names that are subtopics of the help module in which the :ISCHSUBT statement is specified. It must be specified after the :ISCH tag. Any topic for a help module that contains an :ISCHSUBT tag will contain a '+' character to the left of the topic description when displayed by InfoSeeker.

So, now that you understand the InfoSeeker tag statements, let's create a sample help panel group with InfoSeeker support.

Creating a Sample Panel Group

Our sample panel group contains help information for American states. For brevity, we're including partial information for only two states: California and Nevada. 5 illustrates the topics displayed by our sample panel group in a fully exploded form (the F5=All topics function was used from InfoSeeker). Key the source statements or download them from MC-BBS into a source member of type PNLGRP for panel group member IDX001PG (listed in 6). Then, create the panel group object with the Create Panel Group (CRTPNLGRP) command, as shown at the beginning of the source member.

Our sample panel group contains help information for American states. For brevity, we're including partial information for only two states: California and Nevada. Figure 5 illustrates the topics displayed by our sample panel group in a fully exploded form (the F5=All topics function was used from InfoSeeker). Key the source statements or download them from MC-BBS into a source member of type PNLGRP for panel group member IDX001PG (listed in Figure 6). Then, create the panel group object with the Create Panel Group (CRTPNLGRP) command, as shown at the beginning of the source member.

The source member in 6 gives us a chance to examine the function and interrelationship of InfoSeeker tags more closely. We place the synonym table (the :ISCHSYN statements) for every synonym used by our panel group source at the top of the source member. Although this placement isn't a requirement, it enables us to see and maintain all synonyms for a panel group together, in one place.

The source member in Figure 6 gives us a chance to examine the function and interrelationship of InfoSeeker tags more closely. We place the synonym table (the :ISCHSYN statements) for every synonym used by our panel group source at the top of the source member. Although this placement isn't a requirement, it enables us to see and maintain all synonyms for a panel group together, in one place.

As an alternative, we could split up the synonym table and group synonyms with the help module they relate to. For example, we could place the Nevada synonyms with the Nevada help module and the Nevada cities (Vegas and Carson) synonyms with the NVCities help module.

A long root word list may not leave enough room in the :ISCH statement for a title. Therefore, we have elected to specify the topic title for the index search (:ISCH) statements in the statement immediately after the :ISCH statement in all cases.

Now that we have created a panel group object, we must create a search index for it.

Creating and Working with Search Indexes

Creating a search index is easy. All we do is use the Create Search Index (CRTSCHIDX) command. To create a search index called STATEIDX for our sample help panel group, IDX001PG, key:

 CRTSCHIDX SCHIDX(XXX/STATEIDX) + TITLE('American States') + TEXT('American states search + index') 

Next, we add panel group IDX001PG to the search index with the Add Search Index Entry (ADDSCHIDXE) command like this:

 ADDSCHIDXE SCHIDX(XXX/STATEIDX) + PNLGRP(XXX/IDX001PG) 

If a panel group search index is modified, it must be removed and added back to the index. Otherwise, the modifications won't be recognized. We can accomplish this in one of two ways: with the Remove Search Index Entry (RMVSCHIDXE) command followed by the ADDSCHIDXE command, or with the Work with Search Index (WRKSCHIDX) command.

You should be aware of one restriction. If an index is made up of panel groups that do not contain subtopics (:ISCHSUBT tags), you can't add a panel group that does contain subtopics (:ISCHSUBT tags). The opposite is also true. Just remember that a search index must be made up exclusively of one type or the other.

To start InfoSeeker for the STATEIDX index, just key:

STRSCHIDX SCHIDX(XXX/STATEIDX)

Once InfoSeeker is activated, we can add or remove indexes from a working list of currently active indexes with the More Indexes (F18) function. We can also make a relevant index automatically available for any application display file or user-written command, as we'll learn next.

Linking Search Indexes to Applications

A search index can be linked to an application through a display file or through a command.

To link a search index to a display file, use the DDS keyword HLPSCHIDX at the file level, specifying the qualified search index name in parameter one. (HLPSCHIDX is valid only when at least one HLPPNLGRP keyword is specified in the file.) This activates the InfoSeeker function for every record in the file, displaying F11=Infoseeker at the bottom of the help panels.

If the user presses the F11 key from a help panel, InfoSeeker will start and the search index specified in the HLPSCHIDX keyword will be presented. You do not need to define F11 in your display file.

Linking a search index to a command is done by specifying a qualified search index name in the HLPSCHIDX parameter of the Create Command (CRTCMD) or the Change Command (CHGCMD) command. The HLPSCHIDX parameter is valid only when the HLPPNLGRP parameter is specified.

Supplement Application Help Support

To recap what you should know, here is a summary of how you get InfoSeeker function in your applications.

 o Create a help panel group with index-search capabilities. o Create a search index. o Add the panel group to the search index. o Link desired search indexes to a display file or user-written command. 

The easiest software to work with is software that provides good help support. It's the key to quick learning and getting up to speed with an application. We all know that comprehensive, online help support can eliminate the need for hard-copy manuals.

Supplementing application help with InfoSeeker gives your users an alternative path to the information they need to find. It is one of the best enhancements you can add to your application help.

Richard Shaler is a senior technical editor at Midrange Computing.

References

Guide to Programming Application and Help Displays (SC41-0011, CD-ROM QBKA7902).

New User's Guide (SC41-8211, CD-ROM QBKA9B02).


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Figure 1 InfoSeeker Search Function

 InfoSeeker Type options, press Enter. (+ indicates an expandable topic) 5=Display topic 6=Print topic 7=Expand topic 8=Compress topic Opt Topic AS/400 System Information _ + Operating System/400 CL commands _ + Operational Assistant _ * Change power on/off schedule (CHGPWRSCD) command _ * Change power on/off schedule entry (CHGPWRSCDE) command _ * Display power on/off schedule (DSPPWRSCD) command _ * Retrieve power on/off schedule entry (RTVPWRSCDE) command _ + Work control _ * Power down system (PWRDWNSYS) command _ + System operator tasks _ + Managing your AS/400 system operations More... Or type search words and press Enter. (* indicates a topic match) power down F3=Exit help F5=All topics F6=Main topics F11=Hide structure F12=Cancel F13=Information Assistant F18=More indexes F24=More keys 
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Figure 2 Viewing an InfoSeeker Topic

 Help Power Down System - Help The Power Down System (PWRDWNSYS) command prepares the system for ending and then starts the power-down sequence. All active subsystems are notified that the system is being powered down; no new jobs or routing steps can be started by any subsystem. For example, jobs that are on a job queue as a result of a Transfer Job (TFRJOB) command are not allowed to complete. During the subsequent initial program load (IPL), they are removed from the job queue and their job logs are produced. Note: If tape units are installed on the system, all tape reels that are on the device(s) should be unloaded before the system is powered down to ensure the integrity of data on the tapes. Note: Do not precede an entry with an asterisk unless that entry is a "special value" that is shown (on the display or in the help information) with an asterisk. How to end (OPTION) More... F3=Exit help F10=Move to top F12=Cancel F13=Information Assistant F14=Print help 
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Figure 3 InfoSeeker UIM Panel Group Tags

 :ISCH ROOTS='root-word-list'. index-entry-text :ISCHSYN ROOT='root-word'. synonym-words :ISCHSUBT TOPICS='help-module-name-list'. 
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Figure 4 InfoSeeker Tag Statement Linkage

 :PNLGRP. __________________ 1. ---------------- ? |||| User keys :ISCHSYN ROOT='CPYF'.cpyf copy file |||| "file" as a ? |||| search word ? ---------------- ?__________________________________ 2. ---------------- |||| Synonym "file |||| points to ROO |||| word "CPYF". :HELP NAME=CPYF. ---------------- ____________________________________ 3. ---------------- ? |||| ROOT word :ISCH ROOTS='CPYF'. Copy File Command |||| "CPYF" is fou ? |||| in help modul ? |||| index search ? |||| tag, :ISCH. ? ---------------- ?________________________ 4. ---------------- |||| :ISCH tag :P. |||| displays Info This is the help text for the help module CPYF. |||| Seeker topic |||| "Copy File |||| Command". :EHELP. ---------------- :EPNLGRP. 
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Figure 5 American States Search Index

 InfoSeeker Type options, press Enter. (+ indicates an expandable topic) 5=Display topic 6=Print topic 7=Expand topic 8=Compress topic Opt Topic American States _ California _ Cities _ Description of Los Angeles _ Description of San Francisco _ Nevada _ Cities _ Description of Las Vegas _ Description of Carson City Bottom Or type search words and press Enter. (* indicates a topic match) _____________________________________________________________________________ F3=Exit help F5=All topics F6=Main topics F11=Hide structure F12=Cancel F13=Information Assistant F18=More indexes F24=More keys 
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Figure 6 American States Hep Panel Group Source Member IDX0

 .*==================================================================* .* To compile: * .* * .* CRTPNLGRP PNLGRP(XXX/IDX001PG) SRCFILE(XXX/QPNLSRC) * .* * .*==================================================================* :PNLGRP. :ISCHSYN ROOT='California'.California CA :ISCHSYN ROOT='California'.wackos babes hunks :ISCHSYN ROOT='Cities'.cities city town village metropolis :ISCHSYN ROOT='Los'.Los Las :ISCHSYN ROOT='Angeles'.Angeles Angel Angels Hollywood :ISCHSYN ROOT='Francisco'.Francisco San Golden Gate Bay :ISCHSYN ROOT='Nevada'.Nevada desert gambling casinos NV :ISCHSYN ROOT='Las'.Las Los :ISCHSYN ROOT='Vegas'.Vegas entertainment gambling :ISCHSYN ROOT='Carson'.Carson City capital :HELP NAME=California. :ISCH ROOTS='California'. California :p. California is situated at the extreme western end of continental United States. Known for its beaches, wackos, babes and hunks. :ISCHSUBT topics='CACities'. :EHELP. :HELP NAME='CACities'. :ISCH ROOTS='CACities'. Cities :P. Major metropolitan areas of California. :ISCHSUBT topics='LosAngeles'. :ISCHSUBT topics='SanFrancisco'. :EHELP. :HELP NAME='LosAngeles'. :ISCH ROOTS='Los Angeles'. Description of Los Angeles :P. This southern city of California is famous for its movie industry. :EHELP. :HELP NAME='SanFrancisco'. :ISCH ROOTS='San Francisco'. Description of San Francisco :P. Northwest city of California. Famous for its Golden Gate bridge. City by the bay. :EHELP. :HELP NAME=Nevada. :ISCH ROOTS='Nevada'. Nevada :p. Nevada is situated in the western portion of continental United States. Known for gambling, entertainment and deserts. :ISCHSUBT topics='NVCities'. :EHELP. :HELP NAME='NVCities'. :ISCH ROOTS='NVCities'. Cities :P. Major metropolitan areas of Nevada :ISCHSUBT topics='LasVegas'. :ISCHSUBT topics='CarsonCity'. :EHELP. :HELP NAME='LasVegas'. :ISCH ROOTS='Las Vegas'. Description of Las Vegas :P. This southern city of Nevada is the gambling capital of the world. :EHELP. :HELP NAME='CarsonCity'. :ISCH ROOTS='Carson City'. Description of Carson City :P. Nevada state capital. :EHELP. :EPNLGRP. 
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    Although Power Servers often live inside the safety of the perimeter firewall, the risk of suffering a data leak or data corruption remains high.
    Watch noted IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses common ways that this supposedly “secure” operating system may actually be vulnerable and who the culprits might be.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    Download and watch today!

     

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

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

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

     

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

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

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

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

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIt’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success. You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?

     

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericLet’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhile introducing Sequel Data Access, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access, distribution trends, and more advanced query tools. Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    - Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    - Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    - Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    - Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhat happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

    SB_PowerTech_WC_GenericGet actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this 30-minute recorded webinar, our experts demonstrate how you can:

    • Manage multiple platforms from a central location
    • View monitoring results in a single pane of glass on your desktop or mobile device
    • Take advantage of best practice, plug-and-play monitoring templates
    • Create rules to automate daily checks across your entire infrastructure
    • Receive notification if something is wrong or about to go wrong

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericYou need to know when IBM i disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer. Our experts will show you how Robot Monitor can help you pinpoint exactly when your auxiliary storage starts to disappear and why, so you can start taking a proactive approach to disk monitoring and analysis. You’ll also get insight into:

    • The main sources of disk consumption
    • How to monitor temporary storage and QTEMP objects in real time
    • How to monitor objects and libraries in real time and near-real time
    • How to track long-term disk trends

     

     

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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericMany business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation.Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stop re-keying data between IBM i and other applications? Or if you could stop replicating data and start processing orders faster? Or what if you could automatically extract data from existing reports instead of re-keying? It’s all possible. Watch this webinar to learn about:

    • The data dilemma
    • 3 ways to stop re-keying data
    • Data automation in practice

    Plus, see how HelpSystems data automation software will help you stop re-keying data.

     

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

    SB_Profound_WC_GenericWhen it comes to IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"

     

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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericToo much paper is wasted. Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets.And distributing documents is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.

     

  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

    • Different tools to develop Node.js applications on IBM i
    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using NodeRun.com as a pre-built development environment

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

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

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

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

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

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

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

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

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