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One of the features I like most about CL is its ability to recover from errors using the Monitor Message (MONMSG) command. I've often thought that such a command would be a welcome addition to RPG.

Think about what happens when an RPG program finds an error. Suppose a program attempts to divide a number by a variable with a value of zero. At this point, if there are no error-handling measures in the program, the system stops executing the program and asks the operator what to do. This is not an elegant programming technique by any means. It would be preferable to be able to trap the error and take appropriate action.

In a CL program, you can use a global MONMSG command to trap these types of errors. This article shows you how you can use a combination of a subroutine and a data structure to do limited error recovery in RPG programs.

Two types of errors (or exceptions) may occur during program execution: program errors and file errors. To keep the discussion from getting unnecessarily long, this article only discusses program errors. Handling file errors is not very different.

The Program Status Data Structure

First, let me introduce you to the program status data structure (PSDS), a 429- byte area of memory that contains all sorts of useful information about a program. (Although the PSDS will be enhanced in ILE RPG, it is upwardly compatible from RPG/400.) To indicate that a data structure is to contain the program status information, code an S in position 18 of the input specification that defines the data structure. A program can have only one data structure defined as the PSDS, and that data structure must not be a multiple occurrence data structure. You may give the PSDS a name if you wish, but it's not required.

Subfields in the data structure are predefined (see 1). All subfields can be defined by their beginning and ending positions, but some of them may also be defined using a keyword name. If you use the keyword, left-align it in positions 44 through 51 of the input specification.

Subfields in the data structure are predefined (see Figure 1). All subfields can be defined by their beginning and ending positions, but some of them may also be defined using a keyword name. If you use the keyword, left-align it in positions 44 through 51 of the input specification.

The subfields in the PSDS come in handy for everyday programming. For example, if you print the name of a program in the page headers of a report, you don't have to hard-code the name. Instead, you can get the program name from positions 1 through 10 of the PSDS. This feature is helpful, since it eliminates the possibility that you might copy or rename the program but forget to change the program name in the page headers.

Instead of using the TIME opcode, you can get the system date and time from positions 276 through 281 and 282 through 287. Do you want to know who's running the program? The user profile name is in positions 254 through 263. The *PARMS subfield (positions 37 through 39) tells you how many parameters were passed into the program. This information lets you write programs that use a varying number of parameters.

All of this general information is interesting, but it's off the subject of error handling. The system updates certain subfields when errors occur. The information in these subfields tells you what caused the error, so you can take appropriate steps to recover.

The status subfield is continually updated as a program executes. A status code value greater than 99 indicates that an error occurred. For example, if your program attempts to divide by zero, the status code subfield will be updated with a value of 102. See the RPG/400 Reference manual for a list of status codes.

Exception type and number are other useful subfields. These subfields are the first three characters and the last four characters of the message ID. Your program can examine the contents of these subfields to determine how to continue.

Certain subfields are not useful for error recovery, but are useful to programmers investigating the problem after the fact. These subfields include: routine name, source member sequence number, exception data, last file used, status of the last file used, and cause of error RPG9001.

Defining the PSDS

You may write input specifications to define the subfields within each RPG program, but it's a good idea to define the program status data structure once and include that definition in all your programs. There are three advantages to this approach. You only write the code one time; the subfields have the same names in all your programs; and it's easier to write error routines that can be copied from one program to another.

You can define the PSDS in two ways: you can use the /COPY compiler directive, or you can define the data structure externally.

I prefer to use /COPY, so I'll discuss it first. Create a source member containing only the input specifications that define the data structure (see 2). In your application programs, code a /COPY statement at the point you would normally key the data structure. The format of the /COPY statement is:

I prefer to use /COPY, so I'll discuss it first. Create a source member containing only the input specifications that define the data structure (see Figure 2). In your application programs, code a /COPY statement at the point you would normally key the data structure. The format of the /COPY statement is:

/COPY library/source-file,member

The RPG compiler will retrieve the data structure specifications in the source member when it compiles your program.

Do not confuse this method with the /COPY auto report directive. You do not have to use the auto report function to use /COPY.

If you prefer to use an external definition, create a physical file with fields that correspond to the subfields of the program status data structure. (The file does not have to have a member.) In your RPG program, put an E in column 17 of the data structure definition, and the file name in positions 21 through 30. This will direct the compiler to use that file's definition to define the data structure.

Either method will save you work, since you define the program status data structure only once.

The Program Status Subroutine (*PSSR)

Once you've defined the PSDS, you need a way to execute an error routine when something unexpected happens in your program. RPG allows you to include a *PSSR subroutine, which is automatically executed when a program error occurs. The *PSSR subroutine can also be executed explicitly with the EXSR operation. The subroutine should include any calculations you want carried out in the event of a program error.

In factor 2 of the ENDSR instruction, you designate where to continue execution when the subroutine is completed. See 3 for a list of valid return-point values. The value may be a constant or a variable. Most of the examples in this article use a constant return point.

In factor 2 of the ENDSR instruction, you designate where to continue execution when the subroutine is completed. See Figure 3 for a list of valid return-point values. The value may be a constant or a variable. Most of the examples in this article use a constant return point.

You may notice that these values lend themselves to the RPG cycle. This fact makes it more difficult, though not impossible, to use *PSSR in programs that bypass the cycle.

Because there is no way to return to the next sequential instruction, when the *PSSR subroutine is automatically invoked, the usefulness of this technique is limited.

Building Error-Handling Routines

I have searched for a one-size-fits-all, error-handling routine, but I haven't found one yet because I don't always want to recover from an error in the same way.

A simple way to handle an unexpected error is to request a dump and cancel the program. 4 shows an RPG program that uses this approach. The canceled program will send escape message RPG9001 to the caller, so it can take appropriate action. The CL program in 5 alerts the system operator that the program has ended abnormally.

A simple way to handle an unexpected error is to request a dump and cancel the program. Figure 4 shows an RPG program that uses this approach. The canceled program will send escape message RPG9001 to the caller, so it can take appropriate action. The CL program in Figure 5 alerts the system operator that the program has ended abnormally.

Another approach is to have the program issue an error message and continue. The program in 6 writes an error line on the report it is producing and continues at the top of the detail calculations (*DETC). For your reference, partial DDS for the printer file is shown in 7. This method works in this small program, but it could be a problem if there were other calculations before the first READ. Another version, which uses the RPG cycle, is less subject to error (see 8). Note that the return point from *PSSR is *GETIN, which causes the program to read the next record from a primary or secondary file.

Another approach is to have the program issue an error message and continue. The program in Figure 6 writes an error line on the report it is producing and continues at the top of the detail calculations (*DETC). For your reference, partial DDS for the printer file is shown in Figure 7. This method works in this small program, but it could be a problem if there were other calculations before the first READ. Another version, which uses the RPG cycle, is less subject to error (see Figure 8). Note that the return point from *PSSR is *GETIN, which causes the program to read the next record from a primary or secondary file.

You can flag the error in other ways as well. In an interactive program you could, of course, notify the operator. You could also write a record to an error log file for later analysis.

Like all subroutines, the *PSSR subroutine may be executed by the EXSR operation. In 9, *PSSR is explicitly executed on a failed CALL to the program named in variable SUBPGM. When *PSSR finishes, the program will continue with the highlighted MOVEL instruction, since there is no value in factor 2 of the ENDSR line.

Like all subroutines, the *PSSR subroutine may be executed by the EXSR operation. In Figure 9, *PSSR is explicitly executed on a failed CALL to the program named in variable SUBPGM. When *PSSR finishes, the program will continue with the highlighted MOVEL instruction, since there is no value in factor 2 of the ENDSR line.

A general error-handling *PSSR is probably not possible, but you can settle on a few routines that will handle most of your needs. You can then choose the one that best fits each program.

Additional Considerations

There's an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In no other area of RPG programming have I found this concept more applicable. Since it is difficult to recover from a program error, it is wise to take steps to avoid the automatic execution of *PSSR. For example, if there is even the remotest possibility that an array index may be out of bounds, test the array index with an IFxx operation, and do not permit code containing indexed references to the array to be executed. If the value of the variable in factor 2 of a DIV operation might be zero, test that variable for zero, and do not permit the division to take place if the test proves true. For an example of this test, see 10 .

There's an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In no other area of RPG programming have I found this concept more applicable. Since it is difficult to recover from a program error, it is wise to take steps to avoid the automatic execution of *PSSR. For example, if there is even the remotest possibility that an array index may be out of bounds, test the array index with an IFxx operation, and do not permit code containing indexed references to the array to be executed. If the value of the variable in factor 2 of a DIV operation might be zero, test that variable for zero, and do not permit the division to take place if the test proves true. For an example of this test, see Figure 10 .

Another problem is that it is possible for *PSSR to call itself, which may result in an infinite loop. An infinite loop can occur when an instruction within *PSSRcauses a program error. A good solution is to check a status variable when entering the subroutine. If the variable indicates that *PSSR is active, exit the subroutine. Otherwise, set the status variable to a value to indicate the subroutine is active, and reset it to an inactive value at the end of the subroutine. This approach is covered in the RPG/400 Reference manual in the discussion of the File Exception/Error Subroutine. I've included an example in 11.

Another problem is that it is possible for *PSSR to call itself, which may result in an infinite loop. An infinite loop can occur when an instruction within *PSSRcauses a program error. A good solution is to check a status variable when entering the subroutine. If the variable indicates that *PSSR is active, exit the subroutine. Otherwise, set the status variable to a value to indicate the subroutine is active, and reset it to an inactive value at the end of the subroutine. This approach is covered in the RPG/400 Reference manual in the discussion of the File Exception/Error Subroutine. I've included an example in Figure 11.

Normal Termination

Now you have an idea of how you can take control of program errors. Earlier, I mentioned that there is another type of error: file errors. Working with file errors involves the same techniques presented here, but you need to use the INFDS and INFSR keywords on file continuation specifications. See the RPG/400 Reference manual for more details.

RPG's automatic recovery capabilities are not perfect, but they are usable, and it is worth your time to find out how to keep your programs from terminating abnormally.

Ted Holt is a programmer/analyst with Garan, Inc., in Starkville, Mississippi.

Reference

RPG Reference (SC09-1349, CD-ROM QBKA4E01).


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Figure 1 Contents of PSDS

 UNABLE TO REPRODUCE GRAPHICS 
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Figure 2 /COPY Member to Define Program Status Data Structu

 *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 I* PROGRAM STATUS DATA STRUCTURE ISDS SDS I 1 10 S#PGM I 11 150S#STAT I 16 200S#PSTA I 21 28 S#SEQ# I 29 36 S#RTN I 37 39 S#PARM I 40 42 S#EXCT I 43 46 S#EXC# I 47 50 S#ODT# I 51 80 S#MWA I 81 90 S#LIB I 91 170 S#EXCD I 171 174 S#EXCI I 199 200 S#YEAR I 201 208 S#FILE I 209 243 S#FLST I 244 253 S#JOB I 254 263 S#USER I 264 2690S#JOB# I 270 2750S#EDAT I 276 2810S#SDAT I 282 2870S#STIM I 288 293 S#CDAT I 294 299 S#CTIM I 300 303 S#LEVL I 304 313 S#SRCF I 314 323 S#SRCL I 324 333 S#SRCM *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
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Figure 3 Return Points for *PSSR

 *CANCL Cancel the program *DETC Detail calculations *DETL Detail output *GETIN Read next primary or secondary file record *OFL Overflow output routine *TOTC Total calculations *TOTL Total output blank Default error handler (if invoked automatically) Next sequential instruction (if invoked by EXSR) 
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Figure 4 Using *PSSR to Cancel a Program

 *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 H 1 FINFO IF E K DISK FOUTFO O E DISK C READ INFOREC 91 * C *IN91 DOWEQ'0' ... (detail calcs go here) C WRITEOUTFOREC C READ INFOREC 91 C ENDDO * C SETON LR * C *PSSR BEGSR C DUMP C ENDSR'*CANCL' *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
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Figure 5 Monitoring for a Cancelled RPG Program

 PGM DCL &JOBNAME *CHAR 10 DCL &USER *CHAR 10 DCL &JOBNBR *CHAR 6 CALL SOME_PGM MONMSG RPG9001 EXEC(DO) RTVJOBA JOB(&JOBNAME) USER(&USER) NBR(&JOBNBR) SNDPGMMSG MSG('Program ended abnormally. See RPG dump + for job' *BCAT &JOBNBR *CAT '/' *CAT + &USER *TCAT '/' *CAT &JOBNAME) TOUSR(*SYSOPR) ENDDO ENDPGM 
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Figure 6 Ignoring Invalid Records (Procedural Programming)

 *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 FINFO IF E K DISK FPRTFILE O E 88 PRINTER I/COPY HOLT_T/PSSR,SDS C READ INFOREC 91 * C *IN91 DOWEQ'0' ... (detail calcs go here) C WRITEDTLLN C READ INFOREC 91 C ENDDO * C SETON LR * C *PSSR BEGSR C MOVELS#PGM A#PGM C MOVELS#STAT A#STAT C MOVELS#SEQ# A#SEQ# C WRITEABENDLN C ENDSR'*DETC ' *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
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Figure 7 Portion of DDS for PRTFILE

 *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 A R DTLLN SPACEA(1) ... (fields on detail line go here) A R ABENDLN SPACEA(1) A 1'UNEXPECTED ERROR; KEY:' A FLDA R + 1REFFLD(FLDA INFO) A + 1'PGM:' A A#PGM 10 + 1 A + 1'STATUS:' A A#STAT 5 + 1 A + 1'STMT:' A A#SEQ# 8 + 1 A + 1'RECORD IGNORED' *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
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Figure 8 Ignoring Invalid Records (Cycle Programming)

 *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 FINFO IP E K DISK FPRTFILE O E 88 PRINTER I/COPY HOLT_T/PSSR,SDS ... (detail calcs go here) C WRITEDTLLN * C *PSSR BEGSR C MOVELS#PGM A#PGM C MOVELS#STAT A#STAT C MOVELS#SEQ# A#SEQ# C WRITEABENDLN C ENDSR'*GETIN' *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
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Figure 9 Explicit Execution of *PSSR

 *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 C CALL SUBPGM 22 LO C *IN22 IFEQ *ON C EXSR *PSSR C ENDIF C MOVELFLDX FLDY ... (more calcs) C *PSSR BEGSR ... (error calcs go here) C ENDSR *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
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Figure 10 Preventing the Possibility of Division by Zero

 *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 C TOTAL IFNE *ZERO C SUM DIV TOTAL PCT1 C ELSE C MOVE *ZERO PCT1 C ENDIF *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
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Figure 11 Preventing Recursive Execution of *PSSR

 *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 C *PSSR BEGSR C MOVE '*CANCL' RTNPT 6 C PSRACT IFNE '1' C MOVE '1' PSRACT 1 C SELEC C S#STAT WHEQ 00100 C S#STAT OREQ 00121 C S#STAT OREQ 00122 C MOVE '*GETIN' RTNPT ... (more calcs) C S#STAT WHEQ 00211 C MOVE '*GETIN' RTNPT ... (more calcs) C OTHER ... (more calcs) C ENDSL C ENDIF C MOVE '0' PSRACT C ENDSRRTNPT *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
Ted Holt

Ted Holt is IT manager of Manufacturing Systems Development for Day-Brite Capri Omega, a manufacturer of lighting fixtures in Tupelo, Mississippi. He has worked in the information processing industry since 1981 and is the author or co-author of seven books. 


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    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.