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Run up to 32 jobs at once from a dumb terminal!

Brief: Group jobs give you multi-session capabilities even on a nonprogrammable terminal. Using group jobs may improve your productivity and response time by making all of your regularly used applications instantly available. You'll learn two different ways to set up and customize a group job environment.

Ever since the first terminal was attached to a mainframe, many years ago, there has been an unending quest to be able to do more with each terminal. From the System/34 and System/36 with the inquiry program option, to the System/38 with the secondary job, to early PC emulators that supported two or three sessions, to group jobs on the System/38, to dual sessions and split screen terminals, and now to PC Support and advanced emulators offering at least five sessions, we have constantly been seeking ways to increase the amount of clutter glowing back at us from our tube.

Since many of us are now working with PCs attached to the AS/400, we may feel that the five sessions allowed with the Work Station Function (WSF) component of PC Support is quite a number. But that's nothing! You may have read right past the "group jobs" mentioned in the list, but a group job is a way to start up to 16 jobs from one session. When you consider that you can transfer to a secondary job and start another 16 jobs from that session, you can have up to 32 jobs active from a "dumb" terminal. And if you have a PC running WSF, and if you're brave, you can start 16 jobs within each WSF session.

The obvious question is, why would anybody want to start so many jobs at once? What is wrong with simply using the primary and secondary job functions on a terminal, or the more restrained multiple session feature of WSF? How devastating is the performance hit, having so much going on at once? How can you keep track of what's going on, when so much is going on from one source?

We will examine these issues and discover how to create, monitor and terminate group jobs. As you will see, starting a group job is not so different from using the secondary job capability. And you may find that judicious use of group jobs with your own applications will actually improve system performance and help your users make better use of those applications.

Advantages of Group Jobs

In many shops, there is a combination of purchased software packages and in- house software. Packages purchased from different vendors (and frequently, even from the same vendor) are usually incompatible. From your users' and operators' points of view, they would like to be able to go from one application to another, quickly and conveniently. If they only have a single session available (as on a dumb terminal), the best that they can do is start a secondary job and toggle between those jobs. If both jobs are in use and they need to go to another program, they will probably have to end one of the programs, work through a menu system, then start the other program. Most systems are not designed to allow users to call any program from any other program because programs within an application usually pass parameters to each other; the communication between programs is restricted to those that are within the application.

Operating in this manner produces a tremendous load on the system. Although it is true that the overhead of a new job is not required, there is the overhead of loading the program, opening the files, then closing the program so that the operator can return to the original program in use. There are techniques that can be used to improve performance (such as preopening the files in a "shell" program), but it may be difficult to provide all of the performance enhancements.

To some extent, the PC Support WSF function, with its five sessions, is a response to the need for an operator to have multiple programs available at the same time. Most operators are willing to put up with the initial overhead of establishing a multiple session environment, so that once they settle in to work, the sessions are quickly available. Group jobs are an extension of the multiple session capability and are useful for the same reasons.

If you ask your operators to list the programs that they use during their work day, you'll probably find that the list includes more than five programs. For example, a data entry operator may use a data entry display, another display to review table files, a display to run the edit and posting programs, a display of their spooled files, and so on. You can set up a group job program that includes all of those options, and provide a very simple menu that your operators can use to switch between the various programs. Also, your operators will undoubtedly be pleased that their response time is improved.

Another use for group jobs is controlling a network. For example, you may have several AS/400s connected (to other AS/400s or even other systems), and you may be using Display Station Pass Through (DSPT) to sign on to those systems. You can use the different jobs available with group jobs to start the different DSPT sessions. This article will show you techniques to use the Attn key to quickly go from one group job to another.

What is a Group Job?

A group job is simply another job to the system. You establish a group job environment with the Change Group Attributes (CHGGRPA) command. The CHGGRPA command, which must be run in an interactive job, establishes the job in which it is run as the base group job. To start the group job environment, you simply supply a name for the group job in the GRPJOB parameter of the command. You can also supply a qualified message queue name to be used for the group jobs and a 50-character text description that can be used to identify the purpose of the group job.

After you have established the current job as a group job, you use the Transfer to Group Job (TFRGRP-JOB) command to start another job as a group job. The TFRGRPJOB command has three parameters. The GRPJOB parameter is used to name the group job. The name is used to select from a list of group jobs or to return to a previous group job. The Initial Group Program (INLGRPPGM) parameter is used on the first transfer to a new group job; it specifies the program that is to be run in the new group job. The TEXT parameter is used to supply a 50-character text description to describe the group job. (By the way, if you have been lax about supplying text descriptions in the past, you will certainly want to supply them for the group jobs. You will see examples of this later in this article.)

Now that we've learned some of the concepts of group jobs, we'll start using them. You will need to be at a terminal to try these commands. I suggest that you run these commands from the Command Entry display. You can get to that by entering CALL QCMD. To start the group job environment, enter:

 
 CHGGRPA GRPJOB(QCMD) + 
   TEXT('QCMD-group job 1') 

Nothing happens! Nothing that you can see, that is. However, you can now type:

 
 TFRGRPJOB GRPJOB(QPGMR) + 
   INLGRPPGM(QPGMMENU) + 
   TEXT('QPGMR-group job 2') 

After a brief pause, you will see the Programmer Menu. You are now in another job, even though you did not have to sign on again to start the other job. You are operating under the same user profile, but the second job is as distinct as if it were started from another terminal. Your two group jobs have separate QTEMP libraries, separate job environments (overrides, output queues, switch settings and whatever else you care to change), and they are treated by the system as separate jobs.

Once you have entered these commands, press F10 and use the Work with User Jobs (WRKUSRJOB) command to see that you have two jobs. On the WRKUSRJOB display, you can see your jobs. One of the jobs will have status "Group," the other will have status "Active." You will also see that under the "Function" column there is another indication of the group job. After you have verified that you are using two jobs with one sign on, you can run the TFRGRP-JOB command again:

TFRGRPJOB GRPJOB(*SELECT)

This time, the command uses the *SELECT option. (1a and 1b show the commands used for starting and transferring between group jobs. These figures can be used for easy reference during the rest of the article.) When you enter the TFRGRPJOB command, the Transfer to Group Job display shown in 2 appears at your terminal. The "active group job" is shown at the top of the display; the group job name and text values that you specified with the TFRGRP-

This time, the command uses the *SELECT option. (Figures 1a and 1b show the commands used for starting and transferring between group jobs. These figures can be used for easy reference during the rest of the article.) When you enter the TFRGRPJOB command, the Transfer to Group Job display shown in Figure 2 appears at your terminal. The "active group job" is shown at the top of the display; the group job name and text values that you specified with the TFRGRP-

JOB command in 1a are shown. The middle portion of the display is a subfile display showing the suspended group jobs that you can transfer to. In this case, you can transfer back to the base group job (QCMD) simply by typing a "1" in the "Opt" column and pressing Enter. You are immediately back at the original display, where you entered the two commands shown in 1a.

JOB command in Figure 1a are shown. The middle portion of the display is a subfile display showing the suspended group jobs that you can transfer to. In this case, you can transfer back to the base group job (QCMD) simply by typing a "1" in the "Opt" column and pressing Enter. You are immediately back at the original display, where you entered the two commands shown in Figure 1a.

At this point, what is the status of the group jobs? You can use the WRKUSRJOB command again to see that the status of the two jobs is now switched. Both group jobs are still available to you. Run the TFRGRP-JOB command with *SELECT again and you will see that the Transfer to Group Job display has also switched the two jobs. Selecting the suspended job immediately takes you back into that group job. Notice that when you select the suspended job and press Enter, you are taken to the suspended job much more quickly than when you first used the TFRGRP-

JOB command. That is because the system already knows about the job you are going to and has created the job environment. Transferring back into that job is now a simple swap for the system, rather than the creation of a new job.

Additional Jobs

The novelty has probably faded by now. After all, except for not having to sign on again, this is not so different from using the secondary job feature. Also, it is inconvenient to have to type in the TFRGRPJOB command each time to go to the selection display. However, using the techniques that Ernie Malaga describes in his article in this issue ("At Ease With the Attention Key," page 29), you can add a "hot key" capability that will make group jobs more interesting.

In order to use this technique, enter the CL program shown in 3 and compile it. As you can see, it is simply the same command that you have been typing to switch between group jobs. But we need it in a compiled program so that we can attach it to the Attn key (as Ernie points out, the Attn key handling program cannot be just a command). Once you have compiled the program, you can immediately make use of it with your group jobs.

In order to use this technique, enter the CL program shown in Figure 3 and compile it. As you can see, it is simply the same command that you have been typing to switch between group jobs. But we need it in a compiled program so that we can attach it to the Attn key (as Ernie points out, the Attn key handling program cannot be just a command). Once you have compiled the program, you can immediately make use of it with your group jobs.

To keep things simple, sign off first, then sign back on. Again, you may find it easiest to work from the Command Entry display. Run the command shown in 4; that establishes the short CL program as the Attn key handling program. Then run the commands shown in 1 again to set up the group job environment and to transfer to a group job. Once you are in the group job, press the Attn key and...nothing happens! There is no cause for alarm; the SETATNPGM command that you just ran a minute ago only applies to the job in which it was run. Even if your user profile specifies an attention program it will not be active. When your interactive job becomes a group job, you must use SETATNPGM to activate the Attn key. We are now in another job, so in order to enable the Attn key, simply press F10 and run the SETATNPGM command again. Now try the Attn key. You should be immediately taken to the Transfer to Group Job panel (2). Select the suspended job and press Enter. As soon as you are in that job, press Attn again. As you can see, it's starting to become more convenient.

To keep things simple, sign off first, then sign back on. Again, you may find it easiest to work from the Command Entry display. Run the command shown in Figure 4; that establishes the short CL program as the Attn key handling program. Then run the commands shown in Figure 1 again to set up the group job environment and to transfer to a group job. Once you are in the group job, press the Attn key and...nothing happens! There is no cause for alarm; the SETATNPGM command that you just ran a minute ago only applies to the job in which it was run. Even if your user profile specifies an attention program it will not be active. When your interactive job becomes a group job, you must use SETATNPGM to activate the Attn key. We are now in another job, so in order to enable the Attn key, simply press F10 and run the SETATNPGM command again. Now try the Attn key. You should be immediately taken to the Transfer to Group Job panel (Figure 2). Select the suspended job and press Enter. As soon as you are in that job, press Attn again. As you can see, it's starting to become more convenient.

On the Transfer to Group Job display, you will see that the F6 key is used to "start a new group job." Go to that display if you are not on it, and press F6 now. This prompts you for the TFRGRPJOB command. You can enter another group job name, program and description at this point, then press Enter. For the GRPJOB, you supply a name that you have not used if you want to start a new group job (for example, CMDLINE). If you type in the name of a group job that is already active, then you will be taken to that group job. As always, you should type in some text to describe the new group job. If you enter a GRPJOB name that is already active, then the INLGRPPGM and TEXT values are ignored; the values used are those that were specified the first time you transferred to the group job of that name.

If you try to start a new group job but you have not supplied an INLGRPPGM, you are taken back to the previous display. Message CPF1310 is issued, indicating that the "request to transfer to group job failed," followed by one of 15 reason codes. In this case, where you try to start a new group job but fail to supply a program, the reason code is 40 ("The specified group job is not active and initial group program...was not specified"). You can use the DSPMSGD or WRKMSGD commands to look at message CPF1310 and examine the possible error conditions.

When you do start a new group job, remember that the Attn key is nonfunctional until you run the SETATNPGM command for the new job. Once you run that command, specifying the name of the CL program, you can use the Attn key to go to the Transfer to Group Job display. As you start additional group jobs, you will see the list of jobs growing. You can use the F6 key to start up to 15 group jobs, in addition to the base group job. At this point, you might want to try adding some of your own programs as group jobs. The programs that you add must be programs that do not require parameters.

Programming for Group Jobs

We will now look at a sample of a group job handling program. You will probably not want your operators to use the techniques that were described earlier, of using the CHGGRPA, TFRGRPJOB and SETATN-PGM commands. Those commands are convenient for knowledgeable data processing people to use, but are somewhat daunting for ordinary users. Also, you may want to limit your users, so that they don't have access to the Transfer to Group Job display that we have been using. The problem with this display is that the F6 key is always enabled to start a new group job. Unknowledgable or unscrupulous users may cause problems if they are allowed to use the F6 key. Because the F6 key prompts for the TFRGRPJOB command, you cannot simply revoke the authority to the command in an attempt to secure the F6 key. If you do, users will lose the ability to transfer between their group jobs because they are unable to use the TFRGRPJOB command. Instead of using the Transfer to Group Job display, you can create programs that incorporate the group job commands to provide group job functions for your users.

The programs shown in 5 are used as an example, which consists of a display format that is used as a menu in 5a, the main program shown in 5b, the Attn key handling program in 5c, and several sample programs shown in5d through 5g. You should key in these source members and create the objects in order to run the sample group job program. Be sure that you compile the code in the order presented in the figures. These examples are meant to simulate a typical environment where CL programs are called from fixed format menus. The example is not meant to be particu-larly useful in actual practice.

The programs shown in Figure 5 are used as an example, which consists of a display format that is used as a menu in Figure 5a, the main program shown in Figure 5b, the Attn key handling program in Figure 5c, and several sample programs shown in Figures 5d through 5g. You should key in these source members and create the objects in order to run the sample group job program. Be sure that you compile the code in the order presented in the figures. These examples are meant to simulate a typical environment where CL programs are called from fixed format menus. The example is not meant to be particu-larly useful in actual practice.

When you have created all of the ob-jects, you can start the group job program. Sign off, then sign back on, to create a fresh session. Be sure that the library containing the objects is in your library list. Call the group job program, #CP002CL, from the Command Entry display. That program starts by establishing a base group job (CMDENTRY) and setting the Attn key handling program for the job in which it is run. The RTVGRPA command is used to retrieve the name of the current group job. Indicator 31 is set off; this controls the display of the "Attn Key" literal in the display file. When the SNDRCVF command is run, the menu is displayed. The current group job name is displayed on the menu. The "Attn Key" literal is not displayed, because indicator 31 is off. That means that the display is being shown from the #CP002CL program.

The group job program #CP002CL contains four options. Option 1 is used to call the #CP002CLA program. Because we are within the group job that is using that program, we can simply call the program. The remaining menu options are processed with the TFRGRPJOB command, to create new group jobs and run the associated programs. If you have created the objects and are looking at the menu, you can select any of the four options.

When you select one of the options, the associated program, shown in Figures 5d through 5g, is called. These programs are similar, except for the command that is run. Each program sets the Attn key handling program, executes the command, then loops back

to the command. When you select any of the menu options for the first time, there is a delay while the new group job is started and the command is run for the first time. For example, if you select the WRK-OUTQ option, you see the WRKOUTQ display. From that display, you can press the Attn key to get back to the group jobs menu.

Each of the programs include the loop so that the group job is not ended. You can change one of the programs and see the effect. For example, change the #CP002CLB program (5e) by commenting out the GOTO line. Then recompile that program and restart the group job program. When you select the WRKOUTQ menu option, you can end the program by pressing Enter, F3 or F12; pressing the Attn key does not end the program. If you end the program, you are taken back to the previous group job. When you select the WRKOUTQ option, you again have the overhead required to start a new group job and run the command. It can be tricky to get the processing correct with group jobs; you have to know when a group job is active and when it is not. Using the Command Entry display option, you can use the TFRGRPJOB command with the *SELECT option to review the list of currently active group jobs.

Each of the programs include the loop so that the group job is not ended. You can change one of the programs and see the effect. For example, change the #CP002CLB program (Figure 5e) by commenting out the GOTO line. Then recompile that program and restart the group job program. When you select the WRKOUTQ menu option, you can end the program by pressing Enter, F3 or F12; pressing the Attn key does not end the program. If you end the program, you are taken back to the previous group job. When you select the WRKOUTQ option, you again have the overhead required to start a new group job and run the command. It can be tricky to get the processing correct with group jobs; you have to know when a group job is active and when it is not. Using the Command Entry display option, you can use the TFRGRPJOB command with the *SELECT option to review the list of currently active group jobs.

When you set up a group job menu for your users, you may have to spend some time with them to show them how to use the new functions. They may be conditioned to ending a program to go to another one. With group jobs, it is not necessary to end the program; they can simply use the Attn key from within a display to select the next program to go to. When they are done with the other program, they can use the Attn key to select the program to return to.

Ending a Group Job

You have just seen one way to end a group job: simply let the program that is within a group job end. You can also use the ENDGRPJOB command to end a group job. That command includes three parameters. The first, GRPJOB, is used to specify the group job that is to be ended. You can enter the name of a specific group job or use an asterisk (*) to end the current group job.

The second parameter is Resume Group Job (RSMGRPJOB). This is used to specify which group job is to be resumed when the named group job ends. You can supply the name of another currently active group job or use the default of *PRV to return to the previous group job.

The last parameter, LOG, is used to list or not list the job log. Its usage is the same as the LOG parameter on the SIGNOFF command.

If you end the last group job (the current job that you are in), the effect is the same as the SIGNOFF command. You can also use the SIGN-OFF command to end all of the active group jobs started from a session, no matter how many are currently active. The Work Management Guide (SC41-8078) includes an example of a program that you can use to end group jobs. That program uses the Retrieve Group Attributes (RTV-GRPA) command to process the list of currently active group jobs, ending each in succession.

Other Issues

There are some other things that you will want to consider when designing a group job processor. You may have to increase the count of some of the system values. The system values to check are the initial number of active jobs (QACTJOB), additional number of active jobs (QADLACTJ), initial total number of jobs (QTOTJOB) and additional number of total jobs (QADLTOTJ).

The Work Management Guide indicates that each group job uses about 1K of dedicated main storage in the mach-ine pool. This may be important, but not as much of a factor as in the past. The possible commitment of additional storage to the group job function is offset by the increased efficiency of the group job environment.

This is another of the performance trade-off issues; but if you are in a heavily interactive environment and are not pleased with response time, you may be able to use group jobs advantageously. If your investigation reveals that there are frequent changes to different programs (requiring file allocation, opening and program activation), using group jobs may provide enough of an enhancement that you can defer upgrading the CPU or the amount of memory.

Because each group job is a separate job, you cannot directly communicate between them. That is, one job cannot call a program in another job, access the QTEMP library in another job or use the local data area. However, when you establish a group job environment with the CHGGRPA command, a group data area is established for all of the group jobs started by that session. The group data area is 512 bytes long. The group data area can be changed with the CHGDTAARA command and re-trieved with the RTVDTAARA command. Instead of specifying a data area name, you use the special value *GDA with those commands. The RPG reference manuals do not mention the group data area as a data area that can be retrieved, so it looks like you will have to call a small CL program if you need access to the group data area from within an RPG program. The group data area applies to all group jobs started within the context of one session. For example, if you use a "dumb" terminal, with a primary and secondary job, you can start up to 16 group jobs from each session (16 from the primary and 16 from the secondary). Each of those sessions has its own group data area, inaccessible from the other session.

Related Commands

There are two other commands that are used with group jobs. The first, Retrieve Group Attributes (RTV-GRPA), is used to retrieve values pertaining to group jobs into CL program variables. These include the name of the group job in which the command is run, a list of all active group jobs for the session in which the command is run, the count of the number of active group jobs for the session, the message queue name and library associated with the group jobs, the name and number of the previous group job and a control code to indicate why the active job in a group is in control. Finally, the Check Record Locks (CHKRCDLCK) command can be used to determine if there are any record locks in a job. You can use this command in the Attn key handling program as one of the first commands that is run. When the command is run, escape message CPF321F ("Job holds...record locks") is sent if there are any record locks in the currently active group jobs. If there are any record locks, you should display a message to the operator and return to the active group job. That may help prevent a deadlock situation. Re-

member that transferring to another group job is an entirely separate job, as much as if run at a different terminal. The rules for record locking apply to group jobs.

Read More About Them

The primary reference about group jobs is the Work Management Guide (SC41- 8078, book SYSWKMGT on the CD-ROM). This manual contains an entire chapter on group jobs. You will find several examples of group job processing programs and additional discussion of how to control group jobs. You should certainly review the information in that chapter before creating a programmed group job environment.

At one time, group jobs were seen as the answer to the problem of not being able to go rapidly from one application to another. The popularity of this technique may be diminished now that multiple session PCs are widely available, and especially since some of the PC environments (Windows, OS/2) now provide multi-session capabilities. However, if you have a population of nonprogrammable workstations to support, you may want to investigate group jobs to see if the technique is useful in your installation.


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Figure 1A Setting up a simple Group Job environment

 
  Figure 1a: Setting Up a Simple Group Job Environment 
 
  CHGGRPA GRPJOB(QCMD) TEXT('QCMD - group job 1') 
 
  TFRGRPJOB GRPJOB(QPGMR) INLGRPPGM(QPGMMENU) + 
          TEXT('QPGMR - group job 2') 

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Figure 1B Transferring between Group Jobs

 
  Figure 1b: Transferring Between Group Jobs 
 
  TFRGRPJOB GRPJOB(*SELECT) 

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Figure 2 Transfer to Group Job Display

 
  Figure 2: Transfer to Group Job Display 
 
  Transfer to Group Job                    EDTDSP03 
                                                               System:   MC PGMR 
   Active group job  . . . :   QPGMR 
   Text  . . . . . . . . . :   QPGMR - group job 2 
 
 
   Type option, press Enter. 
     1=Transfer to group job 
 
           -----------Suspended Group Jobs------------ 
   Opt     Group Job      Text 
    -      QCMD           QCMD - group job 1 
 
 
 
 
 
  Bottom 
   F3=Exit   F5=Refresh   F6=Start a new group job   F12=Cancel 

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Figure 3 Group Job ATTN key program

 
  #CP001CL: + 
     PGM 
 
     TFRGRPJOB GRPJOB(*SELECT) 
 
     ENDPGM 

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Figure 4 Setting the ATTN key handling program

 
  Figure 4: Setting the Attn Key Handling Program 
 
  SETATNPGM PGM(#CP001CL) 

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Figure 5A Display file #CP002DF

 
       A                                      DSPSIZ(24 80 *DS3) 
       A                                      PRINT 
       A                                      CF03(03 'Exit') 
       A                                      CF12(12 'Cancel') 
       A                                      INDTXT(31 'Attn key processor') 
        * 
       A          R GRPJOB 
       A                                      BLINK 
       A                                  1 31'Group Job Selections' 
       A                                      DSPATR(HI) 
       A  31                              1 73'Attn Key' 
       A                                      DSPATR(HI) 
       A                                  2 26'Current Group Job:' 
       A            CURGRPJOB     10   O  2 46TEXT('Current group job') 
       A                                      DSPATR(HI) 
       A                                  4  2'Select one of the following:' 
       A                                      COLOR(BLU) 
       A                                  6  7'1. Command entry display' 
       A                                  7  7'2. WRKOUTQ display' 
       A                                  8  7'3. WRKJOBQ display' 
       A                                  9  7'4. WRKSBS display' 
       A                                 18  2'Your option:' 
       A                                 19  2'===>' 
       A            OPTION         1Y 0I 19  7TEXT('Option number') 
       A                                      VALUES(1 2 3 4) 
       A                                 23  2'F3=Exit   F12=Cancel' 
       A                                      COLOR(BLU) 

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Figure 5B CL program #CP002CL

 
  #CP002CL: + 
     PGM 
 
     DCLF FILE(#CP002DF) 
 
     CHGGRPA GRPJOB(CMDENTRY) TEXT('Command entry display') 
     SETATNPGM PGM(#CP003CL) 
     RTVGRPA GRPJOB(&CURGRPJOB) 
 
  LOOP: + 
     CHGVAR VAR(&IN31) VALUE('0') 
     SNDRCVF 
     IF COND(&IN03 *OR &IN12) THEN(RETURN) 
 
     IF COND(&OPTION *EQ 1) THEN(CALL PGM(#CP002CLA)) 
 
     IF COND(&OPTION *EQ 2) THEN(TFRGRPJOB GRPJOB(WRKOUTQ) + 
        INLGRPPGM(#CP002CLB) TEXT('WRKOUTQ group job')) 
 
     IF COND(&OPTION *EQ 3) THEN(TFRGRPJOB GRPJOB(WRKJOBQ) + 
        INLGRPPGM(#CP002CLC) TEXT('WRKJOBQ group job')) 
 
     IF COND(&OPTION *EQ 4) THEN(TFRGRPJOB GRPJOB(WRKSBS) + 
        INLGRPPGM(#CP002CLD) TEXT('WRKSBS group job')) 
 
     GOTO CMDLBL(LOOP) 
 
     ENDPGM 

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Figure 5C CL program #CP003CL

 
  #CP003CL: + 
     PGM 
 
     DCLF FILE(#CP002DF) 
 
     RTVGRPA GRPJOB(&CURGRPJOB) 
     CHGVAR VAR(&IN31) VALUE('1') 
 
     SNDRCVF 
     IF COND(&IN03 *OR &IN12) THEN(RETURN) 
 
     IF COND(&OPTION *EQ 1) THEN(DO) 
        IF COND(&CURGRPJOB *EQ 'CMDENTRY') THEN(RETURN) 
        ELSE CMD(TFRGRPJOB GRPJOB(CMDENTRY) INLGRPPGM(#CP002CLA) + 
           TEXT('Command Entry Display')) 
     ENDDO 
 
     IF COND(&OPTION *EQ 2) THEN(DO) 
        IF COND(&CURGRPJOB *EQ 'WRKOUTQ') THEN(RETURN) 
        ELSE CMD(TFRGRPJOB GRPJOB(WRKOUTQ) INLGRPPGM(#CP002CLB) + 
           TEXT('WRKOUTQ group job')) 
     ENDDO 
 
     IF COND(&OPTION *EQ 3) THEN(DO) 
        IF COND(&CURGRPJOB *EQ 'WRKJOBQ') THEN(RETURN) 
        ELSE CMD(TFRGRPJOB GRPJOB(WRKJOBQ) INLGRPPGM(#CP002CLC) + 
           TEXT('WRKJOBQ group job')) 
     ENDDO 
 
     IF COND(&OPTION *EQ 4) THEN(DO) 
        IF COND(&CURGRPJOB *EQ 'WRKSBS') THEN(RETURN) 
        ELSE CMD(TFRGRPJOB GRPJOB(WRKSBS) INLGRPPGM(#CP002CLD) + 
           TEXT('WRKSBS group job')) 
     ENDDO 
 
     ENDPGM 

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Figure 5D CL program #CP002CLA

 
  #CP002CLA: + 
     PGM 
 
     SETATNPGM PGM(#CP003CL) 
 
  A: + 
     CALL PGM(QCMD) 
     GOTO CMDLBL(A) 
 
     ENDPGM 

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Figure 5E CL program #CP002CLB

 
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    - How high availability (HA) applications often make critical events disappear
    - Event reporting and real-time alerting

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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!
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  • 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.
    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

    Plus, our experts will provide a live demonstration of how implementing a document management solution will quickly solve your paper-based problems, so you can be more

  • 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

     

  • TRY the One Package That Solves All Your Document Design and Printing Challenges

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    Produce bar code labels, electronic forms, ad hoc reports, and RFID tags – without programming! MarkMagic is the only document design and print solution that combines report writing, WYSIWYG label and forms design, and conditional printing in one integrated product. Why support 5 different products, when you can do it all with MarkMagic?

    - Drive over 450 different printer types.
    - Create invoices, statements, checks.
    - Set dynamic rules that transform output on the fly.
    - Conditionally distribute via Email, fax, or PDF.
    - Integrate with your current applications in minutes.
    - Preview printing on screen.
    - Native System i, Windows, AIX, Linux.

    Try MarkMagic today for free

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

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

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    Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. Messages need a response and resources must be monitored—often over multiple systems and across platforms. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution.
    Key features include:
    - 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
    Keep your critical applications and data available. Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

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

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    The thought of printing, distributing, and storing iSeries reports manually may reduce you to tears. Paper and labor costs associated with report generation can spiral out of control. Mountains of paper threaten to swamp your files. Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    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

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    For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i. With batch job creation and scheduling at its core, the Robot Job Scheduling Solution reduces the opportunity for human error and helps you maintain service levels, automating even the biggest, most complex runbooks.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. brKey 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.

  • MS Office Connector for Query/400...FREE Trial!

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    NGS' Qport Office enables Windows users to run IBM Query/400 queries to:
    - Create and update Excel spreadsheets and Access databases
    - Create Word documents
    - Send to Windows screen and PC printers
    No query conversion is required. Works with i5/OS V5R1 & above. Installs in minutes!
    If you don’t have a budget to replace IBM Query/400, but want your users to have one click enhanced output of their queries.... Request the online license agreement and product download instructions today!
    Offer good through December 31, 2016.

  • Control and Monitor User Access from Desktop PCs (ODBC, FTP)

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    Protect your company by monitoring network traffic to your IBM i servers with the industry-leading exit program, PowerTech Network Security.
    Without visibility into IBM i's exit points, your users could be viewing, changing, or even deleting sensitive data—and you wouldn’t know!
    Network Security lets you monitor and control access to over 30 exit points, including:

    - ODBC
    - FTP
    - DDM
    - Remote command
    - Fileserve (mapped drives to IFS)
    It’s easy to set up custom access rules and get notified in real-time when security events occur.
    Stop “back door” access today. Try Network Security free for 30 days.

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

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    More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. Managing the complexities of today's operating systems, business applications, and networks challenges even the most knowledgeable IT professionals. The cost to an enterprise of unplanned downtime, loss of human expertise during sick leave or vacation, and system/application or environmental failure can be devastating. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    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 (and staff) efficiency.