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RPG/400 and CL string handling has been enhanced-make the most of it.

Brief: String operations have changed dramatically since the AS/400 was first announced. We'll give you a concise review of the current state of string operations in RPG/400 and CL. Use these operations instead of array processing for string manipulations-it will make your programs much simpler to code and maintain.

When I played bass guitar many years ago, I virtually never changed the strings. After all, they were quite thick and never broke; and after they were stretched and broken in, I knew the spots on the strings that sounded flat and those that were resonant. Long after playing my last note, I find that I've retained my old string habits in my programming work. I have been working with RPG for as long as the bass has been retired to the closet, and now I find that I have resigned myself to using arrays to work with strings. But many recent enhancements to RPG/400 lead me to believe that it is time for some new thinking.

It seems that all of the complaints about the lack of string operations voiced by RPG programmers over the years have been answered all at once. The elementary needs of joining strings, extracting parts of strings, changing case of letters within strings and scanning and clearing strings are now operation codes in RPG. The introduction of these new operations in Version 1 of OS/400 met with criticism because of some basic oversights. The operations have been corrected in newer versions, and even more operations and options will be available in Version 2 Release 2.

This article reviews several of the string operations and processing available with Version 2 Release 1 RPG/400 and CL. If you are like me-still using array processing for basic string operations-you will find this very useful. When I began using some of the new operations, I constantly consulted the manual to check the syntax and options; but even so, the operations were much easier to use than the equivalent array processing.

Basic Operations

Perhaps the most fundamental issue in using strings is defining their contents. The CL DCL statements in 1 declare character variables (*CHAR) and assign them initial values at the same time.

Perhaps the most fundamental issue in using strings is defining their contents. The CL DCL statements in Figure 1 declare character variables (*CHAR) and assign them initial values at the same time.

RPG presents several available methods to initialize strings. You can use data structure subfields or named constants, as I've done in 2. You can also code strings by using literals in an array or by using combinations of MOVEL and MOVE operations.

RPG presents several available methods to initialize strings. You can use data structure subfields or named constants, as I've done in Figure 2. You can also code strings by using literals in an array or by using combinations of MOVEL and MOVE operations.

There are two reasons for defining the RPG strings as data structure subfields rather than as named constants. First, the subfield can be used to create a string variable of a certain length. The length of a named constant is specified by the number of characters in the constant. Second, the value of the subfield can be changed during the program execution; named constants cannot be changed. Using the subfield and named constant techniques shown, you can assign string values up to 256 characters long. Chapter 9 of the RPG User's Guide (SC09-1348) includes several examples of how to define long strings.

There are several operations you can perform on strings. I'll define them in full first; then you can refer to 3 where you can see them in action all at once.

There are several operations you can perform on strings. I'll define them in full first; then you can refer to Figure 3 where you can see them in action all at once.

Clearing: Clearing a character string means filling the entire string with blanks. The old value of the string is lost. In CL you use the CHGVAR command, specifying a single blank space in the VALUE parameter. You cannot specify a null character (two single quotes with no embedded blank) for the value; the program will fail to compile.

In RPG, the simplest way to clear a field is with the CLEAR operation. This has the same effect as moving *BLANK or *BLANKS to the field. CLEAR also has the panache of being somewhat object-oriented, so that you can "overload" CLEAR and use it to initialize numeric or indicator fields.

Assigning: Assigning means giving a variable a specific non-blank value; the old value contained in the variable is lost. You can assign either a literal or another variable.

In CL, you use the CHGVAR command, supplying the new value in the VALUE parameter. If the variable is longer than the value being assigned, the remaining space is padded with blanks. If the variable is shorter than the value, CHGVAR fills the variable, beginning from the left-hand side. The rest of the string is ignored.

In RPG, the MOVEL and MOVE operations assign values to variables; the difference between them is that MOVEL begins the assignment from the left end of the string, while MOVE begins the assignment from the right.

If the string is shorter than the variable, the rest of the variable is not padded with blanks as it happens in CL-the extra characters are left untouched! To avoid this problem, you must use the CLEAR operation before MOVEL or MOVE to ensure that there won't be any garbage characters left over from the old value. One of the Version 2 Release 2 enhancements discussed in the sidebar will make the CLEAR operation unnecessary in this situation.

By the way, this is a good time to note, once and for all, that you should be in the habit of using the RPG MOVEL operation as opposed to the MOVE operation, unless you have a very specific reason for doing otherwise. The reason, as I have already explained, is that MOVE performs the assignment beginning from the right end of the variable. If both the variable and the new value are of the same length, you can get away with MOVE; but if the variable is longer than the value, you may not get what you expected. (It once took me several hours to track down a bug that was caused by using MOVE where MOVEL was intended.) It's unfortunate that the operation codes are named as they are; it would have been easier if the MOVE operation performed the MOVEL function, and if there was a MOVER (Move Right) operation instead.

Concatenation: Concatenation is the operation you use to splice two strings together, making up a longer string. For example, think of one variable having your first name (FIRST) and another variable that holds your last name (LAST). Concatenating FIRST with LAST creates a field with your full name.

CL allows the use of operators *CAT, *BCAT and *TCAT. *CAT simply joins strings as they are. *BCAT and *TCAT remove all trailing blanks from the first string and then join it with the second string. The difference between *BCAT and *TCAT is that *BCAT forces one blank space between the two before joining them. So, to concatenate FIRST and LAST, you should use *BCAT. None of the CL concatenate operations strip leading blanks from the strings.

The RPG CAT operation is more flexible than its CL counterpart, in that you can specify the number of intervening blanks for the resulting string. Factor 1 and Factor 2 contain two strings to be concatenated. The string in Factor 2 is concatenated to the end of the string specified in Factor 1. The result field specifies the resulting string. The number of intervening blanks is indicated by appending :n to Factor 2, where n indicates the number of blanks. If you omit :n, the two strings are concatenated without removing or adding any blanks, the same way that a CL *CAT works.

One of the recent enhancements to the RPG CAT operation is the operation extender field, which is column 53 of the C-spec. If you enter a "P" into that field, the result field is padded on the right with blanks after the operation. This allows you to combine a CLEAR operation with the CAT operation, rather than having to specifically clear the result field before performing the concatenation.

Advanced Operations

Substring: Another fundamental operation, supported in both CL and RPG, is the substring operation. Substring is used to extract part of a string. You specify the starting position for the extraction, the number of characters to extract and the variable where the extracted characters are placed.

CL performs this operation with the %SUBSTRING (or %SST) function. %SST requires three positional parameters: the name of the original string variable, the starting location to begin extracting and the number of characters to extract.

In RPG, you use the SUBST operation. Factor 2 must have the name of the original string variable; Factor 1 is the number of characters to extract; and :n appended to Factor 2 indicates where to begin extracting. If :n is omitted, a starting position of 1 is assumed.

In both CL and RPG, the starting position and the number of characters to extract can be numeric variables or literals. Be careful when you specify these values. If you specify a starting position or number of characters to extract that equals zero or goes beyond the end of the string, you'll get a program error. You can use the MONMSG command (in CL) or an indicator in columns 56-57 (in RPG) to monitor for that condition.

The CL substring is more flexible than its RPG counterpart in that CL can use a substring as a "pseudo variable." For example:

 CHGVAR VAR(%SST(&STRING 3 1)) + VALUE('R') 

We don't want to extract part of the string; rather, we want to change part of a string. Starting at position 3 for a length of 1 character, &STRING is changed, placing a letter "R" there. If &STRING originally had the value "SOLE," it now becomes "SORE."

RPG currently lacks this capability. To code an equivalent function, you would have to use the SUBST operation to break the string apart, then the CAT operation to rejoin the string pieces with the replacement values. Or you could use the tired, tried-and-true method of moving the string to an array of single characters and changing one of the array elements.

Scanning: Scanning is the process of examining a string, or portion thereof, to find a shorter string. For example, the string "concatenate" contains the string "cat." When you scan "concatenate" for the string "cat," the scan function returns the value 4, the position where "cat" begins.

In RPG, you use the SCAN operation. If you want to look for a NEEDLE in a HAYSTACK, you need to put the search argument (NEEDLE) in Factor 1 and the HAYSTACK in Factor 2. Optionally, Factor 1 can contain a :n extender, indicating how many characters of NEEDLE you want to look for; similarly, Factor 2 can contain another :n extender, indicating where in HAYSTACK to begin the search.

You can use indicators or an optional result field to collect the result of the SCAN. If the result field is a numeric array, an entry is added each time the search argument is found. For example, if you search for "ss" is Mississippi, two entries would appear in the resulting array. The first element contains 3 and the second element contains 6. This process continues as long as space is available in the array and occurrences of the search argument are found.

If the result field is not an array, it must be a numeric field, in which case only the first occurrence of the search argument is reported. In either situation, a result of zero means that the search element was not found. For example, if you search for 'NEEDLE' in 'HAYSTACK,' the result will be zero.

Two resulting indicators can be coded for the SCAN operation, although the result field method is preferable. The indicator in columns 56-57 turns on if there is an error in the SCAN operation-for instance, if the starting position for the search, coded as :n, is greater than the number of positions in the string being searched. The indicator in columns 58-59 is activated if at least one occurrence is found. An indicator in 58-59 is required if no result field is coded.

CL uses a different method for scanning: you CALL an IBM-supplied program called QCLSCAN. QCLSCAN doesn't have RPG's capability to find all occurrences or to scan for just a few characters of the search argument, but it offers something else in return: the ability to scan using wild cards, to ignore case (for letters A-Z) and to trim trailing blanks from the search argument before scanning. The parameters for QCLSCAN are shown in 4.

CL uses a different method for scanning: you CALL an IBM-supplied program called QCLSCAN. QCLSCAN doesn't have RPG's capability to find all occurrences or to scan for just a few characters of the search argument, but it offers something else in return: the ability to scan using wild cards, to ignore case (for letters A-Z) and to trim trailing blanks from the search argument before scanning. The parameters for QCLSCAN are shown in Figure 4.

QCLSCAN reports the result of the scan by returning a result value in a decimal variable. If NEEDLE was found, the result variable contains the starting position within HAYSTACK. If not found, it returns zero. If QCLSCAN ends in error, it returns a negative number. You can see the complete documentation for QCLSCAN in the CL Programmer's Guide (SC41-8077).

Translation: Translating is the process of replacing all occurrences of one character with another, within a string. For example, the string MIZZIZZIPPI can be translated so that all Z's are changed to S's-that is, if spelling is important to you.

RPG handles translation with the XLATE operation. Factor 1 must contain two strings separated with a colon (:), listing the "from" pattern and the "to" pattern. Factor 2 contains the string being translated, and the result field names the field that will contain the translated string. An indicator appears in columns 56-57 if the XLATE operation ends in error (e.g., if the starting location is beyond the end of the search string).

CL translates by calling the IBM-supplied program QDCXLATE which, like QCLSCAN, is described in full in the CL Programmer's Guide. CL's QDCXLATE does not have RPG's flexible ability to create translate patterns on the fly. Instead, it forces you to create a translation table in order to perform any kind of translation. Fortunately, IBM provides several tables with OS/400, such as QSYSTRNTBL to convert lowercase to uppercase, or QASCII to convert EBCDIC characters to ASCII characters. See 5 for QDCXLATE parameters and the translation tables provided by IBM.

CL translates by calling the IBM-supplied program QDCXLATE which, like QCLSCAN, is described in full in the CL Programmer's Guide. CL's QDCXLATE does not have RPG's flexible ability to create translate patterns on the fly. Instead, it forces you to create a translation table in order to perform any kind of translation. Fortunately, IBM provides several tables with OS/400, such as QSYSTRNTBL to convert lowercase to uppercase, or QASCII to convert EBCDIC characters to ASCII characters. See Figure 5 for QDCXLATE parameters and the translation tables provided by IBM.

Check: Finally, string checking is the process of determining if all the characters in the string belong to a certain set of characters. For instance, you can check that a given string (which is supposed to contain a hexadecimal notation like "12F6") only contains the valid hexadecimal nybbles 0 to 9 and A to F.

RPG performs this function with the CHECK operation. Factor 1 is a string containing all the characters that are considered valid. Factor 2 contains the string to be checked, with an optional :n extension if you want to start checking at a certain position. The result field can contain either a numeric field or a numeric array, which will have the position(s) of the invalid characters found in the string. If all characters in the string are valid, the result field is zero. If you use a numeric array, CHECK reports multiple occurrences of invalid characters. An optional indicator in columns 56-57 can be used to monitor for an invalid condition such as a starting position beyond the end of the string.

CL has no equivalent of the CHECK operation.

Figurative Constants

There are several special values in RPG that are called figurative constants. Figurative constants can be used to set an entire string to specific values with a minimum of coding. The values of these constants are already defined; you simply use them as required.

Four of the most confusing figurative constants are *BLANK, *BLANKS, *ZERO and *ZEROS. The confusion arises from uncertainty about the equivalence of *BLANK and *BLANKS, and *ZERO and *ZEROS. In fact, the values in each pair are interchangeable. Moving *BLANK or *BLANKS to a field yields the same result: the field is set to all blanks. Similarly, you can use the Z-ADD operation to set a numeric field to zero, using either *ZERO or *ZEROS. In addition, if you use a move operation to move *BLANK or *BLANKS to a numeric field, the field is set to zero. Rather than struggling with any of this, simply use the CLEAR operation and don't worry about the type of field or whether or not it really is set to blanks.

Two figurative constants that are useful when setting keys for database file operations are *LOVAL and *HIVAL. When used with character fields, *LOVAL is defined as a string of nulls (hexadecimal '00'), the lowest character in the collating sequence, and *HIVAL is defined as a string of hexadecimal 'FF', the highest character. When used with numeric fields, *LOVAL and *HIVAL set the field to all nines with a negative or positive sign. You can set a key field to the *LOVAL value prior to using the SETLL operation, or to the *HIVAL value prior to using the SETGT operation. You can follow those with the READ or READP operations to read from the very beginning or the very end of the file.

A somewhat odd figurative constant, *ALL is used in conjunction with a move operation to repeat a character string through the length of a field. Now that named constants are part of RPG, it is probably simpler and clearer to set a field with a named constant value.

Finally, there are two figurative constants that you can use to set or test indicator values. Those are *ON and *OFF. *ON is set to all ones, *OFF to all zeros. You can use these to reset an *IN indicator value, or as part of the test on an IF or DOUxx operation.

Tying it Together

This overview of character string functions should give you a good starting point for exploring the versatility of string operations by using the new capabilities of RPG and CL. 3 summarizes and illustrates with RPG and CL code how these capabilities can be put to work. You'll still need to refer to the manuals for the exact syntax if these operations are new to you, but I think you'll find it very worthwhile to study, become familiar with and start using them. In my projects, I have gone back into existing code which uses arrays to manipulate strings and replaced it with the equivalent string operation. This was fairly easy to do and I think it will make future maintenance much easier. Try it for yourself!

This overview of character string functions should give you a good starting point for exploring the versatility of string operations by using the new capabilities of RPG and CL. Figure 3 summarizes and illustrates with RPG and CL code how these capabilities can be put to work. You'll still need to refer to the manuals for the exact syntax if these operations are new to you, but I think you'll find it very worthwhile to study, become familiar with and start using them. In my projects, I have gone back into existing code which uses arrays to manipulate strings and replaced it with the equivalent string operation. This was fairly easy to do and I think it will make future maintenance much easier. Try it for yourself!

RPG String Enhancements to Come in V2R2

When OS/400 Version 2 Release 2 becomes available later this year, there will be several additions to the RPG string operations. Briefly stated, these include:

Hexadecimal literals and hexadecimal named constants. This will make it easier to define hexadecimal fields, rather than using the current BITOF/BITON method. This is mostly of use if you are adding display attribute characters to output fields, or if you are working with user- defined data streams or other device control programming.

The CHEKR (Check Reverse) operation. This will work similarly to the CHECK operation, the difference being that the checking proceeds from right to left. This can be used to find the rightmost character of a string that is not found in the set of valid characters. Documentation also suggests that this can be used to determine the length of a string. (So why not just make a LEN opcode, and make it that much easier?)

Optional Factor 1 for CAT and SUBST operations. For the CAT operation, the result field is used as the Factor 1 field if you leave Factor 1 blank. This is similar to the numeric operations (ADD, SUB) that allow an optional Factor 1. For the SUBST operation, Factor 1 is used to specify the number of characters to extract from the string. If you do not supply a Factor 1 value, the length used is the number of characters from the specified starting position within the string to the end of the string. This is useful if you need to extract a rightmost part of the string without calculating the length of the portion to extract.

Operation code extender for the MOVEL, MOVE and MOVEA operations. You can include the operation code extender (column 53) with those operations. If you specify a letter "P" in column 53, the result field is padded with blanks after the move is complete. This eliminates the need to clear the result field prior to performing the move.


String Handling in RPG/400 and CL

Figure 1 Defining the variables

 Figure 1: Defining the Variables DCL VAR(&STRING1) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) VALUE('A TEST') DCL VAR(&STRING2) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(15) + VALUE('LONGER STRING') 
String Handling in RPG/400 and CL

Figure 2 Initializing RPG strings

 Figure 2: Initializing RPG Strings .... ....1.... ....2.... ....3.... ....4.... ....5.... ....6.... ....7 I DS I I 'A TEST' 1 10 STRNG1 I I 'LONGER STRING' 11 25 STRNG2 I 'RPG NAMED CONSTANT- C CONST I 'FIELD' .... ....1.... ....2.... ....3.... ....4.... ....5.... ....6.... ....7 
String Handling in RPG/400 and CL

Figure 3 The details of string handling

 Figure 3: The Details of String Handling OPERATION EXAMPLE OF CODE Clear CL: Fills a string with blanks CHGVAR VAR(&STRING2) VALUE(' ') from beginning to end. RPG: ..2....+....3....+....4....+....5....+ CLEARSTRNG2 EFFECT PRODUCED: (The following b's in Figure 3 represent a blank) Before: bbbbbbbbbb AbTESTbbbbbbbbb After: bbbbbbbbbb bbbbbbbbbbbbbbb Assignment CL: Gives one string the value of CHGVAR VAR(&STRING1) VALUE(&STRING2) another string. The old value of the receiving string is lost. RPG: ..2....+....3....+....4....+....5....+ CLEARSTRNG2 MOVELSTRNG1 STRNG2 Before: AbTESTbbbb LONGERbSTRINGbb After: AbTESTbbbb AbTESTbbbbbbbbb Concatenation CL: Joins two short strings together CHGVAR VAR(&STRING2) VALUE(&STRING1 + to create a longer string. *BCAT 'STRING') RPG: ..2....+....3....+....4....+....5....+ STRNG1 CAT 'STRING':1STRNG2 P Before: AbTESTbbbb After: AbTESTbbbb AbTESTbSTRINGbb Substring CL: Extracts part of a string and CHGVAR VAR(&STRING2) + places the extracted part into VALUE(%SST(&STRING1 3 4)) another string. RPG: ..2....+....3....+....4....+....5....+ 4 SUBSTSTRNG1:3 STRNG2 P Before: AbTESTbbbb AbTESTbSTRINGbb After: AbTESTbbbb TESTbbbbbbbbbbb Scan CL: Searches for the existence of a DCL VAR(&STRING1) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) pattern within a string, return- DCL VAR(&STRLEN) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(3 0) + ing the position where found VALUE(10) or 0 if not found. DCL VAR(&STRPOS) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(3 0) + VALUE(1) CL provides translation and DCL VAR(&PATTERN) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) + trimming before performing the VALUE('TEST') scan, in addition to wild cards. DCL VAR(&PATLEN) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(3 0) + VALUE(4) RPG supports multiple scans if DCL VAR(&XLATE) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(1) + the Result field is a numeric VALUE('0') array. DCL VAR(&TRIM) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(1) + VALUE('0') DCL VAR(&WILD) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(1) + VALUE(' ') DCL VAR(&RESULT) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(3 0) CALL PGM(QCLSCAN) PARM(&STRING1 + &STRLEN &STRPOS &PATTERN + &PATLEN &XLATE &TRIM &WILD + &RESULT) RPG: ..2....+....3....+....4....+....5....+ 'TEST' SCAN STRNG1:1 POS AbTESTbbbb Result=3 Translation CL: Replaces all occurrences of one DCL VAR(&STRLEN) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(3 0) + (or more) characters into anoth- VALUE(10) er character, according to a DCL VAR(&TBL) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) + translation table or pattern. VALUE('QSYSTRNTBL') DCL VAR(&TBLLIB) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) + VALUE('QSYS') CHGVAR VAR(&STRING1) VALUE('Translate') CALL PGM(QDCXLATE) PARM(&STRLEN + &STRING1 &TBL &TBLLIB) Before: Translateb After: TRANSLATEb RPG: ..2....+....3....+....4....+....5....+ MOVEL'06/01/92'STRNG1 '/':'-' XLATESTRNG1 STRNG2 Before: 06/01/92bb After: 06/01/92bb 06-01-92bbbbbbb Check CL: Verifies that all characters in Not supported. a string belong to a given set defined as another string. RPG: ..2....+....3....+....4....+....5....+ 'ABCDEF' CHECKSTRNG1 POS ABCDE12Fbb Pos=6 
String Handling in RPG/400 and CL

Figure 4 QCLSCAN program parameters

 Figure 4: QCLSCAN Program Parameters STRING - CHAR(1) - CHAR(999) Contains string to be translated STRLEN - PACK(3,0) Length of STRING STRPOS - PACK(3,0) Position in STRING at which to start scan PATTERN - CHAR(1) - CHAR(999) Pattern to scan for TRANSLATE - CHAR(1) If "1", translates lowercase to uppercase EBCDIC characters, "a" - "z" TRIM - CHAR(1) If "1", trim trailing blanks from PATTERN before scanning WILD - CHAR(1) Character in pattern in position to not be tested. If blank, all characters in pattern are used in the scan. The first character of the pattern cannot be a wild character. RESULT - PACK(3,0) Result field *GT 0 = position of first character of PATTERN in STRING *EQ 0 = PATTERN not found in STRING -1 = PATTERN longer than STRING -2 = PATTERN length less than 1 -3 = first character of PATTERN is a wild character -4 = PATTERN is all blank and TRIM is requested -5 = invalid STRPOS within STRING 
String Handling in RPG/400 and CL

Figure 5 QDCXLATE program parameters

 Figure 5: QDCXLATE Program Parameters BUFLEN - PACK(5,0) Length of field to be translated RANGE(1 32767) BUFFER - CHAR(*) Character field to be translated Translation is returned in this field SBCSTBLN - CHAR(10) SBCS (Single Byte Character Set) Translation table to use SBCSTBLL - CHAR(10) Library for SBCSTBLN Note: SBCSTBLN can be a user defined translation table or one of the IBM supplied tables Table Description ---------------- ------------------------------------------------------- QSYS/QASCII EBCDIC => ASCII QSYS/QEBCDIC ASCII => EBCDIC QSYS/QSYSTRNTBL lower case => upper case (unaccented "a" - "z") QUSRSYS/QCASE256 lower case => upper case (extended characters, with accent marks, translated to unaccented, "a" - "z") 
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    SB HelpSystems WP 5453For every breach that makes headlines, dozens of other organizations have had data stolen or corrupted by hackers—or even their own users. Cyberthreats become more sophisticated every year, raising the importance of proper security controls.
    The 2017 State of IBM i Security Study proves once more that many organizations running the IBM i operating system rely on system settings that leave data vulnerable. This is true across all industries for businesses large and small.
    Weak passwords, lax system auditing, and overly privileged users leave your server vulnerable to internal and external threats. A data breach caused by a cybercriminal or a negligent insider can cause irreparable damage to an organization of any size.
    The annual State of IBM i Security Study strives to help executives, IT managers, system administrators, and auditors understand the full extent of IBM i security exposures and how to correct them quickly and effectively.

    Order your copy of this year's guide here.

  • White Paper: Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization

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    If your business is thinking about modernizing your legacy IBM i (also known as AS/400 or iSeries) applications, you will want to read this white paper first!

    Download this paper and learn how Node.js can ensure that you:


    - Modernize on-time and budget - no more lengthy, costly, disruptive app rewrites!
    - Retain your IBM i systems of record
    - Find and hire new development talent
    - Integrate new Node.js applications with your existing RPG, Java, .Net, and PHP apps
    - Extend your IBM i capabilties to include Watson API, Cloud, and Internet of Things


    Read Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization Now!

     

  • Building a Sound Investment Strategy Through Technology

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    Learn how to combine automation software and IBM i to increase revenue and enhance customer experiences. Download the exclusive Help/Systems White Paper “Building a Sound Investment Strategy Through Technology.”

    This free four-page PDF, written by Help/Systems Director of Automation Technology Chuck Losinski, is packed with concise tips for IBM i. You’ll learn why Power Systems running IBM i are the key to a sound investment strategy. You’ll also discover how automation technologies such as batch processing, agent tasks, interactive processes, backups, report management, and system and message monitoring can save your company money while making your operations more reliable than ever.

  • A Successful Approach to Automated Monitoring in a Complex World

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    In this 45-minute recorded webinar, we dissect complex system monitoring by introducing best practices and smart techniques that will help you reduce and simplify your multi-platform monitoring workload.

  • Achieving Business Value Through VIOS

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    In this 45-minute recorded webinar, virtualization specialist Glenn Robinson joins Ash Giddings to discuss the use of VIOS in today’s demanding Power Systems environments. VIOS can help you realize real business value by reducing IT expenditure and adding the flexibility to grow and shrink resources according to data center demands through virtualization across IBM Power Systems estates.

  • ​Multi-Platform Application Monitoring

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    Make Application Monitoring Easy Across the IBM i, Windows, AIX, and Linux Platforms in Your Environment
    IT departments are constantly bombarded by information from a wide variety of operating systems, business applications, and critical processes. At the same time, the department must support a complex array of servers and devices running across their entire network.
    With limited resources and the need to keep costs in check, more and more is expected of operational staff to handle this information efficiently.
    In this 45-minute recorded webinar, we’ll dissect complex systems monitoring by introducing best practices and smart techniques that will help you:
    - Ensure vital business applications run smoothly and without disruption
    - Respond swiftly and with appropriate actions
    - Confirm that essential data is received at the right time
    - Prove service levels are maintained
    - Keep contingency and high availability strategies fully operational

  • ​IBM i War Stories from the Front Line

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    IBM i is great at managing varied workloads—the OS offers many built-in work management and system utilities to aid administration.
    But greater customization is sometimes necessary in the line of duty.
    Halcyon has built upon these utilities to deliver a number of advanced functions designed for you to take control of all of your day-to-day IBM i activities.
    During this on-demand webinar, our experts will demonstrate some of Halcyon’s capabilities and describe real-life scenarios that highlight how you can:

    - Reduce your alerting footprint by implementing leading-edge monitoring techniques 
    - Identify both organic growth and spikes in disk space utilization
    - Automate time-consuming housekeeping tasks
    - Take advantage of the powerful IBM i Services
    - Automate literally anything

    Set your sights on having the right monitoring solution, no matter what comes your way. Watch the recording today!

  • Work Smarter: Integrate IBM i and Desktop Applications

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    My desktop application users spend a lot of time manually generating and printing letters using IBM i data.
    Our team copies and pastes information between IBM i applications all the time. Launching a PC application from my IBM i screens is impossible today.
    Sound familiar?
    Too many businesses go through manual efforts to transfer documents and data across IBM i and desktop applications—especially ERPs. Whether you use JDE World, JDE EnterpriseOne, Infor, Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics, or any other ERP, chances are your employees are stuck transferring information manually. And all of that manual effort leads to hours upon hours of wasted time.
    But it doesn’t need to anymore.

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  • IBM i Resources Retiring?

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

    Watch this webcast now

  • IFS Security – Don’t Leave Your Server Vulnerable

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

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

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

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

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

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

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


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

    Watch this Webcast NOW!

  • The Truth About Viruses on IBM i

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

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

  • Business Process Automation with Robot

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

  • Find Out Why You Should Keep Data on IBM i

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

  • Mobile Apps for IBM i Monitoring

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

     

  • Speed Up Your Manufacturing and Distribution with Paperless Processes

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

  • Dock Door Signing Made Easy

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

  • 5 Reasons Developers Love Robot Schedule

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

  • Affordable Query Tool for Software Developers

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

  • Your introduction to RCAC and Authority Collection

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

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

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

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

  • ​Getting Started with IBM i Security: Event Auditing

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

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Securing PC Access

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

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

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

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

  • No Time for IBM I Security? No Problem

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

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

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

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

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: System Values

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • ​7 Habits of Highly Secure Organizations

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

  • An Introduction to PCI Compliance on IBM Power Systems

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

  • Implementing Multiple Layers of Defense

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

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

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

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

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

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

    Download and watch today!

     

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

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

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

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

    Download and watch today!

  • 2017 IBM i Marketplace Revealed

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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.

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

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