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Brief: Although every AS/400 has a relational database, OS/400 doesn't facilitate access to Structured Query Language (SQL) without the SQL/400 licensed program. The Execute SQL Statement (EXCSQLSTM) command presented here provides a command interface that allows easy access to the power of SQL.

If there is a need to access data from a relational database, you often see Structured Query Language (SQL) used. SQL was created to work with relational databases and it's one of the few common threads in client/server computing. SQL is a very English-like language. For example, the SQL statement to retrieve the customer name from a customer file might be SELECT CUSNME FROM CUSTFILE. SQL is a nonprocedural language which reduces the number of statements required to accomplish a task.

Although an SQL engine is provided as an integral part of OS/400, it is missing an interactive interface, report-writing functions, and a precompiler for embedding SQL statements in high-level language (HLL) application programs. To use these functions and perform application development, you must purchase the SQL/400 licensed program (the V3R1 version has been renamed DB2/400 Query Manager and SQL Development Kit).

For those AS/400 sites that can't justify the cost of the SQL licensed program, there is an alternative. The Execute SQL Statement (EXCSQLSTM) command presented here gives you access to OS/400's SQL engine in a limited, but powerful way. In the February 1992 issue of MC, a similar command called Run SQL Statement (RUNSQLSTM) was published. The EXCSQLSTM is an improved version of RUNSQLSTM.

What EXCSQLSTM Can Do

Almost any SQL statement can be specified with the EXCSQLSTM command. For example, you can create a table (a physical file) and update, delete, or insert rows (records) within the table. You can also create an index (a logical file) or select and sort records. EXCSQLSTM can be run from a command line or from a program, or it can be submitted to batch using the Submit Job (SBMJOB) command.

A powerful feature of the command is its ability to run SQL statements stored in source members. You can save SQL statements that you use repetitively, and the command can retrieve them at run time. The command also allows you to invoke SEU, so you can easily create, modify, and save SQL statements.

If you select records with the SQL SELECT statement, you can direct the output to the display, to a printer, or to an outfile. If output is directed to an outfile, you can specify a member name and whether you want to replace or add records.

Working with EXCSQLSTM

You can use the EXCSQLSTM command in two ways. You can execute an SQL statement contained in a source member, or you can pass a literal SQL statement through the SQL statement (SQLSTM) parameter. The EXCSQLSTM command prompt is illustrated in 1.

You can use the EXCSQLSTM command in two ways. You can execute an SQL statement contained in a source member, or you can pass a literal SQL statement through the SQL statement (SQLSTM) parameter. The EXCSQLSTM command prompt is illustrated in Figure 1.

By default, the command looks for an SQL statement from a source member because the default value of the SQLSTM parameter is *SOURCE. The command assumes your SQL statements are stored in a source physical file named QQMQRYSRC. This is the standard source file name used by IBM for Query Management query source members.

You can edit the query source member with SEU before the SQL statement executes by specifying a value of *YES in the Edit query source member (EDIT) parameter (see 1).

You can edit the query source member with SEU before the SQL statement executes by specifying a value of *YES in the Edit query source member (EDIT) parameter (see Figure 1).

If you direct the result of an SQL SELECT statement to an outfile, you can specify the qualified file name to be created. The default file name is SQLOUT, and the default library is QTEMP. Ad-ditionally, you can specify the member name to use and whether records are appended to or replaced in the member. The default member is the first member (*FIRST), and the default member option is to replace records (*REPLACE).

If you pass a literal SQL statement and use the command prompter, the statement cannot be more than 512 characters, since the largest input field the command prompter supplies is 512 characters. However if you execute the command without the prompter, you can enter a much larger SQL statement of up to 2,750 characters.

If you don't use the command prompter (F4) when you run the EXCSQLSTM command, you must enclose your SQL statement in single quotes. Any quotes used in the SQL statement therefore must be doubled. For example, the following SQL statement:

 SELECT * FROM VENDORFILE WHERE STATE = 'CA' would be specified in the SQLSTM parameter as: 'SELECT * FROM VENDORFILE WHERE STATE = ''CA''' 

An even more powerful way to use the EXCSQLSTM command is to embed it in a program. For example, you can use EXCSQLSTM in place of OPNQRYF to create a subset of a file in a particular order.

How it Works

The secret behind EXCSQLSTM is Query Management/400 (QM/400). This OS/400 facility allows you to compile SQL statements contained in a source member (type QMQRY) to a QM/400 query object (*QMQRY). The QM/400 query object can then be run with the Start Query Management Query (STRQMQRY) command.

The SQL statements used to create a QM/400 query object can also contain substitution variables. Values can be passed to these variables through the STRQMQRY command. The article, "Query Management Magic," MC, November 1994 shows how a complete SQL statement can be passed to a QM/400 query through a substitution variable. Pushing this technique a little further allows the EXCSQLSTM command to work.

EXCSQLSTM uses a QM/400 query, GENQRY, made up of 50 substitution variables. 2 illustrates this source member. As you can see, there are 50 variables defined (&S01 through &S50).

EXCSQLSTM uses a QM/400 query, GENQRY, made up of 50 substitution variables. Figure 2 illustrates this source member. As you can see, there are 50 variables defined (&S01 through &S50).

The key to making this technique work is dividing up the SQL statement (specified through the SQLSTM parameter or from a query source member). The SQL statement is divided into pieces that are 55 characters long and then the pieces are passed to the GENQRY object. For example, let's say you enter a literal SQL statement, 150 characters in length for SQLSTM. GENQRY variable &S01 accepts the first 55 characters, variable &S02 accepts the second 55 characters, and variable &S03 accepts the last 40 characters of the statement.

Suggestions and Limitations

If you end up with more than a few source members containing SQL statements, you should consider creating a PDM user-defined option to run the EXCSQLSTM command. Through the user-defined option function of PDM you can automatically pass the library, source file, and source member name to EXCSQLSTM. (For more information about creating PDM user-defined options, see the PDM Users Guide and Reference manual.)

The most significant limitation of the EXCSQLSTM command is its performance. SQL statements do not execute as quickly as they do using the SQL/400 licensed program. Although you can indirectly embed SQL into your programs using the EXCSQLSTM command, performance will not approach the performance of the SQL precompiler. With the SQL/400 licensed program precompiler, SQL function calls actually become part of your HLL program object.

If your SQL statement contains errors, QM/400 sends a general failure escape message QWM2701 ("STRQMQRY command failed.") You can get more detailed information about the reason for the fialure from the job log.

If you specify *YES in the EDIT parameter to indicate that you want to edit an existing QM/400 query source member and you submit the command to batch, the edit request will be ignored.

Installing EXCSQLSTM

If you don't already have a source physical file named QQMQRYSRC, the first thing you have to do is create one. The record length should be 91 bytes instead of the default of 92. You need to change the default record length because QM/400 uses a source file record length of 79 instead of the usual 80 used by most source members. Use the Create Source Physical file command like this.

 CRTSRCPF FILE(XXX/QQMQRYRC) + RCDLEN(91) 

Next, create the Query Management source member, GENQRY, illustrated in 2 and compile it according to the instructions at the beginning of the source member. Create and compile the EXCSQLSTM command shown in 3. Next, create and compile the CL program SQL003CL shown in 4.

Next, create the Query Management source member, GENQRY, illustrated in Figure 2 and compile it according to the instructions at the beginning of the source member. Create and compile the EXCSQLSTM command shown in Figure 3. Next, create and compile the CL program SQL003CL shown in Figure 4.

A Useful Tool

If you don't have SQL/400, and you want to tap some of the power of SQL or if all you want to do is learn a little about SQL, give the EXCSQLSTM command a try. Either way I think you'll find it a useful tool.

Richard Shaler is a senior technical editor for Midrange Computing.

References

PDM User's Guide and Reference (SC09-1339, CD-ROM QBKA0602).

Query Management/400 Programmer's Guide and Reference (SC41-0090, CD-ROM

QBKA7K01).

SQL/400 Programmer's Guide (SC41-9609, CD-ROM QBKA7F03).

SQL/400 Reference (SC41-9608, CD-ROM QBKA7H03).


The EXCSQLSTM Utility

Figure 1 The EXCSQLSTM Command

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The EXCSQLSTM Utility

Figure 2 The GENQRY Query Management Query Source Member

 --==================================================================== -- To compile: -- -- CRTQMQRY QMQRY(XXX/GENQRY) SRCFILE(XXX/QQMQRYSRC) -- --==================================================================== &S01&S02&S03&S04&S05&S06&S07&S08&S09&S10 &S11&S12&S13&S14&S15&S16&S17&S18&S19&S20 &S21&S22&S23&S24&S25&S26&S27&S28&S29&S30 &S31&S32&S33&S34&S35&S36&S37&S38&S39&S40 &S41&S42&S43&S44&S45&S46&S47&S48&S49&S50 
The EXCSQLSTM Utility

Figure 3 The EXCSQLSTM Command Source Member

 /*==================================================================*/ /* To compile: */ /* */ /* CRTCMD CMD(XXX/EXCSQLSTM) PGM(XXX/SQL003CL) + */ /* SRCFILE(XXX/QCMDSRC) */ /* */ /*==================================================================*/ EXCSQLSTM: CMD PROMPT('Execute SQL Statement') PARM KWD(SQLSTM) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(2750) + DFT(*SOURCE) EXPR(*YES) PROMPT('SQL + Statement') PARM KWD(OUTPUT) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(8) RSTD(*YES) + DFT(*) VALUES(* *PRINT *OUTFILE) + PROMPT('Output') PARM KWD(SRCF) TYPE(Q1) PMTCTL(PC1) PROMPT('Query + source file') Q1: QUAL TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) DFT(QQMQRYSRC) QUAL TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) DFT(*LIBL) + SPCVAL((*LIBL) (*CURLIB)) PROMPT('Library') PARM KWD(SRCMBR) TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) PMTCTL(PC1) + PROMPT('Query source member') PARM KWD(EDIT) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) RSTD(*YES) + DFT(*NO) VALUES(*NO *YES) PMTCTL(PC1) + PROMPT('Edit query source member') PC1: PMTCTL CTL(SQLSTM) COND((*EQ *SOURCE)) PARM KWD(OUTFILE) TYPE(Q2) PMTCTL(PC2) + PROMPT('File to receive output') Q2: QUAL TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) DFT(SQLOUT) QUAL TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) DFT(QTEMP) + SPCVAL((*LIBL) (*CURLIB)) PROMPT('Library') PARM KWD(OUTMBR) TYPE(E2) PMTCTL(PC2) + PROMPT('Output member options') E2: ELEM TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) DFT(*FIRST) + SPCVAL((*FIRST)) PROMPT('Member') ELEM TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(8) RSTD(*YES) DFT(*REPLACE) + VALUES(*REPLACE *ADD) PROMPT('Replace or + add records') PC2: PMTCTL CTL(OUTPUT) COND((*EQ *OUTFILE)) 
The EXCSQLSTM Utility

Figure 4 The SQL003CL Command Processing Program

 /*==================================================================*/ /* To compile: */ /* */ /* 1. Insure that a QQMQRYSRC source file exists in your library */ /* list. */ /* */ /* 2. CRTCLPGM PGM(XXX/SQL003CL) SRCFILE(XXX/QCLSRC) */ /* */ /*==================================================================*/ SQL003CL: + PGM PARM(&STM &OUTPUT &SRCF &SRCMBR &EDIT &OUTFILE &OUTMBR) DCLF FILE(QQMQRYSRC) /* Parameter variables */ DCL VAR(&EDIT) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) DCL VAR(&MBROPT) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(8) DCL VAR(&OUTFILE) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(20) DCL VAR(&OUTMBR) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(20) DCL VAR(&OUTPUT) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(8) DCL VAR(&SRCF) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(20) DCL VAR(&SRCMBR) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&STM) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(2750) /* Variables used for contrived values */ DCL VAR(&JOBTYPE) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(1) DCL VAR(&LASTCHAR) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&OFFSET) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(5 0) VALUE(0) DCL VAR(&MBRNAM) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&MBROPT) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(8) DCL VAR(&OUTFLIB) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&OUTFNAM) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&REMAINS) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(5 0) VALUE(0) DCL VAR(&SRCFLIB) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&SRCFNAM) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) /* Error processing variables */ DCL VAR(&ERRBYTES) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) VALUE(X'00000000') DCL VAR(&ERROR) TYPE(*LGL) VALUE('0') DCL VAR(&MSGKEY) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) DCL VAR(&MSGTYP) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) VALUE('*DIAG') DCL VAR(&MSGTYPCTR) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) VALUE(X'00000001') DCL VAR(&PGMMSGQ) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) VALUE('*') DCL VAR(&STKCTR) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) VALUE(X'00000001') MONMSG MSGID(CPF0000 QWM0000) EXEC(GOTO CMDLBL(ERRPROC)) /* Validate input */ IF COND(&OUTPUT *EQ '*OUTFILE') THEN(DO) CHGVAR VAR(&OUTFNAM) VALUE(%SST(&OUTFILE 1 10)) CHGVAR VAR(&OUTFLIB) VALUE(%SST(&OUTFILE 11 10)) CHGVAR VAR(&MBRNAM) VALUE(%SST(&OUTMBR 3 12)) CHGVAR VAR(&MBROPT) VALUE(%SST(&OUTMBR 13 8)) IF COND(&OUTFLIB *NE '*CURLIB' *AND &OUTFLIB *NE '*LIBL') + THEN(DO) CHKOBJ OBJ(&OUTFLIB) OBJTYPE(*LIB) ENDDO ENDDO RTVJOBA TYPE(&JOBTYPE) IF (&STM = '*SOURCE') THEN(DO) CHGVAR VAR(&SRCFNAM) VALUE(%SST(&SRCF 1 10)) CHGVAR VAR(&SRCFLIB) VALUE(%SST(&SRCF 11 10)) IF COND(&EDIT = '*YES' *AND &JOBTYPE *NE '0') THEN(STRSEU + SRCFILE(&SRCFLIB/&SRCFNAM) SRCMBR(&SRCMBR) OPTION(2)) OVRDBF FILE(QQMQRYSRC) TOFILE(&SRCFLIB/&SRCFNAM) MBR(&SRCMBR) CHGVAR VAR(&STM) VALUE(' ') READLOOP: + RCVF MONMSG MSGID(CPF0864) EXEC(GOTO CMDLBL(FORMAT)) IF COND((&LASTCHAR > ' ') *AND (%SST(&SRCDTA 1 1) > ' ')) + THEN(CHGVAR VAR(&STM) VALUE(&STM *TCAT &SRCDTA)) ELSE CMD(CHGVAR VAR(&STM) VALUE(&STM *BCAT &SRCDTA)) CHGVAR VAR(&LASTCHAR) VALUE(%SST(&SRCDTA 79 1)) GOTO CMDLBL(READLOOP) ENDDO FORMAT: + CHGVAR VAR(&OFFSET) VALUE(&OFFSET + 55) CHGVAR VAR(&REMAINS) VALUE(2751 - &OFFSET) IF COND(%SST(&STM &OFFSET 1) *EQ ' ' *AND %SST(&STM &OFFSET 2) + *NE ' ') THEN(CHGVAR VAR(&STM) VALUE(%SST(&STM 1 &OFFSET) + *CAT %SST(&STM &OFFSET &REMAINS))) IF COND(&OFFSET *LT 2695) THEN(GOTO CMDLBL(FORMAT)) IF COND(&OUTPUT = '*OUTFILE') THEN(STRQMQRY QMQRY(GENQRY) + OUTPUT(&OUTPUT) OUTFILE(&OUTFLIB/&OUTFNAM) OUTMBR(&MBRNAM + &MBROPT) SETVAR((S01 %SST(&STM 1 55)) (S02 %SST(&STM 56 55)) + (S03 %SST(&STM 111 55)) (S04 %SST(&STM 166 55)) (S05 + %SST(&STM 221 55)) (S06 %SST(&STM 276 55)) (S07 %SST(&STM 331 + 55)) (S08 %SST(&STM 386 55)) (S09 %SST(&STM 441 55)) (S10 + %SST(&STM 496 55)) (S11 %SST(&STM 551 55)) (S12 %SST(&STM 606 + 55)) (S13 %SST(&STM 661 55)) (S14 %SST(&STM 716 55)) (S15 + %SST(&STM 771 55)) (S16 %SST(&STM 826 55)) (S17 %SST(&STM 881 + 55)) (S18 %SST(&STM 936 55)) (S19 %SST(&STM 991 55)) (S20 + %SST(&STM 1046 55)) (S21 %SST(&STM 1101 55)) (S22 %SST(&STM + 1156 55)) (S23 %SST(&STM 1211 55)) (S24 %SST(&STM 1266 55)) + (S25 %SST(&STM 1321 55)) (S26 %SST(&STM 1376 55)) (S27 + %SST(&STM 1431 55)) (S28 %SST(&STM 1486 55)) (S29 %SST(&STM + 1541 55)) (S30 %SST(&STM 1596 55)) (S31 %SST(&STM 1651 55)) + (S32 %SST(&STM 1706 55)) (S33 %SST(&STM 1761 55)) (S34 + %SST(&STM 1816 55)) (S35 %SST(&STM 1871 55)) (S36 %SST(&STM + 1926 55)) (S37 %SST(&STM 1981 55)) (S38 %SST(&STM 2036 55)) + (S39 %SST(&STM 2091 55)) (S40 %SST(&STM 2146 55)) (S41 + %SST(&STM 2201 55)) (S42 %SST(&STM 2256 55)) (S43 %SST(&STM + 2311 55)) (S44 %SST(&STM 2366 55)) (S45 %SST(&STM 2421 55)) + (S46 %SST(&STM 2476 55)) (S47 %SST(&STM 2531 55)) (S48 + %SST(&STM 2586 55)) (S49 %SST(&STM 2641 55)) (S50 %SST(&STM + 2696 55)))) ELSE STRQMQRY QMQRY(GENQRY) OUTPUT(&OUTPUT) SETVAR((S01 + %SST(&STM 1 55)) (S02 %SST(&STM 56 55)) (S03 %SST(&STM 111 + 55)) (S04 %SST(&STM 166 55)) (S05 %SST(&STM 221 55)) (S06 + %SST(&STM 276 55)) (S07 %SST(&STM 331 55)) (S08 %SST(&STM 386 + 55)) (S09 %SST(&STM 441 55)) (S10 %SST(&STM 496 55)) (S11 + %SST(&STM 551 55)) (S12 %SST(&STM 606 55)) (S13 %SST(&STM 661 + 55)) (S14 %SST(&STM 716 55)) (S15 %SST(&STM 771 55)) (S16 + %SST(&STM 826 55)) (S17 %SST(&STM 881 55)) (S18 %SST(&STM 936 + 55)) (S19 %SST(&STM 991 55)) (S20 %SST(&STM 1046 55)) (S21 + %SST(&STM 1101 55)) (S22 %SST(&STM 1156 55)) (S23 %SST(&STM + 1211 55)) (S24 %SST(&STM 1266 55)) (S25 %SST(&STM 1321 55)) + (S26 %SST(&STM 1376 55)) (S27 %SST(&STM 1431 55)) (S28 + %SST(&STM 1486 55)) (S29 %SST(&STM 1541 55)) (S30 %SST(&STM + 1596 55)) (S31 %SST(&STM 1651 55)) (S32 %SST(&STM 1706 55)) + (S33 %SST(&STM 1761 55)) (S34 %SST(&STM 1816 55)) (S35 + %SST(&STM 1871 55)) (S36 %SST(&STM 1926 55)) (S37 %SST(&STM + 1981 55)) (S38 %SST(&STM 2036 55)) (S39 %SST(&STM 2091 55)) + (S40 %SST(&STM 2146 55)) (S41 %SST(&STM 2201 55)) (S42 + %SST(&STM 2256 55)) (S43 %SST(&STM 2311 55)) (S44 %SST(&STM + 2366 55)) (S45 %SST(&STM 2421 55)) (S46 %SST(&STM 2476 55)) + (S47 %SST(&STM 2531 55)) (S48 %SST(&STM 2586 55)) (S49 + %SST(&STM 2641 55)) (S50 %SST(&STM 2696 55))) GOTO CMDLBL(ENDPGM) ERRPROC: + IF COND(&ERROR) THEN(GOTO CMDLBL(ERRDONE)) ELSE CMD(CHGVAR VAR(&ERROR) VALUE('1')) /* Move all *DIAG messages to previous program queue */ CALL PGM(QMHMOVPM) PARM(&MSGKEY &MSGTYP &MSGTYPCTR &PGMMSGQ + &STKCTR &ERRBYTES) /* Resend last *ESCAPE message */ ERRDONE: + CALL PGM(QMHRSNEM) PARM(&MSGKEY &ERRBYTES) MONMSG MSGID(CPF0000) EXEC(DO) SNDPGMMSG MSGID(CPF3CF2) MSGF(QCPFMSG) MSGDTA('QMHRSNEM') + MSGTYPE(*ESCAPE) MONMSG MSGID(CPF0000) ENDDO ENDPGM: + ENDPGM 
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    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.

    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.