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

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

    Download and watch today!

     

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

    SB Profound WC 5541Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.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

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

     

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

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

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

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

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

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

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

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

     

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

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

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

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

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

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

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

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

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

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

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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

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

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

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

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

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

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

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

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

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

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

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

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

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

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