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Today's tools are getting so sophisticated that business users with no programming experience can easily develop robust applications.

 

The importance of tools to the IBM i community can't be underestimated, but they, like restaurants, come into and go out of favor depending on what clients need and what they are asking developers to do at the moment. Is it a Y2K challenge this month, or must you Web-enable a green-screen legacy program for which you don't have the source code? Most developers use a variety of tools for different tasks, mixing and matching depending on project requirements. At last count, there were some 80 tools available to developers to modernize or build new applications on IBM i.

 

So how did we ever come up with the top 10 development tools? What criteria did we use to determine which would make the top 10 list, and which ones would fall into the "others" category? I would like to say that the ones we picked were the most widely used or most popular and that we surveyed every developer in the midrange space and carefully tabulated who was using which tools—how many were using tool A versus tool B, etc. A noble effort indeed, but if I had such a list of all the developers in the world writing code for Power Systems, I would surely be a person revered and sought after by frenzied tool vendors eager to make another sale. Alas, I do not have such a list. The fact is, even the tool vendors don't know how many people are using their tools—or how many bought it and left it in the box after it arrived because it didn't do what they needed. Not all tool vendors who are giving away free versions of their tools are even asking people to register before downloading them. It's a jungle out there!

 

So I decided that I would have to apply my own subjective standards and pick the ones that I liked. It could be because I had overheard someone say something nice about the tool at a trade show, it could be because they have the best user testimonials on their Web site, or it could be because I have been briefed on some new technology recently introduced that impressed me. Having covered the IBM midrange industry for 20 years, however, I have to trust my instincts, and I decided I would just go on my gut.

 

There are also about a half dozen more that could have been, or even should have been, in our top-10 list, but that's just the point: it's the top 10, not the top 15. Someone had to be left off. Knowing that the list is the subjective expression of my personal favorites, does it really matter? Not really. It's just a list (ah, but what a list!). I might add that the chosen few are a mix of Web facing, Web enablement, new application development, and frameworks all mixed into a single list. That said, here are our top 10 favorites.

 

1. The big crackerjack in the group, one I think most would agree with, is IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software. You can develop for all operating systems running on Power— including IBM i, AIX, and Linux—from an Eclipse workbench that integrates a rich family of tools. It's a comprehensive application development environment intended to be used with IBM Power Systems compilers and fits in nicely with Rational Team Concert. You can create, maintain, or port applications to IBM Power. One of the big selling points of the tool is that, because many developers are familiar with the Eclipse environment, you can get them up to speed faster and transfer their skills across projects on the three different platforms since they can output the build in different languages, including Java, Java EE, C/C++, RPG, and COBOL.

 

Now, if you just want a tool for building new Web apps, then try Websphere Application Server - Express, which provides all the tools needed for building great Web applications in Java for IBM i. It has built-in wizards, an assortment of open-standard programming models, and built-in security features.

 

2. One of the most popular tools for RPG programmers in the new millennium is WebSmart PHP from Business Computer Design International (BCD). Yes, Zend Studio 9 is a very fine and popular tool too, and there are a gazillion free PHP development tools out there. But how many of these give you all the DB2/400 and MySQL application templates and wizards that WebSmart PHP does—and the great BCD support? And how many of them are designed for RPG programmers? Yes, we're talking about multi-platform Web applications here; otherwise, we would be mouthing about WebSmart ILE, which is ILE CGI based and helps get those legacy RPG applications out onto the Web.

 

Now you can do amazing things with PHP applications—look at Facebook—so learning to create apps in PHP doesn't mean that you are limited to Web applications, but if you already know RPG, you're probably going to use that for heavy lifting. Unless of course you want to run your application on Linux, UNIX, or Windows—hello! WebSmart PHP also comes with IBM i-centric PHP extensions that help you leverage your existing RPG code as well as skills.

 

It is not just a tool, by the way; WebSmart PHP is a complete IDE with PHP syntax-checking, prompting, and organization of more than 5,000 PHP functions. It also includes a visual HTML editor and built-in Model-View-Controller (MVC) that separates HTML from PHP. It comes with its own database repository for defining your business and presentation rules at the file level. If you're a BCD customer already, you will like the fact that it uses the same IDE as WebSmart ILE and Clover Query, so now you're getting up to speed faster. Once you've finished building a collection of PHP apps with WebSmart, you'll want to package them up for the users. Voila! WebSmart comes with a free copy of Nexus Portal (maintenance required) that provides a secure deployment framework for your PHP applications, including a dynamic menu system with drop-down menus and menu trees. It also has a secure log-in feature.

 

If all you want is Web-enablement of your legacy applications, then BCD Presto is doing some truly amazing things with refacing these days, allowing extensive GUI customizations and even calling newly written application extensions for enhanced program functionality.

 

3. looksoftware has been in the modernization game for quite some time now, offering its newlook rules-based dynamic environment, and the company was one of the first to jump on the Rational Open Access for RPG bandwagon when first announced by IBM. It was one of the few companies that had the technical expertise to build its own handler to work with RPG OA. It has a collection of tools that requires concentrated study to understand and appreciate all they do. For simplicity, it has bundled them all under the nice clean umbrella of "Dynamic Environment." looksoftware promises to reduce the time, cost, and effort of modernizing legacy applications with its re:new framework for rapid application development (RAD) for Web and IBM i servers. The company has taken the pragmatic position that if you want to develop new functionality, you very well could be better off doing it in the .NET environment, so they let you do just that—on the IBM i. There could be benefits down the road if you're having trouble finding just the right RPG programmer a few years from now.

 

With re:new, you can build new applications, for mobile and other clients, extend and integrate existing apps, and incorporate Web services into existing legacy software. Best of all, your applications can continue to be enhanced without repeated conversion, collection, or recompilation. You have the ability to respond to new business opportunities because your new object model architecture supports refacing, Web-enablement, new user interfaces, Web services, server access, and access to other databases, such as MS SQL Server, in addition to DB2.

 

Now, if you have a specific need, say integrating your back-end RPG applications with something more modern like MS Office or Outlook, looksoftware's snap products can do so quickly and painlessly. The company also has chosen to build, then give away for free, a product called ilook that provides a rich graphical user interface for legacy applications that is state of the art.

 

4. Another company that sees benefits in the .NET platform is ASNA. The company's Monarch product actually migrates RPG applications to .NET in what the company says is a "proven and highly automated" process rendering green-screens in the browser with ASP.NET. That was before the company released ASNA Wings. Employing the new IBM technology Rational Open Access for RPG, Wings leaves the RPG logic intact on IBM i while modernizing traditional 5250 green-screen interfaces. The company emphatically notes that this process is not screen-scraping; rather, it employs RPG OA to "naturally extend" the RPG applications using open standards and extensibility. Wings doesn't require a lot of analysis or migration of business logic and only changes the presentation layer so the backend logic and database access remain intact. You begin by modernizing the screens that are of greatest importance, and the others are presented using Wings' built-in 5250 terminal emulator. One of the nice things about Wings is that you can use a standard tool like Visual Studio with ASNA Visual RPG for .NET, VB.NET, or C# to extend and enhance the user interface. If you later choose to migrate your entire application out of RPG, you can do so with Monarch, reusing the same screens you have transformed with Wings. The Wings tool set offers a vast array of possibilities to get additional years out of your RPG applications.

 

5. LANSA is another company that has been in the modernization business for some time. It recognized early on that green-screens were going the way of the dinosaur and invested heavily in technology that allowed companies to modernize and, eventually, replace their older applications. It rejected the IBM solution offered with Rational Open Access for RPG, preferring instead its already mature modernization solutions.

 

The company has a staged approach to modernization. It offers aXes as a fast, effective, and impressive Web-enabling tool that buys you time to gradually renovate later the necessary parts of the application user interface. aXes transforms the 5250 screens to GUI Web pages through refacing at which point you can use aXes extensions to further customize the screens. It works well if you need to get on the Web yesterday and plan to have time to extend and enhance the look and feel of the application in the future.

 

A more thorough approach is to use the company's RAMP from LANSA product that addresses both immediate needs for a solution to green-screen modernization as well as long-term goals for application upgrades. The RAMP tool allows you to consolidate your 5250 applications into a graphical application framework that then allows you to build composite applications. At that point, you can start replacing the apps one component at a time. Once modernized with RAMP, an application can run on virtually any client device running Windows, Linux, Apple Mac, iPad, or Android tablet.

 

6. Perhaps the most steadfast and determined adopter of IBM RPG OA is Profound Logic. The company's Profound UI seemingly has broken the code on application modernization, using its handler that integrates nicely with the IBM OA opportunity. Releasing updates and new versions to its products as frequently as once a week, even Profound Logic would admit that the journey has been a challenge. Nevertheless, it is now cresting the hill and promises to offer one of the most useful and technically sophisticated modernization solutions on the market. It is one of the few, if not the only, non-screen-scraping solutions to handle everything natively in IBM i.

 

With a simple recompile, the once-staid green-screen not only now looks like a GUI (it is a GUI), but the elements on the screen can be manipulated in ways that would have required changes to the source code only a few months ago. A browser-based solution, Profound UI operates on IBM i systems running V4R3 or later. All components are installed on the server and utilized through a browser interface. Once Profound UI is activated, you can launch the Visual Designer. For applications for which you don't have source code, Profound Logic has Genie, a 5250 screen-refacing solution. The company's menu and navigation system is Atrium, which encourages users to create a Favorites database that allows renaming and organizing of frequently used applications.

 

7. Among the more creative application modernization solution companies to rise almost out of nowhere is CNX Corp. with its Valence framework for "RPG-centric" Web development. The company began as an AS/400 services and solutions provider, developed its own ATOMIC suite of order management and inventory control applications that works with IBM i ERP systems, and began looking for a Web application development tool set that would work with RPG applications. Not finding anything satisfactory on the market, CNX founders decided to build their own. The result is Valence, a framework, or collection of tools that allow the developer to interface your IBM i applications with graphical desktops, laptops, smartphones, and even touch-screen devices.

 

Valence runs natively on IBM i using RPG ILE and Apache Web Server, so you don't need to know anything about WebSphere Application Server, Java, or PHP. The Valence RPG Toolkit enables RPG programs to communicate with browsers, send physical file or RPG array data to front-end browser grids and trees and back again, and route embedded SQL results to a browser with a single line of RPG. The new Nitro App Builder allows the creation of IBM Web apps, including charts and graphs, data grids downloadable to Excel, and even kiosk-type apps without programming. The new Nitro File Editor allows for viewing and even editing of physical and logical file records in IBM i in an intuitive browser-based grid format. There are both free, or community edition, and paid versions of Valence.

 

8. In deference to the open-source crowd, our next pick is CoralTree Systems Ltd. and Renaissance Framework. Now at V5, Renaissance Framework is an open-source developer's platform for the creation and deployment of scalable, secure CGI-based applications on IBM i. Renaissance is a collection of RPG ILE programs, service programs, JavaScript code, and HTML designed to enable developers to quickly build quality browser-based intranet applications for an IBM i server. Created applications run on the IBM i's Apache HTTP server using CGIDEV2 procedures to deliver Web pages. Developers can not only download and use the Framework free of charge, but also incorporate it into any commercial application under the Open Source MPL License V1.1 (www.mozilla.org/MPL/).

 

According to CoralTree, Renaissance makes "extensive use of the CGIDEV2 development toolset," which in turn is based around the service program, CGISRVPGM2. This simplifies development by hiding the complexity of the HTTP APIs and allows HTML to be constructed dynamically from template HTML on the IFS. The Renaissance Framework provides integration with jQuery and jQuery UI JavaScript libraries, internationalization features, support for multiple environments, session management for maintaining state across multiple page requests, and IBM i user security and full audit trail of data updates.

 

9. Getting some buzz lately in the enterprise modernization arena is the venerable Magic Software, which continues to offer its widely known iBOLT integration solution but also provides developers with the uniPaaS 2 application platform for development. According to Magic, uniPaaS combines a business application engine with a single development framework and support for deploying on different operating systems. uniPaaS 2 supports .NET development for Windows-based applications while continuing to offer cross-platform support for multiple server platforms, including IBM i, AIX, and others. Only the Windows version of the uniPaaS deployment engine was ported to the .NET Framework, so uniPaaS 2 applications will continue to support non-Windows OSes including IBM i and AIX.

 

uniPaaS 2 combines uniPaaS Studio with a .NET user interface, and the new Magic runtime engine for client/server and server-side applications is based on the .NET framework. It uses controls from the Windows Forms .NET library as the GUI front-end that allows users working in client/server configurations to implement advanced GUI capabilities. uniPaaS 2 also supports deployment of mobile applications using native mobile clients, with Windows Phone and BlackBerry available currently and the other Apple and Android clients planned for future release.

 

10. The final pick in our top 10 was a tough call. I must admit that Apex Award winner m-Power from mrc, an IBM Business Partner that hosts a booth at all the COMMON conferences and steadfastly supports the organization, was a strong candidate, as was Web Object Wizard (WOW) from PlanetJ Corp., used to build other popular industry tools including CYBRA's EdgeMagic RFID control software (and now there is even a free community edition of WOW CE 7.0, an award-winning IBM i development tool). Both tools, however, generate Java code, rather than RPG, and thus are in a slightly different category. Zend Studio from Zend Technologies also was a candidate because it is such a widely accepted IDE all around the world, and IBM i now supports PHP.

 

Nevertheless, we decided to go with a relative newcomer, GeneXus X Evolution 2 from GeneXus, which can output RPG. The latest version that was just released last month allows for building once and deploying on multiple platforms, including mobile. The new version includes HTML 5 and supports easy deployment of applications to the cloud. In addition, it has a smart device generator that allows for support of tablets and smartphones, including iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android operating systems.

 

GeneXus believes that users in the future will determine the path of technology and that employers will have to cater to their needs. The bring-your-own-device paradigm will be standard operating procedure in the future, and GeneXus is building tools to make such accommodations possible. GeneXus can seamlessly integrate new applications into legacy systems while allowing developers to build state-of-the-art business intelligence, reporting, and Web-based solutions.

 

Among the benefits of GeneXus' Web Services and XML features are execution platforms that include Java/J2EE, .NET, .NET Compact Framework, and Ruby as well as operating systems that include IBM i, Linux, UNIX, Windows NT/2000/2003/2008 Servers, Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7, Windows Mobile, Blackberry OS, Google Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Applications can integrate with DB2, Informix, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server CE (Compact Edition), MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and more. Among the languages it outputs to are RPG, Java/J2EE, C#, Ruby, COBOL, Visual Basic, and Visual FoxPro. The apps can run on Microsoft IIS, Apache, WebSphere, and other Web servers.

 

GeneXus is popular in Mexico and Latin America and is starting to catch on in the U.S. Our bet is that we will be hearing more about it in North America in the future.

Others?

Needless to say, there are dozens of other tools we couldn't mention, so if we left your favorite one off the list, send us a note, and we will try to include it next time we do a wrap-up of our favorite development tools!

 

 

Chris Smith

Chris Smith was the Senior News Editor at MC Press Online from 2007 to 2012 and was responsible for the news content on the company's Web site. Chris has been writing about the IBM midrange industry since 1992 when he signed on with Duke Communications as West Coast Editor of News 3X/400. With a bachelor's from the University of California at Berkeley, where he majored in English and minored in Journalism, and a master's in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Chris later studied computer programming and AS/400 operations at Long Beach City College. An award-winning writer with two Maggie Awards, four business books, and a collection of poetry to his credit, Chris began his newspaper career as a reporter in northern California, later worked as night city editor for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, and went on to edit a national cable television trade magazine. He was Communications Manager for McDonnell Douglas Corp. in Long Beach, Calif., before it merged with Boeing, and oversaw implementation of the company's first IBM desktop publishing system there. An editor for MC Press Online since 2007, Chris has authored some 300 articles on a broad range of topics surrounding the IBM midrange platform that have appeared in the company's eight industry-leading newsletters. He can be reached at chriswriting@cs.com.

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    • 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.