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Need a Web app to run on your IBM Power Systems server? Whether you adapt an existing app via Webfacing or create a new one from scratch, there are plenty of tools to help you.

 

Whether you run software apps over the Internet to primarily benefit your customers or your employees, the need for Web apps on IBM Power Systems (IBM i) machines is unavoidable. These days, the first question to answer is whether to modify one of your already-running workhorse apps or to build something completely new.

 

There's no one-size-fits-all answer, of course. If something older has all the functionality you need, it's probably better to go with the devil you know and use Webfacing to clone an Internet-friendly version of an old standby. On the other hand, if you need your software to do more and want to incorporate the best of Web 2.0 features from the ground up, "reinventing the wheel" has its upside.

 

Whichever strategy you choose, it's useful to know that there are 47 high-quality tools to help your enterprise follow either strategic path to make and maintain Web-friendly apps on your IBM i.

Relying on a Veteran

It's often the case that sticking with the tried-and-true apps is the best way to go. After all, they've been shaped and honed by practical business needs and experience, often going back years if not decades. Adapting a well-known app to run on the Web can cut down on user training time, sidestep resistance-to-change issues, and save some of the time everyone will need to adapt to any new way of doing things.

 

Because of the role WebSphere has played in the thinking of IBM and many IBM i users over the years, the most common term for referring to adapting existing apps to run over the Web is "Webfacing." Originated as a term to describe the process of Web-enabling applications to run in a WebSphere environment when IBM introduced that product, the term has become ubiquitous in the IBM world for the action itself. It's probably more common to hear the term "Webfacing" used than to hear "Web-enablement" or other synonyms.

 

What's actually meant in practice by "Webfacing" can have at least three meanings. First and most common is the idea that Webfacing is a conversion of an existing application to a form that's browser-friendly, a process that basically leaves you with an unchanged original app and a new version that is Web-accessible. Second is the concept that instead of simply converting code, Webfacing translates the business logic of an application into a new software object that is Internet-compatible. Third is the idea of translating an application to a form that's executable on one of the open-systems platforms (e.g., Linux, UNIX), from which it's made available to the Web, usually as part of a larger effort to consolidate applications running across multiple platforms.

 

One strategic implication of Webfacing you may want to consider is the advisability of converting your application systems to a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Some Webfacing tools specifically support SOA by encouraging deployment of code objects, interfaces, or whole applications as Web services.

 

If modernizing existing applications is the path for you, check out the first list of products below, Webfacing Tools for IBM i Applications.

Launching a Newbie

The second major way to Webify your enterprise applications is to build them from scratch. Although this usually takes longer than adapting a legacy app, it enables addition of new features that take full advantage of Web technology and new functions that can add to the usefulness of your software business tools.

 

Tools for building new applications break down into the categories of application generators, Interactive Development Environments (IDEs), and application frameworks that facilitate either building Web apps from scratch or using existing apps as templates for Web-friendly ones.

 

An application generator is a piece of software that builds applications via a description of business rules or problems to be solved. App generators build application source rather than rely on programmers to write it manually. Web application generators, in addition to producing application functions, include as part of the generated app all the code necessary to handle the application's interface to Web browsers, databases, and data-transfer functions.

 

In contrast, IDEs provide tools that help developers build source code in the more traditional way. Examples of integrated tools include editors for files, code, and databases; compilers for one or more high-level languages (HLLs); analyzers for tracking down error causes and predicting impacts of the new application on existing systems; and wizards that generate pieces of code to carry out specific functions.

 

Application frameworks combine aspects of IDEs and app generators without being firmly in either camp. Generally, they offer libraries of reusable code that perform certain functions but let programmers change or modify those functions and the way they're carried out. Application frameworks often also include a graphical interface for development, built-in APIs to facilitate integration with other apps, and support for object-oriented programming techniques.

Choosing Between Tool Types

There are tradeoffs to consider when choosing the type of tool with which to develop Web applications for your enterprise. Naturally, not all IDEs provide all the features included in our rough definition (and may provide others in addition), while some application generators include some tools more often found in IDEs—for example, impact analysis. Application frameworks generally follow a predetermined flow, and the code of the framework itself is not designed to be altered, which can make code running under one perform sub-optimally in some situations, but they do provide a uniform backdrop for multiple applications. IDEs let a human make decisions that can result in source code that runs more efficiently on a given platform than that produced by an application generator—though, for smaller applications, this efficiency difference may prove minor in actual production. The key differentiators in deciding among the three types are the skill of existing development staff and the number and size of the applications needing to be built. Some solutions complicate the decision by not falling neatly into any of the three application-building tool types.

 

An important additional consideration is the projected frequency of future software maintenance tasks and the resulting need to streamline that process to a greater or lesser degree. In other words, if you anticipate frequent changes to applications in order to respond to changing business conditions, the more you will need to consider better automation of the software maintenance/upgrade process. This may favor an application generator or a framework over an IDE, although overall an IDE gives the most flexibility for designing new software. Finally, you need to consider that, if making the investment in a toolset, you'll probably want to use it to build non-Web applications as well.

 

Some Web application-building product vendors tout the ability of their offerings to produce "Web 2.0" features. There isn't total agreement in the market about what Web 2.0 actually constitutes, and therefore exactly what each vendor means when they promise this requires careful investigation in each case. In general, though, 2.0 means features that go beyond mere browser accessibility to server applications and can include additional capabilities such as built-in support for video, social networking, hosted services, links, blogs, wikis, content categorization via tags, and user notifications that operate independently of times when users are actually accessing the application itself.

 

For a list of application-building solutions that generate Web-compatible software, see the second list below, labeled Solutions for Building New Web Apps.

Having It Both Ways

Perhaps it's the case that your enterprise requirements call for both modernizing legacy apps and writing new ones for the Web. In that case, you'll probably be most interested in solutions that can provide both functions rather than buying two different toolsets. The third list of products below, titled Solutions that Modernize Old Apps and Help Build New Ones, are the toolsets that can do it all for the IBM i.

 

For all three lists below, organized alphabetically by vendor name, we include a brief description of some major features and a hot link to Web pages where you can find out more and see how to contact the associated vendors. Please bear in mind that the product descriptions in the lists provided here simply mention a few highlights. For a more complete picture of the capabilities of each product, you should consult the links provided for each product and contact the associated vendors for more complete information on each product's features.

 

And as always when looking for products or services, be sure to check the MC Press Online Buyer's Guide.

Webfacing Tools for IBM i Applications

Advanced BusinessLink

Strategi webSTYLE

Strategi webSTYLE is a GUI generator for existing applications. It includes features such as multiple-session tabs that don't require use of multiple open windows, desktop 5250 emulation without any client software installation, and dynamic icons that replace function keys.

 

ASNA

Monarch

ASNA's Monarch Web-enables RPG-based applications by converting them to Microsoft .NET and optionally converts IBM i databases to SQL Server. Converted applications support GUIs with browser accessibility, Web services, n-tier architectures, and enterprise-wide application integration.

 

Business Computer Design International (BCD)

Presto

Presto lets developers equip IBM i apps with three optional levels of Web interfaces and customize interface details, enables browser access to 5250 interfaces with legacy RPG or COBOL applications and menus, and enables converted apps to run in a browser without residing on a PC. Presto functions with no source-code changes or recompiles of the original application.

 

Curbstone Corporation

Freestyle-400

Freestyle-400 converts RPG applications to Web accessibility via any browser but without conversion to Java or .NET.

 

Flynet

Flynet Viewer

Flynet Viewer incorporates graphical tools, a browser-based terminal emulator, and an IDE that generates Microsoft .NET components to convert IBM i applications into Web applications or Web services. Flynet Viewer records screens, relationships, and data flows within legacy apps to create Web-friendly versions.

 

Framework Systems

iSeries2Web

iSeries2Web provides a library of built-in functions that facilitate browser access to RPG-based legacy software. The solution lets developers access third-party data sources via XML and TCP-Socket connections, build new modules with graphical features, and reuse business logic from legacy apps.

 

Genesis V

LegacyWeb

LegacyWeb converts RPG- and COBOL-based applications to HTML, which lets the new version run in a browser environment. Alternatively, LegacyWeb can generate XML that functions as a bridge between legacy apps and wireless versions.

 

IBM Corporation

Rational Host Access Transformation Services (HATS)

WebSphere Development Studio Client for System i (WDSc)

Rational Host Access Transformation Services (HATS) translates 5250 apps to provide browser and other types of user interfaces, as well as extend them to function as standard Web services. HATS includes a built-in editor for developing additional Web services and macros.

 

WDSc for System i turns DDS display file source-members to either JavaServer Pages (JSP) or XML files to let the UI of any IBM i application run in a browser. Although particularly designed to help deploy legacy apps in a WebSphere environment, the changed applications can run via browser in a non-WebSphere environment as well. Style functions also offer developers customized UI attributes and appearance.

 

Interactive Dynamic Technologies

DEJA.400 AS/400 to J2EE Conversion Program

DEJA.400 AS/400 to J2EE Conversion Program is a J2EE application server and relational database engine. It helps Webface host applications by converting existing DB2 databases to relational databases, extracting business logic from RPG and CL code and converting it to Java, and transforming 5250 display screens to a browser-friendly equivalent.

 

LANSA

aXes

RAMP from LANSA

LANSA's aXes (which is also offered by Linoma Software under a partnership agreement) lets enterprises convert existing RPG and COBOL apps to Rich Internet apps via an automated process that requires no new code writing. Applications transformed with aXes optionally offer SSL security and XML Web connectivity. The product's eXtentions feature enables such functions as remote SQL queries, access to spooled files, and Windows-style GUI features generation.

 

RAMP from LANSA provides an application framework that enables assembly of applications from components built with RPG, Visual LANSA, Visual C#, Microsoft .NET, HTML, and AJAX to combine 5250 and Windows apps into new composite software that's browser-friendly. RAMP also includes a metadata repository of business rules and definitions that all apps share and from which developers can apply modifications across all existing apps as business needs change.

 

looksoftware

newlook

newlook is a Webfacing and refacing tool for IBM i and z applications. It delivers composite applications that tie together databases on multiple platforms, provides reusable components and Web-services support for SOA architectures, includes multichannel interface options, and is compatible with SSL, VPN, and other security arrangements.

 

ML–Software GmbH

iNEXT

The iNEXT solution converts server applications to Microsoft .NET on the fly and enables modifications to the legacy apps over time, which are translated to the .NET versions available to run in a browser. The translation process can be performed either by in-house developers or as a service from ML–Software.

 

Profound Logic Software

Genie

Genie converts legacy application interfaces to HTML without using applets, ActiveX controls, or PC clients. Genie's codeless visual designer lets programmers add graphical elements such as buttons, dropdowns, check boxes, images, and other Web elements. Enterprises converting apps with Genie can optionally use Profound's Atrium product to unify access to all Web-friendly IBM i software into a single menu.

 

Rocket Seagull

LegaSuite

LegaSuite is a library of tools for integrating IBM i apps into multiplatform and SOA environments, as well as for converting them to browser accessibility and adding Web-friendly enhancements such as dashboards and reports drawn from multiple sources.

 

Software AG

webMethods ApplinX

WebMethods ApplinX works with IBM i and z servers to convert existing applications to browser-accessible modes. ApplinX converts green-screen interfaces by translating them into J2EE Java, Microsoft .NET, or Web services modules for use in Web or SOA environments, leaving the original source code untouched.

 

Speedware

iModernize

iModernize (formerly ML-IMPACT) translates existing IBM i applications written in RPG and COBOL to Microsoft .NET and Java. The solution also handles conversion of supporting CL and DB2/400 code and physical and logical data files. In addition, it provides options for converting interface screens and printing utilities, includes an application analysis tool, and offers automated finished-app testing utilities.

Solutions for Building New Web Apps

Adventure Tech Group

iSafari

iSafari helps developers build new applications for Web and server and modify legacy ones, using IBM i sockets technology. iSafari works with third-party IDEs, provides an interface between browsers and application data, and is compatible with the IBM i security framework.

 

Apache Software Foundation (ASF)

Apache Wicket

Apache Wicket is an open-source application framework that lets users build new apps using Java and HTML. Wicket is supported by a community of developers and a growing set of open-source programming tools. To operate on the IBM i, it requires a Java compiler and the Apache Tomcat. Note that ASF is a membership community of individuals rather than corporations.

 

AURA Equipments

Easycom for .NET

Easycom for WebDev

Easycom for .NET operates with Windows Visual Studio and uses ADO .NET as a database access method to produce Windows-based Web applications that can call IBM i applications and access IBM i databases. The apps conform to IBM i integrity constraints, can call SQL stored procedures, use CL commands, and support Internet, intranet, and mobile-application deployment.

 

Built in cooperation with PC Soft, Easycom for WebDev brings Web 2.0 application development directly to the IBM i. Developers can build PHP-sourced Web, Windows, and mobile applications that run on PHP servers, including PHP for IBM i, or on Linux and Windows platforms. WebDev enables native access to IBM i databases (without using ActiveX, ODBC, or OLE DB), complies with IBM i security, and supports SSL and EIM for cross-platform communications and user identity management.

 

Business Computer Design International (BCD)

WebSmart ILE

WebSmart PHP

WebSmart ILE is a rapid Web application design tool for building CGI-based software that accesses DB2/400, SQL, and MySQL databases. Applications run under the basic Apache HTTP Web server.

 

WebSmart PHP functions similarly, generating applications in the PHP language, but generated apps can access a wider range of databases on multiple platforms.

 

Both WebSmart tools offer highlights such as support for Web 2.0 features, an interactive debugger, visual HTML editing, and change-management tools. Developers can use both products to either generate new software or enhance and Web-enable legacy apps.

 

CA

CA Plex

CA Plex is a multiplatform RAD tool that helps programmers build apps for server, Web, and SOA environments. Features include a language editor, GUI screen designers, a diagrammer, drag-and-drop business objects, and impact-analysis tools.

 

CNX Corporation

Valence

Valence offers an application framework for building RPG-based Web apps that run on IBM i, or retrofitting IBM i apps to run in a Web 2.0 environment. It includes a library of Java scripts that work with RPG, Web 2.0 browser components, a Web portal, integrated email support, an integrated PDF generator, and utility procedures for working with IFS paths.

 

Convertigo

Convertigo Enterprise Mashup Software (C-EMS)

If you have a Java compiler, C-EMS lets developers build Web mashup applications that compile information from a variety of applications, SQL databases, and Web-page sources. Based on Eclipse, C-EMS helps information workers integrate and publish business information gathered from a wide array of sources, expose IBM i resources as Web services, and combine them into Web 2.0 applications.

 

CoralTree Systems Ltd.

Renaissance Framework

The Renaissance Framework is an open-source collection of HTML, JavaScript code, service programs, and RPG ILE source that helps developers construct browser-based intranet applications for the IBM i. New software based on the framework offers compatibility with IBM i user security, session management features that maintain state across multiple page requests, data-update audit trails, and the ability to define data tables internally, among other features.

 

Framework Systems A/S

iSeries2web

The iSeries2web solution is a collection of built-in RPG functions that enable browser access to IBM i applications. It lets developers reuse business logic from legacy apps, build new modules with graphical features, and access third-party data sources via XML and TCP-Socket communications.

 

GeneXus USA

GeneXus

GeneXus is an application generator for IBM i and other platforms that creates code for Web 2.0 and server apps. GeneXus generates normalized databases to support applications and automatically generates new code to update app functions when users make changes to generated-application knowledge bases. It also includes support for impact analysis, Web services use, code reuse, team development, and workflow features.

 

IBM Corporation

WebSphere Application Server - Express

WebSphere Application Server - Express provides all the tools necessary for building dynamic Web sites and applications in Java on IBM i. The product includes support for Web services and other Web 2.0 features, built-in wizards and configurations, an assortment of open-standard programming models, and inherent security features.

 

Krengel Technology

RPG-XML Suite

RPG-XML Suite enables programmers to use XML from within RPG programs to call or provide Web services to IBM i applications. The product also lets developers create MS Word and Excel documents via XML and pass Web services and XML document streams to other i servers. RPG-XML Suite requires the Apache Tomcat server.

 

looksoftware

re:new

re:new offers a framework for rapid application development of applications for Web and IBM i servers. Designed to facilitate .NET application development on the IBM i, re:new also lets developers build new apps, extend and integrate existing apps, and incorporate Web services into legacy enterprise software.

 

LuckaSoft

EngInSite Editor for PHP

EngInSite Editor for PHP provides an IDE that helps developers create, edit, run, and debug application code written in the PHP language. It provides a code auto-complete function, an HTTP server emulation environment, debugging tools, code navigator, color-coding of source, and a code-performance analyzer.

 

Magic Software Enterprises

uniPaaS

uniPaaS is an application generator in three editions that offer varying features, including development wizards, multiple-language support, Web services provisioning, and XML direct access. uniPaas builds rich and classic Internet applications, server applications, and applications intended to be offered on a Software as a Service (SaaS) basis.

 

PGM Systems

iStart

PGM's iStart is a Web application generator that can build software from new and existing databases. The product's framework controls user interaction, database access, security, and error handling.

 

PlanetJ Corporation

Web Object Wizard (WOW)

WOW is a Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool and runtime engine designed to provide Web applications for the IBM i and other platforms. It lets developers build apps via a browser by simply specifying JDBC/SQL operations and configuring metadata. WOW runs on top of the IBM WebSphere server or Apache Tomcat and can access database systems of multiple vendors concurrently within generated apps.

 

Profound Logic Software

RPG Smart Pages (RPGsp)

RPG Smart Pages is a Web application IDE that includes an integrated visual debugger, code-editing and design tools, built-in charting, integrated source-control and change-management options, and wizards, templates, and code-snippet components that can form the building blocks of new software.

 

Surround Technologies

Solutions for LANSA

Surround's Solutions for LANSA are a family of products and services that help developers build new applications using LANSA software tools. Surround's offerings include a customizable development framework, a structured methodology and architecture for building new apps, Accelerator tools that shorten development time for producing new application interfaces, and a .NET service agent that helps integrate new applications into server and Web environments.

 

Zend Technologies

Zend Studio

Zend Studio is an IDE specifically for developing new Web and server applications in the PHP language, which runs on IBM i servers using a PHP compiler. Zend Studio uses the Zend Framework, which includes an extensive library of tools and resources that support application development, including enhanced source-code editing, refactoring, code assist and generation, and semantic analysis.

Solutions That  Modernize Old Apps and Help Build New Ones

ASNA

ASNA Visual RPG (AVR) for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET

AVR for .NET is an RPG compiler that integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio. It helps developers either modify existing RPG applications to run via a browser or generate completely new and browser-friendly IBM i apps. AVR-based apps are compatible with SOA architectures, provide data transparency between Windows and IBM i databases, and extend RPG source to be compatible with industry standards (e.g., XML, SOAP, RIA).

 

AURA Equipments

Easycom for PHP

In partnership with Zend Technologies, AURA offers Easycom for PHP, a Web and Windows application-building toolkit that extends the PHP language to use IBM i resources (e.g., databases, commands, data queues). Easycom lets developers reuse legacy applications and data to build Web versions, build new applications, and extend IBM i resources to Linux and Windows environments.

 

CA Technologies

CA 2E

CA 2E is an IDE that lets developers construct IBM i applications containing business logic retrieved from existing apps, new business logic, help text, databases, and other objects. It also provides a real-time environment for Web-enabling and extending such applications.

 

IBM Corporation

IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction

IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction is a successor product to WebSphere Development Studio Client (WDSc). The framework lets users build new apps and extend legacy ones to work in a Web environment and provides an assortment of development tools to automate and streamline the development process. It also helps developers construct Web 2.0 and user interfaces that connect to back-end applications written in RPG, COBOL, and EGL.

 

mrc

m-Power

m-Power generates Java code that both converts legacy software to browser compatibility and helps developers build new Web applications based on existing IBM i apps. The product can convert third-party software or custom programs and provides a tutorial interface that lets even non-programmers convert apps. Generated apps support secure access from anywhere, don't use time-consuming license checks, and operate across multiple platforms.

 

Pluta Brothers Design

PSC/400

PSC/400 provides three options for converting IBM i applications to run on the Web: a Web-enabled green-screen mode, a "gray-screen" JavaServer Pages (JSP) conversion mode using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and a rules-based application-generator mode.

 

System Objects Corporation

JACi400

JACi400 translates IBM i programs written in any high-level language to HTML so they are Web-accessible. JACi400 includes facilities for generating new application elements or completely original browser-friendly apps. The solution also provides deployment tools that can integrate a mix of converted, generated, and developed apps.

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John Ghrist

John Ghrist has been a journalist, programmer, and systems manager in the computer industry since 1982. He has covered the market for IBM i servers and their predecessor platforms for more than a quarter century and has attended more than 25 COMMON conferences. A former editor-in-chief with Defense Computing and a senior editor with SystemiNEWS, John has written and edited hundreds of articles and blogs for more than a dozen print and electronic publications. You can reach him at ghrist@comcast.net.

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    - 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

  • 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 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.

     

     

  • Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

    SB Profound WC GenericHave 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.
    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
    Watch Now.

  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

    SB Profound WC Generic The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security
    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
    Watch Now.

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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.