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"Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with."
--Bob Wells

Welcome to the IDE comparison column! When I mentioned in a previous column that I might compare the reigning champion (VisualAge for Java, or VAJ) with the up-and-coming contender (Eclipse's Java Development Tooling, or JDT, which for simplicity I am going to refer to as simply "Eclipse" in this column), I immediately got email asking that I do so as soon as possible. So, for all you who wrote in, this column is for you (here at MC Press, we try to be as responsive to our readers as possible!).

A single column isn't a lot of real estate to do a decent review of one IDE, much less compare two. However, I've managed to pick enough important areas to give you a real flavor of one IDE compared to the other, and hopefully I'll pique your interest enough for you to go out there and do some experimenting on your own...

...which you can do because both of these tools are free! Well, VAJ isn't exactly free. The free version of VAJ that you can download from IBM isn't capable of much more than HelloWorld. However, because you're a member of the Secret iSeries Society, if you have a compiler and you've been keeping up to date on your software subscription, you actually have VAJ available on your AS/400 or iSeries. Eclipse, on the other hand, is 100% free--all you have to do is download it.

In this article, I'll cover three functional areas:

  1. The Basics--install, start/stop, and look and feel
  2. Ease of Use--intuitiveness, responsiveness, integration
  3. Feature/Function--error handling, code completion, debugging

Then, I'll present a nice little graphic with my scores for each area.

The Basics

While the tools are free, you need a machine capable of running them. That may be the biggest hurdle, not only for VAJ but even more so for Eclipse and the JDT. Many of us who have grown up developing for the IBM midrange market aren't exactly known for having the latest PC. But if you want to be a Java programmer (indeed, if you want to do any development in IBM's brave new IDE world), you're going to need one. I suggest something like my new workstation: a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 with 1 GB of RAM and 40 GB of disk. I decided to compare the two from what amounted to a fresh install on that relatively hefty machine.

Install

Both were pretty clean, although I first had to install Windows on my brand new workstation. That took two hours (see my sidebar below on "Plug and Pray--Installing Windows on New Hardware").

Once Windows and Office was up and working, it was time to install Eclipse. Remember that you have to also have a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed; that's an additional step. I chose to use IBM's 1.3 environment, as opposed to Sun's 1.4 version. Either one will do.

  1. Download JRE and Eclipse (50 minutes on my DSL line)
  2. Install JRE (10 minutes)
  3. Install Eclipse (5 minutes)

VAJ was easier because it's self-contained and the setup software resides on the AS/400. To install VAJ, I simply executed the following steps:

  1. Copied the folder QIBMProdDataDevtoolsinstallimagecd3vajava to my hard drive
  2. Went into the "setup" folder and executed "setup.exe"
  3. Followed the prompts

That was it. Installation took about five minutes. So, from a setup standpoint, VAJ is easier and faster, but Eclipse isn't unbearably difficult. And what you have to keep in mind during all of these comparisons is the incontrovertible fact that VAJ is dead, so most of these comparisons are moot. But it's still good to know where we came from. Not everything new is good, and we need to be vigilant and vocal when the latest technology actually makes our lives as end users more difficult. For example, I'd insist that the WebSphere Development Studio Client (WDSc, the new release of which is based on Eclipse) be as easy to install as VAJ--that is, copy the latest version down from my IFS and run setup.exe. The installer would have an option to install all the required software bits, such as the JRE, in one automated operation.

Startup and Shutdown

VAJ is consistent. As shipped, it takes four seconds to start and four seconds to shut down. The shutdown process includes a synchronization of the repository, which is why it takes so long. If for some reason you terminate VAJ abnormally, startup time can increase dramatically, depending on the amount of data in your repository. However, there is a good chance that any unfinished work will still be available in the editor.

Eclipse, however, starts up slowly and finishes quickly. It takes about 11 seconds for the workbench to come up, but under a second to shut down. Abnormal termination doesn't affect the startup time, but any code you haven't saved is gone.

Look and Feel

Even with all the similarities (which I'll get to later in the article), the two IDEs have distinct characters. VAJ tends toward lots of independent windows. In the default configuration, every time you double-click something, you get a new window that you can manipulate independently of all the others. With the exception of the main menu bar, all the controls are very static, and while the little round buttons were probably state of the art awhile back, they're not very esthetic by today's standards.

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Figure 1: VAJ tends to treat individual windows independently.

Eclipse, on the other hand, is way chic. On my nice new 19-inch, flat-panel display (at only $850 from www.dell.com, it makes a great stocking stuffer!), the background is crisp and white and easy to read. Eclipse is built around the concept of multiple integrated panels, so even though the panels themselves (such as the Package Explorer, the Outline, and the Source View) are discrete, they are also integrated nicely into a single sizeable window. You can easily open multiple source members; each is shown in the source panel, and tabs allow you to navigate through the various open members. Eclipse allows you to split the source pane to see multiple members side by side, something VAJ can't match. And one of the nicest features is that simply clicking on the title bar (or tab) for a given source member will expand it to fill the entire Eclipse window. This makes for a particularly useful zoom feature.

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Figure 2: Eclipse's JDT provides a more integrated interface.

However, even though the Eclipse editor is quite a bit different from the old VAJ in certain aspects of look and feel, you can still tell that the two share a common heritage. You can open multiple windows if you'd like, just like in VAJ. Even many of the icons are familiar to us VAJ veterans. For example, here are the buttons for "run" and "debug" in VAJ:

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And here are the same buttons (reversed) for Eclipse:

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I don't know about you, but I'd be thinking copyright infringement, if it weren't for the fact that the same company (Object Technology International) is the driving force behind both products.

Ease of Use

This section is by its very nature going to be particularly subjective. Before you continue, you should probably understand that I'm probably one of the most avid VAJ enthusiasts around. I fell in love with the tool, and it has frankly been a key component of my success as a software developer. VAJ is truly a Java IDE as opposed to a warmed-over C or Pascal IDE, and because of this I've been able to develop code much more rapidly and effectively than I would otherwise.

That being the case, the fact that Eclipse seems to be moving back toward a "one size fits all" IDE doesn't appeal to me at first glance. So, realize that I went into this review for all intents and purposes with my mind pretty much dead set against Eclipse. I know that's not a good thing for any objective journalist, but in my case, my bias is so deep that I couldn't ignore it; the best I could do was acknowledge it.

Intuitiveness

Well, since we're being subjective, let's be completely subjective. Intuitiveness is entirely different for each individual, based on that person's background, experience, and any number of other factors. However, I think I can approach this part of the review with enough impartiality to make it worthwhile.

To start, Eclipse is a little more cluttered. Because of its nature as an IDE for all languages, Eclipse can't really take anything for granted. So while a project in VAJ can assume which JRE it is using (in fact, it uses the built-in JRE, a fact I'll comment upon again a little later), you have to tell Eclipse, and being a good IDE, it shows you. So in a project in Eclipse, you'll see more information than you might in a corresponding project in VAJ.

Second, the JDT in Eclipse is still a little less "Java-centric" than I would like. By that, I mean that certain capabilities are missing that I took for granted in VAJ. A good example occurs when I go to add a new class. In VAJ, I use the Create Class SmartGuide; in Eclipse, I use the New Java Class wizard. The two are very similar in look and feel.

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Figure 3: Here are the VAJ and Eclipse "Add Class" wizards, side by side.

However, there's a distinct difference. When I try to add a class named "zoog" in VAJ, the IDE realizes that I am breaking accepted Java conventions by not capitalizing the first letter of the class name, and it pops up a dialog telling me so (going so far as to offer a button that will fix it for me!). When I do the same thing in Eclipse, it blithely adds the poorly named class without even a mumble. I assume that's just because the Eclipse developers haven't yet built all the Java-centric abilities into the JDT that they had in VAJ. I hope the JDT team intends to address those little details.

Responsiveness

At least on my machine, neither program shows any signs of balkiness, even when scrolling through source or looking up method definitions. While I have heard some horror stories about some of the other Eclipse language editors being very slow, the Java editor runs just fine. Color changing for keywords never slows down my keying, and I am a very fast typist. However, this is not a cheap workstation. Even at today's prices, a machine of this power is probably going to cost you nearly $1,000. However, if you plan to venture into the world of client/server development, this is $1,000 that is very well-spent.

(Note: In the interest of truth in reporting, my particular machine, with hardware and software, cost closer to $2,500. A large part of that was the LCD monitor and new copies of W2K Pro and Office 2000.)

Integration

This is an area where VAJ actually doesn't measure up. Since VAJ was always pretty much a self-contained entity, it never really worked and played all that well with outside entities. And while you could add external entities to your projects, it was neither intuitive nor particularly easy to do so. Eclipse makes it very easy to add external libraries (in either .jar or .zip format) and folders. Not only that, Eclipse makes it very easy to assign a different JRE, which is absolutely crucial for developers. This was always one of the biggest downfalls of VAJ; you were stuck with whatever JRE was installed with the tool. With Eclipse, you can easily upgrade to and test with new versions of Java as they become available.

The one area of integration where VAJ still holds the upper hand is in the ability to quickly incorporate predefined "features." These features include things like the AS/400 Java Toolbox, Sun's servlet APIs, or the WebSphere Test Environment. Rather than make you go out and locate the pieces for those particular features, IBM kindly grouped them together into small units called "features" and made it a one-click process to incorporate one of these units into your package. This is a powerful capability, but the downside is that you only get to add the version of the feature that IBM supplies with VAJ.

What I'd like to see (are you listening out there, IDE developers?) is a centralized, Internet-accessible "feature" repository that would contain a list of the currently available versions of various features, with a one-click ability to download them to our workstation and add them to a project. Need the latest Struts release? Download it. The Xerces parser? Point and click. That would be sweet.

Feature/Function

I'm just getting to features, and already I'm running out of room. Well, I expected that, so let's just cut to the chase, shall we?

Error Handling

Error handling is superb in both tools. When you save a change in one class, it ripples through all the other classes in the IDE. Errors are clearly indicated, and nested errors percolate up through the layers. It's a little easier to spot a nested error in VAJ, but that's purely a nit. A more important difference is the fact that the dedicated "All Problems" list in VAJ is now replaced by the more generic "Tasks" pane in Eclipse. This view allows you not only to see all of your errors, but also to make your own notes as to tasks you wish to accomplish. It's still pretty primitive today, but the Tasks pane has the makings of a real productivity aid some day.

Code Completion

Again, the two IDEs are comparable. Both offer a very nice capability: press Ctrl-space at any point, and the IDE will try to complete your code. It will look at your current syntax and bring up a dropdown box with code that will fit. You can then either type letters to further refine the search or select an option and press Enter to let the IDE fill in the code. I think the Eclipse version is a little nicer, and Eclipse has an added feature: Simply position your cursor over a method or variable name, and Eclipse will attempt to bring up the Javadoc for the corresponding method or class. It's really quite nice.

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Figure 4: This is an example of the popup Javadoc available with Eclipse.

Debugging

Here, VAJ shines. This is almost entirely due to the tight integration of the WebSphere Test Environment. While Eclipse does a great job at breakpoints and variable inspection and modification, there's nothing like being able to fire up a servlet inside of VAJ and test the results. However, the new WDSc should support this sort of testing (and more besides), so I don't want to be too critical.

Conclusions

The conclusions actually surprised me. Review the table below:



VAJ
Eclipse
Basics
Install
5
3

Start/Stop
4
3

Look and Feel
3
5
Ease of Use
Intuitiveness
4
3

Responsiveness
5
5

Integration
3
4
Feature/Function
Error Handling
4
4

Code Completion
4
5

Debugging
5
3


37
35


4.1
3.9

Table 1: Results of the informal head-to-head competition

It was almost a dead heat. Considering the fact that I am highly biased toward VAJ and that Eclipse has to be a lot more things to a lot more people, I am very impressed with how well Eclipse did during my "first touch" testing.

Those who know me know I'll be putting the tool through far more rigorous exercise over the coming months, and I may need to revisit this particular subject at a later date. And if there is a particular area of VAJ that you want compared, please feel free to either post a reply to this column in the associated forum or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly.

Sidebar: Plug and Pray--Installing Windows on New Hardware


This is a minute-by-minute account of installing Windows 2000 Professional on a brand new machine with a popular motherboard from Intel, one with a very nice integrated Ethernet device. Note that this was not some one-off brand, but one of the most popular motherboards in the world.

2:00 p.m.--Began install.

2:05 p.m.--Finished reading End User License Agreement ( EULA). Since I'm neither in New Zealand nor planning to run any hospital equipment in Java, I told it to go ahead and format the disk.

2:30 p.m.--Disk formatted.

2:35 p.m.--Windows installer started asking about my system.

2:38 p.m.--Spent two minutes trying to figure out whether it's a B or an 8 in my stupid product key.

2:50 p.m.--Setup completed. Began rebooting.

3:00 p.m.--Ethernet device not recognized. Called manufacturer. Manufacturer said get drivers from Intel. Went to Intel. Spent 15 minutes finding drivers.

3:15 p.m.--Began downloading drivers.

3:30 p.m.--Realized drivers are way too big for a floppy, and I don't have a LAN connection. Thanked lucky stars I have a CD-ROM burner. Thanked other lucky stars that one of the drivers I do have is the CD drive.

3:40 p.m.--Burned disk. Copied drivers to hard drive. Began installing.

3:41 p.m.--Updated motherboard drivers. Reboot #1.

3:49 p.m.--Updated network drivers. LAN connection established.

3:50 p.m.--Updated Intel Application Accelerator drivers. Reboot #2.

3:52 p.m.--Logged in. Windows said it needed to reboot. Reboot #3.

3:57 p.m.--Updated audio drivers. Reboot #4.

3:59 p.m.--System came up! Internet Explorer explored! Began to install Office.

4:10 p.m.--After four tries with the product key, attempting both lowercase and uppercase, realized that there are two product keys. Used the second one. Installation began.

4:15 p.m.--Installation completed. Word worked. Time to start working on Eclipse!

So, in roughly two hours and 15 minutes, I was able to install a brand new copy of Windows on a brand new machine. Note that I still have to go and get the latest service packs and so on, but at least the machine is working.

Just as a comparison, I installed Red Hat Linux on this very same machine. I inserted the disk and booted the machine, which started the installation. The installer investigated my machine and determined the configuration, asked a couple of basic questions (like what IP address I wanted to use) and configured the machine. This took about 10 minutes. No downloads. No jockeying around.

Not only that, but after getting the configuration right, I wanted to move the configured system to another machine. I simply unplugged the hard drive from this box and plugged it into a completely different box. I rebooted, and Linux identified all the new hardware and reconfigured itself. The only glitch was in configuring the Ethernet card, but that took about five minutes to iron out.

Somehow, I don't think Windows will be so accommodating.

Joe Pluta is the founder and chief architect of Pluta Brothers Design, Inc. He has been working in the field since the late 1970s and has made a career of extending the IBM midrange, starting back in the days of the IBM System/3. Joe has used WebSphere extensively, especially as the base for PSC/400, the only product that can move your legacy systems to the Web using simple green-screen commands. You can reach Joe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Joe Pluta is the founder and chief architect of Pluta Brothers Design, Inc. He has been extending the IBM midrange since the days of the IBM System/3. Joe uses WebSphere extensively, especially as the base for PSC/400, the only product that can move your legacy systems to the Web using simple green-screen commands. He has written several books, including Developing Web 2.0 Applications with EGL for IBM i, E-Deployment: The Fastest Path to the Web, Eclipse: Step by Step, and WDSC: Step by Step. Joe performs onsite mentoring and speaks at user groups around the country. You can reach him at joepluta@plutabrothers.com.


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    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.