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Introducing Microsoft ADO Programming for the AS/400

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ActiveX Data Object (ADO) is Microsoft’s strategic data access programming model for Windows applications. Based on the Component Object Model (COM) standard, it defines a set of high-level objects whose properties, events, and methods enable somewhat generic access to many data sources. These sources may include traditional database systems, such as the AS/400, and nontraditional applications, such as Microsoft Outlook. In this article, I will examine the important elements of the ADO object model from a programmer’s viewpoint and show you how to combine ADO, a COM/ActiveX programming language, and AS/400-based data to create an “automated document” with Microsoft Word. This article contains Visual Basic (VB) examples and assumes the reader has some familiarity with Windows component programming as well as the AS/400.

ADO and Universal Data Access

ADO replaces the data access objects (DAO) and the remote data objects (RDO) models as the new high-level language interface of choice for database applications on the Windows platform. While Windows still supports DAO and RDO, Microsoft has warned of their imminent demise. The reason for this is that ADO is built on top of another Microsoft data access technology, OLE DB. OLE DB and ADO are key ingredients of the so-called Universal Data Access paradigm promoted by Microsoft.

The goal of Universal Data Access is nothing less than the unification of all interfaces used to access data sources found in today’s workplace. It was designed to bring all Windows data-oriented interfaces into a single, component-based standard. Thus, OLE DB and ADO are COM-based: Their interfaces are described by a set of COM objects. Because they are COM-based, they may interoperate with other COM components, tools, and platform services. They also operate in component-supporting applications, such as the Microsoft Office suite. OLE DB is the low-level interface standard, implemented primarily by database vendors. ADO is the high-level interface implemented by Microsoft. In a nutshell, ADO masks the more-complex OLE DB interfaces to provide an easy-to-use object model. Additionally, the COM objects of ADO are ActiveX objects, qualifying them for use in “script” language environments, such as those used in Active Server Pages (ASPs).


AS/400 Access with Client Access

As of V3R1, IBM’s Client Access for Windows includes an OLE DB “provider” implementation, which may be used with ADO to access the AS/400. It also has an ODBC “driver” implementation, which may be used with Microsoft’s ODBC/OLE DB adapter provider and ADO to access the AS/400 or any other ODBC-enabled database. Microsoft has provided the ODBC adapter as an interim measure to help database vendors and programmers get started with ADO. Your ADO programs will likely run more efficiently if they use the native OLE DB provider distributed by the database vendor. See the sidebar
“Learn Much ADO” on page 46 for more information on using the Client Access OLE DB provider or ODBC.

ADO Objects

The object model of ADO was designed for simplicity and flexibility. It consists of six major objects, each reflecting an important detail of database access: Connection, Command, Parameter, Recordset, Field, and Error. Access is initiated via the Connection object, which represents a client/server connection to a database source. The Command object represents an access request, such as a query. The Recordset object defines the set of data associated with the use of a command or with the connection itself. The Parameter object represents any parameters that might need to be passed to a query or stored procedure via a Command object. The Field object represents the “column” data of the recordset. Finally, the Error object may represent an error returned from the data source. One view of the relationships between these objects is illustrated in Figure 1.

Connection

The Connection object is the pivot point for all other ADO objects. It has the expected methods, Open and Close, for initiating and terminating a connection to the data source. Its Execute method is used to initiate a request to the data source. This request can vary greatly depending upon the provider being used, but it is often an SQL statement or stored procedure call. The following Visual Basic code opens a database and performs a simple SQL query:

Dim adoCnxn As New ADODB.Connection
adoCnxn.Open “Provider=IBMDA400;Data" & _

"Source=MY400;”
adoCnxn.Execute “Select * from contacts" & _

"order by company”, , adCmdText

The Open method accepts a string describing the connection. The “Provider=x” substring must be present in this string so that ADO can identify the underlying OLE DB provider; in this case, it is the Client Access OLE DB provider IBMDA400. The remainder of this string is interpreted by the provider. MY400 identifies a valid Client Access connection to a particular AS/400.

The Execute method performs an SQL query. Notice that you can omit the second, optional parameter, which would return a record count. The adCmdText parameter identifies the command string as representing a textual command as opposed to a stored procedure or some other provider-dependent designation. The Connection object also has transaction-processing methods and several performance-tuning properties.

You may use the Command object as an alternative to the Connection object’s Execute command. In many cases, it is efficient to describe an access request with a reusable object. It can also be convenient to use more than one Command object for such things as


Command

accessing multiple database files. You could create a Command object to replace the Execute method in the previous examples (omitting the code to open the connection) in the following manner:

Dim adoCmd as New ADODB.Command
...

adoCmd.CommandText = “Select * from" & _

"contacts order by company”
adoCmd.CommandType = adCmdText
Set adoCmd.ActiveConnection = adoCnxn
adoCmd.Execute

This technique appears to require more effort, but, when you begin to use complex queries, the Command object can be very useful. The Command object contains the Prepared property, which may be used by providers that allow a “compiled” version of the command to be cached on the server, such as a compiled SQL command. The Client Access OLE DB provider supports this and allows SQL commands to be compiled and optimized once, then run multiple times, saving processing time on the server.

So far, it appears that ADO has been designed for SQL-based access. But you should note that ADO is suitable for use with other access patterns. The provider determines how Command strings are interpreted and, therefore, how they may be used for other access mechanisms. For example, the Client Access OLE DB provider allows record- level access as well as SQL-based access (see the related Redbook mentioned in the sidebar).

The most commonly used feature of the Command object is its support of operations with variable data. Suppose you now want to change the SQL query to retrieve rows containing a column with a certain value, such as “Select * from contacts where company=?” For this type of operation, a Parameter object is required.

Parameter

ADO uses the Parameter object to bind runtime values to Command object operations. At runtime, you want to replace the question mark (?) with the value of a variable named companyName. This can be accomplished in VB with the following code:

Dim adoParm as New ADODB.Parameter
Dim companyName as String
...

adoCmd.CommandText = “Select * from" & _

"contacts where company=?”
adoCmd.CommandType = adCmdText
Set adoCmd.ActiveConnection = adoCnxn
Set adoParm = _
adoCmd.CreateParameter(“P1”,adChar, _
adParamInput,30)
...

adoParm.Value = companyName
adoCmd.Parameters.Append adoParm
adoCmd.Execute

Here, I’ve used the CreateParameter method of Command to create a parameter for the query. The Parameter object is named P1; it’s a character-type value (adChar). It’s specified for input to the Command (adParamInput), and it has a length of 30 characters. In the line that follows, the Parameter object’s Value property is set to the value of the variable. Next, the Parameter object is added to the Command object’s Parameters collection. A collection is a special property of an object containing references to a set of


similarly structured properties; in this case, it is a set of parameters passed to a command. Finally, the Execute method is called to run the query.

Recordset

By now, you may be wondering, “What about the data?” Your program will use the Recordset object to retrieve the results of Command object executions, which, for query operations, may contain data. In fact, the Execute methods you’ve seen in the examples thus far return a Recordset instance as a result; you simply have not yet assigned that result to an instance variable. This task is a simple object variable assignment involving Set, as follows:

Dim adoRcdset as New ADODB.Recordset
...

Set adoRcdSet = adoCmd.Execute

The Recordset object is often compared to the AS/400 concept of subfiles. It reflects a set of records returned by the provider. Methods are provided to iterate and move a cursor through the records. Properties reflecting the cursor’s position (AbsolutePosition, EOF, and BOF) are set as you use these methods. You can use the Bookmark property to remember the current position of the record cursor in order to return to it after some other processing of the Recordset.

In another example of ADO flexibility, the Recordset object is used to retrieve records without the direct use of either Command or Connection objects:

Dim adoRcdset As New ADODB.Recordset
adoRcdset.Open “Select * from contacts" & _

order by company”, _

“Provider=IBMDA400;Data" & _

"Source=MY400;”, , , adCmdText

The Open method fills the adoRcdset object with data from the query command. The method’s first parameter may be any variable that evaluates to a valid Command object; in this case, it is simply a command string that the Open method internally converts to a Command object. Likewise, the second parameter is a connection string that is used to create a Connection object internally. Note that, instead of passing them, you could have used object variables for Command and Connection objects.

The most important collection contained by a Recordset is the Fields collection. This is where the data is (finally!). The Fields collection consists of a set of Field objects. Data values to be viewed or changed are contained in Field objects. The Field object contains properties reflecting the type of the data, including size, numeric properties, and column name.

The “default” property of a Field is its Value property; this makes it easy to access the data, as shown in the following example of accessing the COMPANY field of a record:

Dim companyVar as String
companyVar = adoRcdset.Fields(“COMPANY”)
companyVar = adoRcdset.Fields(1)
companyVar = adoRcdset.Fields(1).Value

To illustrate a couple of points, the last three lines actually do the same thing, assigning the value of the COMPANY field to the companyVar string. The second line grabs the field’s default property, which happens to be the field’s value, by referencing it


Field

by name (“COMPANY”). You can reference any Field object in a recordset by name. You can also reference it by position within the recordset, as is shown in the third line. Since the field “COMPANY” is the first one in the recordset, the company name is returned. The fourth line specifies exactly which property to retrieve from the first field in the recordset. In this case, you’re again retrieving the field’s actual data by referencing its “Value” property. This is done implicitly in the second and third lines, because “Value” is the default property of the Field object. Other properties you can reference include things like the type and size of the field.

ADO error-handling allows data source providers to append Error objects to the Errors collection of the active Connection object of an ADO operation. This is important when operations consist of several steps or when error details cannot be provided by a single error code. Although ADO also uses the standard ActiveX error-handling mechanism (in VB, this is exposed through the Error object), the Errors collection allows for a finer grain of error detail. The Client Access OLE DB provider supports this, and members of the Errors collection reflect information similar to what appears in an AS/400 job log when an error occurs.

An ADO Example Application

The example ADO application is a simple fax cover-sheet generator. Implemented as a Word “add in,” this program uses the ActiveX components of Word and ADO for manipulating the front-end Word document and calling the OLE DB provider. On the back- end, Client Access and the AS/400 provide the data. The document template used is a slightly modified version of the contemporary fax template distributed with Word. Upon invoking the add-in function, a dialog prompts for the name of the company to send the fax to. Using this name, a query for the company’s contact information is formed, and the results are used to populate the recipient and fax number fields of the fax template. Figure 2 shows a cover sheet that was created with the add-in and includes contact information for the Microsoft company.

The add-in was built with Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), yet another subset incarnation of VB. Microsoft specifies VBA as the “script language” for the Office 2000 product line. Creating Word add-ins is extremely easy with VBA. You simply create a new template in Word, press Alt + F11, and you get an IDE very similar to the standard VB IDE. From there, you use the components of Word to write your add-in. Then save your application as a .dot Word document template file to be subsequently loaded and run in Word. (This example is available—as a zip archive—for download from the MC Web site at www.midrangecomputing.com/mc.)

Look at the data access code in the example. First, ADO Connection, Command, and Parameter objects are defined as properties of the data access class module. The Class_Initialize subroutine is called when an instance of the class is created. In Class_Initialize, you first set the properties of the command to be used to query for the contact information as follows:

adoCmd.CommandText = “SELECT * FROM" & _

"CONTACTS WHERE (COMPANY=?)”
adoCmd.CommandType = adCmdText

CONTACTS is the name of the file to be accessed on the AS/400. CONTACTS is a simple physical file keyed on the COMPANY field. It contains three other
fields—CONTACT, FAX, and VOICE—containing a contact name, fax number, and voice number, respectively. Notice that the query specifies a variable parameter. The next two lines of Class_Initialize set up the parameter as follows:


Error

Set adoParm = _ adoCmd.CreateParameter(“companyval”, _

adChar, adParamInput, 30, “”)
adoCmd.Parameters.Append adoParm

This appends a new parameter to the empty Parameters collection of the command. Now you are ready to handle query requests, as exposed by the class’s GetContact subroutine. The following subroutine accepts the company name as an input parameter and returns a fax number and contact name. It opens the connection, sets the parameter value, executes the query, obtains any results, and, finally, closes the connection.

Dim adoRcdSet As ADODB.Recordset
adoCnxn.Open “Provider=MSDASQL.1;” & _

“Extended Properties=””DSN=ASH”””
adoParm.Value = company
Set adoRcdSet = adoCmd.Execute
If adoRcdSet.EOF = False Then

faxnumber = _

Trim(adoRcdSet.Fields(“FAX”)) _

contact = Trim(adoRcdSet.Fields _

(“CONTACT”))
End If
adoCnxn.Close

After the Execute call, check for results by examining the EOF property of the Recordset object. If it is not empty, the fields of the first (and hopefully only) record are read and assigned to the return variables faxnumber and contact. You might notice that the MSDASQL provider is specified in the Open method. This is the Microsoft ODBC adapter provider, which, in this case, references an ODBC data source name (DSN). This DSN is set up to use the Client Access ODBC provider.

I’ll leave to you the complete analysis of the module, manipulating the Word components to create the document. Basically, this consists of two standard add-in subroutines, AutoExec and AutoExit, called by Word when the add-in is loaded. This boilerplate is adapted from a Microsoft “how to” document for add-ins (see the sidebar for more on this). AutoExec uses Word interfaces for adding an item to the Tools menu. This allows the add-in to be invoked by the user (from the Tools menu, select Send a customer fax). It also registers the name of the subroutine to invoke when the menu item is selected. This subroutine creates an instance of the class module, opens the fax template document, prompts the user for input, and calls the GetContact routine.

Is ADO Right for You?

Most major database vendors already support OLE DB, and more will follow. Also, many directory-oriented services are OLE DB/ ADO-enabled, such as Active Directory. Unless you are coding in C++ or another language suitable for using the OLE DB interfaces directly, ADO is a simple alternative. Also consider other aspects of ADO and Universal Data Access not mentioned here when assessing this technology, such as the Remote Data Service (RDS) facility of ADO. Finally, despite what I’ve covered here, remember that ADO is not SQL-centric, though it is SQL-enabling. Although the interfaces of ADO are open-ended by nature, most providers, including the Client Access OLE DB provider, seem to be fairly “compliant” in their implementations.


Learn Much ADO

As with most Microsoft technologies, there is a plethora of information about ADO and Universal Data Access on the company’s Web site. The entry point for this is the UDA home page at www.microsoft.com/data. Next, you’ll want to see the IBM AS/400 SDK for ActiveX and OLE DB page at as400.rochester.ibm.com/clientaccess/oledb/SDKDescr.htm. From there, you can get to the excellent Redbook A Fast Path to AS/400 Client/Server Using AS/400 OLE DB Support, which details the Client Access implementation and ADO/OLE DB in general and its record-level access capabilities in particular; the Redbook is at publib.boulder. ibm.com/pubs/pdfs/redbooks/sg245183.pdf. For more information about Visual Basic for Applications and automating Microsoft Word, you will want to see Microsoft Office Developer Web Forum at www.microsoft. com/worddev/w-a&sa.htm. For hints about the amazing things you can do with the ActiveX objects provided by Word, see the Microsoft Word Objects page at www.microsoft.com/OfficeDev/Articles/OPG/

007/007.htm. Finally, to see the example application and its source code, download the zip archive from the MC Web site at www.midrangecomputing.com/mc. This zip archive contains several files that make up the application. Although the app is saved as a Word template, the modules of the app have been exported to standard VB text format, so you can see the code even if you don’t have VB, VBA, or Word. For more details, see the README.TXT file in the zip archive.

Errors


Error

Fields

Field Field Field Field

Connection Recordset

ActiveConnection


Error Error

Error

Parameters Command Parameter
 Parameter Parameter Parameter

Execute

Execute

Figure 1: The Execute methods of Connection and Command may produce Recordset objects, which consist of a set of data fields.


Introducing_Microsoft_ADO_Programming_for_the_AS-_40008-00.png 406x284

Figure 2: The example fax cover-sheet generator uses the ActiveX components of Word and ADO for manipulating the front-end Word document and calling the OLE DB provider.


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    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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

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

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

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

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

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

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

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

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

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

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

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

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

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

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