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Simplify your interactive applications by using data queues

Brief: Data queues can be used to pass asynchronous data between programs. They are ideal for passing data to a background task. You'll learn how to define and program data queues, recognize their strengths and pitfalls and use them for slick interactive sorts.

You may have heard that data queues are the fastest way to get data between programs. But, why and how would you use them as you design a system? In this article, you will see several examples of data queues in action. These examples will allow you to see how they work and will give you ideas about how you can use data queues to design more efficient applications.

Data queues are similar to other queues (i.e., output, job, message queues) with which most of you have probably had experience. A queue simply accepts items to be processed whether or not the processing will occur immediately or later. Data queues accept data that can be processed any way that you care to process it and at any time.

What Are Data Queues?

Data queues act as repositories of data. Think of a data queue as a tank of gasoline that serves several pumps at a gas station. The tanker truck from the oil company periodically fills the tank, and customers draw from the tank by pumping the gasoline into their cars. All pumps are serviced with equal priority-the gasoline is used whenever a particular user needs it.

Similarly, programs can send data to a data queue and let it accumulate there. Other programs can receive data from the data queue at any time-perhaps more than one program at the same time, until the data in the data queue is exhausted. Once a data record is received from a data queue, the data queue "forgets" that record.

Data queues are objects of type *DTAQ that can contain data. A data queue can be manipulated by many programs at the same time. Like data areas (*DTAARA), data queues do not allow DDS to define fields; therefore, the data contained in data queues is flat. However, data queues are more like files in that they can contain many records.

Data Queue Attributes

Data queues come in three flavors: *FIFO, *LIFO and *KEYED. *FIFO (first-in, first-out) means that records are taken out of the data queue in the same order in which they were placed, while *LIFO (last-in, first-out) is the reverse order. V2R1.0 introduced *KEYED, which lets you receive records sequentially or randomly by key.

Besides type, data queues have a record length that you must specify when you create the data queue. If the data queue is *KEYED, you must also specify the length of the key.

Creating and Deleting Data Queues

As you might expect, you create and delete data queues with the Create Data Queue (CRTDTAQ) and the Delete Data Queue (DLTDTAQ) commands. Surprisingly, there's no Change Data Queue (CHGDTAQ) or Display Data Queue (DSPDTAQ), although there's a Work with Data Queues (WRKDTAQ) command.

The CRTDTAQ command has the following parameters:

Data queue (DTAQ), to supply the qualified name of the data queue you want to create.

Maximum entry length (MAXLEN), to define the record length. It can be any number between 1 and 64512, and has no default value.

Sequence (SEQ), which lets you choose between *FIFO, *LIFO and *KEYED. The default value is *FIFO.

Key length (KEYLEN), valid only for *KEYED data queues, specifies the length of the key field (maximum length is 256). This key field is stored as a separate entity and is not included as part of the record space allocation, unless you specifically make it part of the record.

Text (TEXT), which allows you to enter a description of the data queue.

Force to auxiliary storage (FORCE), which lets you force each record into DASD as soon as it is sent to the data queue (*YES) or remain in memory (*NO). The default is *NO. You may want to set this value to *YES if you can't afford to lose data during a power failure.

Include sender ID (SENDERID), which lets you splice an identification to each record in the data queue. This identification contains the complete qualified job name and the user profile name of the sender. This sender ID is not part of the record, so you don't have to allocate space for it in MAXLEN.

Public authority (AUT), to indicate what authority to the data queue the public should be given. The default is *LIBCRTAUT.

Sending, Receiving and Clearing

You must use the QSNDDTAQ Application Program Interface (API) to send data to a data queue. QSNDDTAQ expects either four or six parameters: four if the data queue is *FIFO or *LIFO, six if *KEYED. 1 shows an example in RPG, using six parameters. If your data queue is not *KEYED, drop the last two parameters.

You must use the QSNDDTAQ Application Program Interface (API) to send data to a data queue. QSNDDTAQ expects either four or six parameters: four if the data queue is *FIFO or *LIFO, six if *KEYED. Figure 1 shows an example in RPG, using six parameters. If your data queue is not *KEYED, drop the last two parameters.

Similarly, you can use an API named QRCVDTAQ to receive data from a data queue. QRCVDTAQ expects either five or 10 parameters. If your data queue is *KEYED or if you are using sender IDs (see following section), you must supply 10 parameters. In all other cases, supply the first five parameters only. 2 provides an RPG example using 10 parameters.

Similarly, you can use an API named QRCVDTAQ to receive data from a data queue. QRCVDTAQ expects either five or 10 parameters. If your data queue is *KEYED or if you are using sender IDs (see following section), you must supply 10 parameters. In all other cases, supply the first five parameters only. Figure 2 provides an RPG example using 10 parameters.

To clear a data queue, you'll need to use another API, QCLRDTAQ. QCLRDTAQ only expects two parameters, both 10 characters long: the name of the data queue and the name of the library where it resides. See 3.

To clear a data queue, you'll need to use another API, QCLRDTAQ. QCLRDTAQ only expects two parameters, both 10 characters long: the name of the data queue and the name of the library where it resides. See Figure 3.

Receiving Sender IDs

When you use QRCVDTAQ to receive data from a data queue that includes sender IDs, you must receive the sender ID into a character field that is at least 44 characters long. The sender ID identifies the user and the job that sent a particular record to the data queue. You may want to use the sender ID if you want to track transactions by job or user.

The character field that receives the sender ID contains six subfields that I have been able to identify after doing some experimentation. Here they are:

 
 1-8:        Not used. 
 9-18:       Job name. 
 19-28:      Job user. 
 29-34:      Job number. 
 35-44:      User profile name. 
 Beyond 44:  Blank. 

Theory in Practice

Enough about theory. Now that I have presented the foundation, we can see how to put data queues to work. My background is in the manufacturing industry, so my first example is set in a manufacturing environment.

Imagine a busy manufacturing plant where trucks come and go all day long-some delivering raw materials into the Receiving department, others picking up final assemblies from the Shipping department. These receipts and shipments have to be reported to the computer as inventory transactions.

At the same time, Inventory Control may have six data entry clerks constantly engaged in entering inventory transactions of other types, such as production receipts, material movements, transfers, scraps, and so on. Yet more people in the Sales department can also report inventory transactions when they sell products to their customers.

The inventory transaction entry would have to update several files: inventory balances, inventory master, sales order, purchase order, shop order, work order, material allocations, requirements and even a transaction history file, which could have half a million records, with five or six logicals (with immediate access path maintenance) built on top.

It's a bleak scenario. The system would be so overburdened with file I/O that performance would suffer substantially. Here's a place where data queues can greatly improve performance. Simply speaking, we would have a batch job running all day long, receiving inventory transactions from a data queue and performing all file maintenance, including the addition of new transactions to the history file (4a illustrates this system's use of data queues). Since the file updates are handled by a separate batch job, the data entry people can run simplified, faster-responding versions of the interactive entry programs which validate entries and send the transactions to the data queue. This approach relieves the QINTER subsystem from performing heavy file I/O, a task that can be better achieved by QBATCH. Bottom line-the users are going to be happier with their response time and the programming is simplified.

It's a bleak scenario. The system would be so overburdened with file I/O that performance would suffer substantially. Here's a place where data queues can greatly improve performance. Simply speaking, we would have a batch job running all day long, receiving inventory transactions from a data queue and performing all file maintenance, including the addition of new transactions to the history file (Figure 4a illustrates this system's use of data queues). Since the file updates are handled by a separate batch job, the data entry people can run simplified, faster-responding versions of the interactive entry programs which validate entries and send the transactions to the data queue. This approach relieves the QINTER subsystem from performing heavy file I/O, a task that can be better achieved by QBATCH. Bottom line-the users are going to be happier with their response time and the programming is simplified.

Learning by Example

There's nothing like a good example to help you visualize a technique, so I'll present a simplified version of the above scenario. Let me begin this presentation by defining ITH, the Inventory Transaction History file (4b). I'm keeping the file layout simple for this example. In a real-life situation, you would want to add many more fields. The interactive portion consists of a display file (4c), a record layout for our data queue (4d) and an RPG program (4e). The batch portion consists of a CL program (5a) and an RPG program (5b). Enter the code and compile each piece following the instructions given at the bottom of each figure.

There's nothing like a good example to help you visualize a technique, so I'll present a simplified version of the above scenario. Let me begin this presentation by defining ITH, the Inventory Transaction History file (Figure 4b). I'm keeping the file layout simple for this example. In a real-life situation, you would want to add many more fields. The interactive portion consists of a display file (Figure 4c), a record layout for our data queue (Figure 4d) and an RPG program (Figure 4e). The batch portion consists of a CL program (Figure 5a) and an RPG program (Figure 5b). Enter the code and compile each piece following the instructions given at the bottom of each figure.

Starting the Batch Job

First, submit program INV002CL to batch with the following command:

SBMJOB CMD(CALL INV002CL)

INV002CL creates data queue INVTRNDQ as *FIFO, having a record length of 42. We're also requesting to include the identification of the sender. Then it overrides file ITH to FRCRATIO(1) and calls RPG program INV002RG, the file update program. The FRCRATIO(1) override forces the program to write each record one at a time instead of blocking them and delaying the actual physical update. This enables you to peek with DSPPFM and see the progress of INV002RG.

INV002RG adds records to ITH by entering an infinite loop. At the top of the loop it calls QRCVDTAQ to receive a transaction record from the data queue. It uses 10 parameters because we're using sender IDs in the data queue. Notice, in particular, that the inventory transaction is received into field DQDTA, which is a data structure externally defined by INV001DD (4d); this data structure provides a record layout for the data queue.

INV002RG adds records to ITH by entering an infinite loop. At the top of the loop it calls QRCVDTAQ to receive a transaction record from the data queue. It uses 10 parameters because we're using sender IDs in the data queue. Notice, in particular, that the inventory transaction is received into field DQDTA, which is a data structure externally defined by INV001DD (Figure 4d); this data structure provides a record layout for the data queue.

If the data queue is empty at the moment, DQ#LEN is set to zero. In this case, the program checks the system time; if it's past 9:00 p.m., it leaves the infinite loop and ends the program on its own accord. On the other hand, if it received a record from the data queue, the data contained in the queue fields are validated for accuracy and then moved into the ITH fields and we WRITE to the file. Then the process continues.

Starting the Interactive Job

To enter inventory transactions, you must CALL program INV001RG. In a real- life situation, you would use a command or issue the CALL command from a menu.

As you can see in 4e, program INV001RG is very simple. In a real-life scenario, you would want to include some validity checks for the user input. INV001RG uses an externally described data structure to provide a record layout to the data queue. INV001RG uses QSNDDTAQ to send the transaction data to the data queue, listing only four parameters since the data queue is not *KEYED.

As you can see in Figure 4e, program INV001RG is very simple. In a real-life scenario, you would want to include some validity checks for the user input. INV001RG uses an externally described data structure to provide a record layout to the data queue. INV001RG uses QSNDDTAQ to send the transaction data to the data queue, listing only four parameters since the data queue is not *KEYED.

Try it out. Sign on to two sessions. In session A, submit the batch job by submitting (CALL INV002CL) if you haven't done it already, then CALL INV001RG. Key in one transaction and press Enter (INV001RG performs no data validation so you can enter anything). Now go to session B and run the Display Physical File Member (DSPPFM) command on file ITH. Your transaction will already be there! Repeat the process; each time, DSPPFM will show the latest transaction in ITH.

To end this example, press F3 to end interactive program INV001RG. Batch program INV002CL will end at 9:00 p.m. automatically, but you can cancel it manually if you'd like: run WRK-SBMJOB, then select Option 4, press F4, and specify OPTION(*IMMED).

Reviewing the Process

How does it work? The interactive portion (program INV001RG) sends a transaction to the data queue but doesn't update any files. The batch program (which is running all day long) is continually attempting to receive transactions from the data queue. It keeps trying until a transaction arrives. When this happens, it updates the files (in our simplified example, that's ITH only).

The data queue has provided a vehicle to pass data from the interactive job to the batch job. Because the data queue can be accessed from any job (it's not in QTEMP), there can be any number of interactive jobs sending inventory transactions to the data queue; the batch job will process them all in the sequence they were entered (the data queue is *FIFO).

Example of Keyed Data Queues

Keyed data queues are slick. As you have seen, *FIFO data queues can be read forward; *LIFO data queues can be read backwards. *KEYED data queues can be read randomly by key or sequentially by key in any order.

You're already familiar with the concept thanks to your experience in languages like RPG: you can read a file sequentially by key if you declare the file as keyed (K in column 31 of the F-spec) and use SETLL and READ in your C- specs. Or you can read it randomly by key by using CHAIN instead of READ. Keyed data queues let you do the same thing. As an example of using a keyed data queue, I'll use an interactive program to sort records before presenting them on the screen.

Imagine having a database file that contains one record per employee in your office, containing the employee's first and last name, title and phone extension number. Now you want to be able to display the whole list in a subfile, but resequence the records on demand by any of the four fields mentioned. You want to be able to press a function key and have the records redisplayed in a different sequence.

You could have a physical file and three logicals, but then you would have four files in your interactive program, creating complicated code to read one file (and not the others) depending on the sequence requested by the user. Maintaining multiple logical files which are only used in a single, perhaps infrequently used, application would also add substantial system overhead. Another approach would be to end the program, run OPNQRYF, and restart the program when a new sequence is requested. This also complicates the program's logic to some extent.

Use a keyed data queue instead! Since keyed data queues let you receive records sequentially by key, they provide automatic sorting of all the records you send to them. It's like being able to sort a file inside your RPG program.

The Solution

File OFCEMP (6a) contains only four fields. In a real application, you may want to draw the data from your employee master file, which would have many more fields. This file is indexed by last name and first name, although this is not vital.

File OFCEMP (Figure 6a) contains only four fields. In a real application, you may want to draw the data from your employee master file, which would have many more fields. This file is indexed by last name and first name, although this is not vital.

CL program OFC001CL (6b) starts the process by creating data queue OFCEMP in QTEMP. The data queue is created as *KEYED. The total record length is 54 (total of all four fields we want to display), and the key length is 20 since the widest field that we may select as the key has a length of 20 (OETITL).

CL program OFC001CL (Figure 6b) starts the process by creating data queue OFCEMP in QTEMP. The data queue is created as *KEYED. The total record length is 54 (total of all four fields we want to display), and the key length is 20 since the widest field that we may select as the key has a length of 20 (OETITL).

Display file OFC001DF (6c) defines the F6 key to sort the employee database; you move the cursor to the column containing the field by which you want to sort, press F6, and the file is sorted. It uses the CSRLOC keyword to position the cursor on output-that way the cursor stays in the same position it was before you pressed F6, even though there are no input fields on the screen.

Display file OFC001DF (Figure 6c) defines the F6 key to sort the employee database; you move the cursor to the column containing the field by which you want to sort, press F6, and the file is sorted. It uses the CSRLOC keyword to position the cursor on output-that way the cursor stays in the same position it was before you pressed F6, even though there are no input fields on the screen.

RPG program OFC001RG (6d) begins execution at the *INZSR subroutine. It positions the cursor at row 3, column 16 (the first name column of the subfile) and runs subroutine SORT.

RPG program OFC001RG (Figure 6d) begins execution at the *INZSR subroutine. It positions the cursor at row 3, column 16 (the first name column of the subfile) and runs subroutine SORT.

SORT first clears the data queue by calling QCLRDTAQ, then clears the subfile. Next, it reads all records in the OFCEMP file, sending each record to the data queue. Notice that I have coded a SELEC group which assigns a different value to KEYFLD depending on the position of the cursor. Actually, only the column number has any bearing: if less than 16, KEYFLD receives the extension number; if less than 35, it receives the first name; if less than 53, it receives the last name; otherwise, it receives the title. Thus we send the employee record to the data queue, but specifying a different field as the key field. Lastly, the data queue is read sequentially by key, writing each record into the subfile.

Control is then transferred to the mainline, which displays the subfile. If the user moves the cursor and presses F6, OFC001RG determines the position of the cursor via the INFDS of the display file and runs SORT all over again.

With the small file (30 records), performance was excellent. If you decide to implement this technique with your large files, performance may be a consideration.

How It Works

Subroutine SORT is the place where everything happens. All I've done is read the file sequentially (in arrival sequence-not even by key) and write each record into the data queue, repeating one of the four fields as the key field (KEYFLD). Which field is used depends on the position of the cursor. Because the data queue is keyed, I must use six parameters when I call QSNDDTAQ.

Then I turn around and read the data queue sequentially by key. This is done by specifying 'GE' as the order in which I want to receive the records and specifying *BLANK as the key value. Consequently, the data queue will issue the record that has the lowest key. Since records are automatically deleted from the data queue when QRCVDTAQ receives them, the next loop through QRCVDTAQ (again using 'GE' and *BLANK) will receive the next record in ascending value of the key field. The records come out of the queue in alphabetic sequence. If I had specified 'LE' for the order and *HIVAL (or all 9's) for the key value, the records would have come out in descending order.

Try it out! Enter the source code in Figures 6a to 6d and compile them as indicated at the bottom of each figure. Then use DFU or SQL to add a few records to OFCEMP. To use DFU, for example, run the Update Data (UPDDTA) command. Then CALL OFC001CL to start the demo.

Drawbacks of Data Queues

Data queues provide the fastest method to pass information between jobs, but they do have a few problems that I'd like to submit to you:

You can't display their contents because there's no Display Data Queue (DSPDTAQ) command. QUSRTOOL provides one, but it doesn't work. When I tested it, it only displayed the first character of each record instead of the whole record. I'm convinced it's a bug somewhere.

Since entries are automatically deleted the moment they're received with QRCVDTAQ, there's a potential for losing data if the program that receives the record from the data queue aborts before making use of it. The record would be lost and there's no way to retrieve it. Commitment control won't help because data queues are not files.

As you send records to data queues, the size of the *DTAQ object in-creases. When records are received from the data queue, the object does not shrink. If the Display Object Description (DSPOBJD) command shows an abnormally large size for a data queue, you should delete it and re-create it or use the Reorganize Data Queues command I've created (see page 66).

The Queue Review

You have seen how much you can accomplish with data queues. They provide an excellent vehicle for program-to-program transferral of data without overburdening your system. While they are not a drop-dead-if-you-don't-use-'em technique, data queues do have a place in modern, structured programming and can improve the performance of your system considerably.


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Figure 1 Using QSNDDTAQ in RPG

 
  Figure 1:  Using QSNDDTAQ in RPG 
 
  ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 
  C                     CALL 'QSNDDTAQ' 
  C                     PARM           DTAQ   10 
  C                     PARM           DQLIB  10 
  C                     PARM           LEN     50 
  C                     PARM           DATA 
  C                     PARM           KEYLEN  30 
  C                     PARM           KEY 
  DTAQ:         Data queue name 
  DQLIB:        Data queue library name 
  LEN:          Record length 
  DATA:         Record data.  Must be of the length indicated by LEN. 
 
  Optional Parameters 
 
  KEYLEN:          Key length, if *KEYED. 
  KEY:          Key value, if *KEYED.  Must be of the length 
            indicated by KEYLEN. 

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Figure 2 Using QRCVDTAQ in RPG

 
  Figure 2:  Using QRCVDTAQ in RPG 
 
  ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 
  C                     CALL 'QRCVDTAQ' 
  C                     PARM           DTAQ   10 
  C                     PARM           DQLIB  10 
  C                     PARM           LEN     50 
  C                     PARM           DATA 
  C                     PARM           WAIT    50 
  C                     PARM           ORDER   2 
  C                     PARM           KEYLEN  30 
  C                     PARM           KEY 
  C                     PARM           SNDLEN  30 
  C                     PARM           SNDID 
  DTAQ:         Data queue name 
  DQLIB:        Data queue library name 
  LEN:          Length of record received. 
                Set to zero if no record was received. 
  DATA:         Data received.  Must be of the length indicated by LEN. 
  WAIT:         Seconds to wait for a record.  Zero means no wait. 
                A negative number means to wait indefinitely. 
 
  Optional Parameters 
 
  ORDER:        Order to receive by key, if *KEYED.  Can be EQ, NE, 
                LT, LE, GT or GE. 
  KEYLEN:       Key length, if *KEYED. 
  KEY:          Key value, if *KEYED.  Must be of the length 
                indicated by KEYLEN. 
  SNDLEN:       Length of SNDID field.  44 is recommended. 
  SNDID:        Field to receive sender ID.  Character, 44 bytes 
                is recommended. 

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Figure 3 Example of QCLRDTAQ in RPG

 
  Figure 3:  Example of QCLRDTAQ in RPG 
 
  ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 
  C                     CALL 'QCLRDTAQ' 
  C                     PARM           DTAQ   10 
  C                     PARM           DQLIB  10 

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Figure 4A Inventory System (unable to display graphic)


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Figure 4B Physical file ITH

 
       A          R ITREC 
       A            ITITEM        15          TEXT('ITEM NUMBER') 
       A            ITQTY          7P 0       TEXT('TRANSACTION QUANTITY') 
       A                                      EDTCDE(J) 

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Figure 4C Display file INV001DF

 
       A                                      DSPSIZ(24 80 *DS3) 
       A                                      REF(ITH) 
       A                                      PRINT 
       A                                      CA03(03 'Exit') 
       A                                      CA12(12 'Cancel') 
        * 
       A          R ENTRY 
       A                                      BLINK 
       A                                  1 27'Enter Inventory Transactions' 
       A                                      DSPATR(HI) 
       A                                  4  2'Enter a transaction:' 
       A                                      COLOR(BLU) 
       A                                  6 10'Item number' 
       A                                  6 35'Quantity' 
       A            EITEM     R        B  7 10REFFLD(ITITEM) 
       A            EQTY      R        B  7 34REFFLD(ITQTY) 
       A                                 23  2'F3=Exit   F12=Cancel' 
       A                                      COLOR(BLU) 

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Figure 4D DDS INV001DD for Data Queue

 
       A                                      REF(ITH) 
        * 
       A          R DQREC 
       A            DQITEM    R               REFFLD(ITITEM) 
       A            DQQTY     R               REFFLD(ITQTY) 

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Figure 4E RPG program INV001RG

 
       FINV001DFCF  E                    WORKSTN 
        * 
       IDQDTA     E DSINV001DD 
        * 
       C           'FOREVER' DOWEQ'FOREVER' 
       C                     EXFMTENTRY 
       C           *IN03     IFEQ *ON 
       C           *IN12     OREQ *ON 
       C                     LEAVE 
       C                     ENDIF 
        * Move data entry fields to subfields of DQDTA structure 
       C                     MOVE EITEM     DQITEM 
       C                     Z-ADDEQTY      DQQTY 
        * Send DQDTA structure to data queue 
       C                     CALL 'QSNDDTAQ' 
       C                     PARM 'INVTRNDQ'DQ#NAM 10 
       C                     PARM '*LIBL'   DQ#LIB 10 
       C                     PARM 19        DQ#LEN  50 
       C                     PARM           DQDTA 
        * Erase entry fields 
       C                     MOVE *BLANK    EITEM 
       C                     Z-ADD*ZERO     EQTY 
       C                     ENDDO 
        * 
       C                     MOVE *ON       *INLR 

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Figure 5A CL program INV002CL

 
   INV002CL:   PGM 
 
               DCL        VAR(&RTNLIB) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) 
 
               RTVOBJD    OBJ(INV002CL) OBJTYPE(*PGM) RTNLIB(&RTNLIB) 
               CRTDTAQ    DTAQ(&RTNLIB/INVTRNDQ) MAXLEN(19) SEQ(*FIFO) 
               MONMSG     MSGID(CPF0000) 
 
               OVRDBF     FILE(ITH) FRCRATIO(1) 
               CALL       PGM(INV002RG) 
 
               ENDPGM 

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Figure 5B RPG program INV002RG

 
       FITH     O   E                    DISK                      A 
        * 
       IDQDTA     E DSINV001DD 
        * 
       C           'FOREVER' DOWEQ'FOREVER' 
        * Get transaction request from data queue 
       C                     CALL 'QRCVDTAQ' 
       C                     PARM 'INVTRNDQ'DQ#NAM 10 
       C                     PARM '*LIBL'   DQ#LIB 10 
       C                     PARM 19        DQ#LEN  50 
       C                     PARM           DQDTA 
       C                     PARM 300       DQ#WT   50 
        * If none retrieved, check system time to end program 
       C           DQ#LEN    IFEQ *ZERO 
       C                     TIME           SYSTIM  60 
       C           SYSTIM    IFGT 210000 
       C                     LEAVE 
       C                     ENDIF 
       C                     ELSE 
        * Else, write transaction to history file and continue 
       C                     MOVE DQITEM    ITITEM 
       C                     Z-ADDDQQTY     ITQTY 
       C                     WRITEITREC 
       C                     ENDIF 
       C                     ENDDO 
        * 
       C                     MOVE *ON       *INLR 

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Figure 6A Physical file OFCEMP

 
  Figure 6a:  Physical File OFCEMP 
 
  ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+ ...8 
  A                                      UNIQUE 
  A          R OEREC 
  A            OELNAM        15          TEXT('Last name') 
  A            OEFNAM        15          TEXT('First name') 
  A            OETITL        20          TEXT('Title') 
  A            OEEXTN         4S 0       TEXT('Phone extension number') 
  A                                      EDTCDE(3) 
  A          K OELNAM 
  A          K OEFNAM 
  ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+ ...8 
 
  To compile:  CRTPF FILE(xxx/OFCEMP) SRCFILE(xxx/QDDSSRC) 

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Figure 6B CL program OFC001CL

 
  Figure 6b:  CL Program OFC001CL 
 
   OFC001CL:   PGM 
 
               DLTDTAQ    DTAQ(QTEMP/OFCEMP) 
               MONMSG     MSGID(CPF0000) 
               CRTDTAQ    DTAQ(QTEMP/OFCEMP) MAXLEN(54) SEQ(*KEYED) + 
                            KEYLEN(20) 
               CALL       PGM(OFC001RG) 
 
               ENDPGM 
 
  To compile:  CRTCLPGM PGM(xxx/OFC001CL) SRCFILE(xxx/QCLSRC) 

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Figure 6C Display file OFC001DF

 
  Figure 6c:  Display File OFC001DF 
 
  ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+ ...8 
  A                                      DSPSIZ(24 80 *DS3) 
  A                                      PRINT 
  A                                      CA03(03 'Exit') 
  A                                      CA06(06 'Sort') 
  A                                      CA12(12 'Cancel') 
  A                                      REF(OFCEMP) 
   * 
  A          R EMPRCD                    SFL 
  A            $EXTN     R        O  4  8REFFLD(OEEXTN) 
  A            $FNAM     R        O  4 16REFFLD(OEFNAM) 
  A            $LNAM     R        O  4 35REFFLD(OELNAM) 
  A            $TITL     R        O  4 53REFFLD(OETITL) 
   * 
  A          R EMPCTL                    SFLCTL(EMPRCD) 
  A                                      BLINK 
  A                                      CSRLOC(CSRROW CSRCOL) 
  A                                      OVERLAY 
  A  81                                  SFLDSP 
  A  81                                  SFLDSPCTL 
  A N81                                  SFLCLR 
  A N80                                  SFLEND 
  A                                      SFLSIZ(0300) 
  A                                      SFLPAG(0018) 
  A            CSRROW         3  0H 
  A            CSRCOL         3  0H 
  A                                  1 29'Display Office Employees' 
  A                                      DSPATR(HI) 
  A                                  3  5'Extension' 
  A                                      DSPATR(HI) 
  A                                  3 16'First Name' 
  A                                      DSPATR(HI) 
  A                                  3 35'Last Name' 
  A                                      DSPATR(HI) 
  A                                  3 53'Title' 
  A                                      DSPATR(HI) 
   * 
  A          R FKEYS 
  A                                      LOCK 
  A                                 23  2'F3=Exit   F6=Sort (cursor sensitiv- 
  A                                      e)   F12=Cancel' 
  A                                      COLOR(BLU) 
  ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+ ...8 
 
  To compile:  CRTDSPF FILE(xxx/OFC001DF) SRCFILE(xxx/QDDSSRC) 

Line Up for Data Queues

Figure 6D RPG program OFC001RG

 
  Figure 6d:  RPG Program OFC001RG 
 
  ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+ ...8 
  FOFC001DFCF  E                    WORKSTN 
  F                                        SFLRRNKSFILE EMPRCD 
  F                                              KINFDS INFDS 
  FOFCEMP  IF  E                    DISK 
   * 
  ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+ ...8 
  IINFDS       DS 
  I                                    B 370 3710CURSOR 
   * 
  IDQDTA     E DSOFCEMP 
  I              OELNAM                          LNAM 
  I              OEFNAM                          FNAM 
  I              OETITL                          TITL 
  I              OEEXTN                          EXTN 
   *======================================================= 
  C           'FOREVER' DOWEQ'FOREVER' 
  C                     EXFMTEMPCTL 
  C                     SELEC 
  C           *IN03     WHEQ *ON                        Exit 
  C           *IN12     OREQ *ON                        Cancel 
  C                     LEAVE 
  C           *IN06     WHEQ *ON                        Sort 
  C           CURSOR    DIV  256       CSRROW 
  C                     MVR            CSRCOL 
  C                     EXSR SORT 
  C                     ENDSL 
  C                     ENDDO 
  C                     MOVE *ON       *INLR 
   *======================================================= 
  C           *INZSR    BEGSR 
  C                     WRITEFKEYS 
  C                     Z-ADD3         CSRROW 
  C                     Z-ADD16        CSRCOL 
  C                     EXSR SORT 
  C                     ENDSR 
   *======================================================= 
  C           SORT      BEGSR 
   * Clear data queue 
  C                     CALL 'QCLRDTAQ' 
  C                     PARM 'OFCEMP'  DQ#NAM 10 
  C                     PARM '*LIBL'   DQ#LIB 10 
  C                     MOVE *OFF      *IN81 
  C                     WRITEEMPCTL 
  C                     MOVE *ON       *IN81 
   * Read database file, writing to data queue 
  C                     Z-ADD*ZERO     RRN     40 
  C           'FOREVER' DOWEQ'FOREVER' 
  C                     ADD  1         RRN 
  C           RRN       CHAINOFCEMP               99 
  C           *IN99     IFEQ *ON 
  C                     LEAVE 
  C                     ENDIF 
   * Key depends on position of cursor 
  C                     SELEC 
  C           CSRCOL    WHLT 16 
  C                     MOVELOEEXTN    KEYFLD 20 
  C           CSRCOL    WHLT 35 
  C                     MOVELOEFNAM    KEYFLD 
  C           CSRCOL    WHLT 53 
  C                     MOVELOELNAM    KEYFLD 
  C                     OTHER 
  C                     MOVELOETITL    KEYFLD 
  C                     ENDSL 
  C                     MOVE OELNAM    LNAM 
  C                     MOVE OEFNAM    FNAM 
  C                     MOVE OETITL    TITL 
  C                     Z-ADDOEEXTN    EXTN 
  C                     CALL 'QSNDDTAQ'                 Send 
  C                     PARM           DQ#NAM 
  C                     PARM           DQ#LIB 
  C                     PARM 54        DQ#LEN  50 
  C                     PARM           DQDTA 
  C                     PARM 20        DQ#KL   30 
  C                     PARM KEYFLD    DQ#KEY 20 
  C                     ENDDO 
   * Read data queue sequentially by key, writing to subfile 
  C                     SUB  1         RRN 
  C           1         DO   RRN       SFLRRN  40 
  C                     CALL 'QRCVDTAQ'                 Receive 
  C                     PARM           DQ#NAM 
  C                     PARM           DQ#LIB 
  C                     PARM 54        DQ#LEN 
  C                     PARM           DQDTA 
  C                     PARM *ZERO     DQ#WT   50 
  C                     PARM 'GE'      DQ#ORD  2 
  C                     PARM 20        DQ#KL   30 
  C                     PARM *BLANK    DQ#KEY 
  C                     PARM 44        DQ#SL   30 
  C                     PARM *BLANK    DQ#SND 44 
  C                     Z-ADDEXTN      $EXTN 
  C                     MOVE FNAM      $FNAM 
  C                     MOVE LNAM      $LNAM 
  C                     MOVE TITL      $TITL 
  C                     WRITEEMPRCD 
  C                     ENDDO 
  C                     ENDSR 
  ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+ ...8 
 
  To compile:  CRTRPGPGM PGM(xxx/OFC001RG) SRCFILE(xxx/QRPGSRC) 
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    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.

    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.

    This on-demand webinar will show you how well-known services like FTP and ODBC enable users to access sensitive data without oversight or restrictions. Robin Tatam will also explain what exit programs are and how you can use them to protect your organization.

  • No Time for IBM I Security? No Problem

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    “Security” is definitely on your IT staff’s to-do list, but how often does this item get checked off?

    IT doesn’t have enough time for security—the 2016 IBM i Security Study proves it. The trouble is that data security isn’t a set-and-forget project. Data security on your IBM i requires on-going attention and expertise.

    In this on-demand webinar, you’ll learn how to save time and work more effectively. We’re cutting to the core of IBM i security by outlining the simple strategy developed by our experts.

    You’ll see a straightforward approach to understanding and addressing risk to your IBM i data. We’ll also show you how our world-class security services help people protect business-critical data when they don’t have the time, resources, or knowledge to tackle IBM i security on their own.

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: System Values

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    Set the tone for data protection with security-relevant system values

    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.

    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.

    The series opens with an introduction to security-relevant system values.

    System values are one of the fundamental elements of IBM i security. The security system values enable you to “set the tone” of security on your IBM i, enforce password composition rules, and enable auditing. Watch this on-demand webinar to see Carol Woodbury describe these system values and provide guidance on their best practice settings.

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Integrated File System (IFS)

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    The IFS is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of IBM i security
    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This recorded session has Robin Tatam introducing IFS security:
    - Defining IFS
    - How the IFS is configured
    - Common IFS security mistakes
    - What a virus can do to IBM i through the IFS
    - Tracking user activity

  • ​7 Habits of Highly Secure Organizations

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    Everyone knows that cyber security is important, but getting started on the road to data protection and compliance can be confusing and intimidating. Understanding common vulnerabilities helps you focus your attention and resources on the areas that need the most help.
    We all want “best-practice” security, but what are top organizations doing to achieve and maintain it?
    Watch this webinar to learn the details about how to develop the seven habits that are part of daily life for secure organizations. You’ll learn how to:
    - Break the Ostrich Syndrome
    - Develop a Security Policy
    - Assess Current Standing
    - Perform Security Event Logging and Review
    - Use “Best of Breed” Technologies
    - Monitor for Ongoing Compliance
    - Plan for the Future
    This on-demand webinar examines what each of these habits means to IBM i, and helps you make sure that you don’t become the next security statistic.

  • An Introduction to PCI Compliance on IBM Power Systems

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    "From the world's largest corporations to small Internet stores, compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is vital for all merchants who accept credit cards, online or offline, because nothing is more important than keeping your customer’s payment card data secure.” — PCI Security Standards Council
    Complying with the PCI standard is a normal part of doing business in today’s credit-centric world. But, PCI applies to multiple platforms.
    The challenge becomes how to map the general PCI requirements to a specific platform, such as IBM i. And, more importantly, how can you maintain—and prove—compliance?
    Watch this webinar to understand:
    - How PCI requirements relate to IBM i systems
    - IBM i-specific barriers to compliance
    - How PowerTech security solutions help you fulfill PCI requirements, meet compliance guidelines, and satisfy auditors
    You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence you need to evaluate PCI compliance requirements and prepare your IBM i system for today’s regulatory challenges.

  • Implementing Multiple Layers of Defense

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    Your IBM i holds a massive amount of data. In most organizations, that data constitutes a mission-critical and high-value asset.

    How do you adequately protect the data residing on your IBM i, given its value to your organization? IBM has provided us with many options for protecting our data, but it’s now always clear how to select and implement the best options for your circumstances.

    This recorded webinar describes IBM i’s different data security options, along with implementation recommendations and tips for getting started. Carol Woodbury, one of the world’s top IBM i security experts, also provides considerations to help you determine how many layers of security are right for your organization.

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIBM i is known for its security, but this OS could be more vulnerable than you think.
    Although Power Servers often live inside the safety of the perimeter firewall, the risk of suffering a data leak or data corruption remains high.
    Watch noted IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses common ways that this supposedly “secure” operating system may actually be vulnerable and who the culprits might be.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

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    Watch this on-demand webinar and learn how to rapidly and easily deploy mobile apps to your organization – even when working with legacy RPG code! IBM Champion Scott Klement will demonstrate how to:
    - Develop RPG applications without mobile development experience
    - Deploy secure applications for any mobile device
    - Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
    - Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform
    You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!
    Watch this Webinar Now!

  • Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise

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    Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.
    We will demonstrate how Profound UI:
    - Goes beyond simple screen-scraping to truly modernize your RPG applications
    - Uses RPG Open Access and your own RPG code and development talent to modernize
    - Supports rapid development with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Designer
    - Integrates with our on-the-fly modernization, mobile development, and Enterprise Modernization solutions

  • 5 New and Unique Ways to Use the IBM i Audit Journal

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericHigh availability for IBM i has been a hot topic in 2017, jumping 20% from our 2016 survey to take the #2 seat on IT priority lists just behind cybersecurity. And no surprise with these two topics so closely tied to your most valuable asset: your irreplaceable business data.
    With major airline outages last year and the recent ransomware attacks, you must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data?
    Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts—Tom Huntington, Matt Staddler, and Cole Ragland—deliver lively discussion around the top high availability issues of today, including:

    • Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    • 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

    There are no do-overs when it comes to your data. Once it’s gone, it’s gone...unless you have a data replication layer in place to protect it. Learn the value of these strategic solutions and how you can implement them in a hurry—watch now!

     

  • 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 5541Roses are red, your UIs are green...It's time to make your apps proud to be seen!
    Whether 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.
    In this webinar, you'll learn how you can use both Profound UI and Profound.js to:

    • 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

    This webinar will include a live product demonstration and Q&A with the presenters.

    Download and watch today!

  • 2017 IBM i Marketplace Revealed

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    IBM i is one of technology’s best-kept secrets, with little information available about what IBM i users are doing on this server. Even companies that use this technology struggle to explain to their own teams what IBM i stands for and who else is using it.
    The IBM i Marketplace Survey—now in its 3rd year—was designed to solve this problem. Watch this on-demand webinar for the exclusive results of the 2017 survey. IBM i Champion Tom Huntington is joined by a panel of technology experts to discuss year-over-year trends and new insights. The panel will discuss:

    • What other platforms do you run alongside IBM i?
    • What programming and Open Source languages are you using?
    • What are your top IT issues?
    • What version of POWER and what OS level is most prevalent?
    • Are you expanding your usage of IBM i?
    • Is IBM i a good ROI?

    The expert panel will provide industry insight and comments about the results. When the webinar concludes, you’ll get access to the full results.

  • 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

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    Everyone wants a piece of your business data. But keeping up with data access requests in the era of constantly growing data is a challenge. As a result, your IT department can be overwhelmed, inundated, and constantly needing to play catch-up.
    It’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 in 2018.
    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

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    Let’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 noted 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...

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    There’s a better way to run your queries. With an advanced query tool like Sequel Data Access, you can deliver the IBM i data your organization needs quickly and efficiently—without the hang-ups.
    In this session, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access and distribution trends, and help you understand what to look for in a more advanced query tool.
    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
    • Watch the webinar and learn why you shouldn’t just settle for Query/400.

     

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

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    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    Capturing documents means scanning and filing—which takes you away from tasks that actually matter to the business. Managing documents means sorting through an endless sea of shared folders or filing cabinets—and sometimes documents can’t be found. Distributing documents means following a frustrating, manual process for routing documents internally and sending them to vendors and customers.
    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

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    Get 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.

  • Monitor VIOS (and AIX) from Your IBM i

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    Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) runs on AIX and allows you to share input/output resources across logical partitions. The health of your VIOS server is critical to the performance of all your Power server partitions, so monitoring it is a must.
    Our 2017 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results uncovered a cool trend: an increasing number of IBM i shops are running AIX instances alongside IBM i on Power Systems servers. We like to see these systems playing nicely together on the same server, though it does shine a spotlight on shared resources.
    During this 30-minute recording, our experts demonstrate the new VIOS and AIX monitoring capabilities in Robot Monitor. You’ll learn about:

    • The top AIX metrics that impact VIOS
    • Real-time monitoring with dashboard displays
    • Threshold and notification options
    • Identifying trends to better allocate resources

    With VIOS/AIX running alongside IBM i, you need visibility into your entire Power environment.
    Watch now to see how Robot Monitor can get you there!

     

     

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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    You’re responsible for looking after Windows, Linux, AIX, and VIOS, but you worry that you don’t understand their complexities well enough to make your job effective—or easy.
    No problem! Simplify the management of multiple operating systems and applications without becoming experts in each area.
    In 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 and shows how easy monitoring multiple operating systems and applications can be using point-and-click technology.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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    When IBM i disk space pulls its notorious disappearing act, you don’t have time to waste figuring out how the trick is done. You need to know when disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer.
    Looking behind the curtain to keep a close eye on disk space—especially in a multi-partition environment—can have its challenges, but every good admin can have an ace up their sleeve. 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

    Start seeing through the sleight of hand and get instant visibility into disk usage. Add advance warning of potential threats and—abracadabra!—you’ll reduce the risk of disk space depletion and curb the sudden flurry of activity to clean things up.

     

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

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    Still following manual processes for extracting and transferring data across platforms? You’re not alone. Many business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation. And that leads to a lot of manual effort.
    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, you’ll see a demonstration of how data automation software from HelpSystems will help you finally stop re-keying data.

     

  • Survey Results: 2018 Top Cybersecurity Risks and Mitigation Strategies

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    Protecting your organization from cyberthreats has never been more important—or more difficult.
    IT pros have many tactics to choose from, but time (and budgets!) are not unlimited. The key is prioritizing risks and identifying the most effective ways to mitigate the danger.
    In 2018, HelpSystems surveyed more than 600 IT and cybersecurity professionals to find out what security exploits loom largest and what strategies they’re turning to for protection.
    In this on-demand webinar, our team of cybersecurity security experts analyzes results. You’ll learn about:

    • Security strategies your peers are most interested in implementing
    • How managers and executives prioritize security
    • Who is responsible for cybersecurity at organizations around the world
    • Where IT pros turn for assistance with security

    You'll also get practical tips for using this data to drive cybersecurity conversations at your organization.

     

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

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    When it comes to IBM® Rational® Open Access: RPG Edition (also known as RPG Open Access), 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"

    This Webinar features IBM i expert Alison Butterill, and Profound Logic’s Brian May and Alex Roytman.

     

    Watch the On-demand Webinar Now!

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

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    Do your users keep paperwork on their desk until it's processed?
    Are people constantly removing documents from filing cabinets?
    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Too much paper is wasted—approximately 1,000 pages per month per worker.
    Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets drive your employees crazy.
    And distributing documents to customers, vendors, and business partners 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

    Plus, our experts will provide a live demonstration of how implementing a document management solution will quickly solve your paper-based problems, so you can be more

  • 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

     

  • TRY the One Package That Solves All Your Document Design and Printing Challenges

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    Produce bar code labels, electronic forms, ad hoc reports, and RFID tags – without programming! MarkMagic is the only document design and print solution that combines report writing, WYSIWYG label and forms design, and conditional printing in one integrated product. Why support 5 different products, when you can do it all with MarkMagic?

    - Drive over 450 different printer types.
    - Create invoices, statements, checks.
    - Set dynamic rules that transform output on the fly.
    - Conditionally distribute via Email, fax, or PDF.
    - Integrate with your current applications in minutes.
    - Preview printing on screen.
    - Native System i, Windows, AIX, Linux.

    Try MarkMagic today for free

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

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    Disaster protection is vital to every business. Yet, it often consists of patched together procedures that are prone to error. From automatic backups to data encryption to media management, Robot automates the routine (yet often complex) 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

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    Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. Messages need a response and resources must be monitored—often over multiple systems and across platforms. 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
    Keep your critical applications and data available. Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

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

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    The thought of printing, distributing, and storing iSeries reports manually may reduce you to tears. Paper and labor costs associated with report generation can spiral out of control. Mountains of paper threaten to swamp your files. Robot 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

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    For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i. With batch job creation and scheduling at its core, the Robot Job Scheduling Solution reduces the opportunity for human error and helps you maintain service levels, automating even the biggest, most complex runbooks.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. brKey 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.

  • MS Office Connector for Query/400...FREE Trial!

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    NGS' Qport Office enables Windows users to run IBM Query/400 queries to:
    - Create and update Excel spreadsheets and Access databases
    - Create Word documents
    - Send to Windows screen and PC printers
    No query conversion is required. Works with i5/OS V5R1 & above. Installs in minutes!
    If you don’t have a budget to replace IBM Query/400, but want your users to have one click enhanced output of their queries.... Request the online license agreement and product download instructions today!
    Offer good through December 31, 2016.

  • Control and Monitor User Access from Desktop PCs (ODBC, FTP)

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    Protect your company by monitoring network traffic to your IBM i servers with the industry-leading exit program, PowerTech Network Security.
    Without visibility into IBM i's exit points, your users could be viewing, changing, or even deleting sensitive data—and you wouldn’t know!
    Network Security lets you monitor and control access to over 30 exit points, including:

    - ODBC
    - FTP
    - DDM
    - Remote command
    - Fileserve (mapped drives to IFS)
    It’s easy to set up custom access rules and get notified in real-time when security events occur.
    Stop “back door” access today. Try Network Security free for 30 days.

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

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    More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. Managing the complexities of today's operating systems, business applications, and networks challenges even the most knowledgeable IT professionals. The cost to an enterprise of unplanned downtime, loss of human expertise during sick leave or vacation, and system/application or environmental failure can be devastating. 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 (and staff) efficiency.