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Report programs are a necessary evil. If your AS/400 has data on it, you probably have people continuously asking you for new ways to slice and dice it. And, even though there are some really slick query tools that have come out in the last few years, RPG is often the fastest and most cost-effective way of extracting and formatting the data. (You probably don't want to tell your end users this, but RPG stands for report program generator.)

The next step after accepting the fact that reports are a part of your daily grind is to look for more efficient ways to do them. That is what this article is all about. If you could figure out a way to gather the desired data and somehow sequence it into the preferred processing sequence without writing it to a work file first, you would reduce disk I/O and minimize the number of objects required to produce your report. Obviously, fewer objects would mean less room for error. Given that I/O is one of the primary bottlenecks on your AS/400, reducing I/O means improved performance.

This wonderful technique is called building and maintaining a user index. It requires the working knowledge of a few APIs. We will provide an example of how you might want to put such a technique to work for you.

Instead of building a work file for your report and then using sort or OPNQRYF to sequence the data, APIs may be used to build indexes dynamically, eliminating the need for the work file altogether. By reducing the number of objects required by the report's job stream, you are reducing the number of objects to be maintained.

This user index technique will also allow you to determine whether the index should be placed in a permanent library on disk or not. If you elect to maintain the user index in library QTEMP (as we have done in our example), the system will store the index in a temporary area on disk, and it will be removed when you sign off.

You may also build multiple indexes over your data in a single pass (we elected not to include this technique in our example in order to keep the article brief). This ability can come in handy if you need to show data in two different sequences within a single job. The technique is also helpful if your data belongs in either one index or another depending upon conditions within the data.

To employ the user index technique, you will need to learn about three APIs: Create User Index (QUSCRTUI), Add User Index Entries (QUSADDUI), and Retrieve User Index Entries (QUSRTVUI).

User indexes have a few limitations that, for the most part, are insignificant. The maximum size of a user index is 4GB, unless your operating system is prior to V2R2M0, in which case the maximum size of an index is 1GB. The maximum size of a user index entry (both index and the associated data) is 2,000 bytes.

To demonstrate how to code user indexes, we have put together a sample program that will allow you to produce a list of objects that will be sequenced either by object size or owner. We use user indexes to sequence the data that will be included in our report.

Our example utilizes the Retrieve User Space (QUSRTVUS) API to extract the required information for our report.

To illustrate how user indexes work, we created an example program that produces a report showing information about system objects. The Submit Object Report (SBMOBJRPT) command (shown in 1) lets you select the objects you want to show on the report. It also has a parameter that lets you sort the report by object size or by object owner. The command processing program (OBJ015CL), shown in 2, submits the RPG program OBJ015RG (shown in 3) to batch.

To illustrate how user indexes work, we created an example program that produces a report showing information about system objects. The Submit Object Report (SBMOBJRPT) command (shown in Figure 1) lets you select the objects you want to show on the report. It also has a parameter that lets you sort the report by object size or by object owner. The command processing program (OBJ015CL), shown in Figure 2, submits the RPG program OBJ015RG (shown in Figure 3) to batch.

The OBJ015RG program first builds a user space called SIZSPC in library QTEMP. It then uses the List Objects (QUSLOBJ) API to list all of the requested objects into the user space. If the user enters invalid information, such as a library name that doesn't exist, the program will print an error message and end.

If all goes well, we use the Create User Index (QUSCRTUI) API to create a user index to sort the data before we print it. You can think of a user index as an array in which you store an index and the data associated with that index. Later, when we retrieve the index entry, both the index and the associated fields are returned in the sequence of the index (IENTRY data structure in our example).

Parameters for the QUSCRTUI API include the name and library of the index, the key length, and the length of each entry (the key length plus the length of the associated fields). Two other parameters utilized by this API help control the performance of the index: immediate update (the seventh parameter) and optimization (the eighth parameter). These two parameters allow you to trade off performance for CPU overhead depending on your environment.

The immediate update parameter controls when the entries are to be recorded in auxiliary storage (1=immediately, 0=later). If you choose to update the index immediately, the update will be written to auxiliary storage (disk) on each update to the index. On the other hand, you can choose to defer the I/O, and the changes will be buffered before they are written to disk.

The optimize parameter controls whether the index is optimized for random references (value 0) or for sequential references (value 1). The setting of this parameter would depend upon whether you are going to process the data in arrival sequence or not. Since our objective was merely to sequence our data, sequential reference was sufficient for our program example. 4 depicts the index being maintained in our example.

The optimize parameter controls whether the index is optimized for random references (value 0) or for sequential references (value 1). The setting of this parameter would depend upon whether you are going to process the data in arrival sequence or not. Since our objective was merely to sequence our data, sequential reference was sufficient for our program example. Figure 4 depicts the index being maintained in our example.

Once our user index is built in OBJ015RG, we walk through the data in the user space holding the object information we retrieved with the QUSLOBJ API (using the QUSRTVUS API), and we add to our user index using the QUSADDUI API for each entry that we extract.

The QUSADDUI API allows you to get very creative. It allows you to enter more than one entry with each call to the API, and the entries can be either fixed or variable lengths. Each entry is placed in the index based on its binary value. If you use variable length or have multiple entries, you also need to give the API an array of entry lengths and offsets. This API can get rather complex, but it doesn't have to. In our example, we have coded single entries with fixed lengths, as shown in 4.

The QUSADDUI API allows you to get very creative. It allows you to enter more than one entry with each call to the API, and the entries can be either fixed or variable lengths. Each entry is placed in the index based on its binary value. If you use variable length or have multiple entries, you also need to give the API an array of entry lengths and offsets. This API can get rather complex, but it doesn't have to. In our example, we have coded single entries with fixed lengths, as shown in Figure 4.

Once we have "walked" through all the entries in the user space, our pseudo-work file has been built.

The next step in our program is to retrieve entries from our index using the QUSRTVUI API. This API retrieves the entries that match the criteria specified in the search parameters into a variable. Even though our particular example only uses the search functions to walk through our index, other functions of the search method warrant an explanation.

In regard to user indexes, the search function of this API is probably comparable to a number of RPG op codes you are already familiar with (e.g., SETLL, READE, and REDPE) that are used with randomly accessed files. The difference, of course, is that instead of working with an established path over a database file, you are working with an index path that you built at run time.

The search parameters of the QUSRTVUI API consist of three principle components: the type of search to be performed, the search argument, and the size of the search argument. In our example, SEARTY represents the type of search to be performed, SEARCH is the search argument, and SERLEN is the length of the search argument.

You must fill the search type field (SEARTY) with the type of search you wish to perform. Valid search type entries include 1 (equal), 2 (greater than), 3 (less than), 4 (greater than or equal to), 5 (less than or equal to), 6 (first), 7 (last), and 8 (between). The search type will be used in conjunction with the search argument field (SEARCH) in order to determine which entries to retrieve. Each entry will be retrieved based on the binary value of the search parameter, and no other collating sequence is allowed.

Before you perform the search, however, you must specify the length of the receiver variable to store the results of the call to the API. The length (RCVVRL) of the index receiver variable (RCVVR1) should be no less than the sum of all of the entries plus 8-i.e., (entry size * maximum number of entries) + 8. The receiver variable itself (RCVVR1) will be the actual recipient of the data.

You can also control how many entries are returned each time the API is executed. In our example, we decided to retrieve 50 entries at a time. The MAXLEN parameter of the API was used to indicate this to the system. If there are more entries to process, the last index key processed is moved into the search field (SEARCH) and a greater than retrieve (indicated by the SEARTY parameter) is executed in order to read the next 50 entries. In our example, we began with the search field initialized with blanks, which caused the search to begin at the start of our index. We then parsed through the variable, using the entry length (ENTLLN) and offset (ENTLOF) parameters to extract each individual entry. The format of this parameter is shown in 5. In our example, we elected to print each entry as we extracted it.

You can also control how many entries are returned each time the API is executed. In our example, we decided to retrieve 50 entries at a time. The MAXLEN parameter of the API was used to indicate this to the system. If there are more entries to process, the last index key processed is moved into the search field (SEARCH) and a greater than retrieve (indicated by the SEARTY parameter) is executed in order to read the next 50 entries. In our example, we began with the search field initialized with blanks, which caused the search to begin at the start of our index. We then parsed through the variable, using the entry length (ENTLLN) and offset (ENTLOF) parameters to extract each individual entry. The format of this parameter is shown in Figure 5. In our example, we elected to print each entry as we extracted it.

The QUSRTVUI API also tells us the number of entries actually returned (NBRRTN). When this value is less than the requested value, there are no more entries to retrieve.

User indexes are a viable alternative to work files. If you master this technique, you can develop report programs that run faster and require fewer objects to maintain.

Doug Pence is the founder and Ron Hawkins is the research and development manager of Computer Processing Unlimited, Inc., in San Diego, California. They are the authors of Power RPG III, published by Midrange Computing. Doug Pence can be reached by E-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Figure 1: The Submit Object Report Command

 /*==================================================================*/ /* To compile: */ /* */ /* CRTCMD CMD(XXX/SBMOBJRPT) PGM(XXX/OBJ015CL) + */ /* SRCFILE(XXX/QCMDSRC) */ /* */ /*==================================================================*/ CMD PROMPT('Submit Object Report') PARM KWD(OBJ) TYPE(QUAL) PROMPT('Object') PARM KWD(OBJTYP) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DFT(*ALL) + PROMPT('Object type') PARM KWD(ORDER) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(6) RSTD(*YES) + DFT(*SIZE) VALUES(*SIZE *OWNER) + PROMPT('Order') QUAL: QUAL TYPE(*GENERIC) DFT(*ALL) SPCVAL((*ALL)) QUAL TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) DFT(*LIBL) + SPCVAL((*LIBL) (*CURLIB) (*USRLIBL)) + PROMPT('Library') 
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Figure 2: CL Program OBJ015CL

 /*==================================================================*/ /* To compile: */ /* */ /* CRTCLPGM PGM(XXX/OBJ015CL) SRCFILE(XXX/QCLSRC) */ /* */ /*==================================================================*/ PGM PARM(&OBJ &OBJTYP &ORDER) DCL VAR(&OBJ) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(20) DCL VAR(&OBJTYP) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&ORDER) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(6) SBMJOB CMD(CALL PGM(OBJ015RG) PARM(&OBJ &OBJTYP + &ORDER)) ENDPGM 
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Figure 3: RPG Program OBJ015RG

 *=============================================================== * To compile: * * CRTRPGPGM PGM(XXX/OBJ015RG) SRCFILE(XXX/QRPGSRC) * *=============================================================== *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 FQSYSPRT O F 132 OF PRINTER E ARC 7000 1 E AOF 501 8 IGENDS DS I B 113 1160SIZINP I B 125 1280OFFLST I B 133 1360NUMLST I B 137 1400SIZENT IINPUT DS I 1 20 USRSPC I 1 10 SPCNAM I 11 20 SPCLIB ILIST DS I 1 10 OBJNML I 11 20 LIBNML I 21 30 OBJTYL I 42 91 TXTDSC I 113 122 OBJOWN I B 577 5800OBJSIZ I B 581 5840OJSZMT IERROR IDS I B 1 40BYTPRV I B 5 80BYTAVA I 9 15 MSGID I 16 16 ERR### I 17 116 MSGDTA ILAO DS 300 I B 1 40EL I B 5 80EO IRCVVR1 DS 7000 IENTLOF DS 408 ISFINDX IDS 96 I 1 10 SFNAME I 11 20 SFTYPE I 21 300SFSIZE I 31 76 SFDESC I 77 86 SFOWNR I 87 96 SFLIB IIENTRY IDS 126 I 1 30 KEYFLD I 1 10 KEY10 I 11 30 LIBOBJ I 31 126 DSINDX I DS I B 1 40STRPOS I B 5 80STRLEN I B 9 120LENSPC I B 13 160ENTLEN I B 17 200KEYLEN I B 21 240NBRADD I B 25 280INSTYP I B 29 320NBRENT I B 33 360RCVVRL I B 37 400ENTLLN I B 41 440NBRRTN I B 45 480MAXENT I B 49 520SEARTY I B 53 560SERLEN I B 57 600SEROFF I 61 80 INDEXN I 61 70 INDNAM I 71 80 INDLIB * C *ENTRY PLIST C PARM OBJLIB 20 C PARM PASTYP 10 C PARM ORDER 6 * C MOVEL'SIZSPC' SPCNAM C MOVEL'QTEMP' SPCLIB C MOVEL'USEDINDX'INDNAM C MOVEL'QTEMP' INDLIB C Z-ADD116 BYTPRV C Z-ADD30 KEYLEN C KEYLEN ADD 96 ENTLEN C EXCPTHEADNG * Create user space C CALL 'QUSCRTUS' C PARM USRSPC C PARM *BLANKS ATRSPC 10 C PARM 2048 LENSPC C PARM *BLANKS VALSPC 1 C PARM '*CHANGE' AUTSPC 10 C PARM *BLANKS TXTSPC 50 C PARM '*YES' RPLSPC 10 C PARM ERROR * List objects to user space C CALL 'QUSLOBJ' C PARM USRSPC C PARM 'OBJL0700'OUTFMT 8 C PARM OBJLIB 20 C PARM PASTYP OBJTYP 10 C PARM ERROR C MSGID IFEQ 'CPF9810' C MSGID OREQ 'CPF5715' C MSGID OREQ 'CPF3C31' C EXCPTPRTERR C ELSE * Create user index C CALL 'QUSCRTUI' C PARM INDEXN C PARM EXTEND 10 C PARM 'F' ENTATR 1 C PARM ENTLEN C PARM '1' KEYINS 1 C PARM KEYLEN C PARM '1' IMEUPD 1 C PARM '1' OPTIMZ 1 C PARM '*ALL' AUTHOR 10 C PARM *BLANKS TEXTD 50 C Z-ADD1 STRPOS C Z-ADD140 STRLEN * Retrieve user space general information C CALL 'QUSRTVUS' C PARM USRSPC C PARM STRPOS C PARM STRLEN C PARM GENDS C Z-ADD1 STRPOS C Z-ADDSIZINP STRLEN * Retrieve user space detail information C CALL 'QUSRTVUS' C PARM USRSPC C PARM STRPOS C PARM STRLEN C PARM INPUT C MOVEL'SIZSPC' SPCNAM C MOVEL'QTEMP' SPCLIB C OFFLST ADD 1 STRPOS C Z-ADDSIZENT STRLEN * Retrieve the list by walking through the user space C DO NUMLST C CALL 'QUSRTVUS' C PARM USRSPC C PARM STRPOS C PARM STRLEN C PARM LIST C MOVELOBJNML SFNAME C MOVELLIBNML SFLIB C MOVE OBJTYL SFTYPE C MOVELTXTDSC SFDESC C MOVE OBJOWN SFOWNR C OBJSIZ MULT OJSZMT SFSIZE C ADD SFSIZE TOTSIZ 100 C ORDER IFEQ '*OWNER' C MOVE SFOWNR KEY10 10 P C ELSE C MOVE SFSIZE KEY10 P C ENDIF C MOVELLIBNML LIBOBJ C MOVE OBJNML LIBOBJ C MOVE SFINDX DSINDX * Add to user index C CALL 'QUSADDUI' C PARM RTNLIB 10 C PARM NBRADD C PARM INDEXN C PARM 2 INSTYP C PARM IENTRY C PARM ENTLEN C PARM PASS16 16 C PARM 1 NBRENT C PARM ERROR C ADD SIZENT STRPOS C ENDDO C NBRRTN DOULTMAXENT * Retrieve user index C CALL 'QUSRTVUI' C PARM RCVVR1 C PARM 7000 RCVVRL C PARM ENTLOF C PARM 408 ENTLLN C PARM NBRRTN C PARM RTNLIB 10 C PARM INDEXN C PARM 'IDXE0100'FORMAT 8 C PARM 50 MAXENT C PARM 2 SEARTY C PARM SEARCH 30 C PARM 30 SERLEN C PARM 0 SEROFF C PARM ERROR C MOVEARCVVR1 ARC C MOVEAENTLOF AOF C KEYLEN ADD 1 UI * Do for the number of entries returned from QUSRTVUI C 2 DO NBRRTN X 70 * Move the lengths and offsets array to binary length and offset fields C MOVEAAOF,X LAO * Add the offset field to index field C ADD EO UI 70 C MOVEAARC,UI SFINDX C EXCPTDETAIL C ENDDO C UI SUB KEYLEN LK 70 * Set up search request for next 50 entries from QUSRTVUI C MOVEAARC,LK SEARCH C ENDDO C RTNLIB IFNE *BLANKS C EXCPTTOTAL C ENDIF C ENDIF C SETON LR OQSYSPRT E 202 HEADNG O OR OF O 5 'DATE:' O UDATE Y 14 O 67 'OBJECTS REPORT' O 121 'PAGE:' O PAGE Z 127 O EF 2 HEADNG O OR OF O 8 'LIBRARY' O 18 'OBJECT' O 27 'TYPE' O 45 'DESCRIPTION' O 90 'SIZE' O 106 'OWNER' O EF 1 DETAIL O SFLIB 11 O SFNAME 22 O SFTYPE 33 O SFDESC 79 O SFSIZEZ 90 O SFOWNR 111 O EF 1 PRTERR O 24 'ERROR OCCURRED - MESSAGE' O MSGID 32 O EF 1 TOTAL O 79 'SIZE OF ALL OBJECTS:' O TOTSIZZ 90 
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Figure 4: Index Entries


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Figure 5: Entries/Offsets Format Table


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    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

    SB_PowerTech_WC_GenericGet actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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

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

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

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

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

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

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

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

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

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

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

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

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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:
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    - 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.