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With the QUSRJOBI and QMHRCVM APIs and MONBCH2, you know exactly what the message is and how to reply.

 

In a previous article, "Keep Those Batch Jobs Running (Or How to Enjoy Your Off Time)," we saw how to detect when a batch job was waiting for a message to be replied to and how to inform a user of that situation. In that introductory article, we simply sent a generic message indicating that job X was waiting for a response to a message. In this article, we'll enhance the MONBCH program and inform the operator of which exact message the job is waiting on. Note that this enhancement to MONBCH will use a V6R1 feature that is not available on previous releases.

 

The new program, MONBCH2, is shown below with the functional changes highlighted.

 

h dftactgrp(*no)                                                     

                                                                      

dMonBch2          pr                  extpgm('MONBCH2')              

dMonBch2          pi                                                 

                                                                      

dSetup            pr              *                                  

dDelay            pr                                                 

dProcessMsgW      pr                                                 

                                                                      

dListJob          pr                  extpgm('QSYS/QUSLJOB')         

d SpcName                       20    const                          

d Format                         8    const                           

d JobName                       26    const                          

d Status                        10    const                          

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC) options(*nopass) 

d JobType                        1    const options(*nopass)         

d NbrKeyFlds                    10i 0 const options(*nopass)         

d KeyFlds                             likeds(KeyFlds) options(*nopass) 

d ContinHdl                     48    const options(*nopass)           

                                                                       

dSndDtaQMsg       pr                  extpgm('QSYS/QSNDDTAQ')          

d DtaQName                      10    const                            

d DtaQLib                       10    const                            

d DataLen                        5  0 const                            

d Data                       65535    const options(*varsize)          

d KeyLen                         3  0 const options(*nopass)           

d KeyValue                   65535    const options(*varsize :*nopass) 

d Asynch                        10    const options(*nopass)           

d JrnEntry                      10    const options(*nopass)           

                                                                        

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusgen                                        

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusljob                                       

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusec                                         

                                                                        

dGenHdr           ds                  likeds(QUSH0100)              

d                                     based(GenHdrPtr)              

                                                                     

dLstEntry         ds                  likeds(QUSL020001)            

d                                     based(LstPtr)                 

                                                                    

dAttrEntry        ds                  likeds(QUSLKF)                

d                                     based(AttrPtr)                

                                                                    

dKeyFlds          ds                                                 

d KeyValues                     10i 0 dim(25)                       

                                                                    

dUsrSpcName       ds                                                

d Name                          10    inz('MONBCHLJOB')             

d Library                       10    inz('QTEMP')                  

                                                                    

dJobsToList       ds                                                

d JobName                       10    inz('*ALL')               

d JobUser                       10    inz('*ALL')               

d JobNbr                         6    inz('*ALL')               

                                                                

dDtaQMsg          ds                                            

d DtaQJobName                   10                              

d                                1                              

d DtaQJobUsr                    10                              

d                                1                              

d DtaQJobNbr                     6                              

d                                1    inz(':')                  

d DtaQMsgID                      7                               

d                                1                              

d DtaQMsgTxt                   256                              

                                                                

dPSDS            sds           429    qualified                  

d Line                   21     28                              

d MsgID                  40     46                                  

d ExcpDta                91    170                                  

d JobName               244    253                                   

d JobUser               254    263                                  

d JobNbr                264    269                                  

                                                                    

dLstCount         s             10i 0                               

dAttrCount        s             10i 0                               

dAttrValue        s            100    based(AtrValPtr)              

dNbrKeyFlds       s             10i 0                                

dContinue         s               n   inz(*on)                      

dMonBchCtl        s              1    dtaara('VININGTST/MONBCHCTL') 

                                                                    

dDtaQName         c                   'MESSAGES'                    

dDtaQLib          c                   'VININGTST'                   

                                                                    

 /free                                                              

                                                                     

  monitor;                                                          

                                                                    

  GenHdrPtr = Setup();                                               

                                                                    

  dow Continue;                                                     

      ListJob( UsrSpcName :'JOBL0200' :JobsToList :'*ACTIVE'        

              :QUSEC :'B' :NbrKeyFlds :KeyFlds :*blanks);           

                                                                    

      // Check to see if the list is complete                       

      if (GenHdr.QUSIS = 'C') or (GenHdr.QUSIS = 'P');              

                                                                     

         // Get to the first list entry and process the list        

         LstPtr = GenHdrPtr + GenHdr.QUSOLD;                        

                                                                     

         for LstCount = 1 to GenHdr.QUSNBRLE;                       

             // Get first attribute and process all returned        

             if LstEntry.QUSJIS = ' ';                                 

                AttrPtr = LstPtr + %size(QUSL020001);                  

                for AttrCount = 1 to LstEntry.QUSNBRFR;                

                    AtrValPtr = AttrPtr + %size(QUSLKF);               

                    select;                                             

                       when AttrEntry.QUSKF = 0101;                    

                            if %subst(AttrValue :1 :AttrEntry.QUSLD00) 

                                 = 'MSGW';                             

                               ProcessMsgW();                          

                            endif;                                     

                    endsl;                                             

                    AttrPtr += AttrEntry.QUSLFIR;                       

                endfor;                                                

             endif;                                                    

             LstPtr += GenHdr.QUSSEE;                                  

         endfor;                                                        

         Delay();                                                      

      else;                                                            

         DtaQJobName = PSDS.JobName;                                    

         DtaQJobUsr = PSDS.JobUser;                                    

         DtaQJobNbr = PSDS.JobNbr;                                     

         DtaQMsgID = *blanks;                                          

         DtaQMsgTxt =                                                   

                   'MONBCH is unable to access batch job information.';

         SndDtaQMsg( DtaQName :DtaQLib :%len(%trimr(DtaQMsg)):DtaQMsg);

         *inlr = *on;                                                   

         return;                                                       

      endif;                                                           

  enddo;                                                               

                                                                        

  *inlr = *on;                                                         

  return;                                                              

                                                                        

  on-error;                                                            

     DtaQJobName = PSDS.JobName;                                     

     DtaQJobUsr = PSDS.JobUser;                                      

     DtaQJobNbr = PSDS.JobNbr;                                        

     DtaQMsgID = *blanks;                                            

     DtaQMsgTxt = 'Job failed at statement ' + PSDS.Line +           

                  ' with message ' + PSDS.MsgID +                    

                  ': ' + PSDS.ExcpDta;                               

     SndDtaQMsg( DtaQName :DtaQLib :%len(%trimr(DtaQMsg)) :DtaQMsg); 

                                                                     

     return;                                                          

                                                                     

  endmon;                                                            

                                                                     

 /end-free                                                            

                                                                     

 *****************************************************************   

                                                                      

pProcessMsgW      b                                                  

                                                                     

dProcessMsgW      pr                                                 

dProcessMsgW      pi                                                  

                                                                     

dRJobI            pr                  extpgm('QSYS/QUSRJOBI')        

d RcvVar                         1    options(*varsize)              

d LenRcvVar                     10i 0 const                          

d Format                         8    const                          

d JobID                         26    const                          

d IntJobID                      16    const                           

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC) options(*nopass) 

d ResetStats                     1    const options(*nopass)         

                                                                     

dRcvMsg           pr                  extpgm('QSYS/QMHRCVM')         

d RcvVar                         1    options(*varsize)              

d LenRcvVar                     10i 0 const                          

d Format                         8    const                      

d QualMsgQ                      20    const                      

d MsgType                       10    const                      

d MsgKey                         4    const                      

d WaitTime                      10i 0 const                       

d MsgAction                     10    const                      

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC)              

d CCSID                         10i 0 const options(*nopass)     

d AlwDftRspRjct                 10    const options(*nopass)     

                                                                 

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qmhrcvm                                 

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusrjobi                               

                                                                    

dMHRcvVar         ds                  likeds(QMHM0200)             

d                                     based(MHRcvVarPtr)           

                                                                   

dMsgTxt           s          32767    based(MsgTxtPtr)             

                                                                   

 /free                                                             

                                                                    

  monitor;

  RJobI ( QUSI020000 :%size(QUSI020000) :'JOBI0200' :'*INT'        

         :LstEntry.QUSIJI00 :QUSEC);                               

  if ((QUSMR01 = '1') and (QUSMK <> *loval));                      

     DtaQJobName = QUSJN03;                                         

     DtaQJobUsr = QUSUN03;                                         

     DtaQJobNbr = QUSJNBR03;                                       

                                                                   

     RcvMsg( QMHM0200 :8 :'RCVM0200' :(QUSMQ + QUSMQLIB) :'*INQ'       

            :QUSMK :0 :'*SAME' :QUSEC);                                

     MHRcvVarPtr = %alloc(QMHBAVL01);                                  

     RcvMsg( MHRcvVar :QMHBAVL01 :'RCVM0200' :(QUSMQ + QUSMQLIB)       

            :'*INQ' :QUSMK :0 :'*SAME' :QUSEC);                        

     DtaQMsgID = MHRcvVar.QMHMI02;                                     

     MsgTxtPtr = (%addr(MHRcvVar) +%size(QMHM0200) +MHRcvVar.QMHLDRTN);

     if MHRcvVar.QMHLMRTN <= %size(DtaQMsgTxt);                        

        DtaQMsgTxt = *blanks;                                          

        DtaQMsgTxt = %subst(MsgTxt :1 :MHRcvVar.QMHLMRTN);             

     else;                                                              

        DtaQMsgTxt = %subst(MsgTxt :1 :%size(DtaQMsgTxt));             

     endif;                                                            

     SndDtaQMsg( DtaQName :DtaQLib :%len(%trimr(DtaQMsg)) :DtaQMsg);   

     dealloc MHRcvVarPtr;                                              

  endif;                                                               

  on-error;

  endmon;

                                                                     

  return;                                                               

                                                                       

 /end-free                                                             

                                                                        

pProcessMsgW      e                                                    

                                                                       

 *****************************************************************     

                                                                        

pDelay            b                                                    

                                                                       

dDelay            pr                                                    

dDelay            pi                                                   

                                                                       

dSleep            pr            10u 0 extproc('sleep')                 

d Seconds                       10u 0 value                            

                                                                       

dTimeToEnd        c                   'E'                              

dSecsPerMin       c                   60                           

dMinsToDly        c                   1                            

                                                                   

 /free                                                             

                                                                    

  in MonBchCtl;                                                    

  if MonBchCtl = TimeToEnd;                                        

     Continue = *off;                                              

     return;                                                        

  endif;                                                           

                                                                   

  Sleep(SecsPerMin * MinsToDly);                                   

                                                                    

  in MonBchCtl;                                                    

  if MonBchCtl = TimeToEnd;                                        

     Continue = *off;                                               

  endif;                                                           

                                                                   

  return;                                                          

                                                                    

 /end-free                                                         

                                                                   

pDelay            e                                                

                                                                    

 ***************************************************************** 

                                                                   

pSetup            b                                                

                                                                   

dSetup            pr              *                                

dSetup            pi              *                                

                                                                    

dCrtUsrSpc        pr                  extpgm('QSYS/QUSCRTUS')      

d SpcName                       20    const                        

d SpcAttr                       10    const                        

d SpcSiz                        10i 0 const                           

d SpcVal                         1    const                           

d SpcAut                        10    const                           

d SpcTxt                        50    const                            

d SpcRpl                        10    const options(*nopass)          

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC) options(*nopass)  

d SpcDmn                        10    const options(*nopass)          

d SpcTfrSiz                     10i 0 const options(*nopass)          

d SpcOptAln                      1    const options(*nopass)          

                                                                      

dRtvSpcPtr        pr                  extpgm('QSYS/QUSPTRUS')         

d UsrSpcName                    20                                    

d UsrSpcPtr                       *                                   

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC) options(*nopass)  

                                                                       

dUsrSpcPtr        s               *                                   

                                                                      

 /free                                                                 

                                                                        

  // Set API error code structure to return exception messages         

  QUSBPRV = 0;                                                         

                                                                        

  // Set the job attribute key values                                  

  KeyValues(1) = 0101;            // Active job status                 

  NbrKeyFlds = 1;                                                      

                                                                        

  // Create a *USRSPC to hold the list of jobs                         

  CrtUsrSpc(UsrSpcName :' ' :1 :x'00' :'*EXCLUDE' :' ' :'*YES' :QUSEC);

                                                                        

  // Retrieve a pointer to the *USRSPC                                 

  RtvSpcPtr(UsrSpcName :UsrSpcPtr :QUSEC);                             

                                                                       

  // Return the pointer to the *USRSPC                                 

  return UsrSpcPtr;                                                    

                                                     

 /end-free                                           

                                                      

pSetup            e                                  

 

As you can see, the major functional change is in the ProcessMsgW procedure. There is, however, a change in the format of the message being sent by MONBCH2, and we'll discuss that first.

 

The original MONBCH program sent a message informing the operator that a given job was waiting on a message. As this message was of our own creation, we simply imbedded the simple job name within the message text. With MONBCH2, we are now sending the actual message text for the message needing a reply. We no longer have the luxury of simply imbedding the job name in the message text. To allow the operator to know what job needs a message reply, MONBCH2 has removed the original MsgTxt variable and replaced it with the data structure DtaQMsg. Within the DtaQMsg structure are the subfields DtaQJobName, DtaQJobUsr, and DtaQJobNbr, which will be used to identify what job is in a message wait condition. The fourth subfield, DtaQMsgID, will contain the message ID of the message needing a reply, and the fifth subfield, DtaQMsgTxt, will contain the first 256 bytes of the message text. Note that this size of 256 bytes is totally arbitrary. I chose this size as it should be sufficient to hold the first-level text of most messages. You should certainly feel free to increase this size.

 

Due to this change from MsgTxt to DtaQMsg, MONBCH2 needs minor changes in the way it sends messages related to two things: the QUSLJOB API returning incomplete or partial information, and internal failures within MONBCH2. The remaining changes to MONBCH2 are in the ProcessMsgQ procedure. In addition to using the Send Data Queue Message (QSNDDTAQ) API to send a message to the MESSAGES data queue, ProcessMsgW is now using two additional APIs.

 

The first, Retrieve Job Information, or QUSRJOBI, retrieves job information such as job attributes and performance data about a specific job. It is this API that has been enhanced in V6R1 so that it also now returns information on what message a job is waiting on. The V6R1 documentation for QUSRJOBI can be found here, with the parameter list provided below.

Retrieve Job Information (QUSRJOBI) API

 

Required Parameter Group:

1

Receiver variable

Output

Char(*)

2

Length of receiver variable

Input

Binary(4)

3

Format name

Input

Char(8)

4

Qualified job name

Input

Char(26)

5

Internal job identifier

Input

Char(16)

Optional Parameter Group 1:

6

Error code

I/O

Char(*)

Optional Parameter Group 2:

7

Reset performance statistics

Input

Char(1)


  Default Public Authority: *USE

  Threadsafe: Conditional

As this API is a standard retrieve type API, we won't spend a lot of time discussing it. One important point is that format JOBI0200 now returns information on the message a job is waiting on. The additions to this format are shown below, where having the auxiliary storage pool containing the message queue library (QUSQLASP), a qualified message queue name (QUSMQ and QUSMQLIB), and a message key (QUSMK) provide MONBCH2 with direct access to the message.

 

DQUSI020000       DS                                             

D*                                             Qwc JOBI0200       

....

D QUSMR01               191    191                             

D*                                             Message Reply   

D QUSMK                 192    195                                    

D*                                             Message Key            

D QUSMQ                 196    205                                    

D*                                             Message Queue          

D QUSMQLIB              206    215                                    

D*                                             Message Queue Library  

D QUSQLASP              216    225                                    

D*                                             Message Queue Lib ASP  

 

A second important point (or at least important if you are generally interested in performance) is the fifth parameter for QUSRJOBI. Rather than passing in a qualified job name to identify to QUSRJOBI the job you want to retrieve information about, you can instead use an internal job identifier. This internal job identifier provides faster access to a job's information and is a piece of information that the QUSLJOB API returns to us in field LstEntry.QUSIJI00. MONBCH2 uses this internal job identifier for demonstration purposes. In reality, you won't notice much difference between using a qualified job name and using an internal job identifier with MONBCH2 as the program is only using QUSRJOBI in the exception case of a batch job waiting on a message. But the performance advantage could make a difference if, in a different scenario, you were accessing information on every job on the system.

 

Prior to calling QUSRJOBI, ProcessMsgW sets a monitor. Since the list of jobs returned by QUSLJOB is static and potentially large, it is possible that the job waiting on the message is no longer active. The monitor is set to catch any error returned by QUSRJOBI and allows us to simply skip over the list entry.

 

After calling QUSRJOBI, ProcessMsgW also verifies that the job is still waiting on a message (QUSMR01 = '1') and that the wait is for a specific message (QUSMK <> *loval). This is done for two reasons. First, as mentioned before, the list of jobs returned by QUSLJOB is static and potentially large. A job that had been waiting for a message reply when QUSLJOB last ran may no longer be waiting for the reply by the time MONBCH2 processes the list entry. As we don't want to be notifying an operator about a condition that no longer exists, we check to see if the job is still waiting. Second, a job can be waiting for a specific message or any message to appear on a message queue. The QUSMK check is to make sure there is one specific message that the job is waiting for. If the job is waiting on a specific message, ProcessMsgW updates the appropriate subfields of the DtaQMsg data structure to identify the job to the operator and then calls the Receive Nonprogram Message (QMHRCVM) API using the message key and qualified message queue name returned by QUSRJOBI. The documentation for QMHRCVM can be found here with the parameter list repeated below.

Receive Nonprogram Message (QMHRCVM) API

 

Required Parameter Group:

1

Message information

Output

Char(*)

2

Length of message information

Input

Binary(4)

3

Format name

Input

Char(8)

4

Qualified message queue name

Input

Char(20)

5

Message type

Input

Char(10)

6

Message key

Input

Char(4)

7

Wait time

Input

Binary(4)

8

Message action

Input

Char(10)

9

Error code

I/O

Char(*)

Optional Parameter Group 1:

10

Coded character set identifier

Input

Binary(4)

Optional Parameter Group 2:

11

Allow default reply rejection

Input

Char(10)


  Default Public Authority: *USE

  Threadsafe: Yes

 

As with QUSRJOBI, QMHRCVM is a standard retrieve type API, so we will not spend time going through the details of how the API works. ProcessMsgW is requesting that information about the inquiry message, which is identified by the Message key and Qualified message queue parameters, be returned using format RCVM0200. These are the pertinent subfields of format RCVM0200 from the QSYSINC include:

 

DQMHM0200         DS                                            

D*                                             Qmh Rcvm RCVM0200

D QMHBRTN00               1      4B 0                            

D*                                             Bytes Returned   

D QMHBAVL01               5      8B 0                           

D*                                             Bytes Available  

.....

D QMHMI02                13     19                         

D*                                             Message Id  

.....

D QMHLDRTN              153    156B 0                            

D*                                             Length Data Returned

.....

D QMHLMRTN              161    164B 0                            

D*                                             Length Message Returned

.....

D*QMHMT03               177    177            

D*                             Varying length 

D*QMHSSAGE              178    178             

D*                             Varying length 

 

As we don't know the size of the message to be returned when we call QMHRCVM, we call the API twice. We first call it with a Length of message information parameter value of 8. This is just sufficient for the API to return the Bytes returned and Bytes available fields of format RCVM0200. Bytes available tells us how many bytes are needed to receive all of the message-related information, and ProcessMsgW then allocates storage of this size and calls the QMHRCVM API a second time, using the newly allocated Message information parameter and the updated Length of message information parameter. We now have all of the information associated with the message.

 

ProcessMsgW first updates the DtaQMsgID subfield of DtaQMsg to the message ID of the message (QMHMI02). The procedure then calculates where in the returned information the text of the message can be found. With most system APIs, this would be a simple matter of taking the address of the Message information parameter and adding a provided Offset to message text value. Unfortunately, QMHRCVM is a rather old API (V2R1.1) and doesn't provide an offset. Instead, we need to calculate it by understanding the layout of format RCVM0200.

 

Format RCVM0200 starts with a series of fixed-length fields. These fields are QMHBRTN00 (Bytes returned) through QMHLHAVL (the length of help text available with the message). Following QMHLHAVL are several variable-length fields that are commented out in the QSYSINC include. The first variable-length field, QMHMT03, is the replacement data associated with the message. The actual length of the replacement data is returned in variable QMHLDRTN. Following QMHMT03 is QMHSSAGE, the actual message text. The length of the message text is returned in variable QMHLMRTN. Given this information, we can then calculate where the first byte of the message text is by taking the address of the Message information parameter (MHRcvVar), adding the size of the fixed-length fields (%size(QMHM0200)), and then adding the length of the replacement data (QMHLDRTN). This value is then stored in the pointer variable MsgTxtPtr, which is the basing pointer for the variable MsgTxt.

 

Having established addressability to the message text, we now move the text to the DtaQMsgTxt subfield of the DtaQMsg data structure and send the data structure to the MESSAGES data queue. When moving the message text returned by QMHRCVM, we do check to see if the length of the message text (QMHLMRTN) is less than the size of DtaQMsgTxt. If that is the case, we first set DtaQMsgTxt to *blanks in order to avoid having any residual data from a previously processed message appear in the current DtaQMsgTxt data structure. If the length of the returned message text is greater than the size of DtaQMsgTxt, then we truncate the message to the size of DtaQMsgTxt.

 

Two points of caution related to this truncation of the returned message text: the first is related to double-byte character set (DBCS) support. If your system is using translated DBCS national language versions, then it is possible that the truncation of the returned message text may cause a DBCS character string, imbedded in the message, to not be ended by a shift in control. In this situation, you should use the Truncate Character Data (QLGTRDTA) API to truncate the returned message to a properly formed string that is then stored in DtaQMsgTxt. Documentation for the QLGTRDTA API can be found here. The second area of concern is if your system is running in a visual bi-directional language environment. In this situation, you may want to use the Coded character set identifier parameter of the QMHRCVM API to request a conversion to a logical CCSID.

 

This wraps up our discussion of determining what message a given job is waiting on. Hopefully, this discussion will assist many of you in your day-to-day processing. Along the way, we've also looked at several APIs that could be used to enable a wide variety of applications, the monitoring of batch jobs being only one example. In most data processing endeavors, when it comes to solving your business problems, I believe it's more important to know what is available to you than to know a specific implementation.

 

Meanwhile, if you have other API questions, send them to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I'll see what I can do about answering your burning questions in future columns.

                                           

Bruce Vining

Bruce Vining is president and co-founder of Bruce Vining Services, LLC, a firm providing contract programming and consulting services to the System i community. He began his career in 1979 as an IBM Systems Engineer in St. Louis, Missouri, and then transferred to Rochester, Minnesota, in 1985, where he continues to reside. From 1992 until leaving IBM in 2007, Bruce was a member of the System Design Control Group responsible for OS/400 and i5/OS areas such as System APIs, Globalization, and Software Serviceability. He is also the designer of Control Language for Files (CLF).A frequent speaker and writer, Bruce can be reached at bvining@brucevining.com. 


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    SB ASNA PPL 5450Mobile computing is rapidly maturing into a solid platform for delivering enterprise applications. Many IBM i shops today are realizing that integrating their IBM i with mobile applications is the fast path to improved business workflows, better customer relations, and more responsive business reporting.

    This ASNA whitepaper takes a look at mobile computing for the IBM i. It discusses the different ways mobile applications may be used within the enterprise and how ASNA products solve the challenges mobile presents. It also presents the case that you already have the mobile programming team your projects need: that team is your existing RPG development team!

    Get your copy today!

  • Automate IBM i Operations using Wireless Devices

    DDL SystemsDownload the technical whitepaper on MANAGING YOUR IBM i WIRELESSLY and (optionally) register to download an absolutely FREE software trail. This whitepaper provides an in-depth review of the native IBM i technology and ACO MONITOR's advanced two-way messaging features to remotely manage your IBM i while in or away from the office. Notify on-duty personnel of system events and remotely respond to complex problems (via your Smartphone) before they become critical-24/7. Problem solved!

    Order your copy here.

  • DR Strategy Guide from Maxava: Brand New Edition - now fully updated to include Cloud!

    SB Maxava PPL 5476PRACTICAL TOOLS TO IMPLEMENT DISASTER RECOVERY IN YOUR IBM i ENVIRONMENT

    CLOUD VS. ON-PREMISE?
    - COMPREHENSIVE CHECKLISTS
    - RISK COST CALCULATIONS
    - BUSINESS CASE FRAMEWORK
    - DR SOLUTIONS OVERVIEW
    - RFP BUILDER
    Download your free copy of DR Strategy Guide for IBM i from Maxava today.

     

  • White Paper: Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization

    SB Profound WP 5539

    If your business is thinking about modernizing your legacy IBM i (also known as AS/400 or iSeries) applications, you will want to read this white paper first!

    Download this paper and learn how Node.js can ensure that you:
    - Modernize on-time and budget - no more lengthy, costly, disruptive app rewrites!
    - Retain your IBM i systems of record
    - Find and hire new development talent
    - Integrate new Node.js applications with your existing RPG, Java, .Net, and PHP apps
    - Extend your IBM i capabilties to include Watson API, Cloud, and Internet of Things


    Read Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization Now!

     

  • 2020 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results

    HelpSystems

    This year marks the sixth edition of the popular IBM i Marketplace Survey Results. Each year, HelpSystems sets out to gather data about how businesses use the IBM i platform and the IT initiatives it supports. Year over year, the survey has begun to reveal long-term trends that give insight into the future of this trusted technology.

    More than 500 IBM i users from around the globe participated in this year’s survey, and we’re so happy to share the results with you. We hope you’ll find the information interesting and useful as you evaluate your own IT projects.

  • AIX Security Basics eCourse

    Core Security

    With so many organizations depending on AIX day to day, ensuring proper security and configuration is critical to ensure the safety of your environment. Don’t let common threats put your critical AIX servers at risk. Avoid simple mistakes and start to build a long-term plan with this AIX Security eCourse. Enroll today to get easy to follow instructions on topics like:

    • Removing extraneous files
    • Patching systems efficiently
    • Setting and validating permissions
    • Managing service considerations
    • Getting overall visibility into your networks

     

  • Developer Kit: Making a Business Case for Modernization and Beyond

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.

    Having trouble getting management approval for modernization projects? The problem may be you're not speaking enough "business" to them.

    This Developer Kit provides you study-backed data and a ready-to-use business case template to help get your very next development project approved!

  • What to Do When Your AS/400 Talent Retires

    HelpSystemsIT managers hoping to find new IBM i talent are discovering that the pool of experienced RPG programmers and operators or administrators is small.

    This guide offers strategies and software suggestions to help you plan IT staffing and resources and smooth the transition after your AS/400 talent retires. Read on to learn:

    • Why IBM i skills depletion is a top concern
    • How leading organizations are coping
    • Where automation will make the biggest impact

     

  • IBM i Resources Retiring?

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericLet’s face it: IBM i experts and RPG programmers are retiring from the workforce. Are you prepared to handle their departure?
    Our panel of IBM i experts—Chuck Losinski, Robin Tatam, Richard Schoen, and Tom Huntington—will outline strategies that allow your company to cope with IBM i skills depletion by adopting these strategies that allow you to get the job done without deep expertise on the OS:
    - Automate IBM i processes
    - Use managed services to help fill the gaps
    - Secure the system against data loss and viruses
    The strategies you discover in this webinar will help you ensure that your system of record—your IBM i—continues to deliver a powerful business advantage, even as staff retires.

     

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

    SB PowerTech WC GenericSecurity expert Carol Woodbury is joined by Debbie Saugen. Debbie is an expert on IBM i backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and high availability, helping IBM i shops build and implement effective business continuity plans.
    In today’s business climate, business continuity is more important than ever. But 83 percent of organizations are not totally confident in their backup strategy.
    During this webinar, Carol and Debbie discuss the importance of a good backup plan, how to ensure you’re backing up your security information, and your options for encrypted back-ups.

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

    SB Profound WC GenericIn this presentation, Alex Roytman and Liam Allan will unveil a completely new and unique way to modernize your legacy applications. Learn how Agile Modernization:
    - Uses the power of Node.js in place of costly system re-writes and migrations
    - Enables you to modernize legacy systems in an iterative, low-risk manner
    - Makes it easier to hire developers for your modernization efforts
    - Integrates with Profound UI (GUI modernization) for a seamless, end-to-end legacy modernization solution

     

  • 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

    SB Profound WC GenericWatch 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!

     

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

    SB Profound PPL 5491Modern, 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.

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

    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.

    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.

    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).

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

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericYou 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 discuss:


    - 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

  • Profound.js 2.0: Extend the Power of Node to your IBM i Applications

    SB Profound WC 5541In this Webinar, we'll demonstrate how Profound.js 2.0 enables you to easily adopt Node.js in your business, and to take advantage of the many benefits of Node, including access to a much larger pool of developers for IBM i and access to countless reusable open source code packages on npm (Node Package Manager).
    You will see how Profound.js 2.0 allows you to:

    • Provide RPG-like capabilities for server-side JavaScript.
    • Easily create web and mobile application interfaces for Node on IBM i.
    • Let existing RPG programs call Node.js modules directly, and vice versa.
    • Automatically generate code for Node.js.
    • Automatically converts existing RPGLE code into clean, simplified Node.js code.

    Download and watch today!

     

  • Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js

    SB Profound WC 5541Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love:

    • Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js
    • Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI
    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js

     

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIt’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success. You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?

     

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericLet’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhile introducing Sequel Data Access, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access, distribution trends, and more advanced query tools. Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    - Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    - Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    - Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    - Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhat happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

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

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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

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

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

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

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

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

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

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

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

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

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

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

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

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

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

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

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