Keep Those Batch Jobs Running (Or How to Enjoy Your Off Time)

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With the QUSLJOB API and my MONBCH program working for you, you can relax when you're away from the office.


My recent series of articles prompted the following note from reader Jerry G.:


"I enjoy reading your articles as a learning exercise.... Would you consider demonstrating an API example to monitor jobs [in order to] notify [someone of] a troubled state like MSGW?"

I think this is an excellent idea! In this article, we'll look at how to use the List Job (QUSLJOB) API to monitor batch jobs and, if any job is found to be waiting on a message, to then send a generic message to a *DTAQ, identifying the job that is waiting for a reply. Though not shown in this article, a second program could monitor this *DTAQ and then perform operations such as sending a break message to the operator, paging the operator, setting off an alarm, sending a text message to someone's phone, sending an email, and so on.


In a subsequent article, we'll look at a V6R1 enhancement that allows us to easily send the text of the message to the *DTAQ (in addition to the job information, which is available on earlier releases). This enhancement allows the operator to know not only the specific message that needs to be responded to, but also the replies available. From here, it would not be a large leap to enable the operator to respond to the message using a handheld device. So if you haven't ordered V6R1, now is the time to do it! 

The program we will use, Monitor Batch (MONBCH), is shown below.

h dftactgrp(*no)                                                       


dMonBch           pr                  extpgm('MONBCH')                  

dMonBch           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')                


dPSDS            sds           429    qualified                  

d Line                   21     28                               

d MsgID                  40     46                               

d ExcpDta                91    170                               

d JobName               244    253                               


dDtaQMsg          s            256                               

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('VINING/MONBCHCTL')      


dDtaQName         c                   'MESSAGES'                      

dDtaQLib          c                   'VINING'                        






  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);               


                       when AttrEntry.QUSKF = 0101;                    

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

                                 = 'MSGW';                           




                    AttrPtr += AttrEntry.QUSLFIR;           



             LstPtr += GenHdr.QUSSEE;                                




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

         *inlr = *on;                                                





  *inlr = *on;                                                        




     DtaQMsg = 'Job ' + %trimr(PSDS.JobName) +                       

               ' failed at statement ' + PSDS.Line +                 

               ' with message ' + PSDS.MsgID +                       

               ': ' + PSDS.ExcpDta;                                  

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










pProcessMsgW      b                                                 


dProcessMsgW      pr                                                

dProcessMsgW      pi                                                




  DtaQMsg = 'Job ' + %trimr(LstEntry.QUSJNU00) +                    

            ' is waiting on a message.';                            

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






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                   15                             




  in MonBchCtl;                                       

  if MonBchCtl = TimeToEnd;                           

     Continue = *off;                                 




  Sleep(SecsPerMin * MinsToDly);                      


  in MonBchCtl;                                       

  if MonBchCtl = TimeToEnd;                           

     Continue = *off;                                 







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               *                                   




  // 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;                                                    




pSetup            e                                                    

To compile MONBCH is a simple CRTBNDRPG MONBCH. In order to run MONBCH, you will need to create two objects into the library VINING (or some more suitable library name, but don't forget to change VINING references in the MONBCH program source to your new name). The two objects are the data area MONBCHCTL and the data queue MESSAGES. These are the commands to create these objects:





The MONBCHCTL data area is used to control when MONBCH ends. This is done by setting the data area to a value of E. The MESSAGES data queue is where MONBCH sends messages related to batch jobs being in a message wait state or a failure being detected within the MONBCH program itself.

The main processing within MONBCH is centered around the List Job (QUSLJOB) API. The QUSLJOB API generates a list of all or some jobs on the system. When generating a subset list, you can select jobs that meet particular requirements, such as all jobs on a job queue, all active jobs that are interactive, or, as is the case with MONBCH, all active batch jobs. The API takes up to nine parameters (shown below), four of which are required.

The List Job (QUSLJOB) API


Required Parameter Group:


Qualified user space name




Format name




Qualified job name







Optional Parameter Group 1:


Error code



Optional Parameter Group 2:


Job type




Number of fields to return




Key of fields to return


Array(*) of Binary(4)

Optional Parameter Group 3:


Continuation handle



  Default Public Authority: *USE

  Threadsafe: Conditional

The first parameter, Qualified user space name, is the name of the *USRSPC the API is to return information into. We will be creating this *USRSPC in the Setup procedure of MONBCH.


The second parameter, Format name, describes the type of information we want returned. The QUSLJOB API supports two formats. Format JOBL0100 returns basic job-related information such as the job name, job status, and job type. Format JOBL0200 returns this basic information, but you can also specify additional information about the job that you want returned. This additional information can be as simple as the user profile currently being used by the job or as complex as low-level details, such as the temporary storage currently in use by the job. The full list of available information can be found with the API documentation here. MONBCH will be using format JOBL0200 and requesting one piece of additional information: the active job status. The active job status field can be set to one of several values--for instance, HLD for held jobs, LCKW when the job is waiting for a lock, or MSGW for a job waiting for a reply to a message. MONBCH will be looking specifically for active batch jobs with an active job status of MSGW.


The third parameter, Qualified job name, defines by name what jobs you are interested in. The API defines three subfields for the Qualified job name parameter. The first ten bytes are the job name, the next ten bytes are the user name, and the last six bytes are the job number. The API supports specific job and user names, generic job and user names, and special values such as *CURRENT and *ALL. The MONBCH program will be using the special value *ALL for the job name, user name, and job number components of the Qualified job name.


The fourth parameter, Status, can be used to specify that you want only jobs of a specific status to be returned in the generated list. The supported status values are *ACTIVE, *JOBQ, *OUTQ, or *ALL. MONBCH will use this parameter to specify that only *ACTIVE jobs should be returned by the QUSLJOB API.


The fifth parameter, Error code, is the standard error code structure found with most system APIs.


The sixth parameter, Job type, can be used to specify that you want only certain types of jobs to be returned in the generated list. The Job type parameter supports values such as * for all types, A for autostart jobs, I for interactive jobs, etc. MONBCH will be using the value B to indicate that only batch jobs are to be returned. When this parameter is used in conjunction with the Status parameter value of *ACTIVE, the QUSLJOB API will return only active batch jobs in the user space. MONBCH will not see the other jobs (interactive, spool writers, etc.) that might be on your system.


The seventh and eighth parameters, Number of fields to return and Key of fields to return, respectively, can be used with format JOBL0200 to specify what additional job-related information is wanted. The eighth parameter is an array of 4-byte integer key values identifying the information desired. The seventh parameter is the number of key values that are to be found in this array. With QUSLJOB, each field of additional information is assigned a numeric key value. A value of 305, for instance, indicates that you want the user profile currently in effect for the job to be returned. MONBCH will be using a value of 101: active job status. You can ask for as many additional fields of information as your application needs. In the case of MONBCH, we need only the one additional field, though the array used (KeyValues) is defined as having 25 elements. This "keyed" approach to requesting specific information can be found in other system APIs--and not just List APIs either. For example, both the Retrieve Library Description (QLIRLIBD) API, documented here, and the Change Object Description (QLICOBJD) API, documented here, support a keyed approach to identifying data. Keys are useful when there is a potentially large amount of information that might be retrieved and/or changed and you don't want to have to be concerned with information that the current application doesn't really care about.


The ninth parameter, Continuation handle, is used when there are more jobs in the returned list than can fit in one user space. The continuation handle can be used to have the QUSLJOB API resume writing list entries to the user space after you have processed all of the initial job entries that were returned. We're not going to pay much attention to this parameter today as a user space can hold approximately 16MB of data and each job returned by the QUSLJOB API to our MONBCH program will use less than 100 bytes (based on returning only the basic job information and the active job status). A quick calculation shows that the user space can then hold greater than 160,000 active batch jobs--and I don't imagine that very many of you are running over 160,000 active batch jobs on your system. This continuation handle capability may be very useful for other applications but not for MONBCH.


With that brief introduction to the QUSLJOB API out of the way, let's now look at what the MONBCH program does.

The MONBCH Program

When MONBCH is first called, the Setup procedure is run. Setup creates the environment for MONBCH to run in. The system API error code bytes provided field is set to 0, the array KeyValues (used as the eighth parameter when calling QUSLJOB) is set to request active job status information, the user space MONBCHLJOB is created in QTEMP, and a pointer to the first byte of this user space is returned to the caller of Setup. If you have questions on the use of the error code, creating a user space, or obtaining a pointer to a user space, you may want to refer to an earlier article of mine, "The API Corner: Finding Modules in a *SRVPGM," where I provide additional information, or the book IBM System i APIs at Work, Second Edition.


When Setup returns the pointer variable, GenHdrPtr addresses the first byte of the user space. MONBCH then enters into a DoWhile loop conditioned by the variable Continue. Continue is defined as an indicator variable and is initialized to a value of *on. Within the DoWhile loop, MONBCH calls the QUSLJOB API, requesting that a list of all active batch jobs on the system be returned to the user space QTEMP/MONBCHLJOB. By specifying a format of JOBL0200, a KeyValues array containing the key value 101, and a NbrKeyFlds value of 1, MONBCH is also requesting that active job status information be returned for each active batch job.


MONBCH then processes the list using an approach that hopefully you are all familiar with by now. You check the list status (GenHdr.QUSIS) to verify that the list is either complete or partially complete, set the LstPtr pointer variable to address the first entry returned in the list (GenHdrPtr + GenHdr.QUSOLD), and then process all of the entries returned in the list (GenHdr.QUSNBRLE), stepping through the list by adding the size of each list entry (GenHdr.QUSSEE) to the LstPtr pointer variable value.


The actual processing of the list we'll cover in a bit more detail.


Format JOBL0200 of QUSLJOB defines a fixed set of information for each list entry returned. This standard information is provided at the start of each list entry, and the QSYSINC-provided include for this fixed set of information is this:


DQUSL020001       DS                                             

D*                                             Qus JOBL0200      

D QUSJNU00                1     10                               

D*                                             Job Name Used      

D QUSUNU00               11     20                               

D*                                             User Name Used    

D QUSJNBRU00             21     26                               

D*                                             Job Number Used   

D QUSIJI00               27     42                               

D*                                             Internal Job Id   

D QUSTATUS01             43     52                               

D*                                             Status            

D QUSJT01                53     53                               

D*                                             Job Type          

D QUSJS00                54     54                               

D*                                             Job Subtype       

D QUSERVED18             55     56                               

D*                                             Reserved          

D QUSJIS                 57     57                               

D*                                             Job Info Status   

D QUSRSV205              58     60                               

D*                                             Reserved2         

D QUSNBRFR               61     64B 0                            

D*                                             Number Fields Rtnd

D*QUSKFI                        18    DIM(00001)


Several of the fields shown above are what you might expect: job name, user name, job type, etc., and several of these will be used later. Three fields, however, need some discussion right now. The first field, QUSJIS (or Job information status), tells you whether or not job-related information was returned. This field should be checked first, as MONBCH does with LstEntry.QUSJIS, where LstEntry is a Based structure defined likeds(QUSL020001), to verify that a blank was returned for the job described by the current list entry. A non-blank value indicates that the job information was not returned and that the entry should not be processed. In the case of MONBCH, we simply skip over the job list entry. The API documentation provides information on what the various non-blank values indicate. If the job information was successfully returned, MONBCH then accesses the additional information returned by QUSLJOB to determine if the job is in a message wait condition. The second field, QUSNBRFR, tells you how many additional fields have been returned for the current job entry. The third field, QUSKFI, is commented out with an array definition of one element. This commented field, QUSKFI, is where the additional information to be returned starts, with QUSNBRFR occurrences of additional information.


Similar to how QUSLJOB returns header information at the start of each job entry, so too does QUSLJOB return header information about each additional field that is returned. This is the QSYSINC include for this field level header information:


DQUSLKF           DS                                              

D*                                             Qus Ljob Key Fields

D QUSLFIR                 1      4B 0                             

D*                                             Length Field Info Rtnd

D QUSKF                   5      8B 0                             

D*                                             Key Field          

D QUSTOD                  9      9                                

D*                                             Type Of Data       

D QUSERVED17             10     12                                

D*                                             Reserved           

D QUSLD00                13     16B 0                             

D*                                             Length Data        

D*QUSDATA06              17     17                                


The first field, QUSLFIR, provides the length of the current field entry returned. This value is used to step to the next additional field entry for the current job entry. QUSKF tells you the key value that you are processing. Note that you should not assume that QUSLJOB will return the additional information fields in the same sequence as you requested it. Always verify the key field value before processing the related data. QUSTOD is the type of data returned (character or binary). QUSLD00 is the length of the data returned, and QUSDATA06 is a commented field of where you can find the returned data starting. As an example, MONBCH is asking for active job status, so for a specific job, QUSLFIR might be anything (which is why you need to use it!), USKF will be 101 (as that is the only key MONBCH asked for), QUSTOD will be C for character, QUSLD00 will most likely be 4, and the data found at QUSDATA06 might be MSGW for message wait, LCKW for lock wait, or any of several other possible values. We can anticipate these values for QUSTOD, QUSLD00, and QUSDATA06 based on the QUSLJOB API documentation.


With that explanation, MONBCH then processes each additional field information entry. Similar to how you process list entries using the List generic header fields information status (QUSIS), Offset to list data (QUSOLD), Number of list entries (QUSNBRLE), and Size of each entry (QUSSEE), you process the job information using the fields Job information status (QUSJIS), Number of fields returned (QUSNBRFR), and Length of field information  returned (QUSLFIR). In MONBCH, only one key is requested, but I recommend still coding the program in anticipation of more keys being added at some point in the future (as has been done here). You may, for instance, only want to monitor for jobs in a message wait condition that are running in a specific subsystem. Key 1906--the qualified subsystem description name--would enable such an enhancement. For those interested, an example of using multiple keys and one possible processing flow to follow can be found in the book IBM System i APIs at Work, Second Edition in chapter 5, Object APIs. The example in the book uses QLIRLIBD to retrieve the size of a library in addition to the number of objects in the library.


When a job entry is found that is in a message wait condition, the ProcessMsgW procedure is called. ProcessMsgW doesn't do a whole lot right now, yet the whole purpose of the program is in this procedure. It simply sends a message to the data queue MESSAGES in library VINING, identifying the simple job name for the job that is waiting on a message (LstEntry.QUSJNU00). From this data queue message, another program that is monitoring the MESSAGES data queue could do most any operation that would be appropriate for the situation: page the night operator, set off an alarm, forward the message to a central help desk, etc. In a subsequent article, we will add to the ProcessMsgW procedure. We will see how to use the Retrieve Job Information (QUSRJOBI) API to locate the message the job is waiting on and a Message Handler API to send the actual message that the job is waiting on to the data queue.


After processing all of the job list entries returned by QUSLJOB, MONBCH then runs the Delay procedure. Delay provides two functions in the MONBCH program. First, it reads the data area MONBCHCTL in library VINING. If a value of E (the constant TimeToEnd) is found, indicating that the program should end, Delay turns off the Continue indicator and returns to the initial DoWhile loop. With Continue set *off, MONBCH will exit the DoWhile and end. The second function performed is to delay the next running of the QUSLJOB API for a predetermined amount of time. In the case of MONBCH, the delay will be 15 minutes. Delay does this by using the sleep system API. As its name suggests, sleep simply causes the program to suspend running, or sleep, for a period of time. The sleep API takes one parameter, an unsigned integer representing the number of seconds to sleep. As coded, the Delay procedure calls sleep, asking to be awakened after 15 minutes. During this time, MONBCH will simply be put into a wait state and consume no CPU. After 15 minutes, control is returned by sleep to Delay, Delay checks again if MONBCH should end, and then control returns to the main DoWhile loop to again either call QUSLJOB or to end the program. The sleep API is documented here. If you need more granular control of the delay time than seconds, there is also the usleep API. This API allows you to specify the sleep time in microseconds. There are certain conditions under which the sleep (and usleep) API may return control to Delay before the full 15 minutes are up, but unless you are working with the signal APIs, this should not be a concern.


There's one last part of MONBCH we haven't discussed. Around MONBCH there is a global Monitor group defined. This monitor enables MONBCH to also send a message (or at least try to send a message, depending on the actual failure) to the MESSAGES data queue in case a failure is encountered within MONBCH. It's decidedly a poor design if the job that's monitoring other jobs fails without warning or notification. For that reason, a message is sent to the data queue, indicating that MONBCH has failed. The message in this case includes the statement number where the failure occurred, the message that was received, and the text of the message. Much more extensive information could be captured using additional system APIs, but the message currently being sent will most likely be sufficient to determine what has gone wrong in the MONBCH program. One design point to keep in mind when writing a monitoring function such as MONBCH: don't add unnecessary code as it simply increases the likelihood of an error. If a given function can be done in a separate job, such as actually informing the night operator of a message wait condition, then move that function to that separate job.


That covers the MONBCH program in its entirety and hopefully fulfills the original request: "Would you consider demonstrating an API example to monitor jobs [to] notify [someone of] a troubled state like MSGW?" And along the way, you may have picked up a few more tips and techniques related to the use of system APIs. Next time, we'll look at how to access the actual message that the job is waiting on.


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 

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    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


    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


    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 as a pre-built development environment



  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

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

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

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


  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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



  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

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

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

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

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



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

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

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

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



  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

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

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




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

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

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


  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

    SB Profound WC GenericHave you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.
    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
    Watch Now.

  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

    SB Profound WC Generic The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security
    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
    Watch Now.

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

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

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

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

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

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