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Detect Errors when using the QCAPCMD API.

 

In last month's column, "Automating Recovery (or Keeping the Help Desk Out of the Loop)," you saw how to use the Execute Command (QCMDEXC) API to run a CL command and then recover from a variety of possible error situations related to the running of the CL command. Today, we'll look at how to provide similar, though to my thinking improved, recovery using the Process Commands (QCAPCMD) API documented here.

 

Unlike the QCMDEXC API, the QCAPCMD API supports an error code parameter. As you saw in the second article of this series, "Running CL Commands from RPG," the error code parameter enables you to control whether or not escape messages are returned to the RPG program in error situations. If you set the Bytes Provided field of the error code parameter to 0, then escape messages are sent by the API and you effectively have the same level of error-handling capability as you saw with the QCMDEXC API reviewed last month. If, however, you set the Bytes Provided field to a non-zero value, then you pick up some ease-of-use characteristics that I find attractive. Here is a sample program patterned after the QCMDEXC example used last month, but using a non-zero error code Bytes Provided value when calling the QCAPCMD API.

 

h dftactgrp(*no)                                                  

                                                                  

dRunCmd           pr                  extpgm('QCAPCMD')           

d SourceCmd                  65535    const options(*varsize)     

d LenSrcCmd                     10i 0 const                       

d CtlBlk                     65535    const options(*varsize)     

d LenCtlBlk                     10i 0 const                       

d CtlBlkFmt                      8    const                       

d ChgCmd                         1    options(*varsize)           

d LenAvlChgCmd                  10i 0 const                       

d LenRtnChgCmd                  10i 0                             

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC)               

                                                                  

dSndMsg           pr                  extpgm('QSYS/QMHSNDPM')     

d MsgID                          7    const                       

d QualMsgF                      20    const                       

d MsgDta                     65535    const options(*varsize)     

d LenMsgDta                     10i 0 const                        

d MsgType                       10    const                       

d CSE                        65535    const options(*varsize)     

d CSECtr                        10i 0 const                       

d MsgKey                         4                                 

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC)               

d LenCSE                        10i 0 const options(*nopass)      

d CSEQual                       20    const options(*nopass)      

d DSPWaitTime                   10i 0 const options(*nopass)      

d CSEType                       10    const options(*nopass)      

d CCSID                         10i 0 const options(*nopass)      

                                                                  

dMaxInt           pr            10i 0                             

d Input1                        10i 0 const                       

d Input2                        10i 0 const                       

                                                                   

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qcapcmd                                  

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusec                                    

                                                                  

dPSDS            sds           429    qualified                   

d JobUsr                254    263                                  

                                                                    

dErrCde           ds                  qualified                     

d Common                              likeds(QUSEC)                 

d ErrMsgDta                    512                                  

                                                                    

dCmd              s            512                                   

dMsgKey           s              4                                  

dNotUsedChr       s              1                                  

dNotUsedInt       s             10i 0                               

                                                                     

 /free                                                              

                                                                    

  QUSBPRV = 0;                                                      

  ErrCde.Common.QUSBPRV = %size(ErrCde);                            

                                                                    

  QCAP0100 = *loval; // initialize input structure to nulls         

  QCACMDPT = 0;      // Run command                                   

  QCABCSDH = '0';    // Ignore DBCS                                  

  QCAPA = '0';       // Do not prompt command                        

  QCACMDSS = '0';    // User i5/OS syntax                            

                                                                      

  Cmd = 'CLRPFM FILE(SOMEFILE) MBR(' + PSDS.JobUsr + ')';            

  RunCmd(Cmd :%len(%trim(Cmd)) :QCAP0100 :%size(QCAP0100)            

         :'CPOP0100' :NotUsedChr :0 :NotUsedInt :ErrCde);             

  if ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL > 0;                                      

     select;                                                         

        when ErrCde.Common.QUSEI = 'CPF3141';                        

             Cmd = 'ADDPFM FILE(SOMEFILE) MBR(' + PSDS.JobUsr + ')'; 

             RunCmd(Cmd :%len(%trim(Cmd)) :QCAP0100 :%size(QCAP0100) 

                    :'CPOP0100' :NotUsedChr :0 :NotUsedInt :ErrCde); 

             if ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL > 0;                           

                SndMsg(ErrCde.Common.QUSEI :'QCPFMSG   *LIBL'        

                       :ErrCde.ErrMsgDta                             

                       :MaxInt(0 :ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL - %size(QUSEC))

                       :'*DIAG' :'*PGMBDY' :1 :MsgKey :QUSEC);      

                SndMsg('ESC0001' :'OURMSGS   *LIBL' :' ' :0           

                       :'*ESCAPE' :'*PGMBDY' :1 :MsgKey :QUSEC);      

             endif;                                                   

                                                                      

        when ErrCde.Common.QUSEI = 'CPF3142';                         

             Cmd = 'CRTPF FILE(SOMEFILE) MBR(' + PSDS.JobUsr +        

                   ') MAXMBRS(*NOMAX) OPTION(*NOSRC *NOLIST)';        

             RunCmd(Cmd :%len(%trim(Cmd)) :QCAP0100 :%size(QCAP0100)  

                    :'CPOP0100' :NotUsedChr :0 :NotUsedInt :ErrCde);  

             if ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL > 0;                            

                SndMsg(ErrCde.Common.QUSEI :'QCPFMSG   *LIBL'         

                       :ErrCde.ErrMsgDta                              

                       :MaxInt(0 :ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL - %size(QUSEC))

                       :'*DIAG' :'*PGMBDY' :1 :MsgKey :QUSEC);      

                SndMsg('ESC0001' :'OURMSGS   *LIBL' :' ' :0           

                       :'*ESCAPE' :'*PGMBDY' :1 :MsgKey :QUSEC);      

             endif;                                                    

                                                                      

        other;                                                        

             SndMsg(ErrCde.Common.QUSEI :'QCPFMSG   *LIBL'            

                    :ErrCde.ErrMsgDta                                 

                    :MaxInt(0 :ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL - %size(QUSEC))  

                    :'*DIAG' :'*PGMBDY' :1 :MsgKey :QUSEC);         

             SndMsg('ESC0001' :'OURMSGS   *LIBL' :' ' :0               

                    :'*ESCAPE' :'*PGMBDY' :1 :MsgKey :QUSEC);         

     endsl;                                                           

  endif;                                                              

                                                                       

  // Do further processing                                            

                                                                      

  *inlr = *on;                                                         

  return;                                                             

                                                            

 /end-free                                                  

                                                             

pMaxInt           b                                         

                                                            

dMaxInt           pi            10i 0                       

d Input1                        10i 0 const                 

d Input2                        10i 0 const                 

                                                            

 /free                                                      

                                                            

  if Input1 > Input2;                                       

     return Input1;                                         

  else;                                                     

     return Input2;                                         

  endif;                                                     

                                                            

 /end-free             

                       

pMaxInt           e    

 

Similar to last month's QCMDEXC example program, this program starts by prototyping the QCAPCMD and QMHSNDPM APIs. The current program, however, does not prototype the QMHRMVPM API (used in last month's example program in order to leave a "clean" job log when recovering from an error situation). There will not be any error messages to remove from the job log when this month's program encounters an error that it can recover from as the QCAPCMD API would not have sent the message in the first place (due to a non-zero Bytes Provided value in the error code structure).

 

Following the prototype for QMHSNDPM, there is, however, a new prototype for an internal function named MaxInt. This function is not actually required in the current program, but I find it handy for a reason that we'll get into later in this article.

 

The program then includes (or copies) the QSYSINC-provided header files QCAPCMD and QUSEC. These header files provide the IBM-supplied definitions for the structures associated with the QCAPCMD API and the API error code parameter, respectively. As with the QCMDEXC example program, the current program defines the Program Status Data Structure in order to access the current user's name. Unlike with the QCMDEXC example, though, the PSDS subfield MsgID is not defined. The message ID of any error detected by the QCAPCMD API will instead be accessed using the error code Exception ID (QUSEI) subfield of the error code parameter (which is defined within the QUSEC header file). Using the QUSEC error code structure defined by the QUSEC header file, the program then defines the data structure ErrCde using the base IBM-provided definition of the error code parameter with an additional 512 bytes allocated for error message replacement data (ErrMsgDta). It is this ErrCde data structure that the program will use as an error code parameter when calling the QCAPCMD API and not wanting escape messages to be sent in the case of error situations.

 

As with the previous QCMDEXC example, the program also defines the two standalone fields Cmd and MsgKey. The program also defines two new standalone fields, NotUsedChr and NotUsedInt. These fields are used to represent QCAPCMD API character and integer parameters, respectively. These fields are used as placeholders for parameters that, while not being utilizing per se, are defined as outputs of the API and therefore cannot be specified as constants on the API call.

 

With the data definitions out of the way, the program initializes the Bytes Provided field of the QUSEC and ErrCde error code data structures to 0 and 528, respectively. The QUSEC error code data structure will be used when calling system APIs and where any failure encountered by the API would generally indicate a situation outside the control of the program. For instance, a failure when calling the QMHSNDPM API to send an error message (assuming appropriate testing of the call parameters during development) would generally indicate a failure beyond the application program's control. Also initialized are various control fields of the QCAPCMD QCAP0100 data structure used with format CPOP0100. The initializations essentially indicate that we want to run a CL command.

 

As with the previous QCMDEXC example program, the current program now formats and attempts to run a CLRPFM command. In this example, though, the QCAPCMD API is used to run the command, and the error code parameter passed to the API is the ErrCde data structure. With the preceding explanations out of the way, we have now set the environment for the meat of this article: namely, recovering for errors when running a CL command.

 

If an error is encountered in running the CLRPFM command, then the Bytes Available field (QUSBAVL) of the ErrCde data structure will be returned with a positive value, and the program will enter a Select group to determine which error occurred. In the previous program using QCMDEXC, the logic related to handling errors such as CPF3141 and CPF3142 included removing the message from the job log. With QCAPCMD and an error code with a non-zero Bytes Provided field, there is no need to remove the message as it was never sent by the API (see above). Using QCAPCMD and the ErrCde error code data structure, the recovery for these error situations is to simply select and run the appropriate CL command given the error message ID returned in ErrCde.Common.QUSEI. If this attempt to recover from the error succeeds—for instance, ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL is 0 following the ADDPFM recovery action when CPF3141 is returned from the CLRPFM command—then the program simply continues on to its "further processing." No additional work, such as removing the CPF3141, is needed.

 

There is, of course, a downside to the QCAPCMD API not sending error messages—namely, that the message is not in the job log if our recovery action is unsuccessful (for instance, the ADDPFM fails when attempting to recover from CPF3141) or if the error encountered is one that the program is unprepared to handle (for instance, the CLRPFM command fails with a CPF3134 – Referential constraint error). In this case, the program needs to send the CPF message as a diagnostic, followed by the escape message ESC0001. Fortunately, this is very easy as we know the error message ID from the ErrCde subfield QUSEI and we have the message replacement data readily available in the ErrCde subfield ErrMsgDta. To send the necessary messages to the job log, we can use the QMHSNDPM API as shown in the sample program.

 

It's in the sending of the CPF error messages that the program uses the MaxInt function mentioned previously. Strictly speaking, MaxInt is not needed for the example program. In an error situation when running the CLRPFM, ADDPFM, or CRTPF commands, the program could simply use the following QMHSNDM API call to send the appropriate CPF error message.

 

      SndMsg(ErrCde.Common.QUSEI :'QCPFMSG   *LIBL'          

             :ErrCde.ErrMsgDta                              

             :ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL - %size(QUSEC)

             :'*DIAG' :'*PGMBDY' :1 :MsgKey :QUSEC);      

 

In the preceding call, the value of the fourth parameter when using the QMHSNDM API, Length of message data, can be determined by taking the number of bytes available in the ErrCde data structure (ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL) and then subtracting the size of the QUSEC Common subfield of ErrCde. This will leave us with the size of the message data associated with the error message being sent. The size of the QUSEC data structure is 16, so we effectively have (ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL – 16). This, however, only works because all of the error messages returned by CLRPFM, ADDPFM, and CRTPF return message replacement data.

 

There are some CL commands (and some APIs, ignoring QCAPCMD for the moment) that can return error message information in the ErrCde parameter and the message does not utilize message replacement data. In the situation of no message replacement data, the value of ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL is 15 (due to the 16th byte of QUSEC being reserved and not representing any meaningful error-related data being returned). If we then use the preceding QMHSNDM API call, we'll end up with the fourth parameter being set to the value -1 as we will be subtracting 16 (the size of QUSEC) from 15 (the number of bytes available in the ErrCde data structure). This negative value will result in a runtime error when calling the QMHSNDM API. As I prefer to write generic code that can be widely utilized (as opposed to using one way of calculating the Length of message data for some API calls and other ways for other API calls), I use the MaxInt function to set the fourth parameter to the value of 0 when the calculation (ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL - %size(QUSEC)) returns a negative value. Then, I can simply copy this QMHSNDM API call logic to any program I'm writing.

 

At this point, I should also mention that even the QMHSNDM call shown in the example program is not what I actually use in my application development environment. Though it's not directly relevant to this article, I have written a set of functions that are used by my applications and are what I really code to in my application programs. One function, for instance, will simply send whatever system message is currently found in the ErrCde data structure as a diagnostic message to the current program boundary. So, in my program, I can simply code SendDiag(). It's then the SendDiag function that utilizes the MaxInt function to set the value of the fourth parameter when calling the QMHSNDM API, sets the fifth parameter (Message type) to *DIAG, determines what message file really stores the message ID value found in ErrCde.Common.QUSEI (you may notice that the example program has hardcoded QCPFMSG, which may not be the case for all commands and API calls), etc. For my application-oriented diagnostic messages, I have another function where I can pass parameters defining what error message ID I want sent, the data structure containing the replacement data I want sent with the message, and the length of the data within the data structure. In this way, I generalize the sending of diagnostic messages within my application programs.

 

Returning to the main topic of this article, error recovery, the ErrMsgDta subfield of the ErrCde data structure also provides some additional "free" information when compared to recovering from an error using the QCMDEXC API. When running the CLRPFM command, you may have noticed that the file SOMEFILE is not library-qualified, so the CLRPFM command is, by default, using the jobs library list to locate SOMEFILE. What if you wanted to know the library SOMEFILE was located in when error message CPF3141 is encountered?

 

Using QCMDEXC, you do have access to the first-level text of the message in the PSDS, but unfortunately the library name is in the second-level text, not the first-level text. And even if the library name was in the first-level text, the PSDS returns the message with the message replacement data merged into the text of the message, making access to the replacement data extremely error-prone. To access the library name, you will need to call another API in order to receive the error message.

 

With QCAPCMD, the message replacement data is readily available to you. To be able to access error message replacement data in a generic fashion, you can use an approach such as shown below.

 

dErrMsgDtaPtr     s               *   inz(%addr(ErrCde.ErrMsgDta))

                                                                  

dCPF3141          ds                  qualified                   

d                                     based(ErrMsgDtaPtr)         

d File                          10                                

d Member                        10                                

d Library                       10                                

                                                                  

If you know you may need additional information related to an error situation, you can define a based data structure, such as CPF3141 shown above, where the basing pointer is initialized to the address of the ErrMsgDta subfield of the ErrCde data structure. In this case, when error situation CPF3141 is returned and you're using the ErrCde data structure, you can directly access the library name using the variable CPF3141.Library. There is no need for additional API calls, for parsing of the message replacement text, etc. Just directly use the data within your error recovery logic. Admittedly, this example of determining the library used is trivial, but there are many error situations where you need access to additional information that can be found only in the error message replacement data (for instance, reason codes). With the error code parameter provided with QCAPCMD, access to this additional information is a snap.

 

Both the QCMDEXC and the QCAPCMD APIs can be successfully used to run CL commands from an RPG application program. Both of the APIs also provide for recovery from errors encountered when attempting to run CL commands. The choice is yours as to which API you may prefer to use. My preference is QCAPCMD as I find it easier to work with in terms of no "cleanup" in my error recovery when I want to leave a clean job log and much easier access to error-related information. QCAPCMD does, however, when using a non-zero error code Bytes Provided value, mean that the application program needs to send error messages when all attempts to recover from the error fail. To me, calling additional system APIs (sending diagnostic and escape information) in the "hard failure" case is preferable to calling additional APIs (remove messages, receive messages, etc.) in the scenarios where the application program is able to continue functioning.

 

Next month, we will look at error recovery using the API system, a third API that can be used to run CL commands from an RPG application program.

Questions?

In the meantime, if you have any 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, L.L.C., a firm providing contract programming and consulting services to the System i community (www.brucevining.com). He began his career in1979 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 [email protected].

 

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    With limited resources and the need to keep costs in check, more and more is expected of operational staff to handle this information efficiently.
    In this 45-minute recorded webinar, we’ll dissect complex systems monitoring by introducing best practices and smart techniques that will help you:
    - Ensure vital business applications run smoothly and without disruption
    - Respond swiftly and with appropriate actions
    - Confirm that essential data is received at the right time
    - Prove service levels are maintained
    - Keep contingency and high availability strategies fully operational

  • ​IBM i War Stories from the Front Line

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    IBM i is great at managing varied workloads—the OS offers many built-in work management and system utilities to aid administration.
    But greater customization is sometimes necessary in the line of duty.
    Halcyon has built upon these utilities to deliver a number of advanced functions designed for you to take control of all of your day-to-day IBM i activities.
    During this on-demand webinar, our experts will demonstrate some of Halcyon’s capabilities and describe real-life scenarios that highlight how you can:

    - Reduce your alerting footprint by implementing leading-edge monitoring techniques 
    - Identify both organic growth and spikes in disk space utilization
    - Automate time-consuming housekeeping tasks
    - Take advantage of the powerful IBM i Services
    - Automate literally anything

    Set your sights on having the right monitoring solution, no matter what comes your way. Watch the recording today!

  • Work Smarter: Integrate IBM i and Desktop Applications

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    My desktop application users spend a lot of time manually generating and printing letters using IBM i data.
    Our team copies and pastes information between IBM i applications all the time. Launching a PC application from my IBM i screens is impossible today.
    Sound familiar?
    Too many businesses go through manual efforts to transfer documents and data across IBM i and desktop applications—especially ERPs. Whether you use JDE World, JDE EnterpriseOne, Infor, Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics, or any other ERP, chances are your employees are stuck transferring information manually. And all of that manual effort leads to hours upon hours of wasted time.
    But it doesn’t need to anymore.

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  • IBM i Resources Retiring?

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    Let’s face it: IBM i experts and RPG programmers are retiring from the workforce. These folks have been managing all areas of your business—often manually and behind the scenes—for decades, everything from IT operations to data and documents to cybersecurity.
    Are you prepared to handle their departure?
    During this 30-minute recorded webinar, 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
    IBM i skills depletion is a top concern for IBM i shops around the world. 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.

    Watch this webcast now

  • IFS Security – Don’t Leave Your Server Vulnerable

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    Experts agree that one of the most overlooked areas of IBM i security is the Integrated File System. Available since V3R1, the IFS provides access for users carrying nothing more than a user profile and password, so it better be secure! If you believe nothing important is stored on your server's IFS, think again, because it's a conduit to many things, including the Operating System and all of your application libraries and files.
    Watch this important session to learn about securing the IFS, including:
    Why do we care about the IFS?
    Permissions versus Authority
    Root folder access
    Auditing IFS activities
    Read/Write versus *ALLOBJ
    Anti-Virus Considerations

  • Who’s Afraid of Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS? Not i.

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    This 30-minute recording demystifies Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS and teaches best practice techniques for maintaining and controlling critical processes and applications running on your Linux, AIX, and VIOS environments.

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

    SB PowerTech WC GenericSecurity expert Carol Woodbury is joined by the newest member of the HelpSystems team: Debbie Saugen.
    Debbie is recognized worldwide as an expert on IBM i backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and high availability. For decades, Debbie has helped 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.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

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    In this presentation, Alex Roytman (CEO, Profound Logic) and Liam Allan (2016 COMMON Student Innovation Award winner) 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

    Watch this Webcast NOW!

  • The Truth About Viruses on IBM i

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    Protecting your data from viruses or malicious code is not an unfamiliar concept, but understanding how these threats can affect your Power Systems server may not be as easy to grasp.
    There are many myths about viruses and IBM i—including the belief that the system is immune. Many Power Systems managers still don’t see viruses as a risk because they see them as a Windows threat. While this was once true, today’s connected environments operate under different rules.
    It’s time to take action and protect IBM i and the network that connects to it. This on-demand webinar will help you gain an understanding of the relationships between:

    - Viruses and the integrated file system (IFS)
    - Power Systems and Windows viruses
    - PC-based anti-virus scanning vs native IBM i scanning
    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. Learn the facts to ensure you're fully-protected.

  • Business Process Automation with Robot

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    Automate Process Flow Through the Data Center
    Typical “computerized” business processes are a combination of multiple schedulers, operational scripts, CL programs, and manual file checking, all backed up with the trusty runbook.
    Is there a better way to manage business processes?
    It is a common misconception that a business process cannot be automated if it’s too complicated or requires that someone verify each step. We’re here to tell you there is a better way to manage your business—process automation is possible!
    Take 30 minutes to learn the options for automating your business process flow and how they fit into your data center processing, including cases of:
    - Complex or iterative schedules
    - Event-driven dependencies
    - Multi-platform dependencies
    - Dynamically calculated parameters
    - Exception notification
    - SAP and Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne integration
    How do I know business process automation is effective?
    If you have any doubts that automating complex business processes will improve your level of service, you’ll also hear a success story from the senior systems administrator at Trident Seafoods who embraced automation using the Robot solution and is reeling in the benefits!

  • Find Out Why You Should Keep Data on IBM i

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    It’s simple. IBM i is the most reliable, securable, and powerful platform to house your critical business data.
    IBM i was built for business and has added features and functionality over the years to keep up with modern business needs. You can trust it to run your business, access your data in real-time, and keep your data secure. Plus, IBM i can scale to your business and handle all of your critical data.
    Can your other platforms do that?
    We didn’t think so.
    Watch this 30-minute webinar to learn why you should keep your data on IBM i, including:
    - IBM i is reliable
    - IBM i offers fast and secure real-time data access
    - IBM i helps your business prepare for tomorrow
    Plus, we demonstrate how Sequel Data Access helps you modernize IBM i data access and meet your business needs.

  • Mobile Apps for IBM i Monitoring

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    Overnight and weekend support can be a minefield for operations teams tasked with attempting to maintain system availability, especially when they must rely on laptop-based VPN access—where a delayed response can prove costly.
    With over 2 billion smartphone users worldwide, it’s perfectly reasonable for you to use the BYOD movement to your advantage and start managing your IT infrastructure from the palm of your hand. Watch this on-demand webinar to learn how Halcyon has modernized this crucial layer of support by introducing mobile applications for IBM i monitoring.
    You’ll hear how one company has used the Enterprise Console mobile app to provide a valuable audit trail and speed up response time. You’ll also learn:
    - The benefits of mobile apps
    - How to respond to critical messages within seconds
    - How to get notifications your way on your device
    - How to set up escalation, ensuring alerts are always handled in a timely fashion
    If your team is responsible for managing IBM i applications and services after regular business hours, you won’t want to miss this one!

     

  • Speed Up Your Manufacturing and Distribution with Paperless Processes

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    Your ERP system —whether it’s JDE World, Enterprise One, Infor, Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics, VAI, or anything else—is essential to maintaining your company’s key business information and processes. But you’re constantly generating and receiving paper and electronic documents, too, and it’s hard to keep everything straight. So, you wind up chasing documents and data around—and keeping your customers and vendors waiting.
    It’s time to make life easier and make your customers happier. With an electronic document management system, you can integrate with your ERP to keep all of your key documents and data in one spot.
    And when all of your documents are stored digitally, you can speed up your processes and get key documents (like purchase orders and invoices) approved faster.
    Watch the webinar and learn how to:
    - Integrate a document management system with your ERP
    - Capture all of your key shop floor, order, and shipment documents in one central repository
    - Improve customer, vendor, and employee response times
    - Accomplish more work without adding additional staff
    It’s time to deliver your shipments faster and keep your customers happy by streamlining your paperwork processes.

  • Dock Door Signing Made Easy

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    How long does dock door signing take your organization? Too long if you’re still using manual processes and paper.
    From generating to collating to printing to routing to signing, manual processes and paper slow down your organization—and your delivery times. Electronic documents and digital signature capture can change all of that. And your organization will be able to create, route, approve (with digital signatures), and retrieve documents faster.
    Learn how digital signature capture helps you:
    - Eliminate steps in your approval processes
    - Improve auditability
    - Reduce customer service time to resolve questions
    Plus, we’ll demonstrate how digitizing signatures and documents will reduce your organization’s costs over the long haul.

  • 5 Reasons Developers Love Robot Schedule

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    Why AppDev Should Embrace Automation
    Your application development team is an expensive resource that works hard to improve business processes, yet more and more IBM i shops are putting AppDev in charge of managing day-to-day system operations.
    Instead of taking their attention away from the website, business analytics, mobile, security, SQL data access, and more, streamline operations with automation and build in notifications so your teams have visibility into processing when they need it, and can manage the rest by exception.
    In just 30 minutes, our experts will show how AppDev teams can take advantage of Robot automated operations on IBM i and beyond so they can:
    - Stop programming for multi-platform job and file event dependencies
    - Stop struggling with incorrect parameter values
    - Stop wondering where to fit a process into daily, weekly, or monthly cycles
    - Stop the on-call headaches, the firefighting, and the lack of progress cycle
    - Go ahead, give your AppDev team a productivity boost!

  • Affordable Query Tool for Software Developers

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    NGS’ Software Developer Kit (SDK) gives IBM i developers comprehensive query, dynamic mobile reporting, analytics and Web report design features at an affordable cost. Install and create meaningful outputs for managers in one day! Web page and portal integration, email, FTP are included.
    The $895* SDK includes a one user license, online training, user manuals, one year of software maintenance; toll-free support and online incident reporting.
    - Want to modernize beyond Query/400 and PC files transfers?
    - Need a Web reporting solution without the learning curve and overhead of DB2 Web Query?
    - Have many reporting needs, but a tight budget and small staff?
    View the demo and request a FREE TRIAL of the SDK.
    * Limited time offer.

  • Your introduction to RCAC and Authority Collection

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    IBM has provided us with two powerful and very exciting security enhancements in the last two versions of IBM i.

    Scott Forstie of IBM joins Carol Woodbury to demonstrate and describe the V7R2 feature called Row and Column Access Control (RCAC), which extends how you define which users have access to specific rows in a database file. RCAC also provides a way to mask data for all or selected users.

    The recently released V7R3 adds Authority Collection. Authority Collection provides organizations and vendors with the ability to know exactly what authority is required to perform a task, eliminating the guesswork. Gone is the need to set *PUBLIC authority on database files to *ALL or to automatically grant service accounts *ALLOBJ special authority just because you’re unsure of what authority is required.

    Watch Scott and Carol as they discuss these and other new security features delivered in V7R2 and V7R3.

  • ​Getting Started with IBM i Security: Event Auditing

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    Learn why event auditing is necessary and how to configure it
    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This second session of the series introduces event auditing, with Robin Tatam covering the basics and more:
    - Why auditing is necessary
    - Determine if IBM i auditing is currently active
    - How to configure auditing with one simple command
    - What audit events are recorded (and which are missed!)
    - How high availability (HA) applications often make critical events disappear
    - Event reporting and real-time alerting

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Securing PC Access

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    Protect your system from unauthorized network access through readily available PC tools

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

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

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

  • No Time for IBM I Security? No Problem

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

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

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

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

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: System Values

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • ​7 Habits of Highly Secure Organizations

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

  • An Introduction to PCI Compliance on IBM Power Systems

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

  • Implementing Multiple Layers of Defense

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

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

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

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

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

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

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

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

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

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

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

    • Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    • Whether high availability in the cloud makes sense for IBM i users
    • Why some organizations don’t have high availability yet
    • How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    • High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

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

     

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

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

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

    Download and watch today!

     

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

    SB Profound WC 5541Roses are red, your UIs are green...It's time to make your apps proud to be seen!
    Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love.
    In this webinar, you'll learn how you can use both Profound UI and Profound.js to:

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

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

    Download and watch today!

  • 2017 IBM i Marketplace Revealed

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

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

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

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

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

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

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

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

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    Everyone wants a piece of your business data. But keeping up with data access requests in the era of constantly growing data is a challenge. As a result, your IT department can be overwhelmed, inundated, and constantly needing to play catch-up.
    It’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success in 2018.
    You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

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

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

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

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

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

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    There’s a better way to run your queries. With an advanced query tool like Sequel Data Access, you can deliver the IBM i data your organization needs quickly and efficiently—without the hang-ups.
    In this session, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access and distribution trends, and help you understand what to look for in a more advanced query tool.
    Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    • Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    • Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    • Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    • Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs
    • Watch the webinar and learn why you shouldn’t just settle for Query/400.

     

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

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    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    Capturing documents means scanning and filing—which takes you away from tasks that actually matter to the business. Managing documents means sorting through an endless sea of shared folders or filing cabinets—and sometimes documents can’t be found. Distributing documents means following a frustrating, manual process for routing documents internally and sending them to vendors and customers.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

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

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

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

  • Monitor VIOS (and AIX) from Your IBM i

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

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

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

     

     

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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    You’re responsible for looking after Windows, Linux, AIX, and VIOS, but you worry that you don’t understand their complexities well enough to make your job effective—or easy.
    No problem! Simplify the management of multiple operating systems and applications without becoming experts in each area.
    In this 30-minute recorded webinar, our experts demonstrate how you can:

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    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite and shows how easy monitoring multiple operating systems and applications can be using point-and-click technology.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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    When IBM i disk space pulls its notorious disappearing act, you don’t have time to waste figuring out how the trick is done. You need to know when disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer.
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  • Stop Re-keying Data Between IBM I and Other Applications

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    Still following manual processes for extracting and transferring data across platforms? You’re not alone. Many business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation. And that leads to a lot of manual effort.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stop re-keying data between IBM i and other applications? Or if you could stop replicating data and start processing orders faster? Or what if you could automatically extract data from existing reports instead of re-keying?
    It’s all possible. Watch this webinar to learn about:

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

    Plus, you’ll see a demonstration of how data automation software from HelpSystems will help you finally stop re-keying data.

     

  • Survey Results: 2018 Top Cybersecurity Risks and Mitigation Strategies

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

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

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

     

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

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    When it comes to IBM® Rational® Open Access: RPG Edition (also known as RPG Open Access), there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

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

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

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

     

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

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    Do your users keep paperwork on their desk until it's processed?
    Are people constantly removing documents from filing cabinets?
    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Too much paper is wasted—approximately 1,000 pages per month per worker.
    Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets drive your employees crazy.
    And distributing documents to customers, vendors, and business partners is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

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

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

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

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

     

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

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

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

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    Disaster protection is vital to every business. Yet, it often consists of patched together procedures that are prone to error. From automatic backups to data encryption to media management, Robot automates the routine (yet often complex) tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable.
    Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution.
    Key features include:
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    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits.
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  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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    Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. Messages need a response and resources must be monitored—often over multiple systems and across platforms. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution.
    Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Keep your critical applications and data available. Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

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

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    The thought of printing, distributing, and storing iSeries reports manually may reduce you to tears. Paper and labor costs associated with report generation can spiral out of control. Mountains of paper threaten to swamp your files. Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution.
    Key features include:

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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    For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i. With batch job creation and scheduling at its core, the Robot Job Scheduling Solution reduces the opportunity for human error and helps you maintain service levels, automating even the biggest, most complex runbooks.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. brKey features include:
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  • MS Office Connector for Query/400...FREE Trial!

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

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

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

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

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

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    More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. Managing the complexities of today's operating systems, business applications, and networks challenges even the most knowledgeable IT professionals. The cost to an enterprise of unplanned downtime, loss of human expertise during sick leave or vacation, and system/application or environmental failure can be devastating. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

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