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Do you know how to use the Open List of Objects (QGYOLOBJ) API?

 

This article is the third in a series that discusses how to find all *PGMs and *SRVPGMs that have a specific *MODULE bound into them. Before reading this article, you may find it beneficial to review the two prior articles, "Module, Module, Who's Got My Module?" and "Finding Modules in a *SRVPGM." While the stated intent is to find all uses of a given module, the actual purpose of this series of articles is to introduce the concepts and proper use of two types of system APIs: List and Open List.

 

When we left off in the previous article, we had determined that we could not use the List Service Program Information (QBNLSPGM) API by itself. The limitation that all module information associated with each call of the API had to fit within 16MB of list space was simply too limiting when trying to analyze libraries or sets of libraries. Today, we'll look at the Open List of Objects (QGYOLOBJ) API, which we will use as a front-end to the QBNLSPGM API. The QGYOLOBJ API documentation can be found here, and the parameter list is shown below.

Open List of Objects (QGYOLOBJ) API

 

Required Parameter Group:

1

Receiver variable

Output

Char(*)

2

Length of receiver variable

Input

Binary(4)

3

List information

Output

Char(80)

4

Number of records to return

Input

Binary(4)

5

Sort information

Input

Char(*)

6

Object and library name

Input

Char(20)

7

Object type

Input

Char(10)

8

Authority control

Input

Char(*)

9

Selection control

Input

Char(*)

10

Number of keyed fields to return

Input

Binary(4)

11

Key of fields to return

Input

Array(*) of Binary(4)

12

Error code

I/O

Char(*)

Optional Parameter Group 1:

13

Job identification information

Input

Char(*)

14

Format of job identification information

Input

Char(8)

Optional Parameter Group 2:

15

Auxiliary storage pool (ASP) control

Input

Char(*)


  Default Public Authority: *USE

  Threadsafe: No

 

The QGYOLOBJ API gives us the ability to generate a list of object names and a customizable set of object attributes (though we won't be using this particular capability), based on various selection criteria. An open list type API, such as QGYOLOBJ, has several advantages over a list type API, such as QBNLSPGM.

 

One advantage is pure size. A list API--if we ignore API continuation handles, which I introduced in the previous article--is limited to returning information that will fit within 16MB, but an open list API can return lists of information that are gigabytes in size. In the case of how we will be using this API, each *SRVPGM list entry will use 36 bytes, and with just a "little" 1GB list, we can then safely work with up to 27 million or so *SRVPGMs per call of MODUSAGE. As we would also support each of these *SRVPGMs then having over 4,000 modules bound to it (based on our review of QBNLSPGM in the last article), I believe this design should be sufficiently robust to adequately support most i environments.

 

Another advantage is in the area of perceived processing time. With a list API, the API does not return control to the application until the entire list has been stored in the *USRSPC. With open list APIs, you can request that the API return to the application as soon as x list entries are available for processing. The API will then continue building the reminder of the list (entries x+1, x+2, and so on) in a separate background server job. When the application is done processing the initial x entries, it can then request the next set of entries, and (hopefully) these list entries will be immediately available for delivery to the application. This attribute can allow us to show initial results to the user much more quickly than a list API when a large number of entries will exist in the list. Generally speaking, you can think of an open list as being similar to building a subfile one page at a time while a list API requires that the entire subfile be loaded prior to displaying the first page of the subfile.

 

Before we go much further, I want to mention two open list considerations that may save you from some unnecessary frustration. First, prior to V5R3, the open list APIs were installed as part of option 12, Host Servers, of the operating system. If you are on an earlier release and have not previously installed option 12, do so now. Second, the support for gigabyte-size lists was an internal operating system enhancement made with V5R3. If you are on a previous release, it's time to upgrade to a current release. The APIs we use will work on releases prior to V5R3, but rather than getting the millions of list entries you might get on a current release, you may get an error message related to the list being too large.

 

With that brief introduction to open list APIs (there is, for those interested, more information available here), let's look at QGYOLOBJ in detail.

 

The first parameter, Receiver variable, is where the QGYOLOBJ API will return the initial set of list entries to the application (your first subfile page if you will). The second parameter, Length of receiver variable, tells the API how much storage has been allocated for the Receiver variable parameter. This works the same as and has the same considerations as using a Receiver variable with a retrieve type API; that is, make sure the Length of receiver variable value is correctly set.

 

The third parameter, List information, is an output from the API and provides the application with information about the list and the contents of the Receiver variable. You can think of this parameter as being the equivalent of the generic header used by list APIs. The format of the List information is documented here, and the key parts of the QSYSINC provided include QGY, defining the List information structure, shown below.

 

DQGYLI            DS                                            

D*                                             Qgy List Info   

D QGYTR07                 1      4B 0                          

D*                                             Total Records   

D QGYRRTN02               5      8B 0                          

D*                                             Records Returned

D QGYRH07                 9     12                             

D*                                             Request Handle  

D QGYRL07                13     16B 0                          

D*                                             Record Length   

D QGYIC07                17     17                             

D*                                             Info Complete   

...

D QGYLSI01               31     31                               

D*                                             List Status Indicator

...

D QGYFBR01               37     40B 0                            

D*                                             First Buffer Record

 

Within the List Information data structure QGYLI are several subfields that you might recognize as having equivalent subfields in the list generic header of QBNLSPGM.

 

•·         Records Returned (QGYRRTN02) provides a function similar to QUSNBRLE of the generic header: how many records were returned for processing

•·         Record Length (QGYRL07) is similar to QUSSEE of the generic header: what the size is of each list entry

•·         Information Complete (QGYIC07) is similar to QUSIS: what the status is of the information in the Receiver variable

 

When looking at list-related subfields, the only field that is really missing from the list generic header is an equivalent to QUSOLD: the offset to the list data. This field is not necessary in QGYLI as the first list entry always starts at the first byte of the Receiver variable.

 

There are, however, "new" fields of interest within the QGYLI data structure:

 

•·         Total Records (QGYTR07) tells us how many total records are currently available in the list, which should not be confused with QGYRRTN02, the number of records currently returned in the Receiver variable.

•·          Request Handle (QGYRH07) uniquely identifies the list and is used with subsequent API calls when we want to perform operations such as accessing the next set of list entries in a list or closing the list. This unique identifier is necessary because an application can have multiple lists open concurrently.

•·         List Status Indicator (QGYLSI01) tells us the status of the list as it's being built in a background server job (for instance, if the list is complete, QGYTR07, Total records, is a final number).

•·         First Buffer Record (QGYFBR01) identifies the relative record number, within the total list, of the first list entry currently in the Receiver variable. This, when added to QGYRRTN02 (the number of records returned in the Receiver variable), allows us to calculate the relative record number with which to start the next set of list entries to be returned to the application so that we can sequentially read the list entries. Note that you don't have to access list entries sequentially, but that is by far the most common approach.

 

The fourth parameter, Number of records to return, tells the API up to how many list entries should be returned in the Receiver variable. There are two special values that can also be used. The special value -1 indicates that the entire list should be built synchronously prior to returning from the API. The special value 0 indicates that the entire list is to be built asynchronously and that no records are to be returned from this call to the API. This option enables the API to return control to the application as soon as it has verified that there are no severe errors in our request. We will not be using the special value of 0 initially, but this option does introduce some interesting performance considerations. If the application has significant processing that could be done prior to receiving any open list entries, such as opening files or creating objects (for instance, our *USRSPC for QBNLSPGM), then the application can request that the entire open list be built asynchronously, and the application can be performing this "other" processing concurrent to the list being built.

 

The fifth parameter, Sort information, allows you to have the list entries returned in a sorted order. MODUSAGE does not use this capability. As a consideration when using open list APIs, be aware that asking for a sorted list essentially turns off the capability of an open list API to return to you a subset of the list while building the remainder of the list in a background job. As the API cannot sort the entries prior to creating the entire list (the last entry processed may end up being the first entry returned in the sorted list), the application will not be able to access any list entries until the entire list is available. The application doesn't have to be written in any special way for this situation; the API simply won't return any list entries to the application until the entire list has been built (and sorted).

 

The sixth parameter, Object and library name, tells the API what object(s) we want included in the list. Special values that can be used include *ALL for the object name. When calling QGYOLOBJ, MODUSAGE will use this *ALL special value, along with the provided SrchLib parameter to indicate what libraries should be searched for *SRVPGMs.

 

The seventh parameter, Object type, is simply the type of object we want included in the generated list. MODUSAGE will use the value *SRVPGM.

 

The ninth parameter, Selection control, allows us to filter the returned list based on the status of the object: damaged objects, locked objects, not authorized to objects, etc. MODUSAGE will request that all objects be returned as we have no need for the type of information that can be impacted by the various status values.

 

QGYOLOBJ also supports several other parameters. We won't be using these parameters today and will not be discussing them. You should feel free, though, to review the API documentation and determine what functions these other parameters provide.

MODUSAGE Updated

With that introduction to QGYOLOBJ, here is an updated version of MODUSAGE, one which combines the power of QGYOLOBJ and QBNLSPGM to search, if you want, every *SRVPGM on the system in one pass. To aid your review of the program, I have bolded the new and changed lines.

 

Note that if you do search every *SRVPGM on the system, it might take a while. And if you're thinking of submitting the call to MODUSAGE to a *JOBQ, keep in mind that we are using the RPG DSPLY operation code to show the qualified *SRVPGM names that have the specified module bound to them. DSPLY, when run from batch, goes to the QSYSOPR message queue, so you may want to make sure you are on very good terms with the system operator or, probably wiser, change MODUSAGE to output the selected *SRVPGM names to a file rather than a message queue.  The system operator, in addition to seeing the DSPLY output, will also need to respond to any DSPLYs sent with the Wait parameter.

 

Also note that a very important change was made in the ChkSrvPgmMod procedure in terms of the third parameter used when calling the QBNLSPGM (prototyped as GetSrvPgmInfo) API. It would be fairly easy to overlook this small, but critical, change in what *SRVPGMs are to be included within the generated list.

 

h dftactgrp(*no)                                             

                                                             

dModUsage         pr                                         

d ModNam                        10    const                  

d SrchLib                       10    const                  

                                                             

dModUsage         pi                                         

d ModNam                        10    const                  

d SrchLib                       10    const                  

                                                             

d/copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qgyolobj                            

d/copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qgy                                 

d/copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusec                               

d/copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusgen                              

                                                             

dChkSrvPgmMod     pr                                         

dOpnLstDone       pr              n

dSndErrMsg        pr                                                       

dSetup            pr                                                   

                                                                       

dOpnListObj       pr                  extpgm('QGYOLOBJ')               

d RcvVar                         1    options(*varsize)                

d LenRcvVar                     10i 0 const                            

d ListInfo                      80                                      

d NbrRcdRqs                     10i 0 const                            

d SortInfo                            const likeds(QGYOSI)             

d QualObjNam                    20    const                            

d ObjType                       10    const                            

d AuthCtl                             const likeds(QGYOAC)             

d SelCtl                              const likeds(SelCtl)             

d NbrKeys                       10i 0 const                             

d KeysToRtn                     10i 0 const                            

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC)                    

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

d JobIDFmt                       8    const options(*nopass)           

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

                                                                       

dGetNextEnt       pr                  extpgm('QGYGTLE')                 

d RcvVar                         1    options(*varsize)                

d LenRcvVar                     10i 0 const                            

d RqsHandle                      4    const                            

d ListInfo                      80                                     

d NbrRcdRqs                     10i 0 const                            

d StrRcd                        10i 0 const                            

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC)                     

                                                                       

dCloseList        pr                  extpgm('QGYCLST')                

d RqsHandle                      4    const                            

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC)                    

                                                                       

dGenHdr           ds                  likeds(QUSH0100)                 

d                                     based(ModLstSpcPtr)        

                                                                

dRcvVarE          ds                  based(RcvVarEPtr)         

d                                     likeds(QGYORV01)          

                                                                 

dSelCtl           ds                  qualified                 

d Ctl                                 likeds(QGYOSC)            

d Status                         1                              

                                                                 

dObjLibNam        ds                                            

d                               10    inz('*ALL')               

d ObjLib                        10                              

                                                                 

dErrCde           ds                  qualified       

d Hdr                                 likeds(QUSEC)   

d MsgDta                       128                    

                                                      

dRcvVar           s           4096                              

dRcvVarEPtr       s               *                             

dModLstSpcPtr     s               *                             

dCount            s             10i 0                            

dNbrMods          s             10i 0                            

dHits             s             10i 0                            

dWait             s              1                               

                                                                  

dModLstSpc        c                   'MODLUSRSPCQTEMP'          

                                                                 

 /free                                                           

                                                                  

  // check that the required parameters were passed              

  if %parms < 2;                                                 

     dsply 'There are two required parameters:';                 

     dsply '1. The module you are searching for';                

     dsply '2. The library to be searched in';                   

     dsply 'The program did not run.' ' ' Wait;                  

     *inlr = *on;                                                

     return;                                                      

  endif;                                                         

                                                                   

  Setup();                                                          

                                                                   

  // Create the QGYOLOBJ *SRVPGM list                            

  OpnListObj( RcvVar :%size(RcvVar) :QGYLI :50 :QGYOSI :ObjLibNam

             :'*SRVPGM' :QGYOAC :SelCtl :0 :0 :QUSEC);           

                                                                   

  dow (QGYIC07 = 'C') or (QGYIC07 = 'P'); // information returned? 

     RcvVarEPtr = %addr(RcvVar);                                   

                                                                    

     for Count = 1 to QGYRRTN02;                                   

         ChkSrvPgmMod();                                           

         RcvVarEPtr += QGYRL07;                                    

     endfor;                                                        

                                                                   

     if OpnLstDone();                                              

        leave;                                                      

     endif;                                                        

  enddo;                                                            

 

  if QGYIC07 = 'I';                         // incomplete info?    

     dsply ('Unable to access all *SRVPGMs in ' + ObjLib) ' ' Wait;

  else;

      dsply (%char(Hits) + ' *SRVPGM instances of ' +      

            %trimr(ModNam) + ' found.') ' ' Wait;         

  endif;   

                                                                    

  *inlr = *on;                                                      

  return;                                                           

                                                                    

 /end-free                                                           

                                                                    

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

                                                                    

pChkSrvPgmMod     b                                                  

                                                                    

dChkSrvPgmMod     pi                                                

                                                                    

dGetSrvPgmInfo    pr                  extpgm('QBNLSPGM')            

d QUsrSpcNam                    20    const                         

d Format                         8    const                          

d QSrvPgmNam                    20    const                           

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC)                  

                                                                     

d/copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qbnlspgm                                    

                                                                      

dSrvPgmE          ds                  likeds(QBNL010000)             

d                                     based(SrvPgmEPtr)              

                                                                     

dSrvPgmEPtr       s               *                                  

                                                                     

 /free                                                               

                                                                      

  // Get the list of bound *MODULEs for current *SRVPGM                 

  GetSrvPgmInfo( ModLstSpc :'SPGL0100'                               

                :(RcvVarE.QGYON00 + RcvVarE.QGYOL03) :QUSEC);        

                                                                      

  if (GenHdr.QUSIS = 'C');                                         

     SrvPgmEPtr = ModLstSpcPtr + GenHdr.QUSOLD;                    

     for NbrMods = 1 to GenHdr.QUSNBRLE;                            

         if SrvPgmE.QBNBMN00 = ModNam;                             

            dsply ('*SRVPGM: ' + %trimr(SrvPgmE.QBNSLIBN) +        

                   '/' + SrvPgmE.QBNSN00);                         

            Hits += 1;

            leave;                                                 

         endif;                                                    

         SrvPgmEPtr += GenHdr.QUSSEE;                              

     endfor;                                                        

  else;                                                            

     dsply ('Unable to access *SRVPGMs.');                         

  endif;                                                           

                                                                    

 /end-free                                                         

                                                                   

pChkSrvPgmMod     e                                                

                                                                      

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

                                                                     

pOpnLstDone       b                                                  

                                                                     

dOpnLstDone       pi              n                                  

                                                                     

 /free                                                                

                                                                     

  if ((QGYFBR01 + QGYRRTN02) > QGYTR07) and (QGYLSI01 = '2'); 

     CloseList( QGYRH07 :QUSEC);      // close the open list  

     return *on;                                               

  else;                                                       

     GetNextEnt( RcvVar :%size(RcvVar) :QGYRH07 :QGYLI :50    

                :QGYFBR01 + QGYRRTN02  :ErrCde);              

     select;                                                   

        when ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAVL = 0;                          

             return *off;                                     

        when ErrCde.Hdr.QUSEI = 'GUI0006';                    

             CloseList( QGYRH07 :QUSEC); 

             return *on;                                      

        other;                                                

             SndErrMsg();                                     

     endsl;                 

  endif;                     

                                                                                                   

 /end-free                                                          

                                                                     

pOpnLstDone       e                                                 

                                                                     

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

                                                                      

pSetUp            b                                                 

                                                                     

dSetUp            pi                                                

                                                                      

dCrtUsrSpc        pr                  extpgm('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 SpcSpcAln                      1    const options(*nopass)          

                                                                      

dGetUsrSpcPtr     pr                  extpgm('QUSPTRUS')              

d SpcName                       20    const                           

d UsrSpcPtr                       *                                   

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC) options(*nopass)  

                                                                       

 /free                                                                

                                                                      

  // set Error code bytes provided to send exceptions                  

  QUSBPRV = 0;                                                        

                                                                      

  // set Error code bytes provided to not send exceptions   

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

                                                            

  // Set the library to search for *SRVPGMs                            

  ObjLib = SrchLib;                                                    

                                                                        

  // Prime the input fields for the QGYOLOBJ API                       

  QGYNBRK = 0;                         // no need to sort API output   

  QGYOAC = *loval;                     // init authority control struct

  QGYFL04 = %size(QGYOAC);             // no authority controls needed 

  SelCtl.Ctl = *loval;                 // init selection structure     

  SelCtl.Ctl.QGYFL05 = %size(SelCtl);  // room for one status value    

  SelCtl.Ctl.QGYSOOS = 0;              // select based on status       

  SelCtl.Ctl.QGYSO01 =                 // displacement to first status 

     (%addr(SelCtl) - %addr(SelCtl.Status));                           

  SelCtl.Ctl.QGYNBRS = 1;              // one status value supplied    

  SelCtl.Status = '*';                 // return all entries           

                                                                       

  // Create *USRSPC for module listing                                

  CrtUsrSpc( ModLstSpc :' ' :1 :x'00' :'*CHANGE' :' ' :'*YES' :QUSEC);

                                                                      

  // Get pointer to *USRSPC for module listing                        

  GetUsrSpcPtr( ModLstSpc :ModLstSpcPtr :QUSEC);                       

                                                                      

 /end-free                                                            

                                                                      

pSetUp            e                  

     

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

                                                                    

pSndErrMsg        b                                                 

                                                                     

dSndErrMsg        pi                                                

                                                                    

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 CallStackEntry             65535    const options(*varsize)         

d CallStackCntr                 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)          

                                                                       

dQualMsgF         ds                  qualified                       

d MsgFile                       10                                    

d MsgFLib                       10    inz('QSYS')                  

                                                                   

dMsgKey           s              4                                 

                                                                   

 /free                                                              

                                                                   

  if %subst(ErrCde.Hdr.QUSEI :1 :3) = 'GUI';                       

     QualMsgF.MsgFile = 'QGUIMSG';                                 

  else;                                                             

     QualMsgF.MsgFile = 'QCPFMSG';                                 

  endif;                                                           

                                                                   

  if ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAVL > 16;          // Msg data provided        

     SndMsg( ErrCde.Hdr.QUSEI :QualMsgF :ErrCde.MsgDta             

            :(ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAVL - 16) :'*ESCAPE' :'*PGMBDY' :1    

            :MsgKey :QUSEC);                                        

  else;                                // No msg data              

     SndMsg( ErrCde.Hdr.QUSEI :QualMsgF :' ' :0              

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

  endif;                                                      

                                                             

 /end-free                                                   

                                                             

pSndErrMsg        e                                           

 

To compile MODUSAGE, use the command CRTBNDRPG MODUSAGE. To test MODUSAGE in order to find all *SRVPGMs in all user libraries that module MYMOD is bound to, use CALL MODUSAGE (MYMOD *ALLUSR).

 

As you might expect, we have run out of room in this issue of MC RPG Developer. There is enough of the program shown here, though, for you to use for testing, and you should certainly feel free to examine the program in order to determine how it works. We'll go over the details of the changes in the next column and hopefully confirm your review. As a warning, you will find references to two APIs--Get List Entries (QGYGTLE) documented here and Close List (QGYCLST) documented here--that we haven't discussed yet. We will be reviewing these two APIs in the next column.

 

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

                           

Bruce Vining

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


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

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

    Get your copy today!

  • Automate IBM i Operations using Wireless Devices

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

    Order your copy here.

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

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

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

     

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

    SB Profound WP 5539

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

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


    Read Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization Now!

     

  • 2020 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results

    HelpSystems

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

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

  • AIX Security Basics eCourse

    Core Security

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

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

     

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

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.

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

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

  • What to Do When Your AS/400 Talent Retires

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

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

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

     

  • IBM i Resources Retiring?

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

     

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

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

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

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

     

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

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

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

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

     

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

    SB Profound PPL 5491Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.

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

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.

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

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

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

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericYou must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data? Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts discuss:


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

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

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

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

    Download and watch today!

     

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

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

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

     

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

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

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

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

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

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

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

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

     

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

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

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

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

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

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

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

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

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

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

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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

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

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

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

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

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

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

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

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

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

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

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

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

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

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

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

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