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Part 1 Subfile Foundations: (July 1992) Complete understanding of any subject begins with a starting point to build upon. Laying the foundation for subfile usage requires familiarization with underlying concepts and basic definitions. As a prelude to the specific code used to implement a subfile, this article lays out a basic understanding of what a subfile is, how one is implemented and why subfiles exist in the first place.

Part 2 Basic Subfile Coding: (August 1992) We begin examining the coding of the display file and HLL program along with the logic and structure of typical subfile programs. The article uses an example of a subfile with "Position to" capability and presents the techniques and logic changes required to code a Modified Load-All, Expanding or Page-at-a-Time subfile.

Part 3 Increased Functionality: (Sept. 1992) In this article, you learn to hone your coding skills for effective use of subfiles. The specific subfile techniques and keywords discussed will allow you to put expanded control and capability into the subfiles introduced in the previous article. Additionally, the article examines the difference between input and output subfiles and the special logic requirements for coding them.

Part 4 Fine-Tuning Your Subfiles: (Oct. 1992) You'll learn to customize subfiles for peak performance. This article examines the coding required to write effective subfiles and present them on-screen without clearing the lines behind the subfile. It further discusses cursor control, determination of cursor position and the coding of a point-and-shoot type of interface to AS/400 programs.

Demystify subfiles with a firm grasp of underlying concepts.

Imagine being able to display lists of similar entries using a HLL program, but without having to write code to handle multiple lines of identical fields or the roll keys. Imagine doing this without using arrays or multiple occurrence data structures. Subfiles let you do all of this and a whole lot more!

Subfiles are a way of displaying a list of information on the screen. What makes them special is the interface built into the display file. Rather than having to control the list from a HLL program, the control elements, such as rolling forward and backward, are handled by the display file using special Data Description Specifications (DDS) keywords.

Subfiles are ideal for displaying a list of codes (such as state abbreviations) and allowing the user to select the one he wants. They also work well for columnar data entry such as the detail lines of a purchase order. Other applications that lend themselves to subfiles include: invoice history inquiry, multiple line order entry, inventory availability, customer alpha search and credit code lookup.

1 illustrates a very simple subfile. The screen provides a window into the list of state abbreviations. The data entry field at the left allows the user to select the correct state. Depending on how the subfile is designed, all 50 states may be loaded at once (a reasonable way to handle a short list like the states) or the subfile may be filled in portions, one portion at a time. This loading of the subfile is separate from the display function, and that separation defines to a large extent why subfiles are so effective.

Figure 1 illustrates a very simple subfile. The screen provides a window into the list of state abbreviations. The data entry field at the left allows the user to select the correct state. Depending on how the subfile is designed, all 50 states may be loaded at once (a reasonable way to handle a short list like the states) or the subfile may be filled in portions, one portion at a time. This loading of the subfile is separate from the display function, and that separation defines to a large extent why subfiles are so effective.

The records to be displayed, the order of the records and the number of records to be loaded at once are handled by the HLL program. The information that can be displayed at any one time is completely a function of the display file.

A subfile format defined in a display file describes the information to be displayed in a list. The display file deals with the basic management of that list. It handles displaying the list one screenful at a time. It deals with the roll keys. It determines when to show the + (or More... under V2R2) to indicate that more records exist. It also marks the records that have been changed or selected by the user while the screen was displayed.

The HLL program selects records from the database file and loads them into the subfile. It may use some control indicators to determine when the list is to be displayed or purged or affected by any of the other functions of which a subfile is capable. The HLL program also determines when the display file will return records that have been "touched" by the user. The subfile is associated with the display file and the program will load into the subfile the records in which the user is interested.

Control then passes to the display file so that the list of records can be shown to the user. The display file shows the list to the user and handles any roll key presses to allow the user to roll through the records stored in the subfile. When the user eventually presses an action key on the keyboard, the display file will return any associated indicators and, possibly, screen fields back to the program.

Subfile Varieties

There are three basic flavors of subfiles (very Neapolitan). The simplest form is a load-all subfile. In this form, the program loads all the records from a database file into the subfile and then passes control to the display file. The display file handles all scrolling while the subfile is in use. This sort of subfile is very easy to code and works well when you are dealing with a small look-up table such as credit card types or state abbreviation codes. It eliminates any programming to handle paging through the list.

The second subfile variety is an expanding subfile. In this case, the program loads a portion of the records-a page or more-into the subfile and passes control to the display file in which the ROLLUP (PAGEDOWN) keyword is coded. If the user asks for a page beyond those initially contained in the subfile, the display file passes control back to the program and tells it to feed more records to the subfile-it's hungry. The program appends an additional page(s) of records to the subfile and passes control back to the display file.

The display file handles all scrolling within the subfile. With expanding subfiles, only the load logic has to be coded in the HLL program. No roll back logic is required. It works well on larger files where the load-all subfile would create too long of a delay before the subfile could be displayed to the user, or where users will start a search within a few pages of where they expect to find their information.

The third variety is a page-at-a-time subfile. In this form, the number of records shown on one screen is equal to the number of records held in the subfile, and only one page of records can be stored or displayed at a time. Typically, both the ROLLUP and ROLLDOWN keys are coded; each time one is pressed, the display file passes control to the program. The program then purges the subfile and loads the next appropriate page of records. The page- at-a-time subfile is most appropriate when the data is of a volatile nature and should be refreshed on the screen frequently, or when you really want to give the user the freedom to roam all over the file with the roll keys. It is very similar to program-controlled lists as we used to code them on the S/36.

Subfile Size and Page

The initial number of records that can be stored in the subfile is described with DDS keywords in the display file. You specify this number, called the subfile size, based upon the number of records that you want the subfile to hold. Note that this is the initial number of records to hold. Subfiles are extendible; if the user requests records to be added, the subfile expands beyond its initial size to accommodate the additional records.

Subfile records are not just stored in the ether, but indeed occupy memory. An equivalent amount of space is set aside for the size of the subfile in the Process Access Group (PAG) just as it is for other program variables and arrays. In order for the AS/400 to perform some portion of your program when you press the Enter key, both that portion of the program and the PAG must reside in memory. Getting them there may mean paging other things out of memory. If the PAG is large, OS/400 winds up hammering a lot of other pages out of the way to respond to your request.

On the flip side, if the initially defined subfile is too small, it may have to be expanded several times. This leads to the same type of performance issues we have always had with files that have non-contiguous portions to them. The system spends extra processing time to deal with the separate extents.

The number of records to show on the screen at one time is also specified in the DDS for the display file and is referred to as the subfile page. While the choice you make for the subfile page is pretty well fixed based upon the size of the screen and visual presentation, the choice for subfile size is more arbitrary. An informed choice for subfile size is as follows: for a load-all subfile, the size should be large enough to hold all of the records to be loaded. For an expanding subfile, the size should be large enough to handle the typical number of pages it will take for the user to find what he wants. For a page-at-a-time subfile, the size is by definition coded as one page worth.

Subfile Record Management

For all intents, a subfile is managed as a file where records are accessed by their record number rather than by key or sequentially. Within the HLL program, a program variable is assigned to the subfile. During load or update operations, the content of that field will determine the record number being written to the subfile. During read operations the field contains the number of the last record read. If you are familiar with direct file processing, this is the same concept.

The following operations are valid for subfile records:

Records can be written to the subfile.

Records can be updated within the subfile.

Records can be retrieved from the subfile.

Within a HLL program, these things are done with the standard I/O operation codes or verbs. Standard rules of file I/O apply. If you try to write a record that already is in the subfile or if you try to update a record that is not in the subfile, the mean-ugly error message monster will rear its bulbous pate.

The Display File

Two record formats must be defined for a subfile. The first format de-scribes the fields to be held on the subfile records and is referred to as the subfile record format.

The second record format is the subfile control record format. As its name implies, it controls the subfile. This format is linked to the subfile record format by a DDS keyword. It also has keywords that describe the subfile size and page size, as well as other optional keywords (some conditioned by indicators) to control clearing, displaying, initializing and deleting the subfile.

The subfile record format is the storage format for the records-records are written into this format and changes are read back from it. The control record format is used to perform all user interaction and to manage the records in the subfile. To display the subfile contents to the user, you write the records to be displayed into the subfile records, set the proper indicators and write the control record format to display them to the user.

The control format may have information of its own to display to the user (e.g., headings for the subfile fields), or it may simply be a vehicle to control the display of the list and have nothing to display itself. If the control format contains information to display, it can appear either above or below the subfile, but not in both locations.

The control format has two or more record level keywords. Depending on the kind of subfile, these keywords may be associated with indicators that are used to control the information stored in the subfile and its presentation. These indicators are typically used to determine when to show the information in the subfile, when to show the control format, when to empty the subfile, or when to show the '+' (or More...) at the bottom of the panel.

The HLL Program

Certain things must be coded in the HLL program to take advantage of the subfile definition coded in the externally described display file. The following associations are made in the file definition portion of the HLL program: the file is identified, the subfile format is identified to the program and a field is assigned to the subfile that will act as its relative record number pointer, although not all HLLs require all of these associations. For example, in PL/I the relative record number (RRN) variable is not specific to the file.

Logic in the program handles the loading, purging, display and processing of the subfile records. Typical logic will include the following:

Clear: Purge any existing information from the subfile and reset the record pointer.

Position: Position the input database file to the point where we want to begin loading records.

Load: Load information from the database into the subfile records.

Display: Display the subfile records to the user for perusal.

Process: Determine which records the user is interested in, and perform the required action.

All the Pieces

Let's see if we can now get a handle on all the pieces that come together to successfully implement a simple load-all subfile. We will begin with the display file itself and then follow with the components that are required in the HLL program. Here are the pieces:

1. A display file that has a subfile record format along with its associated control record format. The subfile will contain the information from the database that we want to display on the screen.

2. A DDS keyword in the control record to set the subfile size large enough to hold all the records from the database file.

3. Another DDS keyword that indicates how many of the subfile records to show at once on the screen.

4. More DDS keywords in the control record, which let you control when to display the subfile records and the subfile control record itself.

5. An HLL program which does all the work of pulling information from the database and moving it into the subfile. The program needs to identify the subfile within the display file.

6. Load the subfile by entering a loop that reads a database record and writes it to a subfile record, using an (RRN) work variable. You must increment this RRN yourself.

7. Present the loaded subfile to the user by writing to the screen the subfile control record and, if not empty, the subfile itself.

Load-All Example

Just so that we don't end this first article with the proverbial baited breath, I have included an example of the simplest form of subfile. It is here to give you the sense of the code involved. We will not be dealing with keyword specifics in this article; that will come next month.

Let's use the example in 1 where we have a table of state abbreviation codes (2 contains the DDS for the state file) that we wish to place on the screen so that a user can scroll and verify abbreviation codes. The list will appear as we have shown in 3. Three record formats are involved in the display. The first starts at the top and goes down through the column headings of the list. This will serve as our subfile control record format. The second is the list itself, which is the subfile record format. The third contains output constants that indicate the available function keys. These formats were built using SDA. First we added a format and indicated that we wanted a subfile, and the prompts led us through the rest of the subfile definition.

Let's use the example in Figure 1 where we have a table of state abbreviation codes (Figure 2 contains the DDS for the state file) that we wish to place on the screen so that a user can scroll and verify abbreviation codes. The list will appear as we have shown in Figure 3. Three record formats are involved in the display. The first starts at the top and goes down through the column headings of the list. This will serve as our subfile control record format. The second is the list itself, which is the subfile record format. The third contains output constants that indicate the available function keys. These formats were built using SDA. First we added a format and indicated that we wanted a subfile, and the prompts led us through the rest of the subfile definition.

In 4 you can see the DDS that was generated by SDA: a couple of command keys, database references, the subfile proper, the control format with subfile keywords and the trailer format. The subfile/control formats and the trailer must occupy the screen at the same time, so the OVERLAY keyword was used to lay the control format over the trailer.

In Figure 4 you can see the DDS that was generated by SDA: a couple of command keys, database references, the subfile proper, the control format with subfile keywords and the trailer format. The subfile/control formats and the trailer must occupy the screen at the same time, so the OVERLAY keyword was used to lay the control format over the trailer.

Figures 5 and 6 have the RPG and COBOL source required to complete the program. During file definition specifications, a file extension or clause identifies the subfile and associates the RRN field with it to act as the relative record pointer. A load loop loads all of the records in the XRD001PF file into the subfile. A safety test determines if there are any records to display and sets the SFLDSP controlling indicator if there are. (The ugly error monster loves it when you try to display an empty subfile!) The last loop displays the control format until the user screams "uncle." That's it! As you can see from the examples, the HLL code required for a working subfile is simple and concise.

The intent of subfiles is to provide a simple-to-code, columnar type of screen-the type of screen that typifies the AS/400 interface; the coding has truly been made easy. In our next article, we will look at the subfile keywords in detail and begin to explore the coding required for the various types of subfiles. Y'all come back now, y'hear.

A Historical Perspective

The concept of subfiles evolved as designers of the S/38, predecessor to the AS/400, chose to provide a simple technique for displaying a list of entries on a screen so that a user could pick an entry. This relieved the user from having to remember codes or use a paper listing. The designers also wanted to provide a simple way of coding the tabular entry screens commonly used in batch transaction entry (remember the days of rows of 3741s and data entry clerks?). The traditional array or direct file techniques in use at that time required a less-than-elementary programming ability to achieve.

Over the years, the S/3X zealots-gluttons for punishment that we are-found new and unique ways to utilize these techniques and continuously asked the planners for new capabilities. As we have come to expect, the techniques and capabilities grew over the years until now the subject is quite formidable, especially in the small shop which does not have a lot of master or journeyman programmers to teach apprentices.

A subfile is a technique to hold and present on a display screen a set of records, row by row, in a columnar fashion. Subfiles cannot be used in producing printed output. You define a subfile in a display file source member using Data Description Specifications (DDS). This definition is then compiled to create a display device file, (more commonly referred to as a display file).

All of our HLLs have extensions unique to the AS/400 platform to take advantage of our highly integrated database manager. These extensions allow us to reference data that was previously defined to the database manager. During early implementation of these external definitions, the developers realized that, to a HLL program, there is no significant difference between database files and communications or screen or printer files. They all involve similar input/output buffer definition, and after that we use pretty much the same read and write operations to access these files. It was decided to expand the data definition language to define these other types of files-referred to in OS/400 lingo as device files-in addition to database files.

External definition of the database removes the concerns of the physical characteristics of the data from the everyday worries of the programmer; i.e., the programmer no longer needs to know record lengths, field lengths or attributes, key lengths or key positions. External definition of device files removes the need to know the specific physical characteristics of the device- i.e., supported screen sizes, field display attributes, printer type, and so forth. In essence, the program writes to the device file, and the device file handles the characteristics of the device.

As it relates to our discussion of subfiles, HLL programs communicate with their display device files by sending/receiving data through I/O buffers. A set of up to 99 logical switches (indicators) is also passed to/from the display. The indicators are either included in the I/O buffers or optionally in a separate buffer. These indicators allow the HLL program to control when to perform some of the functions described in the display device file. They also provide a mechanism for the display to pass back to the program which keys were pressed or when screen data was modified.

Subfiles are simply an extension of the ability to externally define a display device file. The basic functions of displaying a list of information, allowing the user to roll backwards and forwards, and indicating if more information is available to be displayed are not dependent on the type of processing being done in the HLL program. By making these functions part of the definition for the display device file, the developers took the responsibility for managing these basic functions away from the programmer. This allows the programmer to concentrate on the specific application. What the developers did is not really different from what you do when you develop a skeleton or shell program. By learning to use the tools provided by the developers, AS/400 programmers can concentrate their efforts on the unique aspects of a particular application.


AS/400 Subfile Programming, Part I: Foundation

Figure 1 State Code subfile lookup

 Figure 1: State Code Subfile Lookup AL Alabama AK Alaska AZ Arizona AR Arkansas CA California CO Colorado CT Connecticut DE Delaware FL Florida GA Georgia HI Hawaii ID Idaho IL Illinois IN Indiana IA Iowa KS Kansas KY Kentucky LA Louisiana ME Maine MD Maryland MA Massachusetts MI Michigan MN Minnesota MS Mississippi MO Missouri MT Montana NE Nebraska NV Nevada NH New Hampshire NJ New Jersey NM New Mexico NY New York NC North Carolina ND North Dakota OH Ohio OK Oklahoma OR Oregon PA Pennsylvania RI Rhode Island SC South Carolina SD South Dakota TN Tennessee TX Texas UT Utah VT Vermont VA Virginia WA Washington WV West Virginia WI Wisconsin WY Wyoming 
AS/400 Subfile Programming, Part I: Foundation

Figure 2 Physical file XRD001PF

 A UNIQUE A R STREC A STSTAT 2A TEXT('State code') A STNAME 30A TEXT('State name') A K STSTAT 
AS/400 Subfile Programming, Part I: Foundation

Figure 3 Required screen appearance

 Figure 3: Required Screen Appearance List of Valid States 12/31/92 23:36:20 Abbreviation Code State Name Alabama AL Alaska AK Arizona AZ Arkansas AR California CA Colorado CO Connecticut CT Delaware DE Florida FL Georgia GA + F3=Exit F12=Cancel 
AS/400 Subfile Programming, Part I: Foundation

Figure 4 Display file XRD001DF

 A DSPSIZ(24 80 *DS3) A REF(XRD001PF) A CA03(03) A CA12(12) A INDARA * A R STATESFL SFL A STSTAT R O 10 10 A STNAME R O 10 28 * A R STATECTL SFLCTL(STATESFL) A OVERLAY A 31 SFLDSP A SFLDSPCTL A SFLSIZ(60) A SFLPAG(10) A 34 SFLEND A 1 29'List of Valid States' A DSPATR(HI) A 1 73DATE EDTCDE(Y) A 2 73TIME A 6 6'Abbreviation' A DSPATR(HI) A 7 9'Code' A DSPATR(HI) A 7 28'State Name' A DSPATR(HI) * A R STATETLR A 22 3'F3=Exit' A COLOR(BLU) A 22 15'F12=Cancel' A COLOR(BLU) 
AS/400 Subfile Programming, Part I: Foundation

Figure 5 RPG program XRD001RG

 * Indicators used: * 31 = Display subfile record (SFLDSP) * 34 = Display the '+' for more records (SFLEND) * FXRD001PFIF E K DISK FXRD001DFCF E WORKSTN F RRN KSFILE STATESFL * * Load the states records in to the subfile. C *IN34 DOWEQ*OFF C READ STREC 34 C *IN34 IFEQ *OFF C ADD 1 RRN 30 C WRITESTATESFL C ENDIF C ENDDO * * Determine if there are any records to display. C RRN IFGT *ZERO C MOVE *ON *IN31 C ENDIF * * Write the function keys legend. C WRITESTATETLR * * Display the list until the user presses F3 or F12. C *IN03 DOUEQ*ON C *IN12 OREQ *ON C EXFMTSTATECTL C ENDDO C MOVE *ON *INLR 
AS/400 Subfile Programming, Part I: Foundation

Figure 6 COBOL program XRD001CB

 * Indicators used: * 31 = Display subfile record (SFLDSP) * 34 = Display the '+' for more records (SFLEND) ****************************************************** IDENTIFICATION DIVISION. PROGRAM-ID. XRD001CB. ENVIRONMENT DIVISION. ****************************************************** * Identify the external files. ****************************************************** INPUT-OUTPUT SECTION. FILE-CONTROL. SELECT DISPLAY-FILE ASSIGN TO WORKSTATION-XRD001DF-SI ORGANIZATION IS TRANSACTION ACCESS IS DYNAMIC RELATIVE KEY IS RRN. SELECT STATES-FILE ASSIGN TO DATABASE-XRD001PF ORGANIZATION IS INDEXED RECORD KEY IS EXTERNALLY-DESCRIBED-KEY. ****************************************************** * Define required formats. ****************************************************** DATA DIVISION. FILE SECTION. FD DISPLAY-FILE. 01 DISPLAY-FILE-RECORD. COPY DD-ALL-FORMATS-I OF XRD001DF. FD STATES-FILE. 01 STATES-RECORD. COPY DD-ALL-FORMATS OF XRD001PF. ****************************************************** * Define working variables. ****************************************************** WORKING-STORAGE SECTION. 01 SUBFILE-RECORD. COPY DD-ALL-FORMATS-O OF XRD001DF. 01 INDIC-AREA. 03 INDIC-TABLE OCCURS 99 PIC 1 INDICATOR 1. 88 IND-ON VALUE B"1". 88 IND-OFF VALUE B"0". 01 DISPLAY-FILE-VARIABLES. 05 RRN PIC 9(4) VALUE ZERO. 01 DATABASE-STATES. 05 SEQUENTIAL-STATUS PIC X. 88 END-OF-FILE VALUE "1". 88 NOT-END-OF-FILE VALUE "0". ****************************************************** * Program mainline. ****************************************************** PROCEDURE DIVISION. MAINLINE. PERFORM PROGRAM-INITIALIZATION. PERFORM LOAD-SUBFILE. ****************************************************** * Display the state list and wait for response. ****************************************************** PERFORM UNTIL IND-ON(3) OR IND-ON(12) IF IND-OFF(3) AND IND-OFF(12) PERFORM DISPLAY-READ-SUBFILE END-IF END-PERFORM. PERFORM PROGRAM-TERMINATION. DISPLAY-READ-SUBFILE. WRITE DISPLAY-FILE-RECORD FORMAT IS "STATETLR". WRITE SUBFILE DISPLAY-FILE-RECORD FORMAT IS "STATECTL" INDICATORS ARE INDIC-TABLE. READ DISPLAY-FILE FORMAT IS "STATECTL" INDICATORS ARE INDIC-TABLE. ****************************************************** * Load subfile with state records. ****************************************************** LOAD-SUBFILE. SET NOT-END-OF-FILE TO TRUE. PERFORM UNTIL END-OF-FILE READ STATES-FILE AT END SET END-OF-FILE TO TRUE END-READ IF NOT-END-OF-FILE MOVE CORRESPONDING STREC TO STATESFL-O ADD 1 TO RRN WRITE SUBFILE DISPLAY-FILE-RECORD FROM STATESFL-O FORMAT IS "STATESFL" END-IF SET IND-ON(34) TO TRUE END-PERFORM. IF RRN > 0 SET IND-ON(31) TO TRUE END-IF. ****************************************************** * Open files and set the indicators. ****************************************************** PROGRAM-INITIALIZATION. OPEN I-O DISPLAY-FILE. OPEN INPUT STATES-FILE. MOVE ZEROS TO INDIC-AREA. ****************************************************** * Close files and kill the beast. ****************************************************** PROGRAM-TERMINATION. CLOSE DISPLAY-FILE STATES-FILE. STOP RUN. 
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    Weak passwords, lax system auditing, and overly privileged users leave your server vulnerable to internal and external threats. A data breach caused by a cybercriminal or a negligent insider can cause irreparable damage to an organization of any size.
    The annual State of IBM i Security Study strives to help executives, IT managers, system administrators, and auditors understand the full extent of IBM i security exposures and how to correct them quickly and effectively.

    Order your copy of this year's guide here.

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

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    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!

     

  • Building a Sound Investment Strategy Through Technology

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    Learn how to combine automation software and IBM i to increase revenue and enhance customer experiences. Download the exclusive Help/Systems White Paper “Building a Sound Investment Strategy Through Technology.”

    This free four-page PDF, written by Help/Systems Director of Automation Technology Chuck Losinski, is packed with concise tips for IBM i. You’ll learn why Power Systems running IBM i are the key to a sound investment strategy. You’ll also discover how automation technologies such as batch processing, agent tasks, interactive processes, backups, report management, and system and message monitoring can save your company money while making your operations more reliable than ever.

  • A Successful Approach to Automated Monitoring in a Complex World

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    In this 45-minute recorded webinar, we dissect complex system monitoring by introducing best practices and smart techniques that will help you reduce and simplify your multi-platform monitoring workload.

  • Achieving Business Value Through VIOS

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    In this 45-minute recorded webinar, virtualization specialist Glenn Robinson joins Ash Giddings to discuss the use of VIOS in today’s demanding Power Systems environments. VIOS can help you realize real business value by reducing IT expenditure and adding the flexibility to grow and shrink resources according to data center demands through virtualization across IBM Power Systems estates.

  • ​Multi-Platform Application Monitoring

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    Make Application Monitoring Easy Across the IBM i, Windows, AIX, and Linux Platforms in Your Environment
    IT departments are constantly bombarded by information from a wide variety of operating systems, business applications, and critical processes. At the same time, the department must support a complex array of servers and devices running across their entire network.
    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:

    • 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 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.
    Looking behind the curtain to keep a close eye on disk space—especially in a multi-partition environment—can have its challenges, but every good admin can have an ace up their sleeve. 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

    Start seeing through the sleight of hand and get instant visibility into disk usage. Add advance warning of potential threats and—abracadabra!—you’ll reduce the risk of disk space depletion and curb the sudden flurry of activity to clean things up.

     

  • 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.

     

    Watch the On-demand Webinar Now!

  • 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?

    - Drive over 450 different printer types.
    - Create invoices, statements, checks.
    - Set dynamic rules that transform output on the fly.
    - Conditionally distribute via Email, fax, or PDF.
    - Integrate with your current applications in minutes.
    - Preview printing on screen.
    - Native System i, Windows, AIX, Linux.

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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:
    - 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

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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:

    - 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

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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:
    - 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.

  • 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:
    - Create and update Excel spreadsheets and Access databases
    - 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.