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Creating DDS for subfiles can be a challenging task. In all, there are 26 DDS keywords that relate to subfiles. You have to figure out which ones you need, which record format to place them in and which parameters you specify. Fortunately, SDA does much of this work for you. SDA breaks down the task into logical steps, groups related keywords together and provides syntax checking and context-sensitive help along the way.

The subject of subfiles is an extensive topic. While I will discuss some basic subfile concepts, this article focuses on SDA. For an in-depth treatment of subfile concepts, refer to the four-part "AS/400 Subfile Programming" series published in MC from July 1992 through October 1992.

This article presents a tutorial which shows how to create subfiles with SDA. For those who want practice using SDA or just want to improve their subfile skills, this exercise should help. I have supplied figures for some of the screens I describe in the article. However, due to spatial constraints, I can't show all the screens. Therefore, it is to your advantage to perform these steps at your terminal as I describe them to you. So sign on to your workstation and get ready for a guided tour of the subfile capabilities of SDA.

The Practice Subfile

In this exercise, you'll create a subfile application to display the records in file QADBXREF in library QSYS. This file is automatically maintained on every AS/400 and contains a record for each file in your system. 1 shows what the final screen will look like from an SDA design session.

In this exercise, you'll create a subfile application to display the records in file QADBXREF in library QSYS. This file is automatically maintained on every AS/400 and contains a record for each file in your system. Figure 1 shows what the final screen will look like from an SDA design session.

The screen in 1 consists of three record formats, which is typical of most subfile panels. The top portion of the screen is a subfile control record, called CTLREC, which contains heading literals. The middle section is a series of subfile records, called SFLREC, containing database fields (one subfile record per database record). The bottom portion of the screen is a record called FKEYS, which contains a literal to display valid function keys.

The screen in Figure 1 consists of three record formats, which is typical of most subfile panels. The top portion of the screen is a subfile control record, called CTLREC, which contains heading literals. The middle section is a series of subfile records, called SFLREC, containing database fields (one subfile record per database record). The bottom portion of the screen is a record called FKEYS, which contains a literal to display valid function keys.

Creating this display file requires that you progress through a series of options within SDA. The flowchart in 2 shows an overview of the path I will lead you through. You may find it helpful to refer to this chart as you work through this exercise.

Creating this display file requires that you progress through a series of options within SDA. The flowchart in Figure 2 shows an overview of the path I will lead you through. You may find it helpful to refer to this chart as you work through this exercise.

Getting Started

To begin creating the display file, start SDA by entering the following command:

 STRSDA OPTION(1) + SRCFILE(xxx/QDDSSRC) + SRCMBR(SFL005DF) 

SDA presents you with the Work with Display Records panel. Initially, this screen does not contain any records. Before creating the records, define the valid function keys for the display file by pressing F14 to access the file- level keywords. On the Select File Keywords panel, place a Y in the Indicator keywords option and press Enter. SDA presents you with the Define Indicator Keywords panel. In the first row, type CA03 in the Keyword column and 03 in the Resp column. This activates indicator 03 whenever the user presses the F3 key. Press Enter twice to return to the Work with Display Records panel.

Creating the Records

Now you're ready to create the three record formats for the display file. SDA ensures that every subfile record has a corresponding subfile control record by always creating them in pairs. To see how this works, select option 1 and press Enter. SDA presents you with the Add New Record panel. Type the name SFLREC in the New Record prompt and SFL in the Type prompt and press Enter. When SDA prompts you for the name of the subfile control record, type CTLREC and press Enter. This creates two record formats: SFLREC and CTLREC.

When you create a subfile, SDA automatically prompts you for both the subfile and subfile control keywords and assigns them to the appropriate record format. The first screen is the Select Subfile Keywords panel. Bypass this screen by pressing Enter, since this application doesn't require any subfile keywords. The next screen is the Select Subfile Control Keywords panel. On this screen are three groups of keywords you need to use. Place a Y next to "General keywords," "Subfile display layout" and "Select record keywords," and then press Enter.

First, SDA presents you with the Define General Keywords panel. Complete this screen as shown in 3 and press Enter. The detail given below provides explanations for the entries you've just made or accepted on the Define General Keywords panel.

First, SDA presents you with the Define General Keywords panel. Complete this screen as shown in Figure 3 and press Enter. The detail given below provides explanations for the entries you've just made or accepted on the Define General Keywords panel.

o A value of SFLREC is already supplied for the SFLCTL keyword. This is the name of the subfile control record you entered earlier.

o The SFLDSP keyword is required so the Y is already selected and cannot be removed. Indicator 90 controls the SFLDSP keyword.

An indicator is necessary on this keyword because if your program writes the subfile control record with the SFLDSP keyword in effect and the subfile empty, an error message is generated. To prevent this from happening, set on indicator 90 when you write records to the subfile. If there are any records in the subfile, SFL-DSP will be active and the subfile will be displayed. Otherwise, SFLDSP will be inactive, causing the program to display only the subfile control record without causing an error to occur.

o Indicator 91 controls the SFLCLR keyword. To clear the subfile (remove all active records), set on indicator 91, write the subfile control record, then set off indicator 91.

o The N03 and the Y on the SFLEND keyword cause the system to display "More..." at the bottom of the subfile when there are more records to display. The system will also display "Bottom" when there are no more records to display. This happens only if indicator 03 is off when you display the subfile. Since indicator 03 is also used to exit the program, this should always be true. This technique satisfies the indicator requirement of the SFLEND keyword without using an additional indicator.

Next, SDA presents you with the Define Display Layout panel. Two entries are necessary on this screen. Change the SFLSIZ number to 17 and the SFLPAG number to 16. This instructs the system to display 16 records at a time in the subfile. Specifying a SFLSIZ value which is greater than the SFLPAG value tells the system that you want OS/400 to handle the paging of the subfile when the user presses a Roll key.

Pressing Enter takes you to the Select Record Keywords panel. Place a Y in the Overlay Keywords option and press Enter. On the Select Overlay Keywords panel, place a Y next to the OVERLAY keyword. This causes the subfile and subfile control records to overlay whatever is on the screen when they are written. The overlaying is necessary for this application because the record containing the literal for the valid function key (FKEYS) will be written first. The OVERLAY keyword prevents this record from being erased. Press Enter three times to return to the Work with Display Records panel.

At this point, you should see two record formats listed: one for the subfile (SFLREC) and one for the subfile control (CTLREC). Although you have selected the keywords for these records, you have not yet designed the image. Before designing these images, create the third record format as follows.

Select option 1 on the top line and press Enter. On the Add New Record panel, type the name FKEYS in the New Record prompt and press Enter. This takes you to the Design Image work screen. Type the literal 'F3=Exit' in single quotes in the bottom, left corner (row 23, beginning in column 2) of the screen and press Enter. Use the cb (color blue) command to change the literal to blue-the standard color for function-key literals. When entering the cb command, place the c in front of the literal and the b over the first character, then press Enter. If you are using a color workstation, you will see the literal change from green to blue. Press F12 to return to the Work with Display Records panel.

Designing the Subfile Image

You should now see three record formats listed as shown in 4. To design the image for the subfile, select option 12 for the SFLREC record and press Enter. As stated earlier, the subfile record will contain database fields from the QADBXREF file. To retrieve these fields, press F10 to access the Select Database Files panel. Select option 1 and type QADBXREF under "Database File," QSYS under "Library" and QDBXREF under "Record." Press Enter to display the Select Database Fields panel shown in 5.

You should now see three record formats listed as shown in Figure 4. To design the image for the subfile, select option 12 for the SFLREC record and press Enter. As stated earlier, the subfile record will contain database fields from the QADBXREF file. To retrieve these fields, press F10 to access the Select Database Files panel. Select option 1 and type QADBXREF under "Database File," QSYS under "Library" and QDBXREF under "Record." Press Enter to display the Select Database Fields panel shown in Figure 5.

Use option 3 to select the DBXFIL, DBXLIB, DBXTXT and DBXATR fields for output. Press Enter twice to return to the Design Image work screen. The selected fields appear along the bottom of the screen, each preceded by a field number. Place the fields on the screen by specifying &n, where n is the field number. Place the fields on row five and use 1 as a reference to determine the column for each field. When you have finished, press F12 to return to the Work with Display Records panel.

Use option 3 to select the DBXFIL, DBXLIB, DBXTXT and DBXATR fields for output. Press Enter twice to return to the Design Image work screen. The selected fields appear along the bottom of the screen, each preceded by a field number. Place the fields on the screen by specifying &n, where n is the field number. Place the fields on row five and use Figure 1 as a reference to determine the column for each field. When you have finished, press F12 to return to the Work with Display Records panel.

The last task is to add the screen headings. To do this, select option 12 next to the CTLREC record and press Enter. Add the heading literals shown at the top of 1. When the heading literal is made up of more than one word, enclose them within single quotes. Highlight the headings by placing an h in front of each one and pressing Enter. The screen should now look like the one in 1 except that you can't see the function key literal at the bottom of the screen. To view it, press F9 to access the Select Additional Records for Display panel. Use option 2 to select FKEYS and press Enter. Now you can see all three record formats on the screen at once, just as 1 shows. Press F12 to once again return to the Work with Display Records panel.

The last task is to add the screen headings. To do this, select option 12 next to the CTLREC record and press Enter. Add the heading literals shown at the top of Figure 1. When the heading literal is made up of more than one word, enclose them within single quotes. Highlight the headings by placing an h in front of each one and pressing Enter. The screen should now look like the one in Figure 1 except that you can't see the function key literal at the bottom of the screen. To view it, press F9 to access the Select Additional Records for Display panel. Use option 2 to select FKEYS and press Enter. Now you can see all three record formats on the screen at once, just as Figure 1 shows. Press F12 to once again return to the Work with Display Records panel.

You have completed designing the display file, so it's time to save your work. Press F3 to exit SDA. You will see the Save DDS panel. The default is to save the DDS source code and create the display file object. Press Enter to perform these functions, then press Enter again to exit SDA. The DDS source code you have just created should look similar to the code in 6. The only difference is that I have removed the comment lines which SDA inserts and I have added the compile instruction comment box at the top of the source code.

You have completed designing the display file, so it's time to save your work. Press F3 to exit SDA. You will see the Save DDS panel. The default is to save the DDS source code and create the display file object. Press Enter to perform these functions, then press Enter again to exit SDA. The DDS source code you have just created should look similar to the code in Figure 6. The only difference is that I have removed the comment lines which SDA inserts and I have added the compile instruction comment box at the top of the source code.

The Subfile in Action

If you want to see your new display file run, I have provided a short RPG program shown in 7 which you can use. Here's how the program works. First, the program clears the subfile by setting on indicator 91 and writing the CTLREC record. You'll recall that indicator 91 controls the SFLCLR keyword.

If you want to see your new display file run, I have provided a short RPG program shown in Figure 7 which you can use. Here's how the program works. First, the program clears the subfile by setting on indicator 91 and writing the CTLREC record. You'll recall that indicator 91 controls the SFLCLR keyword.

Next, the program reads the QADBXREF file and writes the first 160 records (where the DBXLIB field is not blank) to the SFLREC record. When the program writes a subfile record, it sets on indicator 90. This indicator controls the SFLDSP keyword and prevents an error if the subfile is empty. The program then writes the FKEYS record followed by an EXFMT operation to the CTLREC record. Because the CTLREC record contains the OVERLAY keyword, OS/400 does not erase the FKEYS record. If there are any records in the subfile, they are displayed automatically when you write CTLREC. Finally, when the user presses F3 or Enter, the program ends.

Take Advantage of SDA

As you have seen, SDA simplifies the task of creating subfiles. With a little practice, you'll be creating subfiles from scratch in a matter of minutes. Using SDA to create subfiles means you'll spend less time working out the mechanics of subfile coding, giving you more time to design applications which help your business grow.

Robin Klima is a senior technical editor at Midrange Computing.

 REFERENCES DDS Reference (SC41-9620, CD-ROM QBKA7402). SDA User's Guide and Reference (SC09-1340, CD-ROM QBKA0802). 
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Figure 1 The Practice Subfile

 Files On System Library File Attr Text OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO F3=Exit 
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Figure 2 Overview of SDA Example

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Figure 3 Define General Keywords

 Define General Keywords Subfile control record . . . . . . . . . : CTLREC Type choices, press Enter. Keyword Related subfile record . . . . . . . SFLCTL SFLREC Name Subfile cursor relative record . . . SFLCSRRRN __________ Name Subfile mode . . . . . . . . . . . . SFLMODE __________ Name Y=Yes Indicators/+ Display subfile records . . . . . . SFLDSP Y 90 ___ ___ Display control record . . . . . . . SFLDSPCTL Y ___ ___ ___ Initialize subfile fields . . . . . SFLINZ _ ___ ___ ___ Delete subfile area . . . . . . . . SFLDLT ___ ___ ___ Clear subfile records . . . . . . . SFLCLR 91 ___ ___ Indicate more records . . . . . . . SFLEND N03 ___ ___ SFLEND parameter . . . . . . . . *MORE Y Record not active . . . . . . . . . SFLRNA _ More... F3=Exit F12=Cancel 
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Figure 4 Work with Display Record

 Work with Display Records File . . . . . . : SOURCE Member . . . . . . : SFL005DF Library . . . . : $KLIROB Source type . . . : DSPF Type options, press Enter. 1=Add 2=Edit comments 3=Copy 4=Delete 7=Rename 8=Select keywords 12=Design image Opt Order Record Type Related Subfile Date DDS Error __ __________ __ 10 SFLREC SFL 04/14/94 __ 20 CTLREC SFLCTL SFLREC 04/14/94 __ 30 FKEYS RECORD 04/14/94 Bottom F3=Exit F12=Cancel F14=File-level keywords F15=File-level comments F17=Subset F24=More keys 
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Figure 5 Select Database Fields

 Select Database Fields Record . . . : QDBXREF Type information, press Enter. Number of fields to roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Name of field to search for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . __________ Type options, press Enter. 1=Display extended field description 2=Select for input (I), 3=Select for output (O), 4=Select for both (B) Option Field Length Type Column Heading _ DBXFIL 10 A FILE NAME _ DBXLIB 10 A LIBRARY NAME _ DBXDIC 10 A DICTIONARY NAME _ DBXOWN 10 A FILE OWNER _ DBXTXT 50 A FILE TEXT _ DBXATR 2 A FILE ATTR _ DBXLNK 1 A LINK STATUS _ DBXSQL 1 A DICTIONARY TYPE More... F3=Exit F12=Cancel 
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Figure 6 Display File SFL005DF

 *=============================================================== * To compile: * * CRTDSPF FILE(XXX/SFL005DF) SRCFILE(XXX/QDDSSRC) * *=============================================================== *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 A DSPSIZ(24 80 *DS3) A CA03(03) A R SFLREC SFL A DBXFIL R O 5 2REFFLD(QDBXREF/DBXFIL QSYS/QADBXREF) A DBXLIB R O 5 13REFFLD(QDBXREF/DBXLIB QSYS/QADBXREF) A DBXTXT R O 5 30REFFLD(QDBXREF/DBXTXT QSYS/QADBXREF) A DBXATR R O 5 25REFFLD(QDBXREF/DBXATR QSYS/QADBXREF) A R CTLREC SFLCTL(SFLREC) A OVERLAY A 90 SFLDSP A SFLDSPCTL A 91 SFLDLT A N03 SFLEND(*MORE) A SFLSIZ(0017) A SFLPAG(0016) A 1 33'Files on System' A DSPATR(HI) A 4 2'File' A DSPATR(HI) A 4 13'Library' A DSPATR(HI) A 4 24'Attr' A DSPATR(HI) A 4 30'Text' A DSPATR(HI) A R FKEYS A 23 2'F3=Exit' A COLOR(BLU) 
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Figure 7 RPG Program SFL005RG

 *=============================================================== * To compile: * * CRTRPGPGM PGM(XXX/SFL005RG) SRCFILE(XXX/QRPGSRC) * *=============================================================== *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 FSFL005DFCF E WORKSTN F RN KSFILE SFLREC FQADBXREFIF E K DISK * * Clear the subfile C MOVE *ON *IN91 C WRITECTLREC C MOVE *OFF *IN91 * * Load the subfile C READ QDBXREF 99 C *IN99 DOWEQ*OFF C RN ANDLT160 C DBXLIB IFNE *BLANKS C ADD 1 RN 50 C WRITESFLREC C MOVE *ON *IN90 C ENDIF C READ QDBXREF 99 C ENDDO * * Display the screen C WRITEFKEYS C EXFMTCTLREC * C MOVE *ON *INLR 
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  • 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

    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

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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

     

  • 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.

     

     

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

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

  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

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

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

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
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    - 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.