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If you are getting tired of writing reports that simply print out on paper, use the techniques here to “wow” your customers, your boss, and your peers. The subprocedures provided in this article will allow you to build quick and simple dynamic HTML pages using data from your AS/400.

 

It seems that everywhere we turn these days, we see Web addresses. We see them on the news, on commercials, in magazines, and even on department store shopping bags. People are using the Web to provide information, sell products, and provide customer support. Over the past few years, Web pages have been changing for the better. Whereas they once contained static information that never changed unless the Webmaster of the site modified the pages and uploaded them to the server, we are now more often seeing pages that change dynamically. If you have ordered products over the Web, chances are you have run across a tracking number of some sort. This tracking number is used by the carrier to, simply put, “track” your item as it journeys toward you. Accessing this information is usually possible from the carrier’s site. All you need to do is go to the carrier’s Web site, enter the tracking number, and the up-to-date information is right there in front of you, changing as it happens.

 

You may have asked yourself, “How do they do that?” Obviously, someone isn’t changing HTML code as the shipping status changes and then uploading the new information. These companies are using live data that their carriers collect as a package leaves one point and arrives at another. Their pages are being built dynamically. In other words, a program is reading information from a database and using that data to build the Web page. These programs are called Common Gateway Interface (CGI) programs. CGI programs run on a Web server and interact dynamically with user input. They can be written in C, Perl, Java, Visual Basic, and, more important to us, RPG or COBOL.

 

In V3R2 CISC and V3R7 RISC, IBM gave the AS/400 the ability to create dynamic Web pages. This ability is available through APIs that are similar to those used in non- AS/400 systems. Because system APIs are used, this means that you can use your favorite AS/400 language, such as RPG or COBOL, to produce dynamic Web pages. The APIs available allow you to write HTML code to a browser or to read data that was inputted by the user. Most of us have seen examples of the latter. We go to a vendor’s Web page to

 

download the latest beta version of its software. Before we are allowed to download, we are required to enter our name, address, phone number, and any other information the vendor feels is worth gathering. Once we have entered this information, we are allowed to download the beta.

 

The essence of doing business on the Web relies on displaying and gathering information. In this article, I explain the basic APIs used in the process and give examples of how to use them. The first example is a very simple one that writes information to a Web page. The second allows users to input information, which, in turn, is used to display data pertinent to their input. If you are new to CGI programming, I suggest you read the article “Writing Your First RPG CGI Data Entry Program,” MC, January 1998, before working with these examples. Now, let’s get down to business.

 

 

Writing Data to a Browser

 

The first and most essential system API for CGI programming is QtmhWrStout. You use this API to write standard output to a browser. The QtmhWrStout API requires three parameters and is really the simplest to use of the APIs explained in this article. The first parameter is a data variable of varying length that contains the code you wish to write to a browser. The second parameter is used to tell the system how long the first parameter is. The third parameter is a standard error parameter that appears with most APIs.

 

You will notice, however, that, rather than directly use this and the other system APIs required for CGI programming, I have put the interface to them in a format that I feel is much friendlier. Instead of calling the API each time, I have created a service program that contains subprocedures that subsequently call the APIs. Figure 1 shows the protoypes for the F.USDVEH service program. The use of my service program makes the coding and maintenance of your CGI programs much easier. For the AS/400’s QtmhWrStout system API, F.USDVEH’s corresponding subprocedure is named #WrtStout. The source and compile instructions for these subprocedures and sample programs can be downloaded from Midrange Computing’s Web site at www.midrangecomputing.com/mc/99/04.

 

To show a simple example of how to use the F.USDVEH service program, specifically the #WrtStout subprocedure, I have created a small program called HTML01RG, the pseudocode for which is shown in Figure 2. HTML01RG simply displays the text “Click Here for Midrange Computing Magazine.” The example RPG CGI program also makes the text a hyperlink to Midrange Computing’s home page. You will notice in the pseudocode of Figure 2 that, instead of calling the #WrtStout procedure directly with the literal text as a parameter, I am first filling in a variable named WrtDta with the HTML text and then calling the #WrtStout subprocedure using this variable as the parameter. The main reason I use this method is so that, while debugging, I can see the value that I will be writing to standard output. Although using this method may seem trivial for this example, when you are writing more complicated HTML output, you will find this method easier to debug because you can view the variable before it is passed into the subprocedure.

 

To execute the HTML01RG program and display this first example, you first need to set up your HTTP configuration. (For more information on configuring your AS/400 as a Web server, see “HTTP on the AS/400,” MC, April 1998, or the HTTP Server for AS/400 Webmaster’s Guide V4R3.) Then, point your favorite browser to youras400/cgibin/HTML01RG, replacing youras400 with the IP address or name of your AS/400. This instructs the Web server on your AS/400 to execute the program HTML01RG. Because this program writes to standard output, you will see the text “Click Here for Midrange Computing Magazine!!!” as a hyperlink to Midrange Computing’s home page. Use your browser’s View Source option to see exactly what the HTML code looks like.

Reading Query String Data from a Browser

 

We have seen how to write data to a browser, but how do we read information from a browser? The first step is to understand the two ways that a CGI program can read information from a browser.

 

The first and most common way is to read the data in from the Query String environment variable. More plainly, this means that if any parameters are included in the URL after the name of the CGI program, we want to read these into our program for use. Examine the following example URL:

 

http://youras400/cgi-bin/CGIPGM?CITY=MINNEAPOLIS&STATE=MN

 

The first portion of the URL contains the address and directory to find the CGI program, in this case named simply CGIPGM. After the CGI program name, we see the question mark (?). This tells us that a set of Query String environment variables follow. In this example, two variables are included: city and state. The text STATE=MN tells the program that the value of the variable named CITY is to contain the value MINNEAPOLIS. The ampersand (&) operator is used for subsequent parameters, and, for this example, it is STATE with a value of MN for Minnesota. If you’ve ever paid close attention to the URL of a site that has been produced as the result of a search operation, you may see something similar and recognize this format.

 

The CGI program must use the QtmhGetEnv API to read this information. The QtmhGetEnv API can be used to retrieve many different environment variables, but, for this example, we are concerned only with the Query String variable. When using this API by itself, six variables are required. These variables and their explanations can be found in the HTTP Server for AS/400 Webmaster’s Guide.

 

Again, to make access to and use of the API easier, I have placed it in a subprocedure of the F.USDVEH service program. I named this subprocedure #GetEnvQS for Get Environment Variable Query String. Because this subprocedure is used only to retrieve the Query String Environment variable, it reduces the number of parameters needed from six to only the first two variables, as you can see in the prototype in Figure 1. Since the first parameter is an output variable and the second can be figured using the %size builtin function, both of these parameters are used as output parameters by the subprocedure and do not require values before the call.

 

Once the data is read in using the #GetEnvQS subprocedure, you must parse the data into a readable format by your CGI program. You can do this by hand or by using the QrmhCvtDB API. Again, this API has been made into a subprocedure named #CvtDB (the prototype of which is at the bottom of Figure 1). The #CvtDB subprocedure takes the Query String data as parameter one, the string length as parameter two, and parses the string into the fields of a data structure, the address of which is provided in parameter three. The data structure for this example contains two fields: CITY and STATE. The #CvtDB subprocedure calls QrmhCvtDB, passing the complete string that follows the question mark in the URL. When the QrmhCvtDB API sees a variable named CITY in the query string and a variable also named CITY in the data structure provided, it knows exactly where to put the value of the CITY variable. And when QrmhCvtDB sees the STATE string variable...well, you get the point. (See the HTTP Server for AS/400 Webmaster’s Guide for a further explanation of this API.)

 

 

Reading Standard Input from a Browser

 

The second way to read data from a browser is to read from standard input. This type of data exists in the form of actual fields that the user fills in on the browser and then clicks on a submit-type button. An example of this would be when a site asks you to fill in your email address and press the submit button. When you do, a CGI program that is linked to the submit button is executed, which, in turn, reads the information you have just entered.

 

The example provided for this article is a simple used-vehicle locator that allows us to search a database for used cars and motorcycles. This sample contains an HTML page (VSEARCH.HTM shown in Figure 3), a service program containing the APIs needed to read from and write to a browser (F.USDVEH), and the main processing RPG program

 

(DYNH01RG, the pseudo-code of which is shown in Figure 4). The database file used to read information is named USDVEHPF.

 

After you load the HTML document VSEARCH.HTM on your browser, you will see that there are two choices, a Car Search and a Motorcycle Search as shown in Figure 5. Each link calls the same program but with different parameters. The Car Search hyperlink uses the “type=AUTO” parameter, and the Motorcycle Search hyperlink uses the “type=MOTO” parameter. This Query String data is passed into our CGI program, DYNH01RG, and used to load either car or motorcycle data.

 

Let’s assume we choose to view a list of used motorcycles. We click on the motorcycle link, and the CGI program DYNH01RG is called. The output for the program can be seen in Figure 6. The first thing the program does in the initialization subroutine (*INZSR in Figure 4, Label B) is to read in the environment variables using the $GetEnv subroutine of the F.USDVEH service program. As you recall, these are the variables included after the question mark sign (?) of the URL. In this case, the Query String environment variable passed into our CGI program would be “type=MOTO”. If we look at the variable RcvRec in debug after the $GetEnv subroutine has completed, we see the “type=MOTO” string in the RcvRec variable. The next thing that is done is that the $CvtDB subroutine is executed to place the data into a data structure. In this case, the value MOTO is placed in the field name TYPE. When control is returned to the DYNH01RG program, I place this field in a variable named InType so that I do not lose this value when any other processing is done. The next step *INZSR performs is to read in the standard input data. During first-time processing, there is no standard input data. Subsequent calls to DYNH01RG will have standard input data to process, which I will cover later.

 

If you examine the main portion of DYNH01RG’s pseudocode in Label A of Figure 4, you will see that three general steps are performed by subroutines. First, we write the header information; second, we write the main data; and, finally, we write the footer information. The $Header and $Footer subroutines (Labels C and D) are similar to the subroutines from the first example and are fairly simple, so we will focus on the $Main subroutine (Label E). The $Main subroutine is again broken up into the following three steps:

 

1. Subroutine $Select (Label F). This subroutine writes the HTML code that allows users to select a specific make of vehicle to further narrow their search. It fills a SELECT field with the makes available from the database for the type of vehicle selected along with a submit-type button in a form. The program executed when this button is pressed is DYNH01RG, the same as before, only this time the data from this field read in as standard input and placed in the RcvDS data structure.

 

2. Subroutine $MainHead (Label G). This subroutine simply prints the headings for the data. Notice the use of the TABLE HTML keyword to align the data in an eye- pleasing format.

 

3. Subroutine $MainDet (Label H). This subroutine reads through the USDVEHPF file and builds the listing for the vehicle data selected. There are different cases for the selection of all makes or the selection of a specific make.

 

The first time the DYNH01RG program was called, you will recall that no standard input was read. If we were to choose a make from the list (for example, “YAMAHA”) and click the Use Selected Values button, DYNH01RG would be called again, only this time the value “MAKE=YAMAHA” would be passed in as standard input, which would then be converted (with *INZSR’s call to $ReadStdIn) to be used as selection criteria for display.

 

 

Learn to Walk Before You Run

 

The techniques provided in this article can help you to use the AS/400 as a productive dynamic Web server. But if you are unfamiliar with the basic HTML syntax, you may want to start there. I learned HTML the hard way. When I saw a page I liked, I would use my browser’s View Source option and find the particular area of code that I was

 

looking for. In some cases, with very complex Web pages, this was like finding a needle in a haystack.

 

I have some suggestions on how to get started if you are unfamiliar with HTML. My first suggestion is to find an HTML tutorial online. There are plenty of them out there on the Web that take you step by step through the Web page building process. My second suggestion is to use a WYSIWYG HTML tool. Such a tool allows you to “draw” an HTML page. Microsoft FrontPage and Netscape both provide tools to do this. After you have built a sample of what you want to see, look at the source. After you are familiar with HTML, you can use my method of scanning source from the Web to see how some of the tricks are done. Finally, I highly suggest that you familiarize yourself with both HTTP Server for AS/400 Webmaster’s Guide and the Web Programming Guide, which can be found online. Good luck, and happy CGIing!

 

 

References

 

“HTTP on the AS/400,” MC, April 1998 HTTP Server for AS/400 Webmaster’s Guide V4R3 (GC41-5434-03, CD-ROM QB3AEO03)

 

Web Programming Guide V4R3 (GC41-5435-02, CD-ROM QB3AEQ02) “Writing Your First RPG CGI Data Entry Program,” MC, January 1998

 

D #WrStout PR
D
PR_WrStout
1024 VALUE

 

D #GetEnvQS
PR
D
PR_EnvRec
256
D
PR_EnvLen
9B 0

 

D #GetEnvRM
PR
D
PR_EnvRec
256
D
PR_EnvLen
9B 0

 

D #GetEnvCL
PR
D
PR_EnvRec
256
D
PR_EnvLen
9B 0

 

D #RdStin
PR
D
PR_RcvRec
256
D
PR_RcvLen
9B 0

 

D #CvtDB
PR
D
PR_RcvRec
256
D
PR_RcvLen
9B 0
D
PR_RcvDS@
*

 

Figure 1: The complex interfaces of OS/400’s system APIs are easier to use if you simplify them with a service program.

 

HTTPHeader = 'Content-type: text/html'
NewLine = X'15'
WrtDta = 1024 characters

 

exec sub $Header
exec sub $Main
exec sub $Footer

 

begin subroutine $Header

 

WrtDta = %trim(HTTPHeader) + NewLine + NewLine
call proc #WrStout(WrtDta)
WrtDta = '' + NewLine
call proc #WrStout(WrtDta)
end subroutine

 

begin subroutine $Main

 

WrtDta = 'http://www.midrangecomputing.com">' +

 

'Click Here for Midrange Computing Magazine!!!' +
NewLine
call proc #WrStout(WrtDta)
end subroutine

 

begin subroutine $Footer

 

WrtDta = '' + NewLine
call proc #WrStout(WrtDta)
end subroutine

 

Figure 2: This basic CGI program writes HTML tags that contain application information to standard output.

 

 

 

Brad's Used Vehicle Search

 

 

 

Brad's Used Vehicle Search

 

 

Select a Listing

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

http://DomainName/cgi-bin/DYNH01RG?type=AUTO">

 

Car Search

 

http://DomainName/cgi-bin/DYNH01RG?type=MOTO">

 

Motorcycle Search

 

Figure 3: All CGI applications have an HTML file with an HREF tag that specifies the location of a CGI program.

 

EnvDS@ = pointer to HTML environment variables
DS@ = generic pointer
RcvDS@ = pointer to HTML form variable data
EnvDS = data structure that describes environment data
RcvDS = data structure that descrives HTML form data
USDVEHPF = Used Car database file

 

exec sub $Header
exec sub $Main
exec sub $Footer

 

begin subroutine *INZSR
exec sub $GetEnv
exec sub $CvtDB
EnvDS@ = DS@
InType = QTYPE
exec sub $ReadStdIn
exec sub $CvtDB
RcvDS@ = DS@
end subroutine

 

begin subroutine $Header

 

WrtDta = %trim(HTTPHeader) + NewLine + '' + NewLine
call proc #WrStout(WrtDta)
if (InType = 'AUTO')
TypeText = 'Car'
else if (InType = 'MOTO')

 

TypeText = 'Motorcycle'
WrtDta = ' ' + %trim(TypeText) + ' Used Vehicle List '+

 

NewLine '

' + %trim(TypeText) + 'Used Vehicle List' +
'

' + NewLine + '' + NewLine +
'

http://devo.taylorcorp.com/tay400/vsearch.htm">'+
'Home
' + NewLine
call proc #WrStout(WrtDta)
end subroutine

 

 

begin subroutine $Footer

 

WrtDta = '' + NewLine
call proc #WrStout(WrtDta)
end subroutine begin subroutine $Main
exec sub $Select
exec sub $MainHead
exec sub $MainDet
end subroutine

 

begin subroutine $Select

 

WrtDta = '

' + NewLine + '

' + NewLine
call proc #WrStout(WrtDta)
open file USDVEHPF
WrtDta = '
'' + NewLine +'

Make:

 

 

NewLine + '

 

WrtDta = '

 

'SUBMIT VALUE="Use Selected Values">' +'' + NewLine +
'

' + NewLine
call proc #WrStout(WrtDta)
end subroutine

 

 

begin subroutine $MainHead

 

WrtDta = '

' + NewLine + '' + NewLine
call proc #WrStout(WrtDta)
end subroutine

Make Year'+
'
Description Milage ' +
'Price

 

 

E

 

F

 

A

 

B

 

C

 

G

 

D

 

begin subroutine $MainDet
if (SMAKE = ' ')
SMAKE = 'ALL'
if (SMAKE = 'ALL')
position file USDVEHPF by key(InType)
else
position file USDVEHPF by key(TypMakKey)
read file USDVEHPF by key(InType)
do until EOF
if (SMAKE <> 'ALL') and (MAKE <> SMAKE)
exit loop
WrtDta = '' + MAKE + '' + YEAR + ''+

 

DESC + '' + MILAGE + '' + PRICE + ''
call proc #WrStout(WrtDta)
read file USDVEHPF by key(InType)
close file USDVEHPF
WrtDta = '' + NewLine
call proc #WrStout(WrtDta)
end subroutine

 

begin subroutine $GetEnv
call proc #GetEnvQS(RcvRec:RcvLen)
end subroutine

 

begin subroutine $ReadStdIn
call proc #GetEnvCL(RcvRec:RcvLen)
RcvLen = #CtoN(RcvRec)
if (RcvLen > %size(RcvRec))
RcvLen = %size(RcvRec)
call proc #RdStin(RcvRec:RcvLen)
end subroutine

 

begin subroutine $CvtDB
call proc #CvtDB(RcvRec:RcvLen:DS@)
end subroutine

 

Figure 4: Interactive applications can now be extended to the Internet by using CGI and your language of choice.

 


Figure 5: The initial prompt of an HMTL CGI application looks similar to a 5250 prompt.

 

 

Figure 6: Browser output of HTML that a CGI RPG program generates can be compared to 5250 subfiles.




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    - How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    - High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

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

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

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

    Download and watch today!

     

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

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

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

     

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

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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.

     

     

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

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

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

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

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

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