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Retrieve the subsystem your job is currently in via the undocumented QMNSBS API.


This article is the first of a series of articles to memorialize Simon Coulter, an outstanding IBM i expert who contributed so much to the prosperity of the IBM i platform. Loved by many developers from the IBM i community, he was one of the giants in the industry, on whose shoulders others could stand and reach for new heights. I deeply appreciate Gwen Hanna, Simon's partner, for providing the biography of Simon at the end of this article.


In IBM i, every single piece of work is performed in a job. All jobs except system jobs must run in a subsystem. A subsystem is a single, predefined operating environment through which the system coordinates the work flow and resource use, via either processor resources or storage resources. A job enters a subsystem when a user either performs a Submit Job (SBMJOB) command or signs on to a display station successfully. It's also possible for an active job to transfer itself to another subsystem via the Transfer Job (TFRJOB) command or the Transfer Batch Job (TFRBCHJOB) command.


As an experienced IBM i developer, have you ever wondered how to retrieve the name of the current subsystem a job is running in? A similar question was raised in a post in the midrange-l mailing list at back in 2000: Command To Check Current Subsystem. The following is extracted from the original post:


Command To Check Current Subsystem


   * Subject: Command To Check Current Subsystem

   * From: Joe Giusto <jgiusto@xxxxxxxxxxxx>;

   * Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 07:49:19 -0400


Is there a CL command that I can use to determine the current subsystem that a job is running in?


I want to use it to change subsystems via TFRJOB in the initial signon program. The problem I am having is when I do the TFRJOB my initial program starts again and I go into a loop. If I could check the current subsystem, I can skip the TFRJOB statement on the second pass.


Several people offered advice.


Problem: The Retrieve Job Attributes (RTVJOBA) command is not able to return the current subsystem name.


Solution 1: Retrieve the current subsystem name via CL commands and custom programs. Use these three steps:

  1. Write job status information of the current job returned by the Work Job (WRKJOB) command or Display Job (DSPJOB) command to a spooled file. For example, DSPJOB JOB(*) OUTPUT(*PRINT) OPTION(*STSA).
  2. Copy the contents of the resulting spooled file to a database file. For example, CRTPF QTEMP/SOME_PF RCDLEN(132) and then CPYSPLF FILE(QPDSPJOB) TOFILE(QTEMP/SOME_PF) JOB(*) SPLNBR(*LAST).
  3. Look for the subsystem name in the resulting database file. For example, the subsystem name is position 56 of the 14th record at V5R4. See Figure 1: Output of DSPJOB OUTPUT(*PRINT) OPTION(*STSA).


Line     ....+....1....+....2....+....3....+....4....+....5....+....6....


000003                                       Job Status Attributes

000004       Status of job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :   ACTIVE

000005       Current user profile . . . . . . . . . . . . :   LJL

000006       Job user identity . . . . . . . . . . . . . :   LJL

000007         Set by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :     *DEFAULT

000008       Entered system:

000009         Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :   12/04/28

000010         Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :   15:21:04

000011       Started:

000012         Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :   12/04/28

000013         Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :   15:21:04

000014       Subsystem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :   QINTER

000015         Subsystem pool ID . . . . . . . . . . . . :   2

000016       Type of job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :   INTER

000017       Special environment . . . . . . . . . . . . :   *NONE

000018       Program return code . . . . . . . . . . . . :   0




Solution 2: Retrieve the current subsystem name using the Retrieve Job Information (QUSRJOBI) API with formats JOBI0200 or JOBI0600.


Although the DSPJOB solution (solution 1) can achieve the goal, it requires some trivial programming. Additionally, the DSPJOB solution obviously doesn't fit for conditions where performance is critical. Using the QUSRJOBI API is much simpler; however, as an API that returns a large number of detailed job attributes, it's still too heavy. See the Efficiency Tests section below for the performance statistics of QUSRJOBI.


Finally, Simon ended this discussion thread with a perfect solution:

  1. An undocumented API QMNSBS returns the subsystem description (SBSD) name of the current subsystem. This API also returns the SBSD name and library of the current controlling subsystem.
  2. Use a CL command to wrap the invocation of the QMNSBS API so that CL programs can use the CL command to retrieve the current subsystem name conveniently.


The following is extracted from Simon's original post:


Here is a Q&D command I wrote years ago to do that. It uses an IBM program as its CPP but that program is a user domain program so you shouldn't have problems. It is easier to use than the API

suggestions. I haven't used it recently so caveat emptor.



/*‚ Title   :- QMNSBS                                           €*/

/*‚ CPP     :- QMNSBS                                           €*/

/*‚ Function :- To return the name of the current subsystem, the €*/

/*‚             name of the controlling subsystem and the library €*/

/*‚             the controlling subsystem description is in.    €*/

/*‚                                                               €*/

/*‚ Notes:- Command processing program QMNSBS is not a supported €*/

/*‚         user interface. It is subject to change without notic€*/

/*‚                                                               €*/

/*‚ Author   :- S.H.Coulter         Modified :-                 €*/

/*‚ Date     :- 30/03/90             Date     :-                 €*/

/*‚                                                               €*/



             CMD       PROMPT('Retrieve Subsystem Information')


             PARM       KWD(SBS) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) RTNVAL(*YES) +

                         MIN(1) CHOICE('Character value') +

                         PROMPT('CL var for SBS         (10)')


             PARM       KWD(CTLSBSD) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) RTNVAL(*YES) +

                         MIN(1) CHOICE('Character value') +

                         PROMPT('CL var for CTLSBSD     (10)')


             PARM       KWD(CTLSBSDLIB) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) +

                         RTNVAL(*YES) MIN(1) CHOICE('Character +

                         value') PROMPT('CL var for CTLSBSDLIB   +



The QMNSBS API is a User Domain/System State (UDSS) program that has three parameters. The source of the CL command provided by Simon reveals the meaning of the parameters of the QMNSBS API:


  1. CHAR(10)SBSD name of the current subsystem
  2. CHAR(10)SBSD name of the current controlling subsystem
  3. CHAR(10)name of the library where the SBSD of the current controlling subsystem resides


Obviously, one of the advantages of the QMNSBS solution is that it is so simple that all High-Level Language (HLL) programs can utilize it with minimum coding efforts. Also, as you will see in this article, it is also the most efficient way to achieve the goal of retrieving the current subsystem.


The QMNSBS API also returns the SBSD name and library of the current controlling subsystem in its second and third parameters. The controlling subsystem is the interactive subsystem that starts automatically when the system starts, and it is the subsystem through which the system operator controls the system via the system console. Only one controlling subsystem can be active on the system at any time. The current controlling subsystem is identified in the Controlling subsystem/library (QCTLSBSD) system value. Changes to the QCTLSBSD system value take effect at the next IPL. The controlling subsystem is important for the system to enter or leave the restricted condition, within which commands such as Save System (SAVSYS) or Reclaim Storage (RCLSTG) are allowed to run. (See Place the system in restricted state for detailed explanations on the restricted condition).


Since changes to the QCTLSBSD system value take effect at the next IPL, to retrieve the exact current controlling subsystem, you should use the QMNSBS API instead of retrieving the setting of the QCTLSBSD system value.


Now let's test the undocumented QMNSBS API for correctness and efficiency via a couple of simple tests.


Correctness Tests


One of the outstanding features of IBM i's work management functionality is that a job can transfer itself to another subsystem via the Transfer Job commands (TFRJOB, TFRBCHJOB) in order to change the job's work flow or request more or less processor resources and/or storage resources. To prove the correctness of QMNSBS, I'd like to provide a test case in which work is divided into three phases. Different phases of the work are done by the same job in different subsystems. The job transfers itself from one subsystem to another via the TFRJOB command. After the job enters a new subsystem, the current subsystem name is retrieved by calling the QMNSBS API and is then reported to the QSYSOPR message queue. A data queue object called SEASONS is created for the job to receive notifications such as initiating the work flow. The work flow is shown in the table below.


Work Flow of Multiple-Phase Work




Program A






Report current SBS



Move to phase B




Program B



Report current SBS



Move to phase C




Program C



Report current SBS



Move back to phase A


The following CL commands prepare the test subsystem descriptions and data queue SEASONS:


   /* Subsystem SUMMER */


   CRTCLS CLS(SUMMER) RUNPTY(10)           /* [1] */







           CLS(*SBSD)                     /* [2] */

   /* Subsystem AUTUMN */






   /* Subsystem WINTER */






   /* Data queue SEASONS: FIFO, max message length = 10 */



[1] Specify the run priority value of class object SUMMER to 10, which is higher than the default run priority value of interactive jobs.


[2] Jobs routed through this default routing entry of subsystem SUMMER will execute the CL command specified in the Request data or command (RQSDTA) parameter of a TFRJOB command via QSYS/QCMD. The job will run at the priority specified in class object SUMMER.


Here's the source of the test programs:





             DCL       VAR(&NTFMSG) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10)

             DCL       VAR(&MSG) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(80)

             DCL       VAR(&SBS) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10)

             DCL       VAR(&RUNPTY) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(2 0)

             DCL       VAR(&PKDATTR) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(7) +


             DCL       VAR(&ZNDATTR) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(7) +


             DCL       VAR(&PTY) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(2)



                         X'00010F' &NTFMSG X'00001D')

             IF         COND(&NTFMSG *EQ 'SEEYOU') THEN(GOTO +



             CALL       PGM(QMNSBS) PARM(&SBS '' '') /* Retrieve the +

                         current subsystem */

             RTVJOBA   RUNPTY(&RUNPTY)

             CALLPRC   PRC('_LBCPYNV') PARM((&PTY) (&ZNDATTR) +

                         (&RUNPTY) (&PKDATTR))

             CHGVAR     VAR(&MSG) VALUE('The whole' *BCAT &SBS *BCAT +

                         'was hot and busy. We''ve been running +

                         at priority' *BCAT &PTY) /* Report +

                         returned current SBS to QSYSOPR */

             SNDMSG     MSG(&MSG) TOUSR(*SYSOPR)



                         RQSDTA('CALL PGM_B') /* Move to the next +

                         phase */


             GOTO       CMDLBL(LOOP)



The _LBCPYNV system built-in (the bound program access interface of MI instruction CPYNV) is used in this program to convert Packed(2, 0) variable &RUNPTY to Zoned(2, 0). Examples of using _LBCPYNV in other ILE HLLs, such as RPG and COBOL, are available here.





             DCL       VAR(&MSG) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(80)

             DCL       VAR(&SBS) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10)


             CALL       PGM(QMNSBS) PARM(&SBS '' '') /* Retrieve the +

                         current subsystem */

             CHGVAR     VAR(&MSG) VALUE(&SBS *BCAT 'is lovely here') +

                         /* Report returned current SBS to QSYSOPR */

             SNDMSG     MSG(&MSG) TOUSR(*SYSOPR)



                         RQSDTA('CALL PGM_C') /* Move to the next +

                         phase */






             DCL       VAR(&MSG) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(80)

             DCL       VAR(&SBS) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10)


             CALL       PGM(QMNSBS) PARM(&SBS '' '') /* Retrieve the +

                         current subsystem */

            CHGVAR       VAR(&MSG) VALUE('Teddy bear doesn''t +

                         hibernate in' *BCAT &SBS) /* Report +

                         returned current SBS to QSYSOPR */

             SNDMSG     MSG(&MSG) TOUSR(*SYSOPR)



                         PGM_A') /* Move to the next phase */




First, start all three subsystems and submit a job called A_YEAR to subsystem SUMMER via job queue SUMMER:







Enqueue a message to data queue SEASONS to initiate the work flow.



         PARM('SEASONS'   /* Data queue name           */

             '*LIBL'     /* Data queue library         */

             X'00010F'   /* Packed(5,0) message length */

             'Go')       /* Message text               */


After the three-phase work has been done, messages sent to the QSYSOPR message queue would look like the following:


From   . . . :   LJL           12/05/04   09:23:26

The whole SUMMER was hot and busy. We've been running at priority 10

From   . . . :   LJL           12/05/04   09:23:26

AUTUMN is lovely here

From   . . . :   LJL          12/05/04     09:23:26

Teddy bear doesn't hibernate in WINTER


Job A_YEAR is moved back again to subsystem SUMMER, waiting for further notifications. The output of WRKACTJOB would look like the following:



Opt   Subsystem/Job User       Type   CPU % Function       Status

__     AUTUMN         QSYS       SBS     .0                   DEQW

__       A_YEAR       LJL         BCH     .0   PGM-PGM_A       DEQW

__     SUMMER         QSYS       SBS     .0                   DEQW

__     WINTER         QSYS       SBS     .0                   DEQW


Now we've seen the QMNSBS API working as expected. You can send another message to data queue SEASONS to initiate a new test or tell the job to quit by sending a message called 'SEEYOU' to SEASONS.


Efficiency Tests


The QUSRJOBI API is able to return the current subsystem attribute with formats JOBI0200 or JOBI0600. However, it is designed to retrieve detailed job attributes from different aspects and therefore is too heavy for our goal of retrieving the current subsystem. The following table lists statistics about the QMNSBS API and the QUSRJOBI API collected at V5R4, from which you can find out the dramatic difference in complexity and performance between the two APIs.


Comparison Between QMNSBS and QUSRJOBI




Program size



Number of parameters



Static storage size



Automatic storage size



Number of MI instructions

Hex 51 (81)

More than hex 1212 (4626)

Number of RISC instructions



Execution time (ms) [1]




[1] Execution time in microseconds is gotten by calling QMNSBS and QUSRJOBI respectively for 100,000 times on a 520 machine. For convenience, the sources of the RPG programs to obtain the execution time of these two APIs are shown below.




     d n               s             10i 0

     d b               s               z

     d e               s               z


     c                   eval     b = %timestamp()

     c                   for       n = 1 to 100000

     c                   call    'QMNSBS'

     c                   parm                   sbs_name         10

     c                   parm                   ctlsbsd         10

     c                   parm                   ctlsbsdlib       10

     c                   endfor

     c                   eval     e = %timestamp()

     c                   eval     n = %diff(e:b:*ms)

     c     'ms'         dsply                   n

     c                   seton                                       lr



     d len             s             10i 0 inz(192)

     d jobi0200       ds           192   qualified

     d                               62a

     d sbs_name                   10a


     d n               s             10i 0

     d b               s               z

     d e               s               z


     c                   eval     b = %timestamp()

     c                   for       n = 1 to 100000

     c                   call     'QUSRJOBI'

     c                   parm                   jobi0200

     c                   parm                   len

     c                   parm     'JOBI0200'   fmt               8

     c                  parm     '*'           job_name         26

     c                   parm     *BLANKS       int_jid         16

     c                   endfor

     c                   eval     e = %timestamp()

     c                   eval     n = %diff(e:b:*ms)

    c     'ms'         dsply                   n

     c                   seton                                       lr


Biography of Simon Coulter

Simon was born in New Zealand in August 1962. After completing his primary and secondary education, he chose to go to work rather than study at university. He started working as a tire fitter, joined the sales cadet scheme, and quickly became a service manager and then store manager.


Wanting to see more of the world, Simon travelled to Australia in 1985. He had been interested in computers for some time and, while working two part-time jobs, completed a diploma of computer operations. Simon completed the course ahead of schedule and used the remaining time to complete an RPG II programming course. Graduating as Dux of the class, Simon had found his calling.


He started working as a computer operations supervisor, and after less than a year was promoted to operations manager, and less than a year after that (late 1988) was promoted to analyst/programmer. He was programming on UNIX-based computers and the IBM System/38. It was at this time that Simon's passion for IBM midrange systems began.


Hoping to further develop his skills, Simon applied to IBM Australia in August 1989 to become a software engineer. While waiting to complete the formalities of the application and find out whether or not he was successful, Simon took a short-term contract as the computer operator at a company that had just installed the (then new) IBM AS/400. He wanted to learn as much as he could about this new machine.


Simon commenced work for IBM Australia in October 1989. His first job was facilities management for the Australian Programming Centre's first AS/400. Simon went on to design and program system-level APIs and system programs, provide technical support for the development of a new AS/400 licensed program product, and provide AS/400 education for vendor personnel.


During his time with IBM and their subsidiary ISSC, Simon became proficient in PL/MI, the UIM tag language, C, and SQL, as well as CL and RPG. He was also familiar with COBOL, BASIC, Pascal, and Fortran.


Simon was also involved in programming in VisPro/REXX on OS/2, programming for the FlowMark application, and object-oriented design for the VisualBanker application in Smalltalk.


As IBM was no longer developing software for the midrange system in Australia, Simon left in March 1996 to work with a software development company on a new product for the AS/400. Unfortunately, the development team was retrenched by that company in February 1997.


From that time on, Simon worked for his own company (FlyByNight Software) as a software engineer and consultant. He developed his own AS/400 products and provided technical advice/support and analysis and programming services to a range of clients. He was also contracted by IBM to run midrange technical education training courses and spoke on technical topics at Common Conferences in Australia.


In October and November 1997, Simon participated in the "Building AS/400 Applications with Java" residency at IBM Rochester. The residency team created the Redbook on Java for the AS/400.


Simon continued to develop his skills in Java and RPG and learned about HTML, XML, TCP/IP, and a wide range of other technical subjects relevant to modern midrange computer software development


Simon believed programming to be an art as well as a science. He believed that code should be elegant, efficient, easily maintained, and well documented. He was naturally analytical, and logical, and strongly believed in writing code that could be re-used (one piece of code for one function).


Many will have seen Simon's "RTFM" responses to online forum questions. He could not tolerate lazy programmers or poor-quality code.


As a person Simon was, in many ways, quite introverted. He was very self-sufficient, loved words, had eclectic taste in books and music, and always wanted to learn new skills.


In 2007, Simon and his partner moved to a rural property. He continued to work on software development and technical courses for IBM, while taking on the challenges of rural living and managing apple and nashi orchards on the property. He learned about soil, weeds, and care of fruit trees. He joined the local Rural Fire Service and started developing practical skills that had been a background interest for many years.


Right up until he became ill suddenly in August 2010, Simon enjoyed sharing his knowledge and thoughts with the worldwide midrange community and very much enjoyed the humor, camaraderie, and friendship of that online community.


Simon passed away on October 12, 2010.


Junlei Li

Junlei Li is a programmer from Tianjin, China, with 10 years of experience in software design and programming. Junlei Li began programming under i5/OS (formerly known as AS/400, iSeries) in late 2005. He is familiar with most programming languages available on i5/OS—from special-purpose languages such as OPM/ILE RPG to CL to general-purpose languages such as C, C++, Java; from strong-typed languages to script languages such as QShell and REXX. One of his favorite programming languages on i5/OS is machine interface (MI) instructions, through which one can discover some of the internal behaviors of i5/OS and some of the highlights of i5/OS in terms of operating system design.


Junlei Li's Web site is, where his open-source project i5/OS Programmer's Toolkit ( is documented.



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    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


    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


    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 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).
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  • 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
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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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  • 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:
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    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
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    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:

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    - Browser interface to make notes
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    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:
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  • 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.