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When you add a field to a file, you do not have to recompile all programs that access the data.

By Sam Lennon

Traditionally, if you add a field to a physical file, you have to recompile all programs that use that physical file definition. Generally, you also need to recompile all programs that use logical files over the physical. But with some planning, you can avoid many of these recompiles, thereby shortening and simplifying the installation. And without level checks.

 

Perhaps you're in the position where you need to add a field to a heavily used file, one that has been around for years. You know many programs reference this file. You could create a new file with the same key to hold just the new data, but this is a high-activity file, and you know that, for performance, the right thing to do is to add the field to the existing file. So you bite the bullet, crank up your favorite cross-reference tool (if you have one), and are horrified to find that on top of the 13 programs you need to modify to use the new field, and the three you need to write, you are also going to have to recompile 317 programs and re-create 64 queries. There may even be some non-iSeries uses that you don't know about. (While these numbers are fictional, I have experienced such a project.)

 

Even if you have a smart change-management system that will automatically recompile the programs for you, the installation will take longer and have a higher level of risk. IT management, correctly, likes to minimize risk.

 

If you are in a situation like this, which may not be of your making, it is because the programs and queries are closely dependent on the physical data layout. To solve the problem, or to avoid it in new applications, the view of the data the program sees needs to be divorced from the physical file layout.

 

Logical files, used correctly, can add a layer of abstraction that helps minimize recompiles. Once in place, a logical file layer means that when you add a new field, the only existing programs or queries that need to be touched are those that will actually use the new field.

Why Are Recompiles Needed?

Everyone knows the answer: to avoid level checks.

 

Each record format in an externally defined file has a format level identifier. When an RPG or COBOL program uses a format, the compiler saves the current format level identifier in the program. When the program runs and the file is opened, the system checks the format level identifier of the file against the format level identifier the compiler saved at compile time and, if they are different, sends a CPF4131 escape message (the dreaded level check) to the program. Similar processing occurs with Query/400 query definitions. You can suppress runtime level checking and thus avoid level checks, but doing so is generally considered a bad practice, so the solution for a level check is to recompile the program or open and save the query definition.

The Crux of the Problem

The way we create logical files is the main reason we need to re-create programs and query definitions. When coding the DDS for a logical file, all the fields of the physical file are automatically included if you don't code any field names. This is the quickest and easiest way to define a logical file. So if your physical file is named ORDLINP and is coded like this...

 

A               R ORDLINF

A                 ORDNUM         7P 0

A                 ORDLIN         3P 0

A                 SKU           11P 0

A                 QTYORD         5P 0

A                 QTYRCV         5P 0

A                 LASTRCV         L

 

...then in most cases, the logical file, ORDLIN01, is coded like this:

 

A                                           UNIQUE

A               R ORDLINF                   PFILE(ORDLINP)

A               K ORDNUM

A               K ORDLIN

 

All the fields of ORDLINP are copied into ORDLIN01, and the two files are tightly coupled. If you add a field to ORDLINP, you have to re-create it, which you can do in one of two ways:

  • By deleting ORDLIN01, saving the ORDLINP data, recompiling ORDLINP, copying the data back, and finally re-creating ORDLIN01
  • By using CHGPF and specifying the new DDS

 

Either way, ORDLIN01 gets a new format level identifier, so you must re-create all programs or query definitions that reference ORDLIN01 as well as those that reference ORDLINP.

A Better Way

Minimizing recompiles and object re-creation depends on a few rules that require a small amount of up-front work and a significant commitment to follow the rules. Here they are, with the reasoning behind each rule.

 

Rule #1: When you code a logical file, always explicitly list the fields. This is the little bit of extra work that is needed up front and is the most tempting rule to ignore. ORDLIN01 would be correctly coded like this:

 

A                                           UNIQUE

A               R ORDLINF                   PFILE(ORDLINP)

A                 ORDNUM

A                 ORDLIN

A                 SKU

A                 QTYORD

A                 QTYRCV

A                 LASTRCV

A               K ORDNUM

A               K ORDLIN

 

 

Now if we add a field to the physical file, we have the option of not adding that field to existing logicals. Unchanged logicals will not get a new format level identifier and thus won't cause level checks.

 

Rule #2: Do not reference the physical file anywhere. Instead, always use a logical, including in applications that write new records to the file. This ensures that no application is dependent on the physical file definition. In fact, you can add a field to the physical without re-creating any objects.  (Kent Milligan of IBM says "The one case that is not recommended is on SQL statements since that will force the usage of CQE (Classic Query Engine) instead of SQE.  In that case, the SQL statement should reference the PF directly or they should consider creating an SQL view.")

 

Rule #3: When using embedded SQL, do not use the "SELECT * FROM ..." construct, where "*" means all fields. Instead, specify the fields you need explicitly, even if you are using all the fields. This will make the application not only independent of field additions to the physical file, but also independent of field additions to the logical file (unless, of course, the application needs the new field; in that case, you will have to re-create the application anyway). Selecting only the fields you need is also more efficient.

 

Rule #4: Do not code any keys on the physical file. This encourages enforcement of rule #2, since traditional IO nearly always uses a key. (Note that SQL will happily accept the physical file, keyed or not. This is not a problem, but it will likely generate "noise" in your research and your cross-reference tool.)

 

Rule #5: When you add a new field to the physical file, consider specifying a default value for new date, time, and timestamp fields. Remember: all existing programs that add data records will be doing so through a logical (rule #2) and will not reference your new field, so the default value will be used. Unless coded otherwise in the DDS, these field values default to the current date and time, which is likely to cause confusion. Ideally, you would specify DFT(*NULL), but this might not play well with older code, so something like DFT('0001-01-01') for date fields, DFT('00.00.00') for time fields, or DFT('0001-01-01-00.00.00.000000) for timestamp fields may be more suitable.

Example: Logical File Layer Exists

Let's see how it works. Suppose the ORDLINP file (DDS above) exists and was created about 15 years ago. A user department manager has asked that, when an order is delayed, we keep a status of the reason it was delayed and the date the delay occurred. The delay status is to be a single-character field, where a blank means no delay has occurred and anything else is a delay reason code. The support manager signs off on the change request since it looks easy. (Bear in mind this is a contrived file that would have many more fields in real life.)

 

You are assigned to make the change, and you find there are 330 programs and 64 query definitions that reference the file. Re-creating nearly 400 objects could make for a long and risky install. There are 23 logicals over ORDLINP, but fortunately, the logical file layer is in place and no objects directly reference the physical file.

 

The new ORDLINP will look like this, with fields DELAYSTS and DELAYDATE added at the end:

 

A               R ORDLINF

A                 ORDNUM         7P 0

A                 ORDLIN         3P 0

A                 SKU           11P 0

A                 QTYORD         5P 0

A                 QTYRCV         5P 0

A                 LASTRCV         L

A                 DELAYSTS       1

A                 DELAYDTE        L         DFT('0001-01-01')

 

 

After your analysis, you know you need to write two new programs to maintain the two new delay fields. Both will access the data using SKU and LASTRCV as the key. There are two existing logicals with these fields as the key. You also need to change three existing programs, all of which access the file by ORDNUM and ORDLIN, and there are several logicals with this key.

 

This means that just two logical files will need to contain the new fields. The trick is making the decision: do you want to change an existing logical or add another logical?

 

Consider the two new programs first. Suppose ORDLIN01 has the correct key (SKU and LASTRCV) for the new programs, and 17 programs and 5 queries already use it. ORDLIN05 also has the right key plus a couple of additional non-key fields, and 45 programs and 8 queries use it. You have several choices:

  • Add the new fields to ORDLIN01 and re-create the 17 programs and 3 queries that use it. This seems reasonable, if ORDLIN01 has all the fields that will be required for the logic of the two maintenance programs explicitly coded in the DDS. You will also need to make sure there are no collisions between the new field names and existing variable names in the 17 programs you will have to recompile,
  • It is likely that ORDLIN05 may be newer and will have more fields explicitly coded, so it might be a better choice to change, but the downside is the re-creation of the 45 programs and 8 queries.
  • Create another logical, ORDLIN24, with the needed fields and keyed by SKU and LASTRCV. The downside is there will be another object on the system, but there should be no space or runtime overhead for this new logical because it will share the access path of either ORDLIN01 or ORDLIN05. The upside is that you won't have to change an existing logical and re-create its dependent objects.

 

The third choice is the quickest install with the least risk.

 

You will need to go through a similar exercise for the three existing programs that need to be changed. Find which logicals they use, see how many other programs and queries use those logicals, and weigh the cost, risk, and effort of recompiling those programs against creating another logical.

 

Whichever choice you make, it will be a quicker and safer installation than having to re-create almost 400 objects.

Example: No Logical File Layer Exists

What do you do if no logical file layer exists and you have to make the same change as the previous example, but you want a shorter, less-risky install than one that involves 400+ objects?  The good news is that you can do it incrementally and have a logical file layer in place when you're finished. I am a fan of incremental installs, where possible.

 

The first step is to get rid of all references to the physical file. Create a logical that explicitly defines all the fields in the physical, with the same keys if the physical is keyed. Then change all the references to the physical to use the new logical. You can do this one object at a time or in  groups sized to your comfort level.

 

Next, one at a time, change each logical to explicitly define all fields. This coding is simple, largely cut and paste. The file format level should not change, and you can easily check this using the DSPFD command. Existing programs and queries should not notice that the file has changed, but run a simple regression test if you're nervous.

 

Alternatively, you can make the change to each logical even more granular. One logical at a time, create a new logical with explicitly defined fields and the same keys. The new logical should share the access path of the original, so there should be no system overhead. Then, one by one, change dependent programs and queries to use the new logical. After some time in production, the old logical should show no use and can be deleted. Be aware that when you do the delete, an index build will probably be triggered on the new logical, which up to that point had been sharing the access path of the old logical.

 

Now you have a logical file layer in place and can proceed accordingly.

Conclusion

By making all references to your data through logical files, you can add fields to your physical database without having to re-create programs or queries. This makes for a shorter install that is less risky. Remember, management likes to minimize risk.

Notes

PF-38 or LF-38 Files: Be cautious if you have PF-38 or LF-38 files that were created a long time ago. There was a period when the logic to create the format level identifier on System/38 files was incorrect. Simply re-creating such a file with the same DDS today generates a new, correct format level identifier value. A colleague and I identified this issue with IBM several years ago, but there is no fix, and there probably can't be, since the old IBM code had a bug. We had no choice but to re-create the programs that used the file.

 

If you have any doubts, use DSPFD to check the file format identifier in the old and new versions of the file. You are looking for a column something like this bolded text:

 

Record Format List                         

                       Record  Format Level

 Format       Fields   Length  Identifier  

 ORDLINF           6       28  2B1E6E5BB3280

 

Alternatively, you can run DSPFD to an outfile, like this:

 

DSPFD FILE(yourfile) TYPE(*RCDFMT) OUTPUT(*OUTFILE) OUTFILE(QTEMP/somefile)

 

You will find the format level identifier in field RFID.

 

Shared Access Paths: When talking about an additional logical file sharing an access path with an existing logical, I have used the word "should." There are occasional situations where logical file sharing may not take place. Run a DSPFD on the new logical; if it is shared, you should see output like this:

 

Implicit access path sharing  . . . . . :            Yes             

  Access path journaled . . . . . . . . :            No              

Number of unique partial key values . . :                            

  Key field 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . :                          2 

  Key fields 1 - 2  . . . . . . . . . . :                          7 

File owning access path . . . . . . . . :            LENNONS1/ORDLINL

 

If it isn't shared, consult the IBM documentation on "Using existing access paths." You can find the V5R3 Info Center documentation at this link.

 

 

Sam Lennon

Sam Lennon is an analyst, developer, consultant and IBM i geek. He started his programming career in 360 assembly language on IBM mainframes, but moved to the AS400 platform in 1991 and has been an AS400/iSeries/i5/IBM i advocate ever since.

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    • The state of IBM i modernization in today's businesses and their goals for the future
    • The effect legacy applications have on the businesses' internal and external processes
    • The #1 concern upper managers have with the IBM i, and how to combat it

    ...and much much more!
    Download your copy of The 2017 State of IBM i Modernization today.

     

     

  • $100 MC Press Bookstore Gift Card Giveaway

    SB MC Press Bookstore giftcardWe're even giving one lucky person the opportunity to choose their own prize in our "All About Choice" contest for a $100 MC Press Bookstore gift card.

    Visit the MC Webcast, MC White Paper, and MC Software Centers today and select as many of the FREE offerings you would like to receive.

    While there, enter the contest and you may just win a $100 MC Press Bookstore gift card! Next Drawing: February 28, 2018.

    Winner:
    January '18 - Steve Goldman

    February '18 - Kris Short

  • A Successful Approach to Automated Monitoring in a Complex World

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

  • Achieving Business Value Through VIOS

    SB Halcyon WC Generic

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

  • ​Multi-Platform Application Monitoring

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    Make Application Monitoring Easy Across the IBM i, Windows, AIX, and Linux Platforms in Your Environment
    IT departments are constantly bombarded by information from a wide variety of operating systems, business applications, and critical processes. At the same time, the department must support a complex array of servers and devices running across their entire network.
    With limited resources and the need to keep costs in check, more and more is expected of operational staff to handle this information efficiently.
    In this 45-minute recorded webinar, we’ll dissect complex systems monitoring by introducing best practices and smart techniques that will help you:
    - Ensure vital business applications run smoothly and without disruption
    - Respond swiftly and with appropriate actions
    - Confirm that essential data is received at the right time
    - Prove service levels are maintained
    - Keep contingency and high availability strategies fully operational

  • ​IBM i War Stories from the Front Line

    SB Halcyon WC Generic

    IBM i is great at managing varied workloads—the OS offers many built-in work management and system utilities to aid administration.
    But greater customization is sometimes necessary in the line of duty.
    Halcyon has built upon these utilities to deliver a number of advanced functions designed for you to take control of all of your day-to-day IBM i activities.
    During this on-demand webinar, our experts will demonstrate some of Halcyon’s capabilities and describe real-life scenarios that highlight how you can:

    - Reduce your alerting footprint by implementing leading-edge monitoring techniques 
    - Identify both organic growth and spikes in disk space utilization
    - Automate time-consuming housekeeping tasks
    - Take advantage of the powerful IBM i Services
    - Automate literally anything

    Set your sights on having the right monitoring solution, no matter what comes your way. Watch the recording today!

  • How to Upgrade to IBM i 7.2

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    When doing an upgrade to IBM i, it’s more work to plan the upgrade than to make the upgrade itself. Once you have a plan, the actual upgrade is simple. Do you know what you need to upgrade to IBM i 7.2?
    Pete Massiello has helped many IBM i users make the move. He joins Tom Huntington to share 50 years of combined experience with IBM i. They’ll get you on the right path to an upgrade by helping you answer key questions like these:
    - What is the right size for the load source?
    - How do I increase the licensed internal code?
    - Which version of Java is compatible with the new release?
    - Which console options are no longer available with 7.2?
    - Do I have the correct set of disks for the upgrade?
    - What do I need to do differently when upgrading from 5.4, 6.1, or 7.1?
    This one-hour recorded webinar covers planning tips, hardware and software prerequisites, and post-installation requirements.

  • POWER8 Power Hour with Mark Olson

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    Compared to alternative products like Intel or Oracle, what makes POWER8 so great?
    In this one-hour recorded webinar, IBM’s Power Systems Product Manager Mark Olson joins Tom Huntington to discuss the advantages of Power technology. You’ll get great information about:

    - Product specs for the S814, S824, E870, and E880 servers
    - What’s new and unique in these servers to the industry
    - Why IBM i users on POWER5, POWER6, or POWER7 should move to POWER8
    - What to expect next, including storage area network (SAN) and direct access storage (DAS)
    Developers, system administrators, and infrastructure teams using Power Systems running IBM i exclusively or alongside AIX and/or Windows should be sure to tune in!

  • 7 Misconceptions About Automation

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    Worried that you might automate yourself out of a job if you help your business implement a workload automation and scheduling system? No way, Jose! This is one of the most common misconceptions about automation. Watch this on-demand webinar and see why automation tools really are a lifesaver.

  • IBM i Marketplace Revealed

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    Now in its second year, HelpSystems, in conjunction with industry publishers, surveyed over 800 IBM i users from around the world to produce the IBM i Marketplace Survey Results. The expanded 2016 survey builds on last year’s results to provide even greater insight into the IBM i marketplace.

  • IBM i Hosting i

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    In this 1-hour on-demand webinar, IBM i expert Pete Massiello gives you a step-by-step guide to creating virtual i partitions hosted on IBM i.

  • The Cost of Managing IBM i Without Automation

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    Take a fresh look your IBM i investment to identify the areas where automation provides you opportunities for cost control while improving scalability and resource utilization and boosting employee morale.

  • What’s New with Robot?

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    If you own or administrate any of the Robot products, you won’t want to miss this one. This recorded webinar offers an overview of the Robot product suite, a live demo of recent updates, and a preview of what’s on the horizon for the Robot system management solution.

  • Work Smarter: Integrate IBM i and Desktop Applications

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    My desktop application users spend a lot of time manually generating and printing letters using IBM i data.
    Our team copies and pastes information between IBM i applications all the time. Launching a PC application from my IBM i screens is impossible today.
    Sound familiar?
    Too many businesses go through manual efforts to transfer documents and data across IBM i and desktop applications—especially ERPs. Whether you use JDE World, JDE EnterpriseOne, Infor, Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics, or any other ERP, chances are your employees are stuck transferring information manually. And all of that manual effort leads to hours upon hours of wasted time.
    But it doesn’t need to anymore.

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  • IBM i Resources Retiring?

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    Let’s face it: IBM i experts and RPG programmers are retiring from the workforce. These folks have been managing all areas of your business—often manually and behind the scenes—for decades, everything from IT operations to data and documents to cybersecurity.
    Are you prepared to handle their departure?
    During this 30-minute recorded webinar, our panel of IBM i experts—Chuck Losinski, Robin Tatam, Richard Schoen, and Tom Huntington—will outline strategies that allow your company to cope with IBM i skills depletion by adopting these strategies that allow you to get the job done without deep expertise on the OS:
    - Automate IBM i processes
    - Use managed services to help fill the gaps
    - Secure the system against data loss and viruses
    IBM i skills depletion is a top concern for IBM i shops around the world. The strategies you discover in this webinar will help you ensure that your system of record—your IBM i—continues to deliver a powerful business advantage, even as staff retires.

    Watch this webcast now

  • IFS Security – Don’t Leave Your Server Vulnerable

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    Experts agree that one of the most overlooked areas of IBM i security is the Integrated File System. Available since V3R1, the IFS provides access for users carrying nothing more than a user profile and password, so it better be secure! If you believe nothing important is stored on your server's IFS, think again, because it's a conduit to many things, including the Operating System and all of your application libraries and files.
    Watch this important session to learn about securing the IFS, including:
    Why do we care about the IFS?
    Permissions versus Authority
    Root folder access
    Auditing IFS activities
    Read/Write versus *ALLOBJ
    Anti-Virus Considerations

  • Who’s Afraid of Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS? Not i.

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    This 30-minute recording demystifies Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS and teaches best practice techniques for maintaining and controlling critical processes and applications running on your Linux, AIX, and VIOS environments.

  • How to Get Started Replacing AFP Forms

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericIBM is discontinuing support for AFP utilities, starting with IBM i 7.3.
    What does this mean? You probably need to find a replacement. AFP utilities have long been used to create electronic forms on IBM i. However, creating a form involves too many manual steps and takes up far too much of your time. So now is the time to find a more efficient electronic forms solution.
    How do you do it? Start here. Watch this on-demand webinar to learn:

    • Which features of AFP utilities you need to replace
    • What to look for in an electronic forms solution
    • When you need to have your replacement
    • How to implement new forms incrementally

    Plus, you'll see a demonstration of how an electronic forms solution from HelpSystems can fully replace AFP and make your organization more efficient.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Why You Need Document Management in 2017

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericWhy is 2017 the year you need document management? Because not having document management costs too much. Your business grows—and outgrows the filing cabinets. Documents fall into disarray. Employees spend too much time manually managing them. And the biggest cost of all: you can’t provide the fast, helpful service that your customers and vendors need.
    Watch this webinar to learn how to improve service with document management. In just 30 minutes, we’ll cover:

    • Why you need document management
    • How document management improves service to customers and vendors
    • What you’ll gain in productivity
    • Plus, you’ll see a demonstration of HelpSystems document management software in action.

    Watch the webinar today!

  • Business Intelligence for the SMB's Budget

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericThink only large organizations can afford and implement business intelligence (BI)? Think again.

    Today, BI isn’t just for the big guys. Small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) can (and, indeed, do) deploy BI tools—and it doesn’t cost them a fortune. Here’s why: they choose a BI tool that’s the right size for their business. They gain the clear, actionable information they need to make sound business decisions. And, since the BI tool is scaled—in size and cost—to their needs, they achieve fast ROI.
    Need help finding the right BI for your SMB? Start here.
    You'll learn the must-haves for BI on IBM i at SMBs:

    • Get BI without missing a beat by importing existing queries
    • Give your SMB the ability to make better decisions
    • Increase productivity with real-time data access
    • Achieve fast ROI

    Plus, you’ll see a demonstration of how Sequel Data Access makes BI for SMBs easy. Quick installation, simple setup, and easy data access mean you can start pulling reports from your IBM i within an hour.
    Ready to help your SMB move faster and get more done? Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Encrypting PHI for HIPAA Compliance on IBM i

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericNearly 90 percent of healthcare organizations have experienced data breaches.

    Protected Health Information (PHI) is extremely valuable on the black market, which means cybercriminals are motivated to gain access to data stored by healthcare providers, insurance companies, and their business associates.
    To combat this threat, HIPAA enforcement is ramping up with more audits and more fines. Getting HIPAA compliant is more important than ever for organizations in the healthcare industry, but one critical security measure has been overlooked by many: encryption is your last line of defense.
    In this on-demand webinar, Bob Luebbe, Chief Architect for Linoma Software, will show you how encryption:


    - Protects sensitive data at rest and in motion
    - Limits the exposure caused by a cyberattack
    - Makes HIPAA compliance simpler
    - Can be surprisingly easy to implement

    Bob will also demonstrate Crypto Complete, an innovative encryption and key management solution for IBM i.

    Watch the webinar today!

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

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

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

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    In this presentation, Alex Roytman (CEO, Profound Logic) and Liam Allan (2016 COMMON Student Innovation Award winner) will unveil a completely new and unique way to modernize your legacy applications.
    Learn how Agile Modernization:


    - Uses the power of Node.js in place of costly system re-writes and migrations
    - Enables you to modernize legacy systems in an iterative, low-risk manner
    - Makes it easier to hire developers for your modernization efforts
    - Integrates with Profound UI (GUI modernization) for a seamless, end-to-end legacy modernization solution

    Watch this Webcast NOW!

  • The Truth About Viruses on IBM i

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    Protecting your data from viruses or malicious code is not an unfamiliar concept, but understanding how these threats can affect your Power Systems server may not be as easy to grasp.
    There are many myths about viruses and IBM i—including the belief that the system is immune. Many Power Systems managers still don’t see viruses as a risk because they see them as a Windows threat. While this was once true, today’s connected environments operate under different rules.
    It’s time to take action and protect IBM i and the network that connects to it. This on-demand webinar will help you gain an understanding of the relationships between:

    - Viruses and the integrated file system (IFS)
    - Power Systems and Windows viruses
    - PC-based anti-virus scanning vs native IBM i scanning
    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. Learn the facts to ensure you're fully-protected.

  • Revealing the New State of IBM i Security

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    Get the results of the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study in this on-demand webinar!


    PowerTech has audited thousands of IBM i servers over the past 13 years, gaining extensive, real-world insight into the deployment state of IBM i security controls.
    The results of this wildly popular study, the State of IBM i Security, have revealed vulnerabilities that even auditors miss—providing invaluable insight in seven configuration categories:

    - Network-initiated commands & data accessServer-level security controls
    - Profile and password settings
    - Administrative capabilities
    - Public accessibility to corporate data
    - System event auditing
    - Anti-virus protection

    See More

  • Business Process Automation with Robot

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    Automate Process Flow Through the Data Center
    Typical “computerized” business processes are a combination of multiple schedulers, operational scripts, CL programs, and manual file checking, all backed up with the trusty runbook.
    Is there a better way to manage business processes?
    It is a common misconception that a business process cannot be automated if it’s too complicated or requires that someone verify each step. We’re here to tell you there is a better way to manage your business—process automation is possible!
    Take 30 minutes to learn the options for automating your business process flow and how they fit into your data center processing, including cases of:
    - Complex or iterative schedules
    - Event-driven dependencies
    - Multi-platform dependencies
    - Dynamically calculated parameters
    - Exception notification
    - SAP and Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne integration
    How do I know business process automation is effective?
    If you have any doubts that automating complex business processes will improve your level of service, you’ll also hear a success story from the senior systems administrator at Trident Seafoods who embraced automation using the Robot solution and is reeling in the benefits!

  • Take Your Query Tool to the Next Level

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    There’s a better way to run your queries. With an advanced query tool like Sequel, you can deliver IBM i data you need quickly and efficiently—without the hang-ups of a basic query tool.
    In this session, we address common frustrations with the IBM i basic query tool, discuss major data access and distribution trends, and help you understand what to look for in a more advanced query tool.

    Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel helps you:

    - Get up and running queries quickly
    - \Make decisions with real-time data
    - Boost productivity with runtime prompts
    - Increase flexibility for users to access data
    Watch the on-demand webinar now and learn why it’s time to take your queries up a notch.

  • Pick Your Path to Better Document Management

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    Is babysitting documents through workflows driving you crazy? Are you tired of manually re-keying data day after day? Or are you simply losing your mind in an endless sea of paper documents?
    Don’t let your document management problem send your head spinning any longer. Watch the webinar to pick your path to better document management.
    You’ll learn how to solve your:

    - Workflow problem
    - Data entry problem
    - Paper problem
    Plus, we’ll demonstrate how HelpSystems Document Management (RJS) products will help you along the way.

  • Find Out Why You Should Keep Data on IBM i

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    It’s simple. IBM i is the most reliable, securable, and powerful platform to house your critical business data.
    IBM i was built for business and has added features and functionality over the years to keep up with modern business needs. You can trust it to run your business, access your data in real-time, and keep your data secure. Plus, IBM i can scale to your business and handle all of your critical data.
    Can your other platforms do that?
    We didn’t think so.
    Watch this 30-minute webinar to learn why you should keep your data on IBM i, including:
    - IBM i is reliable
    - IBM i offers fast and secure real-time data access
    - IBM i helps your business prepare for tomorrow
    Plus, we demonstrate how Sequel Data Access helps you modernize IBM i data access and meet your business needs.

  • Mobile Apps for IBM i Monitoring

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    Overnight and weekend support can be a minefield for operations teams tasked with attempting to maintain system availability, especially when they must rely on laptop-based VPN access—where a delayed response can prove costly.
    With over 2 billion smartphone users worldwide, it’s perfectly reasonable for you to use the BYOD movement to your advantage and start managing your IT infrastructure from the palm of your hand. Watch this on-demand webinar to learn how Halcyon has modernized this crucial layer of support by introducing mobile applications for IBM i monitoring.
    You’ll hear how one company has used the Enterprise Console mobile app to provide a valuable audit trail and speed up response time. You’ll also learn:
    - The benefits of mobile apps
    - How to respond to critical messages within seconds
    - How to get notifications your way on your device
    - How to set up escalation, ensuring alerts are always handled in a timely fashion
    If your team is responsible for managing IBM i applications and services after regular business hours, you won’t want to miss this one!

     

  • Stop Just Writing SQL Queries and Do More with Your Data

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    If your programmers know SQL, they’re skilled in using SQL/400 to get your organization’s data. But that’s all your programmers can do with SQL/400. They can’t dive deeper into the data, and they can’t deliver data in the format business users require.
    It’s time to do more than just get the data for your organization. Join us to learn how you can utilize your existing SQL skills with Sequel to access, analyze, and deliver useful data to your business users. With Sequel, it’s easy to run SQL-based queries in whatever interface you prefer—without writing the queries yourself. You can dive deeper into the data with reports and graphical dashboards. And, you can deliver data securely the way users want it.
    In just 30 minutes, you’ll learn how to:
    - Build SQL queries—without writing the code
    - Deliver useful data to users—with run-time prompts, reports, and dashboards
    - Keep your data secure—no matter where your users access it
    Ready to transform the way your organization accesses, analyzes, and delivers data? Watch the webinar now!

  • Speed Up Your Manufacturing and Distribution with Paperless Processes

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    Your ERP system —whether it’s JDE World, Enterprise One, Infor, Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics, VAI, or anything else—is essential to maintaining your company’s key business information and processes. But you’re constantly generating and receiving paper and electronic documents, too, and it’s hard to keep everything straight. So, you wind up chasing documents and data around—and keeping your customers and vendors waiting.
    It’s time to make life easier and make your customers happier. With an electronic document management system, you can integrate with your ERP to keep all of your key documents and data in one spot.
    And when all of your documents are stored digitally, you can speed up your processes and get key documents (like purchase orders and invoices) approved faster.
    Watch the webinar and learn how to:
    - Integrate a document management system with your ERP
    - Capture all of your key shop floor, order, and shipment documents in one central repository
    - Improve customer, vendor, and employee response times
    - Accomplish more work without adding additional staff
    It’s time to deliver your shipments faster and keep your customers happy by streamlining your paperwork processes.

  • Dock Door Signing Made Easy

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    How long does dock door signing take your organization? Too long if you’re still using manual processes and paper.
    From generating to collating to printing to routing to signing, manual processes and paper slow down your organization—and your delivery times. Electronic documents and digital signature capture can change all of that. And your organization will be able to create, route, approve (with digital signatures), and retrieve documents faster.
    Learn how digital signature capture helps you:
    - Eliminate steps in your approval processes
    - Improve auditability
    - Reduce customer service time to resolve questions
    Plus, we’ll demonstrate how digitizing signatures and documents will reduce your organization’s costs over the long haul.

  • Operations on IBM i: Where Do I Start?

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    Calling all programmers, system admins, operators, and data center managers! If your boss or your business just tossed you into the IBM i environment, you may find yourself up the operations creek without a paddle.
    Let the IBM i experts at HelpSystems be your guide. Both first-timers and old hands will benefit from a few new tricks on where to get started with these essential IBM i areas:

    - Job management and subsystems
    - Memory management and allocation
    - Report management
    - System message handling
    - User profile creation and control
    - Commands and menus
    Watch this one-hour recorded webinar to see how easy it can be to excel at IBM i systems management.

  • IT Compliance and Forensics the Robot Way

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    Robot automation and monitoring software provides features to simplify the task of managing your IBM i and cross-platform processes. It provides automated reporting and collects audit data for:
    - Job tracking for Robot and user submitted jobs
    - Audit trail of changes made to jobs
    - Administrator fields for documenting changes
    - Event logs reporting file arrival
    - Message history identifying the who, what, and why of a message
    - System storage and performance threshold events

    If you own or administrate any of the Robot products, you won’t want to miss this one. This recorded webinar will show how to access the Robot audit data through the graphical and 5250 interface and generate reports automatically for distribution.

  • An Automated Recovery Plan Auditors Will Love

    SB HelpSystems WC Generic

    Robot SAVE can make your life easier when it comes to recovering your IBM i data. Watch this 30-minute webinar and discover the features that you and your auditors will love, including:
    - Automatically generated system recovery procedures
    - Audit reports listing what was or was not saved
    - Tape integrity for all IBM i systems in the data center
    - Finding and restoring a single object, directory, or library
    - Technical support dedicated to ensuring the accuracy of your configuration

  • 5 Reasons Developers Love Robot Schedule

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    Why AppDev Should Embrace Automation
    Your application development team is an expensive resource that works hard to improve business processes, yet more and more IBM i shops are putting AppDev in charge of managing day-to-day system operations.
    Instead of taking their attention away from the website, business analytics, mobile, security, SQL data access, and more, streamline operations with automation and build in notifications so your teams have visibility into processing when they need it, and can manage the rest by exception.
    In just 30 minutes, our experts will show how AppDev teams can take advantage of Robot automated operations on IBM i and beyond so they can:
    - Stop programming for multi-platform job and file event dependencies
    - Stop struggling with incorrect parameter values
    - Stop wondering where to fit a process into daily, weekly, or monthly cycles
    - Stop the on-call headaches, the firefighting, and the lack of progress cycle
    - Go ahead, give your AppDev team a productivity boost!

  • Affordable Query Tool for Software Developers

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    NGS’ Software Developer Kit (SDK) gives IBM i developers comprehensive query, dynamic mobile reporting, analytics and Web report design features at an affordable cost. Install and create meaningful outputs for managers in one day! Web page and portal integration, email, FTP are included.
    The $895* SDK includes a one user license, online training, user manuals, one year of software maintenance; toll-free support and online incident reporting.
    - Want to modernize beyond Query/400 and PC files transfers?
    - Need a Web reporting solution without the learning curve and overhead of DB2 Web Query?
    - Have many reporting needs, but a tight budget and small staff?
    View the demo and request a FREE TRIAL of the SDK.
    * Limited time offer.

  • Security Considerations When Implementing and Using Access Client Solutions (ACS)

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    Because IBM i Access is not supported on Windows 10 clients, now is the time to migrate to Access Client Solutions (ACS), the strategic client solution provided by IBM.
    In this recorded webinar, IBM i security expert Carol Woodbury and her guest, Tim Rowe of IBM, discuss ACS and related security considerations. You'll find out what ACS is and what security considerations you should be aware of during the initial deployment and configuration of ACS.
    Carol and Tim also discuss:

    - Benefits to the security administrator of using ACS (over IBM i Access)
    - Other security considerations when using ACS
    - Recent enhancements to ACS unrelated to security

  • Your introduction to RCAC and Authority Collection

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    IBM has provided us with two powerful and very exciting security enhancements in the last two versions of IBM i.

    Scott Forstie of IBM joins Carol Woodbury to demonstrate and describe the V7R2 feature called Row and Column Access Control (RCAC), which extends how you define which users have access to specific rows in a database file. RCAC also provides a way to mask data for all or selected users.

    The recently released V7R3 adds Authority Collection. Authority Collection provides organizations and vendors with the ability to know exactly what authority is required to perform a task, eliminating the guesswork. Gone is the need to set *PUBLIC authority on database files to *ALL or to automatically grant service accounts *ALLOBJ special authority just because you’re unsure of what authority is required.

    Watch Scott and Carol as they discuss these and other new security features delivered in V7R2 and V7R3.

  • ​Getting Started with IBM i Security: Event Auditing

    SB PowerTech WC Generic

    Learn why event auditing is necessary and how to configure it
    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This second session of the series introduces event auditing, with Robin Tatam covering the basics and more:
    - Why auditing is necessary
    - Determine if IBM i auditing is currently active
    - How to configure auditing with one simple command
    - What audit events are recorded (and which are missed!)
    - How high availability (HA) applications often make critical events disappear
    - Event reporting and real-time alerting

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Securing PC Access

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    Protect your system from unauthorized network access through readily available PC tools

    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.

    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.

    This on-demand webinar will show you how well-known services like FTP and ODBC enable users to access sensitive data without oversight or restrictions. Robin Tatam will also explain what exit programs are and how you can use them to protect your organization.

  • No Time for IBM I Security? No Problem

    SB PowerTech WC Generic

    “Security” is definitely on your IT staff’s to-do list, but how often does this item get checked off?

    IT doesn’t have enough time for security—the 2016 IBM i Security Study proves it. The trouble is that data security isn’t a set-and-forget project. Data security on your IBM i requires on-going attention and expertise.

    In this on-demand webinar, you’ll learn how to save time and work more effectively. We’re cutting to the core of IBM i security by outlining the simple strategy developed by our experts.

    You’ll see a straightforward approach to understanding and addressing risk to your IBM i data. We’ll also show you how our world-class security services help people protect business-critical data when they don’t have the time, resources, or knowledge to tackle IBM i security on their own.

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: System Values

    SB PowerTech WC Generic

    Set the tone for data protection with security-relevant system values

    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.

    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.

    The series opens with an introduction to security-relevant system values.

    System values are one of the fundamental elements of IBM i security. The security system values enable you to “set the tone” of security on your IBM i, enforce password composition rules, and enable auditing. Watch this on-demand webinar to see Carol Woodbury describe these system values and provide guidance on their best practice settings.

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB PowerTech WC Generic

    The IFS is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of IBM i security
    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This recorded session has Robin Tatam introducing IFS security:
    - Defining IFS
    - How the IFS is configured
    - Common IFS security mistakes
    - What a virus can do to IBM i through the IFS
    - Tracking user activity

  • ​7 Habits of Highly Secure Organizations

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    Everyone knows that cyber security is important, but getting started on the road to data protection and compliance can be confusing and intimidating. Understanding common vulnerabilities helps you focus your attention and resources on the areas that need the most help.
    We all want “best-practice” security, but what are top organizations doing to achieve and maintain it?
    Watch this webinar to learn the details about how to develop the seven habits that are part of daily life for secure organizations. You’ll learn how to:
    - Break the Ostrich Syndrome
    - Develop a Security Policy
    - Assess Current Standing
    - Perform Security Event Logging and Review
    - Use “Best of Breed” Technologies
    - Monitor for Ongoing Compliance
    - Plan for the Future
    This on-demand webinar examines what each of these habits means to IBM i, and helps you make sure that you don’t become the next security statistic.

  • An Introduction to PCI Compliance on IBM Power Systems

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    "From the world's largest corporations to small Internet stores, compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is vital for all merchants who accept credit cards, online or offline, because nothing is more important than keeping your customer’s payment card data secure.” — PCI Security Standards Council
    Complying with the PCI standard is a normal part of doing business in today’s credit-centric world. But, PCI applies to multiple platforms.
    The challenge becomes how to map the general PCI requirements to a specific platform, such as IBM i. And, more importantly, how can you maintain—and prove—compliance?
    Watch this webinar to understand:
    - How PCI requirements relate to IBM i systems
    - IBM i-specific barriers to compliance
    - How PowerTech security solutions help you fulfill PCI requirements, meet compliance guidelines, and satisfy auditors
    You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence you need to evaluate PCI compliance requirements and prepare your IBM i system for today’s regulatory challenges.

  • Implementing Multiple Layers of Defense

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    Your IBM i holds a massive amount of data. In most organizations, that data constitutes a mission-critical and high-value asset.

    How do you adequately protect the data residing on your IBM i, given its value to your organization? IBM has provided us with many options for protecting our data, but it’s now always clear how to select and implement the best options for your circumstances.

    This recorded webinar describes IBM i’s different data security options, along with implementation recommendations and tips for getting started. Carol Woodbury, one of the world’s top IBM i security experts, also provides considerations to help you determine how many layers of security are right for your organization.

  • 5 Things Your Administrator Should Tell You

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    The IBM i operating system is lauded as one of the most secure available. Unfortunately, the truth is that many configurations result in shocking server vulnerabilities.

    If you have an interest in security or regulatory compliance, watch this webinar to learn about 5 important “secrets” that your administrator needs to be sharing with you. Remember, you can’t fix what you don’t know about!

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

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

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

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

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

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    Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.
    We will demonstrate how Profound UI:
    - Goes beyond simple screen-scraping to truly modernize your RPG applications
    - Uses RPG Open Access and your own RPG code and development talent to modernize
    - Supports rapid development with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Designer
    - Integrates with our on-the-fly modernization, mobile development, and Enterprise Modernization solutions

  • The Quirks of IBM i Security Revealed

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    Security expert Carol Woodbury gets asked to explain many different aspects of IBM i security. Some are questions about straightforward concepts, but other questions reach the more obscure features and functions of IBM i security.
    In this recorded webinar, Carol has gathered these questions and will provide examples and explanations for the more quirky and confusing aspects of IBM i security, including:

    - What are the *ADOPT and *GROUP values you occasionally see when running the DisplayObject Authority command?
    - What is primary group authority?
    - Watch this webinar on demand to get answers to these and other security questions. There will be something of interest to everyone!

  • 5 Steps for Implementing Role-based Access on the IBM i. Presented by Carol Woodbury

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    One of the ways to simplify the administration and management of users’ capabilities and access rights is to implement role-based access (RBAC). This technique is often preferred by auditors because it provides a more simple way to review users’ configuration and access. In this session, security expert Carol Woodbury will explain RBAC, the 5 steps you can take to achieve RBAC, as well as how to use SkyView’s Policy Minder product to simplify the setup and daily management of RBAC configuration and policies.

  • The 12 Sections of PCI DSS and How Each Relates to the IBM i Community by Carol Woodbury

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    In this Coffee with Carol session, Carol Woodbury draws on her experience consulting with SkyView Partners’ clients and helping them with their PCI DSS implementation and compliance requirements. Carol explains each of the 12 sections of the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and describes specifically how each relates to the IBM i community.

  • Top Ten Security Vulnerabilities of IBM i Security Configuration

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    SkyView Partners has been performing security assessments for the IBM i community for over 12 years. Based on the findings of these assessments, Carol Woodbury will present the Top 10 vulnerabilities found in IBM i security configurations. She will talk about each issue, making sure to describe how the vulnerability poses risk to your data. In addition, her discussion will include the prevalence of these issues, how to assess the risk of these issues as they pertain to your environment and options for addressing the vulnerabilities.

  • The Explosion of Security Vulnerabilities Requires Diligent Act with Carol Woodbury & special guest Jeff Uehling

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    Carol is pleased to be joined for this Coffee with Carol by friend and former colleague Jeff Uehling, current Chief Security Architect for IBM i. Jeff and Carol will be discussing a number of the recent Security Vulnerabilities which have had a huge, industry-wide impact on both hardware and software vendors - including IBM and the IBM i development groups. These security vulnerabilities include well-publicized ones such as Heartbleed, Bash/Shellshock and Poodle as well as numerous vulnerabilities that haven’t hit the media. These vulnerabilities exist in areas such as Java, OpenSSL and many networking areas of your systems.

    IBM i has long been known as a secure platform on which you can run your business critical applications. However, securing the system requires careful attention to the system-wide security configuration options, managing the authority settings on your data objects which contain your business critical data (corporate assets), and - as importantly - staying current with your enterprise-wide maintenance and ensure the latest PTFs/Fixes are installed in order to close "real" or "potential" security holes.

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

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericHigh availability for IBM i has been a hot topic in 2017, jumping 20% from our 2016 survey to take the #2 seat on IT priority lists just behind cybersecurity. And no surprise with these two topics so closely tied to your most valuable asset: your irreplaceable business data.
    With major airline outages last year and the recent ransomware attacks, you must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data?
    Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts—Tom Huntington, Matt Staddler, and Cole Ragland—deliver lively discussion around the top high availability issues of today, including:

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

    There are no do-overs when it comes to your data. Once it’s gone, it’s gone...unless you have a data replication layer in place to protect it. Learn the value of these strategic solutions and how you can implement them in a hurry—watch now!

     

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

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

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

    Download and watch today!

     

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

    SB Profound WC 5541Roses are red, your UIs are green...It's time to make your apps proud to be seen!
    Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love.
    In this webinar, you'll learn how you can use both Profound UI and Profound.js to:

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

    This webinar will include a live product demonstration and Q&A with the presenters.

    Download and watch today!

  • TRY the One Package That Solves All Your Document Design and Printing Challenges

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    Produce bar code labels, electronic forms, ad hoc reports, and RFID tags – without programming! MarkMagic is the only document design and print solution that combines report writing, WYSIWYG label and forms design, and conditional printing in one integrated product. Why support 5 different products, when you can do it all with MarkMagic?

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

    Try MarkMagic today for free

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

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    Disaster protection is vital to every business. Yet, it often consists of patched together procedures that are prone to error. From automatic backups to data encryption to media management, Robot automates the routine (yet often complex) tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable.
    Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution.
    Key features include:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits.
    Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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    Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. Messages need a response and resources must be monitored—often over multiple systems and across platforms. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution.
    Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Keep your critical applications and data available. Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

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

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    The thought of printing, distributing, and storing iSeries reports manually may reduce you to tears. Paper and labor costs associated with report generation can spiral out of control. Mountains of paper threaten to swamp your files. Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution.
    Key features include:

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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    For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i. With batch job creation and scheduling at its core, the Robot Job Scheduling Solution reduces the opportunity for human error and helps you maintain service levels, automating even the biggest, most complex runbooks.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. brKey features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • MS Office Connector for Query/400...FREE Trial!

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    NGS' Qport Office enables Windows users to run IBM Query/400 queries to:
    - Create and update Excel spreadsheets and Access databases
    - Create Word documents
    - Send to Windows screen and PC printers
    No query conversion is required. Works with i5/OS V5R1 & above. Installs in minutes!
    If you don’t have a budget to replace IBM Query/400, but want your users to have one click enhanced output of their queries.... Request the online license agreement and product download instructions today!
    Offer good through December 31, 2016.

  • *ALLOBJ and not afraid to use it? Privileged user management is here.

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    Unbridled and unmonitored users are the quickest way to fail an audit and put your system at risk.
    PowerTech Authority Broker lets you pre-define which users are allowed to use elevated levels of authority. These users “swap” into privileged profiles only for a specific window of time.
    During the swap, Authority Broker lets you monitor powerful users even when they enter non-traditional environments, like interactive SQL, DFU, and QSHELL.
    All activity is logged and screens are captured. Get indexed PDFs via email, monitor in near real-time or playback screens on the system.
    Capture every keystroke. Try Authority Broker free for 30 days.

  • Auditing Tool with Built-in Reports for SOX, PCI Compliance

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    PowerTech Compliance Monitor simplifies the task of audit reporting. It comes with a set of reports for SOX, PCI, and even MICS gaming standards.
    IBM i's audit journal is often so large and cryptic, that most IT staff struggle to review the logged activity.
    Compliance Monitor analyzes your audit data across multiple systems and displays the exceptions to policy with remediation tips—all from your web browser! You can generate reports as PDF or Excel files.
    Need custom reporting? Compliance Monitor’s flexible filters allow you to generate reports on any audit data you need—from system configuration to user activity.

  • Control and Monitor User Access from Desktop PCs (ODBC, FTP)

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    Protect your company by monitoring network traffic to your IBM i servers with the industry-leading exit program, PowerTech Network Security.
    Without visibility into IBM i's exit points, your users could be viewing, changing, or even deleting sensitive data—and you wouldn’t know!
    Network Security lets you monitor and control access to over 30 exit points, including:

    - ODBC
    - FTP
    - DDM
    - Remote command
    - Fileserve (mapped drives to IFS)
    It’s easy to set up custom access rules and get notified in real-time when security events occur.
    Stop “back door” access today. Try Network Security free for 30 days.