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Show off with a gauge chart that's built using RPG.

 

Hopefully, you've by now read parts 1 and 2 of this series. In this last tip about Highcharts, I'll introduce you to gauge charts. Highcharts offers a range of various gauges that with a minimum of effort can be implemented and used in your daily work.

 

I'll use the one called "Solid gauge," and I'll combine it with an RPG-CGI program that will generate a simple XML output using the CEERAN0 API to generate a random number between 0 and 99.

 

073115Janfigure1

Figure 1: This solid gauge example is from highcharts.com.

 

The RPG program will be called using AJAX and jQuery and will then parse the XML and display it in the gauge.

 

I know this is a simple setup, but my task is to inspire you to replace the RPG program with something useful that will show real data in some other way that your users might be used to seeing.

 

The reason the files are named KPI is that we here in REEFT have made a project where we show selected Key Performance Indicator (KPI) figures in production plant using this method.

 

As I expect you to already be familiar with Highcharts, having read the previous to TechTips, I'll jump right into the code and explain what's going on. The code is split into two parts: the HTML/jQuery part and the RPG part. This is a lot of code. Instead of slicing it up in small pieces and explaining each piece, I think it will be better to show all the code in full length and comment in bold inside the code at the important places.

 

At the end of the tip, there's an install section that will explain how to implement the example.

 

Enough talk. Let's jump in and look at the HTML code.

 

<!--

//=========================================================

//

// Function: Show Gauge

//

//=========================================================

-->

<!DOCTYPE html>

<html>

<head>

<title>Show Gauge</title>

<meta name="Author" content="Jan Jorgensen, Reeft A/S" />

<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">

 

 

Define the various JavaScript includes to make it all happen; use CDNs to pick up the data.

 

      <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.11.3/jquery.min.js"></script>     

     

      <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="http://code.highcharts.com/highcharts.js"></script>

      <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="http://code.highcharts.com/highcharts-more.js"></script>

      <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="http://code.highcharts.com/highcharts-3d.js"></script>

 

      <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="http://code.highcharts.com/modules/solid-gauge.js"></script>

      <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="http://code.highcharts.com/modules/exporting.js"></script>

     

 

Define some CSS inline in the code. Normally this will be placed outside the HTML file in an xxx.css file.

 

<style>

 

.hidden {

      display: none;

}

 

 

.header_gauge_text {

      font-size: 3.0vw;

}

 

.header_gauge {

      font-size: 3.0vw;

}

 

.header_gauge_01 {

      font-size: 2.0vw;

}

 

.gauge-layout {

      width:540px;

      height:250px;

      margin:0 auto;

      border: 0px solid red;

}

 

 

Note: The "bg-color-active" and the "bg-color-inactive" classes make a nice little circle in the right upper corner showing when the AJAX calls are being carried out.

 

.bg-color-active {

      background: green none repeat scroll 0 0;

      border-radius: 50%;

      width: 20px;

      height: 20px;

 

}    

     

.bg-color-inactive {

      background: #EBEBEB none repeat scroll 0 0;

      border-radius: 50%;

      width: 20px;

      height: 20px;

}

 

</style>

     

<script type="text/javascript">

//===================================================================================================

// Set globals

//===================================================================================================

 

Set global variables used to control colors and the values where the colors will change within the gauge:

 

      var firstLoad = false;

     

      var stop00 = 0.0;            // Red

      var stop01 = 0.45;     // Red

      var stop02 = 0.4501;   // Yellow

      var stop02a = 0.90;     // Yellow

      var stop03 = 0.9001;   // Green

      var stop03a = 1.00;     // Green   

     

      var animation_time = 1000;   

     

      var stop01_color = '#DF5353';      

      var stop02_color = '#FFFF2A';

      var stop03_color = '#009900';

 

      var stop01c = 45;

      var stop02c = 90;

     

//=============================================================================

// jQuery init

//=============================================================================

$(document).ready(function() {

 

 

Calculate the size of the gauge, depending on the screen size and the "multFactor" variables. If you want to make the chart bigger according to the screen size, just increase the value of the multFactor variable.

 

 

      // Calculate gauge size

      var winH = $(window).height();

      var winW = $(window).width();

     

      winH = winH - 200;

      winW = winW - 200;

     

      multFactor = 0.60;

      winH = parseInt(winH * multFactor);

      winW = parseInt(winW * multFactor);

 

Write the calculated values to the hidden debug ID. This is a good way to check various values within your files. Just rename the "hidden" class to something else and press F5 to see the data.

 

      $('#debug').text( winH + ' -- ' + winW );

     

      $('#container-gauge').height( winH).width( winW );

 

 

Get data from the server using an AJAX call in the getServerData function. Then set an interval timer to repeat the call every 10 seconds.

 

     

      getServerData();

     

   setInterval(function () {

            getServerData();

   }, 10000);         

     

 

});  

 

//===================================================================================================

// Get server data

//===================================================================================================

function getServerData( ) {

 

 

Execute the AJAX call to the RPG-CGI program. Note that I have included a small static XML file called "kpi001-proxy-data.xml." So if you do not want to install the RPG program, just comment out the cgi-bin call, uncomment the kpi001-proxy… Statement, and load the HTML file; you will see the example work right away.

 

If you change the XML node "pct," you will see the gauge "come alive."

 

            $.ajax({

                  type: "GET",

                  //url: "kpi001-proxy-data.xml",

                  url: "/cgi-bin/kpi001",

                  dataType: "xml",

                  cache: false,    

                  beforeSend: function(xml){         

                       

 

Create "Something is happening" in the right upper corner.

 

                        $("#work-message").removeClass('bg-color-inactive');

                        $("#work-message").addClass('bg-color-active');

                 

                  },               

                  success: function( xml) {

                 

                        $(xml).find('data').each(function() {

                                         

 

Parse the XML from the AJAX call. Here I use a static XML file or a call to an RPG program, but of course you could call a PHP program, Java, or something else. Just make sure the XML result looks the same.

 

                              var update_date = $(this).find('update_date').text();

                              var update_time = $(this).find('update_time').text();

                       

                              var pct = $(this).find('pct').text();

 

                              $('#info-area').html( 'Date: ' + update_date );

                              $('#update-info').html( 'Last update: ' + update_time );

                             

 

Note that instead of calling the setGaugeValue function, I store the percent from the XML in a hidden input field and then call set function when the AJAX call has completed. The reason is that I can then use this value to do something else if I want, and it is also very easy to debug the AJAX call (if not using Firebug) as I can just remove the hidden calls from the "container-gauge_val'" field.

 

                              // Update input field used by setGaugeValue

                              $('#container-gauge_val').val( pct );                       });

                 

                                               

                  },

                  complete:function ( xml ){         

                 

AJAX call done, if this is the first call, define the gauge; otherwise, set the new percent value without re-drawing the gauge.

 

                              if ( firstLoad === false ) {

                                    createGauge();

                                    firstLoad = true;

                              } else {

                                    setGaugeValue();

                              }

                             

                        $("#work-message").addClass('bg-color-inactive');

                        $("#work-message").removeClass('bg-color-active');                             

 

                  },

                  error:function (xhr, ajaxOptions, thrownError){      

                             

                 

                  }                

                 

                  });  

 

}

 

//=============================================================================

// Set gauge value

//=============================================================================

function setGaugeValue()

{

 

Update the gauge.

 

             var chart = $('#container-gauge').highcharts(),

           point,

           newVal,

           inc;

 

                  if (chart) {

                        point = chart.series[0].points[0];

                        var v1 = parseFloat( $('#container-gauge_val').val() );

                        point.update(v1);

                  }

                 

}

 

 

//=============================================================================

// Create chart

//=============================================================================

function createGauge()

{

 

Create the gauge; this is "normal" stuff when creating a Highchart using various options found in the API documentation on the website.

The gauge below is taken from the example on the website and modified mainly in the "yAxis ->stops" and "dataLabels->format". Try changing the various elements, and look in the documentation to add/remove options to/from the gauge.

 

$(function () {

 

   var gaugeOptions = {

 

       chart: {

           type: 'solidgauge'

       },

 

       title: null,

 

       pane: {

           center: ['50%', '85%'],

           size: '140%',

           startAngle: -90,

           endAngle: 90,

           background: {

                        backgroundColor: '#EEE',

               innerRadius: '60%',

               outerRadius: '100%',

               shape: 'arc'

           }

       },

       tooltip: {

           enabled: false

       },

           

       navigation: {

           enabled: false

       },       

           

       exporting: {

           enabled: false

       },                   

 

      // the value axis

       yAxis: {

           stops:

                  [

               [stop00, stop01_color], // green

               [stop01, stop01_color], // green

               [stop02, stop02_color], // yellos

               [stop02a, stop02_color], // yellos

               [stop03, stop03_color], // red

               [stop03a, stop03_color] // red

           ],

           lineWidth: 0,

           minorTickInterval: null,

           tickPixelInterval: null,

           tickWidth: 0,

           title: {

               y: -70

           },

           labels: {

               y: 16

           }

       },

 

       plotOptions: {

           solidgauge: {

               dataLabels: {

                    y: 5,

                   borderWidth: 0,

                   useHTML: true

               },

                        animation: {

                   duration: animation_time

               }            

           }

       }

   };

 

      var v1 = parseFloat( $('#container-gauge_val').val() );

 

   // Gauge

   $('#container-gauge').highcharts(Highcharts.merge(gaugeOptions, {

       yAxis: {

           min: 0,

           max: 100,

           title: {

               text: ''

           }

       },

 

       credits: {

           enabled: false

       },

 

       series: [{

           name: '',

           data: [v1],

           dataLabels: {

               format: '<div style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:3.0vw;color:' +

                   ((Highcharts.theme && Highcharts.theme.contrastTextColor) || 'black') + '">{y} </span></div>'

           },

           tooltip: {

               valueSuffix: ''

           }

       }]

 

   }));        

     

});  

     

 

 

}

 

 

// -->

</script>

 

</head>

 

<body>

 

Hidden fields are used for debug and percent storing.

 

<div class="hidden">

<span id="debug"></span>

<input id="container-gauge_val" value="0">

</div>

 

<table width="100%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">

<tr>

 

<td width="250">

</td>

 

<td align="center">

<div class="header_gauge_text" style="text-align:center">Random number from RPG program</div>

<span style="position:absolute;float:right;top:12px;right:35px;font-size:12px" id="update-info"></span>

</td>

 

<td width="250" align="right" valign="bottom">

<div id="work-message" style="position:absolute;float:right;top:8px;right:5px">&nbsp;</div>

&nbsp;&nbsp;

</td>

 

</tr>

</table>

 

<hr>

 

This table holds the gauge:

 

 

<table border="1" bordercolor="#e8e8e8" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0" width="100%">

 

<tr bgcolor="#e8e8e8">

<td>

<div class="header_gauge_01" id="info-area"></div>

</td>

<td align="center">

&nbsp;

</td>

</tr>

 

<tr>

<td>

<span class="header_gauge">Our lucky number</span>

</td>

<td align="center">

      <div id="container-gauge" class="gauge-layout"></div>

</td>

</tr>

</table>   

 

</body>

</html>

 

Figure 2: This is the kpi001.htm source.

 

I really hope that the bold highlights above have made sense for you and that you can see the meaning of all the code. The best way to test is to download the example and just run it. Then try changing some of the options while reading the API documentation at the Highcharts website.

 

Let's Look at the RPG

Now with the HTML source in your backpack, let's have a look at something that might be a little more "common ground" an RPG-CGI program.

 

This very simple program is meant only as a driver to produce some simple data. In a real-world situation, you will of course replace it with something more useful and change the XML output to reflect your needs.

 

Again, look through the code where I have added some comments in bold.

 

     H CopyRight('Copyright Someone (c) - 2015')

     H DatEdit(*YMD.)

     H Option( *SrcStmt: *NoDebugIO)

     H DECEDIT('0.')

 

     H BndDir('QC2LE')

 

The binding dir just contains the QZHBCGI service program and allows me to compile with CRTBNDRPG. It's included within the save file in the install section.

 

     /If Defined(*Crtbndrpg)

     H BndDir( '*LIBL/CGIBNDDIR' )

     H DftActGrp(*NO)

     /Endif

 

     //*=============================================================

     //*

     //* Function :‚Generate random number and pass back to browser

     //*

     //* ------------------------------------------------------------

     //* Created:

     //* Programmer:‚JJ

     //* Date . . :‚2015-07-06

     //*

     //*=============================================================

 

     //==============================================================

     //‚           DECLARE WORK FIELDS, ARRAYS AND MORE

     //==============================================================

 

 

Set variables used within the program.

 

     // Contants

     D XMLHeader       c                   Const('Content-type: text/xml')

     D NewLine         c                   Const(X'15')

 

     D WrkLine         s           2000a   varying

 

     D Str             s             2a

     D min             s              3u 0 Inz( x'F0' )

     D max             s             3u 0 Inz( x'F9' )

     D idx             s             5u 0

     D seed           s             10i 0

     D random         s             8f

 

     D char           Ds

     D hex                          3u 0

 

     //----------------------------------------------------------------

     // Prototypes

     //----------------------------------------------------------------

     D MakeXML         pr

     D   StringIn                 2000   value

 

     d getrandom       pr                 ExtProc( 'CEERAN0' )

     d seed                         10i 0

     d rand                         8f

     D fc                             *   Options( *Omit )

 

     /free

 

     //---------------------------------------------------------------

       //‚Generate number

       //---------------------------------------------------------------

 

         For       Idx = 1 to %Len( Str );

             CallP     getrandom( seed: random: *Omit );

             Eval     hex = ( random * ( max - min )) + min;

             Eval     %Subst( str: idx: 1 ) = char;

         EndFor;

 

         // Number found

         Str = Str;

 

       //---------------------------------------------------------------

       // Tell browser XML is coming

       //---------------------------------------------------------------

       // Content-Type

         MakeXML ( %trim(XMLHeader) + NewLine + NewLine );

 

       //---------------------------------------------------------------

       // Create output

       //---------------------------------------------------------------

         ExSr subrCreateReply;

 

       //---------------------------------------------------------------

       // Stop Program

       //---------------------------------------------------------------

         ExSr StopPgm;

 

       //---------------------------------------------------------------

       // Create XML reply

       //---------------------------------------------------------------

       BegSr subrCreateReply;

 

Create XML output and write it to the browser.

 

         WrkLine   = '<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>'

                   + '<data>'

                   ;

         MakeXML ( %trim(WrkLine) + NewLine );

 

                 WrkLine = '<update_date>'

                         + %char( %date() )

                         + '</update_date>'

 

                         + '<update_time>'

                         + %char( %time() )

                         + '</update_time>'

 

                         + '<pct>'

                         + %trim( Str )

                         + '</pct>'

 

                         ;

 

                 // Write to browser

                 WrkLine   = %trim( WrkLine );

                 MakeXML ( %trim(WrkLine) + NewLine );

 

                 // Write to browser

                 WrkLine   = '</data>'

                           ;

                 MakeXML ( %trim(WrkLine) + NewLine );

 

       EndSr;

 

       //---------------------------------------------------------------

       // Stop Program

       //---------------------------------------------------------------

       BegSr StopPgm;

 

         *inLR = *ON;

         Return;

 

       EndSr;

 

       //---------------------------------------------------------------

       // Global error catcher

       //---------------------------------------------------------------

       BegSr *PSSR;

 

       EndSr;

 

     /end-free

 

       //================================================================

       // Function MakeXML - Write string to StdOut

       //================================================================

     P MakeXML         b

 

     D MakeXML         pi

     D StringIn                   2000   value

 

     D Work           s                   like(StringIn)

     D StdOutLen       s             9B 0

 

     //----------------------------------------------------------------

     // General API error routine

     //----------------------------------------------------------------

     DQUSEC           DS

     D qusbprv                 1     4B 0 Inz( 16 )                           Qus EC

     D qusbavl                 5     8B 0                                     Bytes Provided

     D qusei                   9     15                                         Bytes Available

     D quserved               16     16                                         Exception Id

 

     //----------------------------------------------------------------

     // Calculate length of StdOut string

     //----------------------------------------------------------------

 

     /free

 

           Work     = %trim(StringIn);

 

           Work = %trim(Work);

 

           StdOutLen = %CheckR(' ':Work);

 

     /end-free

 

     //----------------------------------------------------------------

     // Call QtmhWrStout API to write response HTML to StdOut

     //----------------------------------------------------------------

 

     C                   CallB(e) 'QtmhWrStout'

     C                   Parm                   Work

     C                   Parm                   StdOutLen

     C                   Parm                   QUSEC

 

   P MakeXML         e

 

Figure 3: This RPG-CGI code generates data to the solid gauge.

 

Well, I didn't make many comments as I expect that you might have your own standard of writing RPG-CGI programs that might look different from mine or maybe you use things like CGIDEV2 or likewise. Nevertheless, the objective is to create some XML that looks like this:

 

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<data>

      <update_date>2015-07-06</update_date>

      <update_time>20.00.00</update_time>

      <pct>12</pct>

</data>

 

Figure 4: Here's the XML output from the RPG-CGI program.

 

And that's it! If you're still with me after this long journey, here's how to install and run it on your IBM i.

 

Install the Lot

Download the savefile named highchart3.savf from here.

 

Log on to your IBM i and create savefile HIGHCHART3 in QGPL.

 

CRTSAVF FILE(QGPL/HIGHCHART3) TEXT('mcpressonine -> highcharts part_3')

 

FTP the savefile from your PC to the savefile in your IBM i (Google it if you don't know how).

 

Restore the contents of QGPL/HIGHCHART3 to the library from where you ran your CGI programs.

 

To test the program, open a browser and enter this URL:

 

http://your_server/cgi-bin/kpi001

 

You should then see a result like the one in Figure 5.

 

073115Janfigure5

Figure 5: You should see XML output from RPG-CGI program KPI001.

 

Download the code.zip file from here.

 

Using your favorite FTP program, upload the kpi0001.htm to the doc dir of your webserver.

 

IMPORTANT: The HTML file must reside on the same server as the RPG-CGI program. Otherwise, the AJAX call will not succeed because you will have what is called "domain crossing." If you want to store it on separate servers, you have to create some kind of proxy solution and then call the RPG-CGI program from there (again, ask Google if this is the case).

 

You are now set and can start your first test by running the following URL:

 

 

Hopefully, you'll see in your browser a very, very nice solid gauge that will refresh every 10 seconds.

 

End of Part 3

 

Well, this became a very long tip, but most of it was raw code, and I really hope you followed this far.

 

This completes the Highcharts TechTips. I know that I've made only a few scratches on the surface, but I hope you see the potential that this tool has. And once again, I hope you can blow some new life into your IBM i data.

 

Till next time, have a nice summer and chart away all you can.

Jan Jorgensen

Jan Jorgensen is one of the owners of www.reeft.dk, which specializes in mobile and i5 solutions. He works with RPG, HTML, JavaScript, Perl, and PHP. You can reach him at jj@reeft.dk

 

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    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.

     

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

    SB PowerTech WC GenericSecurity expert Carol Woodbury is joined by Debbie Saugen. Debbie is an expert on IBM i backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and high availability, helping 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.

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

    SB Profound WC GenericIn this presentation, Alex Roytman and Liam Allan 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

     

  • 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

    SB Profound WC GenericWatch 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!

     

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

    SB Profound PPL 5491Modern, 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.

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

    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.

    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).

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

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericYou 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 discuss:


    - 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

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

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

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

    Download and watch today!

     

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

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

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

     

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

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    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIt’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success. You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?

     

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericLet’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhile introducing Sequel Data Access, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access, distribution trends, and more advanced query tools. Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    - Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    - Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    - Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    - Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhat happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

    SB_PowerTech_WC_GenericGet actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this 30-minute recorded webinar, our experts demonstrate how you can:

    • Manage multiple platforms from a central location
    • View monitoring results in a single pane of glass on your desktop or mobile device
    • Take advantage of best practice, plug-and-play monitoring templates
    • Create rules to automate daily checks across your entire infrastructure
    • Receive notification if something is wrong or about to go wrong

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericYou need to know when IBM i disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer. Our experts will show you how Robot Monitor can help you pinpoint exactly when your auxiliary storage starts to disappear and why, so you can start taking a proactive approach to disk monitoring and analysis. You’ll also get insight into:

    • The main sources of disk consumption
    • How to monitor temporary storage and QTEMP objects in real time
    • How to monitor objects and libraries in real time and near-real time
    • How to track long-term disk trends

     

     

  • Stop Re-keying Data Between IBM I and Other Applications

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericMany business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation.Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stop re-keying data between IBM i and other applications? Or if you could stop replicating data and start processing orders faster? Or what if you could automatically extract data from existing reports instead of re-keying? It’s all possible. Watch this webinar to learn about:

    • The data dilemma
    • 3 ways to stop re-keying data
    • Data automation in practice

    Plus, see how HelpSystems data automation software will help you stop re-keying data.

     

  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

    SB_Profound_WC_GenericWhen it comes to IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"

     

  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericToo much paper is wasted. Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets.And distributing documents is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.

     

  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

    • Different tools to develop Node.js applications on IBM i
    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using NodeRun.com as a pre-built development environment

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption

     

     

  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

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

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

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

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

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

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