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Many iSeries shops host additional database servers, including Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL. A common solution to integrating heterogeneous data consists of nightly data transfers and batch processing routines. However, it's often necessary to have real-time access to multiple data sources to provide immediate answers to immediate questions. And waiting for nightly processing just won't do.

 

In V5R2, this query is possible (albeit with a slightly different syntax) through an SQL routine called a user-defined table function (UDTF). UDTFs are "pseudo tables" that act like normal tables as far as SQL is concerned (except they're read-only). Rather than retrieve data from a physical file, a UDTF gets its data from a program.
SELECT *
FROM SQLServer.Tracking

WHERE OrderNo=15320


UDTFs written in the SQL Procedure Language (SPL) are generally used to access data from the local database. UDTFs written in languages such as RPG or Java are called "external" and can be written to retrieve any kind of data--including database data, APIs, or external data--from any source, depending on the capabilities of the language being used.

(If you lack Java knowledge, don't bail yet. The Java skills required are minimal. All you need is an understanding of Java syntax and JDBC. The iSeries requires the Developer Kit for Java 5722-JV1 and Toolbox for Java 5722-JC1 products to be installed.)

The Java Connection

Using standard iSeries tools, how can programmers make the iSeries query another database? The answer is with Java Database Connectivity (JDBC). JDBC provides a standardized way for Java programs to communicate with a variety of databases. Each database vendor supplies a JDBC "driver" to handle the technical issues of allowing a connection to its database. If you're using Oracle, you'll need Oracle's JDBC driver. If you're using MySQL, you'll need a MySQL JDBC driver. And so forth. Here's a list of vendors that provide JDBC drivers.

In this article, I'll demonstrate a real-time connection from the iSeries to a SQL Server table. This will require the SQL Server 2000 JDBC driver, which you can download from Microsoft's Web site. After downloading the file, install it on a Windows machine so that you'll have access to the help. Copy the three required JAR files (msbase.jar, msutil.jar, and mssqlserver.jar) to your Java development folder (e.g., /home/dev) on the iSeries' IFS. Don't forget; you must register these JAR files for use with DB2/400. (For more information on registering JAR files, see the first sidebar at the end of this article.)

The SQL Wrapper

While Java has long afforded the ability to connect to external databases, it isn't always easy to integrate Java with legacy applications written in RPG, C, or COBOL. In contrast, SQL provides a number of interfaces for providing data to these languages, including embedded SQL, VIEWs, and Query Management queries. A UDTF puts an SQL face on the Java program. For this demo, I'll retrieve data from the Orders table in the Northwind sample database that comes with SQL Server. Figure 1 shows this table definition.

 

 

CREATE TABLE Orders (
OrderID INT,
CustomerID NCHAR(5),
EmployeeID INT,

OrderDate DATETIME,
RequiredDate DATETIME,
ShippedDate DATETIME,
ShipVia INT,
Freight MONEY,
ShipName NVARCHAR(40),
ShipAddress NVARCHAR(60),
ShipCity NVARCHAR(15),
ShipRegion NVARCHAR(15),
ShipPostalCode NVARCHAR(10),
ShipCountry NVARCHAR(15))

Figure 1: This is the Orders table from the Northwind database.

To query this remote table with SQL/400, a table function needs to be defined using the CREATE FUNCTION statement. Figure 2 shows the statement needed to define a UDTF to retrieve data from the SQL Server Orders table.

 

 

CREATE FUNCTION PgmLib/Ext_Orders(parmWhere VARCHAR(512))
RETURNS TABLE (OrderID INT,
CustomerID CHAR(5),
EmployeeID INT,
OrderDate DATE,
RequiredDate DATE,
ShippedDate DATE,
ShipVia INT,
Freight DEC(13,2),
ShipName VARCHAR(40),
ShipAddress VARCHAR(60),
ShipCity VARCHAR(15),
ShipRegion VARCHAR(15),
ShipPostalCode VARCHAR(10),
ShipCountry VARCHAR(15))
EXTERNAL NAME 'ExtDB.orders'
LANGUAGE Java
PARAMETER STYLE DB2General
FENCED
NO SQL
DISALLOW PARALLEL
SCRATCHPAD
FINAL CALL
RETURNS NULL ON NULL INPUT

 

Figure 2: The CREATE FUNCTION statement defines the columns returned by a table function. A table function is distinguished from a scalar function by the presence of the RETURNS TABLE phrase.

This statement registers a table function called Ext_Orders (external orders). When the function is used, a Java class is instantiated to connect to the SQL Server database and return the data row by row. Here's an example of how to use the table function:

SELECT *
FROM TABLE(Ext_Orders('EmployeeID=5')) AS Orders

Observe that...

  • Table functions and their parameter lists must be enclosed by the TABLE() keyword and given a correlation name (as indicated by the AS keyword).
  • UDTFs can be defined to accept multiple parameters. To maximize versatility and retrieval speed, the Ext_Orders function is passed a criteria parameter to limit the number of records. Passing an empty string ('') causes the entire remote table to be returned.
  • When the function runs, the columns returned will match those in the RETURNS TABLE segment of the CREATE FUNCTION statement.

One other thing to note when creating Java functions is that a small service program with the same name as the function name will be created. Do not delete this program; use the DROP FUNCTION statement instead.

If you're unfamiliar with SQL functions, see the second sidebar at the end of this article for a rundown of the keywords specified in Figure 2.

Writing an External UDTF: The Java Example

Regardless of the language, UDTFs are easy to write-- especially for Java because the class to be written inherits functionality from an existing class called UDF (which is supplied by IBM in package com.ibm.db2.app). Don't be confused by the UDF/UDTF terminology. UDF refers to a user-defined function, which can be a scalar or table function, but UDTF refers only to a table function. The UDF class is used to write both scalar and table functions.

The downloadableExtDB.java program contains the code for table function Ext_Orders. The class and method combination (ExtDB.orders) is referenced in the EXTERNAL NAME portion of the CREATE FUNCTION command, as shown in Figure 2. Method orders() is defined with a return type of void and is the method that will be invoked continuously by the database manager.

Here's how a UDTF program interacts with SQL:

  1. First, the database manager (dbm) calls the external program once as an "OPEN" phase to give the program a chance to do initialization work. In the sample, a connection is established to SQL Server, and a ResultSet is opened against the Orders table. No data is returned yet.
  2. Next, the dbm calls the program in a "FETCH" phase, at which time it expects to be fed back a single row of data via output parameters. This FETCH phase repeats until the program signals it has no more data to return. This end-of-table condition is indicated by setting the SQL State to "02000" (no data). In the sample, the Orders table ResultSet is read one row at a time. This row data is returned to the dbm. When the ResultSet has no more rows, the SQL State is set to "02000."
  3. The dbm now calls the program again for a "CLOSE" phase to let the program perform any cleanup work. In the sample, the SQL Server Connection and ResultSet objects are closed.
  4. The dbm indicates to the program which phase it is in by passing it a "call type" parameter. It is the program's responsibility to properly respond to this call type indicator.
  5. Optionally, if the FINAL CALL keyword is specified on the CREATE FUNCTION, two additional call types are defined: FIRST and FINAL, which come before the OPEN and after the CLOSE, respectively. These phases can be used for additional initialization and cleanup work. In the sample, the FIRST call is used to verify that the SQL Server JDBC driver is available.

Figure 3 shows Java code that matches the logic outlined above. Method getCallType() is used to determine which stage the function is in. Method getCallType() and constants SQLUDF_TF_FIRST, SQLUDF_TF_OPEN, etc. are inherited from class UDF. For a complete list of variables and methods in superclass UDF, see page 213 of the IBM Developer Kit for Java.

 

int callType=getCallType();
switch(callType) {
case SQLUDF_TF_FIRST:
// Invoked once, one time processing goes here
// Load SQL Server 2000 JDBC Driver
break;

case SQLUDF_TF_OPEN:
// Invoked once, processing for the open
// goes here. Establish connection to
// SQL Server and open ResultSet.
break;

case SQLUDF_TF_FETCH:
// Set multiple times, this flag signals
// that the columns for a single row
// should be returned to SQL. When
// there is no more data, set SQL
// state to "02000" (No Data)
break;

case SQLUDF_TF_CLOSE:
// The close is called when SQL State "02000"
// is received from the FETCH. Cleanup is
// done here. The connection, statement
// and ResultSet is closed
break;

case SQLUDF_TF_FINAL:
// FINAL is specified after the close has
// completed. No additional processing is
// needed.
break;
}

 

Figure 3: This is the shell of the orders method that will be repeatedly called by the database manager.

The parameter list for the orders() method contains a list of the function's input parameters followed by the function's output parameters. The inputs are parameters defined in CREATE FUNCTION, and the outputs are the columns to be returned as defined in the RETURNS TABLE section of Figure 2. The method's parameter list must match the table function's parameters in number and data type. For tips on how to match data types between SQL and Java, see "Parameter passing conventions for Java stored procedures and UDFs" in the IBM Developer Kit for Java. The sample function has one input parameter (the WHERE criteria) and fourteen output parameters representing the columns the table function returns.

When the call type is OPEN, a connection is attempted to SQL Server. Replace your server's IP address, port (default is 1433), user, and password in the connection string. For a list of supported connection string options, see "Connection String Properties" in the SQL Server JDBC driver's help. The SELECT statement used to retrieve data from SQL Server is specified in the ResultSet object's executeQuery method. If an error is encountered, the SQL State is changed to indicate an error condition.

When the call type signals a FETCH, a row of data is to be returned. A row is read from the SQL Server ResultSet (rs). The set() method (inherited from UDF) is called for each column to be returned by the function. The parameters for set() are parameter number (starting with the number of the first output parameter in the method's signature) and data value. If set() is not called for a given parameter, then the corresponding table column will be NULL. This is useful for handling primitive types (int, short, etc.) that cannot contain NULLs. For example, notice that set() is not called for column ShipVia (type integer) if it is NULL.

Note that a String object was used to store dates rather than java.sql.Date because IBM's UDF class doesn't have a set() signature capable of accepting a Date type. The second parameter of set() only accepts the following types: short, int, long, double, float, BigDecimal, String, Blob, and Clob.

The orders() method is invoked continually with the fetch call type until the SQL State is set to "02000" (no data). Neglecting to set the end-of-table condition will result in an infinite loop. Method setSQLstate() is used to set the SQL State value.

When end-of-table is signaled, method orders() is called again with the CLOSE call type. At this point, the Connection, Statement, and ResultSet variables are closed. When FINAL CALL is specified on the CREATE FUNCTION statement, the method will be called one last time with a value of FINAL.

Error-Handling Mechanisms

When an error occurs in a UDTF program, the SQL State should be set to indicate a user-defined error that will cause the invoking SQL statement to terminate. SQL State is a CHAR(5) field that communicates the status of the UDTF to the database manager. There are many predefined SQL States you should avoid. For safety, Java user-defined SQL error states may start with '38I' followed by an arbitrary two-digit code. Method setSQLmessage provides extra information to describe the problem.

If the UDTF signals an error during the OPEN call, the dbm will terminate the current SQL statement. In this case, the subsequent FETCH and CLOSE phases will not be called. Therefore, if an error occurs during the OPEN, make sure that proper cleanup is done. In contrast, if an error occurs during the FETCH, the database manager will call the program again with the CLOSE call type.

Compiling the Java Program

Once the Java program is written, enter QShell (QSH) and use the javac (compile Java program) command to compile the Java program. The resulting .class file must be placed in a special folder called /qibm/userdata/os400/sqllib/function. When invoking an SQL routine (function or stored procedure) written in Java, the iSeries database manager expects the Java class to be in this folder.

Here's a sample javac command that uses the -d (directory) option to specify the location of the newly compiled class.

javac -d /qibm/userdata/os400/sqllib/function /home/dev/ExtDB.java

When testing UDTFs, you may need to sign off and sign back on after re-creating a class file to make the JVM uses the newest version.

Using the Function

Here are examples of how to retrieve data from the Ext_Orders function (which will actually get its data from SQL Server):

/* Select orders shipped late */
SELECT *
FROM TABLE(Ext_Orders('ShippedDate>RequiredDate'))
AS ORDERS

/* Select Orders for specific employee */
SELECT *
FROM TABLE(Ext_Orders('EmployeeID=8'))
AS ORDERS

/* Return all rows from table */
SELECT *
FROM TABLE(Ext_Orders(''))
AS ORDERS

Further, you can use table functions anywhere that a normal table can appear (FROM, JOIN, VIEWs, subqueries, and table expressions):

Example 1: List All Unshipped Orders by Company

Use this type of query to combine multiple data sources into a single query. This will allow the iSeries to easily create reports from multiple sources without messy data transfers.

SELECT *
FROM TABLE(Ext_Orders('ShippedDate IS NULL')) LateOrders
JOIN Customers ON Customers.CustomerID=
LateOrders.CustomerID
ORDER BY CompanyName, RequiredDate DESC
 

Example 2: Place Data in a View for Use by Query/400 or an RPG Program

This view uses SQL Server's GetDate() function to retrieve the current date.

CREATE VIEW DATALIB/DAILYORDERS AS (
SELECT *
FROM TABLE(Ext_Orders('OrderDate=GetDate()')) AS Current)

Example 3: Create a Work Table for a Quarterly Subset of Data


CREATE TABLE QTEMP/EMPSALES AS (
SELECT *
FROM TABLE(Ext_Orders(
'EmployeeID=8 AND OrderDate
BETWEEN ''01/01/1997'' AND ''03/31/1997'''))
AS EmpSales
ORDER BY OrderDate)
WITH DATA

 

Connect to Anywhere in Real Time

Java's SQL abilities allow the iSeries to immediately hook to any database that has a JDBC driver. Wrapping the Java program in an SQL UDTF wrapper allows the data to be returned by SQL as though it were a local iSeries table. iSeries reports and inquires from external databases just became easier to write!

References

To see examples of querying from the "other direction," with SQL Server querying the AS/400 in real time, see "Patch Those Leaky Interfaces" and "Running Distributed Queries with SQL/400 and SQL Server 7.0" in the September/October 2000 issue of AS/400 Network Expert.

Sidebar: Registering the External JAR Files for SQL

For SQL to use a Java program that accesses JAR files (such as the SQL Server JDBC driver), SQL needs to know where the JAR files are. Under normal circumstances, the classpath environment variable indicates where to find the JARs. But things are different for SQL routines because the JARs must be registered using a stored procedure called install_jar. (If you have individual class files to use, these can be placed in the /qibm/userdata/os400/sqllib/function folder.)

Here is how to register the SQL Server JDBC driver's JAR files:

CALL sqlj.install_jar('file:/home/dev/msbase.jar',
'prodlib.msbase',0)

CALL sqlj.install_jar('file:/home/dev/msutil.jar',
'prodlib.msutil',0)

CALL sqlj.install_jar('file:/home/dev/mssqlserver.jar',
'prodlib.mssqlserver',0)


Three parameters are required :

  1. jar-url--This is the path and name of the JAR file to register ('file:' is the only supported URL scheme).
  2. jar-id--This is the optional schema (library) and JAR identifier (usually the same as the JAR file name).
  3. Deploy option--This option currently accepts only a zero (0) on the iSeries.

You need to note a few things about the registration:

  • The install_jar procedure only appears to work in SQL sessions using the *SQL naming convention.
  • Once the registration is completed successfully, the JAR information is stored in the QSYS2/SYSJAROBJECTS and QSYS2/SYSJARCONTENTS system tables.
  • When using STRSQL, I had to issue a COMMIT in order to save the changes made by Install_Jar. I'm not sure if this is a bug or a feature. If you end the session without issuing a commit, the definitions do not appear in the system tables.
  • When registering the JAR files, install_jar makes a copy of each JAR in a subfolder under /qibm/userdata/os400/sqllib/function. The subfolder will be called JAR/schema. In the examples above, the JAR files would be found in a subfolder called JAR/PRODLIB. If a schema isn't specified during the registration, the user name will be used, which is the default schema when using the *SQL naming convention. Replace "prodlib" with your own library name.
  • Do not manually update or delete these JAR file copies. Instead, use the sqlj.remove_jar and sqlj.replace_jar stored procedures.

For more information on registering JAR files, see the SQLJ procedures that manipulate JAR files section in the IBM Developer Kit for Java.

Sidebar: SQL Functions

Keyword
Description
Create Function Ext_Orders
(parmWhere CHAR(5))
CREATE FUNCTION names the UDTF and registers it with SQL. This function is called Ext_Orders (external orders). This name will be referenced by SQL statements using the function.

You may define an optional comma-delimited parameter list. For table functions, parameter lists are usually passed to a) limit the number of rows returned or b) assist in the calculation of column values.
Returns Table
This keyword defines the column list (column names and attributes) that the table function will return.
External Name 'ExtDB.orders'
This option is applicable only to functions written in a language other than SQL. The external name is a program name that will be called when the function is invoked. For Java programs, the external name is specified as Class.method. For non-Java programs, the name is specified as library/program.
Language Java
This keyword specifies that the function is written in Java. Other options include SQL, COBOL, CL, RPGLE, C, etc.
Parameter Style DB2General
The parameter style keyword determines how the database manager will pass parameters to an external program. Research these options thoroughly before writing programs.

For Java, the DB2General style is a DB2-specific option that specifies that the table function will extend the com.ibm.db2.app.UDF class.

Another parameter style called "Java" is used when writing routines conforming to the SQLJ Part 1: SQL Routines standard. However, this standard only supports scalar (not table) functions, so DB2General must be used.
Fenced
The fenced option specifies that multiple invocations of the function (i.e., the function is used more than once in a single statement) will run in separate threads so as to avoid potential conflict with each other.
No SQL
This parameter, which is mainly for optimization, specifies that there are no DB2 SQL statements to be run by the function.
Disallow Parallel
This option is required for UDTFs that cannot be multi-threaded.
Scratchpad
This option specifies that a static storage area will be allocated to the function. This storage area will be preserved between calls to the function. If a number isn't specified, 100 bytes will be allocated.

This keyword is special for Java UDTFs because if it is not specified, Java will instantiate a new instance of the class each time the function is invoked.
Final Call
This option specifies that the FIRST and FINAL call types will be invoked.
Returns Null on Null Input
If one or more input parameters passed to the table function are NULL, the function will return zero rows.


For a full explanation of all these keywords, see the CREATE FUNCTION (external table) statement in the SQL Reference manual.

Michael Sansoterra is a DBA for Broadway Systems in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He can be contacted at sqlsleuth@gmail.com.


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    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.