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IBM's eServer Business Solution Test (BST) team designs, implements, evaluates, and deploys customer-like scenarios. The team consists of iSeries developers in the Rochester laboratory who design scenarios that demonstrate how iSeries technology can be used to build e-business solutions. Although the team is restricted to a test laboratory environment, great effort is made to reflect reality.

Recently, the BST team created an application called Travel Flights Cruises (TFC), which simulates several fictitious companies in a B2B relationship, including a cruise line, a cruise Web site, a travel agency, and a bank. The travel agency and bank used DB2 XML Extender for iSeries to compose, decompose, and archive Extensible Markup Language (XML) documents. The following provides an overview of the DB2 XML Extender for iSeries product and examples of how TFC utilized it.

DB2 XML Extender Overview

XML is extensible in that the language is a metalanguage that allows you to create your own language, depending on the needs of your enterprise. You use XML to capture not only the data for your particular application, but also the data structure. Although it is not the only data interchange format, XML has emerged as the accepted standard. By adhering to this standard, applications can share data without first transforming it using proprietary formats.

DB2 XML Extender helps you integrate the power of IBM's DB2 Universal Database for iSeries (DB2 UDB) with the flexibility of XML. It provides the ability to generate XML documents from existing data, insert rows into tables from XML documents, and store and access XML documents. XML Extender provides new data types, functions, and stored procedures to manage your XML data in DB2 relational databases.

To view IBM's document on DB2 UDB XML Extender Administration and Programming, click here.

XML Document Examples
XML documents were used by the cruise line and the travel agency to handle the processing of buying and booking cruises. These XML documents contain the itinerary or passenger information and allow integration between the cruise line and the travel agency. The following XML documents were used:

  • Itinerary--The cruise line provides the travel agency with detailed itinerary information about cruises they have purchased. The travel agency decomposes this XML document into DB2 database tables. The data within these tables is used by other applications to book cruises for specific customers.
  • Passenger--The travel agency provides the cruise line with detailed passenger information for the cruises they have booked for specific customers. This XML document is composed based on the information in DB2 database tables.

Decomposition Example (Itinerary)

Let's take a look at the XML Extender pieces of the itinerary application that allows the travel agency to receive the itinerary XML document from the cruise line. The itinerary XML document contains all of the itinerary information for the cruises that were ordered by the travel agency, based on an order number. The itinerary XML document is decomposed by the travel agency into several DB2 database tables. The travel agency uses an XML collection for storage of the XML data and a custom-designed document type definition (DTD) for the itinerary XML document since there were no suitable industry standard DTDs available at the time the application was developed.

Database Details
The XML document is decomposed into five DB2 tables:

  • cruise_info
  • rooms
  • port_of_calls_temp
  • activities_temp
  • day_temp


The cruise_info table contains cruise information that is received from the cruise line, as shown in the following table:

Key
Field Name
Alias Name
Data Type
Length
VarLen Alloc
Digits, DecPos
Description
P
BOOKING#
BOOKING_NBR
VARCHAR
20
10

Booking number

CRUISECO
CRUISE_CO
VARCHAR
40
20

Cruise line name

ORDER#
ORDER_NBR
VARCHAR
20
10

Order number

PRODID
PRODUCT_ID
VARCHAR
20
10

Product ID

CRUISEID
CRUISE_ID
VARCHAR
20
10

Cruise ID

CRUISEDESC
CRUISE_DESC
VARCHAR
30
10

Cruise description (7 Day...)

ROOMDESC
ROOM_DESC
VARCHAR
30
10

Room description (std ,ocean, ...)

COSTSING
COST_SINGLE
PACKED


7,2
Cost to the agency for single occupancy

COSTDOUB
COST_DOUBLE
PACKED


7,2
Cost to the agency for double occupancy

COSTADD
COST_ADDITIONAL
PACKED


2,2
Cost for each additional person over two

CUSTCOST
CUST_COST
PACKED


2,2
Cost to the customer with commission added (percentage)

DUR
DURATION
INT



Duration of cruise

DEPTDATE
DEPARTURE_DATE
DATE



Departure date of cruise


The rooms table shown below contains the room numbers that were bought from the cruise line. It is used to track the rooms that are sold to the travel agency customers.

Key
Field Name
Alias Name
Data Type
Length
VarLen Alloc
Digits, DecPos
Description
P,F
BOOKING#
BOOKING_NBR
VARCHAR
20
10

Booking number
P
ROOMNBR
ROOM_NBR
VARCHAR
10
6

Room number

STATUS
BOOKED_STATUS
CHAR
1
Y
Room status (O=open, B=booked, D=cruise has sailed)

PDCRUISE
PD_CRUISE_LINE
CHAR
1
Y
Paid cruise line status (U=unpaid, P=paid)


Within the Document Access Definition (DAD) file, no option exists to specify that only unique records should be inserted into the database tables. Within the XML document, for each cruise, there is a corresponding set of ports of call and activities listed. When the XML document is decomposed, the appropriate data is inserted into the port_of_calls and activities tables. The travel agency wanted to ensure that only one set of ports of call and activities is inserted in those tables for each cruise to avoid having the tables populated with duplicate records.

To accomplish this, two temporary tables (port_of_calls_temp and activities_temp were used for the decomposition. Two INSERT triggers (Enter_Port_Of_Calls and Enter_Activities) were added to those tables to insert the new row into the port_of_calls and activities tables if they did not already exist. Two more triggers (Remove_Port_Of_Calls and Remove_Activities) were used to delete the data from the temporary files.

The port_of_calls_temp table is a temporary table used for decomposing the XML document. The actual data is stored in the port_of_calls table. The port_of_calls table contains the same type of information, as shown in the following table:

Key
Field Name
Alias Name
Data Type
Length
VarLen Alloc
Digits, DecPos
Description

CRUISECO
CRUISE_CO
VARCHAR
40
20

Name of cruise line
CRUISEID
CRUISE_ID
VARCHAR
20
10

Cruise ID

DAYNBR
DAY_NUMBER
INT
Day number (e.g., 1, 2, 3, ...)

PORT
PORT_OF_CALL
VARCHAR
30
10
Name of port

ARRTIME
ARRIVE_TIME
TIME


Y
Time of arrival at port

DEPTTIME
DEPART_TIME
TIME


Y
Time of departure from port


The activities_temp table is a temporary table used for decomposing the XML document. The actual data is stored in the activities table. The activities table contains the same type of information:

Key
Field Name
Alias Name
Data type
Length
VarLen Alloc
Digits, DecPos
Description
CRUISECO
CRUISE_CO
VARCHAR
40
20

Name of cruise line
CRUISEID
CRUISE_ID
VARCHAR
20
10

Cruise ID

DAYNBR
DAY_NUMBER
INT
Day number (e.g., 1, 2, 3, ...)

ACTTIME
ACTIVITY_TIME
TIME
Y
Time of activity

DESC
DESCRIPTION
VARCHAR
100
20

Description of activity


The day_temp table contains the day number for the activities and ports of call, as shown in the following table:

Key
Field Name
Alias Name
Data type
Length
VarLen Alloc
Digits, DecPos
Description

DAYNBR
DAY_NUMBER
INT

Day number


DTD
The DTD document used within this example is shown in Figure 1.






BookingNumber*, CruiseID, CruiseDescription, RoomDescription, 
DepartureDate, ReturnDate, Duration, SinglePrice, DoublePrice, 
ExtraOccupantPrice, Schedule, NumberOfRooms, Rooms)>






















   location CDATA #REQUIRED
   arrive CDATA #IMPLIED
   depart CDATA #IMPLIED
>





Figure 1: This is the sample XML code for the DTD.

XML Document
An example of what the XML document looks like is shown in Figure 2:



 "/javateam/shoreline/dtd/itinerary.dtd">



   
      123463
      Cruise Company
      9899
      105
      00011
      5-Day Caribbean
      Oceanview
      10/12/2000
      10/15/2000>
      4
      399
      199
      199
      
         
            
            Fireworks off starboard side
 of ship
         
         ...
         
            
         
      
      5
      
         
         ...
         
      
   
   
      123463
      Cruise Company
      9899
      106
         ...
      
         ...
      
         ...
   

Figure 2: Here's the sample XML document.

DTD Mapping Scheme
The following table illustrates how the structure of the XML document relates to the DB2 tables that are used for the decomposition. This is helpful in the creation of the DAD file because it shows how the two structures compare.

Element
Attribute
Value
Table(s)
Column
Itinerary Information




CruiseProduct




OrderNumber

123463
cruise_info
order_nbr
Company

Cruise Company
cruise_info
activities_temp
port_of_calls_temp
cruise_co
cruise_co
cruise_co
ProductID

9899
cruise_info
product_id
BookingNumber

105
cruise_info
rooms
booking_nbr
booking_nbr
CruiseID

00011
cruise_info
activities_temp
port_of_calls_temp
cruise_id
cruise_id
cruise_id
CruiseDescription

5-day Caribbean
cruise_info
cruise_description
RoomDescription

Oceanview
cruise_info
room_desc
DepartureDate

10/12/2000
cruise_info
departure_date
ReturnDate

10/15/2000


Duration

4
cruise_info
duration
SinglePrice

399
cruise_info
cost_single
DoublePrice

199
cruise_info
cost_double
ExtraOccupantCost

199
cruise_info
cost_additional
Schedule




Day
dayNumber
1
day_temp
activities_temp
port_of_calls_temp
day_number
day_number
day_number
Port
location
Miami, Florida
port_of_calls_temp
port_of_call

arrive

port_of_calls_temp
arrive_time

depart
5:00 PM
port_of_calls_temp
depart_time
Activity

Fireworks off starboard side of ship
activities_temp
description

time
11:00 PM
activities_temp
activity_time
NumberOfRooms

5


Rooms




Room
roomNumber
111
rooms
room_nbr
Room
roomNumber
...
rooms
room_nbr
Room
roomNumber
115
rooms
room_nbr


DAD
Figure 4 shows the DAD document used within this example. This DAD
file for an XML collection uses RDB_node mapping.





/javateam/shoreline/dtd/itinerary.dtd
YES


?xml version="1.0"?
!DOCTYPE ItineraryInformation SYSTEM
"/javateam/shoreline/dtd/itinerary.dtd"



   
      
      
      
cruise_id"/>
      
cruise_id"/>
      
      
        shoreline.cruise_info.booking_nbr = 
        shoreline.rooms.booking_nbr and 
        shoreline.cruise_info.cruise_co = 
        shoreline.port_of_calls_temp.cruise_co and
        shoreline.cruise_info.cruise_id = 
        shoreline.port_of_calls_temp.cruise_id and
        shoreline.cruise_info.cruise_co =
        shoreline.activities_temp.cruise_co and
        shoreline.cruise_info.cruise_id =
        shoreline.activities_temp.cruise_id and
        shoreline.day_temp.day_number =
        shoreline.port_of_calls_temp.day_number and
        shoreline.day_temp.day_number = 
        shoreline.activities_temp.day_number
      
   
   
      
         
            
               
               
            
         
      
      
         
            
               
               
            
         
      
      
         
            
               
               
            
         
      
      
         
            
               
               
            
         
      
      
         
            
               
               
            
         
      
      
         
            
               
               
            
         
      
      
         
            
               
               
            
         
      
      
         
            
               
               
            
         
      
      
         
            
               
               
            
         
      
      
         
            
               
               
            
         
      
      
         
            
               
               
            
         
      
      
         
            
               
               
            
         
      
      
         
            
               
                  
                  
               
            
         
            
               
                  
                  
               
            
            
               
                  
                  
               
            
            
               
                  
                  
               
            
          
         
            
               
                  
                  
               
            
            
               
                  
                  
               
            
          
          
       
      
         
            
               
                  
                  
               
            
          
       
    
 


Figure 4: This is the DAD document used within this example.

XML Enablement Commands
The following lists the commands that must be run to decompose the Itinerary.xml document into the DB2 database tables:

1. When using the DTD to validate XML data in the XML collection (VALIDATION set to YES in the DAD file), the following SQL statement must be issued to store the Itinerary.dtd in the DTD repository table:

INSERT INTO DB2XML.DTD_REF VALUES('/javateam/shoreline/dtd/itinerary.dtd', DB2XML.XMLCLOBFROMFILE('/javateam/shoreline/dtd/itinerary.dtd'), 0, 'author_name', 'creator_name', NULL)

2. Since the dxxInsertXML() stored procedure is used to decompose the document, enable the XML collection using the following command:

CALL PGM(QDBXM/QZXMADM) PARM (ENABLE_COLLECTION db_name SHORELINE.CRUISE_INFO '/javateam/shoreline/dad/itinerary.dad')

Java Source
Figure 5 is the Java code snippet that decomposes the itinerary XML document into the database tables with the defined DAD.

...
// Read the XML file
String = null;
byte buf[] = new byte[5000];
try
{
   FileInputStream in = new
     FileInputStream("/javateam/shoreline/xml/TestItinerary.xml");
   in.read(buf, 0, 5000);
}
catch (Exception e)
{
   System.out.println("Error: " + e.toString());
}
xmlItinerary = new String(buf, 0);
// Call the stored procedure
cs = con.prepareCall("CALL db2xml.dxxInsertXML(?, ?, ?, ?)");

// Register the input parameters
cs.setString(1, "SHORELINE.CRUISE_INFO");
cs.setObject(2, xmlItinerary);
cs.registerOutParameter(3, Types.INTEGER);
cs.registerOutParameter(4, Types.VARCHAR);

// Run the stored procedure
cs.execute();
...

Figure 5: This Java code decomposes the itinerary XML document into the database tables with the defined DAD.

Composition Example (Passengers)

This section describes the XML Extender pieces of the passenger application that allows the travel agency to send a passenger XML document to the cruise line. The passenger XML document contains all the passenger information for the booked rooms that have been reserved by customers of the travel agency. The passenger XML document is composed from two DB2 database tables by using SQL mapping.

The travel agency uses an XML collection for storage of the XML data and a custom designed DTD for the passenger XML document since there were no suitable industry standard DTDs available at the time the application was developed.

Database Details
The XML document is composed of data from two existing DB2 tables. The two DB2 tables are cruise_info and passengers. The xml_passenger table is used to store the XML document. The cruise_info table contains cruise information that is received from the cruise line. The layout of the cuise_info table is shown in the previous decomposition example.

The passengers table contains passenger information for a specific room on a cruise. The layout of the passengers table is shown below:

Key
Field Name
Alias Name
Data type
Length
VarLen Alloc
Allow null
Description
F
BOOKING#
BOOKING_NBR
VARCHAR
20
10

Booking number
F
ROOMNBR
ROOM_NBR
VARCHAR
10
6

Room number

NAME1
NAME_1
VARCHAR
50
30
Passenger 1 name

ADDR1
ADDRESS_1
VARCHAR
40
20
Passenger 1 address

CITY1
CITY_1
VARCHAR
15
10

Passenger 1 city

STATE1
STATE_1
CHAR
2


Passenger 1 state

ZIP1
ZIP_1
CHAR
9


Passenger 1 zip

COUNTRY1
COUNTRY_1
CHAR
15


Passenger 1 country

PHONENBR1
PHONE_NBR_1
CHAR
14


Passenger 1 phone number

DOB1
DATE_OF_BIRTH_1
DATE



Passenger 1 date of birth

PROCIND
PROCESSED_INDICATOR
CHAR
1


Indicates if passengers list has been sent to cruise company (N=not sent, P = sent)


The xml_passenger table is used to store the XML document content. This table is used for composing the passenger XML document. The layout of the xml_passenger table is shown below:

Key
Field Name
Alias Name
Data Type
Description

VALID00001
VALID_DOCUMENT
INT
Valid document indicator

XML_D00001
XML_DOCUMENT
XMLCLOB
Passengers XML document


DTD
Figure 6 shows the DTD document used within this example.




















   name CDATA #REQUIRED
   address CDATA #REQUIRED
>

Figure 6: This is the DTD document used in the example.

XML Document
Figure 7 is an example of what the XML document looks like.



   "/javateam/shoreline/dtd/passengerUpdate.dtd">

   
   
      
         
            address="123 Main St, City, State 11111"/>
      
      
         
            address="234 Main St, City, State 33333"/>
      
   
   
      
         
            address="987 Main St, City, State 55555"/>
      
   

Figure 7: Here's an example of the XML document.

DTD Mapping Scheme
The following table illustrates how the structure of the XML document relates to the DB2 tables that are used for the composition. This was helpful in the creation of the DAD file because it shows how the two structures compare.

Element
Attribute
Value
Table
Column
Passenger Update
agency
Shoreline Travel


Confirmation
sendConfirm
No


Cruise
cruiseID
1
cruise_info
cruise_id
Room
roomNumber
1
passengers
room_nbr
Passenger1
name
Jane Doe
passengers
name1

address
123 Main Street, City, State, 11111
passengers
address1 + state1 + zip1


DAD
The code in Figure 9 shows the DAD document used within this example. This DAD file uses SQL mapping.




/JavaTeam/Shoreline/dtd/passengerUpdate.dtd
NO



   SELECT 'Shoreline Travel' AS AGENCY_NAME, 'No' AS SEND_CONFIRM,
   CRUISE_ID, SHORELINE.PASSENGERS.BOOKING_NBR as BOOK, 
   ROOM_NBR, NAME_1, (ADDRESS_1 CONCAT ', ' CONCAT CITY_1 CONCAT ', 
   ' CONCAT STATE_1 CONCAT ' ' CONCAT ZIP_1) AS COMPLETE_ADDRESS_1, 
   FROM SHORELINE.CRUISE_INFO, SHORELINE.PASSENGERS WHERE 
   CRUISE_CO = 'Cruise Company' AND PROCESSED_INDICATOR = 'N' AND 
   SHORELINE.CRUISE_INFO.BOOKING_NBR =  
   SHORELINE.PASSENGERS.BOOKING_NBR ORDER BY AGENCY_NAME, 
   CRUISE_ID, BOOK, ROOM_NBR


?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?
!DOCTYPE PassengerUpdate SYSTEM
"/JavaTeam/Shoreline/dtd/passengerUpdate.dtd"

   
      
         
      
   
      
         
      
   
   
      
         
      
      
         
           
         
         
            
               
            
            
               
            
         
      
    



Figure 9: This is the DAD document used in this example.

XML Enablement Commands
This following lists the commands that must be run to compose the Passenger.xml document from the DB2 database tables:

1. The following SQL statement must be issued to store the passengerUpdate.dtd in the DTD repository table:

INSERT INTO DB2XML.DTD_REF VALUES('/javateam/shoreline/dtd/passengerUpdate.dtd', DB2XML.XMLCLOBFROMFILE('/JavaTeam/Shoreline/dtd/passengerUpdate.dtd'), 0, 'author_name', 'creator_name', NULL)

2. Since the dxxRetrieveXML() stored procedure is used to compose the document, enable the XML collection using the following command:

CALL PGM(QDBXM/QZXMADM) PARM(ENABLE_COLLECTION db_name SHORELINE.XML_PASSENGER '/javateam/shoreline/dad/passengers.dad')

Java Source
The Java code snippet in Figure 10 composes the passenger XML document from the database tables with the defined DAD.

...
// Remove old records from file by deleting records from XML_PASSENGER
stmt.executeUpdate("DELETE FROM SHORELINE.XML_PASSENGER");

// Call the stored procedure
cs = con.prepareCall("CALL 
     db2xml.dxxRetrieveXML(?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?)");

// Register the input parameters
cs.setString(1, "SHORELINE.XML_PASSENGER");
cs.setString(2, "SHORELINE.XML_PASSENGER");
cs.setString(3, "xml_document");
cs.setString(4, "valid_document");
cs.setInt(5, 0);
cs.setString(6, "NO_OVERRIDE");
cs.setInt(7, 500);
cs.registerOutParameter(8, Types.INTEGER);
cs.registerOutParameter(9, Types.INTEGER);
cs.registerOutParameter(10, Types.VARCHAR);

// Run the stored procedure
cs.execute();

if (!(cs.getInt(9) == 0))
   throw new Exception("Error creating XML document -- error code: " +
                       cs.getInt(9));

// Create the XML document -- /javateam/shoreline/passengers.xml
stmt.executeQuery("SELECT DB2XML.CONTENT(XML_DOCUMENT,

 '/JAVATEAM/SHORELINE/passengers.xml') FROM SHORELINE.XML_PASSENGER");
...

XML: The Key to Easy Data Exchange

XML is the standard for data interchange for B2B e-commerce solutions. With DB2 XML Extender, it is easy to leverage your business information in DB2 databases to engage in B2B solutions using XML to interchange data.

Author's Note: This article includes excerpts from various IBM Web sites. The authors of this article collected the information from these Web sites and organized it in an easy-to-follow format.

Marie Wilson is a Staff Software Engineer on the BST team located at the Rochester, Minnesota, laboratory. She has over 15 years of experience in the software testing field. Her areas of expertise include WebSphere and Java. Marie can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sue Schmidt is a Staff Software Engineer on the BST team located at the Rochester, Minnesota, laboratory. She has over six years of experience in the software testing field. Her areas of expertise include WebSphere and Java. Sue can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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    Having trouble getting management approval for modernization projects? The problem may be you're not speaking enough "business" to them.

    This Developer Kit provides you study-backed data and a ready-to-use business case template to help get your very next development project approved!

  • What to Do When Your AS/400 Talent Retires

    HelpSystemsIT managers hoping to find new IBM i talent are discovering that the pool of experienced RPG programmers and operators or administrators is small.

    This guide offers strategies and software suggestions to help you plan IT staffing and resources and smooth the transition after your AS/400 talent retires. Read on to learn:

    • Why IBM i skills depletion is a top concern
    • How leading organizations are coping
    • Where automation will make the biggest impact

     

  • IBM i Resources Retiring?

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericLet’s face it: IBM i experts and RPG programmers are retiring from the workforce. Are you prepared to handle their departure?
    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
    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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

    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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

    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.

     

     

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

    SB Profound WC GenericHave you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.
    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
    Watch Now.

  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

    SB Profound WC Generic The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security
    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
    Watch Now.

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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.