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One of the most important moves Lotus has made to ensure the continued success of Notes/Domino is the company’s efforts to integrate open standards into the product. Lotus began supporting Java and HTML in 4.6, with DHTML and comprehensive Java support added in R5. Lotus continues its trend of embracing open standards with XML support in Domino 5.03. And, if you don’t think open standards are important to the future of software development, consider the fact that Microsoft’s mammoth new .NET initiative revolves around XML. Domino and XML are natural partners with each working at a common level: the document.

What Is XML?

XML stands for Extensible Markup Language. Many Java pundits like to positively compare the two technologies. Java is a platform-independent development language for building applications, and XML is a platform-independent language for describing data. To put it simply, Java is portable code and XML is portable data. XML has two primary purposes: to separate data from presentation and to transmit data between applications. It allows business and back-end database programmers to concentrate on the data and let others concern themselves with presentation. Domino, although its database system is proprietary, can exchange data with the world via XML. All necessary information is included in the XML.

Before I go any further with a discussion of XML and Domino, I need to provide a short overview of document type definition (DTD) and XML schemas. These two technologies are used to define what is appropriate content for an XML document. They outline the acceptable structure of XML, including the available elements, attributes, and possible values. DTDs are left over from XML’s ancestor

Standard Generalized

Markup Language (SGML). The DTD syntax is a bit arcane, and it does not conform to standard rules of XML. On the other side of the fence are XML schemas. These are based on a newer technology that allows more flexibility while conforming to standard XML rules.

One last general note I should offer regarding XML before I move on pertains to the issue of well-formed and validated XML documents. The term well-formed means it


adheres to a strict XML rule that sets it apart from other markup languages such as HTML. Well-formed means that every element must have a closing element, so an element like document must have the corresponding closing document element: Both validated and nonvalidated XML documents signal whether a DTD or XML schema has been utilized to verify its contents. Validity is not a requirement. (For more information on XML see “XML: The E-language for E-business” and
“Doing E-business with XML Schemas and SOAP” in the March 2000 and September 2000 issues of Midrange Computing.)

Domino Embraces XML

Version 5.03 of Domino Designer and Server included full XML support in the form of an industry-standard XML parser, Xerces’ XML4J, as well as new methods to existing Domino Java objects. Xerces is an XML parser that utilizes the Java programming language. A parser is a tool that reads an XML source (in the form of a document), analyzes its structure, and presents it in a form that you can use. The result of the analysis depends on the type of parser you are using. I will give you a closer look at the two types of parsers: Document Object Model (DOM) and Simple API for XML (SAX). The difference between the two is very simple to explain. A DOM parser accepts an XML document and returns a tree structure (DOM structure) that represents the elements of the XML document. This structure is stored in memory, allowing easy access to all elements of the document. DOM provides a variety of functions you can use to examine the contents and structure of the document. Conversely, SAX is event-based. Events are generated at various points in an XML document. It is up to the programmer to decide how to handle these events. Events are generated at the start and end of a document, at the start and end of an element, when the parser encounters characters inside an element, as well as at several other points. The programmer decides what events to handle and how they are handled.

At this point, you may be asking why there are two approaches. Does it matter which parser is used? The major difference is in the area of memory usage. DOM needs memory to store its tree structure, so the amount of memory needed coincides with the size of the XML document. SAX stores no structure, so the memory used depends on your code. DOM should be used when you need to know about a document’s structure or manipulate portions of a document. You should also use DOM if you will need to use information from a document more than once. The SAX parser should be used when only a few elements need to be extracted from a document on a one-time basis. The Xerces parser can be used in DOM or SAX mode.

The Real Thing

It’s time to move on to real code. As you can see in Figure 1, I will show you an example that accesses XML data via SAX and brings it into the Domino environment. This code runs as an agent in Domino and is invoked from a browser. (XML is accessed through a URL.) Figure 2 illustrates the output generated by the sample agent in Figure 1. The code is comprised of two classes NotifyStr, which is defined at statement 3 and handles SAX calls, and SAXinAction, the main Domino agent, which is defined at 17. The XML data is actually data from a Domino view via the ViewEntryMethod, but any XML source could be used with the code slightly altered. Another example could be receiving a purchase order or



The slash (/) signifies a closing element.
Also, an empty element can include the slash in its designation:

stock quotes formatted as XML. (Note: To use this example in your environment, the URL at label 21 must be changed to reflect your server and database setup.)

It is also possible to send information from Domino to another system via XML. I will show you how to accomplish this task in my next example, which is shown in Figure
3. In this example, I will send the first and last name of all persons in my name and address book (a.k.a. the Domino Directory). The code defines the Example2 class, which basically reads through the People view of my Domino Directory and outputs XML. I will use XML, so the data must be properly formatted. Each entry will exist as a name element. A name element will contain a first and last element. Take a look at the code; as in Figure 1, the code appears on the left with an explanation of what key statements are doing on the right.

What Is XSLT?

As you begin to work with XML, yet another acronym you’ll need to learn is XSLT, Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations. The key words in the name are styling and transformation. An input document (XML) is transformed to another format and styled (or presented) accordingly. XSLT transformation of an XML document into another format. The new format can be XML, HTML, Dynamic Hypertext Markup Language (DHTML), ASCII, PDF, a sound file, or any other imaginable format. XML facilitates the interchange of structured data between disparate systems. XSLT enables and empowers interoperability.

XSLT takes advantage of another technology called XPATH, which is used to decided which items in a source document are selected for transformation and styling. It has an extensive syntax that is beyond the scope of this article. In addition, you’ll need to know about Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL), an aspect of the XSLT specification. XSL is a stylesheet (an XSL file usually has a .xsl extension) that signals how the tranformed document should be styled or presented.

Domino and XSLT

Domino 5.03 was the first release to include XSLT support, which came with the inclusion of the Xalan processor (formerly called LotusXSL). The Xalan processor accepts the input document (usually XML), which stylesheet to be used, and where the output (transformation) is to be stored. Figure 4 shows a sample XSLT document that will be transformed by the agent in Figure 5. Figure 4 includes an explanation of important parts in the right-hand column. Now, take a look at the code that transforms the stylesheet by examining the agent code in Figure 5. The explanations in the right-hand column will walk you through the code. When you run the agent shown in Figure 5, you get the output shown in Figure 6.

Domino Objects

In addition to adding the parser and processor, Lotus has made enhancements to existing Domino Java objects that will benefit those who want to use XML. Programmers can work with the Document, MIMEEntity, EmbeddedObject, Item, and RichText classes to generate, parse, and transform XML. These are available via the generateXML, parseXML, and transformXML methods.

DXL: The Future

The future of Domino and XML is Domino’s DTD, known as DXL. It is a universal format for Domino, i.e., the XML representation of Domino data. DXL will allow the export, import, and modification of Domino elements both to and from a Domino environment.

One possible application of DXL is the exchange of Domino data with a non- Domino system. This exchange would encompass a few steps. First, the Domino data


would be retrieved in the DXL format. XSLT would then be used to translate the resulting DXL into the proper format for conversing with the other system; this format may well be XML. Once the other system receives the XML, it will use its own XSLT to transform it into a format more acceptable to it.

Although DXL is still in the development stages, you can get a glimpse of its look and feel through a couple of methods added in Domino. The ReadViewEntries command is applicable to Domino view and outline elements rendered in a Web browser client. The view or outline has the command appended with a question mark (?) like this: Figure 7 demonstrates this command issued for a view in a custom application. It shows the contents of a view displayed via DXL in the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. The top element of the XML document is viewentries. This element contains all other elements in the document. Each row in a view is contained in a viewentry element, and each column of data in the row is contained in an entrydata element. This same format will be taken farther in the Domino environment; it will be used to describe form data as well as other data. Figure 8 is a possible format for a simple Notes mail memo.

DXL is used to describe Domino data as well as Domino design elements. It will enable the creation of new Domino design elements like views or forms.

In the past, this was only available via the C API.

Playing to Win

The developers at Lotus have only just begun to wrap their arms around XML, and it is indeed a good beginning. The current XML supports the power of XML to the Domino development community. The future promises more flexibility with the further enhancements provided by DXL. Lotus has announced further DXL support in an upcoming version of Domino. Also, XML will be a supported format for the enterprise connectivity tools Domino Enterprise Connection Services (DECS) and Lotus Enterprise Integrator (LEI).

REFERENCES AND RELATED MATERIALS

• IBM’s alphaWorks Web site: www.alphaworks. ibm.com

• IBM’s XML zone Web page: www.ibm.com/xml

• Lotus’ DXL Resources page: www.notes.net/dxl

• Lotus’ Web guide to XML: www.lotus.com/xml

• The Apache XML Project: www.apache.org (This site includes information on both Xalan and Xerces.)

• XML Powered by Domino: How to Use XML with Lotus Domino, Redbook (SG24- 6207-00), available at www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/ sg246207.html

• XML.com: www.xml.com

http://dominoServer/dominodatabase.nsf/
elementName?ReadViewEntries


1. import org.xml.sax.AttributeList;

import org.xml.sax.HandlerBase;

import org.xml.sax.Parser;

import org.xml.sax.Locator;

import org.xml.sax.SAXException;
2. import java.io.PrintWriter;
3. public class NotifyStr extends HandlerBase{
4. boolean flag = false;

boolean firstTime = true;

PrintWriter pw = null;
5. public NotifyStr(PrintWriter passed) {

pw = passed;

}

6. public void startDocument() throws SAXException {

}

7. public void endDocument() throws SAXException {

pw.println("");

pw.println("");

}

8. public void startElement(String name, AttributeList amap) throws SAXException {
9. if (name.equalsIgnoreCase("viewentry")) {

pw.println(""); }
10. else if (name.equalsIgnoreCase("text")) {

flag = true; }

else if (name.equalsIgnoreCase("datetime")) {

flag = true; }

else {

flag = false; }
11. for (int i = 0; i < amap.getLength(); i++) {

String attname = amap.getName(I);

String type = amap.getType(i);

String value = amap.getValue(i);
12. if (firstTime == true) {

pw.println("

");

pw.println("

");

firstTime = false;

} } }

13. public void endElement(String name) throws SAXException {
14. if (name.equalsIgnoreCase("viewentry")) {

pw.println(""); } }
15. public void characters(char[] ch, int start, int length) throws SAXException {

if (flag == true) {
16. pw.println("

");

flag = false;

} } }

import lotus.domino.*;

import java.io.PrintWriter;
17. public class SAXInAction extends AgentBase {

public void NotesMain() {

try {
18. PrintWriter pw = this.getAgentOutput();
19. com.ibm.xml.parsers.SAXParser parser = new com.ibm.xml.parsers.SAXParser();
20. NotifyStr nStr = new NotifyStr(pw);

parser.setDocumentHandler(nStr);
21. String url = "http://DominoServer/names.nsf/People?ReadViewEntries";
22. pw.println("");

pw.println("XML View Test");

pw.println("");
23. parser.parse(url);

pw.println("");
24. } catch(Exception e) {

e.printStackTrace(); } } }
======================================================================================

1. Import the appropriate SAX classes into the code.
2. The PrintWriter object will be used to display the output.
3. The NotifyStr Class is declared.
4. I set the flag variables. These flags are used to signal when elements are to be handled and so forth.
5. Constructor method is called when the NotifyStr object is instantiated (see statement 20).
6. The startDocument method is triggered at the beginning of an XML document.
7. The endDocument method is triggered at the end of an XML document.
8. The startElement method is fired whenever a new element is encountered.
9. You are interested in ViewEntry elements; these signal the beginning of a row in a Domino view.
10. The text elements designate column data. The flag is set accordingly so the data will be displayed.
11. A FOR loop is used to access all attributes of an element; this program doesn't use attributes, but it
is helpful to see how it works.
12. If it is the first time through, the program will output the beginning of an HTML table.
13. The endElement method is triggered at the end (slash) of an element block.
14. It is the end of a row if it is the end of a ViewEntry element, so end the HTML table row.
15. The SAX characters method is triggered when characters are encountered in an element.
16. This line displays the appropriate characters in a HTML table cell.
17. The beginning, or declaration, of the Domino agent.
18. The PrintWriter class will be used to send output to the browser.
19. Create a new SAX parser object.
20. Create a new instance of the object for handling SAX events.
21. This is the URL to be used as the XML source.
22. Send HTML to the requesting client.
23. Parse the XML document.
24. Handle any errors encountered.

Figure 1: This sample Domino Java agent accesses XML data from a Domino view.


Using_XML_in_Domino06-00.png 445x376

Figure 2: When the agent is called from a Web browser, it creates this output.


import lotus.domino.*;
1. import java.io.*;

public class Example2 extends AgentBase {

public void NotesMain() {

try {

Session s = this.getSession();
2. Database db = s.getDatabase(“”,”names.nsf”);
3. View vw = db.getView(“People”);

if (vw != null) {
4. DataOutputStream outFile =

new DataOutputStream(

new BufferedOutputStream(

new FileOutputStream(“c:people.xml”)));
5. outFile.writeBytes(“

outFile.writeBytes(“ encoding=”UTF-8”?> ”);
6. outFile.writeBytes(“ ”);

Document doc = vw.getFirstDocument();
7. while (doc != null) {
8. String firstName = doc.getItemValueString(“FirstName”);

String lastName = doc.getItemValueString(“LastName”);
9. outFile.writeBytes(“ ”);
10. outFile.writeBytes(“” + firstName + “”);

outFile.writeBytes(“” + lastName + “”);

outFile.writeBytes(“ ”);
11. doc = vw.getNextDocument(doc); }
12. vw.recycle();

outFile.writeBytes(“”);

outFile.close(); }

db.recycle();

s.recycle();

} catch (Exception e) {

e.printStackTrace(); }}}

======================================================================================

1. The necessary class files used to work with files are imported.
2. The name and address book is accessed.
3. This line defineds the people view as the view to be used, since only individuals are wanted.
4. The output stream is set to a file on the local hard drive.
5. The XML header information is written to the file.
6. The beginning XML tag for the people element is written.
7. All documents in the view are accessed via a loop. This line tells the program to loop through all
documents in the view.
8. The first name is retrieved from the person document.
9. The beginning XML tag for the name element is written.
10. The first name value with its element tags is written.
11. The next document from the view is retrieved.
12. The memory used by the view object is returned to the system.

Figure 3: This Domino Java agent sends XML data to another system.


1.
2. http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" version="1.0">
3.
4.

" + new String(ch,start,length) + "


5.

#DateAuthor






6.
7.
8.


9.


10.


11.
12.
13.

======================================================================================

1. This is the required header; it signals the XML version.
2. This is the namespace declaration, using standard XML.
3. All root elements of the XML document will be evaluated.
4. This is the beginning of the HTML document; this will be output.
5. All elements using other templates will be processed in the stylesheet. There are template designations
for different elements.
6. This is the end of the template.
7. This is the instructions for processing viewentries elements.
8. All children elements of the viewentries element are processed.
9. This is the instructions for processing viewentry elements.
10. All children elements of the viewentry element are processed.
11. This is the instructions for processing entrydata elements.
12. The datetime elements are selected and displayed.
13. Text elements are selected and displayed.

Figure 4: This is a sample XSLT document that will be transformed by the agent in Figure
5.


1. import org.apache.xalan.xslt.*;

import com.lotus.xsl.XSLProcessor;

import lotus.domino.*;

import org.apache.xalan.xslt.XSLTResultTarget;

import java.io.PrintWriter;
2. public class Example3 extends AgentBase {

public void NotesMain() {

try {
3. PrintWriter pw = this.getAgentOutput();
4. com.lotus.xml.xml4j2dom.XML4Jliaison4dom XMLLiaison = new

com.lotus.xml.xml4j2dom.XML4Jliaison4dom();
5. XSLProcessor xp = new XSLProcessor(new com.lotus.xml.xml4j2dom.XML4Jliaison4dom());

String url = "String url = "http://DominoServer/xmlact.nsf/All?ReadViewEntries";
6. XSLTInputSource xmlSource = new XSLTInputSource (url);
7. String xslUrl = "http://DominoServer/midrange.nsf/Attachments/VIEW/$File/view.xsl";
8. XSLTInputSource xslSheet = new XSLTInputSource (xslUrl);
9. XSLTResultTarget tout = new XSLTResultTarget(pw);
10. xp.process(xmlSource, xslSheet,tout);

} catch(Exception e) {

e.printStackTrace(); }}}

============================================================================

1. The appropriate XSL classes are imported.
2. This is the Class/Agent declaration.
3. The PrintWriter object will be used to display output.
4. The appropriate object for utilizing XSL is created.
5. The create XSL processor object is created.
6. This defines the XML source document to be transformed.
7. This is the URL of the XSL stylesheet to be used. The stylesheet is stored in the Domino database as an
attachment. Your stylesheet should be stored in your Domino database.
8. The XSL source object is set.
9. This line signals where the output of the transformation will be sent.
10. The transformation is executed.

Figure 5: This agent transforms the XSLT document in Figure 4.

Figure 6: This is the output displayed as a result of opening the Figure 5 agent from Internet Explorer.

Using_XML_in_Domino09-00.png 455x383


Using_XML_in_Domino10-00.png 444x375

Figure 7: Use the Domino ReadViewEntries URL command to display a Domino view via DXL.


19991205T091500

DXL is great

Tony Patton

Somebody else

Figure 8: This is an example of a Domino form presented in DXL.


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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.