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PHP, the popular cross-platform Web development tool, shows great versatility. It offers power to the pro and simplicity to the novice. It runs on many hardware and software platforms, including Windows, Mac, UNIX, and System i. PHP offers other benefits as well:

  • Requires no licensing fees
  • Runs many blogs and content management systems
  • Can connect disparate systems with technologies such as SOAP
  • Is endorsed by IBM

With DB2 support, powerful extensions and commands, and an architecture built for the web, PHP brings modern functionality to System i, simplifying tedious tasks. I recently worked with an HTML "textarea" (large text box) and had to split the text into chunks of a maximum size, observing word breaks. A mundane, time-consuming programming job? No—with PHP's wordwrap function, I needed only one line of code.

Zend ("The PHP Company"), which coordinates PHP's open-source development process, provides software and services that help companies use PHP effectively. Zend and IBM have cooperated since 2004 to offer PHP-oriented products for IBM's servers and databases, especially DB2.

Programmers of All Levels

Even people without programming experience can use PHP. According to Michael Pinette, Zend's vice president of business development, an early Zend customer was a non-programmer psychiatrist who used PHP to provide online access to mental-health topics, reference material, and social-networking portals for specific disorders. While such newcomers can use PHP, the language has enough advanced features to satisfy experts who wish to write sophisticated object-oriented applications.

Zend's Added Value for System i

Zend is a great match for System i because it brings the priorities of the System i community—stability, trust, safety, easy administration—to PHP. For IBM, Zend provides reliable PHP distributions and value-added components. According to Andi Gutmans, Zend's co-founder and vice president of technology, the company performs rigorous testing on PHP, selecting the most stable, best-performing versions for release in Zend Core. The first generally available (GA) release of Zend Core will include version 5.1.4 of PHP, says Gutmans. Gutmans estimates a six-month lag between the appearance of an open-source version of PHP and its Core release, "so it's stable and bulletproof, and customers won't hit walls."

Gutmans says Zend intends to port all its products to System i, treating the platform's users as first-class citizens, with the full solutions that other platforms enjoy.


Zend users needing technical support can go to the Zend Support Center and obtain the first "support ticket"—continued help until a single problem is resolved—free. Subsequently, paid support is available at several levels, including 24x7 phone support. If a problem needs a collaborative resolution, Zend will work with IBM's engineers to solve it. In addition, free assistance may be requested at the Zend forums, with the usual delays and uncertainties inherent at volunteer help sites.

System Requirements

Zend Core requires i5/OS V5R4 or higher. Although IBM may eventually overcome technical hurdles to allow V5R3 support, this development is far from certain. System i users who want to try Zend in the near future would be wise to upgrade to V5R4, installing all relevant PTFs, especially the latest HTTP Server (Apache) PTF group.

Besides V5R4, users must install the following licensed programs:

Zend Core Required Licensed Programs
Product Option
Licensed Program
Portable Application Solutions Environment (PASE)
System Openness Includes
Digital Certificate Manager
IBM Portable Utilities for i5/OS
OpenSSH, OpenSST, zlib

How to Install Zend Core

After verifying the system requirements above, download Zend Core and Studio from Zend Network i5/OS page. Register as a Zend Network member to obtain access to Zend Core and Studio, discussion forums, support, and automatic software updates. When asked to select a "channel," click the link labeled "Zend Core," leading to a download page. From there, save the zip file to your hard drive. Extract the Zend Core files using an unzip tool such as ZipGenius. The extracted files include a save file, release notes, and a user guide.

For installation details, consult the release notes and user guide. Here are some additional tips (as of Version 1.3.1, the latest available at press time):

  • One "prerequisite" can be ignored. You do not need licensed program 5722ac3, Crypto Access Provider 128 bit. The functionality of this program has been absorbed into other programs.
  • The installation uses IFS directory /usr/local. Create /usr/local before installing Zend Core. Make sure it is a true directory, not a symbolic link to another directory. (Confirm with the command WRKLNK '/USR/LOCAL' and then option 8, "attributes.")
  • Sign on as QSECOFR for the installation process.

If any Web errors should occur, check for error messages in the following log files: /usr/local/Zend/apache2/logs/error_log .* or /usr/local/Zend/core/logs/php_error_log

Once you have installed Zend Core, the administration Web site will be available to you. The URL (by default) is ( is any domain name assigned to your System i). Place your own PHP scripts in /www/zendcore/htdocs. They will run from Figures 1 and 2 show the Control Center and PHP Configuration pages.

Figure 1: Zend Core for i5/OS Control Center shows the status of PHP and the Web server. (Click images to enlarge.)

Figure 2: The Web-based PHP Configuration page is easier to read than old-fashioned PHP.INI files.

Installing Zend Studio

Download the appropriate version for you (Windows, Mac, or Linux) from the same page from which you downloaded Zend Core. The Windows version that I tried was a self-extracting executable file that installed easily.

Menus in 5250 Mode

Most of Zend Core's options are available on the Web-based administration interface. Some actions, though, can be run from a 5250 screen.

Main menu (shown in Figure 3): GO ZENDCORE/ZCMENU

Figure 3: The Zend Core 5250-based setup tool offers access to the Apache menu and a few other selections.

For direct access to the Apache menu: GO ZENDCORE/ZCAMENU

Administrators can control Zend Core's Apache server programmatically (for example, upon IPL) with these lines:

Power from Extensions

Extensions contain targeted bits of functionality. When compiled into PHP, they act as seamless parts of the language. Although anyone may write an extension and compile it into PHP, Zend has selected the best for inclusion in Zend Core, Gutmans says. Gutmans and his colleagues have included the most widely used extensions that meet their standards of quality, including, for example, ibm_db2 for optimized db2 access and gd for creating graphics dynamically.

Figure 4 shows the Extension Configuration page.

Figure 4: Extension Configuration allows extensions to be activated and configured.

At press time, Zend Core for i5/OS included the following extensions: bcmath, bz2, calendar, ctype, curl, db2, dom, exif, ftp, gd, tidy, gmp, ibm_db2, iconv, imap, ldap, libxml, mbstring, mcrypt, mhash, mysql, mysqli, openssl, pcntl, pcre, posix, session, shmop, simplexml, soap, sockets, spl, sqlite, standard, sysvmsg, sysvse, sysvshm, tokenizer, xml, xmlreader, xsl, zip, zlib, ming, and wddx.

Alternative to mail()

The first GA release of Zend Core will not support PHP's mail() command. System i does not have the "sendmail" program that mail() requires. Applications needing to send or receive email must use an alternative, such as the free PHPMailer class. Newcomers can get started quickly with the PHPMailer Tutorial.

Integration with Traditional i5/OS Objects

Generic, open-source distributions of PHP do not handle System i's special object types such as data areas, data queues, and message queues. Such distributions have no straightforward method to call i5/OS commands and programs written in RPG, CL, and COBOL. Zend Core is gradually filling this gap in the following ways:

  • Beta V2 (early July 2006) will have a "bridge" to RPG, CL, and other i5/OS native program objects.
  • GA (late July) will have further bridges to data queues and message queues.
  • Future releases may offer integration with other objects, such as data areas.

Database Access

Zend Core's PHP distribution has several extensions that enable users to connect to databases on System i and other platforms, as shown in the following table.

Database Extensions in Zend Core for i5/OS
DB2 unified ODBC driver
The db2 extension provides a native db2 driver, accessed with the generic ODBC interface.
ibm_db2 (recommended)
Native, optimized extension for DB2
IBM's DB2 and System i engineers collaborated to make a high-quality, well-performing extension. Zend further tested it for reliability.
PDO (not available)
PHP Data Objects
Not yet mature and stable enough for inclusion in Zend Core, PDO is an object-oriented, portable, generic interface to database drivers.
mysql, mysqli
MySQL database access
Although PHP works well with the MySQL extensions, Zend Core does not include MySQL server software. Users who want MySQL should download it using instructions such as these.

One easy way to get started with the ibm_db2 extension is to go to an example from Zend's "Developer Zone," copy it, and adapt it. The SOAP example later in this article also uses ibm_db2.

Zend Studio Is a Bonus That Speeds Development

Zend Studio Professional is a graphical development environment intended to speed development and improve code quality. System i customers are getting this excellent package free while others pay $240 list price.

Available for Windows, Mac, and UNIX clients, Studio is a dazzling productivity booster. Anyone still using a simple text editor is urged to try Studio.

Consider the following examples from the Zend Studio feature list. The 5.2.0 beta version was used.

Interactive debugger (Figure 5): Studio has a sophisticated debugger. While code runs, the debugger shows the function's output (text and HTML format), values of variables, the call stack, and more.

Figure 5: In the debug demo, the Debug Output pane shows the accumulation of HTML or text source as code runs.

Coding errors are uncovered by the "real time" syntax checker (Figure 6):

Figure 6: The syntax checker noticed that a parenthesis was missing.

The code analyzer (Figure 7) produces a detailed error log.

Figure 7: The code analyzer found an unused variable, indicating a potential error.

SQL Support can work with structures and data of many database types (Figure 8).

Figure 8: Studio's SQL facility shows MySQL data from a Mambo content management system.

Version and Source Code Control

Zend Studio includes built-in clients for the popular Concurrent Versions System (CVS) and Subversion (SVN) version control systems. Administrators can download and install the open-source server portions from the Web. SVN, according to Gutmans, is superior to CVS and is adequate for teams of up to 10 developers.

Large teams might prefer a more robust version control system. Under discussion, Gutmans says, is the possibility that Zend will work with Eclipse and enterprise-grade version control such as IBM Rational ClearCase for more complex development environments.

Zend Studio Simplifies SOAP

Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) is an XML-based format that applications can use for exchanging data, primarily via HTTP. When two applications communicate, the data provider is called the "SOAP server." The data consumer is called the "SOAP client." How does the client know what services are offered by the server? A Web Services Description Language (WSDL) file defines the server's input and output. Zend Studio, with its ability to generate WSDL files, greatly speeds the preparation of SOAP services.

When I ran a quick personal test of PHP's SOAP extension and Zend Server's WSDL generator, everything worked easily. The example below, adapted from a sample by Zend's Shahar Evron, includes a server script (fruitserver.php) and a client script (fruitclient.php).

Step 1: Create table with data to retrieve.

From STRSQL on a 5250 terminal, I created a table and gave it two records of test data:

INSERT INTO fruit/apples (color, name) VALUES('red', 'Red Delicious')
INSERT INTO fruit/apples (color, name) VALUES('green', 'Granny Smith') )

Step 2: Create the server code, fruitserver.php (Figure 9).

The "at" signs (@) are part of phpDocumentor format, which helps generate WSDL markup. Note that fruitserver.php retrieves System i data using the ibm_db2 extension.

 * Fruitserver.php
 * A sample SOAP server using a WSDL file generated with Zend Studio

 * This class describes a fruit-fact provider: It provides information about common fruits. 

It gets the information from an IBM System i DB2 database.
 * Objects of this class be used internally in your application
 * as well as exposed as a SOAP service.
class fruitfacts
       * Return the apple's name based on color.
       * @param string $color
       * @return string
      public function appleNameFromColor($color)
            $applename = ""; // intialize

            // connect to System i DB2 database using default database 

name, user, password
            if (! $conn) {
               return db2_conn_errormsg();
                  } else {
            // query our System i DB2 database
            $sql="select name from fruit.apples where color=? ";
            $stmt = db2_prepare($conn, $sql);
            $result = db2_execute($stmt, array($color));

            $row = db2_fetch_both($stmt);
            if ($row) {
               $applename = $row['NAME'];
            } // the else of connection OK

            // color not found
            if (! $applename) {
               $applename = "unknown apple";
            return $applename;


// Set up the SOAP server, specifying wsdl file
$server = new SoapServer('');

// Handle SOAP requests

Figure 9: Fruitserver.php contains one class, one function, and a few SOAP commands.

Step 3: Create the client code, fruitclient.php (Figure 10).



 * Fruitclient.php
 * This is a sample script that uses the Fruitserver SOAP service. 
 * It demonstrates how to set up SOAP clients using WSDL files.

// Try to set up the SOAP client and get the data
try {
      // WSDL files can be read directly from the web!
      $client = new 


      $color = array("red","green","purple");
      $fruitname = array(null,null,null);

      // pass in three colors, get three fruit names from the server
      $fruitname[0] = $client->appleNameFromColor($color[0]);
      $fruitname[1] = $client->appleNameFromColor($color[1]);
      $fruitname[2] = $client->appleNameFromColor($color[2]);

} catch (SoapFault $fault) {
      $errorMsg = "SOAP error {$fault->faultcode}: {$fault->faultstring}";

  SOAP Example


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      SOAP example: get apple name by color 
            This SOAP client passes a color to a remote SOAP server. 

The server returns a variety of apple matching the color. 
      Apple colors and varieties:


Figure 10: Fruitclient.php uses a few SOAP commands (near the top) to get data from fruitserver.php.

Step 4: Run the WSDL Generator Wizard from the Tools menu, as shown in Figures 11 to 17.

Figure 11: The WSDL Generator Wizard creates a configuration.

Figure 12: Select PHP files to analyze.

Figure 13: Point the Wizard to fruitserver.php, where our service function resides.

Figure 14: The WSDL generator reports its intention before creating the WSDL.

Figure 15: The WSDL file was created.

I was glad I didn't have to create fruitfacts.wsdl by hand (Figure 16).






                  This class describes a fruit-fact provider: It provides 

information about common fruits.
                        Return the apple's name based on color.









Figure 16: Fruitfacts.wsdl defines the services offered by fruitserver.php.

Now we run our SOAP client in a browser. It accesses WSDL and the SOAP server, retrieving our apple varieties (Figure 17).

Figure 17: The client, the server, and the WSDL file work together.

Probable Schedule of Zend Releases for i5/OS

According to Andi Gutmans and Michael Pinette, Zend's releases for System i will be as follows:

Zend's Releases for System i
early July 2006
Zend Core, Zend Studio
Version 2 beta
end of July 2006
Zend Core, Zend Studio using PHP V5.1.4. Free for System i users.
3rd quarter 2006
Zend Guard to encode PHP. Good for security and retaining intellectual property. Useful for independent software vendors (ISVs). Cost to be announced.
late August 2006
Zend Platform, Zend's flagship product for the enterprise, with acceleration, caching, performance monitoring, and Java Bridge. Cost to be announced.
end of 2006
Zend Framework, which further speeds application development with standard architecture.
still in discussion
Watch the Zend for i5/OS forums for news

Figure 19: Zend is steadily providing all its products to IBM System i.

A New Approach to System i Web Development

In porting PHP to System i, IBM and Zend have given the community a powerful, low-risk approach to Web development. Developers who use PHP strengthen the platform while mastering technology that can run almost anywhere. PHP re-energizes System i with advanced capabilities for the Web that are easy to use. The advantages of System i—reliability, virtualization, scalability—remain.


Zend for i5/OS
Zend for i5/OS Discussion Forums (Core and Studio at this time)
Zend Forums for all platforms and products

•"IBM DB2 Universal Database, Cloudscape, and Apache Derby" by Dan Scott (PDF)

Zend Developer Zone
Zend Framework (currently in preview but reportedly stable and worth trying)

• Charts and Graphs in PHP: PHP/SWF Charts, JpGraph, PHP SOAP Extension

Alan Seiden is a consultant and developer at a northern New Jersey IT firm, where he enjoys his role as a creative software catalyst for clients. Alan is vice president of the New York City Usability Professionals Association. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Alan Seiden
  Alan Seiden founded Seiden Group to help IBM i shops design and implement high-performance web and mobile applications using PHP, DB2, RPG business logic and Zend Framework best practices. Alan and his team work closely with some of the best minds at both Zend and IBM on behalf of their clients.With a passion for open source and community, Alan co-developed the popular PHP Toolkit with IBM. He was one of the first Zend Framework certified engineers; co-founder of the NYC Zend Framework Meetup; charter member of IBM/COMMON's PHP Advisory Board; and a consultant for IBM's manual PHP: Zend Core for i5/OS. An award-winning speaker, Alan has been called "the performance guru of PHP on IBM i." He shares his expertise regularly at conferences and user groups such COMMON, ZendCon, the RPG & DB2 Summit, OMNI, the Northeast Users Group Conference, OCEAN and WMCPA. He also mentors other developers within the Club Seiden forum.In his spare time, Alan plays the trombone and studies and teaches the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education.Subscribe to Alan’s monthly newsletter PHP on IBM i Tips.  Follow Alan on Twitter: @alanseiden and LinkedIn: on Alan


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    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
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    • 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:

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  • 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.
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    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
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    • And distribute documents digitally


  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400


    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:

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    • 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:

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    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using 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:

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    • 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:

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    • 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:

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    • 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).
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  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

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

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  • 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?
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    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
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    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:

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    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
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  • 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.