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HelpSystems

 

Automate Process Flow Through the Data Center
Typical “computerized” business processes are a combination of multiple schedulers, operational scripts, CL programs, and manual file checking, all backed up with the trusty runbook.
Is there a better way to manage business processes?
It is a common misconception that a business process cannot be automated if it’s too complicated or requires that someone verify each step. We’re here to tell you there is a better way to manage your business—process automation is possible!
Take 30 minutes to learn the options for automating your business process flow and how they fit into your data center processing, including cases of:

  • Complex or iterative schedules
  • Event-driven dependencies
  • Multi-platform dependencies
  • Dynamically calculated parameters
  • Exception notification
  • SAP and Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne integration
How do I know business process automation is effective?
If you have any doubts that automating complex business processes will improve your level of service, you’ll also hear a success story from the senior systems administrator at Trident Seafoods who embraced automation using the Robot solution and is reeling in the benefits!


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Halcyon, a HelpSystems Company

 

In this 45-minute recorded webinar, we dissect complex system monitoring by introducing best practices and smart techniques that will help you reduce and simplify your multi-platform monitoring workload.

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SkyView Partners, Inc.

 

One of the ways to simplify the administration and management of users’ capabilities and access rights is to implement role-based access (RBAC). This technique is often preferred by auditors because it provides a more simple way to review users’ configuration and access. In this session, security expert Carol Woodbury will explain RBAC, the 5 steps you can take to achieve RBAC, as well as how to use SkyView’s Policy Minder product to simplify the setup and daily management of RBAC configuration and policies.

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PowerTech Group, Inc.

 

IBM 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.


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HelpSystems

 

When doing an upgrade to IBM i, it’s more work to plan the upgrade than to make the upgrade itself. Once you have a plan, the actual upgrade is simple. Do you know what you need to upgrade to IBM i 7.2? Pete Massiello has helped many IBM i users make the move. He joins Tom Huntington to share 50 years of combined experience with IBM i. They’ll get you on the right path to an upgrade by helping you answer key questions like these:

  • What is the right size for the load source?
  • How do I increase the licensed internal code?
  • Which version of Java is compatible with the new release?
  • Which console options are no longer available with 7.2?
  • Do I have the correct set of disks for the upgrade?
  • What do I need to do differently when upgrading from 5.4, 6.1, or 7.1?
This one-hour recorded webinar covers planning tips, hardware and software prerequisites, and post-installation requirements.


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HelpSystems

 

Protecting your data from viruses or malicious code is not an unfamiliar concept, but understanding how these threats can affect your Power Systems server may not be as easy to grasp.

There are many myths about viruses and IBM i—including the belief that the system is immune. Many Power Systems managers still don’t see viruses as a risk because they see them as a Windows threat. While this was once true, today’s connected environments operate under different rules.

It’s time to take action and protect IBM i and the network that connects to it. This on-demand webinar will help you gain an understanding of the relationships between:

  • Viruses and the integrated file system (IFS)
  • Power Systems and Windows viruses
  • PC-based anti-virus scanning vs native IBM i scanning
There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. Learn the facts to ensure you're fully-protected.


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Profound Logic Software, Inc.

 

Modern, 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.

We will demonstrate how Profound UI:
  • Goes beyond simple screen-scraping to truly modernize your RPG applications
  • Uses RPG Open Access and your own RPG code and development talent to modernize
  • Supports rapid development with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Designer
  • Integrates with our on-the-fly modernization, mobile development, and Enterprise Modernization solutions

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PowerTech Group

 

Set the tone for data protection with security-relevant system values

Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
The series opens with an introduction to security-relevant system values.
System values are one of the fundamental elements of IBM i security. The security system values enable you to “set the tone” of security on your IBM i, enforce password composition rules, and enable auditing. Watch this on-demand webinar to see Carol Woodbury describe these system values and provide guidance on their best practice settings.


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HelpSystems

 

Compared to alternative products like Intel or Oracle, what makes POWER8 so great? In this one-hour recorded webinar, IBM’s Power Systems Product Manager Mark Olson joins Tom Huntington to discuss the advantages of Power technology. You’ll get great information about:

  • Product specs for the S814, S824, E870, and E880 servers
  • What’s new and unique in these servers to the industry
  • Why IBM i users on POWER5, POWER6, or POWER7 should move to POWER8
  • What to expect next, including storage area network (SAN) and direct access storage (DAS)
  • Developers, system administrators, and infrastructure teams using Power Systems running IBM i exclusively or alongside AIX and/or Windows should be sure to tune in!


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    PowerTech Group

     

    Protect your system from unauthorized network access through readily available PC tools

    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This on-demand webinar will show you how well-known services like FTP and ODBC enable users to access sensitive data without oversight or restrictions. Robin Tatam will also explain what exit programs are and how you can use them to protect your organization.


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    Help/Systems, Inc.

     

    Robot automation and monitoring software provides features to simplify the task of managing your IBM i and cross-platform processes. It provides automated reporting and collects audit data for:

    • Job tracking for Robot and user submitted jobs
    • Audit trail of changes made to jobs
    • Administrator fields for documenting changes
    • Event logs reporting file arrival
    • Message history identifying the who, what, and why of a message
    • System storage and performance threshold events
    If you own or administrate any of the Robot products, you won’t want to miss this one. This recorded webinar will show how to access the Robot audit data through the graphical and 5250 interface and generate reports automatically for distribution.


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    Halcyon, a HelpSystems Company

     

    In this 45-minute recorded webinar, virtualization specialist Glenn Robinson joins Ash Giddings to discuss the use of VIOS in today’s demanding Power Systems environments. VIOS can help you realize real business value by reducing IT expenditure and adding the flexibility to grow and shrink resources according to data center demands through virtualization across IBM Power Systems estates.

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    Robot SAVE can make your life easier when it comes to recovering your IBM i data. Watch this 30-minute webinar and discover the features that you and your auditors will love, including:

    • Automatically generated system recovery procedures
    • Audit reports listing what was or was not saved
    • Tape integrity for all IBM i systems in the data center
    • Finding and restoring a single object, directory, or library
    • Technical support dedicated to ensuring the accuracy of your configuration


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    This 30-minute recording demystifies Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS and teaches best practice techniques for maintaining and controlling critical processes and applications running on your Linux, AIX, and VIOS environments.

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    PowerTech Group

     

    Everyone knows that cybersecurity is important, but getting started on the road to data protection and compliance can be confusing and intimidating. Understanding common vulnerabilities helps you focus your attention and resources on the areas that need the most help.
    We all want “best-practice” security, but what are top organizations doing to achieve and maintain it?
    Watch this webinar to learn the details about how to develop the seven habits that are part of daily life for secure organizations. You’ll learn how to:

    • Break the Ostrich Syndrome
    • Develop a Security Policy
    • Assess Current Standing
    • Perform Security Event Logging and Review
    • Use “Best of Breed” Technologies
    • Monitor for Ongoing Compliance
    • Plan for the Future
    This on-demand webinar examines what each of these habits means to IBM i, and helps you make sure that you don’t become the next security statistic.


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    PowerTech Group, Inc.

     

    The IBM i operating system is lauded as one of the most secure available. Unfortunately, the truth is that many configurations result in shocking server vulnerabilities.

    If you have an interest in security or regulatory compliance, watch this webinar to learn about 5 important “secrets” that your administrator needs to be sharing with you. Remember, you can’t fix what you don’t know about!


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    SkyView Partners, Inc.

     

    SkyView Partners has been performing security assessments for the IBM i community for over 12 years. Based on the findings of these assessments, Carol Woodbury will present the Top 10 vulnerabilities found in IBM i security configurations. She will talk about each issue, making sure to describe how the vulnerability poses risk to your data. In addition, her discussion will include the prevalence of these issues, how to assess the risk of these issues as they pertain to your environment and options for addressing the vulnerabilities.

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    PowerTech Group

     

    Learn why event auditing is necessary and how to configure it

    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This second session of the series introduces event auditing, with Robin Tatam covering the basics and more:

    • Why auditing is necessary
    • Determine if IBM i auditing is currently active
    • How to configure auditing with one simple command
    • What audit events are recorded (and which are missed!)
    • How high availability (HA) applications often make critical events disappear
    • Event reporting and real-time alerting


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    HelpSystems

     

    Worried that you might automate yourself out of a job if you help your business implement a workload automation and scheduling system? No way, Jose! This is one of the most common misconceptions about automation. Watch this on-demand webinar and see why automation tools really are a lifesaver.

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    HelpSystems

     

    Take a fresh look your IBM i investment to identify the areas where automation provides you opportunities for cost control while improving scalability and resource utilization and boosting employee morale.

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    HelpSystems

     

    Now in its second year, HelpSystems, in conjunction with industry publishers, surveyed over 800 IBM i users from around the world to produce the IBM i Marketplace Survey Results. The expanded 2016 survey builds on last year’s results to provide even greater insight into the IBM i marketplace.

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    PowerTech Group

     

    IBM has provided us with two powerful and very exciting security enhancements in the last two versions of IBM i.
    Scott Forstie of IBM joins Carol Woodbury to demonstrate and describe the V7R2 feature called Row and Column Access Control (RCAC), which extends how you define which users have access to specific rows in a database file. RCAC also provides a way to mask data for all or selected users.
    The recently released V7R3 adds Authority Collection. Authority Collection provides organizations and vendors with the ability to know exactly what authority is required to perform a task, eliminating the guesswork. Gone is the need to set *PUBLIC authority on database files to *ALL or to automatically grant service accounts *ALLOBJ special authority just because you’re unsure of what authority is required.
    Watch Scott and Carol as they discuss these and other new security features delivered in V7R2 and V7R3.


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    SkyView Partners, Inc.

     

    Carol is pleased to be joined for this Coffee with Carol by friend and former colleague Jeff Uehling, current Chief Security Architect for IBM i. Jeff and Carol will be discussing a number of the recent Security Vulnerabilities which have had a huge, industry-wide impact on both hardware and software vendors - including IBM and the IBM i development groups. These security vulnerabilities include well-publicized ones such as Heartbleed, Bash/Shellshock and Poodle as well as numerous vulnerabilities that haven’t hit the media. These vulnerabilities exist in areas such as Java, OpenSSL and many networking areas of your systems.

    IBM i has long been known as a secure platform on which you can run your business critical applications. However, securing the system requires careful attention to the system-wide security configuration options, managing the authority settings on your data objects which contain your business critical data (corporate assets), and - as importantly - staying current with your enterprise-wide maintenance and ensure the latest PTFs/Fixes are installed in order to close "real" or "potential" security holes.


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    MC Press Online, LLC

     

    The MC Resource Centers bring you the widest selection of white papers, software, webcasts and more for you to choose from and at MC Press we’re all about choice. We’re even giving one lucky person the opportunity to choose their own prize in our “It’s All About Choice” contest for a $250 Best Buy gift card. Visit the MC Resource Centers today and select as many of the FREE offerings you would like to receive. While there, enter the contest and you may just win a $250 Best Buy gift card!
    (USA and CANADA only!)

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    HelpSystems

     

    Get the results of the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study in this on-demand webinar!
    PowerTech has audited thousands of IBM i servers over the past 13 years, gaining extensive, real-world insight into the deployment state of IBM i security controls.
    The results of this wildly popular study, the State of IBM i Security, have revealed vulnerabilities that even auditors miss—providing invaluable insight in seven configuration categories:

    • Network-initiated commands & data access
    • Server-level security controls
    • Profile and password settings
    • Administrative capabilities
    • Public accessibility to corporate data
    • System event auditing
    • Anti-virus protection
    Session Learning Objectives Viewers also gain an understanding of:
    • Why this study is important
    • How the data is collected
    • How to interpret and learn from the results

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    Profound Logic Software, Inc.

     

    Watch 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!
    Watch this Webinar Now!

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    PowerTech Group

     

    Because IBM i Access is not supported on Windows 10 clients, now is the time to migrate to Access Client Solutions (ACS), the strategic client solution provided by IBM.
    In this recorded webinar, IBM i security expert Carol Woodbury and her guest, Tim Rowe of IBM, discuss ACS and related security considerations. You'll find out what ACS is and what security considerations you should be aware of during the initial deployment and configuration of ACS.
    Carol and Tim also discuss:

    • Benefits to the security administrator of using ACS (over IBM i Access)
    • Other security considerations when using ACS
    • Recent enhancements to ACS unrelated to security


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    New Generation Software, Inc.

     

    NGS’ Software Developer Kit (SDK) gives IBM i developers comprehensive query, dynamic mobile reporting, analytics and Web report design features at an affordable cost. Install and create meaningful outputs for managers in one day! Web page and portal integration, email, FTP are included.

    The $895* SDK includes a one user license, online training, user manuals, one year of software maintenance; toll-free support and online incident reporting.

    • Want to modernize beyond Query/400 and PC files transfers?
    • Need a Web reporting solution without the learning curve and overhead of DB2 Web Query?
    • Have many reporting needs, but a tight budget and small staff?
    View the demo and request a FREE TRIAL of the SDK.

    * Limited time offer.


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    HelpSystems

     

    If you own or administrate any of the Robot products, you won’t want to miss this one. This recorded webinar offers an overview of the Robot product suite, a live demo of recent updates, and a preview of what’s on the horizon for the Robot system management solution.

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    Halcyon, a HelpSystems Company

     

    IBM i is great at managing varied workloads—the OS offers many built-in work management and system utilities to aid administration.
    But greater customization is sometimes necessary in the line of duty.
    Halcyon has built upon these utilities to deliver a number of advanced functions designed for you to take control of all of your day-to-day IBM i activities.
    During this on-demand webinar, our experts will demonstrate some of Halcyon’s capabilities and describe real-life scenarios that highlight how you can:

    • Reduce your alerting footprint by implementing leading-edge monitoring techniques
    • Identify both organic growth and spikes in disk space utilization
    • Automate time-consuming housekeeping tasks
    • Take advantage of the powerful IBM i Services
    • Automate literally anything
    Set your sights on having the right monitoring solution, no matter what comes your way. Watch the recording today!


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    SkyView Partners, Inc.

     

    In this Coffee with Carol session, Carol Woodbury draws on her experience consulting with SkyView Partners’ clients and helping them with their PCI DSS implementation and compliance requirements. Carol explains each of the 12 sections of the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and describes specifically how each relates to the IBM i community.

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    SkyView

     

    Security expert Carol Woodbury gets asked to explain many different aspects of IBM i security. Some are questions about straightforward concepts, but other questions reach the more obscure features and functions of IBM i security.

    In this recorded webinar, Carol has gathered these questions and will provide examples and explanations for the more quirky and confusing aspects of IBM i security, including:

    • What are the *ADOPT and *GROUP values you occasionally see when running the Display
    • Object Authority command?
    • What is primary group authority?
    • Watch this webinar on demand to get answers to these and other security questions. There will be something of interest to everyone!

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    Help/Systems

     

    Calling all programmers, system admins, operators, and data center managers! If your boss or your business just tossed you into the IBM i environment, you may find yourself up the operations creek without a paddle.

    Let the IBM i experts at HelpSystems be your guide. Both first-timers and old hands will benefit from a few new tricks on where to get started with these essential IBM i areas:

    • Job management and subsystems
    • Memory management and allocation
    • Report management
    • System message handling
    • User profile creation and control
    • Commands and menus
    Watch this one-hour recorded webinar to see how easy it can be to excel at IBM i systems management.


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    Halcyon, a HelpSystems Company

     

    Make Application Monitoring Easy Across the IBM i, Windows, AIX, and Linux Platforms in Your Environment

    IT departments are constantly bombarded by information from a wide variety of operating systems, business applications, and critical processes. At the same time, the department must support a complex array of servers and devices running across their entire network.
    With limited resources and the need to keep costs in check, more and more is expected of operational staff to handle this information efficiently.

    In this 45-minute recorded webinar, we’ll dissect complex systems monitoring by introducing best practices and smart techniques that will help you:

    • Ensure vital business applications run smoothly and without disruption
    • Respond swiftly and with appropriate actions
    • Confirm that essential data is received at the right time
    • Prove service levels are maintained
    • Keep contingency and high availability strategies fully operational


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    SkyView Partners, Inc.

     

    If you’ve heard Carol Woodbury speak or have read any of her writings, she often talks about ‘multiple layers of defense.’ But what does that mean, exactly, and how do you implement multiple layers of defense? How do you determine how many layers of defense you need? Come and find out during Carol’s Coffee with Carol webinar.

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    PowerTech Group

     

    “Security” is definitely on your IT staff’s to-do list, but how often does this item get checked off?

    IT doesn’t have enough time for security—the 2016 IBM i Security Study proves it. The trouble is that data security isn’t a set-and-forget project. Data security on your IBM i requires on-going attention and expertise.
    In this on-demand webinar, you’ll learn how to save time and work more effectively. We’re cutting to the core of IBM i security by outlining the simple strategy developed by our experts.
    You’ll see a straightforward approach to understanding and addressing risk to your IBM i data. We’ll also show you how our world-class security services help people protect business-critical data when they don’t have the time, resources, or knowledge to tackle IBM i security on their own.


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    HelpSystems

     

    In this 1-hour on-demand webinar, IBM i expert Pete Massiello gives you a step-by-step guide to creating virtual i partitions hosted on IBM i.

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    Help/Systems, Inc.

     

    Why AppDev Should Embrace Automation
    Your application development team is an expensive resource that works hard to improve business processes, yet more and more IBM i shops are putting AppDev in charge of managing day-to-day system operations.
    Instead of taking their attention away from the website, business analytics, mobile, security, SQL data access, and more, streamline operations with automation and build in notifications so your teams have visibility into processing when they need it, and can manage the rest by exception. In just 30 minutes, our experts will show how AppDev teams can take advantage of Robot automated operations on IBM i and beyond so they can:

    • Stop programming for multi-platform job and file event dependencies
    • Stop struggling with incorrect parameter values
    • Stop wondering where to fit a process into daily, weekly, or monthly cycles
    • Stop the on-call headaches, the firefighting, and the lack of progress cycle
    Go ahead, give your AppDev team a productivity boost!


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    PowerTech Group

     

    The IFS is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of IBM i security Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This recorded session has Robin Tatam introducing IFS security:

    • Defining IFS
    • How the IFS is configured
    • Common IFS security mistakes
    • What a virus can do to IBM i through the IFS
    • Tracking user activity


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