Thursday, 30 December 2010

Application Mapping – Special System i News Series

As you know I always on the lookout for news and opportunities on the IBM iSeries (AS/400) systems.

I found something interesting at and I have copied it below for your convenience.

Robert Cancilla Robert Cancilla authors a series of four articles on how Application Mapping has changed the way companies are managing, maintaining and modernizing their Legacy IBM i Applications.

The whole series is available as an eBook(pdf) download here, or use the links below to download the individual articles in the series.

Individual Articles

Application Mapping - IBM_i_the_present_and_the_future.pdf

Enterprise Application Discovery - Automated_Application_Audit.pdf

Legacy Application Design Recovery - Modernizing_Legacy_CA2E_&_RPG_applications.pdf

Automating system wide changes - Writing_programs_to_update_your_programs.pdf

Monday, 27 December 2010

Zend optimized PHP Server 5.0 Web Application Development and Management for IBM i and IBM Power Systems

Zend Technologies, the PHP Company, today announced that Zend Server, an enterprise-ready solution for the operation and management of PHP applications is a first for the IBM i operating system environment to IBM Power Systems ™ platform. Zend Server for IBM i, companies are now using modern PHP-based Web applications on existing business logic and corporate databases efficiently and safely.

“PHP and Zend are a leading platform for the rapid development of web front ends for RPG and COBOL applications,” said Ian Jarman, Manager, Power Systems Software at IBM. <"The commitment by IBM and Zend, the technological cooperation has a robust, fully supported solution that help our customers improve the performance, reliability and security they expect from us in the operation of business critical applications on IBM i will have done". Zend Server for IBM i – Duration and management functions

Business-class PHP – An up-to-date, fully tested, supported and documented PHP stack for high reliability and minimal risk
Rapid Response problem – Application Monitoring and Diagnosis allow early problem detection and rapid root cause analysis
Optimal application performance – Built-in optimization, acceleration, and job queue ensure high performance and low resource utilization
Leveraging the power of the IBM i – a 5250 Bridge and PHP Toolkit to make PHP applications easy to build and run on IBM i

Customer Experience

“We chose Zend Server for our IBM i platform to an attractive front-end ordering system for our warehouse distribution system to create,” said Scott Campbell, Programmer / Analyst at Value Drug Mart in Canada. “This allowed us to easily self-service to hundreds of customers who order now online, track order fulfillment and call loans without lengthy faxing. Automating this process reduces errors and reduces our support staff to focus on higher things.”

Zend Server for IBM i is integrated with Zend Studio for IBM i and the Zend Framework, offering a complete solution for developing, debugging and PHP applications on IBM i

“Can program Integration Server with Zend Zend Studio, we monitor and debug everything in one place”

, Campbell said. “We can spot and resolve performance issues without unnecessary downtime and provide tighter code in less time than before. Under this approach, we expect a significant improvement in the speed of our e-commerce sites.”

Because IBM and Zend partnership began, tens of thousands of IBM i customers from all over the world have the PHP language, Zend Solutions for the introduction of business-critical web applications used.

Zend Server EDITIONS

Zend Server for IBM i combines all the features that were previously offered separately in Zend Core for IBM i and Zend Platform for IBM i. It is available in two editions:

Zend Server for IBM i is the commercial edition, software updates and security patches, creates a 5250 bridge, integrated application monitoring, code tracing, and problem diagnosis, full page caching and Job queue functionality. The commercial version is gold and platinum support for up to 24×7 telephone support.
Zend Server Community Edition for IBM i provides a complete and certified PHP stack, PHP Toolkit and performance optimization tools plus the first year of Silver level support from Zend. This edition is in all new distributions of the integrated IBM i operating system, and it can also be downloaded for free from

Zend Server for IBM i exceeds Zend Core for IBM Zend Platform for IBM i and i, to provide better performance and easier management of the PHP environment. With the release of Zend Server for IBM i, both Zend Core for IBM i and Zend Platform for IBM i is an end-of-life process in power.

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About Zend Technologies

Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP Company, is a leading provider of products and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical PHP applications. PHP is running 35 percent of global sites and has quickly become the most popular language for building dynamic Web applications. Deployed at more than 30,000 companies worldwide, the Zend family of products provides a comprehensive solution to support the entire lifecycle of PHP applications. Zend is in Cupertino, California.

For more information, please visit or call +1 408-253-8800

Zend, Zend Technologies, Zend Framework,, Zend Studio, Zend Core, Zend Platform and associated logos and symbols are registered trademarks of Zend Technologies, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. IBM is a registered trademark and IBM Power System is a trademark of IBM Corporation.

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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Does coding System i programs with WDSc causes headbanging?

According to this video, posted on YouTube, from Aaron Bartell, it does

Code Aaron, code!
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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

PHP Video Tutorials

I found on YouTube a series of interesting tutorials on PHP and I thought that you might be interested.

You will find the first one below:

You can access the full series at:

==> PHP Tutorials

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Modern IBM i solutions accessed on modern devices

An Interesting new from

Presto gives all your IBM i green screens a Web GUI in one minute with no code changes. The white paper discusses why you should modernize your 5250 applications and how Presto can accomplish this.

WebSmart PHP helps you rapidly develop IBM i and multi-platform PHP apps in minutes using templates and wizards. The white paper discusses why you should consider writing web apps in PHP and how WebSmart helps you do that.

Bonus Draw: Every IT person at any organization that purchases a BCD software product by January 31, 2011 that is registered in this draw will be entered in a second drawing to win a free iPad.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

IBM Systems and SAP

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Monday, 13 December 2010

What is iSeriesLink Studio?

iSeriesLink Apps link iSeries Programs to PC and/or Web resources.

You can add a new function key or hot key to any existing iSeries or AS/400 screen. The key can trigger an event, such as opening a PC file, getting a URL, or running a PC program. The file name, URL, or parameters to the program can be different each time, depending on the data present on that particular screen.

With iSeriesLink, the changes to the end-user environment are minimal. iSeriesLink Applications do not require special emulation software. The users can continue to use standard AS/400 emulation software like Client Access PC5250, Rumba, Reflection, Synapse, or BOSâNOVA. iSeriesLink Apps do not require any special software to be installed on the iSeries or AS/400 either.

The end-result iSeriesLink Application is approximately a 200 KB exe file. When you run it, it will minimize itself into the system tray. Once the app is minimized, the programmed functionality is automatically present on the specified iSeries or AS/400 screens. See examples.

You can select the Auto-Start option to make the iSeriesLink App start automatically. This way, all iSeriesLink features will appear to end-users as inherent features of the system.

iSeriesLink Studio (or is a web-based development environment for iSeries professionals. It allows iSeries developers to extend the functionality of iSeries and AS/400 systems.

Often, users that work with the iSeries (or AS/400) system need to access related PC or web documents. The Studio allows you to create iSeriesLink Apps, which will automatically connect iSeries programs to PC and Internet resources.

To create basic iSeriesLink Applications, no programming is required.

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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

IBM DB2 e-kit for Database Professionals: Extending skills is fast and easy

Author: IBM

It's surprisingly easy to extend database skills to IBM DB2 software - due to its new SQL compatibility features and this e-kit. Download, learn, and reap the benefits. Download

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Monday, 6 December 2010

Cloud Beats Most In-House Security, Says IBM CTO

by Dan Burger

Cloud computing is confusing. It helps if you study it in bite-sized portions. For midrange shops running their core business applications on the IBM i and OS/400 platforms formerly known as AS/400, iSeries, System i, and now Power Systems, there are three considerations that should grab your eyeballs. They are skills, security, and services. You can look at them individually or in combination, but they will likely be a primary factor in whether the cloud is important to you now or in the near future.

We have cloud proliferation. Every day new clouds come puffing out of virtual smokestacks, if you can picture that. Each has its own purpose and may or may not be platform specific, which has a bearing on whether iSeries shops will pay attention to them. Just like any enterprise software, all clouds are not created equal and one cloud does not fit all. Decisions would be a lot easier if that was not the case.

Behind many cloud decisions is a desire to offload IT. Although it's often thought that technological advancements increase efficiencies and reduce complexity, the advancements and the efficiencies often arrive by themselves. Reduced complexity seems to miss that bus most of the time. As a result, businesses are on an IT technology treadmill that keeps them searching for employees with the skills that are keeping pace. Not all companies have done this effectively. The reasons are usually attributed to this being a distraction to the mission of the company, the scarcity of skilled people or the costs associated with acquiring the technology and the skilled staff.

Every business has its own situation, but IBM i shops have a reputation for complaining about a dwindling number of IT professionals with modern skills. Executives who face that situation today or see it as an issue coming sooner rather than later might see the cloud as relief as the pressures to maintain existing systems can be moved to a cloud with the expertise to keep the business running smoothly.

Anyone who's been mildly curious about cloud computing has read articles detailing the cloud-busting obstacle that security has been when it comes to executives' unwillingness to venture into the great unknown. This is more of a concern to not very particular consumers than it is to very particular businesses.

I talked with Harold Moss, the chief technology officer of cloud security strategy at IBM about the security concerns. He echoed the "not all clouds are created equal" truism, and added that IBM clouds were more secure than most companies' in-house security because companies struggle to apply the appropriate levels of security and also with the interpretation of security information they collect.

We've learned as much from the annual State of the IBM i Security survey and report produced by security software vendor PowerTech. Although the IBM i is an extremely secure platform, it is rarely used to the level it is capable.

"Our view is that the cloud can be more secure than the traditional environment," Moss says. "First, there is the increase in security services. We can help organizations that don't have enough resources to manage their in-house security requirements. As it is now, organizations are not taking care of business when it comes to security."

In his unabashed endorsement of IBM services, Moss recommends IBM's managed security services, where skills are current and expertise covers specific platforms as well as multiple platforms. They get packaged and delivered in a manner that might be called security as a service.

"Security is very complicated," Moss says. "Where there used to be one dedicated system on which to manage security, now there are multiple systems and they are communicating with each other. There are mobile devices punching holes in the firewall and information is being shared with partners. In my opinion, with managed services you get a better level of quality because it's a deeper investment."

Returning to the topic of cloud security, Moss says it's not right to paint all clouds black when it comes to security. Different clouds will have different levels of security, he says. And a generic checklist approach to security doesn't necessarily work, because security needs varying according to workloads.

"There's no need to build in things that will never be used," Moss says. "Capabilities like anti-spam and anti-phishing are unnecessary in a development and testing cloud. Think about what you are doing in the cloud. If it's accessing and protecting data, there are specific security needs that pertain to that."

What IBM is saying is that it has more money to invest in security than most customers do. And because it sets out to hire expertise, it has a better chance of creating a more secure environment than most customers. If economy of scale is a factor--and it should be because IBM plans for multiple customers to share the cloud--this should be less expensive than building similar security in-house.

"People don't apply security because they don't want security," Moss says. They don't apply security because it is not cost effective. They can't get a return on their investment. Security is not understood before an incident happens. It's looked at as having to hire a person or persons and buy some equipment. This doesn't make sense to an executive unless it can be tied to an impact. In this case, the impact is rarely forcing the issue."

IBM has a huge presence in the security business. Through its software and services, it manages more than 7 billion security events daily. Its X-Force branch employs more than 15,000 researchers, the company holds more than 3,000 patents in the security business, and more than 4,000 customers outsource their security to IBM. It has also created the Institute for Advanced Security, a group focused on cybersecurity research and development.

Even with all the cloud evangelism ringing in our ears, the momentum remains chiefly with smaller applications and databases that seldom qualify as mission critical for traditional businesses. Moss calls that a "point in time" statement and predicts more transition to cloud-based systems. As part of that transition, he says, there will be increased investment in public and private clouds. The confidential information will be kept in private clouds. The public clouds will handle not so sensitive information.

Retail organizations are required to share a great deal of information and this industry is moving to the cloud. Wal-Mart, for one, is pushing for this to happen. Retailers are not ready to put all their critical data out there, but with all the PCI services in the cloud there is interest beyond the curiosity level.

"IBM is betting heavily on the cloud for a reason," Moss says. "We believe more companies will go in that direction."

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Friday, 3 December 2010

AS/400 iSeries Administration Documentation

Nickerson Consulting Group has some free documentation to help with your AS/400/iSeries administration. Handy to have around when you’re thinking, “Now, how do I do that again? It’s been a while.”

OS/400 activation procedures
OS/400 basic command list
OS/400 tape backup / recovery issues
OS/400 complete tape SAV.. options
AS/400 daily commands to issue
AS/400 Control Panel procedures and SRCs
AS/400 CPW Processor/Model Guide – IBM
OS/400 MTU and TCP Window size Tuning

Download these free documents here….

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