LANSA Delivers LongRange Support for Windows 10 . . . Got Mobile Server Monitoring? iEye, Captain . . . Shield Goes ASP with JQG4i
October 14, 2015 Alex Woodie
LANSA Delivers LongRange Support for Windows 10
IBM i shops that have Windows 10 devices in their mobile sites may want to check out LongRange, the LANSA development tool for IBM i customers. Last week LANSA announced that LongRange is the first IBM i-centric mobile development tool to support the creation of Windows apps that run on tablets and regular PCs.
Steve Gapp, president of LANSA Americas, says the new Windows support marks a turning point for LongRange, which the Downers Grove, Illinois, company unveiled back in 2012 to streamline development of native mobile applications (as opposed to Web apps) that can connect to IBM i hosts and databases.
“With this latest release of LongRange, the full spectrum of the most popular mobile platforms is now covered–Android, Apple, and Windows,” Gapp says. “Adding support for Windows desktop and laptop computers is a great benefit to our customers because IT departments can easily deploy and manage their mobile and desktop apps from a single set of source code–all from RPG, COBOL or LANSA.”
The Windows 10 capability is being adopted by BBVA PrevisiÃ³n AFP, a Bolivian pension fund management firm that’s part of a multinational financial services group headquartered in Spain. The company has modernized its core funds administration system with Visual LANSA, and the capability to give customers access to its system via any Windows device–be it laptop, desktop, or tabletâ€”should resonate with customers.
“We can’t believe a third deployment option has been added to LongRange, all without having to write an additional line of code,” says Gonzalo Zeballos Ferrel, the company’s IT manager. LANSA software has been critical to “improved service quality, reduced congestion in regional branches and increased the speed for users to access pertinent information–from anytime, anywhere–on phones, laptops and desktop/PCs.”
Got Mobile Server Monitoring? iEye, Captain
The rise of smartphones and tablets has forever changed how we view computers. And thanks to new mobile tools like NeuObjects‘ iEye, we don’t even need to be in the data center to see how IBM i servers are running.
iEye is the latest in a series of mobile tools to allow administrators and operators to check on the health of their IBM i servers from the comfort of a smart device. Instead of logging into the server at the office or pulling out a laptop at home, administrators can simply pull out their smartphone or tablet to check for errors and see the status of jobs.
The iEye app allows users to check for messages generated by the primary system, by subsystem, by job queues, and by spool files (writers). Users can also check the job schedule, pull up a “CPU Hogs” page, or see other messages generated by the IBM i server.
In addition to monitoring IBM i activity, authorized users can respond to problems, such as message waits or cancelling a message. The software also enables the user to forward the issue to somebody else for resolution.
Checking the job schedule looks to be easy, according to a video on the product’s web page. Under the “scheduled entries” selection, users can choose to see jobs that are coming up, jobs that were recently submitted, and jobs that have failed.
The iEye client is limited to running on iPhones and iPads running iOS version 8, the company says. The iEye software can run directly on the IBM i, or it can be loaded on an external Linux or Windows server, the company says. Getting the server component up and running on the IBM i server can be completed from the command line interface in about 10 minutes, the company says.
iEye is the latest tool to come out of NeuObjects, the Downers Grove, Illinois, company that previously gave us a DB2 for i editor called neuEdit. For more info see ieyeapp.com.
Shield Goes ASP with JQG4i
Shield Advanced Solutions recently updated JQG4i (formerly called Job Queue Genie) with support for independent Auxiliary Storage Pools (iASPs) on IBM i.
JobQGenie addresses a functionality gap in IBM i high availability and disaster recovery software. While those products excel at replicating data, program objects, and other settings, they don’t provide much functionality when it comes to replicating job queues between source and target servers.
Over the years, as IBM i shops and HA/DR software vendor started supporting the iASP and storing more data there, the need to support iASPs has grown for Shield. So with a recent PTF, Shield introduced iASP support on the target in JQG4i.
“This is particularly important for those that want to use JQG4i with LVLT4i, Shield’s Library Vaulting solution for the managed service providers,” says Shield director Chris Hird.
The PTF brings several other new capabilities, including a new STATUSCHK command that will ensure the monitoring jobs are all active and collecting information correctly. “It will also verify the file content and look for damaged *DTAQ objects to ensure the notification process is working,” Hird continues. “New commands have been added to help with the clean-up of orphaned data, [and] there [are] also some bug fixes which reduce error rates and improve job data collection.”