Transfer Function

You can transfer only source programs, records, and the following information:
  • Information organized for analysis
  • Information used for decision making
  • Information suited for computer processing
When using a spreadsheet, for example, you might want to use inventory data to create a cost analysis report. If there is no way to copy the data into the workstation, you must print the data from the iSeries, eServer™ i5, or System i5® and manually type it into a workstation file. With the transfer function, however, you can access the inventory database directly, select only the data needed for the report, process the data as required, then complete the report using that data.

You can also send data from the workstation to the host system for processing by iSeries, eServer i5, or System i5application. When a remote user is authorized to access the iSeries, eServer i5, or System i5 directly, he or she can access the created cost analysis report to compare with their results.

Figure 1 outlines the joining of two files, transferring the information to the workstation, and creating a report.
Figure 1. Data Transfer Example
(Picture is a diagram of file data transferring from iSeries to workstation.)

To transfer data by using PC400, you must create a transfer request. A transfer request provides the necessary information about the data you want to transfer.

Before creating a transfer request, you must have the answers to the following questions:
  • Where is the data located?
  • How much of the data do you want to transfer?
  • How should the data be sorted?
  • Where do you want data to be transferred?

When transferring data from the iSeries, eServer i5, or System i5 to a workstation, PC400 allows you to specify which data is to be transferred and whether the data is to be displayed or written to a workstation file.

In addition, a transfer request can be saved to a workstation file, allowing you to easily perform the same transfer at a later date. After a transfer request is saved, you can call the request to make changes or to run it again.