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Manta Technologies: Your Resource for IBM i Training

Manta offers a complete library of courses for programmers, operators, system administrators, and users of the IBM i operating system, which runs on IBM Power Systems.

All of our courses are web based and run in all popular browsers.

Save 25% on Any Manta Combination Pack!

Every month, Manta offers a combination package on sale at a huge discount. In celebration of our 22nd birthday, we decided to let you choose which package you'd like. For all of June and July, you can get any Manta combination pack — including the complete IBM i Training Library — at 25% off.

Why Manta? Because we listen to you.

For the last 22 years, Manta has been offering you the best in IBM i self-study education. A major reason why our products have continued to improve has been the importance we place on comments from our loyal customers. They were the ones who suggested Student Reference Guides, a built-in Learning Management System, automatic updates, and our online Reference Library.

Do you have a training need? Let us know and we'll do our best to fill it, whether that means selling you an existing Manta product, developing a new one, or recommending a product from another vendor. This is why Manta is the number one source for IBM i education.

Check us out. This site includes our complete catalog, as well as a sample session from each of our 124 courses and exams. You'll like what you see.

Free-Form RPG Programming Status

Fundamentals of Free-Form RPG, File Processing with Free-Form RPG, Rounding Out the Essentials of Free-Form RPG, and Working with Complex Data Types in Free-Form RPG are now available. These are the first four of seven courses in the new Free-Form RPG Programming series, which is intended for students new to RPG. If you purchase the series now, your license will be reset to a full year when we finish the series this fall.

People who already know RPG should take the Coding Free-Form RPG course to learn the differences with the free-form format.

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President's Letter

I am very proud of Manta's presentation software. The original version was developed over 30 years ago so that we could simulate the green-screen, 3270 displays used on IBM mainframe systems. Now in its 7th major version, the software (called EasyTutorTM) lets us simulate 5250 displays and GUIs such as those used by RDi and the IBM i web console. It also has a built-in CL command parser, so that students can answer questions by entering commands in the same formats that a live system would allow. The software is as stable as can be, with no code-related bugs having been reported in at least ten years.

So why do we keep getting these technical support calls? If you've ever worked a help desk, you know the reason. Yes, we follow the industry pattern, with 90% or more of our calls related to forgotten passwords. What makes this sad is that most of our customers are not individuals, but companies with multiple IT employees. We set up the first user at each company as the "Student Administrator," who has the authority to create any number of student profiles, delete or change the profiles as needed, and RESET ANY PASSWORD. Our technical support calls went down 80% when we introduced this feature. The remaining calls seem to come from the Student Administrators themselves. Oh, well. Apparently, I can't get my customers to remember their passwords any more than you can get your own boss to do so.

After "solving" the password problem, we moved on to address other major categories of technical support calls, as well as customer suggestions. Today, Manta customers can use the Student Administration facilities to do the following:
  • Change their contact information, which controls who will receive e-mails about new products and product updates
  • Check the status of their Manta licenses and when they will expire
  • Determine how many students are currently signed in
  • Reset locks when students lose network connectivity or turn off their PCs without signing off (The software resets locks automatically after two hours of inactivity, but the existence of this feature means that you do not have to wait.)
  • Create custom menus that can be associated with one or more student profiles
  • Generate any of 20+ student reports in HTML or PDF format
If you have any suggestions as to how we can continue to improve your Manta experience, you know where to find me.

Keep learning,


William A. Hansen, Ph.D.