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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.

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In celebration of Manta's 23nd birthday, we are offering any course, series, or combination pack — including the complete IBM i Training Library — at 20% off. The sale ends July 31.

Multi-User Licenses

Manta courses have a concurrent user license, meaning that you may train any number of students — just one at a time. With sufficient scheduling, most customers have no problem using a single-user license to train as many as 5 or 10 people.

If your organization prefers to train students in groups, rather than one at a time, consider a multiple-user license. Unlike the single-user license, the multiple-user license lets multiple students use the same product simultaneously.

The user limit applies to whatever product(s) you order. If you buy a one-user license for the entire library, for example, only one student can use the library at a time. To increase the number of students who can train simultaneously, you can move to a five-user license for the library or buy additional user capabilities for only those products used by multiple students. A popular combination is a single-user license for the library and a five-user license for the Program Development Combination Pack.

For any product, moving from a single-user license to a 5-user license increases the price by only 50%. Each additional student over 5 increases the price by 10% of the single-user price.

If you are not sure what you need, there is no problem in underestimating you need. If a student cannot access a course because it is currently being used, he or she will be told to try again later. In addition, you will receive an email to alert you to the potential problem. If you get the email frequently, you can upgrade to a larger license at that time.

New Courses and Updates

Manta has recently posted updates to its most popular series, Introduction to the IBM i Environment. As always, customers with an active license for this series received the updates at no charge.

During the update, we swapped the fourth course of the series, Using System i Navigator, with a brand new course, Using Navigator for i. As you may know, System i Navigator has been around for many years and is showing its age. A major disadvantage of System i Navigator is that it requires software (the Access for Windows product) to be installed on your PC. In contrast, Navigator for i — also called the web console — is a browser-based, graphical interface to the IBM i operating system. Because Navigator for i is IBM's strategic GUI for IBM i, enhancements are being added to it that will never appear in System i Navigator.

Using Navigator for i covers the basic skills introduced in other courses of the Introduction to the IBM i Environment series, including signing on, sending and receiving messages, and working with IFS files. It shows how to locate functions, get help, and perform generic actions such as tailoring list displays to your needs. The course also covers entering commands and using the web console's built-in 5250 emulator.

Using Navigator for i is the first of several web console courses that will be released this year. For customers who are still using System i Navigator, the older courses will remain available in the library.

As is the case with every Manta course, a free demo for Using Navigator for i is available from this web site.

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