The iSeries and MS Office make good partners

Microsoft may be IBM's arch nemesis, but in most cases iSeries users still need to use PCs and Microsoft software. Fortunately, the i5/OS and Microsoft Office work well together. Interaction between two computers -- like an iSeries system and a PC -- does, however, require a coordination of efforts between the two machines. To help you with that Search400.com has put together a four-piece package about integrating i5/OS and MS Office.


Microsoft may be IBM's arch nemesis, but iSeries users still need to use PCs and Microsoft software. Fortunately, the i5/OS and Microsoft Office work well together.

Interaction between two computers -- like an iSeries system and a PC -- does, however, require a coordination of efforts between the two machines. To help you with that, Chris Peters and Brian Singleton wrote the i5/OS and Microsoft Office Integration Handbook. In it they explain how to install and license iSeries Access connectivity software, ODBC, and OLE DB/ADO data access providers as well as to explain how to use them. They also cover how to access iSeries data with Microsoft Query, bring iSeries information into Word documents and labels, and analyze iSeries data with Microsoft Excel.

This month Search400.com is featuring a four-piece package on this subject:

  • An article written by Chris Peters about the benefits of using MS Office in conjunction with your iSeries.
  • A excerpt of the i5/OS and Microsoft Office Integration Handbook published by MC Press.
  • A quiz to test how well you know how to retrieve iSeries data with Microsoft Query.
  • An opportunity to receive a copy of the i5/OS and Microsoft Office Integration Handbook

All are available for free for Search400.com members.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and begin exploring this great educational package.


Know-IT-All Chapter Quiz:
i5/OS and Microsoft Office Integration Handbook, Third Edition

Think you know all there is about retrieving iSeries data with Microsoft Query? We challenge you to test your skills by taking our latest quiz. Share the results with us and get a chance to win a copy of i5/OS and Microsoft Office Integration Handbook, Third Edition written by Chris Peters and Brian Singleton and published by MC Press.

All answers to this quiz are found in the free excerpt. Good luck!

  • Microsoft computing: Integrating the iSeries and Microsoft Office
    Traditionally, IBM and Microsoft have not been the best of friends, but ironically their respective business platforms make pretty good partners. Chris Peters, co-author of the i5/OS and Microsoft Office Integration Handbook, reviews the benefits of using MS Office in conjunction with your iSeries.

  • Free Book Excerpt: i5/OS and Microsoft Office Integration Handbook, Third Edition -- Chapter 3
    Download for free a complimentary copy of Chapter 3 of the i5/OS and Microsoft Office Integration Handbook, Third Edition written by Chris Peters and Brian Singleton and published by MC Press. This chapter, "Retrieving iSeries Data with Microsoft Query," helps you become familiar with ODBC and Query terminology while explaining how to install Query. Practical examples show you how to create, save, and use queries, how to join tables, and how to us filtering, grouping, totaling, and sorting.

This was first published in November 2005

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