There are products that you can buy and probably some tools you can download. But you can probably get by with just SNDDST to the correct phone e-mail address. Have you tried? Do you already use SMTP from your system?
SNDDST is almost always useful for the simple SMS messages, or for most text-based e-mails. It’s mostly only when non-text attachments and other complexities get brought into it that all of the problems of creating an e-mail client come up.
we are going to use SMS text messaging for a series of communications between the iseries and the user. We tried replying to the iSeries using SMS via SMTP, however, the reply’s were too long and we received an “inlavid PDU content” message due to the length of the messages. We are attempting to use dumb (SMS capable) phones to ask the iSeries questions about pricing, inventory and updating databases in the field where there would be just small amounts of data entry.
Check out SndTweet from Kisco. We have been using it for several months on our IBM i. As you may have guessed from the name, it uses Twitter to communicate. Twitter is not the Rock of Gibralter when it comes to communication but it works most of the time.
One of the built-in features is monitoring QSYSOPR or any message queue you wish. RIght now we just monitor QSYSOPR after hours so I see the error messages shortly after they happen. I can respond from my cell phone which is really cool. Responses are those available to any system operator message which requires a reply.
You can also write your own applications to take your Tweet and initiate an action. Additionally SndTweet allows you to enter a regular IBM i command.
Price is very reasonable.
I am just a satisfied costomer with no ties to the company.
Thanks for the SNDTWEET suggestion. I do like Sndtweet and I have looked at it. However, In order to initiate a private message my users would have to enter a rather long string of disjointed text “D (username) (Program code) (Value)”. Additionally I discovered that the Twitter processing lag time can be 60 seconds, while standalone SMS is 12 seconds or less. The folks at Kisco seemed very interested in working with me on a solution. I truly think there are lot of applications for SMS as an iSeries interface. It just makes every mobile phone an simple input device.