First Option Inc. Releases “IBM i Watchdog” 4.0

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In the second quarter of 2016, First Option Inc. will be releasing version 4.0 of IBM i Watchdog by First Option.


In addition to the enhancements listed below the application has a whole new look.


User Interface - Using Bootstrap, the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework in the world, the application has a new look and is mobile aware.


User Interface - Only Show Systems w/ issues - Prior to this modification, a specific system OR all systems were displayed.  For customers monitoring multiple LPARs, they will have the option to limit the list to those systems requiring attention.


CPU Monitoring - Capture list of top jobs responsible for sending the CPU % above its threshold.


Subsystem/Job Alerts - Ability to send message if a job queue/job is not running at a specified time OR job is still running.  This allows the user to monitor if a mission critical application (e.g., EDI, Order processing, etc.) is active.  It also allows the user to monitor if a time sensitive job (e.g., billing, invoice creation, etc.) is taking longer than anticipated causing delays in the following processes.


Security Audit Log (QAUDJRN) Monitoring - Using QAUDJRN, this enhancement will send an alert when a System Value or user profile is changed.


Threshold duration for DASD usage - For jobs that create temporary work files and then remove them when the process is completed, this will allow the user to only send an alert when the DASD has exceeded the threshold for a user specified amount of time.


Reporting - New reporting abilities using DB2 Web Query that includes historical reporting, and trend analysis.


IBM i Watchdog by First Option is an IBM i (iSeries, AS 400) monitoring solution that provides centralized management via a user friendly interface for key system health threshold alert definitions, day, time and duration to suspend monitoring to accommodate scheduled maintenance, customized email groups for routing of informational and inquiry messages to a pre-defined support team.


A color coded screen alerts NOC staff to critical problems that require an immediate response as well as warns of potential problems. 


The initial set up can be completed in under an hour.  An SSL connection is established to send your data to an FOI server housed in a data center that provides a secure environment and 24/7 infrastructure. Central management alerts for systems that have not reported status.


Our marketing approach to IBM i Watchdog is to provide a price point that appeals to organizations that want a straight forward monitoring tool that is robust but still fairly inexpensive says Paul Fuller, President. Pricing starts at 150 a month per partition with discounts available for large data centers and companies with multiple partitions.


In addition First Option can provide programming support, application hosting, as well as modernization and legacy integration services.