I n the fourth quarter of 2015, 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 that I think you will love!

If you are currently using another monitoring tool for your IBM i we invite you to try a free trial of Watchdog. 

As we get closer to the release date we will be sending out a demo as well. Stay tuned.....

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IBM i Watchdog by First Option Enhancements


  • 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/ issuesPrior 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.      
I n addition First Option can provide programming support, application hosting, as well as modernization and legacy integration services. Please see more information below.   

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First Option is a software development company with a passion for solving critical business needs.  For the past 20 years we have hosted, developed, modernized, integrated, and interfaced software to meet cross industry core business requirements. 

We are the developers of IBM i Watchdog by First Option, the owners of First Option Financial Suite (formerly Daprex), and the consultants that have integrated third party packages ranging from warehouse distribution to EDI.

Many of our customers use these services to augment their existing development staff to enhance and/or integrate other application software as well as modernize their legacy applications.
Our mission is to provide solutions that allow companies to focus on their core business by providing intelligent software solutions.

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IBM i Monitoring Software
IBM i Watchdog by First Option is a new system monitoring solution that was originally developed to assist with First Option's IBM i outsourcing business. It is now being marketed as software as a service  (SaaS) , where a secured connection will be established to the customer, and client software installed to gather the key health statistics of your IBM i (AS400) server. A monthly fee is charged that includes rental of the client software and graphical front end.


IBM i Watchdog collects key health indicators of System i servers and displays them in a color coded GUI interface. System problems, halt messages, tape drive status, DASD, CPU percentage and disk status are some of the indicators displayed.

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