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First Option Year End Newsletter
Posted by Paul Fuller on 04 December 2017 04:09 PM
In this Newsletter:

  • High Availability and Disaster Recovery Services
  • Digital Marketing Support
  • 1099 Instructions
  • Tips to Shopping Safely On line
  • DOL Regulation Update

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Have you thought about iSeries Hosting?
Posted by Paul Fuller on 09 November 2017 02:00 PM

iSeries Hosting is becoming more popular each day.  As many of you already know, IBM plans to discontinue Hardware Support for Power 5 Systems as well as any older systems. The date is scheduled for January 31 2019*

Now is a great time to think about going to a cloud based solution.

First Option offers iSeries Hosting at affordable prices for small to medium sized businesses. 

Below are the services offered:


Helpdesk Services:

  • We maintain User Profiles and Maintenance.
  • Printer assignment and restarts.
  • Resolve locked up and runaway jobs.
  • IBM PTF's (fixes).
  • Nightly back ups.
  • Confirmation of back ups.


Operational Services - Performed several times daily:

  • Systems are up and operational.
  • No problems reported from peripherals.
  • Error Detection.
  • Disk functionality and utilization.
  • Problem determinations, resolutions, escalations.

Your applications are available and secure with our iSeries Hosting Data Center. With a strategic partnership with MindShift, this environmentally controlled facility is highly secure with full scalability and redundancy. The site is SSAE-16 compliant, which, is an internationally recognized auditing standard. You will receive 24x7 NOC support and your system will be monitored for halts 24x7 as well.

In a First Option IBM i hosting shared environment, a specific amount of DASD and interactive users are provided to load and access your application on a system that you share with other customers. Your application is secured using IBM i OS object level security.

Many companies no longer want to own an iSeries but do want to remain on the software they have been using for many years. Other companies have left their iSeries platform but need to "sunset" their data for at least seven years. First Option's IBM i Cloud Hosting shared environment is a perfect alternative.

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Holiday Schedule
Posted by Paul Fuller on 09 November 2017 01:57 PM
Just a reminder that we will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 10th for Veterans Day. 

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Paychex Article Regarding Top 10 Regulations
Posted by Paul Fuller on 08 May 2017 12:54 PM
Paychex article that details the top 10 regulatory issues in 2017 ranging from health care to Department of Labor regulations and what it means for businesses and employees. I found this very helpful and wanted to share.

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MindSHIFT Blog "Becoming Cloud Minded"
Posted by Paul Fuller on 08 May 2017 12:53 PM
Below is a paragraph taken from MindSHIFT'S blog post. To read the full article click below. 
"According to a recent independent cost-analysis study commissioned by mindSHIFT, respondents felt their primary IT cost categories were hardware infrastructure, software licenses, and software." 
"When asked about the costs included in their IT budgets, over 40% of IT organizations surveyed don't consider staff, consulting services, electricity/HVAC, or rent/facilities as IT costs-possibly under representing the true cost of on-premises vs. cloud environments." 

Great information here and definitely worth the read!

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