A Dashboard for any Imagine Implementation
A Q&A with Michael Moncada
Imagine’s I/O Services are an indispensable command line tool that invokes Imagine’s APIs for uploading, processing, and downloading data. This tool is a critical component of virtually every client’s use of Imagine, providing nearly one hundred different services. But have you heard about the SITKA I/O Services Dashboard? Mike Moncada, Senior Implementation Specialist for Imagine, says, “I would use this with any implementation.” We sat down with Mike to ask him a few questions about the dashboard.
Hey Mike, what is the SITKA I/O Services Dashboard and why would you use it so broadly?
It is a one-stop command center for running, monitoring, and reviewing results of I/O Services jobs. It is powerful, lets you come away from viewing the long and somewhat tedious batch files, and gives you a tool for setting up jobs and monitoring them. A partner of Imagine, Sindex Financial Systems, wrote this dashboard management program for our I/O Services.
Wait, what’s the problem with batch files?
Some people (like me) like using commands like this:
“%absPath%..\..\..\Bin\IOServiceClient.exe” -f %inpFile% -o %outFile% -ios %service% -log %logFile% -d
But I understand there are people who don’t care for that, and this tool lets them avoid that entirely. Here’s a screenshot of what they would get instead:
What else does the Dashboard offer other than an escape from batch commands?
Lots of things. For example, it:
- helps you set up new jobs, with search-as-you-type, to find the right I/O service,
- gives you sample templates to help get the input files right with clickable links to online support for detailed help,
- allows you to watch the progress that jobs are making, each input that’s successfully processed, or each item that’s rejected,
- shows you the history of each job complete with when it ran, the input, output, and log files for that job,
- and lets you re-run jobs by copying their setup with a single click.
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