We doubt you’ll find anyone who’d challenge the statement that in our age of deep interconnection among industry’s manufacturing sectors, end-customer support for software is a thoroughly critical and indispensable service. Especially in recent years, when the old saw that “time is money” has taken on realer-than-real contours. Thanks to this, growing demands are placed on the support, and our goal is to offer you more than the expected standard.
Just about every responsible company offers some form of “24/7” support for its products. But you won’t always truly find support 24 hours a day behind this support. There’s a major difference between the customer line just receiving and registering a critical request outside working hours, or maximally striving, if needed, to resolve the problem as soon as possible.
At Aimtec we’re prepared at any moment to take the latter road: to work on your critical issue immediately. Competent specialists are on watch nonstop at our Help Desk; they respond to situations in urgent cases with a cool head. A special team works nonstop to handle all phone and email communication with customers, manage the ServiceDesk, and coordinate active requests. Its members can handle certain requests themselves, and they also perform regular preventive maintenance as well as ClouEDI and TSIM supervision outside of working hours. If the situation demands it and a request demands technical handling, they even turn to our leading developers and consultants – who are prepared for such situations in advance – in the middle of the night. They are all core Aimtec staff, and they all work under one roof. No call-centre outsourcing, no complicated forwarding of tickets and information over middlemen. But that’s just the start for us, as we always want to be a step ahead.
Imagine a solution so responsive that it can solve certain problems without your needing to contact the Help Desk. Or so responsive that it works to prevent potential crisis situations even before they happen. Now you might say: “That’s just a description of preventive maintenance”, but that maintenance uses regular analyses to optimise the whole system after the fact. What we have in mind here is watching and predicting system behaviour in real time. And we now offer you an Automated Monitoring service (AMO for short) for precisely this.
It all began with our search for a proper tool for monitoring our own services. The time-tested Zabbix proved itself the best choice. It has a very good name on the international IT scene and meets all of the corporations’ strict demands. Initially, we integrated it into our internal servers, and once it had proven itself, we decided to also use it for monitoring our own cloud product, ClouEDI. But we do have to note that, while it’s a reliable monitoring tool, it’s nevertheless utterly essential to know precisely which services you wish to monitor and set custom parameters so that you’ll have enough time to react when a problem is approaching. Since we develop all our products ourselves, this did not present a problem.
After our positive experiences, we became aware of the entire service’s giant potential and decided to deploy Zabbix within on-premise installations of our DCIx product. Every monitoring installation undergoes a thorough testing phase wherein individual warning triggers are configured; these notify all preselected recipients (and above all our Help Desk) of problems in time, using a suitably chosen form of communication. Nearly anything can be monitored – from the behaviour and responses of an application or database itself (e.g. through the loads for individual system elements) to the statuses of the running processes and services that ensure its correct operation to physical factors such as a given location’s humidity and temperature. Naturally, automated monitoring also has its own checkup mechanism, based on regular data exchanges with our own internal server.
In combination with our support team’s professionalism, automated monitoring can be among the pillars of correct operations for your manufacturing and logistics, and can even reach beyond our products’ boundaries. AMO increases a system’s overall resistance to downtimes and is one more good tool for keeping your services highly reliable. So don’t let nightmares about bug-fueled downtimes disturb your sleep at night – leave your systems’ supervision to us.