“First Option is professional, reliable, and always provided solutions that met our business critical needs. Their staff is outstanding and worth every penny we paid them.”

Lisa Landry | Director of Mail Order

Legal Sea Foods, LLC

IBM i Programming

IBM i Custom Programming

Using a strong development process First Option manages each unique project from concept through follow-up support for a seamless implementation. This process is flexible enough to accommodate any level of participation by customer staff based on available time and skills of those client resources.

IBM i Hosting

IBM i Hosting

First Option hosting solutions provides a secure and reliable environment to install and execute your application. We also provide world class professional services to maintain and enhance your existing software. You can choose the level of service that best suits your business requirements.

Cloud Accounting Software

Cloud Accounting Software

First Option is proud to offer three subscription fee based accounting software products managed in the Cloud. Our fully integrated financial application suite is supported by an on-line help desk that provides over 200 knowledge base items, manuals, and video based training which is accessible 24/7.

IBM I Monitoring

IBM i Monitoring

IBM i Watchdog by First Option is a 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

Why Choose First Option

Why Choose First Option

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.

- What Our Customers Say -

quote IBM i Watchdog by First Option is an affordable, easy to install, and feature rich product.  We have been able to add additional clients/Servers without increasing staff to manage the new systems.quote

Nick Mattera

VP Hosting Operations
mindSHIFT, a Ricoh company

quote First Option has helped FGX International successfully integrate 3rd party EDI and shipping applications with our ERP system on the IBM i. We have had a relationship with First Option for over 15 years.quote

Martin Temple, IT

Director, FGX International

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Ransomware, Ricoh, Cyber Attack
Managed Security Solutions- by Ricoh

Nearly 60% of cyberattacks affect small and medium-sized businesses. *2019 Investigations Report by Verizon New Offering Through Ricoh USA - BullWal

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Cloud Hosting
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Don’t Rebuild – IBM i Application Modernization Will Save You Money

IBM i Application Modernization Most companies still use legacy applications – applications that were of an older version – and legacy software s

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