History - RPG and iSeries Programming

First Option, Inc. was founded in 1995 providing RPG and iSeries Programming services. In 2001, the consulting division began working with customers to Web enable their RPG applications by creating java based applications and deploying them on a variety of HTTP and application servers. These projects ranged from basic XML document interfaces to more complex web services and eventually to feature rich applications presented on the web. In some cases, the RPG legacy code was leveraged and other cases it was a replacement of the existing software.

Today, in addition to  iSeries programming and consulting, First Option offers a fully integrated cloud accounting suite, a centralized IBM i monitoring tool and IBM i (iSeries) application hosting.


RPG and iSeries Programming and Consulting
First Option has offered RPG and iSeries Programming and Consulting for the past 21 years. We utilize RPG free, Websphere, Java and Bootstrap to modernize your legacy applications and create web services. First Option has significant resources and expertise in application development, IBM i modernization, legacy integration and software package development. Our customers value the depth of knowledge that First Option can provide to deliver business critical modifications. Our services range from high level consultative engagements through full project ownership.

Case Study

First Option Financials (formerly Daprex)
In 2011 First Option bought the rights to an AS400 Acounting Software Suite and began the task of modernizing it using a Power i solution. With this new solution First Option was able to create a robust GUI based product that integrates desktop capabilities. The iSeries accounting software, which was originally created by Daprex, now has a modern interface that most customers are looking for along with the ability to download data to excel and consume web services.

The software is available in the Cloud and also runs on an IBM Power i, a successful and enduring business computing platform with a reputation for reliability and proven ability to deliver rich business applications.

First Option provides a fully integrated financial application suite supported by an on-line help desk with over 200 knowledge base items, manuals, and video based training.  The help desk and training is supported by IT professionals with over 20 years’ experience. This is a powerful cloud-based  accounting software package ideal for mid sized businesses.

IBM i WatchDog by First Option
First option provides a sophisticated IBM i (iSeries, AS 400) monitoring system that, in addition to keeping track of key system health components, routes alerts to user defined support group.  With a color coded dash board, IBM i WatchDog by First Option provides a visual alert that allows message response from a central GUI management tool.

IBM i application hosting
First Option IBM i Managed Hosting focuses on small to medium sized businesses. Many of these companies have legacy software packages developed in a programming language that they cannot support. 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.

Our data center provides a secure redundant physical environment. Our 24/7 help desk is staffed with highly trained individuals who execute your operational system tasks per your service level agreement.

We have gained a deep knowledge of the requirements and challenges facing small to mid–sized businesses in the following industries:


  • Application Service Providers (ASP’s)
  • Software
  • Financial
  • Telecom
  • Non Profit
  • Asset Management
  • Textile Manufacturing
  • Retail and Mail Order
  • Law Firms
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