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Commercial & custom multi-user computer software for a variety of applications including performance metrics, statistical analysis, data extraction and merger from multiple large databases, computer simulation and management information systems.  Founded in 1982.
We know Excel! Whenever possible, Excel is the user interface, VBA is the programming language, ODBC connects to the database of your choice.
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The last thing you need is to have your reports stop updating.  Your entire operation could grind to a halt. There are many reasons why reporting could stop.  For example, there is a know bug in AXIOM that kills the job queues when a numeric limit on a counter is exceeded.  One is forced to reset the queues on a periodic basis to avoid this problem.
The WatchDog is a stand alone executable that can periodically run on multiple computers on your network.  
The WatchDog checks a list of files you specify and confirms that they are not older than the time you specify.  This is managed with an easy to use table:
When WatchDog detects a problem, it sends an email and/or text message to as many people and places that you want.  This is managed on the Email tab:
As of May, 2009, WatchDog checks for the following anomalies and notifies the user list if a problem exists:
  Multiple instances of Excel running on the WatchDog machine.  As you know, the CART and DART Excel macros run as Windows scheduled tasks.  Excel is opened, CART or DART run, and then Excel closes.  If an error occurs, the instance of Excel could not shut down properly. When CART or DART is run at the next scheduled time, a second instance of Excel will be created. WatchDog looks for multiple instances of Excel and kills the older instance.
  All files on the user defined list are checked to assure that they are no older than the number of hours specified on the list.
  If the CART Archive feature is active, confirms the archive feature is current, restores any lost archive files.
  Confirms that at least 2 GBs of space are available on the hard drive that contains WatchDog.
Here is an email I received from the WatchDog:                        
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This web page was last updated at 02/21/2014 07:44 AM and is written in EXCEL!
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