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The SPS/Menu System
2 Allow personnel with no Stratus training to work safely in the Production environment.
The SPS/Menu system organizes applications into concise, professional and user friendly interfaces. Creating menus is a simple procedure; it takes minutes to complete thereby saving time and money and helping meet development deadlines. SPS/Menu requires no FMS work and no programming and therefore does not require any Stratus expertise

The system greatly enhances system security by adjusting and generating menus on a per-user basis according to the individual's security profile. Furthermore, any item or submenu may be password-protected.

The SPS/Menu System provides complete audit trail logs of all system and operator activities including security violation attempts detailing commands executed, user names and the time of execution.

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Automatically generates box-type menus with unlimited chains of sub-menus
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Requires no programming or technical skills
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Integrates existing applications into professional looking, uniform and consistent interfaces
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Supports single-key transfers between applications
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Features the Security Layer and offers additional facilities such as: Browser, Calendar and Disk Space
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Supports user programmable function keys for frequently used commands
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Produces a comprehensive audit log of all commands executed, users' identity, date and time of each event
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Features the IDG layer (Intelligent Document Generator) that translates menu configurations into full-length documents
Provides a powerful file and report browsing facility
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Provides a configurable on-line help facility linking menu items to existing documentation files
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Reduces dramatically risk of human error, cost of documentation and training expenses
2 SPS Menus vs. Command Macros
There is a lot of added value in using the SPS solution compared with command macros. With minor effort (yes, we can help!) you can convert your macros into easy-to-maintain tables. SPS menus are all table driven, easy to maintain and generated dynamically ("on the fly") based on user's security profile. In addition, SPS has many other features and tools such as a powerful file Browser, programmable function keys and more. In comparison, command macros are fixed for all users, require development and testing time, and lack many other features such as detailed audit trail reporting, on-line help and documentation, password protection and more.
Command Macros SPS Menus
Require development and testing
All table driven, easy to maintain. Menus are generated dynamically ("on the fly")
Menus are fixed for everyone, no "on-the-fly" adjustments and no built-in security
Adjustments of menus/sub-menus is based on user-id, time-of-day, terminal-name
Limited, difficult to follow traces. In many cases logging may be turned off by the operator
Robust, complete and easy to follow activity audit trail reports outlining date/time, user-name, command executed and any security violation
No password protection
Full password protection on each sub-menu(s) or menu item(s)
In many case, the user can find multiple ways to "break out"
Secure, bullet-proof "no-break" environment
Slow interface, may provide inconsistent presentation; no external or add-on tools
Consistent, user-friendly interface including, the powerful SPS/File Browser, SPS/Calendar, "Hot Menus" and more
Function-keys are disabled
Programmable function keys
No on-line documentation
Allows on-line help/documentation for each item or sub-menu
Command macro processing require system resources
Extremely fast, has no performance overhead
2Frequently asked questions
1 Can I enforce menu-driven access only on certain operators or users?
 
Yes. All you need to do is add a call to SPS from the user's start_up.cm command macro and follow the call with a "logout". You can start SPS with the "no-break" option to prevent unauthorized access outside SPS.
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My application has a built-in menu. Can I still use the SPS menuing solution? What would be the advantage?
 
Your existing application commands and menus can be accessed from SPS without having to change anything. In addition, SPS will provide your users with a consistent, user-friendly and secure interface to other functions that you will add. Such additions can include sub-menus for "Troubleshooting", "Backups/Restores", "System Administration" and more.
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We already provide our operators with menus. Our menus are driven by a set of home-grown command macros. This approach seems to work for us, how would we benefit from SPS?
 
There is a lot of added value in using the SPS solution compared with command macros. With minor effort (yes, we can help!) you can convert your macros into easy-to-maintain tables. SPS menus are all table driven, easy to maintain and generated dynamically ("on the fly") based on user's security profile. In addition, SPS has many other features and tools such as a powerful file Browser, programmable function keys and more. In comparison, command macros are fixed for all users, require development and testing time, and lack many other features such as detailed audit trail reporting, on-line help and documentation, password protection and more.
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Can I use SPS to create an OnLine documentation facility for my application and operation procedures?
 
Yes, you can use existing documentation files (plain text files) and use SPS with its powerful file browser to create a complete documentation facility.
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Can I protect the SPS audit trail reports? How can I monitor what the System Administrator is doing?
 
Yes, you can block all access to SPS reports, even your most experienced SysAdmin will not be able to alter it in any way. Click here to find out how.
1 Can I enforce menu-driven access only on certain operators or users?
  Yes. All you need to do is add a call to SPS from the user's start_up.cm command macro and follow the call with a "logout". You can start SPS with the "no-break" option to prevent unauthorized access outside SPS.
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