Basic Concepts

Avantra provides a powerful JavaScript environment to allow our customers to build custom monitoring custom checks, powerful automations and custom output channels.

The JavaScript version used is ECMAScript 2021 (ES 12) which provides advanced language features to simplify your scripts. Access to Avantra, and the the system for which the check or automation is available on is provided by global variables that we inject into the script runtime.

Depending on the type of system the Custom Check or Automation is running on, different global are available variables to allow access to the specific features of that system. Although some APIs are common across all system types.

Additionally, the type of extension being developed, e.g. custom check or automation etc., gives access to different context specific methods. For example, all check scripts have a mechanism for reporting their status and other information whereas a custom notification output channel will provide the access to the current message being sent.

Enhancement Types

Custom Checks

A JavaScript based custom check is a powerful way to extend the core monitoring capabilities of Avantra by providing check logic that alerts you if any functionality your business relies on behaves incorrectly or needs attention.

We provide a rich API to report the status of the check back to Avantra along with detailed information or tabular results. Within a check we have access to powerful APIs depending on the monitored system type the check is run on. In addition, we always have access to the following building blocks:

  • Using (Monitoring) Parameters

    Access parameters set in Avantra for the monitored object this action is run on to control the logic.

  • Saving State

    Save calculated values to a local storage for use in subsequent executions of this check on a specific system.

  • Calling Web Services

    Access to a simple HTTP client to call web services to validate operations or perform actions.

Automation Actions

A JavaScript based automation action step is a method to perform custom actions to automate complex tasks and perform custom logic within a larger automation workflow.

We provide a rich API to report the status and details of the step that has been executed. Within an action script, we also have access to powerful APIs to access the monitored system and perform complex actions. In addition, we always have access to the following building blocks:

  • Using (Monitoring) Parameters

    Access parameters set in Avantra for the monitored object this action is run on to control the logic.

  • Saving State

    Save calculated values to a local storage for use in subsequent steps.

  • Calling Web Services

    Access to a simple HTTP client to call web services to validate operations or perform actions.

Script Based Notification Channels

Introduced in Avantra 21.11, Script Based Notification Channels are a powerful method of extending the Notification System in Avantra with custom business logic. Customers can decide, based on the message to be sent, or information about the underlying check, system, or Avantra customer what information to send.

We provide a rich API API to access information about the message that is due to be sent, the system or action that is linked to the message to be sent and the trigger of that message (a critical check, alert etc.). In addition, with a custom notification channel script, we have access to the following building blocks:

  • Saving State

    Save calculated values to a local storage for use in subsequent messages sent for this notification action/check/system combination.

  • Calling Web Services

    Access to a simple HTTP client to call web services to validate operations or perform actions.

System Types

For JavaScript based custom checks and automation steps, which system type the script is run on determines which extra functions, or building blocks we have access to:

Server

  • Operating System Access

    Access information about the underlying operating system and execute command line programs.

SAP System / SAP Instance

  • Calling SAP Function Modules

    We provide a simple API to easily call functions on SAP (remote function calls) to either validate correct operation (in monitoring checks) or perform actions (in automations).

  • Making Database Queries

    Access the underlying database of an SAP system to perform SQL queries to collect information for checks or change data in automations.

  • Operating System Access

    Access information about the underlying operating system and execute command line programs.

Database

  • Making Database Queries

    Access the database to perform SQL queries to collect information for checks or change data in automations.

  • Operating System Access

    Access information about the underlying operating system and execute command line programs.

Cloud Service

  • Operating System Access

    Access information about the underlying operating system and execute command line programs.