Introduction to iLert

iLert getting started guide. The most important concepts in iLert are explained on this page.

Incident

An incident is an issue that requires immediate attention and needs to be resolved. Incidents are reported by an alert source and immediately trigger the notification process using the alert source's escalation policy.

An incident can have the following states:

Status

Description

PENDING

The incident hasn't been acknowledged yet and will escalate until the incident is either acknowledged or resolved.

ACCEPTED

The user to whom the incident is assigned is working on resolving the incident and the escalation process is halted.

RESOLVED

The incident is resolved and no more notifications are sent. A resolved Incident cannot be opened again.

Alert source

An alert source represents the connection between your tools (usually a monitoring system, a ticketing tool, or an application) and iLert.

iLert provides the following inbound integration options:

  • Tool integrations: these are pre-built integrations by iLert. If you're missing a tool, feel free to suggest an integration that you'd like to see in iLert.

  • Use our Event API directly

  • SMS integration: Send alerts to iLert via SMS

Escalation policy

An escalation policy connects an alert source with the users that are responsible for this alert source. It defines which users or on-call schedules should be notified when an incident is created.

On-call schedule

On-call schedules determine who will be notified when an incident is created based on the time of day. Only one user per schedule can be on-call at a time. You can reference an on-call schedule in an escalation policy.

Notifications

In iLert, each user defines in his profile how he will be notified of an incident. A user with admin rights can also maintain the notification settings for other users. iLert supports the following notification channels:

  • E-mail

  • SMS

  • Phone calls

  • iPhone and Android push notification

Notifications in iLert are bi-directional, that is, you can respond to a notification using the same channel on which you were notified (without logging into iLert).

You have the following response options:

  1. Acknowledge the incident

  2. Mark the incident as resolved

  3. Escalation to the next user

You can find a list of caller IDs for sms and phone calls here.