Tracker 7

Tracker 8

     

GENERAL

   
     

typical users

office and warehouse personnel

office, warehouse and field personnel

   

field users can use mobile devices to search for and order items

     

installation

on each computer

no installation necessary, cloud-based, runs in a browser

   

on-site installation possible, not offered initially

     

internet access

possible with utilities like terminal server or citrix

standard, runs over the internet

     

mobile devices

not supported

specialized screens for mobile devices

   

designed to be used by field personnel for searches, orders

     

modules

employees (optional, extra cost)

employees (included, no extra cost)

 

custom reports (optional, extra cost)

custom reports (included, no extra cost)

 

portable barcode download (optional, extra cost)

portable barcode download (included, no extra cost)

 

supplies & small tools (optional, extra cost)

supplies & small tools (optional, extra cost)

 

billing (optional, extra cost)

billing (optional, extra cost)

 

repair & maintenance (optional, extra cost)

repair & maintenance (optional, extra cost, available Spring 2017)

     

pricing

one-time license + annual support fees

monthly or annual use fees, no up-front license fees

 

free lite version

low-cost lite version

 

no charge for view-only users

charge for view-only users

     

ORDER ENTRY

   
     

mouse & menu on a computer

works best if the user knows his organization's IDs

different screen for different users

 

works reasonably-well if the user knows descriptions

one for those who know their organization's IDs or descriptions

   

another for those who don't: utilizes a familiar 'add to cart' approach

 

supports separate barcode #s, no other cross-references

unlimited cross-references, e.g., barcode #s, manufacturer #s

     

touchscreen on a mobile device

not supported

specialized screens for mobile device users

     

stationary barcode on a computer

supported, data checked when entered

same

 

doesn't support separate barcode #s

supports separate barcode #s

     

portable barcode on a computer

supported, data not checked until uploaded

same

     

barcoding on a mobile device

not suppported

supported, data checked when entered

     

INTERFACE

grids' in Tracker 7

similar concept, different name ('views') in Tracker 8

 

very limited organization-wide setup

designed for organization-wide setup

     

user customization

each user can have a different grid for the same data

each user can have any number of views of the same data

 

column widths can be changed but changes aren't saved

column widths can be changed, changes can be saved

 

organization managers can set up one default grid per table

can set up one default and any number of alternative views

 

all subsequent changes are user-by-user

subsequent changes can be by group or user

   

organization managers can change default, re-assign users, etc.

     

table-to-sub-table grids/views

not supported

supported

     

fields from other tables

cannot be added by users to grids

can be added by users to grids

 

can be added to reports

same

     

searches

quick 1-column searches

same

 

1-column search operator (e.g., 'starts with') can't be changed

users can pick from a list of operators

 

complex searches can be saved

complex searches must be saved

 

can only search for data in the table being used

can search for data in related tables

 

organization manager can't pre-define complex searches

organization managers can define any number of complex searches for all users in his organization

   

users can add additional user-specific complex searches

 

no default search

organization managers can define default searches for each view

   

users can over-ride that with a user-defined default

     

sorts

click a column heading to sort ascending, again to sort descending

same

 

complex sorts (2+ columns) not supported

any number of complex sorts can be created and saved

   

can include data from related tables in sorts

   

organization managers can define any number of complex sorts

   

users can add additional user-specific complex sorts

 

default sorts system-defined, users can't change

organization managers can define default sorts for each view

   

users can over-ride that with a user-defined default

     

REPORTING

search results can be passed from a grid to a report

same

 

customizing a grid doesn't change reports

reports generally replicate the columns displayed in a view

 

changing the sort in a grid doesn't change reports

reports generally replicate the sort order in a view

     

DATA

items automatically-assigned to default storage when added

items not automatically-assigned

     
 

categories assigned by item

categories (renamed for clarity and extended) assigned by description

 

unique (including vehicles)

vehicles, equipment and expensive tools

 

not unique

inexpensive tools

 

not unique not normally returned

consumables, serialized consumables and intangibles

     

BILLING

rates assigned by item

rates assigned by group

     
 

difficult to undo period-end bills and re-run bills for previous periods

easy to undo period-end bills and re-run bills for previous periods

     
 

hourly billing from meter entries, only

hourly billing from meter entries or clock time

     

SECURITY

   
     

user passwords

optional if employees module on

required

     

security levels

pre-defined, hard-coded

pre-defined by group, i.e., more fine-grained

     

field-level security

organization managers can exclude fields from grids

organization managers can define field access by group

     

TECHNICAL DETAILS

database, language, interface: Visual FoxPro 6

database: postgreSQL

 

no longer supported by Microsoft but common

language: javascript

 

Windows only

development environment: servoy

   

interface: jQuery, jQuery mobile, slickgrid

   

all open-source

   

all operate on multiple operating systems: Windows, Linux, etc.