March 4, 2009 |

TapRooT Root Cause Tips: Which Installation Deployment Is Right For You?

Hello everybody and welcome to another edition of the Root Cause Tips Blog. This week I want to highlight the different deployment methods you can use when deploying the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Software.

Method 1: Single User Installation

Best for: Individual users, very small groups (2-3 people)

The TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis software can be installed in many ways, but by default it installs a “Single User” copy, meaning a local database with no login credentials necessary when starting the software. Also note that a Single User license allows you to install the software in two places: Once on your primary desktop machine, and again on your personal laptop. Both of these computers need to be your personal machine(s) to be compliant with your license, and it’s nice to have the flexibility of using two different machines and simply importing and exporting data between them.

In the case of small groups, you’ll do a lot of importing and exporting. This means it will take time for you and your team to get “on the same page” as it were, and there will need to be an emailing system or file sharing system to allow everyone access to these exported files.

While this is one way to work, with more than one user your best bet is to ‘trade up’ for the Workgroup Version.

Method 2: Workgroup Installation

Best for: Small to medium-sized groups (2 – 10 People)

This method of installation has a client machine, that is a machine that is running Windows XP or Windows Vista (not Windows Server) “act” like a server by running the database for all connecting machines. This affords you power of user logins and incident-based permissions.

This is an installation for low-volume clients, those who may have two or more users logged in at the same time, but will rarely run at ‘full capacity’ where a dozen or more are logged in at once. This install doesn’t require the purchase or use of Microsoft SQL Server or Windows Server, but also can quickly degrade in performance based on usage and other factors.

For those who have a small safety or investigation team in place and have network access to a single machine that will act as a server, this is potentially the installation for you.

Method 3: Enterprise Web

Best for: Large-scale or company-wide implementations, groups across multiple sites, 10+ Users

This is our latest and most advanced Root Cause Analysis software yet, the Version 5 TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Enterprise Web. This software runs on Internet Information Services (IIS) on Windows Server and is fully powered by Microsoft SQL Server. This allows almost unlimited access to the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis tools and techniques, along with powerful (and graphically enhanced) Crystal Reports with which to show your results to supervisors and management.

Thanks to the processing power of Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server, you should have no problems with scaling or the amount of users on the system at one time. A Workgroup installation method will see slowdowns and performance issues while a web application suffers from none of these drawbacks. And of course, since it runs in Internet Explorer, you will have access to your incident data anywhere you have network access. Removing the need for client-by-client installations greatly reduces the cost and strain on your IT resources and greatly streamlines both training and implementation.

This is our flagship product and the one recommended for new installations. If you’re thinking about implementing a powerful, robust, easy to use and implement product that takes your incident investigations and human performance programs to the next level, then the Version 5 Web Enterprise TapRooT® System Software is the choice for your business.

Thanks everyone for reading, we’ll see you next time.

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