Group Tracker - Technical Overview
What does it take to run Group Tracker in your company?
Based on our own experiences in corporate IT, we built Group Tracker to be
easy to install and easy to administer.
The following diagram summarizes the requirements
and is discussed in greater detail below.
Your users must be running a PC-based operating system, such as Windows 2000, Windows XP,
Mac OS X, or Linux. Group Tracker runs within a web-browser, although it
looks and acts like a "regular" Windows program. The best results
are obtained using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0,
running on a Windows platform.
Also, Group Tracker reports are presented in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Your
users will need the (freely available) Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print reports. Using the PDF format means
that all reports can be easily archived or emailed and is compatible with the widest variety of printers.
No updates to the clients are required once the product is installed: as we release new versions
of the product, the upgrade is installed only on the server. You don't have to re-install it
on every PC in your organization. This feature lowers your cost of ownership of the product,
by making life easier for your IT department!
The Group Tracker software itself is installed on a single application server. This can be a beefed-up
PC, or a full-blown server. We test the product on Windows 2000 as well as RedHat Linux, although it
is possible to run it on any platform for which Java
is available. This could include IBM AS/400, Mac OS X,
Sun Solaris, and others.
Group Tracker includes all required software. It provides its own SSL-enabled web server, so no
other licensed software (besides the database server!) is required.
The Database Server
You will also need a database server installed, such as Microsoft SQL Server
If you are currently running a Microsoft SQL Server or another database server, then we
suggest you utilize that investment.
You can run Group Tracker and the database on the same machine.
We can assist with specific hardware purchase recommendations as well as software installation. We may also be
able to accommodate other platforms than listed above (both server and database). Please
contact us with your particular needs.