News January 2015: Vertec 6.0: It's app time
Vertec 6.0 will be released with new apps that allow the software to be used on different end-user devices. The new version makes a step forward also at a terminological level: clients are now apps. The wording, however, is simply a detail – the main question is which apps are fitted to which user profiles.
Vertec's time-proven business logic remains a constant in Vertec 6.0. The company will also continue to offer its numerous possibilities – and even new ones – of tailoring the software to the customer's requirements: a new feature allows single view mode of entries to be parametrized according to the customer's needs. The new release allows web access to the Cloud Clients without any modifications to the installation. Vertec users will be able to retrieve services «from the Cloud». Along with this, Vertec developed various new user interfaces, i.e. apps, for Vertec 6.0.
However, not all new apps can perform all functionalities. The following overview shows their main characteristics and differences:
The Classic App contains all features of Vertec 5.8, thereby ensuring backward compatibility. The Classic App is basically the newest version of Vertec.
The Desktop App also runs locally as a Windows fat client. In essence, it offers the same functionalities as the Classic App yet with a new user interface. The latter applies the new navigation logic of Vertec 6.0 and displays the single view mode of entries as pages.
The Cloud App and the Web App run as thin client and are cloud-based and web-based respectively. They allow data entry and inquiry and can be used independently from the user's location. However, not all functions are available (e.g. reporting). But the Cloud App in Vertec 6.0 allows to perform local Word and Excel reports.
Further development plans of Vertec 6.0 aim at configuring server-side Word reports that can be downloaded via cloud and web apps. Also a new Android Tablet App is being developed. At a later stage Vertec plans to integrate a new cloud-compatible report generator that provides direct access to the main reporting functions in all relevant apps. All technical innovations concern Vertec versions 6.1 and 6.2, to be released at the earliest by the end of 2015. That's right: The further development of Vertec is moving at high speed.
Local interfaces: The Cloud App is the only one apart from the Desktop App to provide local interfaces for third-party programs (via COM/ActiveX interface).
Document access: The Cloud App will allow to open Windows document links in Activities, provided that the local Windows grants access to the relevant file system. In future the Cloud server will allow the Cloud apps to download files, and also uploads will be possible.
Vertec 6.0 release courses
These courses offer a concise overview of the new user interface, of the different possible uses of the new apps, and of the new customizing features in Vertec 6.0.
The half-day courses are scheduled on June 8–9, 2015 in Zurich and on June 11–12, 2015 in Frankfurt (Germany).