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       PCs and Tablets System Recommendations

SIMS Software has very basic hardware requirements. Any PC computer or Windows tablet can be used for your panelists stations. You could buy a Dell for under $200 that would be more than adequate for years to come. You could also use 2nd hand PCs that may be available in your organization.   One of the PCs needs to host the database. This PC does not necessarily have to be big and expensive, even a Laptop computer can be used. In most cases, our clients are using inexpensive Dell, HP, or Lenovo PCs for the Host PC.


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CLIENT PCs SIMS Software PCs being used by Technicians and Panelists
PC Microsoft
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7, Windows Server 2016/2012/2008R2/2008 etc.
Both 64-bit and 32-bit supported.
Hard Disk Minimal size requirements, SIMS Software needs less than 100MB.
DisplayColor Monitor resolutions 1280x1024, 1600x1200, 1920x1080, etc.  

Note: SIMS Software will take advantage of higher screen resolution capabilities.

Note: 1024x768 for most professional technicians stations will be too low, some screens may be cut-off. We've heard of mini tablets native at 1024x728, but when DOCKED to a real monitor they jump up nicely to normal usable resolutions such as 1920x1080.
Printer Any printer, such as a Color Laser/Inkjet Printer, for Technicians.   Note: SIMS Software will take advantage of color printers for Graphics and Print Screens.
Apple iPads,
Thin tablets
Remote Desktop App
Microsoft Remote Desktop Server, Citrix, VMWare, Amazon Workspaces
Apple Macs
Windows emulator—such as Parallels Desktop® 6 for Mac, Windows 8, 7


HOST PC PC Computer being used as a SQL Database Host
The SIMS Software host system can optionally be easily installed in a matter of minutes on any Windows 10/8/7/Vista/Server PC or Laptop computer as a single user system or shared for multiple users. The SIMS Software DVD includes an easy one-step installation of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express (free) and SIMS Software software.
PC Microsoft
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10/8/7, Windows Server 2016/2012/2008R2/2008 Server can be used with all versions of SQL Server 2014/2012/2008R2/2008, such as with the Free SQL Server Express Edition.
Both 64-bit and 32-bit supported.
Memory Memory is the most important requirement for any Database Server. Usual minimum is 2GB RAM
Hard Disk Minimal size requirements.
SQL Server does not require a lot of Hard Disk Space, general minimum is 100GB.
SQL Software Microsoft SQL Server 2014/2012/2008R2/2008 Database Management Software. Including the Free SQL Server Express Edition.
Server Note The Server does not necessarily have to be big and expensive, even a Laptop computer can be used as the SQL Server, especially for SIMS Software Evaluations. In most cases, our clients are using mid-to-high end Compaq, Dell, or Lenovo PCs.
Networks All types. Wired and Wireless, Ethernet Topologies, Microsoft Windows Protocols (TCP/IP, Named Pipes, etc.).
     
OTHER PC HARDWARE OPTIONS
SIMS Software works great with Windows desktop PCs, laptops, netbooks & tablets running Microsoft Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.
        Hardware vendors including Microsoft, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic, Toshiba, etc.
SIMS Software works great with Windows Tablets, such as:
      Microsoft    Surface Pro 4    Microsoft ~899.
      Microsoft    Surface Pro 3    Microsoft ~799.
      Microsoft    Surface 3    Microsoft ~499.
      Microsoft    Surface Book    Microsoft ~1299.
      Microsoft    Tablet Store     Dell, HP, Toshiba, Asus, etc. As low as $99 with Windows 10.
      Dell affordable Tablets & Laptops     Dell = work horse reliability. ~$499.
      Dell Venue Pro     $299, Dell's first 8-inch Windows 10 tablet (pictures)
      Lenovo ThinkPad Tablets   Hybrids & Convertibles   Windows Tablets     Lenovo. ~$299.
      HP Tablets for Business   Laptops     HP = reliability. ~$399.
      Samsung Tablets     These are really cool!     Click here to see a Samsung 700T running SIMS
      Fujitsu Pen-Tablet Hand-Held PCs     Laptops, Tablet, State PCs.
      Panasonic Rugged Toughbooks     Very rugged and expensive.
      Asus VivoTab
      Laptops/tablets Travel Cases Ideas.  
SIMS Software now works with Apple iPads, mobile devices, Remote desktops and Thin client tablets.
   Use your Apple Ipads either via SIMS online web based testing, data hosted in our cloud, internet access required.
   Or via remote desktops running your SIMS application data host at your site.
   Ipads are really just big iphone cell phones, not real computers used in mainstream business functions, so challenges naturally exist.
   We recommend real Windows Tablets over ipads. Windows Tablets are cheaper and better. Link.
SIMS Software now works with low-cost Thin Client PCs, prices start as low as $299.
   Microsoft Remote Desktop Server, Citrix, VMWare, Amazon Workspaces
SIMS Software works great with durable Flat Touchscreen Monitors:
      Dell    3M MicroTouch    Planar    HP    Datalux
Free MousePads for All Clients and Evaluation sites.
Security Proximity Alarms for PCs, Laptops & Tablets.   Kensington   Amazon   Misc
PC System Furniture Ideas.   Laptops/tablets Travel Cases Ideas.    Symbol Hand Scanners.

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Q&A: Can we deploy the software onsite company server and/or internet cloud based?

Answer: YES! Both! Deploy onsite company server and/or in the cloud. We deliver both solutions because clients frequently need both. For your everyday onsite tests keep all of your valuable data 100% within your network (via free Microsoft SQL Express Database which we provide) where no internet is needed. Most clients do not want any of their data unnecessarily in the internet cloud unless absolutely necessary, we totally agree. For those times when you want to run an internet based test, such as Home Use Test's (HUTs) and Central Location Tests (CLTs) we provide www.SensoryTest.com.    Same low SIMS Software price includes both platforms.


SIMS Software Locations Solutions Flexible Possibilities

LocationsProfessional TechniciansPanelistsTest Data
Onsite Testing

Client's testing rooms
Client's corporate intranet
Office desktops
Any PCs

SIMS software installed on PC,
standard Windows client PC application
Panel room
Any PCs

SIMS software installed on PC,
standard Windows client PC application
Microsoft SQL database
hosted by client

All clients use the Onsite Testing solution described above. Optionally use your SIMS Software System in other locations as described below.
Central Location Testing CLTs

Yes Internet Access

Sensory Computer Systems Cloud
www.SensoryTest.com
Any PCs

Remote desktop, professional access
SIMS software application hosted
by Sensory Computer Systems
www.SensoryTest.com
Browser Access

PCs, Tablets, iPads

MS Internet Explorer,
Firefox, Safari, etc.
www.SensoryTest.com
Microsoft SQL database hosted
by Sensory Computer Systems
Central Location Testing CLTs

Yes Internet Access

Client's Cloud
Direct SQL via IP or VPN
Any PCs

SIMS software installed on PC,
standard Windows client PC application
Any PCs

SIMS software installed on PC,
standard Windows client PC application
Microsoft SQL database
hosted by client
Central Location Testing CLTs

No Internet Access
Traveling SIMS Software System
SIMS software installed on PC

SIMS Software Express Packages
Traveling SIMS Software System
SIMS software installed on PC

SIMS Software Express Packages

Microsoft SQL database
hosted by client on
Traveling SIMS Software System

Home Use Testing HUTs

Yes Internet Access

Sensory Computer Systems Cloud
www.SensoryTest.com
Any PCs

Remote desktop, professional access
SIMS software application hosted
by Sensory Computer Systems
www.SensoryTest.com
Browser Access

PCs, Tablets, iPads

MS Internet Explorer,
Firefox, Safari, etc.
www.SensoryTest.com
Microsoft SQL database hosted
by Sensory Computer Systems

Q&A: Can we deploy the software onsite company server and/or internet cloud based?

Answer: YES! Both! Deploy onsite company server and/or in the cloud. We deliver both solutions because clients frequently need both. For your everyday onsite tests keep all of your valuable data 100% within your network (via free Microsoft SQL Express Database which we provide) where no internet is needed. Most clients do not want any of their data unnecessarily in the internet cloud unless absolutely necessary, we totally agree. For those times when you want to run an internet based test, such as Home Use Test's (HUTs) and Central Location Tests (CLTs) we provide www.SensoryTest.com.    Same low SIMS Software price includes both platforms.



The Benefits of Client Server Architecture

Also known as "distributed computing", client/server architecture makes sharing tasks among various systems on a network extremely simple. Processing tasks are efficiently distributed across multiple, networked computers.

Thanks to the implementation of client/server architecture, you can take advantage of a common application interface that allows unlimited simultaneous users of SIMS 2000, either as panelists or professional technicians, to perform their objectives while enjoying maximum network response.

Database Warehouse. Client/server architecture is by nature a database warehouse containing your data. Other applications, such as Excel and Access can be used to import, generate reports, and manipulate your SIMS Software databases.

The client/server solution also brings scalability, which means future upgrades will be significantly simpler-both in terms of implementation and cost. It's faster, more powerful and gives you more control over all Sensory testing and market research information management activities. Client/server also simplifies centralized system administration, and regulatory compliance.



Desktop PCs

Laptop PCs

Tablet PCs

Handheld PCs


SIMS Software can be used with Kiosks to Support Market Research Point of Sale. Below are pictures of various styles of Kiosks.
              

      
Datalux X14 Touchscreen LCD Monitor





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