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       PCs and Tablets System Recommendations

SIMS Software has very basic hardware requirements. Your choices for hardware and devices may vary depending on where your data is hosted, by your onsite company SQL data host, or by SIMS Cloud Internet Software as a Service (SaaS).


Data hosting options are of your choosing. Hosting by you on your onsite company SQL data host and/or by our internet cloud based Software as a Service (SaaS). And whatever balance and combination of the two you need. If you need 100% onsite data host, or 100% Software as a Service (SaaS), or any combination of the two, it is your choice. Whatever you need. We deliver both solutions because clients frequently need both. For your everyday onsite tests you can choose to keep all of your valuable data 100% within your network (via free Microsoft SQL Express database for your data host which we can provide) where no internet is needed at all. Many clients do not want any of their data unnecessarily in the internet cloud unless absolutely necessary, and 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 Software as a Service (SaaS). Same low SIMS Software price includes both platforms.



SIMS Software Data Host Locations Solutions Flexible Possibilities




When data hosted by SIMS Cloud Internet Software as a Service (SaaS)
Your onsite locations and/or any offsite locations HUTs & CLTs



Your professional technician's devices



Your panelist's & consumer's devices
Onsite Testing
Client's testing rooms

Central Location Testing CLTs

Home Use Testing HUTs
Any PCs, Laptops, Tablets, Apple Macbooks, iPads

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

PCs, Tablets, Apple Macbooks, iPads, Mobile

MS Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.
www.SensoryTest.com


When data hosted at your onsite locations



 



 
Onsite Testing
Client's testing rooms

Microsoft SQL database
hosted by client
Office desktops, PCs, Laptops, Tablets

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

SIMS software installed on PC,
standard Windows client PC application




When data hosting by SIMS Cloud Internet Software as a Service (SaaS):
      Your technicians access via Microsoft Remote Desktop, your panelists & consumers via browser internet.


When data hosting by you on your onsite company SQL data host:
      SIMS Software has very basic hardware requirements:

 
CLIENT Devices Technicians and Panelists
PC Microsoft
Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7, Windows Server 2016/2012/2008R2 etc.
Apple
Operating Systems
Apple Macbooks and iPads
Onsite Panels, HUTs & CLTs - SIMS Cloud - data hosted by SIMS Cloud
Hard Disk Minimal size requirements, SIMS Software needs less than 1GB.
Display Color 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.

1024x768 is too low.
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 Macbooks, Apple iPads, iPhones,
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


Database Host Device PC Computer being used as a SQL Database Host
Skip this section if your interest is SIMS Cloud Internet Software as a Service (SaaS). The Cloud!

The section below only applicable for SIMS On-site systems.
The SIMS Software host system can optionally be easily installed in a matter of minutes on any Windows 10/8/7/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 Server can be used with all versions of SQL Server 2016/2014/2012/2008R2, such as with the Free SQL Server Express Edition.
Memory Memory is the most important requirement for any Database Host Device. Usual minimum is 8GB 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 2016/2014/2012/2008R2 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, tablets running Microsoft Windows 10/8/7 and Apple devices running Apple OS X.
        Hardware vendors including Microsoft, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic, Toshiba, Apple, etc.
SIMS Software works great with Windows Tablets, display resolution FHD 1920x1080 or better, 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.  

Tablet Display notes & recommendation: "Windows" tablets, display resolution FHD 1920 x 1080 or better.
    Avoid the tablets with the super cheaper 1366 x 768 displays, which are only decent screen visually when docked to a bigger real monitor.
    If you do have one of the 1366 x 768 displays, connect it to a real monitor, docking station, etc., the display resolution will usually improve.

Dell notes: The Dell Mini's have been discontinued and are now called the Dell 3000 series. We're not fans of the 3000's because the built-in display's resolution 1366 x 768 is very low, which why these are so cheap now. We recommend the Dell Inspiron 5000 series and/or the XPS series with 1920 x 1080 resolution or better.
SIMS Software works great with Apple Macbooks, Apple iPads, iPhones, 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.
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.

Network SIMS






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 , 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

Apple iPads





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