Online vs. Offline Mode

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Microinvest offers a vanguard technology, based on the Online storage and transmittance of data. This methodology enables all transactions and operations to be stored on a centralized server and to be accessible from all workstations. In addition, the system functioning is in full synchronization with the data, as any change, edit, addition or deletion can be visible from every point and station in the system.

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Online Work Mode

The Online work mode is performed via a centralized server (or a group of replication servers, for ensuring minimum risk) and workstations, which send data in this server. In this way, there is a single and only one database in the system and the data is stored in a centralized manner. Moreover, all checks of quantity, prices and access rights are determined from this centralized server, which ensures the similarity and homogeneity of the data. When a workplace suffers a breakdown, the data is not lost.

Offline Work Mode

The Offline regime rests on the basic principle that each workplace is autonomous in the system and in the end all data is united in one central point. During the work of a workplace, the workplace itself cannot “see” the operations being performed at the other workplaces. Furthermore, the workplace receives the new data only when it is sent to it, for example in the beginning of the workday. In case of a breakdown of one workplace, the data from this point of the system (the workplace) is not lost.

Advantages of the Online Regime

Without doubt, the Online regime technology has a number of advantages compared to the Offline. These include:

  • All data is synchronized immediately and any change in quantity, price or other parameter is updated instantly;
  • An operation which has begun on one workplace can be finished on another workplace;
  • There is no risk of someone being working with obsolete data because of not receiving the changes, made by someone else in the system;
  • In case of a breakdown of a workplace, the system continues to work without any problems and does not lose any data at all;
  • The document and their document numbers are synchronized;
  • All reports are executed in real-time, since no consolidation of the data is necessary;
  • When issuing documents, a sequential enumeration of the documents can be created;
  • The management is centralized and in real time.

Misleading Myths

Online systems have a higher level of complexity compared to their Offline analogues. In spite of that, the majority of commercial systems offered are made on a more basic level and work Offline. In order to protect their older technology, many specialists proclaim non-existing disadvantages of Online systems. The list of such misleading myths includes:

  • The Online work is more insecure and the whole system can be blocked or crashed. This is not true;
  • The Online technology requires more powerful computers and hardware. This is also not true.
  • During Online work, data can be lost due to the Online regime. This is not true as well. The truth is that data can be lost only if the program has been written poorly, not because of the data transmittance technology.

Other Comments

Online systems require a precise synchronization of the data, but offer huge advantages. Through uniting in a central server, all branches of a complex system can be run and managed.

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