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Vista on the Cloud

  • 1.  Vista on the Cloud

    Posted 7 days ago
    Does anyone have experience using Vista on the cloud?  Either hosted by Vista directly or by another provider?  Positive experience?  Any problems or issues we should be aware of?

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    Melinda Davis CCIFP, CPA
    Principal
    Coker James & Company, P.C.
    Atlanta GA
    (770) 916-9900
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  • 2.  RE: Vista on the Cloud

    Posted 6 days ago
    Hi Melinda,
    There are a few things to consider
    1) Cloud solution just means that you're moving some cost from on-premise to a managed service, so server maintenance and upgrade cost are moved away.  However, labor cost to maintain it may be still incurred in house by the customer due to the fact that you may need to have someone manage the specific need of the customer.  So there will need a balance to consider around the cost / benefit analysis.
    2) Cloud solutions maybe slower in response time because of the network environment.  So, if you have a dedicated solution for a customer that they control the end to end network pipe, it would be faster or technologies can be put in place to make it faster.  The cloud solution is often time a shared resource, so the customer will be competing with other people on that same resource.  
    3) Integration with other solutions and/or software needs to be considered as this may require some custom development work.
    4) The cloud solution does help with back needs as it would out source the back up requirements of the system.
    5) Downtime, if the system goes down, will need to be understood in a SLA.  Vista would provide a SLA for up time that would need to be met.  If a server goes down due to human error or natural disaster a fail over system needs to be in place to ensure that the customer doesn't loose operating time.
    There are a few things to consider with any cloud solution.  Often times its not as black and white as some may make it out to be.

    Hope this helps.
    Tuong

    www.prospectionbi.com
    tdo@prospectionbi.com



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    Tuong Do
    Director of Development
    Prospection Business Intelligence
    (805) 229-1267
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  • 3.  RE: Vista on the Cloud

    Posted 6 days ago

    We transitioned to VEC last year and went live 1/1/19. It was cumbersome for us because P-Vault (Paperless Environment) couldn't get its program to work with VEC which caused us to implement Keystyle in its place.  We also did this to avoid the finger pointing we experienced when something didn't work between P-Vault and Viewpoint (Keystyle was purchased by Viewpoint in 2018).  At the time of our implementation Viewpoint and Keystyle techs didn't know much about each other's program (this may have improved since we went live).  In an implementation such as this I expected for Viewpoint support team to take us by the hand and lead us through the maze with a flashlight.  Instead it was more like they followed behind us and waited until we smashed our head into a wall and then yelled "Go right".  We are still having issues with a "bridge" between ADP and VEC that is now in its 5th month of still not being resolved.

     

    With all this being said Viewpoint is a great software and our VEC is currently working as well as On Premises  Viewpoint did.  It is also great to not have to get our IT involved with issues anymore since all maintenance is handled by Viewpoint.  However, Viewpoints lack of technical support is legendary.

     

    Roger Whitty | Chief Financial Officer

     

    Williams Company Management Group

    2301 Silver Star Road | Orlando, FL. 32804

    Main:  407.295.2530 | Cell:  407.432.5456 | Fax:  407.297.0459

    Client service is the foundation of our business | www.williamsco.com

     






  • 4.  RE: Vista on the Cloud

    Posted 6 days ago
    We work in the cloud and it's been a positive experience. I actually think Vista works better in the cloud for us.

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    Jamie Turner
    Project Accounting Manager
    TriVersity Construction
    Cincinnati OH
    (513) 672-4998
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  • 5.  RE: Vista on the Cloud

    Posted 6 days ago
    Melinda, many of my Vista customers use VEC (Viewpoint Enterprise Cloud) and they are satisfied with it. Some have transitioned from on-premise or another cloud provider, and others implemented Vista on VEC. The cloud team handled both well. Cloud support has been responsive when I've interacted with them.

    One customer had a spotty internet service (I think a combination of their provider and internal hardware). Smooth sailing after they resolved that.

    If you have a Crystal designer, or need access to your database, etc. make sure you specify that and they will set up security groups you can assign to the appropriate users.

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    Towner Blackstock
    Blackstock Consulting
    Towner@teamblackstock.com
    Helping construction companies select, implement, and get more from software.
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