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System Requirements Version 16


16.0

Bug Fixes - Version 16.0.16 - Released 10 December 2021

This build has the following bug fixes implemented: 
Fixed
11844381 - Editing An Existing Page With A Blank Code Should Default To Parent Code and Description
In version 12, we added the feature to automatically generate a webcategory code. However, this means that pages generated prior that and without the Code manually changed could still be showing the GUID. With this build, if you edit and save a webpage, the code will automatically be created.

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New Features

This branch has the following features implemented: 
Better
11842955 - Schema Handling Update For Database Fields
Updated how we handle schema when dealing with an external ERP. Over the last two years, we've been expanding field lengths as we run into issues. The problem with doing it this way is that this means that sometimes we have fields that are longer than the ERP supports. For example, Customer numbers are length 10 in M1, 23 in Sage 100, and 24 in QuickBooks. Since 24 was the longest we'd seen, BD Engine used 24. This means that you can create customer # TESTIMTOOLONG in our system and then it will blow up writing to M1. As of this build, we'll create the database with BD Engine defaults but once you create an ERP connector, the system will automatically alter the database to match.

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Upgrade Notes for Non-Macola Systems

Because some of the field lengths are getting smaller and it was possible to create values that were too long in previous versions, you may run into data that is invalid and causes the sql schema update to fail. When this happens, the system will report the invalid data which will need to be manually fixed in the database either by deleting it or updating it to a valid value.

This update is not compatible with prior versions. Once you run this version against a database, it is important to never run an older version of our software against that version.

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Reason for Point Release

We've updated how we're handling schema when dealing with an external ERP. Over the last two years, we've been expanding field lengths as we run into issues. The problem with doing it this way is that this means that sometimes we have fields that are longer than the ERP supports. For example, Customer numbers are length 10 in M1, 23 in Sage 100, and 24 in QuickBooks. Since 24 was the longest we'd seen, BD Engine used 24. This means that you can create customer # TESTIMTOOLONG in our system and then it will blow up writing to M1. As of this build, we'll create the database with BD Engine defaults but once you create an ERP connector, the system will automatically alter the database to match.

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System Requirements Version 16

Server Requirements

Software Requirements
BirdDog Software can be deployed on a dedicated or virtual server that meets the following requirements:

Minimum hardware required:
  • Windows 2008 R2 Server
  • Minimum: 8 GB of RAM, recommended: 16 GB of RAM
  • Minimum .Net Framework 4.7.2
  • 300-500 MB of available hard disk space per installed instance of BirdDog
BirdDog software can be installed on both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) versions of the following:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019
Database Server Requirements
Hardware requirements:
  • Minimum: 8 GB of RAM, recommended: 16 GB of RAM
  • 200 MB of available hard disk space. Depending on the number of transactions, additional hard disk space may be required to store large number of transactions.
  • Document Management, additional hard disk space depending on the amount of documents. 5GB of documents will require 5GB of additional storage. Consider this, Using an estimate of 2,500 pages per file drawer and four file drawers per file cabinet, one can estimate that scanning two four drawer file cabinets full of documents (ten thousand single sided pages) will require 1 GB.
The BirdDog database can be hosted by:
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012, any edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014, any edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016, any edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017, any edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019, any edition

Full-Text Search needs to be installed on your SQL Server for our software to function correctly.

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Work Station Requirements

  • 2gb of RAM
  • 2GHZ or better CPU
  • High speed internet
  • Windows 7 or later
  • If using Avatax, 64-bit is required

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Installation

Before you start
Before starting the installation process, we recommend you install all critical up-dates for the operating system and software components.
Before installing BirdDog system server software, make sure that the following software is installed and enabled:
Installation
  • Software Installation requires Terminal Services access with administrator rights, username, password, and address. As well as Enterprise Manager and Database access with administrator rights
  • Local installs require Terminal Services listed above as well as FTP access to web server where staging site will be held with read and write access. FTP address User Name and Password.
Ecommerce
  • Staging sites are set up against the live database
  • SSL certificate is required for a secure website. If requested, BirdDog will provide assistance in obtaining a certificate. BirdDog is not responsible for provider selection, certificate selection or payment of SSL certificate
  • Pricing is taken directly from the data in the Database. BirdDog software can use both the price from the default location, usually as the suggested price, and use the pricing from the price code for the actual sales price
  • The default location price is the price in the default item location file
  • The price code price is processed per settings from Price Code Maintenance, and Setup for the order, or Priority, and selection method of the price codes
  • Tax schedules and detail codes must be set up for sales tax to calculate appropriate tax
  • Online credit card authorization requires BirdDog CardAuthorize module and a supported Credit Card gateway
  • Shipment Tracking numbers are dynamically ‘clickable’ from web site after they are written to the Shipping Manifest System
  • Freight rates are based on item weight and item packaging information set up in BirdDog Item Maintenance
Website Hosting Options
  • BirdDog Hosted Solution- BirdDog is installed on your local server. Data is synchronized to your website. Orders gathered on your web site are written directly into your local database
  • Local Installation - web server requires high-speed (10 mgb or greater) database connection to Macola serve
CASH Point of Sale
  • Credit card transactions require a supported gateway
  • If using Authorize.NET as your gateway, account type must be retail –not phone or ecommerce
  • Requires a network connection
Macola
  • Software Installation requires Terminal Services access with administrator rights, username, password, and address. As well as Enterprise Manager and Macola access with administrator rights
  • Local installs require Terminal Services listed above as well as FTP access to web server where staging site will be held with read and write access. FTP address User Name and Password.
  • Macola table and field names have not been customized
  • Pricing is taken directly from the data in Macola. BirdDog software can use both the price from the default location, usually as the suggested price, and use the pricing from the Macola price code for the actual sales price
  • The default location price is the price in the default item location file
  • The price code price is processed per settings from OE Price Code Maintenance, and O/E Setup for the order, or Priority, and selection method of the price codes
  • Tax schedules and detail codes must be set up in Macola for web site to calculate appropriate tax
  • Online credit card authorization requires BirdDog CardAuthorize module and a supported gateway
  • Shipment Tracking numbers are dynamically ‘clickable’ from web site after they are written to the Macola Manifest System
  • Freight rates are based on item weight from Macola and item information set up in BirdDog Item Maintenance
  • Picking System requires inventory to be correct inside Macola
Custom Development

To ensure a timely completion of the import project our developers require a current backup of your Macola database to be used for internal testing. The ability to test the customizations against your data greatly speeds up the roll out process

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Web Browser Requirements

Web-browser Requirements for Ecommerce
Our publicly facing system can be accessed by any device with one of the following browsers:
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 9.0 or later
  • Mozilla Firefox version 10 or later
  • Apple Safari version 6 or later
  • Google Chrome version 17 or later
Web-browser Requirements for Enterprise
Our ERP system can be accessed by any device with one of the following browsers:
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 11
  • Mozilla Firefox version 10 or later
  • Apple Safari version 5 or later
  • Google Chrome version 17 or later

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