Implementation involves deciding
what product and level of configuration or customization is needed. This requires
someone with knowledge of both the business and of 4th Quarter®, preferably
one of our certified developers.
Installation of the basic product involves:
- purchasing and installing ancillary software
(4Q, 4D Server, 4D Backup etc)
- setting up the system (users, chart of accounts,
- training users, administrators, programmers
There are formal terms for custom programming which
we'll use. One usually refers to the specification phase, the programming
phase, the testing and debugging phase, and the installation and
The spec phase is where most of the design is done
and, again, there are formal terms we use for functional specs,
data design, and interface design. These phases need to be completed
in detail before any customization should begin. These stages will
also be used to determine the approach, either via special configuration,
or 4D Open API's, or open source code.
The client needs to have either a knowledgeable
IT department, or a trusted 4Q developer at their disposal. Importing
old data is almost always a custom job as it is handled differently
in every case.
Each client must have a DB administrator on-staff
to act as the go-between for end users and the developer (and us).
Training this administrator is accomplished by working with us (through
our trainings) and working with a 4Q Certified developer.
us for more information about what you'll need to handle 4th