Too Much Information

By Michael Caton  |  Posted 2003-07-28 Print this article Print

Too Much Information

One problem with Everest is that the array of information it provides to administrators and end users alike can be overwhelming. Although the menu system makes it easy to access forms and data, at times it was easy to lose track of information because so many of the forms are nearly identical in appearance. In addition, we had to do some digging to access some forms and data. For example, to input customer tracking information, such as referral data, we had to drill down a couple of form levels.

The product has a few other user interface shortcomings: Drop-down menus in forms can be cumbersome, and the reports menu has so many options in the submenu that it is almost unmanageable.

However, there are also well-designed elements in Everest, including the payroll management component. Managing changes to payroll information, such as federal, state and unemployment tax rates, was straightforward in tests.

Natively, Everest Standard Edition exports XML data using its own schemas. Advanced Edition, which runs on Microsoft Corp.s SQL Server 2000, provides more options and better native support for connecting to external applications through XML.

For those looking to create additional reports, the database running under Everest is Open Database Connectivity-compliant, so users can create custom reports using Crystal Decisions Inc.s Crystal Reports, for example.

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