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Question on ACT Scalability

Tuned Listener
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Country: United States

Question on ACT Scalability

I am comparing basic version of ACT with ACT Premium and found the following info at:
http://www.act.com/2010/system/actcorporateedition/

ACT! by Sage Premium 2010 Scalability Recommendations3

Users

Processor

Memory

ACT! Version

SQL Server

1-10

1.8 GHz Pentium IV (or equivalent)

1 GB

- ACT! Corporate Edition 2010

Express Edition

11-30

2.0 GHz Pentium IV

1 GB

- ACT! Corporate Edition 2010

Express Edition

31-50

3.2 GHz Pentium IV

3 GB

- ACT! Corporate Edition 2010 (SQL 2008)

Standard Edition

Will the base ACT with 20 licenses work as good as ACT Premium with 20 licenses?
Will ACT Premium with 40 licenses work as good as ACT Corporate with 40 licenses?
(Yes, I noticed the differences in processor, Memory and SQL.)
Is there significant technical difference or advantage between the versions?
Is it more of a sales / licensing / business strategy of Sage? 

Bronze Elite Contributor
Posts: 2,548
Country: New_Zealand

Re: Question on ACT Scalability

ACT! basic allows for a maximum of 10 users and is limited to that. ACT! Premium is designed primarily for a workgroup situation where access to all information in the database by all users may not be approppriate, hence the inclusion of limited access in ACT! Premium and other more subtle workgroup needs. The 'work as good' in terms of handling the work rate and increased number of users is more about MS SQL then it is about the application. It becomes both a server hardware and SQL version capacity as the number of simultaneous users and the type of requests/work they are demanding of the database. Miscellaneous processes such as synchronisation, if in use, also come into play.

Note that the recommendation for SQL Standard beyond 30 users. SQL Standard allows for multiple processors, unlimited database size and ability for SQL to access the maximum amount of available RAM dependent on the operating system SQL is running on.  

Is it a Sage marketing strategy ? Yes, in part. Software vendors can take advantage of an entry level price for a lesser spec version and allow for upgrade if the customer is looking to expand the use of a CRM. It is also useful to the customer not having to pay as much for features they probably don't need in a smaller office situation 

Graeme Leo
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