Frequently Asked Questions from Architects about Pimarc
What is Pimarc, in a nutshell?
Pimarc is a web-based software in a software application that lets you view and monitor every project and all its associated data and attached files. Pimarc incorporates document management technology which allows users to attach any type of document or file to a project at any time. This saves considerable administration time, not to mention office space, which would otherwise be absorbed by manually filing, storing and searching paper documents. This resulting increase in productivity generates substantial costs savings for any architecture firm. Pimarc also lets you add geographic coordinates to every project file, which can be attached to a geo-coded land base so that your projects can be displayed on a map background. Pimarc will increase your office's efficiency and improve your project management.
Why are web-based applications preferred?
One of the biggest advantages to using a web-based application is that the initial installation process is quick and won't disrupt you. You will only need to install Pimarc once (either on your server or desktop computer) and you don't need to install anything on any other computers in your office. Generally, we can log into your network remotely and install Pimarc without ever needing to step foot in your office! We can also provide software updates remotely so that you'll always be running the most updated version of the software and will never have to worry about manualing installing any updates.
Is Pimarc a web-based application?
Yes, Pimarc is a secure web-based application which offers you ultimate convenience. Pimarc is quickly installed on your server or desktop computer which runs Windows XP or higher. This computer will serve as your file storage machine and can always be accessed by using Internet Explorer to log in. Interaction with your database is done using secure internal pages that only your team can access.
Will you be able to build other applications around our existing database?
Yes, Pimarc is a business application that was specifically engineered to provide you with effective and streamlined project management tools. We have developed proprietary architecture which serves as the foundation for any new business applications that you would like to be developed. If you would like more information about developing new applications, please Contact Us today.
How is Pimarc able to deliver lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) compared to other project management applications?
We've outlined the top four areas that contribute to Pimarc's low TCO:
- Minimal Hardware Costs - Installation and use only requires only one desktop machine, with minimal requirements
- No Operating System Costs - Pimarc only requires Microsoft Windows XP Professional or a free LINUX Server
- Low Customization Fees - Pimarc can be configured to nearly any office requirements and can be efficiently and expertly modified by PRL Info Systems
- Few Integration Costs - Pimarc is designed for maximum integration and compatibility with other business applications so you don't have to lift a finger
Is Pimarc scalable?
One of the best features of Pimarc is that it is designed to grow as you grow. If you are a small business, a special version of Pimarc is available, called Pimarc Lite. This smaller version uses the same SQL engine and database as the full version of Pimarc. This means that you will be able to seamlessly move to the full version of Pimarc as your business grows.
What PC requirements do I have to have?
For optimal operation, we recommend a Pentium PC with a minimum 64 MB RAM. Pimarc also requires Internet Explorer 5.5, or greater to operate, on any Windows operating system.
What are the minimum server software & hardware requirements?
We recommend that the desktop computer which runs Pimarc is not used by other office personnel so that it can perform at its peak as a storage device for the database and you other files (e.g. CAD drawings, scanned images, documents, etc.)
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
- Intel 800Mhz CPU or greater
- 512 MB hardware memory
- High performance disk system (10 GB min is recommended)
Will my company need to purchase another database?
No. Pimarc is able to use many database engines, which includes Microsoft SQL Express (a free download) and MySQL (free Open Source, with no license fees).
Is Pimarc easy to customize?
Can Pimarc import data from other programs and applications?
Yes. Our specialists can help you import your customer records and other information from your accounting system into Pimarc. We will also be able to assist you in importing files from MS Access, Dbase, Excel and any other programs. We can do this quickly and at a much lower cost that with manual coding, which will save you the time and headaches of doing file changeovers yourself.
Does Pimarc easily integrate with other enterprise solutions?
Yes. Pimarc is very easily integrated with other applications that have a database structure which makes it a simple task. Our customers love that information from Pimarc's SQL database can pass seamlessly to your accounting system, whether you are on Accpac, QuickBooks, Simply Accounting, or Peachtree.
How long has Pimarc been available for use?
Pimarc was launched in 2004 and was instantly embraced by land surveyors looking to enhance and streamline their existing project management practices. As demand for Pimarc continues to grow, our customers are found throughout Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and the U.S.
Who created Pimarc?
PRL Info Systems are the creators of the Pimarc software. Our team is comprised of project management specialists, software developers, data integration and migration experts, a market analysis team, and customer support. Every member of our team is focused on helping our clients improve and increase their project management activities.
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