PROPHIX Technology and Architecture Guide

PROPHIX Technology and Architecture Guide
 Prophix Technology and Architecture Guide
Version 11 SP2
Revised August, 2014
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Contents
Introduction
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Product Design Philosophy
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Technology Strategy
Unified Platform
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Standard Open Architecture
Leading Microsoft Technologies
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft SharePoint Integration
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Flexible and Scalable Deployment Architecture
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Private Cloud Ready
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Low Maintenance Updates
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High Interoperability
Data Integration
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Business Intelligence Agnostic
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Single Set of Metadata
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Flexible End-User Experience
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Security, Access Control, and Auditing
Authentication
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Role-Based Application Security
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Data Security
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File System Security
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Network Security
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Summary
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Appendix A: Technical Specifications
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Appendix B: Hardware Specifications
All-In-One Deployment
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Three-Server Deployment
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Four-Server Deployment
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Client Hardware Requirements
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Introduction
As a leading global provider of corporate performance management
software (CPM), Prophix Software pays close attention to technology
trends and ensures the most relevant and appropriate technology is
deployed. Technology is a vital aspect of a robust CPM solution. Both the
technology and underlying product architecture must fit well into an
existing corporate IT infrastructure to yield maximum return. IT needs to
be assured that the technology is open and standardized to ensure there are
no future roadblocks or surprises that may impede access to the underlying
data. By the same token, business users, the primary users of CPM
applications, must feel comfortable with the product architecture and be
empowered to manage their own solutions.
Prophix Software understands the dynamic relationship between business
users and IT, and has developed a product that satisfies the needs of both
groups. Prophix achieves this goal through a unique product design
philosophy focusing on empowering users for difficult tasks in nontechnical ways, and by leveraging standard technology based around
Microsoft products. This white paper highlights the product architecture
and technologies employed by the Prophix application platform and its
relationship with users.
This document is for technical audiences such as IT directors, IT managers,
systems administrators, and technical consultants to help improve their
understanding of the Prophix platform.
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Product Design Philosophy
The product design philosophy behind Prophix is to empower non-technical
users around regular business-centric application tasks, thereby unburdening
IT. At Prophix Software, we believe firmly that business users need the
autonomy and ability to manage their own CPM application. The IT group
is required for infrequent or one-time tasks such as server setup, initial
server hardware and software installation, regular database backups, and
network maintenance; however, regular tasks such as developing reports,
creating and managing business models and associated business logic,
importing data, performing consolidations, and managing workflows for
budgeting, planning, or forecasting are best done by business users. This is
the cornerstone of the design philosophy of the Prophix application user
interface and capabilities. Prophix includes patent-pending technologies
such as Infoflex, Delta Analysis and SmartSwap which allow business users
to proactively engage their business challenges in a systematic and
automated fashion.
The dynamic and changing nature of today’s business environment means
that there is no time to wait and call for help from IT. Similarly, IT’s role
is not to respond to ongoing requests from business users, but rather to take
a more strategic role to ensure core infrastructure and applications are
always operating at peak efficiency with no outage and to be the stewards
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of the data that is consumed by the application. By unburdening IT and
empowering business users, significant cost savings may be realized
immediately. Additionally, Prophix better aligns with the objectives of
business users, so that they are the ultimate masters of their own solution.
Technology Strategy
The technology and architecture behind Prophix have been carefully
selected and designed to support the robust requirements for CPM across a
wide spectrum of organizations from mid-sized to enterprise. Through
using a single platform (Microsoft), Prophix Software is able to deliver
products that are scalable, can be rapidly implemented, reduce the burden
on IT resources, and lower future support and development costs.
A key concern that Prophix Software is sensitive to is the ability to offer
compatibility with future releases of core Microsoft technologies.
Customers and partners can be assured that Prophix Software is
continuously researching upcoming technologies from Microsoft. As a
member of the Microsoft Partner Network with Gold Certification in the
Independent Software Vendor (ISV) competency and active participant in
Microsoft community technology preview programs, Prophix Software has
access to all future technologies being considered for release by Microsoft.
Product development strategies are aggressively aligned with Microsoft
product roadmaps to ensure the highest levels of compatibility upon new
releases.
Unified Platform
An important aspect of becoming a leading CPM application is to have a
unified platform designed from the ground up for CPM. Prophix Software
did not grow by acquiring diverse products; all the core functionality in the
application for budgeting, forecasting, planning, reporting, and
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consolidation has been designed to ensure a consistent front-end user
experience with a unified back-end for maximum integration. Being
designed in this way is important because it ensures all data is fully
integrated between modules, there is a consistent look and feel across the
product to minimize training, and that overall maintenance is reduced as
there is only one application to manage.
This is very different from traditional CPM applications that have often
grown and morphed through strategic acquisition of other vendors’
solutions. When this occurs, there are always overlapping technologies
making it much more difficult to manage the application. In addition,
exchanging data between modules can be difficult and cumbersome due to
incompatible data formats. Finally, the look and feel of the application can
vary widely between modules resulting in increased training costs that are
not attractive to end users. This is not the case with Prophix, where a single
common interface is used throughout all aspects of the CPM process from
the design of business models all the way to end user experiences such as
reporting and data entry into budget plans. A single application platform
solution leads to lower user training costs as well as greater transparency
and data integrity as there is no duplication of data.
In Prophix, all components are integrated in a single, unified code-base,
which means there is only one installation and upgrade process. Risk and
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additional future costs are also significantly mitigated by maintaining a
single application for CPM. The homogenous architecture also ensures
better scalability and performance as there is only a single application to
monitor and tune.
Standard Open Architecture
Prophix only leverages standard open technology from Microsoft to
minimize deployment costs and ensure maximum compatibility with
existing corporate IT standards. There are built-in functions such as Process
Manager featuring easy to use step-by-step wizards to import numeric data
and structural data from a variety of external applications and databases.
Prophix also handles common extract transform and load (ETL) challenges
such as data mapping, conforming, and merging through easy-to-use
purpose built functionality. With pre-defined links into the Prophix
workflow engine, import data processes can easily be automated, are
auditable, and can be validated by business or IT users. Exceptions are
handled automatically using email notification processes to affected
stakeholders.
Leading Microsoft Technologies
Prophix has been developed, tested, and certified entirely on leading
Microsoft technologies including Visual Studio 2013, Microsoft .NET
Framework, SQL Server , SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), SQL
Server Reporting Services (SSRS), SQL Server Integration Services
(SSIS), Microsoft SharePoint 2013, Microsoft Office 2013, and Windows
Server 2012 R2.
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Microsoft SQL Server
The Microsoft SQL Server business intelligence technology stack provides
the ideal platform for CPM applications such as Prophix by providing all
the components required to acquire data from line of business applications
(SSIS), store the data in a centralized repository (SQL Server), enable
multidimensional analysis and calculations (SSAS), and generate
operational reports (SSRS). With Prophix, users do not need to learn all
these technologies; Prophix has created purpose-built functions wrapped in
a simple-to-use interface that masks the underlying complexities. The
interface with these technologies is always through Prophix; users do not
have to understand scripts, stored procedures, packages, and other highly
technical items. Users get the best of both worlds: they are able to leverage
best-in-class features from Microsoft without having to learn some of the
technical complexities, while IT departments can ensure their investments
in Microsoft technologies are fully utilized.
SQL Server and SQL Server Analysis Services are the primary database
technologies employed by Prophix. SQL Server provides a centralized
relational database for storing all data and metadata for Prophix to
consume. SQL Server Analysis Services is the market leading OLAP
database engine that enables rich multidimensional analysis in large data
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models with millions of fact records, automatic aggregation of data across
multiple hierarchies, and support for complex business calculations.
Microsoft SharePoint Integration
Microsoft SharePoint provides a platform for collaboration and syndication
of different elements from within Prophix to a large user community. As
SharePoint has become the leading collaboration system at many
organizations, it naturally made sense to leverage this great technology, as
CPM is inherently a collaborative process involving multiple stakeholders.
The Prophix Extensions for SharePoint are a set of fully integrated web
parts that enable key Prophix capabilities such as workflows and report
distribution to be accessible from within a SharePoint portal. In addition,
automated processes for publishing and soliciting data capture leverage
Excel and SharePoint to provide a truly unified experience. Users who
already know their way around SharePoint and Excel can become full
participants in the CPM process, reducing the learning curve.
As Prophix only uses SQL Server and SQL Server Analysis Services
databases, all solutions automatically support PerformancePoint Services
components embedded in SharePoint. These components offer rich business
analytics and visualization options for users of SharePoint. Sophisticated
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interactive dashboards may be embedded in SharePoint sites alongside
Prophix Extensions such as Workflow and Report Portal.
Flexible and Scalable Deployment Architecture
The Prophix platform is built on modern modular service-oriented design
principles with full separation of presentation, application, and data storage
tiers. This highly flexible architecture permits several deployment
configurations from a single server to multiple servers, allowing Prophix to
grow with the organization. The three distinct tiers are client/presentation,
application, and database/storage:
The Client Tier is comprised of three applications:
l Prophix Configurator – This utility streamlines the initial
configuration of Prophix. Configurator only needs to be run during
installation by an IT administrator on the server and features a
wizard interface for ease of use. Configurator makes it effortless to
split Prophix server components from one server to additional
servers when needed.
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l Prophix Administration Console – The Administration Console is a
client tool that runs on the server and enables IT administrators to
set up databases, manage vital application settings, create the initial
Prophix Global Administrators, and manage license keys.
l Prophix SmartClient – The main Prophix client is based on
Microsoft Click-Once deployment SmartClient technology, which
features centralized deployment and management, with single point
of upgrade. The Prophix SmartClient features a unified interface and
provides access to all CPM capabilities of the product from the
development of models, business rules, automated processes, to
report building and data entry.
The Application Tier contains the Prophix server application, consisting of
a number of services that handle requests from the Prophix client. These
services manage the financial and business modeling logic, security,
workflow management and orchestration of business processes; for example,
the Prophix web service, the Process Manager Service, and the Offline
Service. The Prophix web service leverages Microsoft Internet Information
Services (IIS).
The Database/Storage Tier features a unified database with single metadata
source across all applications leveraging the robust Microsoft SQL Server
stack. This tier is comprised of:
l SQL Server Analysis Services Databases – The SSAS databases hold
the dimensional structure, cube, and calculations for each model
defined in Prophix. A Prophix model can contain one or more cubes
that can be automatically linked together, and reside in one or more
SSAS databases.
l SQL Server Databases – The Prophix metadata and model fact data
all reside in SQL Server relational databases. Prophix metadata
contains all information related to Prophix models, including
definitions for workflow, business processes, report template
definitions, audit logs, and other structured data. The fact database
contains information related to dimension structures and fact data
for a model. Every Prophix model has one fact database.
l SQL Server Reporting Services – This server provides the
operational reporting capabilities for Prophix such as audit logs,
financial controller reports, and workflow reports. It also provides
visualization components that can be presented in the form of
dashboards over a web browser.
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l Microsoft SharePoint Server – When deployed, this optional server
provides the centralized storage for Prophix reports and data entry
templates. Prophix can natively publish reports directly to
SharePoint and can easily fit in with existing SharePoint
installations.
This architecture allows Prophix to fit seamlessly into any IT infrastructure
and be flexible to adapt to future changes in deployment scale (see the
appendices for technical specifications and requirements).
Depending on requirements, all tiers can reside on a single server or be split
into multiple servers. The actual configuration of servers is greatly
simplified with the Prophix Configuration Manager, which helps set up the
core components on each server, streamlining expansion from single to
multiple servers. The servers can also be physical or virtual. The Prophix
architecture has been designed to be scalable and maintain performance.
Prophix supports scaling up and scaling out. Prophix can be scaled up by
increasing the available system resources on the server by adding additional
processors, memory and disks. To scale out, additional servers may be
deployed for SQL Server, Analysis Services or Prophix Services. Each
Prophix model can be deployed on its own Analysis Services server to
better balance the load.
Finally, as CPM applications nearly always involve multiple concurrent
users updating data in budgets and forecasts, Prophix has developed
technology to manage this process.
Private Cloud Ready
Prophix can be deployed in a private cloud environment and supports both
Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtualization technologies without
sacrificing functionality. By making use of leading virtualization
technologies, the number of physical servers can be consolidated and easily
scaled, thus helping to maintain established IT standards and procedures
(for example, backups, redundancy, resource monitoring). Prophix Software
supports customers who run Prophix products on supported operating
systems and hardware, regardless of whether they are running in a
virtualized environment or not.
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Low Maintenance Updates
Prophix utilizes the best of both deployments by implementing a Smart
Client application using ClickOnce Deployment technology. With smart
clients, businesses can take advantage of opportunities to distribute
information, streamline procedures, and provide better control over
operations.
Installation and maintenance is greatly simplified with ClickOnce
Deployment technology. Historically, client software needed to be
painstakingly installed by IT personnel on each desktop client computer,
taking much time and effort. With ClickOnce Deployment, all client files
required by Prophix are installed on the application server from day one.
Users then install the client by pointing their web browser to a predefined
URL address (for example, http://mycompany/prophix), starting the
installation process automatically. The process of updating client software
is fully automated using ClickOnce. Every time the SmartClient is
launched it checks the installed local version against what is currently on
the server. If the Prophix server has been updated with newer files, then the
new client files are automatically pushed out to the client and installed.
The number of resources required to keep large client installations up-todate is dramatically reduced.
Smart Client applications bridge the gap between web applications and
desktop applications. They provide the benefits of a web application (such
as leveraging the Internet and offering remote access to data) while still
providing a rich look and feel inherent to desktop applications and taking
advantage of local computing resources.
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High Interoperability
Data Integration
CPM applications must co-exist well with existing line-of-business
applications that have already been deployed. Examples of these include
ERPs, General Ledgers, HRIS, CRMs, MRPs, and data warehouses. Both
structural and transactional data is often needed from one or more of these
systems in order to develop plans, budgets, forecasts, and reports in a CPM
application.
Prophix provides a wide range of options for data integration. It offers easy
to use wizard-driven import processes for loading data from a variety of
sources including flat files, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft
SQL Server, and any ODBC-compliant database. In addition, Prophix
includes sophisticated data-handling capabilities within the product, such as
mapping tables, data validation, error logging, ability to merge, trim, and
split fields, and financial intelligence to handle data signage in the case of
debits and credits in financial accounts. All of these capabilities streamline
the data integration process and makes it possible for business users to
manage most of the process themselves without having to burden IT.
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Automation and notification options are also easily accessible within the
application from a centralized hub called Process Manager, which
orchestrates data integration and other business modeling tasks such as
currency conversion, consolidations, and allocations. The Infoflex process
makes it easy to change large amounts of data without writing a single line
of code, making it highly maintainable by business users. Import processes
can be scheduled to run on recurring intervals such as daily, weekly, or
monthly, and notification options can be defined to inform stakeholders of
process completion through email. Process Manager and all its associated
options are housed in a single unified interface. In many other applications,
these capabilities may be in the form of separate modules with dissimilar
interfaces, further increasing the learning curve.
Under the covers, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) powers all the
data integration features in Prophix. Data import processes generate SSIS
packages on the fly without the user’s knowledge and requiring no complex
coding. The benefit of using the SSIS engine is that it enables tremendous
flexibility. Existing data integration packages may be readily accessed and
consumed by Prophix in tandem with its own import processes within
Process Manager. Costs can be significantly reduced because this minimizes
the amount of rework needed.
Business Intelligence Agnostic
The use of standard open technology has permitted the Prophix platform to
be Business Intelligence (BI) agnostic. This allows the data residing in
Prophix to be accessible by a large number of applications. In fact, any
application that can connect to Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services
databases can fully leverage the data (for example Microsoft PowerPivot or
PerformancePoint Services). From an IT management perspective, this
means Prophix can easily inter-operate with existing BI infrastructures.
Organizations can continue to use their custom applications to import
CPM data from Prophix.
Unfortunately, this is often not the case with many other CPM
applications, which feature proprietary databases. A proprietary database
locks in the customer to a single vendor to provide all the tools required to
access their own data. Not only is this costly, but it makes integrating with
other future applications extremely difficult and potentially costly. In
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addition, highly trained specialists are needed in order to develop the
queries, reports, and data integration processes. Prophix Software does not
subscribe to the notion of proprietary database technology, and instead
supports open connectivity through the use of third party applications.
Customer data must be owned by the customer and be viewable at the
customer’s request, not the vendor’s.
Single Set of Metadata
Whether there is one business application or multiple ones in production,
Prophix will always contain a single set of metadata residing in one SQL
Server database (ProphixMetadata). By utilizing a single metadata
approach, all core application logic, user information, security permissions,
and reports are housed in one location. This provides a single point of
maintenance for backup and archival purposes, minimizing IT effort.
Additionally, for CPM applications this lends itself well to the concept of a
single version of the truth: all relevant metadata related to all CPM
applications is centralized, reducing the potential for duplication and
confusion.
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Flexible End-User Experience
Prophix provides a highly flexible end-user experience that can be matched
to the role of the user. Whether the user is a power user or a casual user
who wants to participate in the CPM workflow process, Prophix can easily
accommodate them. As mentioned previously, the Prophix SmartClient
offers a consistent user experience across all functions from ad hoc analysis,
formal reporting, and data entry, to business modeling. However, not all
functions have to be exposed to the end user. Role-based security defines
the functionality that each user has access to. When using the Prophix
SmartClient, users are exposed to a rich and high interactive experience.
Users who are more familiar with Microsoft Excel can continue to use that
application and still be included in the Prophix workflow processes for
CPM. Reports and data entry forms can be published to Excel and
syndicated through SharePoint to reach a large user base. From there, users
can participate in the budgeting and planning process using Excel, where
they may be most comfortable.
Security, Access Control,
and Auditing
CPM applications typically contain highly confidential data where access
must be properly controlled. Authentication and authorization mechanisms
are needed to control access to the data. The security model in Prophix is
comprehensive, with built-in functions to monitor access to the system and
audit changes that have been applied.
Access to Prophix is controlled by two separate mechanisms: applicationlevel security and data-level security. Application security is role based and
establishes the privileges granted to an account associated with the loggedin user. Data security involves granting permissions to users to view or
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update specific pieces of data. Only users who have been explicitly granted
privileges to Prophix can access the system and change data.
Authentication
Prophix features a single-sign-on system using Windows Active Directory
logins (Windows Authentication). After a user logs in to a Windows AD
domain, her credentials are automatically recognized during the login
process for Prophix and no additional passwords need to be supplied.
Appropriate access is then granted to the authenticated user based on
application-level security stored within Prophix, based on roles.
Prophix includes the ability to directly import users from an Active
Directory through its Security Manager interface. This includes the ability
to import information about a user including his email address and first and
last names. The import capability greatly streamlines user maintenance and
permits even business users to set up users within their own models,
without IT support.
Role-Based Application Security
After users have been authenticated, Prophix determines the security level
within the application. Security is based on roles within the Prophix
application, making it very easy to add new users to existing security
assignments, or move users between assignments. A role defines application
functions (for example, Process Manager, Ad Hoc Analysis, Business Model
Manager, etc.) that are accessible by a user when working in Prophix. An
unlimited number of roles can be created to satisfy highly granular business
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requirements. Roles allow many combinations of functions to be generated
and assigned to users. Each user must belong to a role in order to gain
access to any application functions. Groups are also supported in Prophix
and can be used to collectively assign a series of users to a particular role.
For achieving delegated security, Prophix has been designed to fully
accommodate multiple administrators. This highly flexible security
arrangement permits the administration of separate cubes within the same
Prophix system to be segregated between multiple users. For example, the
administrator of a human resources cube can be different than the one for a
finance cube. In CPM applications, this is often a necessity as access to
various functional models may need to be governed by different security
rights.
Data Security
Whereas roles specify the application functions available to a user, data
security defines what data the user (or group of users) can actually view.
Data security is completely independent of application roles, permitting
highly flexible security arrangements to satisfy even the most stringent
business requirements.
Data in Prophix models can be secured at the dimension-member level by
model for each individual user or group. Independent data permissions can
be created for read or write access, further increasing flexibility.
Finally, all data in the native SQL Server and SSAS databases are
completely secure. Users can only access relational fact and metadata
housed in SQL Server when they are using Prophix. Data permissions
defined in Prophix are also persisted inside the SSAS database ensuring that
security is respected even if the database is opened by a third-party
application. Harmonizing security between the application and the database
minimizes time required to manage permissions for users and ensures
maximum compatibility with other applications.
File System Security
Prophix allows users to create several types of documents including
templates, report binders, data views, processes, and data connectors.
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Prophix includes an advanced file management system where users can
manage and organize these types of documents. The Prophix file system
resides within the Prophix metadata database and is not exposed to external
non-Prophix users. Maintenance is reduced by storing the file system
entirely within SQL Server, so that the only backup required is at the
database level.
Network Security
Prophix supports the use of Secure Socket Layers (SSL) to enhance the
security of data transmitted over local area networks between the Prophix
SmartClient and server through HTTP communication with Internet
Information Services (IIS). If SSL is enabled, all data transmitted between
the application server and client is secure.
Summary
The unified Prophix application platform consists of the best mix of leading
technologies for delivering a solution for the widest audience of
organizations. With a front-end user interface designed for business users,
and back-end architecture that keeps IT priorities in mind, Prophix ensures
that the concerns of both groups are addressed to maximize adoption.
Powered completely by Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft SQL
Server and SharePoint, Prophix extends this platform by making it even
easier for users to fully realize its capabilities for accomplishing regular
business tasks.
Prophix supports every aspect of CPM, including budgeting, planning,
forecasting, reporting, consolidations, and visualization. All these functions
are housed under a low-maintenance single unified platform with a highly
flexible deployment architecture that grows with the changing demands of
the organization.
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Prophix Software’s attention to deployment flexibility, scalability, data
management, and integration, as well as its BI-agnostic nature, user
security, and total support for standard technologies, allows organizations
to easily orchestrate, produce, and consume information for stronger
performance management.
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Appendix A:
Technical Specifications
Technical Component
Description
Relational Database:
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard
Edition
Enterprise-class relational database server for
storing all fact data and metadata.
OLAP Database:
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis
Services
Market leading OLAP database engine that
provides multidimensional analytical capabilities.
Relational Reporting:
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
Comprehensive reporting solution for managing and delivering operational reports and
management dashboards
Prophix Web Service:
Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS
Scalable web server that provides a reliable,
manageable performance infrastructure.
Data Services:
Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services 2012
Robust ETL tool that automates processes for
extracting, transforming, and loading data
from multiple sources
Application Services:
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
A set of software technologies to ensure
robust, scalable integration of systems and
web services
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Server Software
Description
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
or Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition
Database Software
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard, Business
Intelligence, or Enterprise Edition (64-bit)
Collaboration Platform
Microsoft SharePoint 2013 (64-bit)(optional)
Other
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
Client Software
Description
Operating System
Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (32-bit only) or
Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8
Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office 2010
Other
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l
l
Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or higher
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
ADOMD.NET 11.1
Analysis Management Objects (AMO)
11.1
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Appendix B:
Hardware Specifications
The tables in this section lay out sample server configurations and
production environments.
Note that all server configuration samples are for reference only. Actual
requirements are affected by many factors including: the number of
concurrent users, number and size of dimensions, number and complexity of
models, and overall data density.
Mixing 32-bit and 64-bit server configurations is not supported. Servers
need to be all 32-bit or all 64-bit. Prophix Software recommends 64-bit
configurations for all production deployments. If needed, 32-bit
environments may be used for development or proof of concept purposes
only.
All-In-One Deployment
Server Role
Combined
server
Required Minimum
l 2 Dual Core AMD/Intel
2.8 GHz CPUs
l 8 GB RAM
l 72 GB Available disk
space
l RAID 5
l 100 Mbps Network
interface
Recommended
l 2 Quad Core AMD/Intel 3.0
GHz CPUs
l 16 GB RAM
l 100 GB Available disk space
l RAID 5
l 1 Gbps Network interface
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Two-Server Deployment
Server Role
Required Minimum
Recommended
l Application
Server
l Analysis
Services
l Integration
Services
l 2 Dual Core AMD/Intel
2.8 GHz CPUs
l 8 GB RAM
l 72 GB Available disk
space
l RAID 5
l 100 Mbps Network
interface
l 2 Quad Core AMD/Intel
3.0 GHz CPUs
l 16 GB RAM
l 72 GB Available disk space
l RAID 5
l 1 Gbps Network interface
l SQL Server
l Reporting
Services
l Integration
Services*
l 2 Dual Core AMD/Intel
2.8 GHz CPUs
l 4 GB RAM
l 72 GB Available disk
space
l RAID 5
l 100 Mbps Network
interface
l 2 Quad Core AMD/Intel
3.0 GHz CPUs
l 8 GB RAM
l 100 GB Available disk
space
l RAID 5
l 1 Gbps Network interface
*In multiple-server configurations, Integration Services is recommended for all servers in order to run SSIS backup or data integration jobs.
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Three-Server Deployment
Server Role
Required Minimum
Recommended
l Application
Server
l Integration
Services
l 2 Dual Core
AMD/Intel 2.8 GHz
CPUs
l 4 GB RAM
l 36 GB Available disk
space
l RAID 5
l 100 Mbps Network
interface
l 2 Quad Core AMD/Intel 3.0
GHz CPUs
l 8 GB RAM
l 72 GB Available disk space
l RAID 5
l 1 Gbps Network interface
l SQL Server
l Reporting
Services
l Integration
Services*
l 2 Dual Core
AMD/Intel 2.8 GHz
CPUs
l 8 GB RAM
l 72 GB Available disk
space
l RAID 5
l 100 Mbps Network
interface
l 2 Quad Core AMD/Intel 3.0
GHz CPUs
l 16 GB RAM
l 100 GB Available disk space
l RAID 5
l 1 Gbps Network interface
l Analysis
Services
l Integration
Services*
l 2 Dual Core
AMD/Intel 2.8 GHz
CPUs
l 8 GB RAM
l 72 GB Available disk
space
l RAID 5
l 100 Mbps Network
interface
l 2 Quad Core AMD/Intel 3.0
GHz CPUs
l 16 GB RAM
l 100 GB Available disk space
l RAID 5
l 1 Gbps Network interface
*In multiple-server configurations, Integration Services is recommended for all servers in order to run SSIS backup or data integration jobs.
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Four-Server Deployment
Server Role
Required Minimum
Recommended
l Application
Server
l Integration
Services
l 2 Dual Core
AMD/Intel 2.0 GHz
CPUs
l 4 GB RAM
l 36 GB Available disk
space
l RAID 5
l 100 Mbps Network
interface
l 2 Quad Core AMD/Intel 2.8
GHz CPUs
l 8 GB RAM
l 72 GB Available disk space
l RAID 5
l 1 Gbps Network interface
l SQL Server
l Reporting
Services
l Integration
Services*
l 2 Dual Core
AMD/Intel 2.0 GHz
CPUs
l 4 GB RAM
l 72 GB Available disk
space
l RAID 5
l 100 Mbps Network
interface
l 2 Quad Core AMD/Intel 2.8
(or higher) GHz CPUs
l 8 GB RAM
l 100 GB Available disk space
l RAID 5
l 1 Gbps Network interface
l Analysis
Services
l Integration
Services*
l 2 Dual Core
AMD/Intel 2.0 GHz
CPUs
l 4 GB RAM
l 72 GB Available disk
space
l RAID 5
l 100 Mbps Network
interface
l 2 Quad Core AMD/Intel 2.8
(or higher) GHz CPUs
l 16 GB RAM
l 100 GB Available disk space
l RAID 5
l 1 Gbps Network interface
l Process
Manager
l Integration
Services*
l 1 Dual Core
AMD/Intel 2.0 GHz
CPUs
l 4 GB RAM
l 36 GB Available disk
space
l RAID 5
l 100 Mbps Network
interface
l 1 Quad Core AMD/Intel 2.8
GHz (or higher) CPU
l 8 GB RAM
l 72 GB Available disk space
l RAID 5
l 1 Gbps Network interface
*In multiple-server configurations, Integration Services is recommended for all servers in order to run SSIS backup or data integration jobs.
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Client Hardware Requirements
The required hardware for a client environment is as follows:
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l
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Dual Core AMD/Intel 2.0 GHz CPUs
1 GB RAM
40 GB Available Disk Space
100 Mbps Network Interface
Prophix Software Inc.
Prophix Software
350 Burnhamthorpe Road West
Suite 1000
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada L5B 3J1
Telephone: + 1 905-279-8711
Toll Free: +1 800-387-5915 (North America only)
Fax: +1 905-279-2232
Email: [email protected]
www.prophix.com
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