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Working from home - Alpha Anywhere v6.6.1.7

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  • Working from home - Alpha Anywhere v6.6.1.7

    We are an office of 10 staff currently working from home, we are running Alpha Anywhere on our desktop PCs, which we have brought home. The data itself is stored on our office server and we are accessing and interrogating it via a VPN. It is extremely slow (queries and updating especially) is there anything we can do to improve performance? Has anyone had any experience of using Alpha in this way yet?

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    Re: Working from home - Alpha Anywhere v6.6.1.7

    I use a VPN to access data when working from home or a coffee shop (in the recent good old days). My speed is fine but I am just one person hitting the data, not a team of ten. Your speed would be improved if you used Stored Procedures but I don't expect you are going to rewrite your application for this period. Your speed is of course also dependent upon your own home Internet connection speed. I know where I live that the quality of my connection has recently suffered because everyone has also come home to work.

    As a resource, try to attend this Friday's IADN webinar. We will be talking about the effects of COVID-19 on our business and that will include home-office connection issues. Register here for a free account and I will make sure you get an invite to the webinar:

    The webinars are listed here (and you can get a meeting link):
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    • #3
      Re: Working from home - Alpha Anywhere v6.6.1.7

      Thank you for that Steve, I have copied your message to my colleague who is more tech than me.


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        Re: Working from home - Alpha Anywhere v6.6.1.7

        We are an office of 10 staff currently working from home, we are running Alpha Anywhere on our desktop PCs, which we have brought home.
        This is a desktop application using the Alpha runtime on each computer that you brought home, correct.
        If that's the case, it will be slow as you are constantly moving the data across the internet. You should be using
        a form of remote desktop. That way you are only moving screen shots across the internet.

        The work computers will stay at work.
        Alpha 5 Version 11
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        Ron Anusiewicz


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          Re: Working from home - Alpha Anywhere v6.6.1.7

          Hi Ronald,

          Thank you for your reply, our tech guy said pretty much the same thing. We do have some work computers still in work so he will set something up.


          • #6
            Re: Working from home - Alpha Anywhere v6.6.1.7

            So not using Network Optimisation then?
            Alpha is slow if you are using a remote application which transfers forms and processes continuously.
            Network Optimisation helps a lot.
            See our Hybrid Option here;

            There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
            Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.


            • #7
              Re: Working from home - Alpha Anywhere v6.6.1.7

              I have a number of clients on remote. They all connect to an in office computer remotely and run alph from there. Never directly to server using a shadow at remote.
              Dave Mason
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              Skype is dave.mason46


              • #8
                Re: Working from home - Alpha Anywhere v6.6.1.7

                Hi Ted,

                We have tried this in the past but found we were getting instances of record duplication.


                • #9
                  Re: Working from home - Alpha Anywhere v6.6.1.7

                  Did you not test for the record being "open"?
                  It's a pita when there are multiple users accessing the same record, so the only way I know of stopping it is to lock the record when it is in change or enter mode.
                  See our Hybrid Option here;

                  There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
                  Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.


                  • #10
                    Re: Working from home - Alpha Anywhere v6.6.1.7

                    We use LogMein from our home computers to our in-house systems. this way, all of the information is done internally in the building, and the at-home computer is just looking at the desktop screen.


                    • #11
                      Re: Working from home - Alpha Anywhere v6.6.1.7

                      If the desktops are left at work, then each user can remote in to their own desktop and run the program same as if they were in the office. Assuming of course, they have their own pc or laptop at home...

                      Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford