Serenic Navigator can be deployed under various configurations, ranging from a centralized solution with remote access through the NAV role-tailored client, SaaS, terminal server/citrix, Microsoft Excel, or web portals providing a completely decentralized model. For organizations that operate in multiple countries in which the network environment may not support high speed remote access, stability is unreliable, or the cost of the network is prohibitive, a decentralized model is the appropriate solution. A decentralized model
provides three primary benefits:
• Independent operation – each country/region can operate independently. This guarantees that the operations of the country/region are able to continue regardless of external factors. Each country/region can utilize functionality that has been developed and maintained to support government regulations, statutory reporting, and local business processes. In addition, local languages can be provided to complete the user experience.
• Global business processes with centralized management – all business processes and setup can be managed based on a global perspective. Organizations are able to develop business processes that span the entire organization around the globe. Business rules enforce the type of data that is being monitored and tracked, while providing each country and region the flexibility to manage locally. This provides the organizations with consistent, timely, and accurate reporting on a global basis.
• Technology adoption – a decentralized model supports future growth as the network environment evolves around the world. Until network access is stabilized and bandwidth becomes affordable, a decentralized model provides the organization with a dynamic environment that allows it to adapt to the ever-changing technology landscape. This model incorporates the flexibility of changing dynamics within nations and regions. For example, two neighboring countries may have entirely different access and communication
capabilities due to dissimilar governmental requirements and infrastructure. One may allow remote access using web portals, while the neighboring country may still be disconnected and require a replication link to the main database.
• HQ database – The model provides for an unlimited number of “companies” (or independent entities requiring separate financial records) to be stored within the Navigator database. Typically, the HQ database contains all companies along with country/region view companies that are used to support replication between the HQ and country/region databases. All business objects are managed in this database and are pushed to the country/region databases. The object overview below describes this in more detail.
• Country Office – The country/region database contains all companies related to the country/region. All transactional data is processed in this database for each of the companies supported in the country/ region. Data is posted to ledger tables, and supplemental tables are updated to support business processes in the country/region. Although there are global business rules to control the type of data
processed, each country/region operates independently. Transactional data is replicated to the HQ database on a user-defined basis to support HQ global reporting.
• Field Office – Access to the country/region companies from the field office is largely dependent on network infrastructure. The frequency and amount of data that can be replicated to both HQ and Country Offices is determined by network bandwidth and latency. However, it is important to note that this can be a completely disconnected model where field office personnel are able to perform the critical operations of managing expenditures within a structured environment under organizational controls.
• Serenic Portals – provide a deployment model that allows an organization to give access to limited use type users. These users are able to interact with Navigator for specific functions. This deployment model can be implemented at HQ or at each Country Office. It requires a user to have a computer with a current web browser and internet access.
• Microsoft Excel-based client – provides bi-directional, real-time integration with Serenic Navigator through the use of web services, an application and data sharing platform that utilizes XML and the HTTP protocol. This optional data entry framework is based on conceptual prototypes as an alternative method for collecting and distributing financially-oriented transactions within Country Programs via a simple, easy-to manage Excel-based user interface while still adhering to business logic (business rules) residing on the centralized main server via the service tier being provided by Navigator. These are delivered as part of a custom development.
Although the above diagram represents a regional model, changes can be made to allow for multiple configurations using the same architecture. This diagram is strictly intended to illustrate how different deployment scenarios can plug and play into the overall Navigator solution based on an organization’s network capabilities.
Full access to the Decentralized Development White Paper can be found here.
Next week we will be taking a closer look at Serenic Navigator Online (SaaS).