From small acorns, grow great solutions.


ardbrookmyeeeArdbrook’s myESS has gone mobile and it’s providing users with a smart way to access their payslips.

Sometime ago, I sat and wrote a proof of concept application over a weekend.  I needed to learn a little more about O4W and as usual I wanted something real to work on, it is so much more rewarding than simply working through a quick start guide and it has you thinking outside of the box at times.  The task of choice on this occasion was an Employee Self Service system using Ardbrook’s largely desktop based payroll system.

The guys at Ardbrook kindly sent me a copy of the system and some test data and I set to work.  I needed a little help from RevUS to create a formatted report using OIPI which would hook into O4W, but the proof of concept quickly came together and I arranged an on-line demo for Ardbrook with no real expectations.

A short while after the demo, I was on a plane over to Ireland and to talk about the proof of concept in more detail.  Long story short, Bill and the team took what I started, extended it and fully commercialised it.  It is now becoming a raving hit and doing very well indeed.

Jump forward to this morning and into my inbox pops an email from Ardbrook and a link to their latest YouTube video and a demo of their true mobile solution.  I knew that it was coming and they were running the application as an Android application on Android phones and that an iPhone application was following, but this video shows that application in all of its glory.

The  video shows the application working on a mobile phone and it looks really nice.  It is slick and easy to use whilst providing users with exactly what they want to see in one of the most convenient places.  No wonder staff from some of the largest IT companies in the world are choosing to use this new offering from Ardbrook.

Click here to see the video.
Click here to find out more about Ardbrook.

What is Volume Shadow Copy Service-based backup?


Margaret Rouse of WhatIs.com has published an article titled “What is Volume shadow Copy Service-based backup?” that we at Revelation Software would like to share so that you can take advantage of the full potential of the Universal Driver NUL 5.0.

A Volume Shadow Copy Service-based backup (VSS-based backup) is a Windows service that captures and creates snapshots called shadow copies. VSS, also known as Volume Snapshot Service, operates at the block level of the file system and enables virtual server backup in Microsoft environments.

In addition to the service itself, Windows VSS has three major components:

VSS writer: Each VSS-aware application installs its own VSS writer to a computer during the initial installation. The VSS writer tells the backup tool how to back up the application and its data. VSS writers are commonly included within database-driven applications such as Active Directory or Exchange Server. Database servers such as Microsoft SQL Server also contain VSS writers.

VSS requestor: The VSS requestor initiates the backup process. Any application that needs to quiesce data for capture can play the role of VSS requestor. In a majority of cases the backup application acts as the VSS requestor.

VSS provider: VSS providers allow the VSS backup process to work with the system’s hardware and operating system (OS). Providers are modular, and a single system often contains multiple providers. OS providers allow VSS to be operating system-aware. Similarly, hardware providers act as a proxy between the VSS service and hardware components such as storage arrays. For example, a storage-level hardware provider may create the snapshot used during the backup process.

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