The Pro to ALERE and
VisionPoint to ALERE conversion programs represent a considerable
development effort. Each program can be run to convert either of the
At present, the conversion
programs are better than 95% accurate. The barrier to achieving those last
couple of percents has to do with the nature of the data being converted. It is
not consistent or error free. In fact, based on experience with scores of
conversions, the integrity of the data being converted remains the number
Why is data a problem?
There are a number of reasons.
Hardware and software
crashes leave bad data behind that the programs have no way of
Data that has gone through
multiple program upgrades leaves unconverted or poorly interpreted
records remaining in the tables.
Pro and VisionPoint are
primarily batch programs which frequently summarize data thus breaking
the detail trail to key related information needed by ALERE.
Third party or custom
modifications have been made that affect the data tables.
To a large degree the
conversion programs have had logic added to them to address these data
problems. However, there is simply no way to handle every situation.
TIW recommends a two-fold
approach to resolving these few remaining conversion issues.
Conversion Program Source
Code - If the problems are large enough and involve enough data, then tweaking
the conversion programs yourself might be warranted. This is usually the
case if the customer has had significant modifications made to their
software and it is important to try and salvage that data. The source code
can be obtained by calling Technical Services at TIW.
Direct Data Manipulation
- In most cases, only a handful of records need to be added or modified
for the conversion to be complete. If this is the case, then it is
recommended that opening the converted data tables and directly making the
corrections is the most efficient approach. It is recognized that, to
some, this might appear to be a daunting task. Please feel free to request
assistance from Technical Services.
White Paper on Converting Data into ALERE Business
A conversion program for
QuickBooks is built into ALERE Accounting. While it does not convert "live"
or "transaction" data, it does handle "static data like company information,
GL accounts, etc.
The conversion program is run
from the Add New Company screen during the process of setting up a