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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) Troubleshooting
1 What is EvalLite™,and why should I use it? 1 I am getting a database connection error
2 How much does it cost? 2 Password/ID problems
3 How do I get 14-day trial Authorization code 3 'Select error:SQLSTATE = S0002
[Sybase][ODBC Driver]Table or view 'tek_my_auth_code'
not found
4 What is the default userid/password? 4 Database not found/missing error

Getting startedSettings (moving stuff around, etc.)
1 How do I connect to EvalLite server?1 How do I install EvalLite client?
2 How do I add vendors/products/sales rep data?2 How do I install EvalLite™ database server?
3 How do I add category/criteria?3 How to configure the ODBC Connection/Database?
4 How do I add suggestions? 
5 How do I rate the Product? 
6 How do I add/modify the users? 
7 How do I compare the products?  
8 How EvalLite will suggest me a Product? 
9 What is Weighted %,Eval Points and Points Scored? 
10 How do I insert the Authorization code? 
11 What is a User Level? 
 

1 What is EvalLite™, and why should I use it?

 

EvalLite™ is a windows based software application to evaluate datawarehousing tools. By using EvalLite, an individual or a project team can create a single repository of vendors, their products and sales representatives.

You can rate each product on the basis of their weeknesses and strengths. Compare products by simple report built in EvalLite™.

One of the initial phases of data warehouse project has Tool Selection Process, use EvalLite™ to reduce the cost/efforts associated in this phase.

 
2 How much does it cost?
 

EvalLite™ costs $134.95 per 5 cpu license. It includes
Free support.
Free Updates untill the next new release.
Free Questions for the vendors to ask, you can then convert the answers into ratings.
20% discount for next major release.

 

3 How do I get 14-day trial Authorization code?

 

When you register for download, you get the authorzation code, which is valid for 14 days.

If you've not noted the authorization code while downloading EvalLite, please email Evaltech Support to get one for yourself.

 

4 What is the default userid/password?

 
Username: ADMIN
PASSWORD: ADMIN
 

1 How do I connect to EvalLite™ Server?

 
1 If this is your first time using EvalLite™, follow these steps:
1. Open the EvalLite™ application and Select Connect from File Menu
2. Security Window will popup (See figure1)
3. Enter the Username and Password (Default is ADMIN and Password is ADMIN)
4. Main Screen will show up (See figure2)
 

2 How do I add vendors/products/sales rep data?

1. Click Poducts/Vendors/Sales Rep button on Main Screen.
2. Manage Vendors/Products/Sales Rep. Screen will show up (See figure3)
3. Use Add, Delete & Save buttons to update the Database

3 How do I add category/criteria?

1. Click Category/Criteria button on Main Screen
2. Category/Criteria Screen will show up (See figure4)
3. Select the Tool Type (ETL,CTF, OLAP)

4 How do I add Suggestions?

1. Click Suggestions button on Main Screen
2. Suggestion Book will show up (See figure5)
3. Use Add, Delete & Save buttons to update the Database

5 How do I rate the Product? or Evaluate the Tool?

Evaluate the Tool:

1. Click Evaluate button from Main Screen
2. Evaluation Screen will show up
3. Choose the Vendor from Vendor list on the left side of the Screen
4. Choose the Product from the list
5. Click Project from the Menu and Click New (See figure6)
6. Enter the Project name
7. Click OK to continue.
8. Again repeat steps 2 and 3
9. Select the Project name (See Figure 7)
10.Select the Category (Double Click the Category)
11.It's Criteria will be seen in the window below the Category Window
12.Rate each Criteria
13.Click Save button to update the database

Add a New Project

See Evaluate the Tool Section

Modify a Project

1. Repeat steps 1 to 4 in Evaluate the Tool Section
2. Select the Project
3. Click Project from Menu and Select Edit
4. Modify the Project and Click OK to continue

Delete a Project

1. Repeat steps 1 to 4 in Evaluate the Tool Section
2. Select the Project
3. Click Project from Menu and Select Delete
4. Modify the Project and Click OK to continue

Rating

Each tool has its weenesses and strengths. Ratings are the factors by which, you can determine the productivity of the tools. Following are the rating description:
1. Poor
2. Fair
3. Satisfactory
4. Excellent
5. To good to be true

6 How do I add/modify the users?


1. Click button from Main Screen
2. Window with three tabs will show up (See figure8,9,10)
3. Use Add, Delete & Save buttons to update the Database
Note: DO NOT DELETE "ADMIN" USERID

7 How do I compare the products?


After rating the tools, you can compare the tools by category and criteria.
You generate reports, which will show the comparison chat.

Summary Report


This is the report by Vendor,Product,Evaluator and Project. This is a cross tab report. This report will give the summary of each category and its average ratings based on your input or your team's input.

Detail Report


This report will suggest the action to take on your tool evaluation process, based on the ratings. Gives you the details of each criteria for each product.

8 How EvalLite™ will suggest me a Product?


Make sure you understand the application process before Evaluating the product.

You need to Manage the Suggestion Book properly in order to get right suggestions from EvalLite™. EvalLite™ is not a decision making tool, but it is your assistant. You need to understand the Eval point system first before editing the suggestion book. Once your suggestion book is fool proof, you can benefit the power of EvalLite™.


9 What is Weighted %,Eval Points and Points Scored?


Weighted %

Category: Each Category has one or more criteria(s), each Category has the weightage associated with it. This weight is determine by the following factors:
1. Tool Type (e.g. ETL/OLAP/Replication)
2. Target database schema [Datawarehouse- Star schema,ODS relational 3rd normal form or Data marts (Multidimensional database)]
3. Project objective - near or real-time data warehouse or ODS.
4. General Attributes or features of the ETL/OLAP/Repliation tool.

Rule:

Total Weight of all categories for a tool type must be 100% as in the ETL template provided in EvalLite™.

Criteria:

The total weighted % of all criterias associated with the category must be equal to 100%

Eval Points


Category:

Eval points will determine the strength of the product.

Formula:

Eval Point = Weighted % * 100
Criteria: Eval points will be used for a suggestion using min/max values in a suggestion book.

Formula:

Eval Point = Weighted %(Categoty)* Weighted %(Criteria)

Rule:

The total Eval Points must be equalto Category Eval Point.

Points Scored


It is automatically calculated and depend on the ratings.

10 How do I insert the Authorization code?


After complete installation is successful as explained above, open EvalLite™ application

1. Go to Setup Menu and click on Authorization Code option
2. Enter the Authorization Code, which was provided to you while downloading the application.
3. Click OK Button.
4. Click Cancel button to close the window
Note: If you don't have 14-day trial Authorization Code please contact support@evaltech.com


11 What is a User Level?


User Level will determine the admin rights.
If you want to create a user other than ADMIN, assign a different user level. You can Add many user levels and define it properly.
ADMIN is a Super User, You cannot modify the admin account, if you are not a super user.
Super User can see all Projects evaluated by all Evaluator.


1 Database Connection errors


Make sure you have installed EvalLite™ Database Server. See here for installation

EvalLite uses ODBC connectivity to connect to the database
Check the ODBC Connection and make sure it points to the right database file (tekdata.dbf).


1 Database Connection errors


Make sure you have installed EvalLite™ Database Server. See here for installation
EvalLite uses ODBC connectivity to connect to the database
Check the ODBC Connection and make sure it points to the right database file (tekdata.dbf).


2 Password/ID problems


If you receive an Security Violation error message window stating that Unable to connect EvalLite! invalid logon information, please check the following:
Username/Password rejected
1. Check that you are using the default username/password, which is ADMIN/ADMIN.
2. Go to Users on main screen and click Admin Choose the username and overwrite the password
If you still receive an "invalid logon information" error, please email support@evaltech.com.


3 Select error: SQLSTATE = S0002 [Sybase][ODBC Driver]Table or view 'tek_my_auth_code' not found


You will see this error message when you try to run EvalLite™
1. Before installing EvalLite™ Database Server.
2. Before proper ODBC Configuration. (Data Source Name not pointing to the correct database i.e tekdata.db)
Solution:
Install EvalLite Database Server click here for details
Configure the ODBC Connectivity, click here for details


4 Database not found/missing error


You will see this error message when you try to run EvalLite™
1. Before installing EvalLite™ Database Server.
2. Before proper ODBC Configuration.
Solution:
Install EvalLite Database Server click here for details
Configure the ODBC Connectivity, click here for details


1 How do I install EvalLite™ client?


1. Save the EvalLite.exe in your selected folder and double click the EvalLite application icon.
2. Run the setup program and follow the instructions
3. Make sure you have your 14-days trial Authorization code, if not please contact support@evaltech.com

2 How do I install EvalLite™ database server?


1. Save the EvalLiteserver.exe in your selected folder and double click the EvalLite Database Server application icon.
2. Run the setup program and follow the instructions
3. Make sure you have your 14-days trial Authorization code, if not please contact support@evaltech.com

3 How to configure the ODBC Connection/Database?


1. Run ODBC Data source Administrator Odbcad32 program located in EvalTech/EvalLite/Program.
2. Go to User DSN tab and select "SQL Anywhere 5.0 Sample" DSN name
3. Click configure button
4. Modify the following field in the dialogue box
5. Data Server Name: EvalLite
Server Name: default
Database Name: EvalLite
Database File: C:\Programfiles\EvalTech\EvalLite\Evallite.db (Use Browse to locate the Evallite.db database file or Directory where EvalLite™ is installed)
6. Click OK to Save the changes.

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