The architecture of a TARGIT solution is best illustrated as a structure with multiple levels or tiers.
Starting from the leftmost tier, a typical solution will contain these tiers:
A company’s source systems are located in this tier. Examples of source systems might be NAVISION, AXAPTA, CRM systems, Excel sheets and log files. Source data are retrieved from the ERP tier.
Data Warehouses, suitable for analytical and reporting purposes, are designed and built for this tier. The purpose is to collect, to uniform and to store data from the ERP tier.
Most often, you will find multiple Data Warehouses in this tier: Multiple relational Data Warehouses and one or more multidimensional Data Warehouses.
The TARGIT Server (in the Server tier) is capable of communicating with all common Data Warehouse platforms. However, most TARGIT solutions have been implemented in a MS SQL Server environment on top of a MS SQL Server Analysis Services multidimensional Data Warehouse or in an environment with TARGIT’s native InMemory Data Warehouse.
This is a central tier in a TARGIT solution. The TARGIT Server is located in the Server tier. The TARGIT Server handles all communication and distribution of data between the Data Warehouse tier and the Client tier.
A Microsoft Internet Information Services must be running on the server tier as well to enable TARGIT Anywhere Server functionality. TARGIT Anywhere Server functionality includes working with the browser based TARGIT Anywhere client and Mobile clients.
TARGIT Anywhere Server is also a requirement for so-called deep integrations with various ERP systems.
TARGIT Data Discoverer is a component running on the TARGIT server that enable end-users to work with ad-hoc data sources, e.g. data in Excel documents or online data sources.
The Client tier is the top most tier in a TARGIT Solution. The standard end-user will be working with the analytical and reporting clients of this tier. The administrative client, the TARGIT Management client, is also part of this tier.
The TARGIT Windows client is the tool you need if your role is to design analyses and reports for yourself or for others to use. While the TARGIT Windows client is mainly a Designer toll, it can also be used for standard Consumer purposes.
The browser based client, the Anywhere client, and the mobile platform clients are purely Consumer clients. An end-user with a Consumer client will take full advantage of the power of stored analyses and reports, but will lack the ability to design new TARGIT documents.