LF: Planning software

Discussion in 'General Software Discussion' started by Tipstaff, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. Tipstaff

    Tipstaff Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2002
    Messages:
    9,732
    Likes Received:
    1,374
    Trophy Points:
    123
    This is kinda hard to describe, so bare with me.

    I have a client I'm just starting to work with, and their setup is.. well.. a mess. They have 6 servers. Yes. 6. Each one does something different, and they have files saved all over the place.

    What I'm looking for is a program where I can do a layout of the setup they have, list an inventory of what is what, what is in what, what is where, as well as plan out what I want to end up with (I'm hoping to get them down to 2 or 3 servers, maybe even run some of the old "important" stuff they still need virtually in VMWare). Does anyone have any ideas on a program that can do this?

    The obvious first choices (to me anyway) was Microsoft Visio 2013 ($420/Standard, $880/Pro) or SmartDraw ($200/Basic, $500/Enterprise). Another one that comes to mind is Axure RP ($290/Basic, $590/Pro). Free, however, would be preferable, as I would rather not bite the cost of buying the software.
     
  2. Takaharu

    Takaharu Unus offa, unus iuguolo

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Messages:
    3,386
    Likes Received:
    401
    Trophy Points:
    108
    Office 365 (ie: Visio). You could do the layout of the system with the free trial then, once you're done with the whole thing, offer them to pay for it. Comes with a website, intranet, email hosting and an office suite. Either that or just Visio on its own.

    I'm quite partial to MS Office products. I've tried freeware alternatives (Google Docs, Libre Office, Open Office, etc) and have always found that they have shortcomings. Some of the things I take for granted as being exceptionally simple, they just won't achieve (like aligning bullet points when they're not snapped to the ruler).
    Out of everything I've used, Google's document apps are by far the worst.
     
    Tipstaff likes this.
  3. Matth

    Matth Flash Banner Hater

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2002
    Messages:
    3,560
    Likes Received:
    49
    Trophy Points:
    58
    http://dia-installer.de/ - may be worth a look

    http://www.weresc.com/cade.php - DEFINITELY worth a look

    https://www.draw.io/ - this one is an ONLINE diagram draw application

    http://www.masshandra.com/ Limited free features, but cheap to buy full version, this IS a true network diagrammer, not a draw app

    http://inkscape.org/

    Or for a different approach .. http://strlen.com/treesheets/ - Not a diagram tool, but a multicell spreadsheet / organizer that can be used for gathering all sorts of data - It has many possible uses, and some of the layout and presentations may be good for getting to grips with the logical organization
     
    Tipstaff likes this.
  4. Tipstaff

    Tipstaff Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2002
    Messages:
    9,732
    Likes Received:
    1,374
    Trophy Points:
    123
    I didn't consider Office 365. I'll have to give that a looksee.

    You're right man. CADE, MaSSHandra, and TreeSheets each look like they have pieces of what I'm looking for. The first 2 for the layout (similar to Visio), and TreeSheets I can use for content lists of each component.

    On a side note, Dia is interesting. Glad you mentioned it, because a client was asking for something just like this.

    Thanks Matth. :)
     

Share This Page

visited