Web based applications have transformed over recent years and with major improvements in security and technology Traditional software based applications and systems can be easily be improved by migrating them to a web based application.
What is a web-based application?
A web-based application is an application which has the website as the interface (the ‘front-end’). Users can access the application from any computer connected to the Internet or Intranet, instead of using an application installed on the stand alone computer. Web-based e-mail such as Hotmail is one of the best example as a common web-based application that performs the same functions as a traditional desktop application.
What are the advantages?
1. Cross platform compatibility : Most web based applications are far more compatible across platforms than traditional installed software. Typically the minimum requirement would be a web browser of which there are many. (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari to name but a few). So whether you use Windows, Linux or Mac OS you can still run the web application.
2. More manageable : Web application development systems need only be installed on the server placing minimal requirements on the end user workstation. Maintaining and updating the system is much simpler, ny client updates can be deployed via the web server with ease.
3. Highly deployable : Due to the manageability and cross platform support deploying web applications for any platform in any type of work environment is easier. It is ideal where bandwidth is limited and the system and data is remote to the user. At their most deployable you simply need to send the user a website address to log in to and provide them with internet access. Thus it has huge implications allowing one to widen access to various systems, streamline processes and improve relationships by providing access to customers, suppliers and any third parties
4. Secure live data : Larger and complex systems carry more data and have separate systems and data sources. In web based systems these systems and processes can often be consolidated by reducing the need to have separate systems. Web based applications provide an added layer of security by removing access to the data and back end servers.
5. Reduced costs : One can dramatically lower costs with the help of Web based applications due to reduced support and maintenance, lower requirements on the end user system and simplified architecture. By further streamlining your business operations as a result of your web based application additional savings can often be found.
Web based applications can offer competitive advantages to traditional software based Systems allowing businesses to streamline information and processes with reduced costs.