Web based applications have evolved significantly over recent years and with improvements in security and technology there are plenty of scenarios where traditional software based applications and systems could be improved by migrating them to a web based application.
Below are some of the core benefits of web based applications.
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, Netscape to name but a few). These web browsers are available for a multitude of operating systems and so whether you use Windows, Linux or Mac OS you can still run the web application.
Web based systems need only be installed on the server placing minimal requirements on the end user workstation. This makes maintaining and updating the system much simpler as usually it can all be done on the server. Any client updates can be deployed via the web server with relative ease.
Due to the manageability and cross platform support deploying web applications to the end user is far easier. They are also 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.
This has huge implications allowing you to widen access to your systems, streamline processes and improve relationships by providing more of your customers, suppliers and third parties with access to your systems.
Secure live data
Typically in larger more complex systems data is stored and moved around separate systems and data sources. In web based systems these systems and processes can often be consolidated reducing the need to move data around.
Web based applications also provide an added layer of security by removing the need for the user to have access to the data and back end servers.
Web based applications can dramatically lower costs 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 have come a long way and now offer competitive advantages to traditional software based systems allowing businesses to consolidate and streamline their systems and processes and reduce costs.