Web Based Software
Web technologies offer new opportunities for businesses all sizes. There are well recognised benefits of using a web-based solution opposed to a desktop software package:
- web based software is accessible from anywhere, as long as you have a connection to to the Internet – this gives you the opportunity to work on the move from home or from any remote location.
- web based software are easier make accessible to various mobile devices: smartphones including iPhone, netbooks etc.
- web based software is easier to deploy and maintain
What is web based software?
Web based software, (or a web-based application) is a software that runs on a server (computer connected to the Internet), while users connect to it from their computers using an Internet browser.
What web based software is used for.
Web based software is used by consumers and businesses alike: webmail, social networking sites and online shops are used by most of us. Business services are also very popular: from office suite (Google Docs) to online collaboration, accounting and CRM.
Technologies for web based software.
There are the wide-spread technologies used for developing web-based software applications: Microsoft .NET, Java, and PHP. There are also less popular but nevertheless interesting options like Ruby on Rails and Python.
Types of web-based software.
There are two common options for delivering a web-based software application application: a hosted option and downloaded option.
Hosted software (sometimes called software on demand / software as a service) is ready for you to use after a registration online. There are both free and paid-for services available.
An alternative option is to download and install a software on your own server – this requires more technical skill and initial investment, but in a long run can be more cost effective. Installed option also provide more flexibility in terms of further configuration and customisation.
Bespoke web based software.
Web based software can also be bespoke (custom build for your business). A customised software package will work exactly as specified, and thus offer greater efficiencies for your business.