What are the Business Benefits of Web-based Applications?
Most of us use Gmail or are at least well acquainted with this application which uses a web browser as an interface. We can access it via any computer that has an internet connection. It is not installed in our local computers, right! It is a very common and popular web-based application.
Another such popular one is Google Docs, a word-processing application which, unlike Microsoft Word, can be used via a web browser instead of being installed in our computer. It allows us to perform all the functions that we could do in Microsoft word.
You can develop any traditional desktop-application into web-based application. But what are the business benefits? Stay tuned for knowing the business advantages of web-based applications:
Development is cost-effective
Web-based applications allow access to users through a uniform environment, i.e. the web browser. Although, it needs to be tested for different web browsers thoroughly in order to check user interaction with the application. However, it doesn’t require be developing and testing on all sort of operating systems or configurations for that matter.
Thus, the development and troubleshooting for web-based applications is much easier and cost-effective.
Ease of access
Web-based applications provide you the luxury to access it anytime, anywhere through a computer with Internet connection. Thus, it empowers a user by providing the control and accessibility of the application.
Easy to customize
You can easily customize the look and feel of your web-based business application while presenting information to different target segments. Their user interface is much easier to customize than it is in desktop applications.
As web-based applications are deployed on dedicated servers, they are typically monitored as well as maintained by professional and experienced server administrators. When compared to desktop applications which have to be monitored in numerous client computers, web-based applications can be monitored far more effectively.
If you need to increase the processor capacity of your web-based application, you would only need to upgrade the server hardware. As your workload increases, you can add new servers to the system and increase the capacity of your application.
Web-based applications can extend the ability of your users to receive as well as interact with information by allowing the customisation of content to be presented across various devices including smartphones.
Interoperability is enhanced
With web-based applications you would be able to achieve a greater level of interoperability among applications than with proprietary desktop applications. This architecture would facilitate rapid integration of enterprise systems; thus enabling you to streamline workflow and improve other business processes.
Easy to install and maintain
It is very easy to install and maintain; you can install a new upgrade on the host server and your users can access it straight away. Moreover, the results of web-based application are more predictable and reliable as its upgrades are carried out by professional web app development experts.
Now it’s your turn
Are you with me on this? Which web-based application is your personal favourite? Please let us know by leaving your comments below.