Even if you’re not sure what a web application is, chances are that you’ve used one – Google mail, LinkedIn, salesforce.com, even Facebook – they’re all web applications; that is, software run on a central server, with users accessing it over the internet via a web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox.
Here at Second Bounce, we've plenty of experience, having developed web applications for:
- Professional services automation
- Investor risk assessment
- Supply chain relationship management
- CAD-based mechanical component configuration
So if you think a web application could help your business, get in touch to discuss your requirements now.
Want to know more about web applications? Then read on, MacDuff...
Sometimes known as cloud computing or software as a service (SaaS), the greatest benefit for many is that web apps can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection – your office or home, your clients’ offices, internet cafes and so on. Because of this, it’s possible to design apps to allow external users, such as remote workers, contractors or your customers and suppliers, to log in to them.
Web applications are typically also simpler – and cheaper – to manage. With the software running only on the server, there's nothing to install or upgrade (or go wrong) on each user’s computer. You might even be able to get away with lower-spec devices, such as tablets and smartphones, if a web browser is all that’s needed.
And with the data residing centrally too, data back-ups and disaster recovery can be straightforward and more reliable.
Of course, it's not all a bed of roses – there are downsides that need to be considered, such as security, off-line access and scalability. But with ever-improving access to the internet and the growing popularity of mobile devices, the trend is definitely moving towards web-based applications.