June 10, 2014
What are the key advantages of web based apps?
- A desktop application requires PC knowledge for the user and support from IT to maintain the operating system and installed applications. Web based applications simply require a web browser to log on to the application.
- A desktop application stores the data in a database that resides on a network or shared drive that requires IT support. The backups must be scheduled and managed by local IT. Web based applications are managed by the vendor and do not require local IT support.
- Some users have difficulty finding and accessing their data, if they are not familiar with where the database is specifically located. Web based applications always point the user to their individual data without them having to locate it on a server or another drive location.
- Desktop applications must be installed on each individual user’s workstations. In large department, with many workstations, this may take up valuable IT resources. And, users can only use the application on installed workstations. Web based applications can be accessed anywhere via the internet on a PC, Mac, iPad or iPhone.
- IT must perform all upgrades and maintenance updates on desktop applications. Web based application updates and upgrades are managed by the vendor with minimal downtime.
- In desktop applications new features may not work in older operating systems. In web based applications, users get the benefit of new features immediately when they login to their system.
- Desktop applications require users to enter CD keys to initially gain access to their applications for licensing purposes. Web based applications simply require a user name and password.
In short, web based applications are easier to deploy, maintain, and support. They are more readily accessible to a variety of devices and require very little IT support and involvement.