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The benefits of using web-based applications

10/11/2014
Lindsay
Lindsay

Compared to desktop applications, web-based applications provide a whole range of business advantages. These applications can be accessed from any computer through the internet, instead of having to be individually installed on each computer that you wish to access it from. The use of web-based software is commonly called Software as a Service (SaaS), where apps run on a virtual, cloud-based environment, for example the introduction of cloud-based email platforms, has enabled users to access email on the go without installing a desktop email client. SaaS applications deliver tangible business benefits over on-premise software.

The following are some of the benefits of using web-based applications:

Accessibility across devices for users

SaaS applications can be used on most browsers and will work uniformly on every operating system, regardless of the update or version being used. This aids problem solving too, because of the consistency for every user.

The good news is that most desktop software can actually be developed into a web-based application, which means that you can use it wherever you are, from any mobile device. This gives the user choice as to when and where they use the application, promoting flexible working within businesses to increase the overall employee productivity.

Customisation for different devices

Content within web-based applications can be easily customised for use on various devices, such as mobile. This makes the application user-friendly, and pleasant to use since the presentation of information can be altered accordingly. In fact, it is actually easier to customise web-based applications than it is for standard desktop applications. Web-based software can also be responsive to change based on browser. This supports mobile working and ensures employees have the software at their fingertips whenever required.

Integration with other systems

Web-based applications give a far greater ability to integrate with other systems than desktop applications. Localised software is isolated compared to web-based applications which are significantly more interoperable. This is because web applications can be linked together more easily than two completely separate systems.

Maintenance headaches removed

Deploying SaaS applications is a simple process to roll out across the business. Access is granted once the software is installed onto the host server. Every time there is an upgrade this can be applied through the host server without the need to upgrade each machine. This means that new software or upgrades are implemented more easily, and maintenance can be carried out through a central point. The time taken to make changes is reduced, and the system is consistent.

Increased flexibility and scalability

Just as upgrades are simple to implement, this means that it is also simple to increase the capacity of the application to grow with your business. As you require more processes to happen simultaneously, your web-based software can facilitate it. Where issues occur, servers can be replaced completely without an effect on the entire operating system. This therefore decreases any downtime that you may otherwise experience.

Protecting your data

Web-based applications offer a good way of accessing centralised data securely. Servers will only be accessed directly by the person or team managing them. Through the use of cloud computing, servers can be fully redundant and replicated to prevent downtime as a result of a disaster. This avoids the need to maintain the security of every device on which the application is being used. Overall the risk of unauthorised access is reduced and putting security measures in place is simpler, since it is done centrally.

Using web-based applications

Web-based applications could offer a range of benefits to your business. The easy initial development and growth makes them worthwhile to manage, as well as providing flexible working to your employees.

To find out about custom-designed web-based applications to fit your exact business requirements, get in touch with the Geeks today who would be glad to help.

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