How does custom web application differ from desktop-based apps?
- Custom web application is browser based and it does not require installation in the hard drive of any computer. It resides in the virtual cloud and can be accessed from anywhere. Updating is done automatically and the business is assured that they always have the latest version of the app.
- Cloud based custom web application is more secure because it resides in the cloud. The server has security mechanisms in place that ensures the security of data. The security of desktop-based apps is dependent on the hard drive of the computer where it is installed. If there is an issue with malware, even the desktop app can be compromised.
- Web apps are also more cost effective. There is no initial investment required because the business pays only when the app is used. Since there is no ownership, the business is free from maintenance and support packages. Accounting software that includes an inventory system is significantly expensive. If the business requires payroll software it needs to make another investment.
- Custom web application can enhance productivity for employees that are in different geographical locations. The apps can be accessed through any platform whether a mobile device or a desktop. The information is the same no matter where it is accessed. Web apps allow employees and management to interact in real time so that work can be done efficiently. Desktop-based apps also provide solutions to a business because it ensures that reports are accurate and reliable but they can only be accessed at the office. While data can be transferred using USB’s, it is not always suggested due to security risks. Desktop applications will have a hard time before they can be integrated with mobile technology.
- Web apps are public by default but it can be controlled by code to limit the number of users who can access data. Desktop apps are private by default but to access data you have to be the office and must have access to the computer where the software program was saved.