Web Application Development

Web Applications deliver many business benefits compared to office based solutions.

The DAS Team

What are Web Applications

A web application runs in a web browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer. The application is hosted and run from a dedicated web server and requires no extra software on your own computers or business servers. The only requirement is a computer or mobile device with Internet access.

A web application typically interacts with users, requesting and responding to their particular requirements. Typical examples of web applications are shopping sites, forums, blogging, web mail, mapping, etc. Each one of these is run from dedicated web servers and requires only computers or mobile devices with Internet access.

A database is often used to store permanent information such as product descriptions, costs, customer orders and security information. Web applications can connect to these databases to retrieve and display in relevant pages and to manage the storage of data.

Web Applications deliver many business benefits compared to office based solutions.

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Advantages of Web Applications

  • No extra software required - nearly all computers and mobile devices come with a browser built in.
  • Reduce business costs and boost competitiveness in many ways – staff spend less time spent talking to customers over the phone, eliminate printed materials, empower users to manage their own details, etc.
  • Centralised data is secure and easy to backup.
  • Quick and easy updates.
  • Reach anybody, anywhere in the world.
  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Low spec PCs or smart phones can be used.
  • Online training can be completed at user's own time and pace.
  • Direct access to latest information - for employees wherever they are located.
  • Always up-to-date.

Software as a Service - SaaS

With SaaS, customers pay to use software via the web as a service on demand by paying a subscription rather than outright purchase. Typically, the costs can vary based on levels of features, number of items stored or usage but each model is different. What a business is really paying for when using SaaS is the software, storage, database, backups, security, hardware (servers), support (staff), upgrades and the Internet traffic required delivering the application to unlimited users. Businesses using SaaS can boost competiveness and flexibly by not having to worry about huge staff and hardware costs and suffer the complexities of running web servers.

The SaaS model empowers developers and businesses to keep control of the hosting and operation of the software. Customers do not have to worry about hardware/software compatibility and support to run an application. Eliminating a major overhead in large corporate environments.

  • Cross platform compatibility.
  • More manageable
  • Highly deployable and scalable
  • Secure live data
  • Reduced costs

Conclusion

Web based applications have come a long way and now offer competitive advantages to traditional software based systems allowing businesses to consolidate and streamline their systems and processes and reduce costs.

The information on this page may seem too technical or complex but don’t worry - this is what we do. DAS design and build web applications by looking at business requirements and offering flexible solutions to suit your budget. DAS also run multiple SaaS applications and we may have web solutions for your business without any having to do any development at all.

We run most of our own and customer applications on our own servers. But web applications are flexible and can be on a customer’s own servers or 3rd party suppliers they prefer.

Why not contact us to find how a web application could work for you.

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