Need for Services
So far, the World
Wide Web has been used mostly for document management and presentation.
Businesses tend to use their websites as online brochures. This
is about to change. The next step in the evolution of the web
is online applications and data distribution:
- A business'
online presence will eventually grow to include web-based versions
of the applications used in day-to-day operations (e.g. time
sheet entry, resource management, and customer contact information
- A business
will make available to its customers various online applications
that provide automated services (e.g. online account management
and bill payment made available by banks, or online stock trading
made available by investment firms).
- Software once
bought on CD-Rom will be available on the web as a pay-per-use
service (e.g. tax software which needs to be updated on a yearly
basis will probably be replaced by an online web service to
which subscribers can log on from any computer with a web browser).
There are several
reasons as to why an online application is attractive:
- It can be accessed
from any computer with a web browser.
- It does not
require installation on the user's computer from a CD. It is
instantly available when a user connects to the proper website.
- It does not
require periodic updates by the user. Updates to the software
are done on the web server and are immediately available to
- The data is
not restricted to a particular computer. A user does not have
to worry about forgetting the disk containing a work project
he was working on all night at home.
- Online applications
are easier to use. Most users are familiar with web browsers
and surfing the Internet; an application being run from inside
their browser will be much more intuitive for them to work with
than a standard application.
So why are online
application not commonly available? Businesses have been slow
in porting their applications to the web because of the difficulties
and high costs involved. Tools for developing web applications
are still relatively primitive. Creating even a simple online
application requires considerable technical knowledge and weeks,
if not months, of programming and testing. Furthermore, because
of the restrictions imposed by Internet service providers and
web hosting services, a business is limited in the quality and
capabilities of the online applications it may deploy unless it
purchases its own servers and database software. The costs can
be crippling for any business that does not have considerable
resources and are certainly not feasible for most small businesses.
QuickModules.com is the answer.
It greatly reduces the complexity and costs involved in developing online applications.