Internet-Based Productivity Solutions
The internet browser has
revolutionized the methods of delivering software applications, disrupting the long-standing “desktop software” paradigm. The Internet is evolving, becoming
more robust and versatile – it has extended business communications far beyond
the realm of the nerd into everyday living to the point where almost anything
can be organized in the cloud.
Today, we can use web application suites for handling word processing,
spreadsheets, communication, graphics and much more. These applications are
piggy backing on the availability of broadband networking, providing designs
and functionality not possible half a decade ago.
Web applications are starting to
match desktop software in functionality, speed and appearance, and in some
cases have managed to overshadow their counterparts. The technologies
supporting these advances are injecting opportunities of new and modified ideas
into businesses all over the world, creating virtual market places. Rich
Internet Applications, such as Facebook and YouTube, are used for creating
content, sharing information, and entertainment, while allowing businesses to
reach millions of customers.
Web applications in business are
becoming increasingly popular due to their accessibility and flexibility.
Organizations are utilizing the power of the Internet to provide information to their suppliers, partners, and clients, and to equip their staff with
collaborative productivity tools.
Internet Applications and You
To see the benefits of Web
applications, ask yourself a simple question: How many desktop applications are
you using for business? The answer to this question can vary from a single word
processor to any number of separate pieces of software. Chances are that for
every application that you are using, you had to purchase a license and install
that software on your computer.
What happens if you have 20
employees that require the same software? Software licensing costs ramp up and
so do maintenance overheads – every application has to be installed on each
computer, maintained and upgraded when new software releases become available. What if you have multiple offices, perhaps in different parts of the country or
dispersed globally? It is easy to see how maintaining desktop software can
become a logistical nightmare and an expensive exercise.
The main problem with desktop
applications is that it relies on a client model – we use software that is
locally installed on our computer, or a client, making it hard to share
information across departments, collaborate, have a single version of the
“truth” and be able to access information from remote locations.
The desktop problem can be
resolved with Internet applications: load the software that your staff need to
share onto a single computer, or a central server, and let them access that
software using a web browser. But, what are the benefits of Internet
One of the key advantages of
Internet applications is cross-platform compatibility: web-based software runs
comfortably on Windows, Mac, and Linux giving your business a flexible
productivity tool with minimised administrative and maintenance overheads. This
means reduced IT investment, faster, centralised software updates and fewer
- Lower IT costs: Internet-based applications are usually installed on a single
computer, but are consumed by many. This means lower hardware, maintenance
and administrative costs. While web applications still require user
licenses, the investment is generally lower than for desktop software.
- Long-term scalability: Web applications scale extremely well with your organisation.
Virtually, they can support any number of users and, instead of managing
multiple software installations for each employee - a single version of
the system is maintained on a central computer.
- Backward-compatibility: Desktop software upgrades might create a problem where the new system
cannot read or manipulate files created by a previous version of the
software. Desktop software might also be affected by changes in the
Operating System and, in turn, might affect other desktop software.
Internet applications minimise the backward-compatibility problem: any
changes to the application itself are made on a central server, meaning
that all users are automatically using the latest version of the
- Platform-independence: While Windows remains the dominant operating system, Macintosh and Linux
are growing in popularity. Internet applications are agnostic to
platforms, meaning that you can provide everyone with access to the same
- Mobility: You can use your application from any location in the world with an active
Internet connection. Combined with platform-independence, this gives you
an opportunity to use portable mobile devices, such as iPhone and others. Web
applications allow you to transform your existing systems into a widely
accessible resource: for example, you may wish to access your company invoices
from multiple devices in New Zealand, Japan or Europe. Web applications provide
a powerful tool to achieve this objective.
You should consider investing in Internet applications if:
You want a single, centralised system that will be accessible from multiple platforms and devices
- You want to target and provide a rich user experience to a wider, international audience
- You want to increase the level of engagement your customers have with your business
- You want to limit your licensing, software maintenance and hardware costs
- You want to have a low-cost distribution channel for your products
Canary Web Applications
Internet applications are available anywhere, anytime meaning that you can always stay
connected with your business. Canary’s browser-based solutions allow extensive
access, rapid deployment and advantages for total cost of ownership. Plug your
business into the web for back end or front end systems support.
We pride on our ability to create robust
internet applications for varying requirements. For your business, an Internet
application can improve turnover, expose your products to a greater audience, increase
operating efficiency, improve mobility and connect globally-dispersed business
Our solutions are recognized by our partners, clients and industry professionals –
we create intelligent web applications that compete with desktop alternatives.
Key types of web applications we have delivered:
- Business management solutions for small-and-medium-enterprises
- E-commerce systems for improved sales management
- Performance management and evaluation platforms
- Social platforms for values assessment and analysis
- Healthcare and patient management solutions
- Automotive part finder solutions