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Are Web applications business ready yet?

Web applications are gaining some traction, and the online collaboration options are as compelling as the functionality in the applications themselves.

Web applications are gaining some traction, and the online collaboration options are as compelling as the functionality in the applications themselves. All of the major players include the ability to share files with other people, with varying levels of permissions granularity. One option, ThinkFree, gives you a gigabyte of storage space, runs in a JVM, and provides a surprising variety of options for a browser-based application.

Making the switch from Microsoft Office to Web apps (News.com)

Web applications are poised to become a major player in the overall software market, and companies like Nexaweb aim to make it easy to move traditional apps to the Web. Still, moving applications, particularly internal business processes, to the Web is risky business. A recent security report pointed out that over 70% of security vulnerabilities are attributable to Web applications.

Nexaweb offers way to move apps from desktop to Web (InfoWorld)

Study: The Year's Top-10 Web Application Vulnerabilities (Campus Technology)

I have already started the conversation about using GMail and Google Apps as the primary em-ail and productivity solutions for my workplace. It hasn't gained much traction yet because there are certainly risks to be mitigated, but if we can figure out things like backup and recovery options, permissions granularity, and true desktop integration, I could see using such a service in the place of MS Exchange and Office. Are there any Web applications that you consider ready for SMBs or larger organizations?

2 comments
JasperRijkeboer
JasperRijkeboer

SalesForce anyone? There are a number of successful businesses who are ahead of the curve when it comes to delivering dependable and secure software as a service. Just pay attention to the quality of the product and the dependability of the vendor/supplier. If you have a good SLA and the vendor can meet your demands, then why not use web apps? Jasper Rijkeboer

Andy Moon
Andy Moon

Web applications certainly have their appeal, with most costing far less than the ubiquitous MS Office suite, and some are even being given away for free. Premium services exist but there are definitely problems, ranging from security issues to offline access to files. Do you see any web apps that are mature enough to use in your business?

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