MindVision specialises in business applications of the Internet.
Most database and other business applications required by business today can be developed as Internet applications. There are many significant benefits to this approach. For example:
Software independence saves license fees
The only program needed to run an Internet application on a workstation is a web browser. There is no initial cost of application software licensing for each user, nor is there any future cost of license upgrades.
Other approaches often require the purchase of software licenses for each workstation that will be connected.
Platform independence reduces development and ownership cost.
Traditional software development requires that each new application and subsequent modification must be thoroughly tested with EVERY operating system that it will be used on. This expensive process is not required for Internet applications. As long as the workstation can run the nominated web browser e.g. “Internet Explorer 5.x or better”, then the Internet application will work perfectly.
IT Managers who have managed a hardware upgrade are very familiar with the problems introduced by new Operating System. It is common for the latest operating system to require the latest version of application software – thus forcing a license upgrade if you were quite happy with the old version. Sadly it is also common for application software to not work on the new operating system and for the upgrade to be “coming soon”.
All of these expensive problems are removed when using Internet applications.
Low cost use of best technology for the job
Many small businesses are rapidly outgrowing the capacity of lightweight database tools such as MS Access and Filemaker. Unfortunately the next step to database solutions involving dedicated SQL database servers demands a significant investment. Via Internet applications this technology and all the necessary support can be “rented” for low cost. Naturally, companies can still choose to own and support their own infrastructure even while using Internet applications.
No roll out of Application upgrades
As upgrades and modifications are carried out on an Internet application, they are automatically available to every user when they next open their web browser.
Traditional software applications can require someone to install an upgraded version on every workstation – particularly tedious for bug fixes!
Truly shared applications
Where a business has more than one physical location, Internet applications are automatically available at each location. What is more, the database is common across all branches in real time.
Accessible from anywhere
By far the most popular benefit of all is the ability to access the application and data from anywhere… home, client site, overseas, interstate… all that is needed is a connection to the Internet!
Whatever security model is required; it can be implemented on an Internet application. As well as password restricted access and data encryption this can include restricting which users may gain access from outside the company offices.
Commonly, Internet Applications are more secure than in house applications running on a local area network.
Data backup and reliabilityDatabases are very valuable assets and access to the data is often mission-critical. Many smaller companies (and quite a few larger ones) are poorly equipped to look after something such importance. This is because a proper IT infrastructure with equipment, support personnel and proper data back-up regimens is expensive to establish and maintain.
Many MindVision clients have been greatly relieved to know that their valuable data is being properly looked after by MindVision’s data warehousing facility.
Examples of Internet Applications
Even though they are accessed via a web browser, Internet Applications are not public websites. Therefore, it is likely that you will never see the Internet Applications being used every day by business all over Australia and the world. Some examples include,
- Project Planning and Procurement system.
- Accounting Practice Client Management and Communication System
- Document Management Systems
- Automatic website publishing system
- Accounting System incorporating Receivables, Invoicing, Debtors, Payables, Reconciliation, Payroll, Project Planning
- Online Auction System
- Membership Management System
- Resource Sharing Systems
- Email Marketing Management Systems
- Human Resource Recruitment and Management System
- Software Design and Documentation System.