benefits of using a cloud based software solution
1. Fast response to business needs
2. Simplified operation
3. Instant scalability
4. APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE (API) use
5. Gradual adoption.
6. Reduced costs
7. Improved data sharing and security
How a cloud software works?
Cloud software vs. web software
With the advancement of remote computing technology, clear lines between cloud and web applications have blurred. The term cloud application has gained great cachet, sometimes leading application vendors with any online aspect to brand them as cloud applications.
Cloud and web applications access data residing on distant storage. Both use server processing power that may be located on-premises or in a distant data center. A key difference between cloud and web applications is architecture. A web application or web-based application must have a continuous internet connection to function. Conversely, a cloud application or cloud-based application performs processing tasks on a local computer or workstation. An internet connection is required primarily for downloading or uploading data.
A web application is unusable if the remote server is unavailable. If the remote server becomes unavailable in a cloud application, the software installed on the local user device can still operate, although it cannot upload and download data until service at the remote server is restored.
The difference between cloud and web applications can be illustrated with two common productivity tools, email and word processing. Gmail, for example, is a web application that requires only a browser and internet connection. Through the browser, it’s possible to open, write and organize messages using search and sort capabilities. All processing logic occurs on the servers of the service provider (Google, in this example) via either the internet’s HTTP or HTTPS protocols.
A CRM application accessed through a browser under a fee-based software as a service (SaaS) arrangement is a web application. Online banking and daily crossword puzzles are also considered web applications that don’t install software locally.
An example of a word-processing cloud application that is installed on a workstation is Word’s Microsoft Office 365. The application performs tasks locally on a machine without an internet connection. The cloud aspect comes into play when users save work to an Office 365 cloud server.
Cloud software vs. desktop software
Desktop applications are platform-dependent and require a separate version for each operating system. The need for multiple versions increases development time and cost, and complicates testing, version control, and support. Conversely, cloud applications can be accessed through a variety of devices and operating systems and are platform-independent, which typically leads to significant cost savings.
Every device on a desktop application requires its own installation. Because it’s not possible to enforce an upgrade whenever a new version is available, it’s tricky to have all users running the same one. The need to provide support for multiple versions simultaneously can become a burden on tech support. Cloud applications don’t face version control issues since users can access and run only the version available on the cloud.