For those of you using hosted applications as the foundation of your companies day to day business operations, one of the challenges you might be facing is the myriad of applications (both hosted and non-hosted) you have that are not integrated.
As businesses use more and more web applications, their productivity is increasing while their security is being reduced. With traditional software, it was limited to the computer it was installed on and you could integrate its security with your company's overall network security.
Companies have a lot of things they can invest in. Their employees. Technology. Their customers. Higher salaries for executives. Infrastructure. And more. However, it's hard to find the right blend of what and how much to invest in.
One of the huge advantages of web based applications is that developers can create software that is very little to market and distribute to customers. Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine, at last week's GrowSmartBiz conference spoke about this.
Over the past few years I've seen various demonstrations of ones entire computer running over the Internet. This is not just using a hosted application, but this is where your entire desktop - "My computer", your files, applications - everything are accessed over the Internet on a service provider's computer.
Many of us (those older than 35?) grew up using Microsoft Excel to manage and track all sorts of data. Excel is very simple to use, you just type and press enter and it automatically keeps everything in order. However, a true database, is really what you should use to enable customer lists, inventory, employee records and all sorts of other data to be easily stored and mined for information.
Protecting your computer from hackers, malware, viruses and evil web sites is a full time job. For the solo professional, ensuring you are fully protected is not easy. This is why its important to install security software that can keep your computer as secure as possible.