In the modern hyperconnected business ecosystem, building an extraordinary customer experience is pivotal to success. Enterprises can stand to lose millions from the design of an inferior application. At the same time the successful release of a ground breaking application can launch a company to a billion dollar (Unicorn) valuation.
Alas, the design of a new application is complicated. You have the option of connecting with your clients with a cloud application or you could use the web. Each approach comes with its own costs and benefits. With the recent advancements in technology, the contrast is increasingly fuzzy. However there is a definite difference.
With Cloud applications you provide your customers with an important benefit, the service is always available. Your engineers can also better customize the user experience (UX Design) with multiple layers of features and tools. Today it is common for enterprises to mirror their cloud application as a web app to maximize the convenience of their customers. Your smartphone is commonly applied as a platform for running Cloud applications with many of your applications sharing data with the cloud. Today it is common for your mobile video games to share data with the cloud (social media) for score sharing.
Cloud Apps are characterized by these features:
- All data is retained in the cloud
- The data can be accessed offline
- Support for unique user specifications
- Support for data compression, security, and upload scheduling
- Includes features for connecting to web browser
- Includes support for extra features like application development
- Supported with ASP or PHP backserver
Today you can find Cloud applications everywhere. Common applications include Dropbox, Evernote, and Salesforce. You could also include applications like Google Docs, Spotify, and Netflix. This division is important, because all of these applications support some degree of functionality offline. Applications can be built in the Android, Apple, or Microsoft environment.
Cloud applications are still dependent on backend servers for periodic updates. The servers are generally managed using ASP or PHP software. Developers have greater options for connecting to the user because data can be updated at scheduled times, better secured, and they have better encryption options.
Web Applications are characterized by these features.
- Only supported on the internet
- Run with the assistance of a thin-client web browser
- Managed with an ASP or PHP backend server
- Heavy backend server processing
Today you can still encounter web applications everywhere. Many of your mobile phone applications are presently mirrored on the desktop, but some might argue that your phone mimics your desktop. You should decide that for yourself. Common web applications include your favorite electronic banking or shopping service. Though Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are also forms of web applications. You can interact with all the product features, create pages, advertisements, and applications. Due to the success of mobile phones in the last decade, web applications are increasingly becoming streamlined and blurring the contrast.
In the final analysis, the division between Cloud and Web applications is inconceivably small. The only real difference is that Cloud applications can retain information when they are off the internet. Cloud applications also provide the consumer with enhanced features and customization. However the decision as to which one to implement should be a mute point, because in the business world each one complements the other.
The Cloud is the best platform for the mobile experience of your customers. It can be accessed offline and can be highly customized. Developers have the capability to add specialized tools and features that are tricky in the web environment. Cloud applications are built and deployed within the Microsoft, Apple, or Android Operating System.