Increasingly, our local software and programs are becoming obsolete. Every year our favorite applications receive new vitalization on the web.
Don’t fret if you never buy another one of those….. what do they call them?….oh yeah CD’s. The migration from software to web apps can be especially beneficial to small business professionals. Web apps present a clear advantage for small businesses and professionals while many of their corporate counter-parts are still fumbling with instillation, synchronization, and hard drive space. According to Business Week, “No longer do small companies have to spring for servers and IT staff just to get the basics. With software services, you don’t install programs on your own computers or server. Instead, you sign up online for software and use it while you’re connected to the Internet.”
Web Apps like Referral Key, Google Apps, and Google Earth offer endless benefits. As a small business owner on the move I need to be able to access information, collaborate and be productive where-ever my travels take me. Just a few years ago you would have had to spend hundreds of dollars on word processors, contact managers, and mapping software not to mention the hard-drive space these programs take up. Want to access your referral network on an airport kiosk?… too bad.
Like many paradigm shifts, its small business professionals that really reap the benefits first. Why not take advantage of free space?
The limitations and billions of dollars associated with data recovery, collaboration, synchronization and network building are being easily over-come by forward thinking professionals looking for practical solutions.
Perhaps sometime in the near future ultra-slim computers will become the norm; computers whose sole function is to get you on the web.