Web Application Development
A web application is a programme that can only be accessed via an Internet browser and the data it provides is primarily stored online. You may not realise it but web applications are now widely spread across the Internet and you'll already be familiar with them if you're a regular web user.
One of the more simplistic examples of a web application is the forms you fill in to register with an online store. These forms gather all your details and add the relevant information to the company's database which automatically generates a profile for you. This is then updated with each purchase you make. Web applications like this streamline the processes involved and ensure that the site can monitor and adapt to the requirements and needs of its customers. In the example of an online stores, when an order is placed the system can know whether the item is in stock and can interact with the company's purchasing system to ensure the order is satisfied. The shopper may then track their purchase through the despatch process through to delivery. In some cases they can also request or access support for the purchase through the application. The e-commerce Web application can potentially remain in contact with the customer, notifying them of new products that may be of interest in line with their profile or purchasing history.
If you think for a second how many online forms you use or have used at some point you'll realise the range of web applications that are available and the possibilities that they open up. They don't just save time and remove much of the human error and staff overheads from a process, they also speed up requests, make information far more accessible and can be formatted, verified and utilised more effectively across a business.