Posted on May 24, 2016
More times that I care to mention, one of our techs ends up on site to help a company who’s having trouble with an application. It’s either with the ERP software or some other accounting software, but occasionally it’s with a custom application that looks and feels like a desktop app but it’s actually hosted in the cloud. But not just any cloud, they’re mostly hosted on the client’s servers. There is a growing trend for companies to have custom apps built, then having those apps installed on some hardware. This is something we need to talk about right now.
Hosted or Local Applications: What is the difference?
The problem with hosting your own application, and not on the desktop, is that if your network goes down, you’ll lose all the information that was stored in the app. This is true with anyone else in your company who is using the same data. When the cloud started to become of age back in the mid 2000’s, lots of companies decided they’d host their data off-site in data centers around the world. And they’re better off because of it.
On the other hand, a hosted service keeps all your application data as well as the user authentication on a remote server. It also keeps backups, and backups of your backups so there is double or triple redundancy in the case of a catastrophe. The question often arises on how companies would handle a disaster at their location, in the case of a fire or a major data breach or melt-down. These are all part of a backup plan that makes running a business a lot smoother and more nimble. And the more streamlined a business, the more profitable it becomes.
Secure Applications Built for Your Company
Now that you know where you should host your company’s data, I’d like to discuss one of my favorite app development companies – Seamgen, who has been developing for nearly a decade out of Southern California. They do all the work in-house and a major part of their process is looking at the types of applications that a business wants to have built. With the onset of cross-platform applications that tie in seamlessly with the desktop versions, they provide login access on mobile devices, with access to critical business intelligence from anywhere in the world. And the way they handle encryption and security as in the case of a lost device, such as the more than 60 thousand laptops that go missing at airports each year, they provide clients with a way to turn off a user’s access to the data.
With such a high risk of data falling into the wrong hands, it makes it hard to consider moving everything to the cloud, but such losses are not losses if handled right away. And it’s impossible to say how much damage employees do maliciously, but at least you can sleep at night knowing that if the office is burned down, you’ll still be able to carry on with business as usual. Thanks for reading and please contact me if you’re looking for a good resource in your city. Don
Posted on March 31, 2016
Computer Networking Is Not For Everyone
A few years ago I went through this phase where I swore that I was meant to be an IT professional. Since that industry is always booming, I figured it would be a good idea to find a job in that sector. I enrolled in classes at the local college and I thought I was well on my way to a lucrative career. The problem with this idea is the fact that I did not enjoy taking the courses as much as I thought I would. In fact, I regretted my decision a week or two after I went to class for the first time.
While many of the students in the class thrived, I did not do well at all. When the course came to a close, I felt as if I did not learn much. My experience showed me that networking is not for everyone. It is about far more than a paycheck and I really am not equipped for that. I would certainly like to commend all of those who are in that industry. It is pretty complicated work and people I know who do it seem to enjoy it very much.