Many businesses were once afraid of "putting their information on the Internet". But the value of some of these Internet-based services is huge in terms of convenience, and when the user is given assurances that their information is safe, it's easy to see why use has been broadly adopted. In a society where instant gratification and self service capability are the cornerstones of most consumer offerings, some of these online solutions hit exactly on the target. They enable the consumer in ways previously unimaginable.
Regardless of how beneficial the concept of the online application or service framework may be, the realities of fitting this technology into the existing business processes and accommodating the end-user is not a simple task. These issues represent the barriers to acceptance of web-based application technologies, and have become the reasons why many companies who did adopt a web-based technology model have returned to the Windows desktop platform and "standard" desktop business applications.
What many businesses don't know is that the variety of benefits available with the desktop and LAN computing model, along with the benefits inherent in centralizing the information processing, data storage and system management (as with an online service). This unusual combination of benefits is available with a managed application hosting model.
With managed application hosting services, businesses are able to take advantage of the simplicity and availability of access to systems via the Internet, without the requirement to install and maintain a bulk of software on individual computers. Businesses are able to offer their users the applications and the functionality that they have become accustomed to (and demand), yet without the burden of ongoing system, data and security management. In some cases, software applications can even be rented with the hosting service, allowing businesses to benefit from the low cost of entry for the solution.
Best of all, the ability to transition from an Internet-based working model back to a local technology model exists with a traditional application hosting model - a capability that simply doesn't exist with most web application frameworks. With the web application service, you are either a customer or you're not. And if you're not, you have no access to the application or the business logic which can make sense of your stored data.