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The “Cloud” is currently one of the most talked about technologies for software hosting and delivery. Click here to see the article in DWM Magazine by Nick Carter.

  Simply put, when you are utilizing true cloud technology, you don’t know and are not supposed to be concerned where the processors and storage media are that your applications are running on.
  The concept has been around for some time. The infrastructure to support this type of distributed processing has reached the point where it is viable for applications both big and small.
  Many of you are already using the Cloud if you have an iPad, iPhone and/or Kindle. A good example is a book you may be reading and you are switching among devices. The Amazon Cloud keeps up with where you are and when it detects you are accessing
the book from a different device, notifies you as to your most recent “bookmark” and will take you to that page.
WebConnect   WoodWare’s WebConnect (left) that was introduced about 10 years ago, is an example of technology that easily lends itself to Cloud types of technology. The end-user is provided a URL that points their browser to a system running the programs. The User Name/Password they are provided controls the access they are allowed.
  The key to any business use of the Cloud starts with the APPLICATION. The application has to fit your business needs and provide the cost/benefit requirements regardless of where it is running.
  Once you get past the application, the technology used to deliver the application becomes the key ingredient. Even with the best delivery technology, be aware that at the end user site, the Internet pipe must be robust enough to handle the work load traffic.
  Starting in the 90’s and carrying into the 2000’s, most applications were developed in what is called a “client/server” architecture which means that the PC will also have software loaded which will communicate certain activities and data with the server that hosts the main application. This requires the end user to insure that all “client” devices are kept current to guard against conflicts with the host applications.
  Browser based technology, on the other hand, has all applications including the screen handling and data movement resident on the host server. The application user only needs to have access to any number of Internet browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) and the proper address and credentials. Thus reducing the support requirements on the remote device.

Left: An example of WoodWare’s browser based Item Inquiry Program.
  The program interfaces with WoodWare from any number of Internet browser programs such as Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  WoodWare stays abreast of technologies and applies them when they benefit our customers. We have been very fortunate in that our technology partner has developed a tool kit that is allowing WoodWare to move our front-end user interface to the browser based environment.
  As is stated in the DWM article, from a business standpoint, the case for SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) or Cloud normally boils down to the end user wanting to offload the responsibility of the hardware, operating system and data back-ups. This also includes the continual upgrades of all aspects as well. The user of the application is given the necessary web addresses in order to access the applications and their data.
  WoodWare’s focus in the past two years is in developing a flexible UI (user interface) so that we are positioned to take advantage of the architecture that provides the best solution for our customers.

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