100% Web

The future is 100% web

Wait, what? 100%-web?? What does that mean?

 

web apps100% Web = Internet is all you need

100% web means that you can do all the things you need to do – online.

100% web means that you can use any device, anytime from anywhere in the world.

100% web means that you need an Internet connection and you are sorted.

 

Wouldn’t it be great, if you could work 100% on the web?

Well, at SBCFE, we believe that the time is right to make the move. Not only do the tools exist but with broadband connectivity expanding throughout Africa, and prices for connectivity become more affordable, the time has never been better to make the move.

 

But wait, isn’t 100% web dangerous? What about security?

Working online is only has insecure as you allow it to be. It is true that many online services are requiring an online username and password – but we all know by now that that isn’t enough.

 

Luckily, a number of major cloud service providers (Google, Box, MailChimp etc) has already enhanced security through 2-Step Authentication. Enabling secure access to your information which is much more difficult to hack than the standard combination of username and password.

In addition, you should always interrogate how your information is stored once entrusted to a cloud service provider. We believe that Google’s standard of obfuscation at rest, including encryption of your data, storing it in chunks on different servers and in data centres spread around the world, is a great means of ensuring that your data is protected. It also means that your data won’t be meaningful to a hacker who manages to steal information from a server within Google’s data centres (which of course are also physically & virtually protected, monitored and secured 24/7/365.

 

Cloud Service Providers’ & Your Goals are aligned

In a sense, it must be your goal to have your information securely and accessibly stored in the cloud. Afterall, ubiquitous access (and redundant storage) is one of the key advantages touted by cloud service offerings. Cloud service providers have a HUGE incentive to provide secure access to your information to only the people you allow in, as any breach in their security or unavailability of your information will lead to vast & quick desertion of its service(s). The barriers to switching are (mostly) very low. Vendor lock-in is hardly an issue in the cloud. Some companies (like Google) even have specific teams dedicated to breaking down the barriers to data migration (in the case of Google this team is called the Data Liberation Front).

Combined with their “non-existent” up front cost and low monthly premiums, there seems to be no reason to embrace the inevitable future now. This future is moving quickly towards 100% web.

 

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One last thought on Apps

While there are genuine advantages to native mobile apps at the moment, one only needs to point to the advances between the launch of the iOS App Store and today’s app capabilities to see the improvements and enhancements in the web’s capabilities. Many apps are even today simply custom views of web content, specifically laid out views for a particular screen. Many apps do not actually work without network access and as such, they are web-apps enhanced with local processing power.

If the web’s trajectory continues, there will (soon) come a time in which the web takes over. Time to embrace it ;-)