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Web Enabling Software For Real Time Online Automated Services

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Internet Programming and Applications

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8.1299.1 - 8.1299.5



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Ronald Glotzbach

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Carlos Morales

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Session 2198

Web-Enabling Software for Real-Time Online Automated Services

Ronald J. Glotzbach, Carlos Morales Purdue University

Abstract The Web has seen its share of trends come and go, but now it is evolving into a centrally located collaboration tool for all professions. The focus is shifting to harnessing the Web’s usefulness to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. This paper assesses the purposes, usefulness, advantages, and disadvantages of web-enabling desktop application-based software packages. Web-enabling software packages allows users from around the world to perform operations from any location that previously needed a user sitting at a specific computer running specific software applications. It also provides a means to perform operations on the server completely unannounced to the user. The necessary steps for web-enabling software are outlined and explained in this paper. The versatility that this concept offers provides businesses and academia alike with a realm of possibilities that would increase productivity, save time, and save money.

Introduction The cloud is where ideas come to life. Boundaries are limitless for this centrally located collaboration tool, which happens to be neither central to any one point, nor located in any particular spot. Anything may be brought to fruition in the cloud, the Internet that is. Web- enabling software has been around for a while, but it is more recently that companies have begun to exploit its capabilities. The purpose, usefulness, and advantages of using a web-enabled system will become readily apparent as an example of how it can change the way a company performs its day-to-day business is presented. Simplifying a process by automating it using the Web can help reduce the time commitment by parties involved, reduce ambiguity, improve communication and collaboration, and has the potential to save a company money in the long term. On the other hand, implementing a system can be costly and may extend the project deadline or not be in place in time for its utilization. For those companies with the need and capabilities to utilize it, web automation can be a valuable asset as it opens the door for amazing potential that the software alone did not possess3.

Purpose The purpose of web-enabling software is twofold, to provide a location that is central to all parties involved and also simplify a process. Utilizing the Web as a collaboration tool makes it easy to simplify a process. Any person, from any place, can access the Web, which makes it perfect for companies that either have vendors, partners, clients, or just separate locations to work from4. The Web has proven its stature as a collaboration tool with a multitude of chat rooms and discussion boards.

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Glotzbach, R., & Morales, C. (2003, June), Web Enabling Software For Real Time Online Automated Services Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12052

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