Standalone software is an application that does not come bundled with or require another software package to run. It essentially can "standalone" without help from the Internet or computer processes. Standalone software is installed on your computer, which is very different from online software run via your internet browser.
Quicken and Microsoft Money are examples of standalone software packages that require nothing more on your computer to run other than an operating system, such as Windows.
- Software that runs on its own without an internet connection.
- Software that isn’t part of a bundle.
- A program that runs separate from all other Computer processes.
- A portable application that doesn’t need to be installed.
Benefits of Standalone Softwares
Lower operating costs
No costly hardware or software is needed at client premises as there is little or almost no disk space needed at user's computer. A computer capable of running a Web browser like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera or Safari is just what is needed. The business application is delivered over the Internet for a monthly or annual fee. Internet connections have become more faster, reliable and economical these days.
Quick and easy updates
You are actually renting the software. We will take care of the ongoing upgrades, maintenance, security and other IT headaches. New updates are installed centrally negating the need for expensive roll outs. In some cases, a newly discovered bug or a new feature request can be developed, tested and deployed globally within hours.
Easy and instant deployment
Hosted applications can be deployed instantly. As the applications are more likely ready-made ones, there is no time needed to develop the application or to install the software in your business computers. No special changes or configurations are required at user end. The application can be used instantly upon signing up.
Freedom to choose any Operating System
Hosted Applications are not tied to any particular Operating System. Users can install any Operating System on their computers; what they need is just a W3C standards compatible browser like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, etc. For organizations that have legacy systems from different suppliers running different operating systems.
When not to use Hosted Applications ?
Unreliable Internet connection
Internet connectivity is now available in more and more remote places but there are still some regions where internet access is limited or unreliable. Moreover, if you have onsite offices in remote locations, Internet connectivity charges in such places prove to be prohibitive, at least in the short term.
Mission critical usage
Hosted Applications are not recommended in situations where a minute of downtime will pile up the work and end up in a long queue in front of the computer operator. The client should very well understand that Internet connection can go off, the server may crash, the database server can be busy. We do provide 99.99% uptime guarantee on our servers. But still, they are hardware equipments and subject to downtimes beyond our control and prediction.
Hosted Applications use a login procedure using a variety of checks using username, password, IP address, browser, time, etc. ensuring that only those that are authorized have access. As with online banking and shopping sites, it is the user who controls the security. If a user allows the browser to save the username and password, then anyone who can physically access the system can gain access to the application.