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Much is being reported online about new web applications leveraging Web 2.0 and AJAX technologies. You are probably wondering what do they mean to you or how you manage your business. I will try to briefly shed some light on these technologies in this posting.

According to Wikipedia.org, "Web 2.0 generally refers to a second generation of services available on the World Wide Web that lets people collaborate, and share information online. In contrast to the first generation, Web 2.0 gives users an experience closer to desktop applications than the traditional static Web pages." As for AJAX or Asynchronous JavaScript And XML, Wikipedia describes it as "a Web development technique for creating interactive web applications" and "meant to increase the Web page's interactivity, speed, and usability."

To simplify, Web 2.0 refers to web applications that run like desktop applications and AJAX refers to the techniques and tools that enable one to develop such web applications.

For executives and managers, using Web 2.0 applications can provide numerous benefits:

  • All interaction with the application functionality is in the browser - one doesn't have to install any other applications on their desktop.
  • All the functionality and data is accessible from any PC anywhere with Internet access and a browser.
  • The application performs more like a desktop application with right-click menus, quick navigations, minimal refreshing of pages, familiar user interface etc. enhancing useability.
  • If the application is configurable (e.g. Interneer Intellect), all the configuration happens in the browser and from any PC with a browser.
  • Overall, the performance of the application is faster as compared to traditional web applications since the pages don't refresh as often.

Bottom line, Web 2.0 applications represent the next wave of tools for business users, enabling them to be more productive and mobile than ever before.

Romeo Elias

Written by Romeo Elias

Romeo Elias is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Intellect, an award winning leader in the SaaS enterprise software industry with a focus on enterprise Quality Management Software and Business Process Management (BPM). Romeo is a visionary executive, thought leader and advocate for business friendly software that requires No Programming and empowers everyone to innovate. Romeo has overseen Intellect's growth from its founding in 2000 to a high growth software company with hundreds of happy customers. Romeo is a patented inventor, entrepreneur advisor, and board member of Intellect. Prior to Intellect, Romeo worked in the consumer electronics space, overseeing the engineering design and development of handheld electronics, and previously was the founder of a web development firm. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and MS in Manufacturing Engineering from UCLA.