What are web apps? Web apps are scalable apps that are accessible by any device through a browser; they can fit infinite combinations of screen dimensions perfectly and elegantly. Whether the device is a phone or computer, Android or iOS, Mac or Windows, the app will be displayed as if it were native to the device. Essentially web apps are ultra dynamic websites that are equipped with multiple programming languages which gives them the extra flexibility they need. The development of a web app consists of developing two key ingredients, a front end and a back end.

The front end is the website that can send commands and data to the back end. At Tavan Systems we use the latest technologies such as Bootstrap, ReactJS, CSS3 and HTML5 to create an effective and responsive interface. Users can use the interface to post, edit and delete information in real time. The changes a user makes can be reflected on the screens of other users, thus giving the platform it’s dynamic property.

On the other hand, the the back end of a webapp consists of a server, an application, and a database. A back-end developer builds and maintains the technology that powers those components which, together, enable the user-facing side of the website to even exist in the first place. In order to make the server, application, and database communicate with each other, the back-end use server-side languages like PHP, Javascript and Python to build an application, and tools like MySQL to find, save, or change data and serve it back to the user in front-end code. The backend of an application handles all of the calculations and database interactions needed to ensure a consistent performance. The majority of actual coding is done on the backend, and all backend code runs on the server computer.

Consumer Apps

Consumer apps are apps that are designed for business client use. Here is a simple example

Snow Removal: Say you have a snow removal business, and each requested quote is chipping away from your valuable time, your success rate is marginal; and you consider the unsuccessful quotes a waste of time. You would like to have a calculator on your website, where potential clients can input their property’s information (walk way, number of lanes, car lengths of each lane, etc.), pertinent information that helps you determine the price of the job. Based on your internal pricing structure or rubric, the calculator will output the estimate. The calculator can then ask if the estimate is acceptable and if they would like to make the request. As the manager, you will receive the request and carry on with your internal business process.

Internal Controls

Internal control apps are apps that are primarily designed to assist business managers administrate their internal operations. This can include employee or client portals that allow the respective users to make changes and such changes are reflected on the manager’s accounts. Here is an example

Snow Removal: In continuation of the snow removal example; as the business manager, you can now log into portal that will take you to your management dashboard. The management dashboard then prompts information such as the clients you have already signed up along with their data, how many centimeters of snow each client has been serviced, contract expiration, employee accounts, client-operator job sorting, vehicle logs, email blasts to clients for each service area, etc. As a manager, you’re next business decision is a click away.