Web vs. Client-Server
is a completely Web-based solution. This key distinguishing feature sets it apart from systems using client-server architecture or a mixture of Web and client-server. To appreciate the difference it is important to understand both approaches.
Client-Server-based solutions rely on two computer programs: one on the client computer and one on the server. In a typical scenario the client makes a request for information from the server, which delivers the data to the client — often with much more data than necessary — and the client software processes the data to display just the information requested. It is important that the client and server software applications match — they must be the same 'releases' — otherwise the data may be incorrectly displayed or corrupted.
Web-based solutions like CAMS Enterprise provide access to data through an Internet browser rather than through a locally installed application. Because the server manages the data processing, no client-side applications need to be maintained nor is there any danger from incorrectly displayed or corrupted data. Retrieving information with a Web-based system is quick, and the volume of data traversing a network is reduced.
Why is it important to know this? Academic ERP solutions using client-server-based technologies are more difficult to maintain and limit accessibility. When a software update is released, the IT department not only has to update the server, it also has to make that update on every client computer that accesses the application server. When students or faculty members want to work on the system, they have to access it using a computer that has client software already installed on it.
With the CAMS Enterprise Web-based technology, updates to the software need only to be made on the server and not to each individual computer accessing it. Since Web-based technologies only require an Internet browser, accessing the academic ERP only requires an Internet connection and an account with proper permissions.