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The success of any business application has many factors that determine it's short and long-term roadmap, user acceptance and alignment into the corporate strategy. Feature-set functionality, performance, scalability, ease-of-use, maintainability ... all of these plus technology must align to support a critical business need. At Q4W we believe we have addressed all of these and more.

... Technology
The technology that lies at the foundation of the Quest4Web product line is based upon the Microsoft® .NET suite of software, XML, along with the emerging industry standard Web Services (SOAP, WSDL, UDDI). The client interface software runs within the industry dominated Internet Explorer browser. The back-end relational database can be MS SQL Server, Oracle, MS Access or MySQL.

Please see architectural details of the Enterprise Application Framework in the section entitled "Framework".

... Enhanced Client Interface
The graphical user interface and its capabilities exceed that of a standard web application, but yet maintain the transparency and flexibility of a thin browser-based solution. Richer client feature-sets are available without the following maintenance concerns:

  • Keeping track of which version of the .NET framework is compatible

In addition, migration to the mobile device environment and corresponding application maintenance is far easier and less costly than with a desktop model.

... Performance
The EAF uses a multi-tier component-based architecture with web-based clients. Superior performance is obtained by reducing the data volume transferred between the client and middle-tier application server, along with reducing the number of roundtrips to the server. Enhanced caching of pages on the client, along with taking advantage of the client's data processing capabilities (which are typically under-utilized) significantly speed-up response times along with reducing the overall load on the application server(s).

... Maintainability and Scalability
The EAF component architecture separates the user presentation, business logic and data access tiers, which not only simplifies development and testing but also lends itself to be easily maintained. All information related to a user's session state is kept on the client only! The Active Server Pages (ASP.NET) do not rely on session or application state. The sever components are pass-through and stateless; therefore the system can easily scale upward as your business grows. This architecture supports load balancing and fail-over via plug-in hardware devices, versus costly software.