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Online vs. Client-server Desktop To Do List: what is the difference?  

Online vs. Client-server Desktop To Do List: what is the difference?



 
 

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Today you can find a lot of task scheduling products intended for individual and team task management. Such products are supported by to do list web servers and can be accessed by users through their web browsers. Such a list services may have great capabilities, however on the other hand there are a number of client-server task management applications that work via company's local network and should be installed on local server and on users' desktops (VIP Task Manager can be considered as striking example of client-server desktop applications for task and time management).
Let's study the difference between online todo list products and desktop groupware:

On line to do list vs. LAN based to do list - Peculiarities in Task/Employee Management:

Web based solution can be a great solution for management of temporal virtual teams. Temporary team members/freelancers/clients that work in remote locations can access on line packages if they just have access to Internet, appropriate web-browser and know their logins and passwords. In spite of great functionality that to do list web systems can offer, this is not proper solution for management of employees working within one office, since even the best package will be disabled when Internet connection is not available. Sometimes users of virtual agendas may experience problems with suitability of web-browsers. Web based to do list solutions are good for management of virtual teams with frequently varying staff and number of team members, however LAN-solutions such as VIP Task Manager is much more advisable for companies and teams with stable staff and long-term tasks.  Also VIP Task Manager allows attaching files and links to tasks in order to share documents among team members and in the case of online agending systems files should be uploaded to web-servers and downloaded from it.

VIP Task Manager is client-server application which is better for office project team management, because of the following advantages over online to do list solutions:

  • Independence from Internet connection issues
  • Independence from issues with web-browsers
  • Quick and rational file sharing

VIP Task Manager allows you to manage your company's tasks and projects via LAN as well as employees from remotely located departments, because users can connect database placed on your server via Internet (In this case your server should have static IP). Unlike on line to do list solutions remote users should use not browser, but individual client component of VIP Task Manager.

Web based to do list vs. LAN based to do list - Database hosting and Performance: 

If you use online to do list you have to pay recurring fees to keep your database accessible and running, unfortunately you cannot be really sure that tomorrow a company which provides such service, its web-site and web-server will not crash for some reasons and you will not lose all your data. It is better when your corporate data is securely placed on your own server .In such case response time and availability are better than any online agenda can offer, because your database is placed closer to users and you should not depend on Internet connection and performance issues of remote to do list web server. Even if you are allowed to transfer database from hosted server to your own you still can experience technical issues with deployment, besides you can be obligated to pay installation fees,  recurring fees for licenses, to pay for updates, to have limited functionality or technical support etc . Some of the web systems are simple-in-use and intended for single users and others are powerful products with great possibilities for customization, so if you require advanced customization (integration with CRM, ERP systems, billing modules etc.) and you are ready to invest proper money, some of on line to do list systems can offer this. However if you require just effective and reliable solution for planning and tracking tasks and time for employees, management of schedules, priorities, productivity, costs, quantity and controlling performance in real-time regime, then VIP Task Manager is right for you!

VIP Task Manager is easy-to-install network-based solution that offers following advantages over even the best online to do list solutions:

    • No Recurring fees (you pay only once to buy VIP Task Manager)
    • Free server part, reliable Firebird database
    • Independence from issues with virtual to do list servers - everything depends on capabilities of your own server and local network.
    • Easiness of installation and configuration
     

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