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Microsoft Web Client Applications / Smart Client Applications

Microsoft Smart Client Applications combine the ease of use of MS Office Desktop Applications, the performance of Client-Server applications and the reach of the Internet.    The result: unparalleled ease-of-use and performance within a secure, multi-user SQL database environment.   Smart Client applications are built on the standard Microsoft SQL Server/.NET platform, and cost far less to build and maintain vs. browser-based business-to-business applications.
Smart Client applications (aka "Rich Internet Applications") look and perform just like Microsoft Office/Desktop applications — but they are deployed, automatically maintained, and enable real-time SQL Server Database sharing directly over a secure Internet.  A true merger of the desktop and the Internet, Smart Client applications are ideally suited for business-to-business application needs, and are viewed by many as the next major wave in computing platforms.

Microsoft Smart Client Advantages

Smart Client Application Advantages

There are no trade-offs.   By merging the usability, performance and integration of Desktop applications with a centrally-managed, secure, easy to maintain system, Smart Client applications support I/T needs for centralized control and security — internal hosting and Active Directory integration is straightforward — and End Users' needs for power and flexibility.  The results are robust business solutions that use the Internet to connect private business ecosystems.
Smart Client capabilities appeal to the needs of both IT administrators and End Users.    Smart Client applications are built on the standard Microsoft Business platform, and cost far less to develop and maintain than Browser-based applications (see a comparison), so the Smart Client approach makes good economic sense as well.
PCA has reduced the Smart Client Platform to an extensive library of re-usable software templates, modules and controls that are designed to drive high quality, low-cost business solutions. Our expert engineers can quickly figure out how to map your operational needs into a database-model with an easy-to-use Interface, and bring the best ideas to our Clients.    Learn more about the advantages of Real-Time, On-Demand Solutions vs Browser.
Standard Smart Client Capabilities
  • Intuitive "Outlook-Style" User Interface
  • Shared, secure MS SQL Server 2016 database
  • Integration with Outlook & Excel
  • Off-line use & database synchronization
  • Document and Image attachments
  • Canned Reports (SSRS)
  • Grid data controls (Dynamic data slice & dice)
  • Role-Based Security Administration
  • Configurable Menu values via Admin privilege
  • Integration with AD, Accounting and ERP systems
  • Automated "ClickOnce" installation and updates
  • Full Audit Trails