I’m wondering whether any of you would be interested in switching to a web-based version of DONATION, running on my own servers (so you don’t have to maintain a web application on your servers), if I developed one. To be clear, I have not yet decided to do so!
I would definitely also keep offering the current way of installing and using DONATION on your own computers (not web-based).
Advantages of using a web-based version include being able to access it from any computer with an appropriate web browser (it might require Internet Explorer 7 or 8), and having multiple people access the same data, without needing a network install in your organization. Also, you would never have to worry about installing upgrades again!
Disadvantages would probably include that it would work a bit more slowly, because web applications always work more slowly than installed applications. But I wouldn’t release such an application if it didn’t work fast enough to be very usable.
Charging for a web-based version would probably be based on a monthly fee per user/login, which would probably be a bit more expensive than my current base rates. That’s both because of the advantages of the web-based system, and because it would cost me more to run it. My guess would be it might be about $10/month, per user, but really at this point I have no idea.
Please let me know what you think, preferably by adding a Reply to this blog posting. Thank you!