The concept of Rich Internet Application works by integrating the desktop and web platforms thereby allowing individuals to simultaneously and at one location enjoy the best user-experiences on both platforms. Although a Rich Internet Application, or RIA, is web-based, it offers robust features and functionalities in just the same manner as a conventional desktop application.
A RIA employs the technology on the client side and will therefore carry out most of the instructions on this particular side. This is as opposed to using technology on the client and server sides equally for which the instructions execution will be performed on the server side. The RIA approach is therefore effective in decreasing response time and it thus hastens the execution of a client’s request.
Using RIAs has thus proven to be incredibly effective. Large institutions that provide financial services are currently making use of these applications to strengthen their brand loyalty among clients as well as to make internal decision-making even speedier via far superior interaction with the requisite data. These advantages have also spilled over to the online retail industry where cases of shopping cart abandonment during checkout have essentially been halved.
RIAs offer several advantages over conventional web applications including:
Superior responsiveness – because using technology on the client side results in a much quicker execution of a user’s request
Superior interactivity – because a RIA just needs to refresh a user’s web page very few times in order to complete a process. A complete process will on the other hand need to do far much more refreshing in order to get the task done.
Speedier processing – since RIA architecture will in most cases use the client’s CPU to carry out most requests on this particular side, processing of queries will be done much faster. This is unlike for conventional architecture where a query must first be dispatched to the server for processing and then back to the client.
Traffic decongestion on server – because RIA architecture can apportion work between the web server and the client’s CPU the main server’s workload is considerably reduced thus allowing it to handle even more queries. This makes RIAs effective for portals/sites whose servers deal with copious volumes of data.
Superior customer experience – RIAs are ideally faster and more intelligent, flexible and interactive than conventional applications. Additionally, installing them doesn’t require surplus software. As such, clients can always expect to enjoy top-notch shopping and navigation experiences.
RIAs also facilitate far better web accessibility, designing of better quality user-friendly interfaces, as well as a much improved user experience.
Development of RIAs at NGR Web Team
Some of the tools that our experts can use to develop RIAs for clients include: ActiveX controls, Java Applets, User Interface Languages, and Adobe Flex.
Adobe Flex 2 is widely accepted as the market’s most robust and comprehensive development solution currently. There are several advantages that accrue with this solution’s use as follows:
It facilitates low response times
With the capacity to reduce e-commerce website shopping cart abandonment by up to 50% you stand to make higher ROIs while offering your clients much more customer satisfaction
Site administrators can install this solution’s “Dashboard” feature in their systems and thereby be able to with a single click immediately access their sites’ administration panels. This feature is also portable thus offering much convenience.
The NGR Web Team pros will expertly provide you with quality Flex-based RIA development services to suit your online business’ requirements having previously worked with earlier Flex-based tools including Builder, MXML and Software Development Kit, to develop excellent solutions. We also provide top-notch application migration and re-engineering solutions for clients who wish to convert their current desktop solutions into the more effective Flex-based architecture.