Choice: Hosted Timesheet or In-house Self-hosted
Question: Should you choose to have Scoutwest host the timesheet for you, or should you self-host it on your own servers? The chart below may help. The choice is largely based on your internal IT resources. Do you have the IT staff to install and maintain server-based applications? If so, in-house self-hosting might be a good option.
As the video points out, the biggest issue is your IT resources. If you're a small company that only needs an in-house Windows app, then this is non-issue. But if you are a medium-sized company then you must choose whether you want to commit in-house IT support to hosting a timesheet solution. Some companies outsource their IT support; others cannot get small projects like application hosting from them. In other words, sometimes IT departments are so busy they can't jump on new application hosting projects like this. It's certainly a small task, but not when you've got twenty others in line ahead of this one. In those cases it's simpler to sign up for our hosting program, with allows you to start using the timesheet app almost immediately. We host it so you don't have to mess with the IT hassles.
As we said earlier, small companies that just need a Windows timesheet can simply install the app onto their workstations and connect to a shared database. That's a quick solution that may not require IT resources.
Medium-sized and large companies may also opt for in in-house on-premise solution. In that case, you could take advantage of both Windows and Web editions. Both versions connect to the same SQL database so you see the same data on both platforms, plus you have equivalent features on both. As the video points out, there are slight advantages to the Windows Edition, but they are minimal. Contact our sales department for full details.
There is also a pricing difference between the hosted solution and perpetual licenses. The hosted solution is a subscription model so you pay every 12 months. You always get the latest version of software and all support. Perpetual licenses don't require you to pay every year unless you want the maintenance and support. Again, check pricing here, or contact our sales department for details.
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