Online Services Help Business Owners Vacation
September 28, 2004
They run small businesses. Maybe it's
a service business like a graphic
design shop. Maybe the company sells antique kitchen items from a
website. Or maybe they are a small publisher. No matter what the
business, one thing all small business owners have in common is that
they don't think then can leave it. Vacations terrify them.
It is this group of business owners that web-service software firms
targeting. As more and more companies convert their desktop software
to the web, business owners are now never from from the action.
A recent study by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (www.ahla.com)
shows that high-speed in-room Internet has doubled since 2001. With
over half of the hotel rooms in the US now offering Internet
service, the traveler whose company uses an online application is
never far from work.
Service providers like Adams-Blake Company, Inc. of Fair Oaks, CA
which offers the JAYA123 (www.jaya123.com) order-entry and
accounting system to small businesses, as well as Oracle, Inc. which
sells subscriptions to its OnDemand system (www.oracle.com/ondemand/)
to large corporations have seen
a surge of demand.
Web-based business applications, often called 'webware' are the
back-office functions like accounting, order-entry, and reporting
but they are accessible over the web. A company subscribes to a web
service for a low monthly fee. Because of the web, access can be
made anywhere in the world and any computer or software platform can
be used, as long as it has a browser.
While not the main reason for the attraction of users, Alan Canton,
president of Adams-Blake Company says that being able to login from
anywhere in the world and see what orders have come in is a strong
motivating force for small business owners to sign up. "When
owner knows that he or she can access all of their back-office
functions while in a hotel room, it removes 'vacation phobia'," says
Because many hotels have a keyboard that can connect to the TV, the
business traveler does not have to lug a heavy laptop, open it at
airport security, or risk having it stolen. Canton adds, "You can
check into your room, plug in the keyboard to the TV, log into your
web-based business application and be at your office desk!"
However there is one downside. While business travelers love being
able to do their business chores on the web, spouses of
vacation-bound executives hate it. "My husband always suggests we go
camping so I'll get off the computer," says Mayapriya Long, owner of
(www.bookwrights.com), a book design company in Charlottesville, VA
that subscribes to the JAYA123 service.
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