What's RIA?

 

According to Wikipedia, Rich Internet Applications are “a cross between Web applications and traditional desktop applications, transferring some of the processing to the client end”.

 

RIAs are client-server business applications installed at one location and accessible via Internet from any user workstation within the enterprise. RIAs overcome the limitations of Internet applications to provide a rich and interactive user experience similar to that previously only available through desktop applications.
 
 
 
 

Why RIA?

 

    • Anytime, anywhere application availability including mobile devices

    • Enhanced interactive user experience using desktop-style functions

    • Affordable, low-cost architecture suits even the tightest budget

    • Secure multi-tier structure "hides" system resources from end users

    • Built for fast and simple transition to SaaS using hosted service model