Instructor: Dr. D. Richmond
HRM 520 – HR Information Systems
March 8, 2012
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Web-Based Compensation Tool Versus a Client-Server Based or Stand-Alone PC-Based System
The advantages of using a Web-based compensation tool versus a client-server based or stand-alone PC-based system include the automated approach that replaces tedious manual processes to make any compensation program easy to manage and virtually error free. Web-based compensation tools do not require installation and updating which saves a lot of administration work and can be access from anywhere with the Internet. The data in Web-based compensation tools is stored remotely and requires little disk space. It also becomes more important that Web-based compensation tools are cross-platform and work on different Operating System. Whereas using a client-server based or stand-alone PC based system would need an administrator to administer, maintain, develop and implement policies and procedures for ensuring the security and integrity of the client/server database, and also resolving any database issues. However, Web-based compensation tools have some serious disadvantages. The most important problem with them right now is their poor user experience, because of the performance problems and browser limitations. But computer-processing power is getting faster exponentially, and if we combine it with the browser performance improvements, we can be sure that this problem will be solved very soon. Another disadvantage of the Web-based compensation tool is that the remote server could be compromised leaking private information. The fact that the Web-based compensation tool requires Internet connection can also be a limitation (Valums, 2010).
Although Web-based compensation tool seems to have more advantages than a client-server based or stand-alone PC based system, in my opinion, client-server based or stand-alone PC...