I have a client who has an in house program created in excel and visual basic that they are thinking about trying to move to a hosted solution. Is that the right path for them? Any alternate suggestions?
See original email I received below giving better detail:
As you are aware, we have several 'home grown' database apps that we use in conjunction with Peachtree Accounting to manage our business.
One of them is our Estimator. This is an application that Jxx developed several years ago and has continued to tweak and enhance. It is primarily an Excel spreadsheet with a lot of Visual Basic that has been incorporated to automate various elements of our estimating and job creation process.
We want to know how best to transition this to something that is not dependant on being physically in the office and attached to the LAN. We would like some thoughts on use of
1.) rented server space from someone such as Sago Networks;
2.) use of Microsoft SharePoint; other options that we aren't aware of. We have used GoToMyPC with reasonable success, but the primary users of this app no longer have desktop machines at the office for a connection.
How would you suggest we start the process of evaluation?
Most of their users are transitioning to laptop computers and taking them home with them in the evening.