It can be easy to confuse websites and web applications, just as it is easy to mistake user interface design for website design. However, web based applications and websites are two different entities. A website is the amalgamation of related web pages that are contained within a single domain. Web applications of the sort created vis a vis web application development services comprise any application that utilizes a web browser as a client. Custom web applications have become quite popular in recent years due to the pervasiveness of web browsers and the accessibility of browsers as thin clients.
SharePoint, an internet based application platform created by Microsoft and first ventured in 2001, is made up of a multipurpose set of web technologies supported by a shared technical infrastructure. SharePoint is often identified with intranet content management and document management. SharePoint and associated web application development services have an interface that is similar to Microsoft Office, which is one of the reason that SharePoint web application development services are so popular. Indeed, due to its full portal integration, SharePoint web application development services allow for a high degree of fluidity between the portal and the external system.
SharePoint web application development services are fast becoming ubiquitous in the healthcare industry which has made regulatory oversight in the medical device software development process as well as system level testing a priority for the Food and Drug Administration of late. Using SharePoint in an FDA regulated environment has lead to new training initiatives for health care professionals who are increasingly reliant upon web application development services. Currently, many training initiatives instruct health care users on topics such as how to go about creating a compliant document management system and methods of using SharePoint web application development services for digital signatures of documentation.