Not till long back, developing custom business applications like CRMs and ERPs was a mammoth task. It involved setting up databases, running them on server computers, and delivering data to networked computers through client side applications. Small to medium sized businesses found it practically impossible to build and maintain such infrastructure, and hence, had to satisfy themselves with hiring expensive third party solutions for their business processes.
Thankfully, things have changed now with the advent of programming languages like PHP and MySQL that provide a platform for both server-side and browser-side scripting. An increasing number of people are moving to the Internet for business applications. While web mails, online calendars, online spreadsheets and word docs have been popular for some time now, advance programming with languages like PHP have allowed for really complex business applications to be manageable on the web.
Developing such custom business applications with the help of programming languages like PHP is a very simple task. The fact that these programming languages are open source makes development through them all the more easy. Developers all over the world are constantly engaged in developing newer software applications through PHP and there are tons of information available online on how to successfully build and devise business applications through PHP.
For start-ups, companies that are contemplating an expansion in the scale of their operations, and companies looking to automate their processes it is a good idea to invest time and energy in to developing business applications like CRM, ERP, accounting and invoicing, helpdesk management, file management and other business processes through PHP, ASP.NET, or other programming languages that allow the development of dynamic web applications. These business applications can be customized according to the needs of a business and can help speed up and simplify work.