Web Based Interactive Dashboard Software

Are you looking for interactive dashboards via Flash or HTML5? InetSoft is a pioneer making business dashboard software that is easy to deploy and use. Now that Flash has been sunsetted, InetSoft's Web-based server solution delivers fully interactive dashboards in HTML5. With cutting-edge data mashup technology, data visualization tools, and a flexible product architecture. you get blazing-fast multi-dimensional analytics, without the complexities of traditional data warehousing and OLAP modeling.

InetSoft's dashboard application is easy enough to be:

  • Deployed in just weeks
  • Learned by end users with minimal training
  • Used by any executive without the aid of IT

agile enough to be:

  • Adaptable to changing data and business needs
  • Used for data exploration through visualization
  • Capable of maximum self-service

and robust enough to:

  • Attract the attention of executives
  • Meet the demands of power users
  • Scale up for organizations of any size
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What Happened to Adobe Flash?

Adobe Flash was a multimedia software platform that was widely used for creating animations, games, and interactive content on the internet. It was once a dominant force in web development, particularly in the early 2000s. However, over time, a combination of factors led to the decline and eventual discontinuation of Adobe Flash.

  1. Security Vulnerabilities: Flash was notorious for its security vulnerabilities. It was a common target for hackers, and numerous exploits were discovered over the years. This led to a significant number of security updates and patches being released by Adobe.

  2. Performance Issues: Flash was known for being resource-intensive. It could slow down computers, drain battery life on laptops, and cause browsers to crash. This was a significant drawback in an era when performance optimization was becoming increasingly important.

  3. Mobile Incompatibility: Flash was not supported on mobile devices, most notably Apple's iOS devices. This created a significant gap in the user experience, as an increasing number of people began accessing the internet primarily through smartphones and tablets.

  4. Emergence of HTML5: HTML5, a newer web standard, started gaining traction. It offered many of the same capabilities as Flash, including multimedia and interactivity, but without the need for a separate plugin. This made it more accessible, efficient, and secure.

  5. Shift towards Open Standards: There was a broader industry trend towards open standards and away from proprietary technologies like Flash. This was in line with the principles of web accessibility and compatibility.

  6. Industry Support: Major tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla, began phasing out support for Flash. They either blocked it by default or required explicit user permission to run Flash content. This further contributed to its decline.

  7. End of Life Announcement: In July 2017, Adobe announced that it would officially discontinue Flash by the end of 2020. This meant they would no longer provide security updates or patches, effectively marking the end of Flash's era.

  8. Migration to Alternative Technologies: Developers gradually shifted towards using alternatives like HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, and other web technologies that were more versatile, secure, and compatible with modern devices.

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How Is HTML5 Better Than Flash?

HTML5 brought several advantages over Adobe Flash, which contributed to its widespread adoption and eventual displacement of Flash. Here are some key ways in which HTML5 outperforms Flash:

  1. Open Standard: HTML5 is an open standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG). This means it is not controlled by a single company, making it more inclusive and accessible to developers and browsers alike. In contrast, Flash was a proprietary technology owned by Adobe.

  2. Built-in Multimedia Support: HTML5 natively supports audio and video playback, eliminating the need for additional plugins like Flash. This makes multimedia content seamless and efficient, enhancing the overall user experience.

  3. Compatibility with Mobile Devices: One of the most significant advantages of HTML5 over Flash is its compatibility with mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Flash was not supported on iOS devices, which was a major drawback in an increasingly mobile-centric world.

  4. Improved Performance: HTML5 is generally more resource-efficient compared to Flash. It consumes fewer system resources, leading to faster loading times, better battery life on mobile devices, and a smoother overall browsing experience.

  5. Better Security: HTML5 was designed with security in mind from the outset. Flash, on the other hand, was plagued by numerous security vulnerabilities over the years, making it a target for cyberattacks.

  6. Accessibility and SEO: HTML5 provides better support for accessibility features, making it easier to create content that is usable by individuals with disabilities. Additionally, search engines can better index and understand HTML5 content, improving the discoverability of web pages.

  7. Interactivity with JavaScript: HTML5 works seamlessly with JavaScript, allowing for dynamic and interactive web applications. This combination of technologies has opened up new possibilities for creating rich, engaging, and interactive content without the need for additional plugins.

  8. Reduced Dependence on Plugins: HTML5 reduces reliance on third-party plugins, which were a common source of security vulnerabilities and compatibility issues in the case of Flash. This simplifies the web development process and reduces potential points of failure.

  9. Offline Storage and Local Database Support: HTML5 introduced features like Web Storage and IndexedDB, which allow web applications to store data locally on a user's device. This enables offline functionality and improves the performance of web applications.

  10. Evolving Standards and Community Support: HTML5 is part of a continuously evolving set of web standards, with ongoing contributions from a global community of developers and organizations. This ensures that it remains relevant and adaptable to emerging technologies and trends.

why select InetSoft
“Flexible product with great training and support. The product has been very useful for quickly creating dashboards and data views. Support and training has always been available to us and quick to respond.
- George R, Information Technology Specialist at Sonepar USA

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