Client-Server-based solutions rely on two computer programs: one on the client computer and one on the server. In a typical scenario the client makes a request for information from the server, which delivers the data to the client often with much more data than necessary and the client software processes the data to display just the information requested. It is important that the client and server software applications match they must be the same 'releases' otherwise the data may be incorrectly displayed or corrupted.
Web-based solutions like CAMS Enterprise provide access to data through an Internet browser rather than through a locally installed application. Because the server manages the data processing, no client-side applications need to be maintained nor is there any danger from incorrectly displayed or corrupted data. Retrieving information with a Web-based system is quick, and the volume of data traversing a network is reduced.