Nothing really. "Web Application", "Database Web Application", "Web App"...they will all rely on an underlying database in some way.
However, in the context of how we talk to our customers, sometimes we refer to the systems we develop for them as 'Database Web Applications' specifically, since they understand the marriage of what they had, versus what we develop for them, a little better.
Often our customers have one or more 'databases' (e.g. SQL Server or Acccess databases or Excel spreadsheets and so on) within their business that are used to track things, record things, calculate things and so forth. Where the reasoning for having such databases is based on the specific nature of information stored and its lack of 'fit' to be stored or processed within an existing off-the-shelf accounting system or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system they may already use, this is the primary driving force that enables a company to recognise the potential to develop their own application tailored to their specific needs.
A Database Web Application from Contedia is developed for each customer exclusively, with no similarity to any application that may have gone before, potentially consolidating many of the customer's databases, sources of information, processes and procedures, and it provides a solution or significant enhancement to existing limitations that allow the business to go on to become far more efficient, consistent, accurate, productive, accountable and automated in various ways. Visibility of the business' activities, work statuses, research or development data is significantly improved and new opportunities to exploit the data, provide meaningful reports, automate tasks and so forth are all made possible. In our experience the result, no matter how far in the 'back-office' the application may reside, is always felt by improved sales and revenues. Always.
One of the most frequently sought after functions from a bespoke Database Web Application is the encapsultation of a company's knowledge and procedures, which is often specialised and known by only a small number of staff, so that not only can dependancy on specific individuals be significantly reduced, but substantial tangible value is added to the business itself by having a highly customised and efficient management system in place. Such systems can often be fundemental in an SME owner's long-term exit strategy and the maximisation of the business' sale value.
SME owners and larger business management teams benefit alike from a Database Web Application specific to the company's industry activities and their need to improve or control existing business processes.