Everyday we get calls from staffing companies asking about web based systems. My response is always “Why web based?” Most often, the caller does not have a firm answer. Typical responses are “Isn’t that what everybody’s doing?” or “I don’t want to make a large investment” or “I don’t want to be responsible for my own network,Jordan 8.” This underscores the general misunderstanding of the platform, and what its relative strengths and weaknesses happen to be. When choosing a staffing software system it’s important to understand how the system is going to be used and to select a platform that will deliver the best and most cost efficient results. The following is a discussion of some of the main benefits that web based systems tout, some of the compromises one has to live with in order to use them and a review of the principal alternative.