Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Five web-based alternatives for common software

5 cloud based business apps

Cloud-based small business applications are increasingly common because there are so many advantages to adopting these apps when compared to traditional software. For small businesses, these online applications allow you to collaborate with co-workers more easily, work remotely, and never worry about data back-ups. Whether for small business or personal use, these five cloud-based apps make our lives easier without loading any new software or files on our computers:

Google Documents & Drive - Emailing Word documents back and forth is so early 2000’s. Using Google Docs and its associated online storage application called Drive, text documents, presentations, and spreadsheets are easier than ever to share with partners, collaborate, edit, and comment on - and it’s automatically backed up as you type. 

Basecamp - Basecamp helps people track and collaborate on projects. The project management website facilitates discussions, tracks tasks, and retains files for collaboration and backup. Setting up teams allows you to share some thing with your clients, some things internally and keep everything running smoothly. You receive updates when tasks are complete, and a daily email keeps you up-to-date on the status of all your projects. 

Issueburner – How you deal with a complaint or issue from a customer can define your relationship with them. Issueburner organizes these important interactions, allows you to assign them to teammates, and insures every issue is addressed and/or resolved. If you’re using a spreadsheet to track customer issues, it’s time to move to the cloud. 

Dropbox - As a web-based file-sharing service, Dropbox is a valuable tool for sharing large files. But Dropbox really shines as a seamless, shared file folder for collaboration among multiple users. That means everyone can contribute to the same file without sending multiple versions back and forth by email. The newest version of the file is automatically synced to everyone’s computer and older versions are backed up in the cloud. A small business solution as useful and elegant as this shouldn’t be overlooked. - You could manage your company’s projects using phone calls and checklists, but Asana lets everyone on your team add, update and assign tasks to give a more complete and actionable view of what’s really getting done. The era of the conference calls is over. 

These apps all give you more control over everyday tasks and situations, with less demand on your system while adding anywhere access, regular updates and easy collaboration where you need it. We have come a long way from going to the computer store and buying boxes of software off the shelf! All of these benefits we considered when building OfficeBooks as a SaaS based cloud app, we wanted to be as handy as these apps and as easy to use.

What is your favourite app for business or personal use? Share it in the comments to help grow this list for everyone!