Important Apps For SMEs
Apps provide a wide range of business services that can be accessed in real time from anywhere in the world. Businesses use apps on mobile devices to do everything from tracking and sharing notes, marketing via social media and accounting and electronic invoicing.
The beauty of cloud apps are that they allow the business to push new developments to all users, wherever they are, at the same time. Applications like this are fuelling small and medium businesses and any operation that participates in national, regional or international markets and has a mobile sales force.
US-based CRN magazine recently reported that in 2014, small businesses alone will spend more than $100 billion on cloud computing services.
Cloud services and mobile apps have many advantages but the two most consistent are:
Collaboration – Cloud apps allow employees to access information from anywhere. An Internet connection, username and password are all that is required to access this app. This allows persons working at different locations around the world to interact and collaborate on reports, contracts, policy and sales pitches.
Automatic Updates – SaaS ensures that all company employees are always using the latest and same version. Cloud hosts automatically update software as soon as new versions are offered.
The apps below are used by many businesses across the globe.
Skype – Skype turns your computer or iPad into a phone with imaging capabilities. Best of all, Skype is a free service at the basic level. Skype can be used to share documents, collaborate on documents and to stay in touch with mobile workers or workers on projects away from the home base. More and more businesses are using Skype to interact and pitch clients. If all you devices are not using Skype, you are missing out on an outstanding communications program.
Mozy – Mozy is an online backup service used to save and backup documents on the server. The advantage for SMEs is that they are assured their data is saved in an off-premises location. The cost is very favourable. Files can be easily retrieved.
Box.com – You will never worry that you have left a file somewhere else again. This app acts like a file folder. Users drag files into the Box. The file can then be accessed from anywhere in the world. If you are at a meeting and need a file unexpectedly, Box.com is as close as your hand-held device or laptop.
Twitter – This recently gone public app outperformed expectations on the equity market. It is a powerful and popular way to message with just 140 characters. Businesses use Twitter to market and stay abreast of industry news as well as politics and the global economy. Among other uses, Twitter is an excellent market research resource.
Toggl – Toggl is another terrific business app that allows the user to create tasks and projects and assign a specific amount of time to complete the project. Toggl tracks the amount of time allocated to projects. This is a great tool for businesses want to know how much time has been expended on a project or who bill by the hour.
Moo – Moo is a design and printing app for business cards and mini business cards. Users can upload their own designs or imported designs and images from a host of sites like Flickr, Facebook, Etsy, Picasa or from a SmugAccount. This app provides a cost effective way to generate business and sales cards for businesses that are growing.
Google Apps – Google apps allow the user to create text, spreadsheets, slide shows and more through Google Docs. This app is great for collaborations because several people in remote locations can work on the same document at the same time. Google Calendar allows easy sharing and sharing of event reminders like business meetings. Google apps also include Gmail for Business which gives companies personalised e-mail accounts that have the same flexibility and storage capabilities as Gmail.
Quickbooks – This stellar bookkeeping app is a solid and popular online accounting program. The software provides all the bookkeeping and accounting needs companies in the UK need to be responsible and compliant. VAT returns can be created though Quickbooks. This program makes the desktop accounting available wherever the user is.
Chatter – For growing operations, Chatter serves as an in-house social network. Employees can share and collaborate on files and projects and pose questions to everyone in the company. Chatter works for all persons included in the company network. It also has excellent privacy protections for sensitive communications.
Facebook – Facebook is the largest website in the world and the most popular global social media site. Facebook is an excellent vehicle for business to increase their reach and promote the products and company news to potential customers. Facebook also is regarded as a good place for businesses to advertise.
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