There used to be a time when programs had to be individually installed each computer. We say “used to” because although you can still find companies out there that choose this outdated and inefficient method, most of today’s organizations are increasingly turning to cloud computing applications to manage part, if not all of their business operations.
Also known as Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud apps can do just about everything from accounting to content management—and the best part is all you need is an account and password. There are several benefits for organizations who to take advantage of this option:
- Collaboration: Employees can access company information through secure cloud apps from anywhere in the world and work on the same file;
- Updates: SaaS provides automatic updates which ensure that all users of the application are on the same version of the software;
- Everyone benefits: Apps allow companies to implement new developments to all users at once.
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For now, though, let’s check out 5 great Cloud apps that can profit your company:
Mozy.com is an online backup service that gives small businesses the space to continuously back up all their computer and server files at a reasonable price. With Mozy, business managers can rest easy knowing their files are retrievable, even in the event of a data crash.
You might use Skype to keep in touch with friends and family, but did you know it can also be a valuable business tool? Not only can you chat or video conference other Skype users for free, you can also call landlines and mobile phones for a nominal fee. This way, you can talk to clients and colleagues without having to leave your city, saving precious time and money.
Ever wanted to access a file from home, only to realize you left it on your office computer? If so, you aren’t alone. In fact, it happens so much that Box.com came up with a solution that allows users to simply drag a file into their Box, which is like a file folder that can be instantly accessed from anywhere. Dropbox has a similar service.
4. Intuit Quickbooks
Quickbooks is a secure online accounting service that helps businesses monitor cash flow, create VAT returns, set budgets and create business reports. You may be familiar with Quickbooks’ desktop service, but the new online option is even better since it is accessible from anywhere in the world and doesn’t take up space on your server.
5. Microsoft SharePoint Online/Office 365
Last, but certainly not least, is Office 365, which offers all of the benefits of SaaS programs, combined with the collaborative tools of the SharePoint server. In addition, SharePoint Online has a set of new features, such as public facing sites, alternate access mapping, site templates and more.
Some other notable mentions are:
- MailChimp – an email publishing platform
- Moo – a design and printing service for business cards and postcards
- Evernote – an online note organization service
- Outright – a cloud finance app for small business accounting
- Chatter – an in-house social network
These Cloud apps are only a small handful out of the thousands of SaaS options out there that can improve small businesses. Find out which applications will most benefit your company by taking advantage of our free technology assessment today.