Cloud Business Apps

Business Needs


In this installment of the App Guinea Pig series, I’m taking a look at subscription and recurring billing management software for my new website in development. You probably already know that a great way to monetize your business on the Web is by adding a paid subscription or monthly recurring option for your followers. (more…)


Skype is a great tool for all sorts of businesses. Not only does it help you stay in contact with your team members no doubt scattered across the globe, but Skype also helps consultants and other business professionals stay in touch with their clients. You may even offer Skype conferencing as a part of your assortment of services, as is often seen these days. But have you ever thought of using another communications app as an alternative to Skype? (more…)


A business owner, who is efficient in his work, is likely to incorporate a culture of efficiency in the team working with him. Small businesses, however, are often replete with efficiency issues because of one person making a majority of the decisions. Business efficiency is all about making the most of what you have. Small business owners often fall into the trap of overestimating or underestimating their resources, thus failing to function at their efficient best.  (more…)

Found in Productivity


Your business is growing, and your users need help. As the numbers increase, it becomes obvious that you could do with a little auxiliary automation. But who are your end users? Depending on your business, they could be your customers, clients or your company's own employees, which makes it hard to know what software you actually need. The world of help desks can get complicated quickly. There is talk of external and internal help desks, the difference between help desks and service desks, and once you've made that choice, a multitude of individual apps to choose from. It's confusing. Lots of articles on the subject claim to help you decide between individual tools, help desks and bug trackers and more. But there's a big problem: they assume you're able to make a very clear division between internal and external end users, and give advice based on that assumption. They don't always allow for the fact that you might not know - or suspect that you need a tool for both. (more…)


Doron Gordon is the CEO of Samanage IT Service Desk Software for risk detection, license management and software inventory. He talks about how the greatest accomplishment any business can achieve is to assemble a fantastic, customer-oriented team. And then creating a fantastic user experience can't hurt either. Without further ado, let's learn the story of Samanage!  (more…)



Gone are the days of hopeful resumés arriving by post and piling up on the human resource department’s desk to be painstakingly weeded through, one by one. It’s more likely, of course, that your inbox is now full of emails with candidates’ resumes attached, each one to be read and processed. And then sourcing would-be applicants on search engines and even social media sites. All of which takes considerable time and resources. After all, it’s not always easy to find the right applicant in an overcrowded job market. (more…)


If you're like some small businesses, you may be under the wrong impression about the tools to maintain and close your books. You might think you have only two choices: spreadsheets or QuickBooks. But that couldn't be further from the truth. You now have access to an ever-expanding field of cloud-based accounting apps. More importantly, a few accounting apps on the market stand out as strong alternatives to QuickBooks or humdrum Excel spreadsheets. (more…)


How to Create and Share Business Content

By Diana Berryman, 28 July 2014

Content Marketing is the buzz-word around town right now. There are a ton of options for content to share but it can seem a bit daunting if it is outside your comfort zone. Don’t be intimidated by the over-confidence of people online, most of us have winged it at some time. Learn as you go along. Find out what works for you and your business. More than likely you will make a few mistakes along the way but as long as you learn from them you will come out a winner! You already have all the tools you need, but maybe you don’t know it yet. If you are passionate about what you sell, you are halfway there. A love of your product or service is a great base to creating amazing content for your content marketing campaign. The next step is to come up with ideas for your content. (more…)


Social Media Marketing is great fun right? The trouble is too many of us get engrossed in the making connections/sharing great content side but fall down when it comes to creating tangible leads and closing a sale. What can you do to find real leads and how do you turn those leads into customers? I have trawled the websites of some of our favorite marketing and sales apps and made a list of the most frequently asked questions. Let’s find out some of the answers to the most important questions YOU are asking. (more…)


When you break it down, everything in business is made up of tasks. Whether you’re checking expense reports, making a plan for a new sales promotion, or preparing for an IPO, they're all tasks of one sort or another. Some can be further divided into subtasks (like that initial public offering). Some must be grouped together as processes or as global operations for the individual importance of each task to be appreciated. But whatever its nature, each task must be correctly managed to optimize its contribution to the organization as a whole. (more…)