By Julia Rozwens, 26 April 2013
Small businesses from all over the world are embracing mobile solutions at the core of their business. Whether we refer to tablets, smart phones or laptops, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is gaining traction at small businesses as revealed from a recent survey from the SMB Group.
By Stephanie Watson, 3 September 2012
We all love the idea of being on the go and still doing business from any location, at any time. Thankfully with the advent of mobile and cloud-based technology doing so is within your grasp. Mobile apps allow you to remain organized and keep up with scheduled meetings and events, even while on business trips or out of the office. And, since most people now have a smart phone with mobile app technology, it opens up doors for communicating with employees and customers.
By Rakesh Sharma, 9 July 2012
So, what's the deal with mobility? It seems to have become the new buzzword. We live in an impatient post PC world populated by tablets and smartphones. And, it is fast catching on. According to research firm CompTIA's Small and Medium Business Technology Adoptions Trends study, seven out of ten small and medium-sized businesses in the US expect to increase their technology spending over the next twelve months. The desire to become mobile – for both customer interactions and employee productivity – is a clear trend. Forty two percent of businesses surveyed already have technologies such as tablets and smartphones to enable interaction with customers and provide access to applications, data and networks to customers. The growth of mobile technologies is a paradigm shift that changes the way we do business.
By Rakesh Sharma, 30 June 2012
“There's an app for that,” is pretty much my friend's stock response to practically any problem in the world. If the app does not exist, my friend suggests that someone should build an app for that problem. His world is an app world. But, he is not the only one. Almost everyone is jumping onto the app bandwagon. Most social media companies such as Facebook or Twitter are available as native apps; as are public service agencies that use these apps to communicate with their customers and provide real-time updates. In many ways, apps are a win-win situation for everyone. While mobile-based apps offer mobility and convenience for consumers, web-based apps such as salesforce.com offer the promise of anywhere computing. For small businesses, apps are a business opportunity and an alternate distribution mechanism for their products.
By Stephanie Watson, 4 June 2012
Proto.io is an innovative product that allows you to create a mobile prototype with the intention of simulating a mobile application for your smart phone or tablet computer. It works for iPhones, Android phones, as well as tablets PC’s with iPhone and Android operating systems. The web-based prototyping software lets you create the prototype of the app you have been imagining with a variety of features and simulation possibilities.
By Stephanie Watson, 24 May 2012
As the world becomes more mobile and more technological, consumers are turning to their smartphones and tablets to access information. As a small business owner, I would be lost without my mobile device. Business owners who have websites to foster enterprise of any kind, face the necessity of optimizing their websites for mobile access. Enter mob.is.it!
By Chris Bliss, 10 May 2012
Our cloud migration consulting partners VM-Associates have been reviewing Xero cloud based accounting software. As they have awarded a rare A+ rating to Xero and granted them their seal of approval for what they consider an "impressive all-in-one accounting solution", we have decided to republish this review to the benefit of our readers. Read on for their full review.
By Rakesh Sharma, 9 May 2012
Much like life, cloud applications also get better. About a year ago, we reviewed Maximizer CRM, a pioneer in the web-based CRM applicationc space. Today we will revisit this app because the solution's developers have included several enhancements based on customer feedback. We will look at its new interface and features and see how they can be of use to you.
By Stephanie Watson, 8 May 2012
Today, we review Bloomfire, Inc. company dedicated to team knowledge sharing. The big idea is to ensure that people who have questions are connected to those who have answers in an easy-to-use SaaS application. A team leader can create a personal Bloomfire with a customized URL, invite team members and start sharing tribal knowledge – sort of SharePoint meets modern-day technology. Users can upload existing documents from their desktop or jump right into their Bloomfire and create a document, spreadsheet, webcam video or screencast on the fly with built-in tools. No Microsoft Office required. In addition, questions that are asked in a Bloomfire can be answered with the rich media tools. For example, if a rookie sales rep needed tips on how to sell to someone in the financial services industry, a veteran rep with success in this area could quickly do a webcam video or screencast demo to point out what to highlight during the pitch and share it in the team’s Bloomfire.
By Stephanie Watson, 25 April 2012
The Paydirt service is a browser based online invoicing and time tracking service for freelancers and consultants who need a way to track time and invoice clients. Every freelancer and consultant needs a method of tracking their time spent on a project, as well as a means of sending invoices for payment for their work. While many dedicated programs and services are out there, Paydirt seeks to be a more affordable, web-based option for those on a budget. This article will review Paydirt’s services, analyze its user interface, and describe its features for potential users to consider.