Cloud Business Apps


WebMerge Review – Create Documents On the Fly

By Stephanie Miles, 10 April 2014

WebMerge Review – For organizations that frequently deal with customized documents, this web-based application can streamline workflows and save countless hours Businesses waste thousands of hours each year manually creating the same documents again and again, as associates copy and paste the text from one Word document or PowerPoint presentation to another. WebMerge has developed a way for companies to get that time back, introducing an interesting new system that automates the document creation process so people never have to spend time generating the same PDF, Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files again. In this WebMerge review, I will explain what WebMerge is and how the document management solution can help businesses improve their workflows. After going over a few of the platform’s most important features, I will offer my suggestions as to whether WebMerge is a solution that organizations should consider adopting for their own use. (more…)

simPRO Review – Job Management for Contractors

By Stephanie Faris, 11 March 2014

simPRO Review - A single place where trade service businesses can access everything they need to manage their jobs & run their business Now that professionals are striving to become as paperless as possible, old processes are being replaced with new. For trade service professionals, electricians, plumbers, and others in the trade and service industry, managing estimates and invoices electronically is an ongoing challenge. simPRO Enterprise helps trade service businesses save time and money by connecting the back office with the field. This simPRO review looks at the Enterprise's ability to handle a variety of tasks associated with both large projects and service jobs. (more…)

CatchApp Review – Catch Up With Your Team

By Stephanie Miles, 11 February 2014

CatchApp Review – Worthwhile tool if you use business apps on a regular basis When you’ve got an office full of colleagues working at warp speed, it can be difficult to keep up with what everyone has going on. Although popular business tools like Basecamp, Box, Google Drive, and Yammer help individuals stay on top of professional projects, using so many separate applications can sometimes make it even more difficult for large teams to work together efficiently. CatchApp has developed a solution that makes it easy for people to catch up on everything their colleagues are working, wherever they’re located in the world. In this CatchApp review, I plan on trying out the popular business application and seeing how it functions in a real work environment. Paying close attention to features like real-time monitoring, lists, commenting, and push notifications, I will describe my experience using the app and recommend whether large teams should give the tool a try. (more…)

FileHold Review – Tools for a Paperless Office

By Stephanie Faris, 21 January 2014

FileHold Review - A robust document management tool Most of the corporate world has yet to realize the dream of a paperless office, with reams of paper often being printed and tossed out each week. While many businesses realize the cost savings that can be achieved through going paperless, electronic document management systems can often be pricey and far more robust than many businesses need. FileHold provides an easy-to-use document management software that integrates with many of the applications businesses use each day. This FileHold review will look at the application's basic functionality and recently added features to help businesses determine if it will help them reduce the amount of paper they output each year. (more…)

PHC FX Review – An All-in-One Business Support Solution

By Stephanie Faris, 30 December 2013

PHC FX Review - Simple, easy-to-use application that can help streamline operations Businesses today are torn between varieties of cloud-based solutions, leading them to often subscribe to a multitude of services. Each service requires its own username and password for each worker, leading to the password overload that affects many professionals today. PHC FX has an alternative, wrapping multiple solutions in one affordable package, complete with a monthly subscription and customer support. This PHC FX review looks at each of these features to help businesses decide if it includes everything their business needs. (more…)

What to Consider Before Using Collaboration Software

By Stephanie Miles, 23 December 2013

Collaboration software changes the way businesses operate. As the percentage of professionals who work remotely continues to grow — recent statistics by Forrester Research show that 34 million Americans now work from home, and that number is expected to grow to 63 million by 2016 — companies have struggled to find ways to continue fostering group collaboration in the workplace. The days when employees could solicit feedback and debate the merits of various business ideas while standing around the water cooler have long since passed. Although the Internet provides a suitable environment for getting work done outside the office, it isn’t necessarily conducive for group collaboration. Businesses of all sizes, and particularly those in the small to mid-size category, are facing this issue head on. Some are doing away with telecommuting and asking employees to return to the office, but far more are looking for digital solutions to this problem. Cloud-based collaboration tools are flooding the market, aiming to fill the void that’s been left by employees who regularly work from home. Managers have their pick of the litter when it comes to deciding which collaboration tool to choose. However, most experts recommend against taking a one-size-fits-all approach. Each collaboration tool has its own pros and cons, and there is no one single platform that will work for every company. Collaboration Software - Four Important Things to Consider Here are four issues to consider when selecting a collaboration software suite for your business: (more…)

Five Tips for Secure File Sharing for Your Business

By Stephanie Miles, 13 December 2013

Online file sharing software is making it easier than ever before for professionals to quickly share documents with colleagues, clients and even vendors. Unfortunately, the speed with which people can distribute digital documents using online tools often comes at a price. It is not uncommon for privacy to be breached when businesses allow employees to store and share documents containing proprietary information in the cloud. Email is a notoriously dangerous way to send and receive confidential documents — even the most elementary hackers have found ways to intercept un-encrypted files shared online — but the speed and simplicity of online document sharing make it difficult for most businesses to realistically go back in time and return to the days of sharing documents via postal mail and fax. Although the practical risk of having confidential business information leaked when sharing documents online is significant, there are ways that companies and individuals can decrease the threat of being exposed. Document sharing and knowledge management software companies are pioneering new technologies that make it more challenging for hackers to access private documents and files stored in the cloud. Here are five strategies for ensuring that the confidential documents you share online remain private. (more…)

Teambook Review – Team Scheduling App for Businesses

By Stephanie Faris, 19 November 2013

Teambook review - Project sharing, scheduling and tracking for all Managing a team can be time-consuming and frustrating, especially for businesses that have multiple projects occurring simultaneously. Project management tools often tackle scheduling from a project perspective, rather than focusing on the people who will be performing the tasks associated with said projects, Teambook provides an interface for managers and team members that allows project, time, and resource management. This Teambook review will look at the app's scheduling features and compatibility with other devices and apps to help businesses decide if it has the features they need to manage their planning. (more…)

Podio Review – Simple Cloud-Based Collaboration

By Stephanie Faris, 23 October 2013

Technology has made collaborating on projects easier than ever, but businesses are still faced with one major challenge. How do they share files and documents despite e-mail file size limits and version control issues? Podio provides a central hub for posting documents, meeting notes, and more. This Podio review looks at the features and ease-of use of this collaboration tool to determine which businesses will find it most useful. We'll look at its features, as well as its variety of suggested uses. (more…)

Nearly three out of every four small businesses uses document sharing tools as a way to increase productivity both inside and outside the office, however compatibility and security issues can put companies using certain platforms at a disadvantage. Although there are dozens of document sharing and knowledge management apps currently on the market, the quality and the features offered can vary significantly from product to product. The specific document sharing and knowledge management app that a company or individual chooses to use should be based on the available features, supported devices, support options, and price. Security is another issue that comes up among small business owners, since many are using document sharing tools to send and store sensitive data and confidential information. For those users, especially, it is important to research what type of security features a document sharing and knowledge management app has built-in before adopting any new tools. Here are our picks for the top five document sharing and knowledge management apps. (more…)