Cloud Business Apps

Project Management

Xero is gaining popularity in the cloud-based small business accounting software space, as you may have heard by now. The app is in use at more than 334,000 businesses at present.  If you're one of its many fans, you may have heard about the new Xero Add-On Marketplace. Recently launched, the Xero Add-On Marketplace brings you more than 350 small business integrations that help you customize your accounting system, all within Xero's interface. (more…)

Are you ready for this? There’s good news and bad news. First, the bad news – project management is rapidly taking on a new, additional dimension. This will mean extra work, smarter people, better tools or some combination of the aforegoing. Now the good news – if you can integrate this new dimension into your enterprise or organizational projects, your business stands to go further, be more profitable, satisfy more customers and motivate more employees. This extra dimension is project leadership. Not just project management. And before you dismiss this as another whimsical idea from the HR department, there’s something you should know. (more…)

Six Powerful Products from Salesforce

By Luke Moreland, 8 October 2014

Salesforce gives your business an array of opportunities for maximizing your team's efficiency to empower your customers. It is the force you need at a time when customers are hyper vigilant for the next thing, constantly on the go, and loud when and where they want to be. (more…)

In the SmartCompany 2014 Small Business Technology Survey 56 percent of small to medium-sized enterprises reported being reluctant to use a CRM. The overall trend does still show an increase from 36 percent using CRMs in 2013 to 41 percent in 2014. That indicates that businesses are increasingly harnessing new technology to grow their business. But the question remains: What's holding back the 56 percent of small businesses without a CRM? (more…)

You want your projects to come in on time without cost overruns. So now you need to pick a project management approach that fits your needs and context. This may be more easily said than done. There are a range of different PM methods available. Yet none of them are universally applicable. Your choice of project management technique may also affect your choice of project management software to help you do a better job in managing your project. Follow the instructions below to find your way out of the maze! (more…)

LinkedIn is THE social network for B2B, right? Which makes it THE place to be as a project management influencer, right? But there’s more to achieving LinkedIn PM fame than meets the eye. It’s not the same deal as becoming a project management influencer on Twitter, for instance. It’s not even the same set of people. Whereas Twitter PM influencers can be classified simply by the number of followers they attract, we picked a combination of criteria for the LinkedIn crowd. Our aim? To get an accurate reading on who acts a as a center of gravity in the LinkedIn universe when the subject matter is 'project management' or 'project managers.' (more…)

How did Basecamp get to be a 600-pound gorilla in the project management app space – and does that mean that you still have other choices? After all, with one of the largest user bases (over 9 million by current estimates), this cloud-based app can make it onto users’ shortlists about what to choose by its sheer market share if nothing else.  However, we’re still some way away from the kind of dominance that Microsoft still has over the PC operating system market, for example. And even there, Apple, Linux and tablet PC systems like Android are living proof that viable alternatives can also exist. Today we talk about that gorilla and then iterate the alternatives to Basecamp. (more…)

No matter what you are selling, a car, your design work, or a software as a service (SaaS), you have to listen more than talk. Why? Because the most successful form of sales -- and product development for that matter -- dates back about 2,500 years ago. Whatever product or service you are offering needs to evolve around not only the set of needs your prospects have, but also the order in which they need those needs fulfilled. This is exactly what Yann le Bihan kept in mind when he created Sciforma project and portfolio management tool back in 1982. And that's how the solution has been evolving ever since. (more…)

A Recent History of Time-Tracking Tools

By John Reeve, 24 September 2014

Since the dawn of the modern agency, people around the world have been tracking their time. And for good reason. Time tracking is a valuable discipline that equips agencies to bill clients accurately and calculate profitability. Unfortunately, the only time tracking tool was the paper timesheets — a necessary, but tedious and time-consuming, practice. Then came the personal computer and everything changed. Analog was out. Digital was in. Time-tracking tools began evolving, each iteration more accurate and easier-to-use than its predecessor. In my 15 years of agency experience, I’ve used every form of time tracking tool, beginning with the lowly paper timesheet. These are my observations on where time tracking tools began, how they’ve evolved, and where they are headed next. (more…)

Have you ever seen the classic 1960 film The Apartment? In the film, Jack Lemmon's character works in what you might call a shining example of the kind of workplace that is becoming increasingly rare: a cavernous accounting department which takes up a whole floor in a skyscraper. (more…)