Cloud Business Apps

Project Management


Ever since the first project manager experimented with a spreadsheet, people have been padding task estimates with "safety margins." In the world of critical paths and PERT charts, it’s understandable. The order of the tasks is what counts and rigid scheduling is what keeps things in order. Or at least, that’s the theory. However, from this point of view, time can’t be saved if one task finishes early. That extra time is unavailable for use elsewhere. (more…)


At the heart of every successful project is a well-thought-out plan. Traditional project management platforms have fostered collaboration among teams of business professionals, but the usefulness of these tools is often limited by the lack of mobility. Android project management & planning mobile apps solve this challenge, making it possible for professionals to monitor the progress of group projects even when they’re working outside the office. (more…)


Is there any social network quite as agile as Twitter? Whatever the case, it seems like a fitting place to track down world-class agile influencers from the original 2001 Agile Manifesto to the activists of today. We’ve identified twenty of them, ranked according to the number of Twitter followers they each had at time of writing. Check them out on Twitter to see their current scores! (more…)


How to Find a Project Management App for Your WorkFlow

By Jennifer Riggins, 11 August 2014

There are a LOT of project management apps out there. We know it. And while we love that give them all a test drive and write fantastically insightful user reviews for us, BUT we know you're busy. That's why we work to help you find the right project management software for your business' needs. (more…)


The best apps are the ones that most adequately address the most aggravating tasks. And one of the most draining tasks in any business is workforce management. If you have a service team out making calls, in person or otherwise, you know just how dynamic and challenging it is to keep your team members on-task and on-time. If you’ve been in the field service management business for a long time, you know just how confusing the process used to be, back when it was a heaping mess of mobile phone calls and wrong directions. (more…)



Is Minnesota the Next Start-up Mecca?

By Jennifer Riggins, 7 August 2014

You hear Minnesota and you shiver or picture Target department stores. It's not exactly the place you imagine entrepreneurs and investors flock to, when there are warmer options that come equipped with surfing and THE tech reputation. But at least for fantastic workforce management and scheduling apps company ThisClicks, investors are bearing 20-below temps to throw money toward growing these real solutions for small businesses. (more…)


Imagine this: You’re an environmental engineer out in the field, taking samples for lab testing. You whip out your tablet and use your soil-testing apps to measure and record your samples. Then, you use your camera app to snap some images for the file. Next, you go to your task management app and note down the time you’ve been on site against the job. When you get back to your office, you’re going to need to type all the info collected from your apps into your job report app, print out and attach the photographs, and stick it all in a physical folder. (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…)


Do You Really Need a CRM?

By Luke Moreland, 24 July 2014

We all have to start somewhere even if it's just an Excel spreadsheet. The jump to more complex customer relationship management software at first may seem to make life more complicated rather than simpler. You may not have many customer relationships and rely on the power of memory and good old data entry to organize yourself and your business. Do you really need a CRM loaded with special features that your small business may not even use? (more…)


Two heads have always been better than one. With the possibilities of communication over the web, those heads can be separated by thousands of miles – but that’s OK if they’re connected via good collaboration tools. Those tools have come a long way from the office conference calls and messaging of yesterday. Now with mobile and cloud computing, collaboration doesn’t even need fixed locations or times anymore. Collaboration tool functionality may include: Messaging via video, voice and text (keyboard) chat. Blogging and microblogging (micro blogs allow users to exchange small pieces of content such as a sentence, an images, or a link.) Wiki or Question and Answer spaces. Forums for discussions and expression of ideas and opinions. Social networking features to build and manage relationship-linked groups of people. (more…)