Cloud Business Apps

Project Management


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…)


Do you send out flurries of emails about jobs to be done – and hope that somebody somewhere is keeping track of them? Does your own inbox fill up with instructions that you can only sort by date or by sender, but never by priority? In either case, you may have realized that it doesn’t take many tasks – handed out or received – before you need something better than just your webmail to organize your work. (more…)


Where would you look for or find out about the people that have the most influence on project management professionals? Word of mouth is one option, but it’s subjective. Search engine results are more impartial, but are they relevant? After all, you won’t influence people unless they read what you write. Does a social network like Twitter have the answer? (more…)


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again -- your business is only as good as your security. And if you’re running a business like construction, legal, or any consulting work like design, you need to be secure on the go, so your face is in front of clients not your desktop. This means that, particularly regarding your contracting, sales proposals and the like, you need to make sure to have an integrated mobile resource to share your files securely. Well, great news -- ShareFile, under the Citrix household name in security, now allows you to store and back up your Xero, QuickBooks Online, and FreshBooks invoices and any of your Basecamp project management attachments right into strategic ShareFile folders. (more…)


What, share it? That’s right. For information to be of real value, it must be made available to people when they need it. Silo mentality is a recipe for extinction in today’s fast-moving business world. But even if information is power, that power has to be used correctly. Think ‘bionic’ or ‘laser-focused’, but think also about a system to share information according to your rules – a system that then works by itself for a project or process without you having to constantly intervene. (more…)



Good teamwork, good software, good service

By Luke Moreland, 11 July 2014

A team divided against hundreds or thousands of customers will not fare well. Sure, there might be a commitment to the ideal of teamwork, but in today’s business world good teamwork demands something more. (more…)


People change their minds. People move around. A lot of earlier project management assumed that neither happened. But the web has opened up new vistas of choice and has linked up virtual teams from Vienna to Vladivostok. So project management apps have evolved to help marketers, designers and developers to keep up with two big trends. (more…)


Knowing about your objectives, your resources and your risks is part of good project management – unlike crossing your fingers and just hoping you won’t get any surprises. It’s much better to map out possible scenarios and impacts, and go in with your eyes open. Otherwise you may embark on your project, happily oblivious of holes in your plan until you and your deadline disappear into one of them. (more…)


There are a couple of trends in cloud-based business software: mobility, integrations, customization, and ease of use. All these are happening with one goal in mind: to make technological business solutions accessible to the masses. You no longer need a doctorate in a specific software niche to improve processes and productivity -- pretty much anyone can use business apps for this. But this is a rather newer ideal. That's why it's interesting that way back in 2003, Kevin Sequeira joined Tenrox (now a part of Upland Software), a company that makes professional services automation software for the greater professional services market. Today, we learn from Kevin, the General Manager & Director of Product management of how it happened. (more…)


The Relationship Status of RelateIQ

By Luke Moreland, 30 June 2014

Forging relationships with clients is extremely important as anyone could tell you, but perhaps more important is knowing what they mean. (more…)