Cloud Business Apps

Opinions & Concerns

Opinions about cloud applications and web-based business software for small businesses


What’s the biggest challenge for any leader trying to roll out new business software? It’s forming new habits, because, as you know, old habits die hard. Nothing is more true than the habits of sales people blocking the proper adoption of a customer relationship management software or CRM. When we started Pipedrive we knew that building a cutting edge sales software wasn’t going to be enough -- we needed to focus on making the app as easy to implement as possible. Still, a lot of what has to do with the ease of starting to use a new software has nothing to do with the software itself. Today we visit offer you tricks from our own experience to help you roll out a software to your small business. (more…)


  When you talk about cloud computing, evidently most Brits think you're talking about playing Super Mario on your PC, trying to collect coins and knock turtles off. They don't even know that they are spending time in the cloud, and certainly don't see the benefits of using business software. At least that's what Juniper Networks discovered when they surveyed about 2,000 "average consumers" in the U.K., learning that most Brits are blissfully unaware of the cloud they live in. (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…)


As you may have noticed, we're big-time cloud lovers around here, and we are loving the transition away from fixed media and physical processors to cloud-based, scalable solutions. But security is a common – and totally understandable – concern when considering whether or not to move your files and other digital assets to the computing cloud. (more…)


Best Marketing Influencers on Twitter

By Diana Berryman, 10 July 2014

Marketing in general, and particularly social media marketing, is taking over the world! Ok so I am slightly biased, being a social media marketer myself, but it is an exciting, ever-changing world of new and inspirational ways to make a success of your business. The very best thing about marketing your business on Twitter is that absolutely anyone can do it! There is so much information out there, millions of blog posts to read. Thousands of great people to mentor you. A billion ideas for you to adapt to suit your own business and to inspire you to imagine brand new ideas. If you are new to marketing and social media it won’t do you any harm at all to learn from the best. I started writing this list with people in mind. The more research I did the more amazing, influential, marketers I came across. This may have to be the first of a series of articles about the people who know their marketing stuff on Twitter. Watch, read and learn folks! (more…)



How Secure is Your Small Business Accounting App?

By Jennifer Riggins, 9 July 2014

We spend a lot of time talking about why you should ditch spreadsheets in favor of an accounting app -- automating, error-proofing, scalable, saves you time and money -- but we don't touch on enough on the topic of security. Which is more secure -- book-based bookkeeping, Microsoft Excel, downloaded accounting software like Quickbooks, or the trendy cloud-based accounting? They each have different pros and cons Today we look to weigh the risks versus the benefits of using an accounting app to manage the day-to-day of your small business in the cloud. (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…)


If there's something people like to be, it's right. We are proud here at GetApp that we've bet on the right solution for your business productivity and efficiency. Cloud-based business software went from being meant for obscure niches back in 2011 to going fully mainstream, with about 75 percent of all businesses of all sizes improving their return on investment with CRM software, customer support tools, project management trackers, and so much more, all on the go. And, according to Gartner's most recent report on the topic, it's just going to continue to grow. FTW! (more…)


Today, Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) is the global leader in providing customer relationship management software to companies both large and small. However, the company wasn’t so big in 2002 when I chose them to be the CRM solution for my company Fit Small Business, which looks to help whip your business into productive share. In those days, the concept of a hosted business solution, where the software wasn’t running on the servers of the company using the application, was still just beginning to gain traction. The term “cloud” was many years from entering the business dictionary. Today I take you through the process of finding the right Software as a Service (SaaS) or cloud-based business software for you. (more…)


Knowledge is power. Okay, okay - we know that's a little cliche. It's true, though. But what's even more powerful than what you know? What your team knows. As your business goes on through successive years, you collect a body of knowledge that defines all aspects of your organization, tempering the customer relationships you forge, and shaping the actions future generations of team members. In short, nothing is more important that the preservation of your business' collective knowledge. (more…)