Cloud Business Apps

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


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…)


"All the history (and, in many ways, the future) of a company is hidden in its data," Nicolas Raspal, Chief Technology Officer for BIME Analytics, recently told GetApp. (more…)


When is Your Growing Business Ready for a Rebrand?

By Jennifer Riggins, 6 October 2014

Something's off. Your professional brand and image just don't jive with who you are or who you want to be. But, can your growing business afford a rebrand or does it just need a change of direction? Today we use one of our favorite brands Sisense business intelligence software and its rebranding to talk about what makes a good or bad rebrand, why your business should make that next step... or maybe shouldn't... (more…)


A report from Explore B2B stated that a handful of recent start-ups, including MemSQL, Uber, Mixpanel, and Tradesy, have left the cloud behind in favor of hardware IT systems. While those companies initially started out using cloud-based servers (mainly from Amazon), they've all made the switch to dedicated servers. So what gives? (more…)


The phrase small business accounting has long been known to strike fear into the hearts of many entrepreneurs. If the thought of keeping track of invoices, receipts, and other financial documents makes you cringe or, worse yet, rue the day you put on your entrepreneurial hat and started your small business, fear not! With the help of two cloud-based apps - FreshBooks and ShareFile - you can take the sting out of small business accounting. (more…)



Top Ten Influential Women in Marketing on Twitter

By Diana Berryman, 25 September 2014

This article about the Top Ten Influential Women in Marketing on Twitter was a tough one to write, not because of who to add, but because I had to choose who to leave out. In the course of my research I found so many amazing business ladies who know their marketing stuff. Here are my top ten (I could have easily made it 20 or 30!), follow these wonderful women, enjoy, listen and learn from them: (more…)

Found in Ask the Experts


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…)


Whether your business runs on apps or your business is building apps - cloud-based, Web, or mobile - you know that you need them to run smoothly and each to work "as advertised" so your business can meet its goals. But, how well are all those apps really working? Are they working correctly? Efficiently? Are all the various apps you use to get the job done, whatever it may be, all playing nicely together? If that question catches you off guard, it's probably because you don't have a real-time tool to let you visualize how well your apps are working. In other words, you've probably never discovered the best application performance management software. (more…)


Six Kick-Butt Alternatives to Wave Accounting

By Todd Spear, 22 September 2014

Editor's Note: Several of our readers have written in to point out that Wave small business is a free tool, in contrast to the paid offerings in this article. Although pricing is not the focus of this article, it's certainly a top consideration, and GetApp nor the article's author meant to imply otherwise! Wave Accounting has been around for years, and many business have been using it, to varying degrees of satisfaction. In fact, user reviews and ratings of Wave Accounting here at GetApp are mixed. Certainly, this free accounting tool is not without its fair share of fans, but noticeable grievances have emerged. Users have cited issues with bank account migration/sync and data loss. In short, some say Wave has a few glitches. Rather than quibble about the oft-stated peculiarities of the app, we've pulled together this list of six alternatives to Wave Accounting that we think certifiably kick butt. The accounting and financial reporting apps that make this list have been selected for there stability, easy synchronization, and robust reporting features, as well as any features they might have which go beyond the capabilities of Wave Accounting. Here are our picks. (more…)


How To Choose CRM Software — A Buyer´s Guide For Small Business

By Christophe Primault, 19 September 2014

Customer Relationship Management software (CRM) has revolutionized the way businesses today approach lead generation and customer life-cycle management. CRM grew out of contact management software that was first made popular in the 1990s.  In the early 2000s, CRM software emerged with more sophisticated tools for managing and nurturing client relationships. These solutions not only helped businesses manage their leads and customers, but offered collaborative platforms so that internal teams like sales and marketing could align their strategies. (more…)