Cloud Business Apps


Is Personalized E-Commerce Worth the Investment?

By Giancarlo Cammarota, 27 February 2014

If you are running an online store or an e-commerce site, you have already heard how important it is to segment your customers and be able to personalize the items, contents and the experience you offer to them. Acting wisely on different sets of data, like users’ profile information, previous purchases, location or referrals, you can offer a tailored experience and achieve better user engagement, higher customer satisfaction and stronger purchase loyalty. (more…)

Benefits of using an online proofing software Design-centric projects are envisaged for the creation of aesthetic and appealing designs within the stipulated time frame and with allocation of limited amount of budget and other resources. These designs are of great importance for a business and are often used for promoting and branding a business, so these can create a positive impact on customers’ minds and make its products and services more popular and acceptable. These designs may consist of a logo, website design or of any other type. A business wishing to execute a design project has to collaborate with a designer for fast and accurate design creation. For orderly and timely execution of such projects, there has to be prompt and effortless communication between a designer and his clients. Only then designs can be created fast and efficiently. All of this can be achieved efficiently using an online proofing and collaboration software. (more…)

Running a small business is hard work. Between managing tasks and taking care of mundane activities, owners rarely get time to think about their customers. Which is a pity, really, because customers should be their main concern.  After all, customers contribute to the small business bottomline and not manual and time-consuming tasks.  In the long run, the cost-ratio benefit for such tasks is negative. What small businesses need is a simple and effective way to automate or delegate these tasks. This is where Software-as-a-Service solutions come in. They streamline, automate and reduce costs your administrative task overhead, making such tasks cost-effective. However, you must identify areas of your business that can be automated (or streamlined) before investing in cloud-based solutions. In this post, we have shortlisted four areas of your business that can be outsourced to cloud based  applications with minimal costs and maximum efficiency. (more…)

Freemium cloud apps for small businesses are great to get started.  An application with a freemium model offers at least two versions of the product: a basic free version with no frills and a premium paid version with extra customization features. So with freemium apps, there is no excuse for not being productive ! In the following graphic, we uncover some of the best freemium cloud applications you can find for you small business. With these options you don´t need to worry about the days passing by, just click in the cloud app of your choice to get started! (more…)

Why Startups Are Crazy About Cloud Apps

By Stephanie Watson, 26 June 2012

When you consider what small businesses are concerned about during startup, you can quickly see why startups are crazy about cloud apps. Startups are most worried about cutting costs while delivering topnotch service or products to their customers. Thankfully, with the advent of software accessible via the cloud, it is completely possible for a small startup to have access to enterprise level software. It used to be that only large businesses could afford to layout huge sums of money to either have the software developed, or to purchase the rights to it could afford to invest in enterprise level software. They often had to make do with other methods not as productive as specialized software. Today, a small business can look like a big business and a startup can get started on the right track. (more…)

Most small business owners not only want, but absolutely need to save both time and money. There is no better way to save both time and money than by strategic use of cloud business applications. Cloud applications are apps that do not require you to download software on your computer, that you can access from any computer, sometimes using multiple types of devices. Today, everything from customer support apps, to bookkeeping apps, to complete project management systems can be accessed via cloud apps. You can even build your entire website, and business, online using cloud-based software applications. (more…)

It's a foregone conclusion that software is migrating to the cloud. From MS Word, to totally new software and ideas, most productivity software for small business will be cloud based in the near future. In fact, pretty much any software you currently use, other than your operating system, will eventually all be cloud based. As a small business owner, you want to choose cloud based applications that save both time and money but, that actually work. Here are my five tips  for choosing well. (more…)

Online software (aka cloud apps), as opposed to traditional software installed on your computer, enables you to move your business forward faster, easier and cheaper than ever. As the cloud becomes a more popular option for small business, your choices for accomplishing what you need done expand. Let's look at a couple of examples on how the cloud can be uses and what are the pros and cons of working in the cloud. (more…)

Is Your Enterprise App Ready For The Cloud?

By Christophe Primault, 16 March 2012

The cloud has become the hosting platform of choice for many startups and new applications because it is not only cost effective, but also easy to scale. With this shift of technology, many enterprises are looking to make the switch for their applications as well. Today we bring you a guest post from  Toby Owen, solution leader for Hybrid Cloud at Rackspace, about some best practices on how enterprises can move their app to the cloud. Most apps are built for a specific stack of technologies. For example, with traditional hosting your environment has a high propensity to scale up, meaning that you can add more RAM or processing power, to accommodate your application. The cloud presents another option, horizontal scaling, where you can add more nodes to handle the increased load. The trick, however, is to ensure that your application can grow in this manner. As enterprises look to move their application to the cloud, they should consider these points: evaluating the business need, timing with the development cycle, familiarizing your team with cloud, getting your feet wet and then moving the more complex pieces. (more…)

4 Surprising Reasons Why Businesses Love SaaS

By Rakesh Sharma, 20 February 2012

In our previous post, we discussed ways to disrupt your small business. One of the quickest ways to do this is to implement SaaS in your business. In case you did not know it, SaaS stands for Software-as-a-Service. Thus, instead of purchasing software, you can rent it. Because it is scalable and cheap, SaaS has bridged geographies and the gap between moneyed organizations and cash-strapped small businesses. According to research published last year by IDC, spending on cloud services by small businesses (or businesses with 100 or fewer employees) in the US, is projected to grow by over 70 percent from last year to $4.1 billion in 2013. That’s a striking spending increase in these economically depressed times. The increase is even more spectacular when you consider that small businesses work with limited budgets. So, what’s driving this phenomenal increase in SaaS business apps spending? (more…)