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10 Essential Cloud Apps For SMBs

Online tools let you get going fast and pay as you go, two factors that appeal especially to SMBs. From productivity to analytics, these 10 apps deserve your attention.
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When you hear "Microsoft Office," you likely think along the lines of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. So now that Microsoft has launched Office 365, a core piece of its cloud strategy, it might be easy to mistake the suite simply as online versions of the traditional desktop software. True, Office 365 includes Web Apps--lite versions of Microsoft's ubiquitous productivity applications. (The pricier enterprise plans include Office Professional Plus, the full cloud counterpart of the standard Office suite.) But where SMBs--especially those operating across multiple locations or looking to get out of the server maintenance game--might find more appeal is the with collaboration and communications pieces. Namely, the new online versions of Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync. If you kick Office 365's tires, be sure to compare the widely advertised $6/user/month plan aimed at small businesses and the more robust--and more expensive--packages intended for midsize firms and large companies. Regardless of your company size, it may turn out that one of the enterprise tiers is a better match for your needs.

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3/24/2014 | 8:45:26 AM
re: 10 Essential Cloud Apps For SMBs
You have given a rich account of various useful cloud apps. We also use a cloud based collaboration application called proofhub for managing our projects. It enables instant and accurate communication and collaboration among our globally dispersed team members who are able to achieve timely and quality results. http://www.proofhub.com/ 
Sahil Parikh
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Sahil Parikh,
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12/17/2011 | 3:52:35 AM
re: 10 Essential Cloud Apps For SMBs
Another tool that is good for project collaboration (specifically for marketing and digital agencies) is DeskAway (www.deskaway.com).
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11/6/2011 | 4:34:38 AM
re: 10 Essential Cloud Apps For SMBs
SMB are much better off with an integrated approach, as to juggling 3+ separate, non-integrated business apps.

Many will start with a CRM, then continue to load on project mgmt/collaboration apps, billing apps, time tracking software, etc. Before all is said and done a team is jumping between a list of separate software that don't properly communicate... it's a discouraging and inefficient process.

Instead of going with a list of separate apps a business could go with a solution like WORKetc. Integrated CRM, project management, billing, time tracking, and support built together and intertwined at the core. This allows users to manage the entire client lifecycle in one place while easily grouping items together, i.e. grouping contacts, files, todos, timesheets, and invoices with a specific project.

Each function goes hand in hand for SMB, so why not keep it all in the same place and save time and money: http://www.worketc.com
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