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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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The mobility boom has enabled growing, bootstrapped SMBs to take an anywhere, anytime approach to their operations. If the best people for the team are spread across the country--or the globe--that's an opportunity, not a problem. But online project management and collaboration tools are a must--especially for disparate, virtual teams. Basecamp from 37 Signals is an easy-to-use platform for project planning, file sharing, communication, and other needs. Prices start at $49 per month. 37 Signals makes the API available, and developers have created a large menu of add-ons for things like billing and reporting. The company's increasing attention to HTML5 development should appeal to teams operating with a hodge-podge of mobile devices and operating systems.

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felixclark50
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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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