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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 Chatter platform enables a private social network for the people that matter most--your team--while shielding your sensitive data from the prying eyes of everyone else. Existing Salesforce.com customers, in particular, might be a particularly good fit--Chatter is a Salesforce.com product. But Chatter is open to any organization and its users so long as they all share a single domain name (and have an email address on that domain). It's free--a price tag that fits even a shoestring budget. The single-domain approach should appeal to SMBs interested in social media for internal collaboration, but leery of allowing employees to store and share corporate information on public networks--no matter the security settings.

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dmorisseauv2x
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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
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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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/ 
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