Top 5 cloud-based tools every business should adopt

Posted on 13th June 2017 under Blog.

Disruptive cloud-based tools have made many businesses more agile. A lot of things once done on-premises can now be achieved a lot more easily online.

Once you have the basics set up, such as phone systems and broadband, there’s still a lot you can do to make your business work more efficiently.

But with so much technology out there, it’s hard to find the tools that really deserve your attention.

This handy guide will help you find the needle in the haystack:

Gather and visualise data with Tableau

Even the smallest business has data. But not every business is using it to its full potential. All those spreadsheets that are filled with data every day take time and often, they don’t show the full picture.

Data harvesting and analysis usually requires people skilled in statistics and, sometimes, advanced database coding. Not only the manpower needed can be expensive, but the tasks themselves are at a scale that can be hard to tackle.

Thanks to Tableau, users can easily gather, analyse and present their data in a visual way that’s accessible to everyone at the company.

It’s business intelligence software that helps businesses increase efficiency, make a more informed decision and understand their data better.


Convert more customers with Zoho CRM

Zoho has been around for awhile and has a whole suite of useful business tools, but we’re going to focus on one in particular – their CRM system.

Zoho is really good at focusing their features on what businesses need the most – building a better, long-lasting relationship with their customers.

Sales and business development people will benefit the most from this CRM. Think of the hundreds of emails that get sent and received every day, the dozens of conversations and notes left on your desk…

Keeping track of prospects and clients quickly becomes cumbersome and daunting. Things get even more complicated when new hires need to be brought up to speed and they can get the handover properly when all the data is scattered around.

Zoho CRM brings everything together – sales data, marketing, customer support and multi-channel conversations. If Salesforce is too advanced for your organisation, then Zoho CRM is a great alternative.


HR made simple with GoCo

Turn around and look at the multiple drawers you have in the corner of your room, can you see the filing cabinets next to them? And the multiple document folders? Well, wouldn’t it be easier to get rid of the old dusty paper documents and move your HR to the cloud?

GoCo hr is a breath of fresh air with a centralised secure system which keeps all employment documents, PayRoll, benefits and records stored online. It’s an all-in-one cloud-based software that improves your business’s workflows while making data access possible from anywhere.

Being a cloud-based software doesn’t mean it isn’t secure. GoCo uses bank-grade encryption to protect data and keep files safe from ill-intended individuals.

It’s also possible to integrate GoCo with other existing systems you might currently have because the platform is very versatile.

It’s also 100% free… yes, we’re not lying.


Improve team communication with Slack

Instant messaging is nothing new. It’s been around pretty much since the conception of the modern internet.

Since then a lot has changed and seems Slack was the one platform to get it right. Built specifically for big teams, Slack offers real-time communication like no other.

In a world where remote working is prevalent, staying in touch with the team while away is critical. The platform allows for not just chat messaging, but also, video calls, screen sharing and a lot more – without overburdening the user.

It also integrates with hundreds other systems, and Slack even has it’s own app store. Tracking website analytics and website performance through to sharing documents and creating new ones all within Slack is done effortlessly.


Stay up-to-date with other’s workflow with I Done This

Do you think to-do lists are old school? No? The people behind think so. The new trend in improving productivity is to create ‘done lists’ instead.

The software will send you a reminder email at the end of the working day simply asking the question “What did you get done today?”. The idea is to keep track of completed tasks each day, so you can go back anytime you want and see what you’ve done on a particular date.

The tool is useful for teams as well, as there’s an option to email your done list to other people. That way everyone stays in the loop of what work’s been done.

Business owners who are more involved in the day-to-day running of the business appreciate the simplicity of the I Done This because it can send a regular digest email of everyone’s done tasks