Gary Marshall of TechRadar commented in 2016 that "Where Office tries to do everything imaginable, Google's suite is much more basic. That said, it's much more powerful than it was when the package debuted in 2006, but the emphasis on simplicity and speed remains." Marshall wrote that "We wouldn't want to craft a massive, complicated manuscript in Google Docs, but then that isn't what Docs is designed to do. It's a fast and user-friendly way to create everyday documents and to share them with colleagues and clients", and that fellow service Google Sheets "covers the most common Excel functions [...] but doesn't have the power of Microsoft's offering". Marshall praised collaboration for being "effortless", and praised importing of external file formats and making those editable and collaborative for being a "big selling point".
2. Improve customer service experience – Your customers can benefit from being able to access your products/services anytime they want and while on the fly. This is especially true if you don’t have a help line that’s available 24/7. Your app can include a feature where they can contact you day or night, and without necessarily going to your website.
Dropbox is available in a free version. The Dropbox for Business plan offers more features along with a free 30-day trial. Once the trial expires, the cost for the Standard plan is £10.01 per user per month starting with 3 users and 2TB of storage. The Advanced plan is offered for £16.02 per user per month starting with 3 users and unlimited storage.
Where the comparison with the apps you’ll find in your personal life fails, however, is how business apps are used. These apps have become ubiquitous in working life. You don’t need to press the icon on your phone screen to switch them on; many of the business apps you’ll work with constantly run in the background, supporting important parts of your company.
On March 10, 2014, Google launched the Google Apps Referral Program, which offers participating individuals a $15 referral bonus for each new Google Apps user they refer. Google, on June 25, 2014, announced Drive for Work, a new Google Apps offering featuring unlimited file storage, advanced audit reporting, and new security controls for $10 per user per month.
Open Office is a well-known open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases. The good news is that like iWorks, it's completely free; the less good news is that there isn't an official 'cloud' version of the software. If you are particularly keen on using Open Office though, some cloud functionality will be available to you using Rollapp, an 'online application virtualization platform', which — in theory at least — allows you to run any application on any device in a web browser.
The best secure managed file transfer services aren't just designed to send large files from desktop to desktop. With Citrix ShareFile Business, you can share from Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows mobile devices. For administrators, it also offers excellent device management functionality, enabling IT to instantly disable and wipe devices when necessary.
You may be tempted to base your decision primarily on the cost of the company. However, placing emphasis primarily on cost risks the quality of the final product. Read Clutch’s guide on app development cost to understand how to pick a mobile app development company that suits your needs and maximizes your budget. Before cost, you should consider the type of company you need, where you prefer the company be located, and how well you will work with the company.
Your customers don't shop during business hours only. As a result, it's imperative that your customer service reps are on-call to handle requests at all times. The best helpdesk software includes mobile applications that let your reps answer calls, search for customer-specific information, and resolve tickets, all while away from the desktop. HappyFox in particular provides a crisp, clean, and adaptable mobile interface that makes remote customer service easy as pie.
3. Act as a marketing tool – More than just an application, a mobile app can double as a valuable marketing tool. How? It can be easily integrated with Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and other social media sites. That means, with a single tap, customers can share with their network your app and or their experience with your company, which can then offer you free publicity. Plus, using push notification, you can quickly send upcoming promotions or special events to your customers and prospects.
Power users and big organisations are likely to find the e-Discovery features that the 'Business' and 'Enterprise' plans come with a key feature: these lets you archive all communications in your organisation according to rules you define. This functionality is useful if for legal reasons you need to store an extensive communications history, and dig up old emails sent to or from your team.
Trello is an easy-to-use project management app that tracks your team’s workflow. Each card you create on a Trello board represents an assignment or task. You can add members, comments, attachments, checklists, due dates, and labels and stickers to make the cards as descriptive as possible. Whenever you change a card, Trello notifies each member via email and on mobile devices.
But, as you likely already know, there are millions of productivity and business apps—plus lots of software with accompanying apps—out in the digital marketplace. So, to narrow down that seemingly endless store, we made a list of the best business apps that only include the highest user reviews—and really make the biggest difference in workflow, according to our research.
Vend is a point-of-sale (POS) app for iPad, PC, and Mac that allows small business owners to grow their business online. The app also provides ecommerce and inventory management functions in addition to customer loyalty features. Vend is also ideal for startup businesses seeking to promote their products using the same technology as large retailers use.
Another option is HTML path. It supports any kind of smartphone. It is also a cross-platform option which businesses can focus and use some of the few services that can deliver different versions for different platforms. To engage a large number of users, businesses can go for the HTML5 approach. But HTML5 apps are usually slower as compared to other platform apps.
TSheets is, you guessed it, also an Intuit solution, but that's not why we included it on this list. TSheets is hands-down one of the best time-tracking software solutions out there for SMBs, and the app makes mobile access a breeze. With this SaaS and app combo, you can officially get rid of paper timesheets and manual time entry. If your business has lots of remote or field workers, you'll love the GPS location tracking, which allows you to view employee location data, and the timeclock function, which uses facial recognition to confirm identity. TSheets also makes it easy to create and disseminate employee schedules and integrate with any other Intuit products you use. The entry-level subscription is $25 a month (plus $5 for each additional user), and the app is included.
If your daily planner is spilling over the edges with tasks, deadlines, ideas, and big-picture plans, use Asana to convert that sprawling mess to a single, simple, digital interface. Use this feature-loaded business app on your phone, tablet, or desktop to visually map your goals, update your to-do list in real time, and sync up your calendar with your co-workers’.
Vault gives users "an easy-to-use and cost-effective solution for managing information critical to your business and preserving important data", with Google stating that it can "reduce the costs of litigation, regulatory investigation and compliance actions" by saving and managing Gmail messages and chat logs with the ability to search and manage data based on filters, such as terms, dates, senders, recipients, and labels.
Square enables users to manage a business from anywhere by accepting credit cards using a free card reader and free point of sale tools. Square takes a 2.75% cut for all major credit cards without merchant accounts or hidden fees. The funds from swiped payments are deposited into your bank account within 1-2 business days. On the iPad version of the Square Register app, the user interface looks like a traditional cash register.
Stop guessing what your customers want, and ask them yourself. With SurveyMonkey, you can create surveys to measure customer satisfaction and get anonymous feedback on your products, pricing, website, and any unmet needs of your target market. Build simple or more complex surveys, and find tips on the SurveyMonkey website about question types and how to word them. Survey creation is collaborative, and results and reports can be viewed by different team members without sharing login information.
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Your company is only as good as the software on which it runs. Unfortunately, there are so many tools from which to choose that the selection process can be quite daunting. This is especially true for selecting mobile applications, many of which are inherently tied to desktop software. Unfortunately, you can't ignore this pressing need. Your business doesn't just run on a desktop, in an office, on weekdays, from 9-5. Your business is a 24/7 operation and it needs to be treated as such. Mobile applications allow you to operate with this mentality.
Using Receipt Bank, you can send photos and documents within minutes to be processed by the app and publish to your cloud computing app. All data is backed up and safely secured using advanced security technologies. Additionally, you can simplify expenses by adding team members with different access permissions. The app offers a wide range of configurations that allow you to designate where you want specific information transferred for suppliers, transactions, and payment methods.
Reduce email back-and-forth (and thus improve productivity) with Slack, a real-time messaging, archiving and collaborative tool for teams. It’s especially helpful when everyone’s not in one place. Slack’s business app offers a variety of messaging options, including direct messaging, group chats and private channels that cannot be joined or viewed by others. It also allows you to drag and drop files, so you can seamlessly share information without having to switch to email. Current users love that you can divide by topics, and that it’s easy to utilise on the go.
Tom's Hardware's James Gaskin wrote that "like most Google products, it can claim the cleanest and most minimal interface in the market", and "No other suite except Office 365 can get close to the ease of collaboration Google provides. And even Microsoft's product trails by a wide margin as changes only appear in real-time in Word 2016, not the other apps". Conclusively, he wrote: "The progress made between the first Google App release and now has been considerable. As the world moves to more and more mobile computing, Google has a distinct advantage. But tradition dies hard, and those who build more than basic documents, spreadsheets, and presentations will remain tied to their desktops and laptops for the time being."
Custom Mobile Apps are easier to access, unlike a website. As applications are coming with user-friendly interface and easy finding information, it has become easier to access whenever and wherever you want. If the website is not mobile friendly, it becomes very difficult to manage information. Businesses should understand the challenges involved in developing an app which can be accessed swiftly by the users.
The leading mobile wallet app that is transforming how small businesses process credit card payments and how customers complete purchases. Using the app interface and a convenient card reader, Square provides the ultimate transaction solution that is loved by both biz owners and their clients. If your business has a physical location where you make any type of sales – from products to coffee to concert tickets – Square is going to be your best friend.
iWork is a nice, 'clean' set of productivity tools; as with the G Suite apps, you'll encounter a more minimalistic interface than in MS Office. As with both Office and G Suite, you can use iWorks in a browser on any device and collaborate in real time with other users; desktop apps (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) are also available, but these work with Apple products only. The good news is that these apps are free — but you will need to potentially pay for iCloud storage so that you can store your files somewhere.
Almost anyone that has a smartphone or tablet is continuously looking for ways to improve their professional life through apps. To get things done efficiently every day, you should be equipped with the right digital tools. Apps that show you a financial dashboard or that can pull up your travel itinerary right away can prevent you from having to scramble for data from thousands of e-mail attachments in your inbox. This is why I have curated a list of ten business apps that are highly recommended.