By Karen Repoli
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Are you searching for solutions to help manage your business more efficiently? Or are you working with a virtual team and need a way to make collaboration seamless among team members? You’re not alone.
“Americans who telecommute for work are doing so for increased amounts of time. According to a Gallup survey, the number of workers who work one day or less from home shrank from 34 percent to 25 percent between 2012 and 2016. In the same time period, the number of people working remotely four or five days a week rose from 24 percent to 31 percent. According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, 43 percent of Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely last year, up from 39 percent in 2012.” Source: Remote.co
Thanks to the tech industry, there are many solutions available to solve your problems. The trick is actually choosing which one to use. It’s easy to get lost when you begin looking for the right solutions for your business.
UpCounsel’s recently published report, Tech Industry Trends: New Products and Services in 2017 is the place to start your research. They studied Google search rankings and Wikipedia page views for some of the most popular cloud-based software solutions from July 2015 to April 2017. This is a look at some of the most popular solutions for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Let’s start with some terminology you may see that you aren’t necessarily familiar with. As a small business, you will want cloud-based programs for ease of access across multiple devices. For example, your laptop, notebook, phone and smart watch. These types of programs are called “Software as a Service (SaaS)” programs. They are quickly overcoming sales of on-premise Business Intlelligence (BI) software.
“We found most Wikipedia page views for SaaS were higher than standard business intelligence between July 2015 and April 2017. At some points, like March 2017, SaaS page views were nearly double that of business intelligence.” ~ Upconsul
SaaS software will also allow you to collaborate with virtual team members who are based around the world. No need to send edited documents back and forth via email or file sharing.
The Upcounsel study covers a lot of ground and I encourage you to study it yourself. For our purposes, I have chosen some of the systems entrepreneurs and small business owners would be most interested in. Here’s a look at some of the most popular solutions.
Google’s apps which include Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drive dominate this category. Many businesses are turning to these apps for accessing their files across devices as well as collaboration between team members.
One reason they are so popular is they appear and function like many of your favorite desk top apps. The result is a very small learning curve for new users.
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