Within a business, the necessity to be able to communicate with every single department within your company is pretty much vital, no matter whether it employes 50 people or 5,000 people. There are plenty of ways to do this (such as e-mail and telephone) but now, more companies are pushing towards an actual Internet platform, or intranets, as the medium for collaboration and sharing information.
There are plenty of sites out there on the net that will help you set up a company intranet (most require little technological knowledge as well). Today, let’s look at Igloo, which promises to be much more than a simple corporate intranet, but rather an entire digital workplace as a platform for all your ideas and a place to go to collaborate with your team, coordinate with your partners or even interact with your customers.
I got in touch with the developers and they kindly provided me with a free demo version to evaluate for this review. Read on after the break for my thoughts.
The options for your word processing, presentation making and spreadsheet creation needs have expanded significantly with the advancements of technology, both in native and web-based apps. The apps you need for your business work and more are available now not only on traditional personal computers, but also on mobile devices and the web. The two main options for document processing on the web are Google’s incredibly popular Docs app, and Microsoft’s version of Office inside SkyDrive.
In this article, we’ll be pitting them against each other to decide which is better, Google Docs or SkyDrive. Many web app users would be more likely to use Google’s apps, and often not even consider trying out Microsoft’s Office web apps. Instead of bringing company biases to the table, let’s take them each for what they offer, and let the best apps win! (more…)
Hunting for a job is a tough task. There are way too many job boards to keep track of and nowadays, there are job listings in popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Then comes the resumes and interviews. While not as tough, employers face a tough time with the recruitment process just like the job seekers.
From getting the job listed in every one of the popular job boards to screening resumes and interviewing candidates, the process gets complex every step of the way. Even a fairly simple task like posting to the web’s most popular job boards with a single click will end up saving a lot of time.
Resfly gets your jobs in front of millions of candidates quickly, easily, and securely. Let’s go take a look.
In business, knowing a lot of people is a great asset. If you are a marketing professional, it’s imperative you get to connect with as many people as possible. Smart sales persons not only concentrate on the networking part of the equation, but also in putting the contacts to good use to boost sales.
The first step is to collate all the contact data into a form that makes sense. Even if you manage to fill your digital address books with all the contact information you have got, keeping track of all the back and forth is the key to closing a deal. Handy Elephant promises to transform your ever increasing number of contacts into a network of dynamic relationships. Lets learn how after the break.
Enterprise software were never fun to use. For years, in the name of “professional looking”, a boring user interface was listed as most enterprise software’s major USP, it seemed. Microsoft Outlook remained as the path breaking collaboration (!) tool for decades. It ruled the roost until the another equally legendary social collaboration tool, Sharepoint, arrived. Slowly, very slowly, companies are embracing SaaS apps, but they are often not much better.
Everytime I use a leading project management and collaboration web app, I can’t fathom why such a clunky tool is used by millions. Naturally, I was skeptical when I heard about WorkSimple, which claims to be a social enterprise platform. To learn if WorkSimple wiped the doubtful smirk off my face or not, hit jump.
Enterprise software market is a lucrative cash cow. Once you get the professional types start using your apps, you are probably set for life. They don’t usually change their course midway and are accustomed to familiarity. But when it comes to presentations, office dwellers always look for ways to make their content pop. That’s a potential opening for Web 2.0 companies aspiring to disrupt the enterprise app scene.
I recently discovered SpeakerDeck, which claims to be the best way to share presentations online. Simply upload your slides as a PDF and the web app will turn them into a beautiful online experience. Presentations can be viewed at SpeakerDeck or can be shared on any website with an embed code. Can it beat Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Presentations?
One of the biggest promises of web apps is that you can use them anywhere on any computer with an internet connection. Whether you’re at home on your netbook, in the office on an iMac, or on your Aunt’s XP desktop, your web apps will work the same if you have a decently modern browser. Without installing anything, you can quickly get to work and find your files no matter where you are.
A decade ago, most people only ever used one computer, or possibly one at home and another in their office. In today’s world, it’s more likely than ever that you’ll be accessing your data from a variety of different machines. Tablets, netbooks, variety of different sized desktops, and full featured laptops: there’s more choice than ever, and increasingly, we one more than one of them.
I’ve personally relied on web apps for years to keep up with my files so I’ll always have access to them no matter where I am. I’ve sent email from kiosk computers in airports, ran across the road from a hospital to an internet café to email homework to professors, and borrowed others computers to touch up documents in Office Live or Google Docs before sending them in. Even if I buy a new computer, I’m ready to go quicker than ever thanks to relying on a variety of cloud services.
So how about you? Have you taken advantage of being able to you your web apps from anywhere, or do you still treat them more like traditional programs, tied to the browser on your personal computer? Do you use your personal web app accounts from work, or would you log on to finish some work from someone else’s computer?
While it’s not trendy or cool to be fans of products from stable of Microsoft, they do make some awesome apps both for home and enterprise use. They deserve a pat on the back for taking computers to the masses and making them more user friendly. Windows operating system and the Office productivity suites are two path breaking software products that every living soul knows about.
Of late, Google is chewing into Microsoft Office’s market share with its free and ultra cheap versions of Google Docs. While still not a billion dollar business, online Office suites are gaining traction and Zoho and Google Apps are two clear leaders in this space. Forced into a corner, Microsoft has launched it’s own version of online Office apps. Is it as awesome and powerful as the desktop counterpart?
It’s about time when most students have returned to their schools, colleges or other places of education. Whilst there’s many desktop apps available to help in the education field, it’s sometimes hard to find viable online alternatives.
Online alternatives to popular desktop apps offer a way of working entirely online and therefore being able to access your work from anywhere without the need to be emailing or upload files every time you make an edit. This is becoming increasingly important, with new laptops and operating systems such as the Macbook Air and Chrome OS, that have reduced storage and a more cloud-based storage going mainstream. (Well, maybe not Chrome OS, but the Macbook Air is certainly getting positive reviews).
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t used Microsoft Office on my desktop in the past year and half. That’s an interesting nugget of information considering the fact that I write for a living and write about 25,000 words a month. So where does all of this writing happen? On a moleskin notebook? No, Google Docs.
Office is Microsoft’s cash cow, a vertical that has seen no real competition for decades. Thanks to Google, your documents have been liberated from the desktop prison and made available anywhere there’s an internet connection. Did I forget to mention the fact that you can edit a document with multiple people from across the globe in real time? Well, I just did.
The slow but steady exodus of its userbase has made Microsoft rethink its strategy and resulted in the launch of Docs.com. After the break let we’ll take a look at how Microsoft Office in the cloud can enhance your productivity.