The talk about moving your business to the cloud isn’t new: this has always been the go-to solution for enterprises and corporations. However, small businesses still remained shy to the implementation. Until recently. Stats are showing that by 2020, 78% of SMBs in the US will have fully adopted cloud computing (source: Forbes).
Advantage of the Cloud
According to an article by SalesForce, top advantages of the Cloud include flexibility, disaster recovery, automatic software updates, ability to work from anywhere, increased collaboration, capital-expenditure free, environment friendliness, security, document control, and speed.
Which means nothing can stop organizations from adopting the trends. But there’s more to it. Implementing a change or an upgrade to the system should enforce the overall optimization and performance of the products, services, and interactions involved. Which is why it’s imperative to focus on these three major types of software for the Cloud: contract database software, collaboration software, and security & network tools.
Contract Database Software
Contract management solutions are essential to any business, especially those considering moving to the cloud. There have been many speculations stating that the Cloud isn’t a secure environment for contract management, or that manual processes are more effective. Even often stated that contract management tasks in the Cloud take too much time to be completed (source: ContractWorks). These are all myths, as Cloud solutions have become better, safer and faster across the years. And your organization can benefit from all these positive aspects, and optimize departments such as HR, Sales, Legal, Accounting.
Examples of contract database software include Agiloft, Intuit QuickBooks, SurePayroll, Xpenditure expense tracking, and more.
Project management and collaboration environments have become crucial for the efficacy and workflow productivity of companies that have remote employees and offer international services or products. To save time, optimize the workflow processes and deliver excellent results while maintaining a healthy team dynamic. To do this, your organization could benefit from a series of software and tools specifically addressed to the Cloud.
Examples of collaboration tools (affordable even for small businesses) in the Cloud include Asana, Trello, Citrix Grasshopper, ClickMeeting, MailChimp, Sprout Social, Hootsuite, Zoho.
Security and Network Software
Over 1.8 Billion data records were lost in January 2017 alone, according to BreachLevelIndex. And over 1.6% of data breaches happen in the Technology industry, while over 90% target the Government. The majority of data breaches take place in the US, a report from the same authority shows. This means “security and network” is a sensitive topic. If you’re moving your business to the Cloud, there are tools that ensure your contracts, clients, services, products, and processes are safe from harm.
Examples include Spiceworks Network Monitor, WebrootSecureAnywhereAntiVirus, BitdefenderAntiVirus Plus.
Of course, the list doesn’t stop here. For organizations that can afford to invest in other cloud-based solutions, other types of software to focus on can be CRM solutions, SEO and Content Generation tools. A complete list of tools and software from PCMag is available here, with explanations and prices. Based on your organization’s activities and needs, you can select the best options to optimize both internal and external processes.
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