Small Business throughout Calgary have started to consider how Internet (cloud) software solutions will benefit their business instead of investing their hard capital dollars into technology that will eventually be out of date and will need replacing in just a few years.
The Internet allows Calgary business to stay current on the latest and most innovative business software solutions. More and more software companies are bringing new solutions to market here throughout Canada and globally. Web delivery of business applications is nothing new, many industries have offered web versions for many years. The insurance and real estate industries were one of the first however many are now jumping on board.
Here are five great Internet solutions for your Calgary small business:
Microsoft Live Web Apps – Get all the applications that your business has used for years now delivered over the Internet. Stores thousands of Word documents, Excel Spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations with Microsoft Office Web Apps. Microsoft’s Web Apps is easy for your Canadian small business to use without the added price of your local technology guru. More information is available at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/office/ee815687.aspx.
MindMeister – This amazing free online service is the one stop tool for small business teams to collaborate, brainstorm and manage projects. All you need is a computer browser and your creativity to get your team sharing concepts no matter if they are down the hall or across the country. Learn more at http://www.mindmeister.com.
Picnik – Throw away those costly image editing solutions to touch up your photos for your website or brochures with Picnik. Picnik is a simple to use photo editing solution online. Great for your Canadian small business. Learn more at http://www.picnik.com.
Shockey Monkey – New player in the Professional Services Automation world. Shockey Monkey is ideal for your small business who need to track clients, service tickets and other basic CRM-like services. The team at OwnWebNow are behind this masterpiece. More information is at http://www.shockeymonkey.com.
Evernote – This web-based note, photo and audio synchronization service takes your notes from your laptop, iPhone or iPad and syncs them across the web to all devices and their web service. Capture notes in audio or typed in format, take photos and much more. Learn more about http://www.evernote.com.
Many of these great small business solutions are free or have upgrades for a small investment per year/month to unlock more features. Many of the no-cost versions are great for your Calgary small business to start out with.
Honourable mention goes out to Dropbox. Dropbox is also a must have solution for those small business teams looking to share files with team members or joint venture partners. Dropbox also works with Windows, Mac and popular mobile phones. Check them out at http://www.dropbox.com.
The Internet is changing the way Calgary business uses software. Check out what is available online before you soak a tonne of cash into a technology solution that you may have to replace in 3 to 5 years.