Keeping projects on track is something many organizations struggle with. A Project Management Institute study last year showed that on average, organizations waste 9.9% of every dollar due to “poor project performance,” while 43% of projects are not completed within budget and nearly half (48%) are not completed on time.The goal of task management apps is to boost productivity through greater visibility into work from both an individual and team perspective. Analysts at Gartner predict that by 2022, 70% of organizations using collaborative work management systems will report that their teams are “significantly better performing.”It means freeing up employees to focus on what is important. “These tools allow users to build workflow processes that work for them so that they can spend more time getting work done than talking about work that has to get done,” said Margo Visitacion, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester.What are task … [Read more...] about Task management apps: Collaborative project tracking tools for the digital workplace
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Both Microsoft and Google would like to be your one-stop shop for business productivity software. Their respective subscription offerings, Office 365 and G Suite, tick all the top-level boxes on your company's communications and productivity checklist. Each suite includes the following features: Business email and shared calendaring services attached to custom domainsOnline storage, with shared space for collaboration and a large allotment of personal storage space for each user accountProductivity apps for creating and collaborating on documents, spreadsheets, and presentationsCorporate communication tools, including messaging, online meetings, and video conferencingA management interface, with advanced features such as compliance and archiving for enterprise customers as well as security features including two-factor authenticationBoth of these services are underpinned by a robust, highly reliable cloud infrastructure with data centers worldwide. (And if the G Suite brand … [Read more...] about Office 365 vs G Suite: Which productivity suite is best for your business?
In 2007, Drew Houston, Dropbox's CEO, got sick and tired of misplacing his USB drive, so he created the first personal and small business cloud storage service. It was a radical one in its day. Today, everyone and their uncle seems to be offering cheap or free cloud storage.Also: How to sync multiple cloud storage services for free TechRepublicThat's great! Except, well, how do you choose which one is right for you? It used to be that most people decided simply on the basis of how much free storage space they got. That's simple, but it only tells part of the story.The real value from a cloud storage service comes from how well it works for you. As you'll see, some work much better with some operating systems and business plans than others.It's odd. Amazon does a great job with its cloud storage service Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for developers and IT. But Amazon Drive for personal and business users has never been a first-tier storage service. Mind you, it has gotten … [Read more...] about What’s the best cloud storage for you?
For years, Salesforce has been an extremely popular and highly sought-after solution for companies that want to improve their sales functions and increase their appeal to customers. Best of all, Salesforce has worked well for companies of all sizes and its cloud-based platform is easy to access across the enterprise. But Salesforce’s success has also spawned the continued development of a variety of other solutions that similarly promise to improve the sales experience inside an organization. Better yet, some of the solutions are simpler to use than Salesforce, and even sole proprietors or those working in small teams can take advantage of the solutions without being forced to pay hefty prices. It’s against that backdrop that we’ve compiled a list of the best Salesforce alternatives and competitors for companies of all sizes seeking a bit of change in their sales process. The following solutions have a hefty slate of features, offer rapid cloud-based deployment to … [Read more...] about Here are the 5 best Salesforce alternatives and competitors
Furniture is heavy. Desks are heavy. Chairs are heavy. Bookshelves are heavy. Workbenches are heavy. Workshop tools like table saws, band saws, and jointers are heavy. Couches are heavy. Beds are heavy. Most of these are also unwieldy, making them difficult to move between rooms and offices.Also: VR: It's time to break up CNET The point is that moving furniture is a lot of work. If at all possible, it's best to avoid moving the same furniture repeatedly around to see where it fits. When you're moving into a new house or a new office, it's a good idea to know where stuff's supposed to go before you do all the lugging. It's tons easier to move little pictures of furniture around on a screen than it is to drag actual heavy things around. That's why I like to use laser measuring tools and plug the measurements into floor planning software. This is not just about saving your back from pain. It's about time. The time it takes to move into a new home or office is one thing. Usually, … [Read more...] about Cool tool: Live Home 3D can bring your workspace and personal spaces to life