~by Brooke Chaplan~
As you’re starting your business, one of the most important aspects you have to think about is choosing the best technology to integrate into your initial processes. While there are many types of software, each business must select the kinds that best meet their needs, as well as those of their customers.
Below are five of the best programs and technologies that any startup business should consider using in the years ahead.
1. Sales Cloud
Considered a very effective Customer Relationship Management software package since it lets businesses store customer contact information that can be accessed on mobile devices from anywhere. Integrating social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, this program makes sure the information is available to everyone in the company. This way, when one person updates a customer’s information, it is visible to people in all departments in real time.
A great tool for managers or employees who spend much of their time out of the office, LogMeIn allows workers to log in to their work computers no matter where they are. In addition, it lets managers log on to employee computers, if necessary, to monitor suspicious activity or other actions. This is perfect for small startups that are working from a home office or mobile devices while on the go.
3. Microsoft Enterprise
Focusing on network security, Microsoft Enterprise streams office applications to multiple devices, allowing businesses to customize administration portals and manage their servers. In addition, sensitive information can be protected by restricting access to data by having built-in policies warning users prior to attempting entry. Along with this program, software such as LANDESK can help users protect access to information not only on desktop computers, but also on mobile devices.
When a business needs to manage multiple projects both in and out of the office, QuickBase is what more and more managers are using. Project management software that can be easily adapted to both small and large businesses, it allows easy access to shared data. Along with this, it can be used to assign tasks, check on the status of a project, and send email alerts to employees.
For any business, the ability to stay on top of its finances is crucial for success. This is where QuickBooks comes into play, allowing businesses to track income and expenses, import bank information, track inventory, and even compile employee time records.
While there are numerous details that demand the attention of virtually all startup businesses, those who utilize these programs often find themselves much more organized. Whether it’s keeping track of customer information or compiling tax information, these programs can make the life of a business owner much easier.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan