With so many cloud storage options out there, how does one know which are best for marketing teams? One of the biggest problems companies often face with cloud storage is “not buying the right service package for their business needs,” says Brad Anderson, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Gravitant, the leading software company in enterprise cloud services brokerage and management market. He goes on to say, “Companies end up paying for services they don’t need and losing agility and control.”
So, how can you determine which solution is the right one to help your business streamline protocol and maximize productivity? Below are a few suggestions.
1) Which Cloud?
If your company hasn’t already subscribed to a cloud service, a great place to start is top10cloudstorage.com for comprehensive reviews of the best clouds on the market.
JustCloud is perfect for businesses that need to function over all operating systems and devices like iOS, Android, OSX, Windows and Linux. Another option is ZipCloud, which allows your CMO to limit the amount of storage employees have, as well as what they can view and edit. Top10cloudstorage.com not only offers real customer reviews, but also business reviews, so you can find out how other business owners have implemented each product and what they have found useful, or lacking.
2) Workflow Max:
Workflow Max isn’t a conventional cloud service, but rather a web-based management system that uses cloud technology to keep the workplace and daily processes moving smoothly by tracking and organizing quotes, time sheets and costs as well as giving you the tools to manage active projects. Like most cloud services, this means the ability to share documents in a closed network of employees and other business associates or clients. With the user friendly interface, management is able to control the access employees, contractors and clients have with just a click. Need to know who is working on each project and the estimated time it should take? Are you tracking which team members are most (and least) productive? Workflow Max can do all of it, saving you time and money.
3) CRM, ERP, and the Cloud:
While Workflow Max offers a lot of options many cloud storage services don’t, it isn’t the only customer relationship management (CRM) software out there. Not all CRMs are cloud based, but the trend is certainly growing in popularity. It’s important to remember that not all CRMs provide data storage and the easy sharing of documents. And while many CRMs can streamline the activities your company directly deals with many can also help you outsource the activities your business isn’t equipped to handle on its own.
Enterprise business planning software (ERP) turns the cloud inward, allowing companies the resources for in-house accounting, financial reporting, as well as bill, supply and inventory management. While many ERPs and CRMs come separately, there are some like Netsuite that have a two-in-one solution. While these services may be costly at first, the time and money saved by streamlining processes will more than make up for the initial investment.