Best Cloud Computing Apps for Business Use

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bizcloudIn the era of mobile devices, business people increasingly turn to using cloud computing apps to help them manage documents across multiple devices. Dropbox, Evernote and Google Docs are most frequently regarded as the best cloud computing apps for business use.

Current technological development definitively centers on cloud computing – one of the most popular trends today. Even though online services exist for a long time they became popular in the last several years under the term “cloud”.  Now cloud develops rapidly and is being embraced by both individuals and businesses.

Cloud and Businesses

Cloud services are said to enhance business collaboration in many ways. Folder syncing and file sharing are the features that provide numerous possibilities for the employees to boost their productivity. They can access their files almost any time and share them with their co-workers. What’s more,major cloud vendors have already improved their services so that they are accessible from multiple platforms. This is very important in 2012 when the sales of mobile devices are booming and businesses increasingly shift to BYOD system.

Business Cloud Apps

Cloud apps are particularly handy for the employees who want to have a part of their work done on the move. Their tablet computers or smartphones are by now advanced enough to support all kinds of features and functions. Here are some of the most popular business cloud apps that enable you to work at any place and at any time – with a decent internet connection, of course.

  • Dropbox – a leader in cloud storage services offers an option to install a simple folder where you can save all kinds of files. With a free account the storage limit is 2GB, so you cannot actually put the whole data center here, but this should be enough to cover the most important documents. Whatever you put into this folder will be synced to all the other devices you regularly use. The folder doesn’t even have to be installed every time as the documents can be edited online.
  • Evernote– one of the most constructive solutions for sorting out all the important notes and other kinds of short messages. A particularly handy option is taking “ink notes”. In meetings where you don’t want to sit with your laptop open, you can use your tablet or smartphone and make a note using a fine-point drawing device such as stylus. In Evernote you can also store short audio files, though a free account doesn’t offer much storage space for doing so. However with premium accounts you can store even a short video file. Evernote also offers file syncing.
  • Google Docs – a great way of creating and editing text files, spreadsheets or presentations-online. You can share the files with whomever you want, which is excellent for professional collaboration, especially in international businesses. Excellent integration with gmail account and Google Drive cloud storage enables an easy and productive file management.

Sometimes it seems that a contemporary lifestyle and business environment wouldn’t be able to function and develop without these apps. An average employee regularly uses work PC, Home PC, smartphone and/or tablet and the data on all these devices pile up. Cloud apps are there to provide better data management solutions and make our business lives easier.

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This is a guest post.  Sarah Lake is a blogger and a technology researcher. She currently works on a cloud computing blog.

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