In 2019, if you’re an entrepreneur and you haven’t heard about cloud computing, then you’re missing out on a ton of good things.
The first time I heard about cloud computing, I thought it was another one of those fancy techy made-up words used to confuse the common guys like myself.
But I was wrong. This was an untapped goldmine.
According to Forbes, the cloud computing market is projected to hit $411 billion by 2020.
What exactly is Cloud Computing?
Back in the day, for a business to function effectively, it needed an IT team, with IT infrastructures. But due to limited resources, expertise and infrastructures, there was a limit on what small businesses could accomplish.
But right now, cloud computing is revolutionizing the industry.
“Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services; including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.” according to Microsoft Azure
Cloud computing services offer users a variety of functions, which includes:
Storage, backup, and data retrieval…
So, what are the top 10 cloud services you should know about as an entrepreneur?
Well, let’s start with some of the most popular cloud services:
You must have heard about it, in a random conversation, a random article or an ad.
And if you haven’t heard about it, well, I wouldn’t hold it against you.
Slack is an American cloud-based team collaboration tool. It focuses on one major thing and that is “communication”. No team can function effectively without an effective communication channel.
Slack can replace email, text messaging and instant messaging for your team.
Slack was built on the concept of effective communication across teams, and it doesn’t disappoint in its functions.
You can collaborate with your team using:
- Voice calls
- Video calls
- Screen sharing
It is a fun and effective way of communicating in teams.
Founded by Babatope Awotona, a Nigerian, Calendly is a beautiful, simple, scheduling tool, that has a 100% growth rate and has served over 30 million people worldwide.
Calendly is a simple, easy-to-use, yet powerful scheduling software, which aims to save time, accelerate sales and improve service quality.
It is one of the best-automated scheduling software that you will find out there. It automatically checks your availability and connects you with your best contacts, prospects, and clients.
Some of its features include:
- Calendar integration
- Team Scheduling
- Group events
- Custom notification
- Simple and elegant interface
This is useful for anyone who wants to create and manage employee payment records.
SurePayroll has been in existence since the early 2000s and they offer the following services:
- Payroll processing
- Tax filing and payment
- Online and mobile access
- Quarterly and year-end results.
So, if you’re an entrepreneur and you have employees to pay, SurePayroll is a good call.
Formerly known as MoneyPenny, Zistemo is a time tracking software which gives you real-time insight into a project/task being worked on.
No matter where you are, Zistemo allows you to track the progress, performance, and efficiency of your staff from any device.
Zistemo offers the following:
- Live team monitoring
- Assign tasks and check progress from any device
- Advanced time reports on staff, projects and budgets.
- Professional time management.
The ability to monitor your teams progress from anywhere in the world and with any device is a goldmine and you should be taking advantage of it.
This is another cloud service that you should have heard of.
I personally use mail chimp for email marketing and I must say that it is extremely useful. MailChimp is a marketing automation platform and an email marketing service.
If you ask me what I think of MailChimp, I have just one word to describe it, “awesome”.
MailChimp started in 2001 as a side project. Today, Mailchimp serves millions of customers around the world, and here is the crazy part, it is still 100% founder-owned and is highly profitable.
MailChimp allows you to see how your email functioned, what worked for your ads, and it allows you to apply those observations in a bid to improve things.
Zoom is a California based company that provides remote conferencing services using cloud computing.
It is an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems.
Zoom was founded in 2011 and since then, it has helped businesses to create a frictionless environment amidst their teams in order to get more work done.
Zoom is used by major power players such as Uber, 21st-century fox, Delta, AutoDesk and a lot more.
I use zoom myself to schedule meetings with my colleagues. It is an awesome app that deserves more praise.
What if I told you that this is one of the best messaging platforms in the world.
Intercom is an American software company that produces a messaging platform which allows businesses to communicate with prospective and existing customers within their app, on their website, through social media, and their email.
See why I called it one of the best messaging platforms in the world now?
Intercom allows you to use bots and live chats to automatically qualify, route and convert more leads a lot faster.
Easy Project allows you to monitor your financial health by setting budgets, monitoring ongoing expenses, determining project profitability and performance track time.
It has a built-in time tracking system and timesheets, issue tracking, client request tracking, and real-time conference facilities.
You can use Easy Project to predict and manage team resources. When it is time to assign tasks/projects, you can know at a glance:
- Who is available and
- Who is overloaded with current assignments
If you ever need an employee scheduling platform then head over to…wait for it…
Humanity is a leader in cloud-based shift scheduling. Humanity simplifies day-to-day employee management processes.
With Humanity, your organization can easily and accurately create error-free, dynamic schedules for your staff by location, department, position, and/or skills—with real-time availability conflict checking.
Founded by David Duffield, Workday is an on-demand financial management and human capital management software, vendor.
If you ask people why they love and use workday, here’s what they will tell you:
- All the data is available in a single place
- It is timely
- It is super easy to use
- It takes all the complication out of their day
Cloud Computing is transforming the industry and as an entrepreneur, you can’t afford to be left behind if you want to stay winning.
If you need to ask questions about anything. Check my email in my bio and send me an email.
I hope you learned something new today.
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