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3 SaaS Applications to Try in 2015

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3 SaaS Applications to Try in 2015

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Top SaaS applications are game-changers that have taken the industry by storm and moved it to the next level by leveraging technology to enhance problem solving, and promote business growth and innovation. Now that programs that were initially installed on-premise are today offered online, businesses can save a lot of money and resources on infrastructure and software maintenance. All an individual needs to access the application is an account and password, which s/he can use to access the program that keeps track of notes and performs bookkeeping and accounting.

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Top 3 SaaS Applications to Try in 2015:

1. Mozy

As an online backup service, Mozy continuously backs up files on your PC or server. For a reasonable price, small businesses can get a space to back up important computer and server files. This provides peace of mind as SMEs are assured of their files being retrievable in case of a data loss crisis. Mozy is recognized among cloud backup service providers. But you have to download software to your machine and remember login credentials to be able to access your account.

People normally set up the software and just forget about it, making them forget about their credentials as well. If you’re one of them, you might want to consider using password manager to gain you direct access to Mozy via a browser, where you can access the data you backed up.

Mozy offers 2GB of free storage space. As your demand for storage space increases, you will automatically be allotted more storage space (and you must have your credit card set up). But as your storage space demand reduces, Mozy automatically frees up any unwanted space to ensure you are not billed for what you don’t need or don’t use. For you to use the 2GB free storage space, you are required to set card information, which also allows you to be given the amount of space you require. Note that Mozy wouldn’t set just 2GB space in your name, but provides you with as much space as you require or as your back up sets can occupy.

2. Google Docs and Apps for Business

Google Apps eliminates the need for numerous software programs. With Google Apps, you can create, edit and save text documents, slide shows, spreadsheets etc., all on Google Docs. Many people can work on the same file simultaneously. In addition, Google Calendar makes it easy for individuals to create and share calendars and email event reminders to invitees. With Gmail for Business, companies can get personalized email accounts that are not only easy to set up, but also simple to amend, and with the storage space and flexibility of Gmail.

Ideally, Google docs is a Web-based application that allows you to create, edit and store documents and spreadsheets online. Access files from any computer with a Web browser and computer connected to the Internet. Google offers a comprehensive package of online/ SaaS applications and Google Docs is one of them.

As a user of Google docs, create, import, edit and update your documents and spreadsheets in different file formats and various fonts, combining text with images, lists, formulas, and tables. Moreover, Google Docs is very much compatible with various word processors and presentations. Publish your work as a print-ready manuscript or simply as a Web page, allowing users to control who views their work. Use Google Docs to publish within an enterprise, maintain blogs, or compose work for viewing by the public.

By lending itself to collaborative projects that allow multiple authors to work together, Google Docs’ users can finish projects by working in real-time despite geographically diverse locations. Participants can be able to see who made certain document changes, including when the alterations were done.

Since documents can be stored both online and on users’ computers, user’s cannot suffer total data loss due to a localized catastrophe. The Web-based nature of Google Docs, however, has given rise to serious security concerns among a number of authors.

3. Outright 

This cloud-based finance application helps small businesses perform their business accounting. Track tax obligations, income and expenses, and profit and loss in real-time using this app. It is suitable for small businesses or entrepreneurs who want to get a hold on their business finances. Simplify your small business and access your data on the go using Outright.

A small business owner wears many hats – creator, producer, salesperson, marketer, customer service rep, IT specialist, bookkeeper or accountant, and any other thing required to run that particular business. Many small business owners dread wearing the bookkeeper hat. Outright is the SaaS application that helps you keep track of every sale, revenue, expense or taxes charged. Most entrepreneurs are scared when it comes to taxes. Save time and focus on more important tasks like growing your business. Leave the nitty gritties to Outright. It not only makes bookkeeping simple and understandable, but also fun as you get to see your business from a completely different perspective.

Bookkeeping is the art of recording or maintaining accurate and up-to-date financial records for a business, including sorting income from business expenses, organizing all business transactions into acceptable, standardized categories. Online bookkeeping, on the other hand, involves bookkeeping that majorly relies on Web-based/ SaaS applications rather than traditional desktop bookkeeping software or pen and paper. Online bookkeeping is easy, affordable and convenient. This is why is has become increasingly popular with SMEs and self-employed individuals like online sellers and freelancers.

What makes Outright unique is that it automates day-to-day accounting tasks, including tedious bookkeeping.

Conclusion

With just a computer and internet connection, cloud applications enable employees access their information from virtually anywhere in the world. Employees can collaborate more effectively as many individuals can view, edit, and review the same information, promoting effective teamwork. Moreover, SaaS ensures that all users of a similar application are accessing the same version of the program. This is because SaaS vendors provide automatic updates, which users of traditional on-premise software had to do themselves. With cloud-based SaaS applications, companies can push the latest developments to all their users at once, benefiting everyone at the same time.

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