Aaaah, yes — those geniuses at SAP Global. Since they had jumped onto the mobile app bandwagon for businesses, things have been quite peachy for the heavy hitters, Android and iPhone/iPad. Particularly for mobile businesses — entrepreneurs constantly on the move — the app from SAP (rhymes) called the Travel Expense Report brings a kind off convenience unheard of.
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There’s something nostalgic and very corporate about a whiteboard, isn’t there? For those old schoolers out there, you just can’t beat the good ol’ marker and board while you wear the nifty plaid tie and shirt as you pep up your marketing or advertising or whatever team for your small business, whatever that business may be. Has that flair of teamwork, don’t you think?
Trust is a big issue when it comes to small business. Imagine the quality of customer retention when businesses rely on “trust” in dealing with finances and payments. That’s what Venmo seeks to attempt — and this is an Android and iPhone app we’re looking at. Okay, wait a second…. What about apps like iSwipe, Square, even PayPal?
Bluetooth really is a beautiful thing — especially when you have the power to turn a printer possessed, sort of like Transformers. Let’s roll out, Optimus Prime!
But, seriously, with the age of technology skyrocketing into unknown atmospheres of ethereal quality, you can imagine small businesses and entrepreneurs licking their lips at the next innovative application to grace the halls of the corporate world. This is the way it is with one specific Google app: PrinterShare.
I tell you — rarely is it possible for a Google app to impress me. And wouldn’t you know it — it takes an app that simply focuses on usability. Nothing fancy. Nothing revolutionary. Just usable! The app is called “Gliffy.”
And that’s not an understatement, peeps. GQ actually means “Good Quality.” So it fits. This is the case for a super-sweet Google app called GQueues, an app designed to streamline and compact productivity in a small business for the purposes of organization and efficiency. In layman’s terms, GQueues is just plain awesome!
Everyone needs sufficient blood flow through the body, right? That’s basic Biology 101! But would you believe the same is applied to businesses? In particular, we’re talking about small businesses.
Good “blood flow” is essential. It’s great for the auto attendants and call centers of America, because it’s healthy for corporate USA.
Hence the reason for the sharp Google app, Podio! And, boy, does it please plenty in business.
Learning About Podio
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The name of the game is workflow (or if we’re still on that biology kick, blood flow) and project management: two massively important aspects of running a business.
You started up a business well? Great. You’ve got stellar advertising and marketing all set up? Perfect. But pretty soon that corporate engine of yours will peter out without the best workflow and project management.
Podio is an app designed to bring e-mail and documents from your Google Docs into a “task” format.
What Does That Mean — a “Task Format”?
No longer are e-mails just “messages” — with Podio, they’re actual tasks. This means Podio doesn’t store them in ‘INBOXES.’ Rather, they’re stored right on the dashboard, right in front of the person receiving it.
It makes for better convenience on a corporate team. Google Contacts become much more of a utilization. A CEO won’t be just plugging in a contact to an e-mail message; the CEO will simply ‘click’ on the team member’s name with the written task, and everyone will be able to see it.
The word for it is ‘synchronization.’ Everyone knows what everyone’s doing. Collaboration. Cohesion.
And There’s More. More Mobility.
As in mobile and social features, utilizing an iOS or Android smartphone to help manage the workflow and project management on the go. This is particularly useful for the smaller contract businesses requiring some sort of travel.
Moreover, mobility usually means sociability as well, tapping into the Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn stratospheres and really engaging the world beyond the business.
That supercharges the idea of expansion, client retention and client marketing. Think of it as a nitro booster!
Don’t ‘Overheat,’ Though
It’s not all-inclusive, though, in terms of contacts. Some issues get reported that there are limits, such as the inability to share a contact without adding the contact to a project.
It adds a few more steps in there, which can make it a little cumbersome. In other words, it would be a lot easier to simply share all the contacts in one go than to have to manually add each contact to a project.
The Good News?
There’s always work done on the Podio app — meaning developers are constantly trying improve it. So look for this rating to become obselete, because Podio’s making waves, increasing the blood flow in a big way.
Heavyweight champion of the business app arena, baby!
That’s the engine in the muscle car called ‘business,’ right? Accounting. If you don’t have it squared away in your company, everything from your extremely important auto attendant to your efficient call center to even your own secretary ends up in the dumpster.
Project management is what gets small businesses going. Yes, yes, yes, the marketing and the advertising are the rockets red glare, but nothing beats the American flag of project management, the essence of entrepreneurs, our reason for achieving the business dream life, our own livelihood. So this review would make a ton of sense. Seriously, it would….