The key to success for any business is a good team of employees. But if these employees can’t communicate with each other it doesn’t matter how good they are, the work won’t get done. Efficient teamwork and effective communication are essential throughout the life of any business, and it just so happens that are a variety of collaboration apps available to help. In this new era of Smartphones and tablets, and other personalised computer devices, businesses can take advantage of brilliant programs for enhancing the productivity of a workforce, all through the press of a thumb. Here are a few of our picks for the best apps regarding collaboration.
Creately is recognised as a highly resourceful program with multiple features to suit the requirements of a variety of businesses. The app is a web-based editor and makes working as an online team simple and useful. Features include “Easy to draw” for projects requiring diagrams and graphs, and there are an in-built selection of templates provided. Collaboration is made easy with Creately’s real-time features and online comments and discussion threads.
Any changes and edits made to a document are saved so that a full revision history of all changes can be accessed at any time. Privacy and security is available with their Secure View option, and work can be published to the entire group with just the click of a button. The simplicity of this app makes this a useful accessory for any business, as well as handy tools such as PDF Export.
Note-taking isn’t just for personal use during meetings and conferences, and this is something that Evernote utilises. This app can be used as a flexible method of communication throughout entire businesses thanks to useful features such as “notebooks”, which can be created by a User and then shared with specific individuals or the entire company. Rather than relying on personal files stored on an individual user’s account, sharing notebooks via Evernote ensures that the notes become available even if the original creator leaves the company.
ProjectPier is a simple and intuitive piece of software ideal for enhancing group communication and collaboration, and aiding web-based project management. Multiple organisations can be involved in different projects all localised to a central place, allowing project activity and information to be easily accessible and visible to all group members, no matter where they are. The system is flexible to allow different sized groups and projects to be used, and can be downloaded and installed onto a specific business web server.
This excellent file-sharing app and could be the quintessential program for facilitating employee and document collaboration. A variety of file types can be dropped into Dropbox, including PDFs and entire folders, making this app particularly versatile. If downloaded for free, 2.5GB of storage space are provided, and this can be upgraded to 100GB for just $100 per year. Sharing files is stress-free thanks to the ability of Dropbox to create links to any files, regardless of size, in your Dropbox, which can then be sent to anyone, even if they don’t have Dropbox. Anything saved to a shared folder will be automatically updated immediately so that all users have access to the latest files on their own devices. An additional layer of protection and privacy can also be set up using Dropbox’s password and expiration settings for shared folders and links.
ShowDocument was created to tackle the challenges produced by globalisation by allowing people worldwide to access files via the web from multiple locations, while remaining suitable for personal use and compatible with corporate employees working behind strict firewalls. The ShowDocument platform helps overcome obstacles with online document sharing and collaboration, and allows you to conduct web meetings with businesses and employees at any time, and from any location. This app is no-fuss thanks to the lack of software and plugins – all you need is a connection to the Internet.
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