Cloud Computingcloud applications

If you are not familiar with cloud computing, you may be using it without knowing it. Cloud computing allows workers to use a program over the internet, such as saving files to Dropbox or talking to a family member on Skype. Many employees are now working away from their offices on laptops, smartphones, and tablets. With cloud computing, these workers can now access an abundance of business applications on the device they choose.

What are the benefits of using cloud applications?

  • Available from anywhere at any time: The office desktop computer will no longer confine data to one spot. For example, during work hours, an employee can edit a Word document on their desktop and save it online. After work, this employee can open this same Word document on their smartphone during their train ride home.
  • Will not need to install hardware and software: There are no more software DVDs to unwrap and hardware devices to set up. The vendor, such as Microsoft or Google, will take care of the storage, installation, and maintenance of the application. Plus, if you need to add another license for a new employee or additional storage, you can do this with a few quick changes to your account.
  • Stay on pace with competitors:  Your business must respond to customer demand and the industry landscape quickly to keep a competitive edge. With a cloud computing application, an executive at the airport can get quick access to an analytics dashboard and make intelligent decisions about their business.
  • Can recruit talent outside the immediate regional area: The internet and its far reach will allow you to widen your net and get top-notch talent. These remote workers can get access to the tools they need to perform their day-to-day tasks.
  • Can drive global operations for small businesses: Cloud applications will provide small businesses access to technology that was cost-prohibitive for all but the largest companies.
  • Improve communications with customers: Many cloud business applications provide a portal for customers to view invoices, submit payments, and track shipments.
  • Add/extend features easier and faster: Many business applications allow customization by adding new fields, changing workflows, building reports quickly, and integrating with outside applications.

What business applications are available on the cloud?


HR/Employee Management

  • Tribe HR: Employee notes, job postings, skills tracking, vacation calendar
  • Bamboo HR: Employee self-service, training, benefits tracking, leave tracking


Customer Relationship Management

  • Salesforce: Email marketing, sales forecasts, customer service tools, reporting and analytics, sales leads, integration with social accounts
  • Zoho: Analytics, inventory management, workflow management

Enterprise Resource Planning


  • QuickBooks: Bookkeeping, invoicing, billing, reporting
  • FreshBooks: Online payments, expense tracking, time tracking
  • Sage One: Project tracking, invoicing, expense management

The above list is not exhaustive, but a sample of the applications available for your business to use. Some businesses go a step further and have in-house applications custom-built to their requirements, then integrate them with their existing software. SwiftTech Solutions can help your employees transition to the cloud by doing a business technology analysis. We will help you pick and design cloud applications suited to your business requirements. For more information, you can call SwiftTech Solutions at 877-794-3811 or email for a free consultation.

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