Let me tell you about the Samanage office: All you’d see as you walk in would be laptops, screens, and WiFi routers. That’s it. We are working as a “Cloud Business:” we almost exclusively use cloud applications to run our daily business. This transition that more and more companies are making toward the Cloud is not so novel, but, as many before me have noticed, it’s still profoundly changing the way we work. For the better, in my opinion.
Personally I jumped on board the trend as soon as I could, despite the perceived risk. At Samanage we’ve already realized many benefits through working from the cloud. Below I’ve listed just a taste of the software that we use. They have contributed to our company in both the business level and also impact every individual in the company. They foster collaboration between colleagues and departments, because cloud applications make it much easier to share and work on projects together. Not only do most cloud tools save money (on server costs for example), but they are also easy to implement and adopt within organizations. Furthermore, they’re good for productivity in a number of different ways – significantly because they give people the choice to work with tools that they like.
In all, without belittling the risks (which are generally security issues) I wholeheartedly support becoming a Cloud Business. If you need a little push, here are just a few examples of tools we use at Samanage. Most of these, you’ll notice, are all about communication. Let us know in the comments what apps your company uses!
Trello is a project management app that’s been around for some time and has managed to gain a huge number of users. We personally use Trello a lot. A lot. It’s how we keep our tasks in order, and remind each other about stuff we have to do. It’s also how we create inter-departmental tasks, and stay on top of things between our two international offices.
This as an in-organization chat tool. What’s really great about it is how many integrations with other tools are possible. For us this means that we can share almost anything, from documents to new code, within the company chat rooms. We love it because, again, it allows for easy communication and sharing, often without leaving the original app we were using.
Our engineering team swears by this service for all their software development projects. Every line of code they write goes through a review process, which is made every-so-easy with GitHub’s app. Whenever someone enters code for review, anyone from the team can go in, leave comments, suggest changes, or approve the final edit. GitHub is also extensively used with HipChat.
4. Google Drive
I could write for a few pages about how great Google Drive is, but I’ll keep it short. Obviously there are a number of missing features and some annoying interface problems, but Google Drive is overwhelmingly the most effective tool we have for creating, editing, and collaborating on content. We use everything from Docs to Slideshows to Forms.
5. Salesforce Chatter
Chatter is another widely used tool, and not just at Samanage. We use it to keep everyone up to date on everything from changes the marketing department has made to the company website, to announce when employees are taking some time off and won’t be in the office.
Photo: Brooklyn Home Office by MacKenzie Kosut