Two web apps that may change your business for the better

Are you looking to make a change to your business?

We’re constantly bombarded with hype about self-driving cars, machine learning and digital transformation.

Has any of this changed your business in the last few years?  I’m sure there’s a small chance that it has but for the majority of businesses, the biggest change has been Cloud Services.

In this article, we are going to outline three of the most promising business apps that run in the cloud and have the potential to increase productivity in your business.

Visitor Management Systems

Visitor management systems are becoming more popular as businesses start to see the benefits of digitising what once was a paper-based sign-in book on the reception desk.

You may have already seen a visitor management system, it’s basically an iPad or tablet running an app that you have to sign digitally before you can enter a business.

There are a number of benefits to these systems some which are obvious and others that may save you a big sum.

The first benefit is the impression that these devices give to anyone visiting the office.  You know what they say, first impressions count and a sleek looking iPad running an easy to use app will give a far better subconscious signal about the operation of your business than a coffee-stained visitor sign-in book.

Money can be saved due to the fact that these systems can be linked to mobile phones and instant messenger apps.  When someone checks in they are asked who they are visiting.  The system will then ping the staff member to let them know that their visitor is waiting in reception. In some cases, this takes the need away to having a receptionist.

Microsoft Teams

Teams is the next big thing and will be replacing Skype for business in the next 18 months.  It has all the same features as Skype, but the main functionality is the persistent chat window and file collaboration.

It works particularly well with group projects, home workers or if you’re collaborating with external contacts/clients/suppliers.

Google hangout chat and slack are obviously other market contenders which are very similar in nature to Teams.  In fact, Microsoft copied a lot of the functionality of slack within teams.

If you’re on Office 365 or G-Suite you’ll have both teams and hangout chat available to you as part of your existing subscription.

If you would like to find out more information about any of the web services covered in this article please get in touch with us.