Five Classic Cloud Tools
There are countless cloud applications. We would like to introduce some of the classic tools:
Did you ever want to work on a file that was on your computer at your office so that you either had to postpone the work or had to drive back to the office to get hold of the file? Dropbox solves this problem. It’s all in the name. It is a virtual hard disc on which you can store all kinds of files. As a result, you can call on your stored files via the web from everywhere.
Google Mail / Docs
Google offers a wide range of cloud applications. The most common among those is probably Google Mail. The most complex is Google Docs – called ‘Text &Tabellen‘ in the German version. While Mail is exactly what the name promises – a web-mail-program that can be used either in the browser window or with client-programs on desktop pcs and mobile devices – Google Docs is a full-fledged Office Suite. Goggle offers the user a complete working environment by providing tools for text processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, a file system similar to Dropbox, and other tools that can be used, due to a little bit of software, even if the cloud should not be available for lack of internet connection.
Photoshop Image Processing
It is relatively easy to manage and edit Office-documents online. It gets interesting when it comes to cloud-image-processing. Adobe implemented the professional image processing Photoshop as a free cloud-solution. Photos are uploaded to the application and are not only stored there, but can be fully edited. An application that costs a couple of hundred Euros as a desktop version can thus be used by the occasional user, and serves at the same time as an image database.
CRM /ERP Systems
Even critical applications for daily business find their way more and more to the cloud. First of all, the IT department is disburdened due to cloud-solutions. There is no need to purchase and maintain servers for this. Maintenance work can be omitted or is adopted by the software provider. The advantage for
The advantage for businesses and users is this: business processes and customer data are accessible from everywhere. Sales personnel can catch up on the current notes of the support before a customer visit and can directly set up a new interview report after an appointment at the customer’s. The colleagues of the indoor service do have immediate access to the new information and can thus work with them.
In case of a new order/contract, one can check in the cloud-based ERP system if there are sufficient resources available, if sticks need to be replaced or personnel planning must be adjusted. Even running business processes can be controlled that way – from the meeting-room or from the customer.
Knowledge Management and Communication
One of the widely implemented cloud programs was Skype. Hereby the cloud was suddenly connected to another – a very old – ‘cloud’. The telephone network. Ever since it is not only possible to make very cheap phone calls and video conferences, but also international phone calls became much more favourable.
The cloud is helpful in respect to everything regarding communication and how to make knowledge available, because a high performing infrastructure is made available for everyone.
Among these are Wunderkit as project management software, yammer as a micro-blogging platform for businesses, and Evernote for private note-management.
The Future: Google OS and Firefox OS
Where does the journey go to? Due to the fact that internet connections are getting faster and better, there will probably not only be individual applications but the whole operating system running in the cloud. Data, documents and programs will then be on distributed servers and will be transmitted to terminal devices such as smartphones, pcs, TVs, etc. via ultra-fast internet lines.
Independent of time and space – this advantage is already provided when working in the cloud und thus numerous opportunities for more flexibility within a business.
We will inform you about further interesting cloud applications in the near future in our blog.