Choosing the Right Online Tools for your Business

Choosing the Right Online Tools for your Business

The Internet has opened up a boundless vista of opportunities for business. There are thousands of online tools available for any business to better organise their work, take advantage of oodles of file storage space for free, reach their customers more effectively and much much more.  However with this sea of possibilities has come a challenge for business owners and company managers; selecting the tools that are most useful to their organizations’ goals from those glitzy applications that are all fanfare but of no real benefit.    Then of course there is the time investment that is required to further sift through the useful tools to find those that will bring the organisation the best return on their investment and the best fit for the business. To help the overwhelmed IT manager or entrepreneur faced with this dilemma, here are some basic questions that can provide clarity: 1)      What are your business’s key processes and which of them can be improved by online tools? To begin with, you need to have a list of your core and non-core processes. After scrutinizing the elements of each of these processes you will be in a position to know which of these can benefit from the implementation of an online solution.  After this you’ll have an idea of which features to look out for in the available online tools.  Separate the essential features from the features that are nice to have but not really important and based on these features you can begin your search for relevant tools/applications.  Compare each of the tools you find against your list of required features, scrutinising...