Times they are a changing...or so the song goes, and it's definitely true. The computing paradigm is shifting and you want to be on the right track as soon as you can. It's an exciting time for a new business starting out. You're excited about your idea, itching to get your product to market, getting everything set up and ready etc.
It can be and is a costly time too. All the money is heading out and not in..yet. And, let's face it, you've got your fingers crossed tightly that this is actually gonna work.
So. If you can save some money during the startup phase, that's a good thing, right? Right!?
Traditionally, businesses have held most of their IT in-house. Much of which comes with a significant capital outlay, as well as sizeable budgets required for ICT support staff to maintain servers and manage the network.
The new model is to embrace cloud services. SaaS (Software as a Service) apps are web-based and usually paid by monthly or annual subscription. This makes it ideal for a new business wanting to save money, but still have best of breed tools available to the them from the outset.
Common SaaS apps include:
- Basecamp - Project management for small teams. Basecamp (by 37 Signals) was one of the first SaaS cabs off the rank are are widely heralded as the pioneers of the web-based software industry.
- Google Docs - Google's online answer to Microsoft Office - includes Google Drive which allows offline syncing of your docs with
- Google Apps - Google's productivity suite of apps for small to enterprise size organisations. Includes powerful 'branded' Gmail, calendaring, branded Google Docs and much more.
- DropBox - Document sharing and syncing. A must for anybody who needs to share stuff with others, but especially if you have more that one computer or device. DropBox will change your life.
- ...and more
Using tools like these can provide your business with an agile software platform that's platform agnostic and will allow your staff to work from home and more.