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Managing in the cloud: three essential tools

Most of the talk around cloud computing usually revolves around its accessibility and the fact that it is available on any device, anywhere in the world with an internet connection. This is surely at the core of the immense success cloud computing is enjoying. As of last year, over 90 percent of companies had adopted some sort of cloud computing.

The other major advantage is purely economical, as most cloud software out there comes in a free trial version of some sort, either with a limited number of features available or with a trial version that gives full access for a limited period. This means that most companies eventually choosing cloud develop a prior and real knowledge of the software itself before actually committing to a paid plan. It goes without saying, satisfaction with the product will be higher a few months down the line as opposed to traditional software.

But what’s often overlooked is the degree to which cloud is changing the companies which use it and the work environment itself. Cloud is rapidly pushing the limits in term of HR, financial and project management.

So here are three great examples of disrupting and incredibly useful cloud software.

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Payroll made easy

HR is among the areas most impacted by the success of cloud, and SMEs are particularly thankful for this. Sometimes their accountants are only part-time employees with little time to get to know the company, and mistakes with managing payrolls are more common than you’d think. With advanced HR cloud software like Ceridian, SME accountants who are really stretched for time now have pay, time and hr at their fingertips, all in one platform, even from mobile.


The present and future of project management

A favourite for tech startups and media companies alike, and now easily spreading across more traditional markets, Trello allows to manage boards and easily share comments, projects and files on one single platform. As of April 2015, Trello was boasting 8M users worldwide, and is saving startups a lot of time in the way it allows to manage complex projects overseen by different teams smoothly and economically.


Say goodbye to emails?

Slack is often introduced as a Trello competitor, but we are talking about a slightly different kind of cloud software. Slack works in real time and allows your teams to easily chat and interact within dedicated groups. It’s easy to see as a substitute of email, as it provides a really quick and immediate way to communicate, send files and even keep track of crucial e-commerce events. Its numbers are surely impressive: Slack is now adding $1M in new contracts every 11 days, enough to think it is here to stay.