Cloud apps are consistently changing the way we do business from opening up opportunities in collaboration to storing important data about your company. But how can you make these apps work more effectively in order to improve efficiency and boost your bottom line? After all, you may be wondering where the limit is for cloud applications and whether yours are working at full capacity. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can improve your business processes by boosting your cloud apps.
What are cloud apps?
First of all, let’s look at what cloud apps are and how they work. These apps, otherwise known as SaaS, are an on-demand availability of system resources and softwares via the internet and are mostly used to store data. Cloud apps are hosted on a remote server and managed from a central location so the user doesn’t have to manage hardware or any software updates. Examples of these apps include, Google Drive, Paypal, Trello, Square POS, Salesforce and many more. Cloud apps can offer you a great deal of features but it’s up to you to enable these options.
If you haven’t already integrated your apps, now is the time. Syncing or integrating apps with one another is the best way to streamline your data, processes and organisation. These apps don’t need to be cloud based, web based apps can also be integrated. Integration can save you time and not only save you money but boost productivity and revenue. Let’s take a look at an example of how app integration can give your current cloud apps an edge.
Syncing iCloud with Mailchimp can create cohesion between the two apps by feeding information such as phone numbers, updated contact details and bounce rates to Mailchimp. In doing this, the data leveraged tells Mailchimp how to best manage your contacts giving you up to date information and better insights on your contacts including whether they are interacting with your mail or not, giving you better organisation without the hassle of doing it manually. This allows sales and marketing teams to access correct and up to date information faster and more confidently.
You could choose to integrate an app such as Salesforce with accounting software, Quickbooks to gain better insights on how your business is operating and how your sales processes are functioning, allowing you to raise questions on how to improve those problem areas. With this integration, data, such as: customer information, sales orders expenses and invoicing can be shared between the app and software streamlining your data and allowing sales and accounts to connect more efficiently by reducing duplicate data entry, driving more and stronger insights for financial forecasting and improving productivity within your business.
Automate Your Apps
Do you know that feeling when your to-do list is long and there’s only so much you can fit in a day? It’s often overwhelming and if you haven’t got anyone else to pass tasks along to, it can be stressful. This is where automation comes in to make your life easier. When running a business a lot of the tasks involved in management and organization are repetitive. Most cloud based apps now offer the option to automate a lot of operational tasks. Want to save time creating repeat purchase orders and invoices? Automate them. Need to send out welcome emails to your contacts? Automate them. You can even set your apps up so that they automatically delete dead data such as, duplicate records, old contact information for customers and old emails. If you have a team of people working with you, you can automate workflows to assign tasks, deadlines and make collaboration between team members easier, this is especially useful if you work remotely. Automation is another way of streamlining your processes such as repetitive tasks and by doing so, gives you the space to get on with the larger tasks on your to-do list all the while keeping your business organized and your customers happy.
When you unlock your cloud app’s potential by integrating with other apps or decide to automate your processes via your cloud app, you open up a lot of opportunities to grow as a business. Streamlining can boost productivity and keep costs lower, while automation can save you lots of time and money. Automation and integration will enable you to spend more time improving your business products and services, making your clients and customers happier, which in turn will help you scale your business. Give your cloud apps a level up and see how it can support your business for the better.