Organizations need to leverage employee time efficiently, but it’s very difficult to measure when employees are using different apps depending on what their job roles are. Shadow IT is at its all-time high, and as we all know by now, this leaves both the culprits as well as the organizations that they work for susceptible to considerable security breaches, a lack of team collaboration, and no way for an employer to measure or manage employee productivity.
Even when apps are being reliably backed up to Google Apps for Work, cross-team collaboration suffers because no apps communicate properly with one another. Salespeople use Salesforce, Basecamp is used for project management by a separate team, Evernote is used for meeting minutes/ideas by individual employees, and so on. Information gets completely dispersed which results in companies who simply cannot function in an agile way. Interestingly enough, all employees have one common app denominator that isn’t being optimized to solve these problems: Email.
If we can share information in an efficient way through email, you and your employees will be able to easily access conversation streams, calendars, contacts, and important documents. In this blog post, we’ll show you exactly how to accomplish that in 3 simple steps:
First thing’s first: you’ll need an email address. Google offers free Gmail accounts (e.g. email@example.com) which is convenient and intuitive to use. If you want to be taken seriously, you’ll have your own domain name in your email address.
There are over 900 million daily active users currently using Gmail. It’s a simple and intuitive email platform, and it happens to have an impeccably great integration with Google Drive, a collaborative office suite that often competes against Microsoft Office 365. Unfortunately, there are only 240 million daily active users using Google Drive, which means that there are 660 million users who are using Gmail, but not Google Drive. So, if you’re one of those users who don’t use Google Drive but you use Gmail, you don’t really benefit from this integration… and we’re here to assure you that you’re not alone.
Small to medium sized businesses often struggle with the process of onboarding new employees. Proper employee training is a time luxury that’s not easily afforded to SMBs; in fact, 50% of them even outsource their entire human resource department.
The flip side is that the faster you are able to share your knowledge with your new employees, the faster that they can jump in and manage projects that are taking up too much of your time. Oddly enough, most companies have information that needs to be shared with new hires stored in their emails (i.e. client communications, documentation, logins and passwords, sales numbers, meeting notes, manuals, and more).
Email has always been a strange cross between being an essential knowledge base for your company, and an effective method to communicate with others. Regardless of these awesome capabilities, it’s still an unorganized mess.
Here at cloudHQ, we’ve proudly built solid technology to help you collaborate really easily with your teams, and make sure you have a safe copy of all your work backed up in a separate cloud. Thanks to you, we’ve grown to synchronizing over 5 millions files everyday!
While synchronizing so many files, we noticed that our clients who use us for project management, product support assignment, and lead management, often sync us to their Gmail labels. It was then that we realized that email is very much the king of communication for most businesses; in most cases, it’s their workflow backbone.
The main gripe that we have with email, is that it never fully integrated with the cloud. Email is cumbersome, and is yet irrationally adopted across all companies. Workflow-wise, it lacks the ability to:
We felt like it was time that email should be reinvented. Using Gmail label sharing through cloudHQ addresses all these issues with email. It’ll increase your team collaboration through: email sharing, exporting emails into PDF formats, and synchronizing emails to more convenient clouds like Evernote, Salesforce, Google Docs and more. You can even use it through a nifty Google Chrome extension which makes sharing simple — the way it should have always been!
The lowest common denominator for any business communication has always been email. You would think it would have died by now, but instead, it’s actually thriving. Information that is often of the highest valuable can usually be found within email, often as attachments or written agreements in the body of the email itself.
Sensitive information with financials advisors, investors, partners, clients, etc., can all be found in your email; which is a really scary thought. Usually, that’s the easiest platform hackers use to infiltrate a company’s private data. Still, the importance that we place on email as a means of communication is so great, that it’s impossible to let it die off; and so we continue to use it as a primary means of communication.
Email is actually a great tool for employees who don’t need to be tech savvy (like support, lead gen, etc), as well as anyone who’s mobile. In many cases, Dropbox sharing, Google Docs sharing, or Evernote notebook sharing is too complicated for employees to learn if they don’t need to use it in order to perform their jobs well. For our mobile team, having all our notes and sales documents in our email makes it easy for us to access these documents on our phones while we’re out meeting clients, and our support tickets can all be handled via a Gmail shared label workflow.
Still, regardless of how great email is, organizations cannot survive with email as their only infrastructure. Businesses need good applications in: project management, sales management, note-taking, etc. The biggest problem lies in tying all these isolated applications together so that everyone can be on the same page for a group effort. There is no such suite that offers everything a business needs; perhaps Google and Microsoft are the only 2 platforms that come close, but still lack diversity in their offerings.
How Do You Integrate Email as Part of Your Cloud Infrastructure?
Let’s suppose that you are using Evernote to keep track of your projects (notes, images, etc.), but your primary method of communication in your company is via email. Since you’re the only team member using Evernote, you have one major problem: noone on your team will ever understand your point of view because they’ll never adequately know what you’re thinking.
You have one of 2 options:
A lot of startups and SMBs are hiring external contractors who have large files to deliver, but contractors face 2 major hurdles:
The rise of a mobile workforce is showing no signs of slowing down. The BYOD movement (“bring your own device” movement) is a direct result of employers hiring mobile workforces. With over 96 million mobile workers, and numbers expecting to topple 105 million by 2020, the benefits of mobile productivity is far too great to ignore.
Mobile use enhances productivity and efficiency in the workplace, but there are still a few challenges that have yet to be resolved. Storage issues, slow or faulty wireless data connections, and apps that don’t play well with others, are just some of the issues currently affecting mobile employee efficiency.
There are many online comparisons between Google Drive and Dropbox. The problem is that many of those articles are biased, and are light on substance. Most articles discuss either the costs of storage or the free storage space being offered, and then often attempt to recommend one service over the other based on these two characteristics.
Cloud storage platforms such as Google Drive and Dropbox are so much more than just cloud storage. Prices are already very competitive, so price shouldn’t be a factor when deciding upon a solution that will store all of your company assets. Does it really matter if one solution is a few dollars per month more than the other, especially if one of the solutions doesn’t completely meet your company’s storage needs?
If storage for your company data is less important than $5 per employee per month, then stop reading this blog post right now. If you want to know the real differences between Google Drive and Dropbox, take the blue pill:
It’s important to understand that there is no clear winner between the two services. Each cloud service has different features that target different audiences. In this article, we will compare the following features of both cloud services:
Small businesses love the cloud. Actually, 87% of all small businesses already adopted some form of operating in the cloud, using a variety of cloud services and apps for many company tasks including: email, storage, calendars, and billing and invoicing.
When it comes to cloud storage, there are many services that claim to be the best, but two of the most popular choices are Dropbox for Business and Google Drive. Let’s examine why.
Ever wonder why top companies like EMC, JC Penney, and Gartner integrate all their cloud apps?
Here are the top 5 reasons to consider implementing a cloud platform integration:
Just follow these 5 simple steps, and you’ll be up and running.
Evernote never stops trying to make everyone’s life easier. With over 100 million users, Evernote wants to be the home of things you need to remember.
That’s great for Evernote users, but what about Microsoft OneNote users, Google Docs, or Slack users? Sure, each have different features, but they’re all trying to be the home of our cloud-based memory. Some integration is possible, but there’s a limit to how many online accounts people will use. Interestingly, 85% of smartphone users use apps, but only 5 apps experience heavy traffic.