In this day and age, virtual teams and organizations around the globe are increasing their communication. For example, an employer in United States could have his or her team resides in Indonesia, or an organization utilizing services from a client in Europe. Usually, each instance has no choices but to use multiple online services such as Google Apps, Dropbox, Skype, LinkedIn, Basecamp, and a whole lot others in order to work properly.
The thing is, all of these online services are completely isolated from one another. Each has their own way to search, organize knowledge, share information, manage team, and access control. This, of course, wastes time, energy and resources to jump from one service to another. There’s no central place from which people can manage and organize all of this data. Like, say, who updated the changes in Basecamp? Who has access to the related files in Dropbox? And just who is reporting to whom? What’s more, doing it this way, you risks losing files quickly. Is the needed file actually kept in Basecamp? Or was it left in Dropbox? Oh, maybe it’s in the team’s mailbox. There’s no way to make sure or even force the separated web applications to communicate or work with one another. You wouldn’t want to waste time running in and out between all these different services and accounts, now would you? Not if you can help it, I’m sure.
Enter cloudHQ, a web application that revolutionizes team communication and collaboration. It works wonderfully like your very own private Workbook and specifically designed to combine all the above isolated “islands” by building a private and secure network, integrating all of those cloud resources and your team(s) into a social-type network interface and thus unifying search, sharing, and team management functions. With this new way, cloudHQ allows you to manage all of your team(s) and data from a single place. Best of all, cloudHQ is fully integrated with Google Apps and can access all these services directly from your current Google Apps web pages. It even comes with mobile web interface that enables you to access all cloud services from iPhone, Android, or Windows phone. You can easily access your networks and update status, search information in Basecamp, Google Apps or Dropbox.
CloudHQ is simple to use, but not simplistic. It might even easier than using Facebook or Twitter. Any data from LinkedIn, Dropbox, Google Apps, Basecamp and other services can be easily and securely shared with team members, partners, clients, or advisors. Their expertise, past experience and contact information can be automatically synched from LinkedIn, and all of which are discoverable across your organization. Everything that was once scattered all over the web services can now be easily search through at once, just like searching your hard-drive.
CloudHQ allows you to easily create Company Directory and organizational chart—containing information about all the connecting employees, customers, suppliers and partners. You can even personalize directory for the organization’s external contacts to synchronize directly with employee data in LinkedIn. User information can be updated by the users themselves, including status (notifications such as “on holidays”, “working from home”, etc), telephone number; email address, organization postal address, skills, experience, you name it.
CloudHQ supports other important features of building a Knowledge Base similar to Wiki, which unifies your knowledge from information stored in different online services and team members. It also centralizes news panel such as corporate newsfeed and personal newsfeed from other users in the organization, complete with information based on followers (like Facebook or Twitter).
In essence, cloudHQ simplifies teamwork in a cloud. What’s more could you ask from a SaaS (Software as a service) web-based application to secure and maintain the success of your company in a sophisticated and sane way?