Staying connected is the number one priority these days, but for business, it’s more than just keeping the social media intern on target with Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook updates—it’s about connecting with the office as much as it is with the clients, and never before has that been easier.
With websites and programs that branch the distance between cubicles in the office to remote workers in different parts of the world, it’s never been better, faster, more cost effective to be on the same page, and these are the new ways to get there.
Created by the co-founder of Facebook, Dustin Moskovitch, and using tools and knowledge based on increasing the productivity of Facebook employees, Asana is the answer to tracking your team’s progress and work without having to install a security camera system. Offered for free and at a premium, the management system has a clean homepage that makes finding your to-do list and project updates simple and straightforward. Add team members to your projects and send inter-program emails—it’s all about making the work flow smooth and uncomplicated.
Trello, like Asana, is another project based management system that is based on the work practices from another Fortune 500 company: Toyota. With a simple interface that uses boards to track progress and allows you to drag projects from “Working” to “Completed” in seconds, it’s for people who enjoy the visual of Post-Its but hate having to keep track of them. You get a bird’s eye view of what you need to get done, and all the steps along the way to a finished product, and it’s accessible anywhere. Forget saving this one just for business, it’s just as efficient at sorting out your doctor’s appointments and grocery lists—getting organized was never so easy.
While chat rooms may seem like a thing of 1990’s past, the way Discourse.org brings about the discourse is about as modern and top of the line as it can get. With a built-in program to keep out the trolls and internet bullies, this new-age internet discussion board is 100% free and works so well on your tablet and mobile phone that you won’t understand how you tapped into the forum of public opinion without Discourse before.
Do you have a lot of calling traffic with work? Whether it be constant conference calling, networking, or getting to check in on what’s going on with your work around the world, Plivo is your answer to global carrier service providers. From tools like SIP trunking to Conference App Voice API, they work with people like Netflix to add SMS messaging to web and mobile apps for everything from political polling to help desks. Streamlining the process between business and client, Plivo gets the work done for cheaper, which is always a happy discovery.
The Prezi is the 21st century answer to Powerpoint; with new twists and turns (literally), it’s the answer to your next big conference meeting video, and it’s going to make you look like a tech genius. By working with an interactive graphing map to draw paths to lead your presentation down, wowing your audience has never been easier. Attach pictures, video clips, sounds and text in cool configurations that zoom in and out of the screen with the same efficiency of the presentation programs you’re used to, but with a lot more modern flair. Bonus: you can access it from the internet anywhere, or download it for a permanent copy.
Whether you’re starting a new business or working on making the one you’re got run more like a well-oiled machine, these are the programs to go with. Not only are they freeing up time and energy, they’ll make you look savvy while you’re doing it too.