Big businesses use big business tools to gain competitive edge. They use technology to enable constant communication and collaboration. In the past this sort of infrastructure was to preserve of the corporate world. The costs associated with setting up a collaboration medium, with purchase and maintenance of servers and devices was prohibitive for all but the deep pockets of large business enterprises.
Now, it is actually easier for the small business to implement collaboration and communication than for larger enterprises. Google Apps for Business costs from £2.75 per user. That’s a remarkably low starting point for a fully collaborative experience! With the advent of low cost devices your business staff need never be out of reach. From phones to tablets to Chromebooks (low cost laptop devices) there is a business tool that will work, particularly for start-ups and small businesses that need to hit the ground running.
For most users email, contacts and calendar are the most important business tools. Google Apps for Business enables access to all of this from multiple devices, seamlessly. Enter an appointment on your phone and have it appear on your computer calendar. Reply to an email from a tablet and see the reply across all your other mail clients. Cloud computing empowers the small business and lifts it to the level of the corporate user.
Document sharing and collaboration is straightforward with Google Apps for Business – from basic file storage and sharing so that your staff have access to that important document on the go to full real time editing of documents by multiple users you have all the tools to hand within an easy to grasp interface. The tools are intuitive and easy to get started with.
With the entry cost of devices being so low there’s never been a better time for small businesses to compete on a level playing field with the corporate collaborators!