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Business Management Tools for Streamlining Operations and Transform your Productivity
Finding enough time in the day can seem impossible. The following business management tools and suggestions are designed to help you walk into work feeling less stressed, organized and more productive than ever before.
Whether you’re on a financial team, channel management or strategy, head of marketing, director of sales, etc., this information will breathe new and exciting life back into your workflow by simplifying and prioritizing everyday operations.
Project Management Tools
1.) Active Collab
This powerful web-based application is the ideal solution for businesses that struggle with internal management of roles and duties. From task filtering and cloud-based collaboration to time tracking reports and invoice filing, Active Collab is a simple and effective way to build synergy internally.
If having a bird’s eye perspective of company happenings is something you want, Trello is a great solution. The simple, drag-and-drop features built into Trello allow your team to create cards or “boards” that are managed via visual collaboration. Adjust priorities, update statuses and brainstorm in an entirely easy, visually engaging way.
JIRA is agile software that helps your team plan, track, collaborate, build, code and deliver. However your team collaborates, JIRA will optimize this process by taking ideas and inputting them into actionable strategies.
TallyFy’s niche is its streamlined alert triggers that notify new tasks that need to be completed. This is a wonderful tool that will pigeonhole project management into a methodical, seamless process where you know the exact status of each task. The ability to scale projects instantly gives you the advantage of knowing exactly where you stand on priorities.
Leading the way in ease-of-use and reliability, Smartsheet is essentially “Extreme Makeover” the Excel spreadsheet edition. You have so much more flexibility and customizable options with Smartsheet when compared to spreadsheets. Offering businesses a hybrid of collaborative options, Smartsheet is the modern way projects should be managed.
Digital Collaboration Tools
The industry standard in web conferencing software, GoToMeeting makes meeting with colleagues a seamless, personal experience (due to its high definition integration capabilities). Customers swear by its ability to improve conversion rates, build a better relationship and make for more productive online collaboration.
Like its name suggests, ScreenLeap is an easy-to-use software that helps individuals instantly sync their desktop view onto any other monitor. Viewers can use any device with a web browser to take their “hands off the wheel” and allow you to dictate the direction of the digital meeting.
BlueJeans is a cloud-based application that is the ideal tool for bringing together multiple attendees in multiple locations. The simple, consistent meeting interfaces in any room, so there are no distractions or delays during important discussions.
HipChat is the perfect tool for internal communication that gets lost and buried in reply-to-all emails. HipChat completely transforms the traditional waiting game of internal responses into something that is promptly helpful, reliable efficient and 100% collaborative. HipChat is strategically designed for group discussion.
5.) Facebook at Work
Given modern society’s inherent understanding of how to use Facebook, Face at Work leverages this concept and implements it into a private, professional environment for internal collaboration. It’s a great platform for businesses that value front to backend communication where the company feels all-inclusive and personable.
Accounting Software Products
NetSuite’s core value proposition is that it seamlessly adjusts to changing market dynamics so you don’t lose productivity. Providing any size company complete front and backend visibility into all financial activity, NetSuite is a powerful tool that removes the hassle of IT in a cost-friendly manner.
For small businesses, QuickBooks is the holy grail of easy-to-use accounting software. By detailing the ins of outs of revenue transmitting through your business. QuickBooks instantly tells how much your business is profiting while providing a streamlined categorization of your expenses. It’s the perfect small business tool when tax season comes around.
For accounting services, Oracle is at the top of the food chain when it comes to delivering diverse, comprehensive business solutions. Its built-in calculations engine removes the complexity and time-consuming nature of auditing claims with cutting-edge technology that provides extensive validation and rules repositories options.
Many of the largest businesses in the world use SAP as a means to produce an efficient and transparent accounting workflow. SAP leverages robust automation to cleanse data with valid audit trails, and integration of assets, accounts payable/receivable, and inventory.
5.) Computer Market Research
CMR’s newest channel management module, Automated Distributor Claims Managements (ADCM), is a robust web-based application that centralizes and normalizes your channel data into actionable business intelligence. ADCM solves the issue of partner reimbursement claims overpayments, inaccuracies in credit approvals, GAAP violations, slow turnaround time on partner reimbursements, and labor spent on matching special pricing rules against each POS transaction.
Simplification and prioritization are the fundamental basis of output efficiency. When you have time-consuming tasks to complete and strict deadlines to hit, implementing these business philosophies into your workflow will help alleviate stress and improve the overall quality of work.
1.) Don’t attend meetings you don’t have to
If it’s not absolutely 100% essential that you be there, don’t accept or attend the meeting. Additionally, it’s not uncommon for business meetings to quickly morph into trivial discussions about personal life, sports, politics, etc., which can shave vital minutes off of your day.
2.) Schedule time to breath in the fresh air
Imperative for stressful work environments, fresh air does much more to your performance and overall wellbeing than you probably imagine. The crisp air helps detoxify the airways of your lungs as well as improve heart rate and blood pressure, supports immunity, increases energy and supports cognitive thinking. A great way to know when to take a break is giving yourself a reward for accomplishing something that is stressful or hard-pressed for time.
3.) Don’t overwhelm yourself with tech applications
Nowadays, there are so many applications and game-changing solutions that it can make your head spin. Don’t overdo productivity applications and services, instead, limit your use to these tools that only directly affect your workflow.
4.) Get to work and write things down
One of the simplest, most easily forgotten things we don’t do is jot down our tasks as soon as we begin work. Things is an incredible stress-reliever that will immediately put things into perspective and guide your productivity.
5.) Just say “no”
Vital. Taking on tasks just because were ask shouldn’t mean you have to drop all other priorities to appease someone else’s demands. If you’re not in an authoritative position to make this point across, the most important thing you do is clearly communicate how this new task affects all other priorities.
When you treat your business management tools and principles to a higher standard, you don’t just improve your performance but your entire organization. Take an introspective look into your current workflow and identify which areas are giving you the most headache. Once you have a better understanding of your pain points and daily roadblocks, your entire professional life will change for the better.