5 Of My Favourite Cloud-Based Software

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Cloud SoftwareI don’t know about you but software has changed my life- literary. Even if you do not interact with software directly on a regular basis, it has a significant impact on your life. Software plays a crucial role in how various aspects of your life are conducted. From the bread you buy at the gas station to the fuel you pump into your car, software has a say.

For people with the privilege of using a personal computer, we interact with software on more occasions than those who don't. I say software has changed my life because with it I can do so much more than I could 15 years ago.

Assisted by the various software applications on my Dell machine, I carry out numerous tasks without second thought. I am able to manage aspects of my daily life like accounting and task management. I am also able to keep this blog running whilst also being able to work on my software development projects.

These are just some of the things I can do with the help of the right software, not forgetting entertainment of course, although I find as the years go by I spend less and less of my time on it. All thanks to software. As we use computers more, we tend to find that we prefer certain versions of software to others. The reasons for this are sometimes purely aesthetic but mostly functional.

The following are some of the software applications that I have found indispensable over the years. You will note that they are, for most, free and if not in the cloud then are open source.

The Cloud

The wonderful thing about using software in the cloud is that it a seamless experience. You don't have to install anything. All that is required of you is to sign up and then you are good to go.

Since you don't have to install anything on your computer, this means that you do not have to worry about maintenance and updates. All that is taken care of for you by the host of the application in the cloud and it means fewer chores for you.

Another reason running cloud-based software applications should get you excited is that you do not have to worry about moving data around. Your data follows you wherever you go. The data you use is not stored anywhere on your computer and you can get it anywhere, anytime once you log in.

The big disadvantage of course is that you are limited by the availability and quality of your internet connection. If you have limited Internet access or if the quality is poor, then using the cloud-based software is probably not for you and the cloud is not an ideal place in which be productive in and store your data.

Trello

Trello is a simple but elegant solution to organization. It uses the Kanban approach to managing tasks. Essential the interface presents an organization of teams, boards and cards. You can easily drag these elements around to organize a wide range of activities.

I love Trello because it is highly visual and has, I say it again, a simple yet elegant user interface. Trello is probably my most used application. It is littered with things I have to do in lists on boards. I don't know how else I could plan my blogs without this tool.

One of the powerful features of the web is collaboration and Trello does that very well as well. You can invite other people to collaborate on projects and control access to different resources. I wrote a comprehensive blog on Trello you might want to read up on.

Evernote

I like to take notes when I read books, any kind of books. Ya, weird, I know. I however find that when I read a book, what I learn does not usually stick and rather than rereading the books I have read, I take quiet comprehensive notes as I read. This habit has served me well because I can easily refresh on books I have read from the notes I took.

This is where Evernote is so indispensable for me. With Evernote, you organize your notes in categories called notebooks. This level of organization means that you can organize your notes in any fashion that appeals and works for you. There is also a tagging system to help with the organization of notes.

Evernote also allows you to collaborate by sharing notes with others. This is awesome because you can selectively share your notes and ideas easily.

GMail

What would I do without GMail! GMail is the best email application out there and I dare you to dispute this fact. If you can, I would love to hear about your alternative.

It took me a while to jump on the GMail bandwagon because I have been using my own mail server to handle mail and I always figured it is more professional to send mails from your business domain, such as synergyk dot com in my case other than gmail dot com.

Once I got on Gmail, I found it was easy to send mail from my domain using my gmail account and have been doing so ever since. The blog post Receiving and Sending Other Mail Through Gmail should get you up to speed if you wanna do the same. 

There are so many settings and configurations to make Gmail come to life that I encourage you to visit the settings page.

Buffer

Managing social media can be a nightmare at times. Aside from generating the content itself, posting to social media is a job on its own. What if you wanted to post to social media at midnight on new year’s eve but did not want to stay up to do it?

That is where a social media management tool comes in and I have nothing but praises for Buffer. Buffer is a social media management tool allowing you to post to social media and also interact with others on multiple social media platforms from one interface.

This means that not only can you schedule posts in advance, you can also do all the things you do on each individual social network through a single point of contact. This is a social media manager or marketer's dream. Read Managing Multiple Social Media Accounts to learn more.

Google Drive and Google Docs

I don’t hear people talk a lot about Google Docs, the complement to Google Drive. I recently started using them and I am seriously asking myself why I hadn’t started using them sooner. This is basically all your documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the cloud.

The advantage to hosting your documents in the cloud is convenience as I already discussed. No need to install anything and the ability to access your documents anywhere. But then again, there is the disadvantage of that access being limited by the availability and quality of your Internet connection.

I Encourage You To Explore Cloud Based Software

If you haven't been using cloud-based software and have ample Internet access, I encourage you to take the first step. I am willing to bet that you will not be disappointed and like with me using google Docs, you will be wondering why you hadn't started sooner. If you are already doing so, then I am certain you agree. Happy cloud experiences!

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