Now that many firms have started to utilize web applications in a larger way within their companies, it begs the question- just what applications remain essential for a startup business to have on the PCs that makeup their office network.
Clearly, the battle for ERP, CRM, accounting suites, and sales and business intelligence applications is trending towards web applications as results show that online vendors are gaining the majority of the market.
With that in mind, here are some of the must-have programs for running your own business:
An Office Productivity Suite:
You might laugh and say that you create your documents online via one of the many vendors that provide that service. Nonetheless, most businesses remain a little conservative about the concept, preferring to add the online capability for some while continuing to provide full suites onsite on workers' local computing devices. This approach makes sense because in today's marketplace, there is still a quite measurable gap between what you can accomplish on your desktop versus what you can accomplish online. In addition, if you experience internet problems, your entire company isn't locked out of using one of its main tools.
More than One Browser:
An obvious choice, and yet the the important thing for businesses is to actually look at allowing all three major browsers to be installed on your company computers. It doesn't make your firm anymore secure, but it will definitely allow your workers to work more efficiently when they encounter websites or applications that are specifically developed for one or more of the browsers. For those that are into customization, anyone of the browsers allows you to either hook into monitoring software or create your own script to curate the access experience based upon the role of your workers.
A Security Suite:
Google and Apple and Microsoft were hacked in serious incidents over the past few years. So expecting that your company will not be targeted at some point would be unrealistic. Just the same, with ATT experiencing hundreds of millions of attacks a day, using a security suite that filters out every conceivable type of attack, will lower your profile as a target for hackers.
Network Monitoring Software:
Because most offices rely on Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet to connect their machines together, it is important to pickup a reliable network monitoring software package so that you can avoid performance pitfalls and ensure that the network health of your firm is good for productivity. Network monitoring also allows you to organize your machines into groups to be monitored for trends while predicting future trends that can aid in finding bottlenecks. For those interested in security, a good package can be used to help track down chronic intrusions.
Image Manipulation Software:
If your firm is like most firms, you will augment any publications that you create with a vendor by creating some of your own on your company machines. Having a package that allows you to edit photos and create graphics that can be used on employees' desktops is therefore important. One of the nice things about image manipulation software is that some packages are free so that if you want to provide your design people with a paid package and your business people with a free package, you can do so without breaking your budget.
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