google drive

Google Drive is a cloud storage and sharing system. It can be used as a cloud-based office work center. Users can work on their own documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, as well as work collaboratively with others. Users need a recent version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari web browsers to use Drive. It has a web-based app and a downloaded version. Once installed, uploading and downloading files is incredibly fast. Additional office and creative programs are now available specifically for use with Google Drive, such as LucidChart, a diagramming program; WeVideo, a video editing program; Docusign, an electronic signature program; and HelloFax, to send Google Drive files as faxes and receive faxes as Google Drive documents.

quick dock

QuickBase is a larger and more secure alternative to Google Docs. It helps collect, manage and share data. Quickbase can be customized for a specific business. It has a lot of pre-existing apps and it also has a store for customer-created apps. It has an easy to understand application builder. Users have to purchase a one-month subscription and a 30-day free trial is available.

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is designed for cloud storage and sharing. One subscription allows users to download Office 2013 (or Office 2011 for Mac) on up to 5 devices. An annual subscription costs $100. Microsoft also offers an $80 subscription to students for all four years. If you don’t want to install full Office, you can run Office On Demand. Office On Demand temporarily installs a full copy of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, or Publisher on any Windows 7 or 8 PC. It lets you open or create documents, and then removes the app from the system after you close it. Improvements have been made to the commenting capabilities in Word, as well as Word in general, to make it much cleaner.


A powerful yet easy-to-use cloud-based phone system and access to local and global numbers.

The system allows you to break free from the limitations of traditional telephony and connect seamlessly and globally.

There’s no need to buy, maintain, or upgrade equipment, and our unlimited inbound and outbound calling plans eliminate long distance charges and third-party carrier billing.

You can keep a pay-as-you-go plan at incredibly low rates, starting at 3 cents per minute.

Adobe Connection

Adobe Connect is a comprehensive cloud application for web conferencing. It costs $55/month (or $45/month if you sign up for a year) and is available for 100 users. Adobe Connect allows users to hold video conferences, share and annotate files, videos, and each other’s desktops, and rearrange the appearance of the space to suit the user’s needs. It adapts to all browsers and Internet connections. Meeting rooms can be cumbersome to set up, but once set up they are always available.

To spend

Expensify is a web-based application that helps users track and categorize expenses. It has a mobile app that can be used to take note of expenses. Photos of receipts can be taken for uploading, and users can email receipts to Expensify account. Better, it’s free.


FormMobi is a web-based application that helps simplify the form creation process. Users create an account on FormMobi and start creating forms. They can then be accessed by the field team if they have the Android or iOS device. Once the form is saved to the device, it can be accessed without a data connection and completed forms can be synced with FormMobi. It costs $10 for a single user and up to $100 a month for ten users.


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