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5 Companies That Are Moving Cloud Data Forward

5 Companies That Are Moving Cloud Data Forward

When it comes to utilizing cloud data, businesses often find themselves clueless as to where to turn. Many of their goals may be the same (easier management, greater productivity, etc.), but finding the right solutions out there is a task that can prove quite challenging. Put simply, the cloud has a lot to offer companies, but that potential can too often go untapped. Luckily, a number of businesses have risen to the forefront of utilizing cloud data, unlocking all that potential in some innovative ways. While the word “revolutionary” may be a tad bit overused these days, these companies offer a new way of thinking that helps propel cloud data forward. Businesses interested in reaching their goals would be wise to take a closer look.

1. IFTTT

Yes, that’s a lot of capital letters, but the service IFTTT provides doesn’t have to be complicated (the company’s name rhymes with “gift,” in case you were curious). IFTTT basically works by helping users have more control over the apps and products that they normally use. This is done by allowing them to create “recipes” connecting their apps. “If” recipes take the form of the well known “If, Then” cause and effect relationship, only this one ties directly into the apps used. For example, you can create a recipe with IFTTT dictating that every time you post a picture to Instagram, that photo is saved in Dropbox. “Do” recipes allows users to create personalized buttons, allowing them to control products like their thermostats, playlists, calendars, and other items. By using the cloud to give people more control, IFTTT’s rules engine takes cloud data into a more usable route.

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2. Zapier

Similar to IFTTT (though without the long acronym), Zapier also employs a rules engine to give you more connected apps. Instead of creating recipes, Zapier allows you to create Zaps using triggers and actions. By setting the trigger and action, you can automate certain tasks. For example, a Zap can be created with the trigger of receiving an email and the action being getting an SMS message. This is a convenient way to move data between apps seamlessly. With more automation, users can get more work done, manage multiple accounts easily, and work with lots of data without trouble. Zapier makes using cloud data accessible for everyone.

3. DataHero

DataHero takes a different strategy to using cloud data, this time by developing a self-service analytics platform. DataHero’s service helps businesses connect all of their cloud services together, analyzing all of that information and coming up with some valuable business insights. Essentially, Datahero takes cloud data and compiles it into one centralized location. The company also helps everybody within an organization use the service, whether they are a data expert or not. With increased business intelligence, companies will be in better position to make the most use out of their cloud data.

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4. Chartio

Much like DataHero, Chartio is a big data analytics tool all about taking data from multiple sources. Much of Chartio’s focus is turning that data into easy-to-use formats through the creation of charts, graphs, and other forms of data visualization. Chartio also allows for easy in-depth queries that take into account all the sources of data a company is using. With more complex analytical queries, the self-service analytics platform Chartio delivers makes communicating business insights easier than ever.

5. Domo

Similar to Chartio and DataHero, Domo is all about taking a bunch of complex information and merging it into one place—in this case, a specialized business platform. This platform helps businesses connect to all the data they use no matter the source, whether it be on the cloud, through social media, or on-site software. This makes it possible for anyone within the organization to access and analyze, creating a more dynamic business. If a company makes their use of data central to their operations, as Domo supports, it makes them better at making business decisions.

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These are just a few of the companies making great strides in the use of cloud data, opening up new opportunities to businesses all over the world. They empower organizations, giving them added capabilities. With this type of innovative thinking leading the way, cloud data is more usable than before. Finally, companies have ways to unlock all of big data’s potential thanks to these big data analytics tools.

Featured photo credit: Exif Data/Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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