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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.

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5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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