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3 Best All-in-one Software for Businesses

3 Best All-in-one Software for Businesses

A recent​ IDC research survey report​[1] indicates that almost 96% of businesses are wasting money on unused software. Considering that enterprise software is among one of organization’s most strategic assets, this statistic comes across as pretty alarming. Traditionally, businesses have been accustomed to buying specific best-in-class solutions to address distinct organizational processes. According to Gartner​,[2] a best-in-class product is defined as the superior product within a category of hardware or oftware. However, it does not necessarily mean the best product overall. This is a key point that software purchasers fail to take note of. Best-in-class does not mean best-fit. And this often leads to deluge and wasteful spending.

On the contrary, a new breed of comprehensive and integrated solutions are shaping up today’s software markets. These all-in-one software seem to understand the business critical disciplines, such as project management or sales very well, and cannot be ensnared in the challenges such as vendor management, learning curve, and reporting that best-in-class tools inherently bring to the table. These disciplines are directly responsible for their company’s top lines, so the software they use needs to address their key pain areas in order to allow information to flow seamlessly across various business functions and create better accountability, visibility, and efficiency in the processes.

Here are my 3 best all-in-one software for next-generation businesses.

1. Celoxis

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    Celoxis is one of the most affordable all-in-one platforms for project management and work collaboration. It is a comprehensive yet easy to use software that is helping businesses deliver successful projects and results. It comes with a plethora​ of capabilities that help businesses[3] – both big and small – to effectively manage their project portfolios, clients, costs, revenues, resources, and business processes.

    Celoxis provides real-time and advanced business intelligence through management dashboards and reports. It offers a wide range of pre-built and customized reporting options, including multiple data visualization and charting. Celoxis has an innovative feature called ‘Apps’ that lets organizations build their own apps for handling business workflows.

    This improves team adoption and productivity, since they handle all of their diverse work activities, including project tasks, bugs, change requests, approvals, etc., within a single system – all unified and easy for reporting. It is available in seven different languages, and is highly suitable for global remote teams.

    Celoxis is one of the few project management tools to offer a cloud-based access and an on-premise version. Popular brands such as Rolex, Jabil, HBO, Deloitte, Del Monte, The Cheesecake Factory, University of Washington, Singapore Post, and Harman have been using Celoxis successfully for years. Celoxis is available for a flat-fee pricing, which could save you money in the long run.

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    This company was established in 2001, and is among the first SaaS companies in India.

    2. Agile CRM

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      Agile CRM is a cloud-based, all-in-one customer relationship management (CRM) solution to automate all sales and marketing activities in one platform. It gives businesses a full 360 degree handle on their sales, marketing, and customer service departments, all within the same tool. Sales features include contact management, deals tracking, and appointment scheduling. Marketing features include a landing page generator, email campaigns, and web engagement tracking. Agile CRM also includes a help desk capability to enable support agents to receive, process, and respond to service requests. Agile is packed with advanced analytics features to provide businesses with data-driven insights.

      Agile CRM comes at an affordable price and is used by the likes of John Hopkins University and Fidelity Bank.

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      This company was established in 2013, and is headquartered in India.

      3. Namely

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        Namely is an all-in-one platform for human resources (HR). I would include HR as a business critical function, since it is about employees. Namely seamlessly handles all of the administration and compliance processes across HR, payroll, and benefits. It provides a centralized employee database to keep all pertinent people data at hand.

        Namely also comes with workflows to automate approvals for salary changes, promotions, etc. It has a full-service payroll module that automatically keeps in sync with the HR data. With Namely, businesses can simplify employee benefits and allow employees to shop from a menu of world-class benefits plans.

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        Talent management is another capability that is native to Namely. This provides for easy onboarding, goals, and performance reviews. Namely connects everyone in the organization and helps reduce the HR administration.

        Namely was founded in 2012, and has over 600 customers, including TechnologyAdvice and WorkWave.

        Software purchasing is a challenging and involved process. Finding the right solution is important because switching products can cost both time and money, so it is important for businesses to carefully evaluate software with their business challenges before committing to a purchase.

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        Last Updated on October 15, 2019

        To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

        To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

        We are all about doing things faster and better around here at Lifehack. And part of doing things faster and better is having a solid personal productivity system that you use on a daily basis.

        This system can be just about anything that helps you get through your mountain of projects or tasks, and helps you get closer to your goals in life. Whether it’s paper or pixels, it doesn’t really matter. But, since you are reading Lifehack I have to assume that pixels and technological devices are an important part of your workflow.

        “Personal Productivity System” defined

        A personal productivity system (at least the definition that this article will use) is a set of workflows and tools that allow an individual to optimally get their work done.

        Workflows can be how you import and handle your photos from your camera, how you write and create blog posts, how you deploy compiled code to a server, etc.

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        Tools are the things like planners, todo managers, calendars, development environments, applications, etc.

        When automation is bad

        You may be thinking that the more that we automate our systems, the more we will get done. This is mostly the case, but there is one very big “gotcha” when it comes to automation of anything.

        Automation is a bad thing for your personal productivity system when you don’t inherently understand the process of something.

        Let’s take paying your bills for example. This may seem very obvious, but if you can’t stick to a monthly budget and have trouble finding the money to make payments on time, then automating your bill payment every month is completely useless and can be dangerous for your personal finances.

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        Another example is using a productivity tool to “tell you” what tasks are important and what to do next. If you haven’t taken a step back and figured out just how your productivity systems should work together, this type of automation will likely keep you from getting things done.

        You can only automate something in your personal productivity system that have managed for a while. If you try to automate things that aren’t managed well already, you will probably feel a bit out of control and have a greater sense of overwhelm.

        Another thing to remember is that some things should always be done by yourself, like responding to important emails and communicating with others. Automating these things can show your coworkers and colleagues that you don’t care enough to communicate yourself.

        When automation is good

        On the other hand, automation is a great thing for your personal productivity system when you understand the process of something and can then automatically get the steps done. When you know how to manage something effectively and understand the step-by-step process of a portion of your system, it’s probably a great time to automate it.

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        I have several workflows that I have introduced in the last year that takes some of the “mindless” work from me so I can be more creative and not have to worry about the details of something.

        On my Mac I use a combination of Automator workflows, TextExpander snippets, and now Keyboard Maestro shortcuts to do things like automatically touch-up photos imported from my iPhone 4S or open all the apps and websites needed for a weekly meeting to the forefront of my desktop by typing a few keys. Once you open yourself up to automating a few of your processes, you start to see other pieces of your system that can benefit from automation.

        Once again; none of this works unless you understand your processes and know what tools you can use to get them done automatically.

        The three steps to determine if something is “ripe” for automation

        If your workflow passes these three steps, then automate away, baby:

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        1. You can do this process in your sleep and it doesn’t require your full, if any form of attention. It can (and has been) managed in some form prior to automating it.
        2. The process is time consuming.
        3. The process doesn’t require “human finesse” (ie. communicating and responding to something personally)

        Automating your personal productivity systems can be a great for you in the long run if you are careful and mindful of what you are doing. You first need to understand the processes that you are trying to automate before automating them though. Don’t get stuck in thinking that anything and everything should be automated in your life, because it probably shouldn’t.

        Pick and choose these processes wisely and you’ll find the ones that take up most of your time to be the best ones to automate. What have you automated in your personal productivity system?

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