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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 February 15, 2019

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

        Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

        Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

        So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

        Joe’s Goals

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          Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

          Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

          Daytum

            Daytum

            is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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            Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

            Excel or Numbers

              If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

              What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

              Evernote

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                I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                Access or Bento

                  If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                  Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                  You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                  Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                  All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                  Conclusion

                  I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                  What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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