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December 21, 2014 | Tom Ballard

Guest columnist explores collaboration tools

teknovation-tekno(EDITOR’S NOTE: accepts guest columns from time to time that we believe have something to offer our readers. This one was submitted by Ivan Serrano, a business journalist and infographic specialist located in Northern California. He emailed us after coming across teknovation.)

Companies around the world are using technology to expand their business.

Many modern businesses have clients, customers, and employees across different countries. Because of this, companies have to manage their businesses across seas. The best way to accomplish this is through using technology.

There are a number of collaboration tools, management platforms, and software to help companies run their business from all over the world. Let’s take a closer look at the tools your global business can benefit from.

Collaborative Software

Collaboration is necessary if you’re managing employees from across the country or around the world. Luckily, there are several collaboration tools that make it easier for employers to connect with their employees.

If you’re looking for a system to manage important documents, Google Drive is a great tool for keeping everything in one place. In addition, Google Drive is great for sharing documents without having to worry about downloading compatible files.

For companies in search of better management platforms, software such as Podio and Trello help businesses manage their employees’ projects and tasks. These tools streamline the management process and make it easier for businesses to delegate tasks to employees.

Multi-person Video Conference

Keeping in touch with employees can be difficult when you’re running a global business; however, there are some tools that can improve your communication process.

Google Hangouts is a great tool for businesses to use because it allows users to host video chats with up to 10 users. You can also record documents, presentations, and external videos. Another communication tool that’s great for quick communication is Skype. This platform allows users to use instant messaging and video to communicate.

Mobile Apps

In today’s workforce, many employees and entrepreneurs are on the go. To keep up with the demands of business, it’s essential to be connected to work via your mobile device.

There are hundreds of mobile apps available that make it easier to communicate in the workplace. However, there are a few apps that create a more effective communication process. Mobile apps such as Dropbox and Evernote make it easy for people to upload, share, and view documents. In addition, LastPass is a great app for keeping track of important passwords.

These are just a few of the tech tools that make managing a global business much easier. By integrating these tools into your business, you’ll streamline your management process and create a more efficient business.

What are your favorite tech tools to use for managing your business?

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