November 3, 2011

InformationWeek

10 Essential Cloud Apps For SMBs

Online tools let you get going fast and pay as you go, two factors that appeal especially to SMBs. From productivity to analytics, these 10 apps deserve your attention.

Host Analytics
Under the group heading of "corporate performance management," Host Analytics develops cloud-based tools for finance teams. Functions include budgeting, planning, consolidation, and reporting, which are all aimed at reducing some of the pain inherent in finance operations and shift resources from mundane, recurring tasks to more strategic roles. The Scorecard tool offers a way to measure progress toward corporate goals and keep continuous tabs on organizational performance; the Decision Hub likewise promotes data-driven analysis and choices. Like many other SaaS vendors, Host Analytics also offers additional support and training services for companies that need a bit more external help.