I am sure you must have heard about the term “Cloud Computing”. And I am also sure that each one has his/her own definition. No one even bothers to find out about cloud computing. I am trying to give you a one line definition of this universal concept. Cloud Computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services (mainly IT) over the internet. This may seem like a “just another” definition to you, but these two words have changed the entire business scenario. Most popular website in the world Google, has come out with its own set of fantabulous tools to experience free cloud computing. These tools will definitely give you an ecstatic experience, so better check them out.
1. Google Drive
Formerly known as Google Docs, Google drive is a recent venture of Google in which it enables you to upload and work with online documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Various types of documents of different formats are supported in Google Drive. One can either work by uploading existing documents or can create new ones. The most interesting part of Google Drive is that you can share your saved work related documents and files with your colleagues, friends or may be your business team. People from different parts of the world, all of them belonging to the same team, can come together and share their work. Copies of previous filed documents (archived copies) are available up to 30 days. Google Drive can be accessed from any media portable internet connected device, ranging from desktops and laptops to smart phones and tabs. Even if your system does not respond to you, Google Docs will. You can get started in Google drive with 5 GB of free space which can be expanded to 25 GB at a minimal cost.
With Google Calendar, you can now organize your schedule online. Interesting fact is that you can share you schedule with your friends and families. With this, coordinating and maintain of a times schedule become easy when you go out with your family. It is as useful to a business man as it is to family man. You can make notes of particular date and time. Put reminders on your events, so that you can never miss one again. Email and SMS reminder can be used for this purpose. Synchronizing it with your phone or other portable device will have the advantage that you can carry your day’s schedule with you.
Google Analytics is one of the most popular and widely used Google Tools for small business. It is an excellent website that lets you analyze your web statistics. It is a very easy to use tool to determine the amount of traffic your website is gathering, number of unique visitors on your website etc. Detail reports concerning your traffic can be known from Google Analytics. This tool comes in very handy for web designers and web developers of small business. It helps you in SEO, targeting your market, and in making some serious changes to increase your traffic.
Google Places puts your business on the big map. With its search and mapping features it helps you find customers. According to a survey, 97% of consumers look for local business online, so it would be better if you could place your bet in online world. Google Places does this for you to find your prospective clients. It provides you a free platform on which you can showcase your business to attract consumers. Google Places lets you to customize your business with photos, adverts, and many other things with which you can promote your business. Give your customers a reason why they should select you. Customer satisfaction is an important part from business point of view. Google Places allows you to connect with customers and solve their issues.
Google Alerts is another important Google tool which lets you set up a range of alerts from your business name to keywords which are linked to your products and services. Google Alerts then alerts you through email about your defined phrases and words, when they appear on other websites. It keeps you updated on your current competitor or on an industry, ultimately helping you to tailor your ways to improve business.