Add to the above the 30+ blog posts I saw in recent weeks debating the best Cloud and SaaS apps available, and you’ve got my inspiration for this blog post. I figured it might be time to share the list of Cloud applications we use each day to get our jobs done. (No box software on-premise installations here!). My hope is that it might inspire other businesses to run their business in the Cloud.
How We’re Wired in the Cloud:
- Coupa Cloud Spend Mangement: We (of course) use our own Cloud Spend Mangement platform in-house to manage our purchasing and expense reporting needs. Coupa’s CSM platform features a single user interface, a single workflow model for approving purchases and reimbursable expenses, a consistent chart of accounts, and one set of budget entries against which to credit purchases and expenses.
- Amazon Web Services to host our website and develop our application on RoR.
- Google Apps for business productivity, email, wiki, calendar, etc.
- Evernote for collecting and managing notes and to-dos via mobile device.
- We manage our customer relationships with Salesforce.com (This is a given. Salesforce is also one of our happy customers.)
- Pardot: Marketing automation and demand generation.
- DropBox for large cloud-based file sharing.
- Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud.
- BeanStalk for Source Control: Beanstalk is used by software teams, developers, and web designers who don’t want the hassle of setting up and managing their own Subversion or Git server.
- Zendesk: Customer help desk & bug tracking. A customer favorite!
- New Relic (RPM): on-demand tool more than 3,000 companies use to monitor and troubleshoot Java and Ruby apps.
- PBX (phone system) FirstVoice™ VPS-PBX is our hosted Voice over IP PBX virtual phone system solution for businesses that wish to enjoy the features and functionality of IP telephony without the costs for proprietary hardware, per-user licensing, IT personnel, and ongoing maintenance.
- PayCycle by Intuit: Provides Payroll to SMBs via its SaaS architecture.
- Hoptoad: Applications errors tracking which acts as an intermediary between your Rails application exceptions and your email inbox.
Now, this isn’t an exhaustive list, we have more Cloud-based apps in our daily Coupa lives, but these are the biggies. Our local software is few and far between but there are some copies of Omnigraffle and Photoshop laying around, as well as Quickbooks. (Quickbooks Online was not up to snuff for our needs, but we’ll move over as soon as it is Mac-ready and online bill pay-enabled.)
I hope this is helpful. Let us know what you and your company use in SaaS/Cloud apps by leaving a comment. We want to know what the favorites are.