Monday, March 29, 2010

Business Automation Software - 7 Useful Tools to Help Automate Your Business

If you've made the decision to dive into the realm of Business automation software then like any other realm, you want to stick with highly reputable sources and best practices. We believe the list assembled below represents some of best available resources to begin that ongoing journey. Obviously, there are many more than just these few resources from which to expand upon, but at least two sources mentioned below will also add to your knowledge-base adding even more resources to your database! Our first tool of choice is:

Capterra - is a site that helps people find the right software for their needs by enabling them to identify and quickly navigate all of their choices. Capterra helps software companies reach buyers more effectively over the web. Capterra allows you to filter your search by selective categories, needs, and individual software profiles. With direct links to the manufacturer's websites, you will literally save valuable time off your due diligence.

Business-Software - a site loaded with best practices for the business software world including some facets of business automation software. Some of the more notable features are the Top 10 Reports - the top 10 business software vendors revealed...from marketing to sales to finance to IT Management and a whole lot more. These reports provide information such as the top 10 vendors in the topic being searched. Published vendor pricing, highlights of each vendor's strengths, and vendor backgrounds and contact info to get you started. After digesting just some of what this site offers, you will know that you're far better informed than before you started.

Automate 7 - As more organizations look to overcome the complexities of automating their business processes, Network Automation has gained a market leadership position by creating Automate. Automate offers a scalable platform that helps organizations simplify their automation needs, reduce costs, and improve efficiency. The taskbuilder within Automate 7 offers over 230 prebuilt actions ranging from sending simple keystrokes to FTP operations.

The taskbuilder enables users to easily drag-and drop actions together, creating an automated process without the need to write any code! Additionally, all steps within a task are displayed in plain English text to help eliminate any questions about what operation is being performed. Errors are clearly displayed and show the step in which the error occurred for easy debugging. Automate 7 provides the functionality for tasks to take corrective action automatically, or notify someone of the error. Combined with consultation, training, configuration, testing, implementation, user acceptance and ongoing support you will definitely have the power of the 'force' with you.

Attaain - Subscribers have access to over 32 million companies from around the world plus people and markets extracted in real time drawn from news sources, articles, blogs, social media, on-line documents, company websites and many other sources. From the latest company news and announcements to blog,Twitter,Social Media mentions to hiring, patent activities, stock performance and SEC filings (for public companies) plus a vast array of additional info. There are many sources of company,competitor info available, but Attaain is the only system that makes this amount of intelligence available through one surprisingly easy to use and affordable (under $150.00/month) web interface.

SalesBoom - If you've been searching for online lead management, contact management, SalesForce automation, Customer Service and Support tools along with sending mass emails, business collaboration, business intelligence, analytics plus website integration, and extensive customer support all within one application with no large upfront fees, then SalesBoom might just be what you've been looking for.

Acquisio - The comprehensive Agency PPC management software which integrates reporting, optimization, and bid management. Acquisio helps automate not only your PPC management across all major platforms, but reporting as well, allowing you to do less but gain more. Offer better results to your clients with trends monitoring, rules based bidding and advanced optimization tools. Easily keep track of who did what, when, and why and view what impact each change has on campaign performance.

Website Watcher - Know what your competitors are doing! Website watcher scans their website for you to monitor web pages, password protected pages, monitor forums for new postings and replies, monitor RSS feeds, newsgroups, and local files. Highlight changes in a page and ignore unwanted content with a powerful filtering system. Don't waste hours checking website for updates when website watcher can do it for you and even email you the results when they occur.

Now just imagine using these types of tools in a more comprehensive manner, replacing many if not all of the manual process you currently perform in your business. You can begin to see the possibility of actually using business automation software and doing much less of the tedious, busy work and focusing more on the macro-strategic view. These tools along with many others are beginning to help business owners achieve greater results even in these uncertain economic times!


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