By Jeff Revoy
Chief Operations Officer
Business success is built around a great team. Employees who work well together achieve great things. But to work seamlessly side-by-side, your team needs the right collaboration tools—especially if they don’t all work in the same place at the same time.
Finding the best collaboration tools for business involves drilling down into the individual segments of cloud computing. It’s important to give employees the resources they’d have if they did sit next to one another. More importantly, you need to provide them with these tools in a way that connects their efforts as a whole.
Here’s a quick dive into some of the best collaboration tools for business across each segment of cloud computing and how they’ll help your team find success.
File editing platforms
- G-Suite: One of the earliest and most widely adopted business communication tools, G-suite is the bread and butter of many businesses. Google Docs, Sheets, Presentations, and other apps offer real-time editing and input.
- Dropbox Paper: Dropbox Paper is a tie-in to Dropbox’s cloud storage platform. It’s a great way to annotate files, leave collaborative notes, and work together on a document or project with all your resources on-hand.
- Evernote: Evernote is one of the simplest collaborative applications, and also one of the most robust. It supports just about any type of media you need to document, with cross-collaboration that’s easily controlled by who you share notes with.
- Slack: Slack is a powerhouse among company communication tools. Organize messaging into topic-specific threads, invite coworkers to relevant conversations, and share files. It’s the messaging app every business needs.
- Microsoft Teams: Teams is Microsoft’s equivalent to Slack, with seamless tie-in to Microsoft’s full suite of programs. For companies using Outlook and OneDrive, Teams is an alternative to Slack with nearly identical features.
- Zoom: Messaging isn’t just a text platform anymore. In the age of remote work, video and audio are equally as important. Zoom’s platform was specifically built for multimedia conferencing, making it easy to video chat or join a call with dozens of individuals at once.
Cloud storage repositories
- Dropbox: Dropbox is one of the original business cloud file storage platforms. As a result, it has integrations, tie-ins, and support for just about every other piece of software your business might use. It’s simple interface and superb security make Dropbox the favorite enterprise application.
- Box: Box offers the same concept as Dropbox, but with more native apps to improve team collaboration within the platform. Box is also less expensive and offers more flexible plans for smaller teams. Permissions sharing in Box also tends to be very robust, making it easy to loop in third-party partners and clients on specific repositories.
- Google Drive: If you’re using G-Suite, Google Drive is already an active part of your business computing experience. Google’s cloud storage platform is free with an email address, extremely secure, lightning fast, and very easy to navigate. Permissions can get tricky, but the native file viewer makes Google Drive worth using.
Project management programs
- Wrike: If you’ve got tasks to assign across team members, Wrike is one of the better task collaboration tools out there. In fact, we use it at SpaceIQ. It’s got everything required to create detailed tasks, delegate, track progress, and measure results. All that, and a user-friendly navigation system.
- Asana: Asana helps teams prioritize goals, stay on-task, and collaborate across all parts of a project. List, timeline, calendar, and accomplishment views let employees pick their perspective on work, while in-app messaging and integrations bring the project together one step at a time.
- Trello: Trello uses “cards” to collect tasks under a single project header. Each card is assigned to someone, who manages it as part of the larger project. It’s a visual take on project collaboration. Plus, there are tons of high-profile tie-ins that make Trello an instant asset within your digital app ecosystem.
- Microsoft Outlook: The old standard, and for good reason. Outlook is an email-calendar client all-in-one. Many businesses utilize Outlook for email, making its calendar component a natural fit. That, and the fact it’s incredibly easy to use, intuitive, and directly integrated into your email and address book.
- Google Calendar: In all the ways Microsoft Outlook is convenient and accessible, so is Google Calendar. Where Google has the edge is in its usability, which features numerous custom options for creating events, integrating with other cloud services, and recognizing appointments sent to your Gmail account.
- Calendly: For a calendar that’s not bundled with email or other software, Calendly is a simple, intuitive choice. Calendly makes a great collaborative calendar, allowing users to sync their calendars to find common free time for meetings. Calendly also has smart scheduling tools to connect users within the same group, as well as outside contacts.
Every year brings new cloud-based collaborative software startups. What’s hot this year may be supplanted by something even better next year. What matters now is that your suite of collaborative applications enables your team to achieve success today.
Keep reading: Five team communication tools your workplace needs.