Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAY 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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ow often is your team together in one room? One hour for a weekly meeting? Obviously, most of the work is done elsewhere—in and on client's homes—so being in the office to- gether can be a challenge to coordinate. Yet paperwork needs to be done, not to mention job updates and other obligations. While there are many solutions for creating a virtual of- fice to keep the ball rolling on all fronts, we wanted to dig a bit deeper on some of the more common integrated solutions for com- munications; document sharing, creation and storage; and device protection. G SUITE BY GOOGLE CLOUD e G Suite by Google Cloud provides an all-in-one solution that allows users to con- nect, create, access and have control using its included offerings. Connection tools, in- cluding email and calendar services, range from Google+, a social media for business; Hangouts Chat, a secure team messaging tool; and Hangouts Meet, which is for video meetings. As for creating, Google Docs allows for real-time co-editing while Sheets creates online spreadsheets. Use Forms to create surveys and forms, and Slides can be used for presentation creation. Additionally, Keep and Jamboard capture and keep ideas by offering a digital space for whiteboard-type collaboration, respec- tively. e G Suite by Google Cloud also offers cloud storage and file sharing via its Drive with easy-search capabilities. ree tools provide controls for managing users and devices as well as data—Admin, Vault and Mobile—allowing users to be added or removed; adding security options like two-step verification; and device manage- ment options for locating devices, setting passwords and erasing data if needed. Create a custom, professional email from a business web address (you@yourcompany. com) and create group mailing lists easily. Starting at $5 per user per month, G Suite by Google Cloud comes in a Basic edition with the option to upgrade to Business, Enterprise or Team editions. G Suite offers a 14-day free trial. Visit gsuite.google.com for more information. ZOHO ONE An all-in-one suite aiming to "put a busi- ness completely on the cloud," Zoho One includes more than 40 applications with complementary mobile apps, ensuring reach- ing customers, balancing books and working collaboratively from any device. Its range of application offerings are categorized as Sales, Marketing, Support, Communication, Collaboration, Productivity, Finance, Human Resources and Business Process. Zoho One puts owners and manag- ers in complete control of employee and team management, application access and organization-wide security policies. Custom apps and extensions of Zoho's existing range are available through its Marketplace, plus technology partners can customize applications to fit needs. Office in the Clouds Integrated software solutions enable remodelers to create, share and store documents, communicate with team members and protect mobile devices. By Kacey Larsen H 18 May 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com TECHNOLOGY: Virtual Office

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