cloud appsMajor changes in cloud computing have occurred in recent months. Enterprises have seen a barrage of new service offerings, ranging from cloud service brokerages to ground-breaking storage services from the big players. Services like Microsoft SkyDrive are great for automating key processes. Who doesn’t benefit from comprehensive storage and backup solutions? The dominance of the app market has spread into the cloud arena to address these needs.

While game and sports apps dominate consumer markets, the enterprise has a seemingly endless array of productivity apps to choose from. CloudLock, a leading cloud security vendor, compiled a list of the most often used cloud apps based on Google results. At the top of the list are applications used for communications and collaboration, storage, and document sharing. These will all have an impact on changes in how your organization is run in 2013. They also contribute to the phenomenon of assembling numerous cloud services into one cohesive process.

Currently, some of the most popular cloud apps include:

  • LinkedIn – Taking social media to the professional level, LinkedIn is widely used for managers and professionals to communicate no matter where they are. Profiles detail their work in any industry. The app is used for networking and communications within and outside enterprises. Its role in recruiting talent and for job-hunting has increased in recent years.
  • Boomerang for Gmail – Productivity and email have gone hand-in-hand recently. This is a cloud-based plugin for Firefox and Chrome browsers that lets users schedule when an email will be sent. Users can set emails to be sent at a specific time, without having to remember to write them when the opportunity is best. With this tool, you can also send yourself reminders, while tasks such as travel confirmations and follow ups with sales leads are made simpler.
  • Rapportive – Details on contacts are displayed directly in the Gmail inbox.
  • Asana – With this app, team members can all stay in sync. Shared lists aid in the planning and organizing process.
  • CloudOn – Productivity applications such as MS Office can be accessed via mobile devices. Other perks to this app are the cloud workspace it provides and access to cloud storage.
  • Gantter – If your organization sees potential in engaging in project management online, this tool provides an interface for scheduling. The result is streamlined and more efficient operations, a boon for any enterprise competing in the current business climate.
  • DocuSign – An e-signature app that lets people sign their name to legally sign documents. It is suitable for any computer or mobile device. The app provides options to select a signature or write it in, and effectively eliminates the need to print, fax, scan, or mail documents. It is therefore ideal as a cost-saving tool.

Your enterprise may already use these apps and more, and has likely addressed the BYOD issue, which has seen more acceptance than ever before. With security and other factors managed by other systems, your productivity is affected by trends directly related to how your business operates. Cloud apps are the wave of the future when it comes to boosting enterprise productivity.