Clarizen Integrated Communications – What is the Work Funnel? | Zincubate

Hot! Clarizen Integrated Communications – What is the Work Funnel?

Traditionally, the management of project activities, resources, and the like is inherently separate to the process of clarizencommunicating by email. Of course, project management applications, like Wrike, for example, let you create new tasks by sending an email into the workspace, but Clarizen has a much wider vision, and that is to integrate the structured management & operational processes directly with the unstructured communications.

Clarizen has produced an environment that supports collaboration and sees related conversations and management outputs residing together in a single central place, which means teams are collaborating, communicating, updating activities & information and managing processes within a single context of the work package or project on which they are working.

So, how does the Work Funnel contribute to this position?

Think about Facebook, for example, and the Work Funnel aims to do something just like this by establishing the social graph and creating teams.  These teams will communicate and some of these communications will end up being project activities, which could, in turn become deliverables that could then have resources and processes attached to ensure their successful delivery!  This is the Work Funnel.

As a project management application, Clarizen also enables you to manage priorities and establish and manage theemail links between dependent tasks, but the Work Funnel manages the entire cycle of activity from the production of the initial social graph through to the final delivery with the communications and conversations through the social community being the essential driver.

So, at a time when many are against email as a principle business communication tool because of its unstructured nature and general inability to keep track of it within a business context, Clarizen, through the Work Funnel is keen to promote its integrated use, but funnelling conversations, activities and processes into the right place.

Clarizen is one of the more heavyweight collaborative project management applications available on the market, over the cloud.  With a free evaluation period, you can try it out for size before committing to one of the monthly subscription offers.  Clarizen also now offers mobile provision for both iOS and Android devices to ensure teams can keep fully informed and engaged even when they are out of the office and on the move.

For more information on Clarizen and the Work Funnel, please see: http://www.clarizen.com/

 

 

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Jan Birley

Jan holds a PhD in computing and started out in software development and IT training. She built a strong career as a project and program manager focusing on IT in the Health Service sector. Jan specializes in taking greenfield and immature services/departments to effective business-as-usual operation and is currently responsible for the delivery of clinical assessment forms into a high profile clinical system. Jan has authored 100′s of articles on project-management related topics.

Media Temple Review | Zincubate

Hot! Media Temple Review

Media TempleThis article will be brief – and uncharacteristically NOT about project management software or running your company – sort of. This post is for you business owners out there wondering about hosting.

It’s my philosophy that as a business, no matter what your size, your “employer” is your client or in the case of Zincubate… my audience. I rely on you to come to the site, like the content, comment, etc. in order to gain revenue through advertising and affiliate marketing.

In other businesses your “employed” by the customers that purchase your products. You have a duty to them to provide the best product, service, and support you can. Your employees and your vendors help that happen. I have a whole body-like metaphor, but I’ll save that for another time.

Anyway, in another world, I run a small web development company. We’ve been through dozens of “hosting” companies throughout the years, before finally settling on Rackspace. Rackspace rocks. Unfortunately, they’re ridiculously expensive, and cost prohibitive, if you just have a small blog. They’re making inroads via their Cloud service to lowering that cost, but even then it’s a service for small-medium web companies looking to divvy space to clients.

I was looking for, simple, shared hosting for promana.net. After receiving a ton of traffic on WordPress, I decided to setup a company, purchase my own hosting, and go full force into this side passion of mine – helping small business utilize the Internet and web technologies to grow. After some research I chose MediaTemple.

Media Temple has been a main player in the web space for sometime. They’ve sponsored many events I’ve attended and have a cool look and great salesmanship (a nicely designed website). Unfortunately, I was nearly immediately confronted with the harsh reality upon signing up for their service.

MEDIA TEMPLE IS EXPENSIVE!

But I don’t really care…

Quick disclaimer here – MediaTemple is probably one of the most expensive services out there. Being in the industry I understand the value of hosting, and didn’t want to choose the cheapest service as in the past that has led to huge problems. I incorrectly choose MediaTemple based on price (although in this case it was for the opposite reason – I thought the high price was indicative of quality).

MEDIA TEMPLE KEPT GOING DOWN

As other people throughout the net have stated… MediaTemple used to publish uptimes and guarantees. That no longer seems to be the case. In the 9 months since launching, all of my sites were completely down for a day more than once. In fact, even yesterday there was a small outage, leading to a few minutes of downtime. I’m not usually a stickler for this, but:

  1. search engines don’t care about infrastructure problems – your site has to be 100% up!
  2. users could care less – if your site isn’t showing, it’s a horrible sign
  3. I have tons of real time and money invested in the site, ever moment it’s not up is a lost opportunity

I’ve read a few accounts on MediaTemple’s lack luster up times and some seem to attribute it to the company’s unique infrastructure. When one node goes down everything crashes. That seemed to be the case for me.

Additionally, and perhaps more alarmingly – there were just too many weird problems that I attributed to a poor host. FTP connections would be routinely dropped or unavailable… completely unacceptable when launching site updates and after upgrades on WP for this and a few other hosted blogs totally failed, I really got concerned.

MEDIA TEMPLE’S SUPPORT WAS PRETTY BAD

I’ve worked with the support at about 20 or so different hosts, from GoDaddy to Host Gator, Dream Host to Rackspace. Rackspace is the gold standard. Even if the problem has nothing to do with their service, they try to help. They’ll even assist with coding! But they charge appropriately and I didn’t need anything like that for this simple blog…

However, every/any support issues I had were not answered promptly, nearly 24 hours before I got any kind of response, and often the response was just passing the ball back into my court.

In conclusion (now this is feeling like a grade school paper) I can not recommend MediaTemple at all. There interface looks cool on their site, but is deplorable, and mostly useless. They greatly limit databases which for the price of their hosting is crazy, their support sucks, and most importantly, their service just kept failing. Perhaps in time MediaTemple will turn back around, but I have a feeling if and when that happens – Rackspace will have taken over the world.

Also – I’m trying out Page.ly now for Zincubate, as they have a completely wordpress tailored solution with security enhancements. The experience has been different so far, but after a single question during setup was answered in 11 minutes on a Sunday, I’m already very happy with the service. Review coming soon.

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Zach Katkin

Zach is the owner of a number of small businesses including Atilus. He has used many of the small business tools and tips featured on this site in order to help his company. Zach – who general doesn’t like speaking about himself in 3rd person – wants to help you – that’s right, now I’m talking to you – make your small business the best it can be using the Interweb.

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      Thanks for pointing out UnlimitedGB gorma. I went to their site as soon as you posted your comment, but it seemed to be down. It’s now up – something I thought was a little suspicious. There seem to be mixed reviews of them on the web. That seems to be the larger problem as a whole with hosting. With affiliates incentivizing people to promote hosts – even poor ones – it’s often very hard to know what’s good and what’s bad.

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What is Workshifting? | Zincubate

Hot! What is Workshifting?

Workshifting is a term that is being used to describe the practice of supporting distributed & remote working, as the workshifting1business world makes ever increasing moves in this direction. With the fast moving IT world at our disposal, our day to day business activities can, essentially be carried out anywhere. All we need is connectivity, combined with the tools we need to get the job done!

Allowing staff to work remotely offers huge benefits to organizations, both large and small, not least in terms of expensive IT equipment, corporate software licences and skilled support resources. In addition, allowing this type of flexible approach to working means employees see improvements in their work life balance, which makes for greater motivation overall.

So what’s the difference between workshifting and, essentially, working from home (or, indeed, some other remote location)? Well, workshifting is a complete strategy that ensures employees have the technologies and resources to hand to allow them to work as if they were present in their fully-functioning and fully IT-enabled office.

For workshifting to offer a feasible long-term solution for an organisation, it must ensure that staff have access to all the teamlab1files, documents, applications, etc, that they would within the office. They need to be able to contact, converse and collaborate with their teams and colleagues, again, as they would if they were all based in the same location. Of course, all this must be set within appropriate security constraints to keep information safe, too.

Many applications have been offering online business functionality and collaboration for some time, now, and this is a market that is growing. For example, TeamLab Office aims to give its users an all-in-one cloud-based office solution that is paid for through a subscription, so is paid for on-demand. Other applications focus more on project management whilst still offering central access to information and real-time collaborations, such as, Central Desktop and 5pm.

Taking this a step further, the IT heavyweight Citrix, one of the leading providers of mobile solutions offers its workshifting solution offering the creation of virtual desktops and apps, allowing online collaboration, along with file sharing that is secure, amongst other things. The aim here is to increase productivity, help reduce unnecessary costs and make sure there is business continuity.

For more information on the business and project management applications referred to here, please see:

 

 

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Jan Birley

Jan holds a PhD in computing and started out in software development and IT training. She built a strong career as a project and program manager focusing on IT in the Health Service sector. Jan specializes in taking greenfield and immature services/departments to effective business-as-usual operation and is currently responsible for the delivery of clinical assessment forms into a high profile clinical system. Jan has authored 100′s of articles on project-management related topics.

Planning Projects at Your Business | Zincubate

Hot! Planning Projects at Your Business

For years we’ve been following the lightweight to-do/project management app GTD (Getting Things Done) Agenda. They provide a helpful newsletter every once and a while and I thought I would repost as it’s definitely worth just a few minutes of your time – and give GTD some link love!

Quote: “If you fail to plan you are planning to fail”

Planning, seen as an ongoing process which focuses on the results and not the individual elements, as measures of success, might add real value to individual projects, business plans and even such events as planning a wedding or a party. A well-constructed and thought out plan will help you decide what to do within a context i.e. what your vision is and what success will look like.

When devising your plan, remember there are two simple questions you need to answer: where do you want to go, and when do you want to arrive there? Answering these questions about the destination and the time-frame helps
you to plan the ‘how’ process.

Keep your plan simple, the more complex it is, the more likely it is to go wrong. You can think of it as a chain – because a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so make sure there are no weak points in your plan. And the more clear indicators you include to allow you to measure progress towards your goal, the better – and stronger – your plan will be.

When you set out to achieve a goal, it’s very important to write down your plan. The written plan is a guide to which you should look daily, then examine your progress and, if necessary, adapt your plan accordingly. Every plan must allow for flexibility. And along with flexibility goes personal commitment: a plan is only as effective as your commitment to follow it through.

Generating a plan is easy. Putting it into practice can be hard because early on there will be setbacks, discouragements and upsets. The type and seriousness of the obstacles you encounter will vary in proportion to the ambitiousness of the goal, which is why your complete commitment and self-belief are so important. Occasionally you will come up against an obstacle so great that you genuinely believe you can’t overcome it. But there is no obstacle you cannot overcome if you are sufficiently determined.

If you really get stuck, look at how other people have dealt with similar setbacks. You’ll never be the first person to have encountered a particular problem. Study the strategies used by those who have accomplished what you are seeking to achieve. Learn from their experiences and be inspired by them. Whatever worked for them, whatever made them successful, may well work for you. Make the study of other people’s approaches part of your plan.

“If you want to be a great dancer study great dancers, if you want to be a success, study successful people”

*** And if you want a complete tool to manage your goals and projects, Gtdagenda is always at your service as your
trusted system, accessible via the Web and via mobile Android and iPhone apps.

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Zach Katkin

Zach is the owner of a number of small businesses including Atilus. He has used many of the small business tools and tips featured on this site in order to help his company. Zach – who general doesn’t like speaking about himself in 3rd person – wants to help you – that’s right, now I’m talking to you – make your small business the best it can be using the Interweb.

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Equestrian Horse Apps for iPhone – Online Tools for Business Management | Zincubate

Hot! Equestrian Horse Apps for iPhone – Online Tools for Business Management

Equinox-Apps is a UK business that operates in niche market, producing iPhone apps for the equestrian market.  Launched in December,equinoxapps 2011 with its first app, British Eventing Dressage Tests, Equinox-apps quickly turned to Basecamp and its sister products to help manage and control its day-to-day business.

In fact, Equinox-Apps, being a ‘technology’ company, opted to go for the simplest technological solutions to help run their business – with project and document management falling to Basecamp, their small business accounting covered by Quickbooks Online and their contact management with Highrise.

“Although we produce iPhone apps, we don’t have a huge technical budget and neither do we have the time or the inclination to worry about installing and looking after business management software.  Software as a service applications, like Basecamp and Quickbooks mean we can buy services ready to use and pay for them as we go,” said Barbara Gibbs, one of the managing partners.

The company’s approach, generally, is to work closely with specialists to develop apps,  so keeping a tight control on information is essential BE Dressage Testsfor this small business.  Version control is important and the document upload and management features of Basecamp hit the mark for Equinox-Apps.  Their latest release, Horse Stretching Exercises, which is aimed at the worldwide equestrian market, was produced with the input of a leading equine back specialist. The app helps horse owners to develop a solid stretching routine to help improve overall performance and includes a variety of images, text and spoken instructions.

“Safety is paramount when working with horses,” Barbara Gibbs, from Equinox-Apps, told us, “ so it was vital the information we used for the Horse Stretching Exercises app was accurate and put together in the right sequence and the right format.  Controlling our documents, images and other files was important for us and Basecamp’s document facility really helped out with that,” Barbara said. “For the British Eventing Dressage Tests, we have around 20 different tests, each with very specific markers and movements and mistakes are just not acceptable.”

Basecamp has allowed this company to share information collaboratively amongst its growing team of developers, ensuring project plans are seen by all and the right information is available to the right developer at the right time.

Although targeted essentially to the UK market, the British Eventing Dressage Tests app is proving a success worldwide and can be downloaded from the App Sore from:  http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/be-dressage-tests/id482744007?mt=8

The Horse Stretching Exercises app can be downloaded from the App Store at $6.99 / £4.99 from: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/horse-stretching-exercises/id513091763?mt=8

Equinox-Apps has more apps in development and planned for future release.  For more information, please visit: www.equinox-apps.com.

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Jan Birley

Jan holds a PhD in computing and started out in software development and IT training. She built a strong career as a project and program manager focusing on IT in the Health Service sector. Jan specializes in taking greenfield and immature services/departments to effective business-as-usual operation and is currently responsible for the delivery of clinical assessment forms into a high profile clinical system. Jan has authored 100′s of articles on project-management related topics.

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6 Things You Didn’t But Need to Know about Gmail | Zincubate

Hot! 6 Things You Didn’t But Need to Know about Gmail

Gmal Hacks | Tips and Tricks | Things to Keep in Mind

How to Schedule Emails on Gmail

The other day I sent out a tweet asking this question because (1) I was writing this post and (2) because I was going to create an application that would do it if no one else did. As an entrepreneur who is shuffling the 9-5 with his own startup, you really need to use your nights to the best of your ability. That is, you use the nights to send off emails and following up on leads because during the day you’re juggling a variety of other things. It’s the art of the hustle. Yet, in reality, the idea of sending an email to an important lead at 1AM just doesn’t sound too good. Thus, I went on a hunt to find a way to schedule my emails to be sent in the morning.

Hello Boomerang

Boomerang is amazing. It’s a Chrome/Firefox plugin that allows you to write an email now and schedule it to be sent automatically at the perfect time. Just write the message as you normally would, then click the Send Later button. Use their handy calendar picker or our text box that understands language like “next Monday” to tell Boomerang when to send your message. That simple.

How to Create Multiple Accounts on Gmail

Having one email address can be lame when you’re signing up for a variety of different sites. It’s never good when a website tells you that you have already signed up with a specific email and that you need to go out and create a new one just to sign up. GMail however has a solution that I find comes in handy for times when you really just want to study a business’s sign up process. All you need to do to sign up for a site multiple times using the same “email” is add a period in your email. For example, if your email is Zincubate@gmail.com you can sign up with that account but also with an account that reads Z.incubate@gmail.com.

One period. Two emails. It’s like magic.

How to Embed Images into Your Actual Email

Attachments are an easy way to send an image, document or large file to a user. One thing that people don’t often realize is that it’s not the only way to send an image to a friend, colleague or peer. There is a feature within Google Labs that enables you to embed images from your computer or from a website directly into the mail body. All you need to do is: Go to Settings, click on Labs, scroll down to the feature that reads “Inserting Images” and finally, enable it. You will notice the new insert image box in your mail composer right next to the emoticon icon. You are now set to start embedding images into your actual emails.

How to Make Sure You Don’t Send Emails at Midnight

How to Schedule Emails on Gmail

Well, the first tip is still the best approach for avoiding a late night email but this one ensures you don’t mess up. As the world gets smaller and we begin doing business with friends, partners, family and/or colleagues all over the globe, we sometimes forget about time zones. While it’s the afternoon for you, it very well be 2AM for the person on the other end of the email. Thus, every opportunity that allows you to send your emails during normal hours is a good thing.

To know the difference in time zones for the person you are emailing, simply enable the “Sender Time Zone” feature by going to Settings and then clicking  Labs. After doing this, when you click on “show details” in the mail, you will now see the time at which you have sent the mail and what time it is on the other side of the email.

How Do I make Sure I Don’t Send Drunk Emails

While this application may be more beneficial for some using Facebook or Twitter, email still presents a drunken you to do some stupid stuff. Google Labs has developed and launched Goggles app to ensure that you don’t send emails when drunk. Good friends don’t let friends drive drunk and Google doesn’t let its users email drunk. In the settings menu mentioned above, you can put a fun yet effective drunk-protection on your Gmail account. The addition of this plugin will present you with basic arithmetic problems and force you to answer other questions before sending emails during set times that are typically times of drunkness. If you fail the questions, or don’t answer them fast enough, Google wont send your email and tells you to go to bed.

The Broken-down Breakdown

So there you have it. Six quick and easy tips on how you can be more effective, efficient and protected when using Gmail. If you’re still stuck on using Hotmail after this, you are a lost cause and there’s not much I can do to help you. That said, if you are a friend who receives constant emails from another friend who just so happens to use the other guys I’d consider an Email Intervention.

Do you have any other hacks for gmail?

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Ross Simmonds

Ross is a digital marketing strategist and entrepreneur with a passion for technology and disruption. He keeps his finger on the pulse of all things related to technology and social media as it’s truly his passion. His startup dreamr.ca is a marketplace striving to connect young professionals around the globe with unique social experiences.

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Egnyte Security Rundown | Zincubate

Hot! Egnyte Security Rundown

If you’ve seen our previous posts about Egnyte, you know that we really favor this product/service/company. A main factor in Egnyte’s success (and one of the reasons we like it so much) is its amazing security provided to customers. Through its awesome (and pretty much downright hacker-proof) security measures, Egnyte proves that they can be the solution for your cloud storage needs without all the stress and worry.

EgnyteWe know that you know the importance of security on the Internet and in “the cloud.” You want to be 100% positive that you’re information is safe and you can find out almost all you need to know about Egnyte security in this post. Here, I will touch upon the ways Egnyte protects you and your business.

Layers of Protection

Egnyte has five different layers of protection for data: physical security, network security, transmission security, access security and data security.

Physical Security

Egnyte provides physical security to protect the servers where your information actually resides. Through 24-hour manned security personnel, video surveillance and biometric control, it is highly unlikely that any unauthorized human being will have any access to your information.

In addition to the measures previously mentioned, Egnyte also provides protection against other external threats. Egnyte’s server rooms are continuously operated at an optimal temperature to offer premium performance. Also, Egnyte’s servers are built to endure natural disasters such as earthquakes and fires.

Network Security

Network threats are increasing and Egnyte is taking note. Egnyte tackles network threats before they even have the chance to occur through up-to-date technology and industry expertise. Egnyte uses ICSA-certified firewalls (basically meaning REALLY good firewall protection). Egnyte also utilizes SSL encryption and a Network Intrusion Detection System that continually monitors for hackers, phishers and other malicious threats. When this system detects any sort of intrusion, Egnyte’s security team is there to assist.

Transmission Security

The transmission of files is becoming more utilized due to the increase in businesses working collaboratively online. Using 256-bit AES encryption to encode all files, Egnyte provides the harshest security when transmitting files to be sure that they don’t end up in the wrong hands.

Access Security

Access security is a concern for ANY business. Think of it as the key to get into your house – you don’t want just anyone to have access to that right? The same goes for online access to Egnyte. Through user access controls, Egnyte makes sure that only the people with permission have access to certain files. For users to access their own accounts, they must provide 3 forms of identification: username, password, and domain. Egnyte also requires that users login again after a certain time of inactivity.

Egnyte also provides user-permissions regarding folders. As an administrator, you can include/exclude certain users based on their position/duties within your company.

Data Security

All data stored on Egnyte’s servers are encrypted using AES 256-bit encryption. Basically, this means that if anyone were to get their hands on your information, they wouldn’t be able to read it. Egnyte also provides security to files when a server is corrupted or fails to perform. All files are continually backed up and available on other servers should a hard drive fail.

Through all these security measures, it’s safe to say the Egnyte is a safe option for your data storage needs. If you have any other concerns, please visit www.Egnyte.com for a more thorough look at Egnyte security measures.

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Kristen Bachmeier

Kristen is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and holds a BS in Marketing with a minor in Advertising. Kristen started as an intern for Atilus and spent two months getting caught up in all things tech. When not immersing herself in blogging and social media marketing, she likes to spend her time drinking coffee, kayaking, shopping, and going to theme parks (preferably Disney).

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Egnyte: Cloud Storage for Your Restaurant | Zincubate

Hot! Egnyte: Cloud Storage for Your Restaurant

If you’re working in the food/restaurant industry, you might not think that cloud storage is a viable option for you. If you deal with any sort of information (and you do), then cloud storage can be for you! If you decide to go with cloud storage for your IT needs, Egnyte is the perfect option for your restaurant business whether you’re the owner of a local ice cream shop or a district manager of a giant chain of restaurants.

Share Project & Event Information

Does your restaurant participate in hosting events for customers such as wedding receptions, birthday parties, etc.? Keep everyone involved (including customers if you wish) to make sure everyone is on the same page. As an administrator, you can give limited or full access based on the information certain people need to have. Another example of using Egnyte for sharing information would be for community events. If your restaurant partakes in community fundraising, you can share plans/files with certain community leaders to keep them in the loop.

EgnyteRedesign Your Offerings

Some restaurants are updating their menus periodically to keep up with current food trends. Again, this is an area where Egnyte could prove to be very useful. Have new meal ideas? Upload them to Egnyte so everyone can see.

Do you have a designer updating the look of your new menu? Use Egnyte for your designer to upload new versions of his or her work. You can view, edit and make suggestions from Egnyte – their mobile app could also come in handy here.

More Value for your Budget

Purchasing and maintaining your own servers can become expensive. Along with that, you may also need to purchase and install your own virtual private network (VPN). With Egnyte, you can alleviate some of those expenses. There are plans and prices available for every kind of company (from 5-10,000 people). Stretch your IT budget a little further using Egnyte.

For more information, take a look at our Egnyte overview post or visit www.Egnyte.com.

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Kristen Bachmeier

Kristen is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and holds a BS in Marketing with a minor in Advertising. Kristen started as an intern for Atilus and spent two months getting caught up in all things tech. When not immersing herself in blogging and social media marketing, she likes to spend her time drinking coffee, kayaking, shopping, and going to theme parks (preferably Disney).

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DeskAway Introduces New Image Preview | Zincubate

Hot! DeskAway Introduces New Image Preview

deskaway imageDeskAway has recently announced the introduction of its new Image Preview feature.   This is a development that has been on their roadmap for a while but has recently received the attention needed to push it out to DeskAway clients.

How does it work?  Previously, images that were uploaded into DeskAway were opened in a popup window where they could be previewed.  The use of popup windows for this type of preview caused inherent problems for many customers who’s browsers would often block their display.  Of course, the more IT literate users might be able to change their browser settings to circumvent this problem, but for those who don’t know how or, indeed, where corporate network settings prevent users from changing their settings, the use of popup windows for previews could cause a significant issue.

The new Image Preview functionality now displays uploaded images on the same screen, but shown within a window that is  modal.  The previewed image can also be downloaded, through a link within the preview window.  It is worth noting, though, that this new way of previewing images is only available for images that have been uploaded after the go-live of the new deskaway front screenpreview feature – those images that were loaded before this time will still be previewed in a separate popup window.

About DeskAway

Project management is a key activity in many businesses and organizations and the ability to work in an online and collaborative way is essential to help companies to grow and succeed in their particular specialist areas. DeskAway is project management application that is available online, through a monthly subscription and is there on-demand  for its users.

The key features within DeskAway allow project managers, team members and business owners work together in a collaborative way to manage project tasks, set and track milestones, and share documents and files through a single central location, with a user-friendly and intuitive interface.

In this very competitive market place, the ability to allow customers to migrate easily from one project management application to another is essential in trying to attract customers from competitive products – Central Desktop does this well with its import from other similar products, such as, Basecamp. Other useful features within in DeskAway include events planning, invoice management, marketing projects and the ability to create and distribute newsletters.   On a security front, DeskAway offers a high level of security through 256-bit SSL encryption making it almost impossible for information to be stolen over the cloud.

DeskAway offers a free version that lets users work with a single project and includes up to three team members.

For more information on DeskAway and to sign-up for a free trial, please visit: www.deskaway.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan Birley

Jan holds a PhD in computing and started out in software development and IT training. She built a strong career as a project and program manager focusing on IT in the Health Service sector. Jan specializes in taking greenfield and immature services/departments to effective business-as-usual operation and is currently responsible for the delivery of clinical assessment forms into a high profile clinical system. Jan has authored 100′s of articles on project-management related topics.

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Egnyte File Server Mobile | Zincubate

Hot! Take Your Data Mobile With Egnyte

There’s a new trend in the business world – businesses are beginning to do more work remotely and online. Working from home or away from your team/co-workers is becoming a viable option for many companies (Zincubate included), and data storage is important. When you have employees working remotely, it’s important to have a reliable service for your data storage needs.

Egnyte (if you need more background, check out an overview of Egnyte here on Zincubate) is a perfect solution for cloud storage for your company – whether you’re 5 people big or 10,000 people big. In addition to their awesome security system and availability of files to you at anytime/anywhere, Egnyte also has a system of great mobile apps to keep you connected to your data no matter what (a workaholic’s dream and nightmare).

EgnyteSmartphone & Tablet Takeover

Almost half of US adults own smartphones. If you’re a business owner, chances are that you use one for multiple purposes. From making a simple phone call to video chatting with relatives across the country, smartphones and tablets are taking on lives of their own as a way in which we communicate. Accessing information has become increasingly simple, and Egnyte takes full advantage of this with their mobile apps.

If you’re a paid Egnyte user, you can download Egnyte mobile apps for free. These apps are available for almost every mobile platform you can think of: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Windows Mobile and HP WebOS. Certain features are available on certain platforms, check out www.Egnyte.com for a full checklist of features.

Do More With Mobile

There are some cloud storage companies that offer mobile apps, but they often only allow read-only documents. With Egnyte, you can simply do more. Using Egnyte’s mobile apps, you can share files, edit files, upload email attachments, use network printing, upload media, use overhead projection (currently only offered through the iPad app), and more!

It’s been noted that through the Egnyte mobile app for iPhone you can access files whether you are on a Wi-Fi or 3G connections. You can save and store files for later – this is perfect for the travelling businessperson (or for those that just have mediocre service from time to time). If you’re looking for a specific file, the Egnyte app also offers an awesome search function so you can find it within a matter of seconds.

Security Concerns

Going mobile can often bring up questions and concerns about security – it’s a justified response given recent technology breaches showing up in the media. With Egnyte, their mobile apps are backed by their comprehensive security system (check out this post for more information on Egnyte’s security practices). With Egnyte’s mobile apps, every user is authenticated through the 3 main forms of identification: username, password and domain. Through Egnyte’s security measures, you can rest easy knowing your files are safe – even with mobile use.

Mobile apps are just another benefit offered by Egnyte to its customers – should something come up (as it always does at the most inconvenient time), your data and files are there for your access 24/7.

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Kristen Bachmeier

Kristen is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and holds a BS in Marketing with a minor in Advertising. Kristen started as an intern for Atilus and spent two months getting caught up in all things tech. When not immersing herself in blogging and social media marketing, she likes to spend her time drinking coffee, kayaking, shopping, and going to theme parks (preferably Disney).

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