Earlier this year MD2MD member, Alex Minchin of Zest Digital recently shared with the MD2MD A40A34 Managing Directors group some simple cloud based IT applications he found useful in his dynamic, fast growing young business.

The following is a small list, suggested mainly by Alex and Darryl Adie. In general they are modern IT applications of the sort described in my previous blog based on Darryl’s presentation Four rules for selecting modern IT applications. The list is not complete; you’ll find many more if you Google what you want.  This is simply a list of some I’ve heard of or use myself.  I make no specific recommendations other than you should google the ones that seem relevant to you and if they are relevant to you give them a try.  I have tried to include a British produced application in each area where I am aware of one and in the interests of growing our own GDP I’ve given them a link.  You can find the rest on Google I’m sure.

Project management / Team Collaboration & Coordination
  • Trello
  • Basecamp
  • Podio
  • Slack
  • Asana
  • WorkingOn
  • IDoneThis
  • ProofHub
  • TeamColony
  • TeamSnippets
Booking appointments
Email newsletters
  • Campaign Monitor
  • Mail Chimp
  • Constant Contact
  • Sentori
Customer relationship Management (CRM)
  • Salesforce
  • HighRise
  • TimeToNote
  • Base CRM
  • Workbooks
  • OctaneHQ
Client / staff satisfaction surveys
  • SurveyMonkey
  • TinyPulse
  • ClientPulse
Customer service / support
  • Zendesk
  • Desk.com
Email delivery checker
  • Boomerang
  • MXHero
Images, templates and tools for presentations and websites
  • PresenterMedia
  • M62.net
  • Prezi
  • Paint.net

And finally I’d highlight Zapier and IFTTT (If this then that) two very clever applications which have the sole function of (very cleverly) automatically connecting other applications including social media.