Enterprise mobility and digital transformation, along with mobile penetration has truly transformed workspaces. The unprecedented times that pushed the world into the new normal of remote working has highlighted the importance of online tools and software. The shift has been easy for the enterprises that were already making use of these on a day-to-day basis to simplify tasks and for the ones that weren’t the shift is urgent and inevitable.
But what can be the holy grail for remote working, which are the top 14 software/tools that enterprises love and we recommend? Let’s find out!
Scalefusion suffices the most elemental need of remote working- managed mobility. With Scalefusion, enterprises hesitant to enable remote working, use of personal devices at the workplace or shying away from leveraging digital devices for enhancing business operations can be assured. Scalefusion MDM enables IT teams to provision devices remotely- brand new devices can be directly shipped to the employee or employee’s devices can be made ‘work-ready’ with security, business apps, remote troubleshooting and more. Scalefusion essentially serves as the first elemental effort for making remote working possible.
Further, Scalefusion Eva communication Suite enables remote teams to have consistent communication and collaboration over text messages, VoIP and cellular calls and group chats.
No brainers- Zoom has been probably the most popular app that the world has used during the times for social distancing, remote working and remote learning. Working or not- everyone has attended at least one zoom call during the first half of 2020. For enterprises, Zoom is a great way to host virtual meetings, helping employees connect, engage and discuss, face-to-face. The meetings can be attended from a phone app or computer and are secured with a unique meeting ID and password. The enterprise version of zoom doesn’t have a cut off time for the meetings and also offers the brand new Zoom Virtual backgrounds to make backgrounds look pretty in the meetings to add a splash of color to an otherwise mundane, make-shift ‘home office’.
Wasn’t catching up with someone for a work discussion or a coffee break a lot easier when you were working under the same office space? You could know who’s in, then drop a message on your internal communication suite or simply walk up to their desk and schedule a meeting. With remote working and flexible work timings, meetings can often overlap with other meetings or personal commitments. With Calendly, the meetings can be scheduled in the available time slot- be it with your coworkers or with your customers. Calendly helps in reducing the cognitive load caused by overlapping meetings, helps plan meetings across time zones and connects the schedule with other work apps.
While we are at meetings, one of the most important traits of agile teams is the SCRUM or daily standups. These meetings can help in deriving an overview of tasks accomplished, progress achieved and is a great space to discuss any roadblocks. Fellow helps leaders and team managers achieve more with these meetings. Managers can have 1-1 meetings, create to-do lists with reminders, list down talking points, record action items and assign tasks to team members. All of this without Fellow, is honestly easier said than done!
When it comes to remote working, file exchange and collaboration is one of the most important elements that heavily defines productivity. Employees need to have quick access to resources and Google Drive helps in quick file sharing without putting a cap on file size, unlike email. Sharing can be strictly controlled, edits can be prevented or tracked and documentation can be fully done online- without depending on native tools like MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel or Open Office.
Scalefusion Content Management enables enterprises to leverage the capabilities of Google Drive where IT teams can enable resource sharing on remote devices by publishing Google Drive links on the devices.
Maintaining business continuity during remote working is critical. Productivity can see a huge slump, impacting project completions and adhere to deadlines. Teamwork – as a project management platform with resource planner and time tracking features – brings visibility and accountability to remote teams, helping to stay on the schedule, from planning to delivery by centralizing project information, customizing workflows, collaborating effectively, and tracking results. Teamwork helps accelerate productivity no matter where your teams are working from!
This is not your average project management software. ClickUp aligns with any remote workflow because it’s built to be entirely customized for all types of users. Stay connected with ClickUp’s growing set of advanced features that help remote teams track progress, monitor work, and manage workloads.
ClickUp’s collaboration features ensure everyone in your Workspace is able to comment, edit, and work on tasks at the same time, without overlap. Keep your remote team in the loop by assigning and adding watchers to tasks, commenting on tasks, and mentioning tasks anywhere via URL. Threaded comments and assigned comments in tasks eliminate back-and-forth emailing, and collaborative-editing in ClickUp Docs allows for teams to work efficiently together. ClickUp offers a feature-rich Free Forever plan and paid plans start as low as $5 a month. You can also check out this list of Clickup Alternatives to find other useful project management tools.
Creating better products- who doesn’t want that? Miro is that tool for innovative teams, budding entrepreneurs and startup enterprises that are continuously brainstorming new ideas and want a canvas to put them in perspective, while working remotely. With Miro, telecommuting innovators can quickly sketch blueprints and ideas virtually, collaborate with teams and discuss business models and challenges, make use of ready-made templates, test out value propositions and set things in motion for agile teams. Remote working should clearly not stop innovation!
JIRA is a well known and loved issue tracking software that is used by enterprises across the globe. It can be used for sprint planning, progress tracking as well as issuing support requests- to upheld efficiency across the organization. Scalefusion Remote Cast that empowers IT teams to remotely troubleshoot devices for reducing device downtime also enables JIRA ITSM tool integration on the Scalefusion dashboard to create context-aware support tickets. Combining the power of these two remarkable tools ensures IT productivity, without a doubt.
When you’re thinking over where to do your personal tasks or show up projects and ideas to your team — here comes Weje! It’s a great solution for online whiteboarding. Manage any type of tasks, use pre-designed templates, mind maps, chat and draw with your friends and colleagues.
One of the most undervalued enterprise warriors that help in facilitating remote working is the HR team. While the entire workforce moves to ‘work from home’ the HR teams have to continue monitoring of employee attendance, work timings, leaves and time-offs, facilitating timely payouts and documentations. Keka HR helps in achieving all this along with providing HR teams the functionalities to drive employee engagement, celebrate work anniversaries, birthdays and other work milestones- virtually!
12. Milanote – Organize ideas and projects into visual boards
Milanote is a tool for organizing creative projects into beautiful visual boards. By design, it feels a lot like working on the wall in a creative studio – visual, tactile and sometimes a bit messy – Milanote is a great fit for designers who work in teams remotely. Milanote is filled with hundreds of built-in templates to help you get started with a variety of different projects, from creating a mood board to writing that perfect creative brief. Milanote also offers a free version with no time limit.
13. Xtensio – The business communications platform
Presentations are vital for everyone especially when running a business it helps convey messages with full confidence and clarity. This is where Xtensio can be handy as it allows your team to remotely collaborate on creating effective presentations with ease. The tool is great for creating pitches for your potential clients, creating strategies, launching a product and managing projects in one place.
Creating documentation is essential to business: It ensures employees are following proper business processes and aids your customers. But creating these how-to guides can be time-consuming, and it’s often done inconsistently across stakeholders and teams. Scribe’s free Chrome extension allows you to automate the process – creating documents just by clicking “record” as you complete a process. The Pro version allows for desktop recording and additional features such as redaction.
Fyle lets your Finance teams be in complete control of business expenses regardless of where they’re working from. It lets employees easily submit and track their business expenses from applications they use every day like Gmail, Outlook, Slack, etc, while also automatically checking each submitted expense against company policies. This ensures that only compliant expenses are submitted and that your Finance teams don’t have to verify each one manually, saving them a ton of time that can be used for more critical tasks.
Managing staff attendance and salary calculation is a necessity for every enterprise. factoTime is one of the easiest tools for remote work to mark attendance and salary count. With factoTime, your staff can mark their attendance punch through their mobile phones with selfies and location or QR codes. The tool is great for calculating employees’ working hours, customized attendance reports, and payroll automation. In addition, the tool helps to manage remote teams better with the data of employee time on/off, working hours, task remarks, and payroll automation.
The global remote working phenomenon was sudden and unforeseen. But it has also made enterprises realize the power of technology to continue even in adverse times. With these 16 remote working tools, sailing through these times is possible while also being future-proof!
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Renuka Shahane is a Sr. Content Writer at Scalefusion. An engineering graduate, an Apple junkie and an avid reader, she has a 5+ years of experience in content creation, content strategy and PR for technology and web based startups.