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Solution Spotlight: Google’s most popular inspection software systems explained

By Deeksha Malik, 17 January 2018

In GetApp's Solution Spotlight series, we explain which software is at the top of Google's search engine results and how each can meet your specific needs. To identify the systems featured here, we entered the term "home inspection software" in Google the week of December 12, 2017 in an incognito window with the location set to the U.S. The first five solutions on the first page of Google's results are described here in alphabetical order. So, you've finally decided to go digital and dump the notepads you've been using to scribble down notes for your reports. You want a dedicated tool that will save you time through automation when preparing inspection reports, scheduling appointments with clients, and collecting payments. Naturally, you turn to Google to search for inspection software systems in the hopes of creating a shortlist of tools to compare. But you soon realize that the market is fairly niche, and it seems a small handful vendors own the industry. You spend hours switching between dozens of open tabs with user reviews and vendor websites trying to compare platforms, wishing there were a single source that summed everything up neatly. This article is the starting point you need to get a quick, yet detailed overview of the inspection software solutions that are most popular on the web. (more…)

7 project management and planning apps for Android

By Lauren Maffeo, 15 January 2018

More employees are bringing their mobile devices to work than ever before. So, it's inevitable that popular project management tools are developing and integrating an Android (or iPad and iPhone)-friendly version of their software. (more…)

Solution Spotlight: Google’s most popular conference meeting software explained

By Abhishek Singh, 12 January 2018

In GetApp's Solution Spotlight series, we explain which software is at the top of Google's search engine results and how each can meet your specific needs. To identify the systems featured here, we entered the term "conference meeting software" in Google during the week of December 20 in an incognito window with the location set to the U.S. The first five solutions on the first page of Google's results are described here in alphabetical order. For small businesses, finding the right conference meeting solution at the right price can feel impossible. Especially when you have very specific requirements, such as the number of participants you need to host on conference calls, integration with mobile, multiple screen sharing, and more. (more…)

6 Excellent Kanban Cards Templates That Will Raise Your Project Management Game

By Lauren Maffeo, 10 January 2018

How do you prefer to solve problems? Does your way with words lead you to compose emails to your colleagues? Perhaps numbers jog your mind instead, and spreadsheets are thus your thing. But if you're like 65 percent of the population, you learn the best when you're visually engaged. That's a key reason why Kanban cards templates play such a crucial role on project teams. What is Kanban? Kanban is an Agile project management method. It was born on the floor of Toyota's factory in 1953 as a way to help team members visualize their work. Within modern project management, Kanban is a framework to help project teams leave tasks at different stages until each one's needed, rather than just shipping complete projects. Think of Kanban as the Scrum method's more laid-back sister: It doesn't necessarily have assigned roles or set sprint times. Instead, each project team member focuses on their tasks at hand. Then, those tasks are displayed in a visual manner to show each team member how their work fits into the big picture. On the spectrum of project management software, tools that have Kanban cards templates are a natural choice. Exact features will vary by tool and pricing plan. That said, look for the following features within apps that you consider. Kanban boards with swim lanes to visualize aspects of each project; Analytics to help project leads view team workflows and remove bottlenecks; Drag-and-drop options to easily move cards around boards as needed; Time tracking to let project team members see how resources are being used; Mobile apps for iOS and Android so team members can work from anywhere. To get your search started, each app on the list below has a Kanban cards template that's worth a look. To earn a spot on this list, each app had to earn an average rating of four stars or higher from GetApp reviewers. Kanbanchi Kanbanchi is a project management app that integrates with G Suite. Once you sign into your corporate G Suite account, you can deploy Kanbanchi across your project team from the G Suite Marketplace. The "Timing" tab contains a time tracker that lets you see how much time team members spend on certain tasks. If your project team works with Gantt charts, Kanbanchi provides them so you can plan projects and monitor progress. And GetApp users note that Kanbanchi is beloved for boosting team transparency.   Pricing: Kanbanchi's standard plan costs $7:95 per user per month, but is free for personal and educational use. Those interested in an Enterprise plan can request a demo here. Kanban Tool Kanban Tool gets love from GetApp users who (among other use cases) want to use Agile on remote project teams. The app's design, time tracking, and customer service also earn high praise. You can invite users to build project teams; create time reports by project, task, or user; use breakdown charts to view project status; and use horizontal swim lanes to track several projects on one board. Despite the ability to track several projects, you can also limit work in progress to prevent overload. Pricing: Three plans ranging from free to $9 per user per month. LeanKit LeanKit helps Kanban users visualize each workflow step and process. Each work item has its own card, whether you drag it into a swim lane or put it in the backlog. GetApp users say that LeanKit makes this easy due to how customizable it is. LeanKit's strategic and reporting features set it apart from competitors. The tool's tiered board approach lets users view initiatives and work details. You can also use task board to view subtasks, and each card has its own audit trail to let you see its history. And LeanKit's ability to track metric like flow and quality lets you assess processes to learn what's not working. Pricing: Three plans ranging from $19 per user per month to custom. Projectplace Projectplace has more than one million users working on over 200,700 projects at the time of writing. If that's not a strong enough endorsement, GetApp readers love its integrations with popular apps and its ease of use. The documents feature within Projectplace lets users upload attachments from Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Native apps for Android and iOS let users access these boards from their smartphones and tablets. Projectplace also goes out of its way to encourage conversations. Project team members have their dialogues stored alongside work. Pricing: $29.00 per user per month when billed annually. Targetprocess Targetprocess lets you view details no matter where you are on the project hierarchy. The tool's project roadmaps let track activities over time. You can also use its boards and lists to plan and track progress. Along with its flexibility, GetApp users rave about its ease of use and constant improvements. The custom reports in Targetprocess will keep stakeholders happy. Whether they want to see closed request trends or effort vs. cycle time, you can customize any view within the tool. And its flexibility means that you can customize card types and content, swimlanes, default sorting, and more across various boards. Pricing: Three plans ranging from free to custom pricing for enterprises. Zenkit Zenkit gets high marks from GetApp readers for building Kanban boards that blend customizability with an easy interface. As one example, you can customize notifications to avoid information overload. Among other features, you can also turn any project into a to-do list, save frequent filters to create custom views, and group your Kanban board by any label in lists and rows. Task assignments, @mentions, file sharing, and an integration with Zapier are additional ways to keep in touch with your team. Native apps for iOS and Android devices allow colleagues to work from wherever they are. Even if you're adrift from the Internet, you can work offline within Zenkit. Pricing: Four plans ranging from free to custom pricing for enterprises. Want to see more apps with Kanban cards templates? Visit GetApp's visual project management software directory

Marketing on a Budget: 6 affordable options for first-time marketers

By Suzie Blaszkiewicz, 10 January 2018

It's 2018, and you've finally decided to get your business in order. You want to get started by promoting the product that you spent all of 2017 creating. The problem: the budget's a bit tight, and you don't have much money to play with. The solution: marketing software. There's tons of marketing apps out there that offer free trials or low monthly fees and can still help you get the word out about your business. (more…)

Don’t get hung up on cost: Contact center software pricing explained

By Ankita Singh, 9 January 2018

The contact center software industry is on the verge of huge growth and digital disruption. According to one study, it will grow to $29.1 billion by 2022; that's up from $13.3 billion in 2016, meaning it's expected to more than double in a span of six years. Such explosive growth usually leads to more competition, which means cost savings for you, the consumer. That's great news, right? But more competition also means more options, and that can get overwhelming. How do you know which contact center software solution is the right one for you, and how can you avoid paying too much for it? (more…)

Keep your house in order: Wave vs. QuickBooks for Rental Property Management

By Abhishek Singh, 29 December 2017

To put it mildly: managing the cash flow of your rental property can be tricky, especially when it comes to maintaining expense payments, lease payments, and other financial transactions. (more…)

Using technology to grow your flock: Beginner’s guide on how to choose church management software

By Ankita Singh, 21 December 2017

Churches are steeped in rich tradition, but that doesn't mean your back-office operations need to be stuck in the past. You can't carry out your mission if you don't have any congregants, and you have a better chance of keeping existing members engaged—as well as attracting new ones—if you leverage available technology. (more…)

3 top-rated accounting apps for real estate agents – 2017

By Abhishek Singh and Karan Dhingra, 21 December 2017

If you're running a small real estate agency, you have a lot to manage. So, it might be easy to overlook the less glamorous tasks—such as those related to accounting. But, the bottom line is, you must pay out commissions to your agents in a timely manner, and you may also need to collect rent from tenants, manage lease payments, and handle incidental expenses for the upkeep of rental units. (more…)

Top 5 Project Portfolio Management Systems in the Cloud

By Lauren Maffeo, 20 December 2017

Time for a reality check: managing projects well and finishing them on time isn't what matters most. If those projects don't support your business strategy, then they're wasted effort. But if you're managing several projects at once, it can be hard to keep strategy at the center of your work. That's why juggling several projects and tasks demands more than organization - it needs the right software as well. Luckily, project managers who must track and manage ongoing projects have a solution. They can use project portfolio management (PPM) systems to analyze their work throughout the pipeline; adjust priorities in real time; and and connect each aspect of every project back to the bigger business strategy. Advanced PPM systems have features that support team collaboration and project management. This makes it possible for project teams to function as cohesive units. These PPM tools are especially helpful for project teams in financial, resource, and risk management. That's because some of these tools use algorithms that are customized for each business. Then, those algorithms analyze projects individually. To help you find the most functional tools at the best value for money, we've drawn up a list of five PPM applications in the Cloud: Asana Asana's goal is to help users create projects and manage tasks within them. To achieve this, it boasts as many features as possible to keep project team members out of their email inboxes. Instead, users rely on the Asana inbox to get notifications for all task and project-related activities. Users can share notes on task descriptions, combine and organize tasks based on priority, add due dates and followers to tasks, and get notified when tasks are changed or finished. Best of all, Asana offers multiple workspaces to support multiple teams. Projects - and the tasks within them - can be managed in their own workspaces to boost transparency and prevent overlap. Price: three plans ranging from Free to Enterprise. Contact them for a quote on the latter. KeyedIn Projects KeyedIn's specialty lies in project and resource management. Whether you must view deadlines, store documents, log issues, or share advice, KeyedIn aims to be a centralized resource for PPM teams. KeyedIn provides time, expense, and budget tracking. Users can also view project hierarchies, report on project status, do scenario modeling, and build Gantt charts. Price: three plans ranging from its Small Business edition to its Enterprise edition. Contact KeyedIn for price quotes. Wrike Wrike serves as a central work space for project teams. You can use it to create adjustable project plans, requirements, data, and changes. Once your hard work is done, Wrike lets you build custom reports to share updates with your project stakeholders. Real-time work updates and personal dashboards help team members save time by preventing a dive into the inbox abyss. Resource, template, and workflow management are all available. And PPM teams can automate recurring tasks and projects to spend more time on project strategy. Price: five plans ranging from Free for five users to Enterprise for unlimited users. Contact Wrike for a price quote on the latter plan. Projectplace Projectplace acts as a hub for projects, files, conversations, and reports. It gives users a top-down view of their project portfolios. Packaged within a smart interface, its features include portfolio, task, document, time, and workload management. Projectplace offers collaborative work streams. Once your project plans are created, you can connect work space items to activities and milestones. Kanban boards and Gantt charts help all team members visualize workflows against project goals. And the tool's workload management feature lets project managers view commitments and task assignments across all projects. Price: $29 per user per month when billed annually. Clarizen Clarizen helps you align your PPM team to drive productivity. It achieves this by combining social collaboration with powerful project management. Clarizen connects conversations, tasks, and projects in one single solution. Its features include collaborative planning, resource management, and time, budget, and issue tracking. Price: Request pricing for both plans on their website. Now, compare project portfolio management tools and read independent user reviews to help you learn which PPM software is best for your business.