I am sure cloud computing has its shortcomings like data security and reliability ( read more about it here), but despite that small businesses are seeking to cut computing costs and improve efficiency through adopting cloud computing applications in this never-ending recession. Cloud based services can help small businesses to simplify business operations, keeping track of their finances while dramatically reducing their software and other computing cost. These cloud based applications can be bought through independent vendor/ service providers or application marketplaces (lists software from well-known vendors).
Application marketplaces are nothing new; they are online shops of different business applications that enable users and software providers to do business in cloud. These are viable resources for finding and using business software.
Recently, AppDirect has introduced its cloud marketplaces and management solution. Built from the ground up for fast, easy deployment and ease of use, AppDirect’s platform is an ideal way for service providers to deliver cloud services to small businesses. Right now, the company powers Bell Canada, Sasktel’s, and Deutsche Telecom’s business app marketplaces. This platform also enhances security as the admin can seamlessly delete previous workers’ log-ins and passwords without extensive IT efforts.
The features of AppDirect-powered marketplace are as follows:
- Allows small businesses to use one user name and password to manage all of their applications from one convenient online portal.
- Offers unify billing, so that small businesses have one point of payment, instead of having to send multiple payments to multiple vendors.
- Sophisticated search functionality and custom filters and sorting with application screen shots and demos with Question and answer forums
- Ability to read, write, and comment on app reviews
- An engine that offers recommendations based on customer characteristics
For developers, the AppDirect platform offers unsurpassed visibility for applications by exposing apps to millions of potential small business customers and developers can also include a lot of information to market their apps most effectively.
Here are some other application platforms in the same category that will help you to take your business to the next level and are worth looking at:
Google Apps Marketplace: It is an application directory run by Google. It allows customers to discover, deploy and manage cloud applications that integrate with Google Apps. It allows users to access the other applications without signing in separately to each.
QuickBooks Marketplace: It is resource of finding softwares according to your business needs. It also allows you to rate and review applications. It enables third-party retailers to advertise their time clock software where users can read an overview of the product and customer reviews and compare cost information.
AWS marketplace: Amazon marketplace allows you to find, compare, and start using softwares and products in many categories of development and IT software. The AWS Marketplace includes pay-as-you-go products. An Independent Software Vendor can also list his product the AWS Marketplace. Visit website for more information on this.