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March 12, 2013

CloudWork – Make Business Apps Work Together

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Colleagues who work together can accomplish more in less time. The same is true for web-applications. CloudWork is a tool that companies can use to integrate dozens of the most popular business apps — including Google Calendar, Twitter, and Dropbox — and force those apps to work together for the greater good. As a result, CloudWork can help people get more out of the business applications they already use.

Quit logging into/out of various apps, and importing/exporting files across multiple platforms. When you start using CloudWork, you can eliminate redundancy and automatically connect to all the most important business tools and social media apps. Select the apps you currently use from CloudWork’s list of supported apps, and then authorize CloudWork to access data from those apps. From your CloudWork dashboard, you can manage important business processes and automate repetitive tasks. For example, you can sync contacts between your Capsule CRM and Dropbox accounts, or automatically cross-post your Twitter updates onto your WordPress blog. You can also sign up to receive real-time notifications when certain triggers are set, such as when a colleague adds a new meeting to his calendar or when invoices have been sent out through FreshBooks.

Developers can use the CloudWork platform to develop integrations for their clients, or to connect their apps with the CloudWork API. The company also offers custom integrations and allows non-technical users to build their own integrations with apps from the CloudWork catalog using an advanced editing tool.

Practical Uses:

  • Get more from the business apps you already use
  • Automatically track social media conversations about your company
  • Sync client contact information across multiple business apps
  • Receive email notifications when colleagues update their schedules
  • Monitor the status of all your app accounts from a single dashboard

Insider Tips:

  • Authorize CloudWork to access data from any apps you wish to connect
  • Send new business leads that have been added to your CRM app to your sales staff
  • Automatically turn Twitter conversations about your product into help desk tickets
  • Update your CRM app when a client has paid his invoice through FreshBooks

What we liked:

  • People don’t have to be tech-savvy to set up a CloudWork account
  • Companies can choose which apps to integrate with CloudWork
  • CloudWork automatically checks for new activity on all linked apps every 10 minutes
  • Pro users can run up to 15,000 tasks through CloudWork each month

What we didn’t like:

  • Basic users can only run a maximum of two streams

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Company Info:

  • Launched: 2012
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Barcelona, Spain
  • Founded by: Nubera
  • Web site: https://cloudwork.com

Costs:

  • Basic plan is $9.99/month
  • Premium plan is $14.99/month
  • Pro plan is $49.99/month

Comments

  1. Thanks for this review, it describes very well what the product is about and how it can be used to increase business productivity.
    Fair comments on the pricing model. we are actually reviewing the plans and will launch soon a free version and an enhanced basic plan that will include more integration possibilities.

    Christophe
    CloudWork

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