Team-driven projects have gained a lot of juice just in the last few years because of cloud computing innovations that allow for new levels of sharing and collaborating. Questions like, “who’s got the latest iteration?” “Who’s allowed to access that?” and “What other files are involved?” are now answered easily. Google was one of the earliest innovators in software-as-a-service, and Google Docs is a wonderful team tool for keeping track of, sharing, and collaborating over documents.
It’s surprising how many small business operators are trying to manage their contacts—with clients, suppliers, sub-contractors, team members, and more—with little more than the Contacts function on their smart phone and the In Box of their email server.
Project calendar shows milestones and bookings; with a summary of tasks, milestones and a list of four recent files belonging to the current project.
Now you can create Invoices, Quotes and PO’s and new accounting dashboard widgets, organized by latest activity. On each widget you have option to either go to the record, edit it or go to the Project or Contact it relates too.
One of the big differences between a service-oriented company and a product company is in billing, and service companies leave a surprising amount of money on the table because of poor billing practices. It’s easy to invoice when you’ve shipped a given number of products—but when you’re billing by the hour, time isn’t always logged.
Skylight recently introduced image commenting (annotations on images). Anyone who deals with images and needs to collaborate with clients and suppliers will appreciate this feature of Skylight, especially designers, web developers and creative industries in general. Combine this with Skylight’s ability to group these files by contact or project and you have a very powerful integrated system indeed.