While the cloud revolutionized how we do business, many companies are only now getting used to adopting cloud services and applications. Many aren’t even aware of the most critical software tools and services they can leverage to make their lives easier.
To help, 13 contributors to Forbes Technology Council examine the most crucial cloud-based services they use and explain why they’re so useful for a tech team.
1. AWS Lambda
Many organizations are taking advantage of cloud services to build modern applications that can scale on demand. AWS Lambda is a serverless computing service that abstracts infrastructure and allows teams to focus on code. Recently added features such as the ability to package functions as containers, pay-per-use by the millisecond and cold-start improvements, make Lambda an essential service to master. – Augusto Perazzo, Me in Te
Many tech teams use agile methods that include daily standup meetings. StatusHero helps you spend less time in meetings and be more productive by automating the daily check-in process. It then shares the status with your team, so you know everyone’s achievements, objectives and blockers. This kind of automation creates transparency that builds trust, which is critical to team performance. – Adi Ekshtain, Amaryllis Payment Solutions
3. Google Workspace
As we are more into the new normal of digital presence and adopting technology and business models at the “speed of thought,” collaboration across the virtual team would define success signature for enterprises. Google Workspace is one excellent tools ecosystem that lets you brilliantly collaborate, control the data, abstract information silos in tandem and empower with embedded AI capabilities. – Soumen Chatterjee, Wipro
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4. Google Drive
Google Drive is one of the essential tools we use to keep our operations running smoothly. Our new user orientation, guides, article drafts and more, all start on Google Drive. If you’re looking for a super-easy way to collaborate, and you’re a small business looking for a cloud-based data solution, look no further. – Thomas Griffin, OptinMonster
OneDrive is a cloud-based hosting and synchronization service operated by Microsoft. The service enables remote teams to automatically back up their entire desktops and laptops while being able to access their files in real-time from any connected device, including smartphones. OneDrive can also be a viable backup and disaster recovery option for small and medium companies. – Ahmad (Al) Fares, Celitech – Cellular Data Platform
Jira is a cloud-based tool that helps teams track everything from strategic priorities to roadmap items and project deliverables. Developers can use it to alert team members of potential bugs, allowing issues to be identified early and prioritized based on the importance of the business. – Maddison Long, CloudOps
Basecamp is a cloud service that can benefit all remote workers. The team behind this pioneering project management platform has been distributed since day one, so they know what it takes for a remote team to work successfully. With Basecamp, my team stays organized, accountable and productive, no matter where they are. – Marc Fischer, Dogtown Media LLC
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For us, Slack has mostly replaced email as it enables real-time communication and opt-in participation. When public channels are used, other people that were not involved initially can quickly get up to speed and engage as if they were there the whole time. It is easy to integrate with mission-critical applications and also to connect with other tooling such as automation. – Gavin McMurdo, IStreamPlanet
There are many well-known customer relationship management tools out there, most run in the cloud, butHubSpot has been our choice for recent years. We have used many others in the past, but for features and cost, they are the one for us. They seem to offer so much in their platform and as a sales organization, we can’t live without it. – Richard Kahn, Anura Solutions, LLC
10. ZoomInfo With Intent
I’d recommend using ZoomInfo with Intent. Being able to find leads based on company activity is a game-changer. Giving your sales force this intelligence will allow them to be more successful and have more meaningful conversations. – Nick Damoulakis, Orases
11. Single Sign-On
An essential service every tech department should use is single sign-on (SSO). SSO is a secure authentication method enabling users to authenticate with all cloud-based applications by using a single set of credentials. Instead of using separate, strong credentials for each and every cloud application, users can use a single robust two-factor authentication method to access all applications. – Bob Fabien Zinga, Directly, Inc/U.S. Navy Reserve
12. Endpoint Monitoring
Cloud-based cybersecurity products for endpoint detection and threat monitoring are key. Because cloud-based infrastructures have more endpoint opportunities for hackers to attack, you need a cloud-based software system that will constantly monitor for potential threats and alert your cybersecurity team if there’s a potential breach. Cloud-based endpoint monitoring is key for securing all entry points. – John Shin, RSI Security
13. Identity And Access Management Platform
Without any doubt, IT leaders should prioritize having a strong, modern identity and access management (IAM) at the center of their business. The IAM platform should support heterogeneous environments and should be designed for now and the future. Enabling use cases such as multifactor authentication, single sign-on (SSO) including software-as-a-service, conditional access, and identity protection, will increase the ROI. – Pablo Junco, Microsoft