Albert F. Case, Jr., at TechSpend makes some good points regarding businesses using web-based software. From his article,
Iâ€™ve read a lot about Googleâ€™s online spreadsheet and Zohoâ€™s ZohoWriter and related products. Iâ€™ve also heard a lot of â€œWho needs it?â€ That attitude amazes me. During my â€œinformalâ€ survey of a few dozen Excel users I know exactly 0% used pivot tables and charts! Sure, I know people (like me) who do â€“ but the reality is most donâ€™t. Just like most people using Microsoft Office donâ€™t do much more than write reports in Word, send Email in Outlook and do simple spreadsheets in Excel. Now, at $200 to $400 per person, how many thousands of dollars are spent for licenses of Microsoft Office in a company that has 1,000 or 2,000 or 5,000 PCs?
He goes on with how a web-based spreadsheet application (like Zoho Sheet) can help a company.
Think of the creative new applications of an online, sharable spreadsheet. A spreadsheet Wiki! The company home phone list can be instantly updated. Prospect lists can be shared. Budgets can be tinkered with in group fashion. I can think of hundreds of uses for this technology in the average corporation.
And, he has this to say about Zoho CRM :
Great thoughts, Albert! Like you, we believe more & more people have started realizing the endless possibilities that affordable (and often times free) web-based software like Zoho is creating for businesses around the world.