IT Holiday Gift Guide

By Tad Johnson of Jamf

Managing the technology in your small or medium-sized (SMB) business can be time-consuming, especially if your day job isn’t in IT to begin with. By making the process easier, you can free up valuable resources for other important work that will benefit your business in the long run.

For anyone who knows someone feeling the headache, here are eight gifts guaranteed to make IT a little bit easier this holiday season:

 

Slide #1: Jamf Now

Image courtesy of Jamf Now

Image courtesy of Jamf Now

Jamf Now is a cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) solution for all the iPads, iPhones and Macs in your workplace. Device management is fast, accessible and affordable, so you can support your users without help from an IT guru.

Jamf Now provides the easiest way to perform small business MDM tasks on the Apple devices within your organization, with immediate sign up. You can also leverage a Blueprint within Jamf Now to easily deploy settings and apps for groups of devices – in minutes and all from one place.

 

Slide #2: Paycor Mobile

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Image courtesy of Paycor

Paycor has been focused on providing Human Capital Management services to SMBs since its founding in 1990. Its flagship product, Paycor Perform, offers cloud-based HR solutions for recruiting, hiring and onboarding, HR and benefits administration, payroll and tax compliance, time and attendance tracking and reporting and analytics.

Paycor Mobile, a mobile extension of Paycor Perform, is a must-have for SMB employers, as it enables them to better connect with on-the-go employees by providing easier and more efficient access to critical HR information and data. Features of Paycor Mobile include: Mobile Time Clock (Punch In/Out), Mobile Schedule, Time Off Request, Time Off Balance, and Mobile Paycheck. All features are available in English and Spanish.

 

Slide #3: Pyze Growth Intelligence

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Image courtesy of Pyze Growth Intelligence

Pyze Growth Intelligence is a cloud-based app intelligence and marketing platform that helps startup, mid-market and Fortune 1000 companies grow their apps. It’s no secret that the mobile app industry is growing at an explosive rate, and nearly half of SMBs are planning to have a mobile app by 2017. However, the vast majority of app publishers are struggling to make a foothold in such a competitive and overcrowded market.

The Pyze Growth Intelligence platform helps this vast majority gather and analyze highly complex app data, and also provides the marketing automation tools they need to interact with app users based on certain behaviors. It’s basically a “data scientist in a box” because it’s so advanced and easy to use at the same time. The best part is the core platform is free of charge, with more advanced capabilities starting at $99/month.

 

Slide #4: Kaseya

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Image courtesy of Kaseya

Kaseya AuthAnvil is a cloud-based IDaaS that integrates single sign-on, password management, and multi-factor authentication within a single solution.

AuthAnvil enables SMBs to comprehensively manage their identity and access management (IAM) needs, and empowers employees to gain authenticated and secure access to both on-premise and cloud applications from virtually any device. As an all-in-one, user-friendly solution, AuthAnvil protects critical business systems, network devices and applications.

 

Slide #5: MailChimp

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Image courtesy of MailChimp

MailChimp helps businesses engage with their customers through email marketing automation. They make it easy to send beautiful looking emails that look great on all screen sizes. If you run an ecommerce store, you can integrate with MailChimp to tailor transaction emails. And as your needs grow, you can use their API to integrate with your app or services and take your email automation to the next level.

 

Slide #6: Teem

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Image courtesy of Teem

Teem elegantly solves a problem common to just about every office: meeting room scheduling. As anyone who’s worked in a busy office knows, reserving and finding the right meeting room is an unwelcome hassle. Teem solves this with a combination of cloud software and mobile apps. Mount an iPad running the Teem app to the wall outside your meeting room door and you can instantly know whether that room is available. Or create a modern visitor check-in experience with an iPad as a kiosk at your front desk. Teem is perfect for the small business and can easily scale as you grow.

 

Slide #7: CrashPlan

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Image courtesy of CrashPlan

A reliable backup solution is a must for every small business. CrashPlan fits the bill with a dead-simple backup tool that you can tailor to fit your exact needs. Backup your data to the cloud, to your own servers, or to an external drive sitting on your desk—or all three. When disaster strikes and your laptop is lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair, you can quickly get back up and running without losing your precious data. And with the CrashPlan mobile app, you can even retrieve files on your iPhone or iPad. If you don’t have a trusted backup solution in place, stop reading this article right now and download CrashPlan!

 

Slide #8: Office 365 Subscription

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Image courtesy of Microsoft Office 365

Simply put, Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription offers the best value for small businesses who need to equip their staff with software and cloud services to be productive. Email, office productivity apps, communication, and online storage are all bundled into one package. Unlike competing cloud services like Google’s G Suite, Office 365 keeps working when you’re off the network—perfect for being productive when traveling or working without Wi-Fi.

 

Tad Johnson is the Product Manager at Jamf.

The views, opinions and positions expressed within this guest post are those of the author alone and do not represent those of CBS Small Business Pulse or the CBS Corporation. The accuracy, completeness and validity of any statements made within this article are verified solely by the author.

 

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