3 Best Overlooked Software Buys for 2011
Concur Breeze (One or two users are free; three or more users is $8 per month)
In business, it is not what you make, it is what you spend. And managing your spending is a whole lot easier with Redmond, Wash.-based Concur(CNQR) . The online expense management system does a very nice job tracking what you and your firm spends in terms of cash, credit cards and bank checks. I liked the clean online layout, powerful reporting tools and seamless Google Apps and credit card integration. Of course, like most online expense tools, the code does not integrate well with complex enterprise expense reporting tools. That means that with your big corporate clients, chances are you will be filing those expenses by hand. Still, if you're considering making 2011 the year to get your expenses organized ahead of tax season, give Concur Breeze a try.
eM Client (Basic tool is free, professional tool is a flat fee of $50 per user)
If you are finding Outlook's email and calendering tools are getting too expensive and complex, may I recommend eM Client? The application, free for basic users, specializes in supporting just about every email service on the planet -- and does it all easily. Simply go to the eM Client website, download the free software, enter some basic information and you are off and emailing. The design is also heavily reminiscent of Outlook, so users of that tool should be comfortable with eM Client. The bottom line: For little or no cost, eM Client offers a surprisingly nifty way to optimize your critical business emails for the coming year. It's a clever little tool.
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