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Cloud-based — also known as browser-based — software is fast emerging as the preferred platform for enterprise applications. With browser-based software, program data and files are stored on a server’s secure Cloud hosted web service rather than on a user’s computer. This has a number of advantages, both for enterprise applications in general and mapping software in particular. These include:
Convenience: Online mapping software is accessible from any computer and some mobile devices. This puts mapping data and other critical business intelligence right at your fingertips, so long as you have access to an internet connection. Sales agents on the road can use browser-based mapping software to access leads in real-time, no matter where they are. Software updates occur at off hours. There’s no need for clunky, time consuming software updates.
Collaboration: Online map software is ideal for collaboration, particularly in large organizations with locations spread out across a wide geographic area. Standalone software requires information to be shared using email or physical media, which increases the risk of redundancy and privacy breaches, and it can lead to a user accidentally working with outdated data or file versions. With a browser-based mapping program, all users have immediate access to the most current data and can share customized maps easily.
Scalability: Cloud-based mapping software like MapBusinessOnline is designed to grow with your business. Deployment over the cloud allows businesses to implement bring your own device (BYOD) policies, which saves the expense of purchasing new hardware and allows employees the freedom to work on the platform they know best. MapBusinessOnline is compatible with both Mac and PC products. Adding new users is easy, too, as no complicated and time-consuming software installation is required.
Customizability: With online mapping software, making global changes to the application’s setup is simple. From the outset, a MapBusinessOnline representative will work with you to determine the best combination of services for your needs and configure your system accordingly.
Ease-of-use: Browser-based software is updated automatically, which eliminates the tedious process of installing new versions or security patches when they are released. Cloud-based applications are also easier for help desks to troubleshoot and train new staff on, as they ensure all users are working on the same platform. This is especially useful for mapping programs, which can involve a steeper learning curve than other enterprise applications.
What about Privacy?
The biggest concern about moving from offline to online mapping software is that of privacy. While there is always a risk of a security breach in both desktop and Cloud platforms, web-based programs are typically safer as there is less risk of user error. Your data security is MapBusinessOnline’s number one priority. MapBusinessOnline employs industry-standard encryption and security protocols to keep your critical data protected online at all times.
For more information about moving to an online mapping platform, or about the benefits of cloud-based services in general, contact MapBusinessOnline today. To see the program in action, sign up for a risk-free one-month trial.
Learn How Our Customers are Succeeding with MapBusinessOnline
"I have had the pleasure of using MapBusinessOnline for the past 5 years and it is an excellent and affordable tool for my clients. I am a franchise consultant, and many of my clients are just starting to get into franchising. The first main question many of them have is they don’t know the demographics around their current location, so they don’t know how to create territories for their franchisees. I am able to easily utilize MapBusinessOnline to draw a prototype territory around their existing location, do a deep dive into the many different demographics that MapBusinessOnline offers, and help the client determine the basics of their new territories, including mileage, population, household count, purchasing habits and age distributions. This tool has been so helpful that many of our clients obtain their own accounts as they begin to sell franchises and grow their business. Thank you, MapBusinessOnline, for providing such a helpful tool that is affordable and easy to use!"
Colette Bell Director of Business Development SMB Franchise Advisors
"I just might possibly be in love with this service! This is the perfect program for my business."
One of many international companies left hanging by Microsoft’s cancelation of MapPoint and turning to MapBusinessOnline for a MapPoint replacement. Multiple departments across the enterprise utilize business mapping for a variety of applications including claims management analysis, insurance related operational planning, and market analysis. An extremely detailed procurement and security review lead to a contract for MapBusinessOnline services. Corporate accounts use MBO for sales territory mapping, collaborative Team editing, and communicating with maps.
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Popular MapBusinessOnline features
Share business maps
Create interactive maps and share with friends, colleagues, dealers, customers, prospects or vendors. Share territory maps. Email saved JPEG and PNG files or embed map files in PowerPoint presentations. Includes PDF export for larger print formats.
Control shared business maps’ access at team or individual levels. Encourage team collaboration through shared sales territory and customer maps. Improve communications within your sales force through clear business maps.
Build fast map visualizations of your business data
Map business data from various sources by street address, city name, ZIP code, or latitude and longitude. Plot 250,000 or more locations on a map at once. All you need to start is a spreadsheet with business data.
Plot your business locations or sales territories on top of recent base maps crafted by the best cartographers from Esri – the leader in mapping industry: satellite imagery, streets, National Geographic and topographic maps.