Business development for smaller companies has come a long way over the past few years. Online, cloud-based storage has revolutionized the ways companies store, share and access data. This has made it possible for even the smallest company to create archives for data going back to their first day and to use that archived data to generate business intelligence that helps them to grow. It also makes it easier to manage different aspects of a business, which can also be helpful when it comes to increasing productivity and efficiency.

Could-based programs for inventory, sales and other aspects of business management are not always part of a single program but instead are pieces of software which can interact and work together due to their cloud foundation. This creates a more comprehensive planning and control system that incorporates data from every part of the process. Purchasing, warehouse storage, sales, order processing, shipping and customer service work in concert in order to develop better plans for everything from marketing and promotions to employee development.

But the benefits don’t stop there. A cloud-based system also allows a company to expand their customer base by reaching out to customers across the world with a storefront that never closes. Ordering, browsing and customer service can all be made available to every customer no matter where they are or what time it is. Best of all, this constant service and access doesn’t have to break a company’s budget in terms of expense while still boosting sales.

In order to reap these benefits, it’s important for a company to choose software suites and programs that are not only cloud-based but that are also developed with integration in mind. No matter how well rounded a program is, if it can’t interact with other programs, it will only serve to hold a company back. By choosing a software package that features built in integration and has a commitment to working with emerging technologies, businesses can have the best of all worlds. Not only can they advance their place for development and expansion, they can do so without having to revamp their online and internal processes each time. This makes development and business intelligence easier to create, use and implement.