Technology of the week: Slack

Technology of the week: Slack

Technology of the week: Slack

What is Slack?

Slack is the fastest growing office application in history. Only in its second year it has over half a million users and is currently doubling its numbers every 3 months. That is a lot of users! Slack is an instant messenger service that allows teams to communicate with each other over a number of platforms (website, phone, tablet etc.)

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Technology of the week: iTranslate

Technology of the week: iTranslate

What is iTranslate

iTranslate enables travellers, students, business professionals, employers and medical staff to read, write and speak in 90 languages, anywhere in the world.

What does it do?

With iTranslate you can translate text or websites, start voice conversations or look up words, meanings and even verb conjugations in over 90 languages. No training needed. Just start speaking and iTranslate recognises your voice, converts your words to text and translates them into another language. The app can also be used offline to save on any roaming charges. With the safari extension users can also translate whole website and pages.

Technology of the week: iTranslate

Why does it benefit assistants?

This is a great app for Executive’s to have on their phone when they travel aboard. Who doesn’t need a quick translation every now and again? The browser extension also let’s assistants translate documents and websites really easily. The translation may not be completely accurate, but with iTranslate you certainly get the gist of the language.

Why is it Practically Perfect PA tech of the week?

Living in Spain I’m sure you can imagine how heavily I rely on a translation app! This is my favourite app and I would really recommend it for business travellers.

Technology of the week: Any.do

What is Any.do?

Any.do is a productivity app that helps organise every aspect of your life. It is available for free on most platforms, including Apple and Android, web and desktop.

What does it do?

Like most ‘life management’ apps Any.do helps users organise their tasks, set reminders and make to-do lists. It also has a calendar function that synchronises with your lists. You can send tasks to other people, it synchronises with other calendars (iCal, Google Calendar etc.) and you can capture tasks with voice recognition. Here are a few more details from the Any.do folks…

Any.do is available anytime, anywhere, on any device. It’s always ready to take your notes or remind you what you need to be doing.

  • Keep all events, tasks, lists and reminders in one place
  • Lightning fast sync across Android, iOS, web and desktop
  • Share lists and assign tasks to get more done, faster
  • Smart widgets keep it all at your fingertips

Technology of the week: Any.do

Why does it benefit assistants?

There are loads of productivity / life management tools on the market and each assistant should pick one that works for them. Overall, they do benefit assistants enormously and I like Any.do because it is pretty simple to use, it looks clean and modern and it is available on a number of platforms. I like the voice recognition element. This might come in handy during meetings with your boss, or when taking minutes, or when someone randomly stops you in the middle of a corridor to ask for something.

Why is it Practically Perfect PA’s tech of the week?

Assistants have to remember a lot of stuff… Stuff for us, stuff for other people, important stuff! Unless we have some kind of superhuman power (which we do, but that’s another blog) we need tools to help us remember all the stuff.

Tech of the week: Seat Guru

What is Seat Guru

In October 2001, frequent flyer Matthew Daimler launched SeatGuru.com with a single colour-coded interactive airplane seating chart. Having experienced firsthand the vast differences between airline seats, he was determined to collect this useful information and share it with other travellers.  In 2007, SeatGuru was purchased by TripAdvisor, and they now have seating charts for practically every airline. Seat Guru is a website and you can also download their app.

Tech of the week: Seat Guru

What does it do?

Basically, Seat Guru is a database which allows travellers to check which is the best seat on the plane. The database is made up of recommendations from frequent flyers.

Why does it benefit assistants?

This is great if your manager is fussy with their airline seat! You can type the airline, the flight number and the date and the app will tell you which is the best seat on the plane.

Why is it Practically Perfect PA’s tech of the week?

I’ve been using this app for a few years now. I had a particularly fussy Executive who liked to have a specific seat. If he travelled anything other than British Airways he would get a bit panicky. Seat Guru helped me reassure him that he still had a good seat!

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Tech of the week: Seat Guru

Tech of the week: Administrate

What is Administrate?

Administrate is a training management solution built for training companies and internal training departments that helps them run their entire operation. Where traditional solutions are focused primarily on the student experience, they are focused on making the administration of training easier, more efficient, and more visible through their CRM, reporting engine, automated communications, and workflow support.

Tech of the week: Administrate

What does it do?

No matter what you are learning or training to do, the fundamentals are the same. You’re going to need to pay for the course, get registered, take your test and get your certificate. Typically the training provider needs to manage all their students, their instructors and do their own marketing. They also need to manage their website, events and courses, financials, reporting and a host of other details that need to be kept track of. The Administrate software allows you to manage all of that online in a web-based tool that was built just for training providers to really automate that administrative burden.

How does it benefit Assistants?

This is a great product to suggest to your Executive if you work for a training provider or if you have an internal training company. If you do work for a training provider the chances are that you are carrying out a lot of the tasks that Administrate can automate, which means you can spend time on other more interesting projects (or go on the odd training course yourself)!

Why is it Practically Perfect PA tech of the week?

Mike McGrail the Director of Marketing at Administrate recently spoke at our Regional Events about technology that increases his productivity. I had a look at Administrate and realised that this technology could really help Assistants working in or for organisations that offer training to their clients and staff. As someone who also organises training events, anything that helps automate heavy duty administrative tasks an only be a good thing!

Tech of the week: Doodle.com

What is Doodle?

Doodle.com is a website and an app that takes the pain out of finding the right date and time for a group of people to meet.

Tech of the week: Doodle.com

What does it do?

Doodle radically simplifies the process of scheduling events by using a voting process. Whether you want to arrange board or team meetings, dinners with friends, reunions, weekend trips or any other kind event, finding the perfect time is easy. All you have to do is send your colleagues a link to Doodle and ask them to select the dates and times they are available. You can then choose the date most popular with your attendees.

How does it benefit assistants?

PAs spend a huge amount of time scheduling and then rescheduling meetings for their organisations. This little website is a brilliant and easy way to make sure you get everyone together. I would suggest sending it to the other PAs in your organisation, so that you can use it between you rather than send it to the Executives. It is also great for parties, meeting up with busy friends and organising your personal life in general!

Tech of the week: Doodle.com

Why is it Practically Perfect PA tech of the week?

My super organised best friend, who is also an Assistant, just used Doodle for her Hen Do (bachelorette party) and it made the process so much easier to manage. I would recommend it for team away days and when organising meetings with other PAs outside of your organisation. It really does simplify the whole scheduling process.