Tool tips is a regular series where Hightail employees share their life’s most essential apps, online services and websites. Next up is Sr. Business/Data Analyst, Tracy Wang.
Communication in the workplace is fundamental to almost everyone’s job and I love any tool that makes communicating with my co-workers easier. I use instant messaging service HipChat daily and although it doesn’t replace email, it does make it super easy to have quick conversations with individuals and groups. One night a while back, one of our enterprise customers was experiencing an issue and we were able to convene a virtual “war room” to get the appropriate folks all talking to each other to resolve this. Doing this in HipChat from my home sure beat driving to the office at 10pm!
One of my favorite things to do is to travel and explore the food, culture, history and natural beauty of other countries. A few years back, my main travel buddy introduced me to TripIt, an online and mobile application that helps you organize travel plans. The best part about TripIt is how easy it is to use – I just forward the email I get from the airline, hotel or travel site and TripIt is smart enough to create an itinerary and parse out all the key bits of information (dates, confirmation numbers, flight info, etc..). It even supplements your itinerary with things like maps of the destination(s). You can also add other planners to your trip and use this as the master itinerary for everyone.
I am an avid snowboarder and in the winter I get really obsessed with weather and snow forecasts. During the snow season, I religiously read The Tahoe Daily Snow section of Open Snow. Bryan Allegreto is an awesome forecaster whose passion for snow is obvious. He uses multiple weather forecasts and his knowledge of the local terrain to forecast snowfall for multiple locations in the Lake Tahoe area. Bryan also includes discussions on long-term forecasts and weather patterns and has fueled my wintertime obsession with weather.
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