12 must-have business apps for the mobile worker

12 must-have business apps for the mobile worker

Smartphones have become such an important hub for our mobile lives that we now have an average of 41 apps on our devices. They are, in short, a key part of every mobile worker’s toolkit.

Whether you are running your own small start-up or are a salesperson or senior executive in a large organisation there is a bewildering array of apps to choose from.

Whatever your device and mobile platform, here are 12 must-have mobile business apps to get you started, divided across three typical categories of work task.

1. Storage
Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage services. Files are automatically synced as they are edited, meaning you and your team always have access to the latest versions of documents. Free and subscription packages are available. Google Drive is a similarly cheap and simple option, while Box is a relatively new start-up pitching itself at larger enterprise users.

2. Productivity
It’s an obvious choice but Evernote is an indispensable personal digital assistant. It stores everything from notes, text and photos, to articles and lists – all synced across your devices and completely searchable.

If you or your company is a Microsoft Office 365 subscriber then Microsoft Office Mobile is a good on-the-go productivity suite option and allows you to create and edit documents and sync them in the cloud. Quickoffice Pro is an alternative for advanced editing of Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, while Prezi Viewer is essential for presentation fiends.

For more sophisticated business tasks Roambi provides business intelligence on the go by pulling complex business data from sources ranging from spreadsheets to SAP systems, presenting it in charts and graphs for real-time insights.

3. Collaboration & communication
Skype is the best-known VoIP service and is great for making quick video calls with colleagues from a smartphone, tablet or laptop. For an enterprise-specific app Cisco WebEx and Citrix GoToMeeting are the next step up, enabling you to share documents and presentations in virtual meetings.

Google Hangouts are superb for collaborating, allowing video conferencing for up to 15 colleagues and seamless integration with Google Documents and Google Drive to enable screen sharing that allows teams to edit documents and spreadsheets together in real-time.

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