With the growth of the mobile, the cloud, and the app economy, the way we work has changed. The ubiquity of smartphones brings with it new ways to stay connected and work away from the office. Most people have experienced working “mobile,” even if it’s simply through email.
In recent years, mobile has been increasingly integrated into the workplace. Tablets are being used in presentations, email can be accessed anywhere, and perhaps, most importantly, mobile applications are allowing us to work more efficiently.
This is our list of apps we recommend every business pro have:
1.Dropbox: Allows you access to your files anywhere you are. It makes saving and sharing files painless. Available for Android, RIM and iOS, including iPad. (FREE)
2.LinkedIn: Every business pro should already be on LinkedIn. By installing this mobile app you are essentially carrying your professional network wherever you go. You will have access to your inbox, recent updates by peers, and the ability to quickly add others to your network on the go. Available for Android, RIM, and iOS, including iPad. (FREE)
3.Twitter: It has been proven that news travels fastest on Twitter. Therefore, this app can keep you up to date on what’s happening in the world in under 140 characters. Available for Android, RIM, and iOS, including iPad. (FREE)
4.Flipboard: This personalized news application is perfect for getting all the news that is important to you. It is known as the “social magazine” because of its easy share options, not to mention it is very visually appealing. Available for Android and iOS, including iPad. (FREE)
5.QR Reader: QR Codes are everywhere and they are becoming more and more prominent. Therefore, it’s important to have a reader on your mobile device. There are a few options out there, but we recommend ScanLife. Available for Android, RIM, Windows, Ovi, and iOS. (FREE)
6.Bump: This app allows you to exchange information by simply “bumping” another phone. Also, it wirelessly sends photos from your phone directly to your computer by activating the app and simply pressing the space bar. Available for Android and iOS. (FREE)
7.Evernote: All of your notes, stored on the cloud. This allows for access to your notes from anywhere, anytime. Available for Android, RIM, Windows, Ovi, and iOS. (FREE)
8.WebEx Meeting Center: Never miss a meeting again with this app, which allows you to join a meeting on the go.In addition to joining, you can host, schedule, and share documents during meetings. Available for Android and iOS, including iPad. (FREE with your WebEx Account)
What’s your favorite application for business? Share in the comments below.