Most of us are glued to our mobile phones these days, so it makes sense to take advantage of them for work, as well as for leisure. There are apps for almost every purpose available on the marketplaces of the main mobile OSes, but it can be difficult to sort the useful apps from the “shovelware”. The following list includes some of the most useful business phone apps that will hopefully make your life easier and increase your productivity.
Five of the best business phone apps:
Evernote lets you save snippets of text, take notes, and even snap photographs and have them automatically stored in the cloud and synced with your other Evernote-enabled devices. It’s not very good for serious document editing, but for shopping lists, quick note taking, jotting down phone numbers, and snapping photos of receipts it’s invaluable.
2. tinyCam Monitor
tinyCam Monitor is a free piece of lightweight monitoring software designed to allow you to monitor and control surveillance cameras. It’s easy to integrate with most IP cameras, allowing you to keep an eye on your premises, wherever you are.
3. PC Monitor
This monitoring software allows you to keep an eye on the status of your PCs. You can track the CPU usage, memory usage, running services, drive space, and network status of the computers on your network. The free version allows you to monitor three PCs. There is no limit on the pro version.
While business phone apps are nice, sometimes you will want to check something on your desktop PC. AndroVNC allows you to remote control your desktop via your mobile or tablet PC. You probably wouldn’t want to engage in any heavy-duty work this way, but for setting off a large report, or starting a big download, this tool is useful.
Make sure you’re the first to know if your company’s website slows down or has problems. Pingdom can be configured to monitor a selection of websites or servers, and will alert you if those websites stop responding, or slow down.
If you spend a lot of time on the road, then keeping track of receipts, credit card transactions and out-of-pocket expenses can be difficult. Expensify is one of the most popular business phone apps for logging expenses and keeping track of electronic and physical receipts.
Other useful apps for businesses include map and timetable utilities, voice recorders, and contact apps. Whether you use Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Android, or iPhone, you should be able to find apps for almost any purpose.
The popularity of smartphones is not without downsides, however. Many people use their personal devices for a range of work related tasks. This can cause a lot of headaches for IT departments that find themselves having to support dozens of different devices. Another issue is security. Is the data on your phone encrypted? Does your phone lock when it is not in use? How much sensitive data is stored on your phone right now, and what would happen if it got lost or stolen? It’s a good idea to think about, and plan for, that possibility before the worst happens.