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9 great business mobile apps for your smartphone

Posted by: Schepisi - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Smartphone. It’s the word we hear – and the device we use – all day, every day, thanks to the great technological advances from our favourite phone manufacturers.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a shift from personal devices used for leisure slowly creeping into the business world. 

More and more employees are not only bringing their personal devices to the office every day, but are integrating their slick features into business operations.

Cloud services have allowed extreme mobility: we’re no longer restricted to working only when we’re in the office. 

Access to business data and documents on a multitude of devices means that spreadsheet or monthly report is never more than a smartphone, tablet, or laptop away.

The rise of BYOD – Bring Your Own Device – has put the spotlight on security concerns. Many businesses now employ a simple BYOD policy to manage their mobile fleet and ensure any data stored on or accessed by an employee’s smartphone is protected by passwords and enforced through staff training. 

mobile applications

A smart policy may well be all you need to safety and securely allow employees to use their personal devices for work, as well as play. Various mobile applications can help improve organisation for your employers.

We’ve collated our top nine business mobile apps for your smartphone so you can easily manage your mobile fleet. Some free, some paid, all valuable!

Travel & flights:

business mobile apps

1. TripIt

Available on App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry World, free and paid ($1.05) versions
All relative information is collated into this one app, so you can plan your business trip and have instant access to information like hotel reservations and driving details.

2. FlightTrack 5

Available on App Store and Google Play, $4.99
This advanced app tracks flights in real-time, so you can reduce time wasted at airports due to flight delays. Clear colour-coding shows which flights are arriving early, on time, or have been delayed or cancelled.  

 

Work:

3. LastPass.com

Available on App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry World, free
Marketed as “the last password you have to remember”, LastPass eliminates the frustration that comes with multiple accounts using a plethora of different passwords. 

One account, and one password, for all your accounts, managed in a simple yet completely secure way!

4. Any.do

Available on the App Store and Google Play, free
This modest app has been on the receiving end of some very impressive reviews. In just a few moments you can plan your day, and then seamlessly sync to-dos across multiple devices, in or out of the office.

5. Evernote

Available on App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry World, free

90 million users can’t be wrong: note-taking and archiving just got simpler with the clever little app Evernote. Record notes on your chosen device and sync them across other devices. It’s such a straightforward concept but it can help you to clear your mind in an organised and functional way.

Smartphone apps for business

6. Hootsuite

Available on the App Store and Google Play, free
Hootsuite enables social media management of up to five social accounts – more than enough for most businesses – through one simple dashboard. Schedule posts, share links, and reply to tweets from your Google phone, or Apple phone or iPad, without having to go directly to the social network.


Finance & expenses:

7. Expensify

Available on App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone and BlackBerry World, free
Track expenses (even little ones like coffee runs which can add up quickly), capture receipt images, and create expense reports for all those little things you thought wouldn’t count. The app also allows you to measure distance travelled and calculate mileage.

Foreign exchange app for smartphone

8. NetDania Forex & Stocks

Available on App Store and Google Play, free
Net Dania provides real time information and updates in the trading and financial markets. Their highly rated app brings on-the-go forex (foreign exchange) and stock info to your smartphone.

Social:

9. LinkedIn

Available on App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone and BlackBerry World, free
The business community social network goes portable, so you can stay even more updated with your connections, industry news, and job listings. 

Schepisi is a Telstra business partner.