January 28, 2013
Technology is viewed by businesses as both an enabler and a disabler of business productivity. With a massive number of online games and applications available to create a distraction for employees during the day, whether it means catching up on the latest events on one’s online farm or pinning photos of favorite home decor, there are endless ways employees can kill valuable business time with technology.
There are also many applications that exist, however, to improve business productivity. Here are five of our favorites:
Skype — This one seems like a bit of a no-brainer and is one of the most oft-used, if not the most oft-used VoIP solution for mobile. You have the ability to call both landlines and mobile phones with this application. Video calls and a messaging function are free as long as you have access to 3G or a Wi-Fi connection.
Turboscan — This is scanning and faxing on-the-go. Gone are the days of needing a clunky scanner and fax machine at your disposal. With this application, you can simply use your phone to take a photograph of each page of the document you wish to fax to someone, and it magically becomes a high-resolution PDF that you can e-mail.
Bank of America — This banking application will easily enable you to handle business bills on the fly and make transfers. It will also take care of many other types of banking needs for you all from the confines of your phone. The app makes managing business finances simple and easy when on-the-go.
Dropbox for teams — Sharing files has never been so easy. This great app allows business teams to collaborate and share documents from any number of platforms. Storage availability starts at 1,000 GB for a group or 200 GB per user, but additional storage needs can easily be accommodated. Clients can even access your files, regardless of whether they have access to Dropbox. Privacy options for files are also available.
Salesforce — This fantastic mobile app makes an already efficient product even more efficient. Sales associates who are on-the-go will love this app that allows for up-to-the-minute updates from your team regarding problems customers might be having. It also offers useful metrics for sales calls and access to your sales data and dashboards from your phone.
In an age when our phones tend to be tethered to our bodies, it simply makes sense to use them to help us optimize business productivity — and there are many fantastic business-related applications available.
Be sure to check your favorite online tools to see if they have apps available. The five apps listed here are just a few of many that will definitely shave some minutes off of your day that can be utsed for other productive things (or not)!
Cara Aley is a freelance writer who covers a wide variety of topics from managing your online reputation to health and wellness.