Mobile Apps For Smart Workers In The Cloud
In today’s business world agility is everything. Clever businesses are discovering that a cloud-app strategy pushes the concept of collaboration, improving workflow and idea sharing among the office, while remote workers are taking productivity to new levels. Requiring only a web browser interface, cloud-based apps paired with a communication-centric device are prompting companies to update how their employees communicate, collaborate and stay productive.
Who doesn’t love being able to write up a Google Doc report from his own living room or finish up their accounting while waiting in the lobby of a hotel? However, working in the cloud can also feel sometimes like you’re disconnected from reality – you’re missing an office, a desk and even those minor details of business like a stapler and some paper clips.
Don’t worry! The benefits of working in the cloud often outweigh this “disconnection”. Smart mobile workers can have the right tools that make all the difference. Nowadays we can replicate that real cubicle setting and still work at the local coffee shop. Here are some cool app discoveries that might help you stay productive and make the SMB able to keep up with the larger enterprises.
- OfficeScope – The doc-sharing app is designed for real business. With this app you set up a central repository and let vendors, partners, and contractors share docs. Also, there are scanning features that help you move paper documents to the cloud as well.
- MailBox App – Hardcore e-mail apps like Outlook are great, but this app is different because it speeds up your workflow. With MailBox App for iPhone and iPad you can tap to snooze on an unimportant e-mail, or swipe to archive messages, and that’s pretty useful when you think that checking your e-mail is one of the most repetitive things we do at work.
- Producteev – This mobile app was especially designed for the eager advocates of working only at the office that say it is hard to stay productive otherwise. Producteev, a social task management app for teams, runs on multiple browsers, major mobile operating systems, and even as a Mac app. For those in a hurry, you can check an activity stream to find out who is working on what.
- eVoice – When it comes to serious business phone management, eVoice is a smart way to go. It runs on your iPad and you can route calls to another employee, hold a quick conference call, and get voice-to-text voice e-mail. One of the great features is the appearance of having a real office. Also, you can set up an attendant that routes callers through a departmental tree, just like a PBX.
- Blue Jeans – Besides the cool name, this videoconferencing app lets you chat with up to 25 people, knowing how entrepreneurs operate. Also, the “one-click” meeting feature saves time because you get the same spontaneous chats as you would in the office.
- FedEx Office – This app is a quick and easy way to meet your printing needs, anywhere, anytime. This mobile app allows you to print documents seamlessly to a center nearby or schedule a delivery to your home, office or convenient location.
- HopTo – Getting access to your work computer is one of the biggest problems of working in the cloud. There are plenty of remote access tools, but HopTo is one of the easiest to use. You punch up the app on your iPad and can see your desktop in seconds. The app also lets you search for files stored on your remote PC.
That’s it on my end. How about you? What are the best mobile cloud apps you know?
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