The Top 5 Business Apps for the iPhone, Blackberry and Droid
It’s no surprise that executives take their work with them while driving to meetings, traveling abroad and after hours outside of their office. While smartphones have been the nemesis to those looking to keep work in the work place, the iPhone, Blackberry and Droid have helped to keep the creative juices flowing and productivity high beyond the normal 9 to 5 business hours.
Here are the top five business apps for the iPhone, Blackberry and Droid.
iTerminal – This app allows you to accept credit cards whenever you’re not connected to your credit terminal. Although the app is free, users have to pay $25 per month for the account and each transaction costs 30 cents plus 2.29 percent of the total amount. One of the most convenient business apps on the market, iTerminal verifies credit card numbers and accepts all major credit cards. (Free plus additional charges)
GeoOp iMobee – Ideal for managing your workforce, GeoOp allows users to manage, allocate and communicate jobs, job history and status with your team. You can create jobs/tasks for employees and monitor their progress via control center – especially helpful to those whose employees work out in the field and don’t have Internet readily accessible. ($4.99)
LinkedIn – Whether you’re scouting new recruits for the business or checking out who your competitors are connecting with, the LinkedIn app is a helpful tool with connecting to those in your shared industry. View your entire network, send and receive updates and let others know what you’re working on. (Free)
Evernote –The app allows you to take notes, voice memos and photos from your phone and syncs it with a Mac or PC for review later. Your notes and images are sent to Evernote’s web version and its Mac and PC applications. (Free)
Quickoffice Connect – This mobile suite allows users to access, edit, view and share Microsoft Office capabilities; email, access and view popular file format attachments, such as PDF, HTML, and MP3; remotely access files via cloud storage services like Google Docs and Dropbox; and manage and transfer files thru WiFi. ($9.99 on sale)
Documents To Go, Premium Edition – The app, which is available on all three of the smartphone platforms, allows users to open native Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel and PDF files. The Premium version also provides the ability to edit and compose documents. ($49.99)
Exgis Time and Expense Pro – Mobile professionals use this app to track their mileage, time and expenses when they’re working in the field, or using the information later for invoicing clients or their employer. Data can be exported from the phone to a spreadsheet and saved to a computer for future use. ($14.99)
CardSnap – Stop collecting stacks of business cards and quickly convert a photo of a business card into a contact on your Blackberry – the app takes unlimited card “snaps.” ($4.99)
MyCaption – MyCaption is ideal for those who compose emails, text messaging and calendar items while they’re away from their desk. Users can dictate emails, memos, tasks or calendar items and have it transcribed to Microsoft Outlook, Gmail or the appropriate software application. (Starting at $9.95)
WiFi File Transfer App – This app is best for professionals who need to instantly send files from their BlackBerry to a computer or printer all through the same web browser – it’s like using the smartphone as a wireless memory stick. ($4.99)
TripIt – This app gives frequent travelers instant access to their trip planning needs. Users can keep track of their itineraries, even when they’re offline, as well as maps and directions, flight alerts, links to hotels and restaurants and alternative flight options in case of delays. (Free)
Seesmic – Multiple Twitter accounts can be managed with a simple interface with Seesmic. View timelines, private conversations, post tweets from a single or multiple Twitter accounts, share photos and videos and be notified of new replies as they happen. (Free)
mShare – Share files of any size with other mobile phones and computers or use the app as a way to backup and store mobile device files. The app works in the same way as an FTP server and an instant messaging service. ($4.99)
iSkoot for Skype – Also available on the Blackberry mobile platforms, this app allows you to make calls over the Internet. Make calls to those on your Skype contacts list, instant message and place calls to anyone in the world. (Free)
Lookout – This app provides mobile antivirus protection while backing up important data at the same time. The app can also help to locate your phone if it’s lost or stolen, with a handy siren that goes off to alarm its misplacement. (Free)
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.