Modern technology has changed the face of the workplace for the better over the past several decades, but over the past 5 to 10 years is when things have significantly sped up. With the adoption of technology and it’s adaptive abilities, added to the willingness of employees, the workplace is going through its own evolution process at warp speed. A report from Forrester Networks and Communications in February 2012 indicates that between 42 and 47 percent of firms across North America and Europe are working toward expanding access to mobile device support for staff while approximately 33 percent of companies are looking for ways to incorporate mobile technology into their corporate structure, strategies and policies.
If you’re looking for the best ways to get the most value and use out of your smartphone while ramping up your office productivity, there are plenty of options available on the app market.
Below are five apps to keep your productivity goals on the fast track, so you’ll be swept away and won’t be able to stop yourself from saying, “My new cell phone rocks.”
Concur – Expense and Travel Management
Expense reports are often a challenge for your office’s accounting staff to tackle. With the fast pace of travel it’s difficult to keep up with all the receipts from meals and other expenses. Concur will relieve some of the pressure for the traveling staff member as well as the accounting employee. Available for Blackberry and other major smartphones and devices, Concur captures images of receipts through the camera and allows employees to create and submit expense reports with ease. All of this efficiency will make everyone’s work easier and allow accounting to make reimbursements faster.
â€‹Keeping notes is the fundamental way to stay on track, so it’s important to find a digital note keeper that is easy to access from smartphones, tablets and computers. BetterNote makes it simple to log in wherever you are and find notes you took on a meeting that will help you continue working on a project on your own. You can organize your notes with tags and quickly search them. BetterNote has a copy/paste function and support for large content, according to BlackBerry App World.
Accessing your work in the cloud gives you more storage space than you will probably ever need for your documents, projects (even if they are audio and video-based) and anything else you want to store. Additionally, you can access your documents anywhere you go and share important team-based documents with colleagues. ClouD Explorer enables you to access and download files from your mobile device and from your Google drive, so you can sync the two.
This classic software, adapted as an app, makes it possible to plug in anywhere you go for meetings and share text and presentations. The beauty of Adobe Reader is it’s a stable platform wherein you won’t need Internet access. Simply pull up the app and share or review your PDF documents no matter where you are.
Cisco WebEx Meetings
With this time-saving app, you’ll always be able to easily join important meetings, whether you’re in another part of the building or on the other side of the world. Cisco WebEx Meetings provides simple access to meetings without having to fumble for various numbers and pass codes. Schedule and start meetings, as well as manage attendance.