The Best iPad Apps for Business
Think the iPad is just for watching movies, tv shows, playing games and browsing the web? Based on a growing roster of companies which include Mercedes-Benz, SAP, Wells Fargo and many more, the iPad is quickly becoming a viable tool for the enterprise market. When Apple launched the iPad they positioned it as a media consumption device aimed squarely at the consumer. However, it has not taken long for businesses to find ways to leverage the iPad’s leading-edge presentation capabilities.
Mercedes-Benz is now using the iPad in showrooms to offer car shoppers additional photos, videos and information on their vehicles in real-time at the consumers fingertips on the showroom floor. Another example is London-based global insurance firm Torus who used to ship 1600-page boardroom packets to board members and executives around the world but are now shipping a single iPad with all of that information in paperless digital form saving the company money and boosting efficiency.
“I think that the iPad certainly is a terrific business tool … great for managers who consume information, approve others’ work and tend not be content creators. I think for managerial tasks and content consumption tasks — a large part of what managers and executives do – I think this is a great device … A salesperson can go to a client and sit across the table and pull up presentations… They can just flip the iPad across the table and show the client what’s possible. - COO, MicroStrategy
“Tablet computers enable a new way of working in which complex information is accessible in real time to users in the firm as well as clients and brokers” - Torus IT
Here is a Profit guide to some of the best iPad Apps for general Business use.
Documents To Go
An all-around excellent app for editing, creating and viewing Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. It also doubles as a PDF reader.
If you haven’t tried hands-free email creation, you’re letting the best of life pass you by. Ok that may be an exaggeration, but Dragon Dictation for the iPad is an excellent voice recognition app that really works as advertised. It’s free so there is no excuse to not give it a spin. You may never type another email again.
Evernote is a swiss-army knife of productivity that organizes and syncs all of your random ideas and data into something more coherent and usable. A big hit for the iPhone only gets better with more screen real estate on the iPad.
There are no shortage of pure ‘reader’ apps for the iPad. But only one can claim to be the best, and that honour belongs to GoodReader. GoodReader will open just about any type of file you need to read and present it in a way that gives you maximum control of how you want to view it ie, double page layout, margin cropping, file rotation and more. The interface is simple and intuitive with minimal learning curve. GoodReader also integrates nicely with cloud services like MobileMe, Google Docs, Dropbox and Box.net.
Hand-writing and unstructured note taking are not dead by any means, they’ve just been re-invented via apps like Penultimate. Create notebooks of hand-written notes, idea jots or napkin-style drawings in digital bold gel ink with Penultimate. The app also has a nice library of photorealistic paper styles and a wide variety of ink colours.
Publisher: Cocoa Box
One of the iPad’s biggest shortcomings upon launch was the inability to print anything off the iPad. Thanks to PrintCentral, printing any document from the iPad is a breeze. You can now print anything, from anywhere to any WiFi-enabled printer. You can even print over 3G.
Not all websites are easily navigated or presented well on the iPad. Google Analytics is one of those websites that can be cumbersome to use on the iPad especially if all you want is a quick glance at some key statistics or graphs. Analytics HD puts all of your Google Analytics data into an easy-to-use, faster app interface. The price is a bit rich for what it does, but if you are a web stats junkie, it’s worth it.
Publisher: Analytics App
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