Across the nation, an increasing number of corporations are embracing the bring your own device (BYOD) trend and empowering employees to bring their own PC and mobile devices into the workplace. This approach is cost-effective, promotes a more palatable work-life balance and enhances productivity and employee satisfaction. BYOD does raise some concerns — primarily security-related questions — but in general, the trend is quite popular and represents a progressive, forward-thinking business.
One of the most commonly used business devices has been smartphones from BlackBerry. But if you want to make the most of the BYOD trend, you need to load your device with plenty of helpful apps. Here are five of the best BYOD business apps:
The Best BYOD Business Apps
Evernote products help you collect information you come across during your day, whether online or in real life, and store it easily in one accessible location. Available across all mobile devices and platforms, Evernote allows you to clip web pages, snap a photo, record a voice memo and file all of this information in a “cloud” that you can access on any smartphone, tablet or computer. You can also share your information with colleagues to collaborate more easily on a project or report.
Evernote Business is a special business-only tool that your company can tailor to suit its own unique needs. Use it as a document repository or for project management, then share the resources with specific individuals or publish it to a shared library.
Expensify is ideal if you regularly travel for work and have a tough time tracking expenses for reimbursement. Selected as “The Best Business Travel App” by Business Insider, Expensify enables you to capture receipts, track mileage, quickly input cash expenses, link up a debit or credit card to record spending and create a streamlined expense report. You can also code expenses by account, client/project or other parameters.
Never miss a meeting after you’ve synced your Android or Google calendar with CalenGoo. Scroll through your calendar using five different views (day, month, week, landscape day or agenda) for a micro or macro outlook on your schedule. CalenGoo which comes with a widget to see your events on your device’s home screen.
Mobile devices are vulnerable to a host of security breaches: loss, theft, malware and other mishaps. When these mobile devices contain work-related documents, passwords and contacts, the threat is even scarier. Protect your device with mobile security from McAfee, which reduces the risks of corporate data loss or unauthorized access.
5. Audio Memos
If you frequently attend meetings, interviews or lectures and need a dependable voice recorder, let the Audio Memos app help you capture what’s important. You can also record yourself a reminder while you’re away from the office or on-the-go, and then send your recordings to an email address or upload them to Dropbox. The simple user interface, combined with powerful features, will make Audio Memos an oft-used app on your mobile device.
As many businesses adopt the BYOD trend, it’s important that you have the right business apps.
Author Bio: Jennifer Thayer is a freelance technology writer who enjoys writing about apps, gadgets and the latest technology news. She loves discovering new tricks and sharing her tips with readers. Follow her on Twitter.