Chris Hamoen wrote an article last week wondering where all the business apps are. He organized the available apps into four categories and talked a little about each one.
I decided to investigate this myself and see just what these apps were that filled his categories. To do that, I looked at top business app lists from various journals and other respected sources. I was a little disappointed with what I found, and I can echo Chris’s question – where are all the business apps?
I went to TechRadar, Info World, and Network World and got their top apps lists for 2012. TechRadar had a top 10, the others 25 each for a total of 60 apps. Most of them for the iPhone because that’s what these lists looked at and there are simply more iPhone apps than Android, giving these reviewers a better selection to choose from.
Before presenting the list, a few observations.
1. Surprisingly, there were only 4 repeats (Dropbox, Evernote, WebEx, and Dragon Dictation), so the final list includes 56 “must-have” apps.
2. There are only a few apps that could truly be called “business apps,” and most of these were for secure access to office computers, travel & expense management, accounting, and time tracking. Only one could be loosely categorized as a business productivity app, and that was do.com, a simple task, contact, and deal tracking and sharing app.
3. There is no Number 3. I’m too stunned by Number 2 to even think up a Number 3. I mean, how thin is the field when a white noise generator is considered a must-have business app? Are hotels that noisy? And FileMaker Pro access? Really? How much of your critical data is in FileMaker Pro? Weather forecasts? WiFi locator? I’m not saying these aren’t good apps, just that they’re not must-have business apps.
So Chris’s question is spot-on. Maybe 2013 will be better.
Here’s the list in alphabetical order:
|1Password||Secure password protection.|
|BatteryBoost Magic||Battery life indicator.|
|Brainshark||Manage mobile presentations.|
|CardMunch||Scan business cards to text.|
|CloudOn||Cloud version of MS Office.|
|Concur||Travel and expense management.|
|CrowdCall||Mobile conference call service.|
|Do.com||Organize projects, contacts, deals.|
|Documents To Go||Word & Excel on your iPhone|
|Dragon Dictation||Voice to text.|
|Dropbox||Dropbox on your phone|
|Due||Reminders and to-do.|
|EasySign Mobile||Electronically sign documents.|
|Evernote||Evernote on your phone.|
|Expensify||Track work expenses.|
|FileMaker Go||FileMaker Pro 12 document access.|
|FlightTrack Pro||Track flights.|
|Herematch||Location-based business connections.|
|HootSuite||Manage social networks.|
|iFax Pro||Photo to fax.|
|Instapaper||Save newspaper articles.|
|Line2||VoIP service on your phone.|
|LinkedIn on your phone.|
|LogMeIn||Remote computer access.|
|Lookout Mobile Security||Content backup and phone locator.|
|Magellan RoadMate USA||GPS.|
|Meeting Mapper||Meeting management.|
|Pages||Text and graphic file creation.|
|PocketCloud||Secure remote access to a computer.|
|PrintCentral Pro||Print documents.|
|Quickbooks Mobile||Quickbooks on your phone.|
|Quickoffice||Access to MS Office|
|RingMindMeer.||Turn your ringer back on reminder.|
|Sharefile||Secure file sharing.|
|Simple In/Out||Digital in/out board.|
|Skype||Skype on your phone.|
|Skyscanner||Low airfare finder.|
|Toggl Timer||Time tracking.|
|TripIt||Manage trip itineraries.|
|Tweetbot||Makes Twitter easier.|
|VirusBarrier iOS||iPhone virus protection.|
|Vlingo||Siri-like features to iPhone.|
|WatchDox||Secure document sharing.|
|Weather+||Local weather information.|
|Webalo||Connect to enterprise apps.|
|WebEx||WebEx on your phone.|
|White Noise||White noise generator.|
|Wi-Fi Finder||Hotspot locator.|
|Wyse PocketCloud Pro||Remote computer access.|