20 iPad Business Apps Every CIO Should Want
iPad apps for sales forces, IT departments and more.
So you’ve just bought a fleet of new iPads. What now? Let’s say you’re a CIO who has just caved to employee demands and has ordered a fleet of shiny new iPads that will be dished out to workers in the near future. You’re probably wondering whether these tablets will be employed for productive uses or not.
Salesforce for iPad Developer: salesforce.com. Price: Free. Salesforce is a popular mobile app that helps company salespeople create and keep track of their records and transactions. The app also acts as personal organizer with its calendar and contact list features.
BIRT Mobile Viewer Developer: Actuate. Price: Free. BIRT,"Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools," is a business intelligence app that gives workers access to business reports, KPIs, documents and dashboards that they’d typically access through their desktop computers. .
MobileIron MyPhone@Work Client Developer: MobileIron. Price: Free. This app gives users access to MobileIron’s Virtual Smartphone Platform, which lets them quickly connect to their corporate network, test local connection speeds and report connectivity problems to IT.
ZP MDM Developer: Zenprise. Price: Free. Like MobileIron, Zenprise specializes in developing mobile device management platforms that give users secure access to corporate email, contacts and calendars while giving IT departments an efficient way to manage mobile devices.
VMWare View for iPad Developer: VMWare. Price: Free. VMWare’s View app gives you access to your Windows work desktop from the comfort of your iPad by connecting it to either your company’s LAN or WAN. The app lets you access your desktop from any wireless connection, whether it’s 3G or Wi-Fi.
AirWatch MDM Agent Developer: AirWatch LLC. Price: Free. In addition to all the usual mobile device management features (i.e., IT policy enforcement, remote lock and wipe), AirWatch also features GPS tracking and mapping, intelligent notifications, and centralized, over-the-air configurations management.
BoardVantage Collaborate Developer: BoardVantage. Price: Free. This collaboration app has more extensive security policies to meet regulatory requirements. If you’re a CIO looking to buy iPads your company higher-ups this is an app you’ll definitely want to explore - it does require a subscription to use.
Dropbox Developer: Dropbox. Price: Free. The app automatically saves any documents you’ve created onto any device that has Dropbox installed, so when you change something at home it will appear that way when you go to work the next morning.
MicroStrategy Mobile for iPad Developer: MicroStrategy Inc. Price: Free. MicroStrategy Mobile is a business intelligence app that comes with all the usual fixings, such as access to business reports, KPIs, and documents. This particular version has been customized for the iPad’s multitouch screen.
Spotfire Developer: TIBCO Software. Price: Free. Spotfire specializes in helping users visualize large and complex volumes of data by letting them aggregate and plug it into a filter to create bar charts, scatter plots, tree maps, and any number of different visuals depending on your needs.
VabletLite Developer: Meiotic. Price: Free. Vablet is a collaboration tool that lets you push content out to any devices on your enterprise network. The app also gives IT departments the ability to wipe content and block devices from accessing the network in the event they are stolen or go missing.
Cisco WebEx Meetings Developer: Cisco. Price: Free. Cisco’s hugely popular online meeting application comes to the iPad and includes features such as voice-activated video switching and Cisco TelePresence WebEx OneTouch support.
SyncPad Thirtynine LLC. Price: $9.99. This collaboration tool bills itself as a “remote whiteboard” where users can create virtual meeting rooms and then use the whiteboard to outline their ideas to their coworkers. The app comes complete with Dropbox integration.
Huddle v2 Developer: Huddle.net. Price: Free. Huddle is a collaboration tool that lets users huddle together virtually to get work done. Huddle can automatically sync documents to your devices for offline viewing as well so you’ll still be able to review the work your team has done.
Citrix Receiver Developer: Citrix Systems. Price: Free. Citrix also helps you keep your data secure by ensuring your applications and data remain on the corporate network and aren’t downloaded onto your device.
Yammer Developer: Geni. Price: Free. Yammer lets users collaborate more privately and securely than other big-name social networks.
Socialcast Developer: Socialcast. Price: Free. Socialcast, acquired in 2011 by VMware, is another enterprise-centered social networking website that has several features familiar to social networking fans, including likes, mentions and following.
Box Developer: Box.net. Price: Free. Box is an online storage box for your stuff! But it also has features including file-level encryption, automatic log-outs when you close the app, and the ability to open files stored on other apps on your device.
Roambi Analytics Visualizer Developer: MeLLmo. Price: Free. Roambi is a business intelligence app that gives you plenty of options for ways to display your business reports and analytics. If you get a $99.99-per-year subscription, you can also get access to Google Docs and Salesforce CRM.
QlikView Developer: QlikTech. Price: Free. Qlikview lets you search across all the data that you've stored while simultaneously providing you with analysis that allows you to make associations across data - Using the app requires requires access to the QlikView server.