The 5 Mobile Apps You Really Need for SMB Success

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File-Sharing Apps

With the continuous adoption of mobile devices, SMBs must look for an app to share documents and files that's designed for the mobile platform. By using file-sharing apps, employees can work off their mobile devices in a way that's similar to how they'd work off a desktop. In doing so, they also reap the benefits of unlimited storage for files, folders and backups to sync files across a variety of devices.

Examples of apps include Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.com. Box also has policies allowing users to manage whether files can leave Box, so files that can't be moved out of the app can reliably be removed from, say, a set of iPads at the end of each use. Now, there are no more excuses for accessing files and being prepared.

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can all too easily fall into the trap of buying mobile devices without knowing how to best leverage them. The result can be forced IT adoption by employees that can be ill thought-out, and a missed opportunity to improve business operations and productivity.

Mobile management is becoming a high priority as SMB mobile app usage continues to soar. A recent report by SMB Group states that "67 percent of SMBs view mobile solutions and services as 'critical' to their businesses, and 83 percent [of SMBs] have already deployed mobile apps to help improve employee productivity." With the multitude of apps available today, it's even more confusing to know which are really needed (and not needed) in order to ensure mobile device successful use.

In this slideshow, Charles Edge, product manager at Bushel, clears the confusion around business mobile apps by discussing the five types of apps — file-sharing, accounting, document-editing, industry-specific and security — that small businesses need to successfully run their operations effortlessly, productively and painlessly without breaking the bank.

 

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