The 5 Mobile Apps You Really Need for SMB Success

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Document-Editing Apps

When working off mobile devices, employees may need to not only view a document but edit and share it with other colleagues as well. That said, most SMBs will need to invest in a document-editing app such as Microsoft Office Mobile, Keynote or Pages for iOS platforms.

One example is a non-profit organization that needed a document-editing app on its iPads. After migrating to Office 365, which included Microsoft Office Mobile, the organization is now able to share files and edit files on iPads using Office 365. The migration went so well that it was also able to get rid of six out of 13 of its older desktop computers, providing huge savings.

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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