The 5 Mobile Apps You Really Need for SMB Success

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Industry-Specific Apps

Industry-specific apps are the most important apps for SMBs to invest in, as they can very well be the most often-used apps. As a company grows, one of the biggest things it must tackle is becoming more process-oriented – given that adding more staff could add more challenges if there aren't solid business processes to guide them.

In the case of a construction business, a company may use an app like Corecon. The result is that employees in the field have punch-down lists to work toward, based on established business processes. And once the business picks the right app, it takes all of five minutes to deploy it to all of its users.

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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