According to BI Intelligence, by the end of 2013, 6 percent of the global population will own a tablet and 22 percent will own smartphones. In the continued upswing of mobile devices purchases, that new tablet or smartphone will likely come in handy at work as more companies allow employees to use their personal devices to do job-related tasks. Here are five innovative mobile apps that are designed to support productivity and boost efficiency.
Click through for five mobile apps that can help boost worker efficiency.
For the lawyer
Finnegan’s Patent App[eals] makes it easy for attorneys, paralegals and legal researchers to quickly access patent-related decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on their smartphone or tablet. The new app provides access to Federal Circuit decisions dating back to 2001, as well as summaries of significant decisions. Users can search via keyword, case name, case number, judge, lower court or date of decision.
For the field service professional
SHOUT! is an app available through ClickSoftware’s mobility solution, ClickMobile, that supports mobile users while online or off, and offers full access to back-office systems. SHOUT! creates a strong social environment through live discussions where knowledge is shared and stored around an activity or business procedure. Users can add comments, share knowledge, exchange professional information, all in the context of their current activity, reducing the load of other communications that staff and management traditionally use — such as emails, text and phone calls.
For the health care professional
The Epocrates® Essentials application is an all-in-one clinical reference tool for health care professionals. The app provides peer-reviewed drug and disease monographs as well as diagnostic tools. This includes both differential diagnoses as well as evidence-based treatment options that are organized by specific patient type. Epocrates® Essentials also offers rich detail on hundreds of different lab tests and panels, as well as alternative medicine options and infectious disease treatment selections to support clinicians in their decision-making at the point of care.
For the mobile business professional
BYOD provides incredible flexibility for users, but can create a nightmare for IT organizations to secure, control and support all the mobile devices their users are demanding. EMC Syncplicity is a cloud-based solution for secure file sync, sharing and collaboration. It allows users to seamlessly access their files on any device in a secure manner. With a consumer-grade user experience, support for critical IT requirements and easy integration with a company’s existing storage and file systems, Syncplicity is a powerful tool for the enterprise.
For the enterprise employee
eXo Platform is the first and only open source, out-of-the-box, social intranet platform for enterprises. It offers rich collaboration features such as chats, wikis and forums. With the mobile app, users of the platform are able to engage with one another with even greater ease. The app allows them to follow the latest updates from colleagues and groups anytime by having access to a centralized activity stream for collaboration that enables shared documents, chats and wikis from anywhere their busy schedules take them. With the app, users can register and create their own intranet – straight from their mobile device, making the onboarding process a much simpler one.