Top 10 iPad apps for Business, Jan 2012

With the new year starting I thought it would be a great time to recap the best business apps available for the Apple iPad. Each of these apps are ones I used almost daily during 2011 and will continue to use into 2012.

10. Moprise Mobile Collaboration

If you use Sharepoint to store and manage documents then Moprise is an easy choice for viewing those documents to the iPad. To set up just enter your Sharepoint URL, username and password and your done. All your documents can now be viewed, edited and updated on an iPad. The free personal version allows you to connect to 2 sites while the business addition is unlimited.

Pros

  • Easy to Set Up
  • Allows for downloading and updating of any document
  • You can configure as many sites as required

Cons

  • App crashes occasionally when working with large files
  • Pay version requires enterprise agreement

iTunes Link

9. Wyse PocketCloud

With Wyse PocketCloud you can have the power of your desktop on your iPad. There are many remote desktop applications but this is my favorite. Works with PC or Mac and configuration is a snap. It is the only RDP app I could get to work on a corporate computer. The free version will work for most people but pro gives you a document viewer that rocks. It lets you browse folders and files on your PC in simple and intuitive way. The multifunction pointer is a nice touch and makes it easy to scroll, right click and drag windows but it does not work for the right 2 inches of the screen because the multifunction controller is locked to the right of the pointer.

Pros

  • Works with systems behind a corporate firewall
  • Remote file browser
  • Pro version allows for multiple computers
  • Can connect to a Windows servers
  • Supports sound output to iPad from remote system

Cons

  • Frame rate too slow for gaming.
  • Brief delay between screen press and mouse movement
  • Can not use multi-function pointer when clicking on the right part of the screen

iTunes Link

8. Flipboard

View all your favorite blogs and online publications in one place with Flipboard, the social magazine for iPad. There is a content guide for browsing sources and deep integration with Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. Create your own trade magazines from Linked in today and  stay on top of your industry with this award winning App.

Pros

  • Access any site with an RSS feed
  • Deep integration with Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Tumblr
  • Intuitive interface

Cons

  • Does not always update feeds
  • Occasional crashes

iTunes Link

7. Analytics Pro for iPad

If you build it how will you know if they have come? Web stat tracking might not be glamorous but it can be quick and easy with Analytics Pro for iPad. Run custom reports and save them as pdfs to dropbox for use in reports on how your sites are doing. There is a limited free version but I would suggest spending the 6 bucks on the full version to track multiple sites and grab any metric you need.

Pros

  • Easy to define your own queries
  • You can export reports as PDFs

Cons

  • No guide to running complex reports
  • Expensive

iTunes Link

6. SG Project

A key to meeting any deadline is good project management and SG Project makes it easy. The Gnatt chart view is brilliant and provides you a snapshot of owners, percentage done, tasks, start/end dates and you can drill into any task/decision to get a detailed view. Updating, adding and deleting is a breeze, making this a good learning platform for anyone new to project management.

Full time project managers will love that Microsoft Project XML files are supported but should opt for SG Project Pro, the more expensive professional version that gives you a more feature rich home page and more advanced options such as project risks and costs. Both apps allow you to export any view or chart as a PDF and Dropbox support is coming soon according to the developers.

Pros

  • Import/Export Microsoft Project XML files
  • Intuitive interface, great for a person new to project management
  • Multiple projects support

Cons

  • Does not handle Projects with 300+ tasks well
  • No dropbox (cloud storage) support
  • Pro version is expensive

iTunes Link

5. Wolfram Alpha

Ever needed to find an answer to a random question like what is the population of Switzerland? Or how many minutes are in a year? Wolfram|Alpha is the easiest way. Wolfram|Alpha is a computational knowledge engine, not a search engine. Rather than crawl the web and give you back relevant sites like google, Wolfram|Alpha gives you back an answer to your question. For a more in-depth look visit Wolfram|Alpha. The mobile app is the same as the website, just a cleaner interface for the iPad.

Pros

  • Appears to know everything
  • Can handle advance mathematical equations
  • Makes you look really smart in meetings or class

Cons

  • Only works with computational questions
  • App costs 3 bucks while the web version is free

iTunes Link

4. Find My iPhone

Nothing is more frustrating than running late because you can’t find your phone. This app will show you on a map where your phone is and you can have it play a sound on your device even if it is on silent. Incase you can’t locate your phone this app also lets your remote wipe the device protecting your sensitive data.

Pros

  • Can play a continuous beeping tone on device until found
  • Has a map showing you where your device is
  • Allows you to remote wipe your device

Cons

  • Takes a while to locate phone indoors
  • Lost phone has to be turned on to work

iTunes Link

3. Dropbox

I have used Box.net, Sugarsync, Jungle Disk and several other cloud storage applications but the one I keep coming back to is Dropbox. You get 5gb of free storage and a desktop sync app that works on Mac or PC. Be carful with cloud storage applications because some companies have restrictions on information that is stored outside corporate control.

Pros

  • Instant access and updating of any document in dropbox folder
  • 5gb for free with all features included
  • Deeply integrated into most other document/photo applications

Cons

  • Possible security issues with sensitive data
  • File size limit of 1gb with free version

iTunes Link

2. SimpleMind+

If your anything like me you spend a great deal of time trying to map out your ideas. Getting your websites, reports and training materials organized makes all the difference and I am finding that with Simplemind+ I am doing this step from my iPad more and pen and paper less. This is probably the simplest app on this list and that is why I love it. There is nothing to get in-between me and my ideas.

Unlike traditional pen and paper there is no limit to the size of my mind maps. I can expand/collapse subsections and re-arrange items with ease. Best of all this app is free so there is no reason not to give it a try.

Pros

  • No size limit for maps
  • Automatic Links and color coding

Cons

  • No image/multimedia support
  • Other mind mapping applications are more feature rich
  • No Dropbox or cloud storage support

iTunes Link

1. iMockups

I do a lot of interface design work and for quick mockups I love this app. Using the included UI tools you can build mobile, web and desktop wireframes to nail down the functionality of your app before you write a single line of code. The application interface is clean and intuitive and the app makes great use of gestures to navigate pages.

Custom tailed for iPad gestures, iMockups is the feel good tool for expressing new web ideas with simple wireframes. With the ability to generate Lorem Ipsum, easily arrange objects, create a multitude of projects with a multitude of artboards, and export your designs to your Photo Library, it’s an easy to pickup wireframing tool that is accessible to both beginners and professionals. If you want to design on the go, this is a must have application.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Interface elements for iPad, iPhone or web apps
  • You can link pages together and playback for clients on the fly
  • Can add your own images, icons

Cons

  • Limited exporting options

iTunes Link

Wrap Up

Thats it for my top ten. Stay tuned for future posts were I will be doing longer reviews that detail how I use each app and how they fit into my workflow. If you have any apps that you use at work sound off in the comments, I love to hear about new apps that can make me more effective.

5 Comments on "Top 10 iPad apps for Business, Jan 2012"

  1. Manigent says:

    Great list!

    Please consider taking a look at Strategy and Risk Studio. We only launched this product last week but have already heard some great feedback.

    Strategy and Risk Studio is a unique application designed to enable strategy, risk and compliance practitioners to quickly develop and document their strategy and risk framework. The solution is based on the Risk-Based Performance Management model, which integrates best practices from popular methodologies, including the Balanced Scorecard, COSO and ISO31000.

    We are aiming for this to become a ‘Blueprint for Business’ application! Download directly from here:
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  2. Meslie says:

    Two years after iPad’s release, it’s good to see iPad has become a professional device for work. For my part, I use it everyday at work. I also think iPad is an efficient professional device thanks to business applications which can be really good.

    In business app, I’d like to recommend a great one which integrated an interesting concept; saving time from your notes. This app, Beesy, generates automatically a ToDo list from a smart note taking. Also, the advantage is you can esasily send your minutes by email. I love testing new business/ productivity apps such as Evernote, Penutilmate, Omnifocus, Awesome but it’s the first time I see an app so well done. I recommend Beesy for people which often have meetings ;)

    Great post :)

  3. Molia says:

    Great business app to add to this list is Beesy. I’m using it in my everyday life. I hate forget a thing ! the application generates for me a ToDo list from my tasks previously notes. I can also send by mail easily my minutes after a meeting http://www.beesapps.com/beesy-ipad-to-do/ .

  4. sandeep says:

    Nice list, especially iMockup and Simplemind+
    Also check out Project Planning Pro http://bit.ly/PlanningPro_atp
    You can easily create project plans or import ms project plans. This app also has an option to connect to the ms project server and download plans. Several import plan options like Dropbox, Email and iTunes are also available.

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