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Surviving BYOA: Our Top 3 Apps for Work

From the experts | Posted on August 24, 2012 by Madeleine Lee

While BYOD (bring-your-own-device) seems to be a major concern of IT administrators today, BYOA – or bring-your-own-application – is becoming increasingly as significant. Using third-party applications and cloud services in the workplace brings about a host of control, security and productivity considerations. And just like BYOD, BYOA is real. According to a recent Fortinet study of over 3,800 active employees in their twenties, 69 percent indicated that they were interested in creating and using their own applications, while 30 percent admitted they would likely contravene any restrictive company policies.

In this next BYOD Behind the Scenes expedition, I took a look at industry trends and conducted a poll of Softchoice employees to compile our top 3 applications to bring to work! Share this list to with your users and ensure they’re getting the most out of their chosen devices and can make the safest, most productive decisions for your company.

1. Evernote

As implied by its well-chosen brand name and clever green elephant logo – not to mention innumerable industry blogsEvernote tops our list of best apps for mobile business without a doubt. Its unparalleled ability to create notes (handwritten or typed); record video or audio; and capture a photograph or screenshot makes it easy to keep your life organized in one place. Whether you’re managing a project, planning an event, or simply recording an idea, Evernote makes sure you never forget.

Mobile perks: Whether you’re on a smartphone, tablet or laptop, Evernote automatically syncs across devices so you access your files seamlessly from anywhere. It’s a great resource for coworkers who can’t be at the same place at the same time.

Security bonus: Evernote encrypts the user’s notes, so there is little risk even if the service is hacked.

Specs: Compatible with iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows phone. Free, or go Premium for $5/month or $45/year (per user).


2. Microsoft Lync 2010

Built to fully integrate with Microsoft Office, Lync is a unified communications platform that allows users to keep track of their contacts’ availability, send an IM, start or join an audio, video or web conference, or simply make a phone call. It delivers a seamless experience across a variety of mobile devices including computers, browsers, and smartphones.

Mobile perks: Coworkers can work together in real time and get back to you faster, regardless of their location. They can access these tools from practically anywhere with internet connection, no VPN required.

The Specs: Compatible with Windows phone, iPhone/iPad, and Android. For cost, see the Microsoft Lync Pricing and Licensing Guide.


3. Yammer

In today’s global economy, it can seem like many of your coworkers are a world away. Keep in touch, collaborate, and get employees engaged with Yammer. It’s easy to use, intuitive interface makes it simple to start conversations, make announcements, share documents or begin company-wide polls with the rest of the company – this list was actually produced from a Yammer poll! While having a reputation as the ‘Facebook of the business world’, it’s clear that Yammer has far more potential to connect a large company, and drive employee engagement.

Mobile perks: Yammer provides a centralized place for project management. Teammates can attach files, share information, and get feedback in real-time. Deliver projects faster with employees from anywhere in the world!

Security Bonus: Yammer protects every user, application, and system with strict procedures and tools for security and control. So rest assured, unlike many other social networking sites, your corporate data is safe, secure, and private at all times.

Specs: Compatible with Android, iPhone/iPad, Windows phone, and BlackBerry. Also free for mobile devices!

What are the must-have, can’t-work-without-it mobile apps in your company? Please share in the comment section below!

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