How Many Mobile Cloud Apps Are You Using?
Do you ever catch yourself using the phrase “There must be an app for that?” I do all the time and according to this article “How Many Apps For Smartphones In 2012” on the mobiles.co.uk blog, there’s no shortage of apps to choose from. With over 1.3 million mobile apps available to download to your chosen smartphone and the number of downloaded apps expected to increase to 76.9 billion in 2014, the market for mobile apps is big business with revenue likely to be $35 billion in 2014 (IDC)
But how many of these mobile apps that we download actually get used? I posted an article in February “6 Mobile Apps I Actually Use” I’m still using five of the apps and replaced one with a better app. What’s interesting is I’ve acquired 47 more apps pushing my total to 187 and lately they’ve tended to be mobile cloud based applications, which have the added benefit of being able to use them across multiple devices. The majority of apps I download have a short shelf life unless I have a reason to use them on a daily basis and I’ve no idea how much I spend, “There must be an app for that.”
Here are three mobile cloud applications I’ve recently downloaded and use on a daily basis:
Pipedrive – Sales Management Software.
This is one of those “There must be an app for that” moments. Prodrive is a tool for managing your sales pipeline. If you don’t have a CRM system with this functionality or you do but it’s too complicated you probably use spread sheets. Well not anymore, Pipedrive is easy to use, gives a clear picture of the deals in the pipeline, easily customised, great reporting and you can access it on your smartphone, tablet or PC.
Trello – Collaboration Tool.
We all have projects that need managing, business and personal, keeping track of everything can be a challenge. Trello is a flexible easy to use app for keeping track of everything, from to-dos to ideas. You can attach and store all the project related documents and access Trello from anywhere using your smartphone, tablet or PC.
DocuSign – eSignature send, sign, track and store documents.
If you need an easy way to send, sign track and store documents take a look at DocuSign. Jump in to the 21st century and replace your paper-based methods with this easy to use, secure eSignature app.
Smartphones, tablets and mobile cloud applications are definitely changing the way we do things on a personal and business level. I think SME’s have a great opportunity to embrace mobile cloud applications and use technology to add significant value to their businesses and the way they communicate with customers, prospects and employees.