Enterprise Technology Slideshow: 9 iPhone Apps Every CIO Must HaveBy Don Reisinger | Posted 07-15-2010
QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite
PRICE: $9.99What it does: The software supports access to Apple's MobileMe, Dropbox, Google Docs, and Box.net.Why you need it: This is ideal for any CIO who needs to do more than simply view and edit Office documents. With just a few taps of different options in the app, you can access content from cloud storage applications, download them to your iPhone, and transfer them to employees. And, if an important file arrives via e-mail that you want to access later on a PC, it can be uploaded to any of those services from within QuickOffice Connect. Added bonus: you can edit Word documents and Excel spreadsheets inside the app.
Price: 99 centsWhat it does: Allows you to record outgoing calls.Why you need it: Do you have important conversations on your iPhone? This app app could be your best friend. In addition to the call-recording feature, the app doubles as a recorder for voice memos, and it can record for hours. It is also worth noting that you can send recordings via e-mail right from the app.
Price: $6.99What it does: Lets you use the iPhone's camera to take a picture of a physical document and turn it into a PDF.Why you need it: Arguably the most useful application in this roundup, once you take an image of your doc, you need only to mark the corners of the page, and watch as the image is turned into a PDF, which you can then email to anyone. Any CIO who encounters important paper documents they want to quickly send to a colleague or customer.
PrintCentral for iPhone
Price: $7.99What it does: Allows you to open any file and print it via Wi-Fi.Why you need it: If you've ever wished iPhone had built-in printer support, this app is for you.In order to use the app, CIOs will first need to network the iPhone to their desired printer. From there, it is as simple as choosing the file to print out, and clicking "print."
Price: 99 centsWhat it does: Sync your local or toll-free fax number to your iPhone.Why you need it: So you can send and receive an unlimited number of faxes from your iPhone. The app even includes a document scanner, allowing users to take a photo of a piece of paper, and send it as a fax to someone else. That said, it is important for CIOs to know that iFax should probably be used sparingly. The company charges about $1 for every five pages sent or received.
Price: FreeWhat it does: Enables you to speak into the iPhone's microphone, and within a few seconds, send the text of what they said to recipients via e-mail or text message.Why you need it: According to the app's developer, the program makes it five times faster to send a message than if you typed it on the iPhone's virtual keypad. It is worth noting that, at times, the software misunderstands words, which requires some adjustment.
Price: free to Salesforce.com customersWhat it does: Delivers the same Salesforce.com functionality on a mobile deviceWhy you need it: If your enterprise already uses Salesforce.com's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, this app is a no-brainer. You can update information from the iPhone, look up account activity, log details about customer conversations, and much more. It even offers CIOs the chance to create, edit, and delete items in the CRM.
Good For Enterprise
Price: FreeWhat it does: Allows users to sync their iPhones with Microsoft Exchange in a secure environment.Why you need it: Although the iPhone supports Exchange, most CIOs might be better off with this app for their heavy lifting. The app has several security features, including the ability to keep the transfer of data over the network encrypted. The use of e-mail, calendar, and contacts over a secure connection makes it ideal for CIOs who want to ensure that their company's important data stays out of the hands of malicious hackers.
Price: FreeWhat it does: Alerts CIOs about security threats and other potential vulnerabilities as these become known to Symantec.Why you need it: The app includes information on the latest spam, Windows vulnerabilities, and potential threats, so the CIO can stay abreast of issues that could impact operations. The app won't perform tasks on the iPhone, but what it lacks in functionality is made up for with actionable information every CIO would want.