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An iPhone App for Every Business Need: Slideshow

An iPhone can do a lot more than play music and surf the Web. Here are the apps that serious iPhoners should know about.

iPhone apps for business users

Even as the iPad gains popularity as a lightweight laptop replacement, people still need to do work on their smartphone. To help you on those occasions, InfoWorld.com has selected the productivity suite every business iPhone should have, but individual employees will have plenty of specialty needs that require specialty apps. (Note that these apps also work on the iPod Touch.)

Editor's note: This slideshow is an adaptation of an InfoWorld article The Right Office Apps for the iPhone at Work .

In this slideshow:

* Email and Calendar * To-do and Task Managment * Databases * Mind-Mapping and White Boarding * Conferencing * File Management * Printing * Cloud Storage * FTP * Remote Access * Sharepoint Access * ERP and CRM * Analytics * Business Travel * Business Miscellany

E-mail and calendar

EuroSmartz's $3 CalPrint for iPhone lets you print your calendars, as well as organize them and their tasks. It pulls in appointments from the iPhone's Calendar app, so you don't have to maintain a separate calendar.

E-mail and calendar

If your company uses Lotus Notes, you'll need IBM's free Lotus Notes Traveler Companion app, which can connect to the version 8.5.1 or later of the Lotus Notes server and act as the client for email, calendaring, and contacts management.

E-mail and calendar

If your company uses Novell's GroupWise, use the $6 GW Mail app from Ghost Pattern Software to connect to GroupWise Server versions 6 through 8 for email access -- if WebAccess is enabled on GroupWise.

E-mail and calendar

Ghost Pattern has the free GW Lite app to test compatibility. (You can use Apple's Mail app instead if your IT group installs the new Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack add-on to its GroupWise 8 server.)

E-mail and calendar

Ghost Pattern has the $4 GW Calendar app to let you manage your GroupWise calendar; it too requires WebAccess be enabled on the GroupWise server.

E-mail and calendar

If you want to create form letters, consider Christian Fries' $4 Mailer. It lets you create email templates that you can then fill in. You can also attach various kinds of files directly to your messages.

To-do and task management

The iPad's Calendar app doesn't include a to-do capability, unlike many computer calendar applications. Fortunately there are dozens of to-do list managers available for the iPad. One to consider is Appigo's $5 Todo.

To-do and task management

Another one is Alifsoft's $2 Task Pro.

To-do and task management

And a third is the $4 Toodledo.

To-do and task management

Beyond simple task management is project management, which requires a much more sophisticated approach to task and schedule management. One app to consider on the iPhone for such work is the $20 OmniFocus from the Omni Group.

To-do and task management

Another well-regarded task manager is Cultured Code's $10 Things, which boasts a clean but capable user interface and "smart" today list and scheduling features.

Databases

For more personal management tool, take a look at FileMaker's $5 Bento app, which is a lightweight database perfect for tracking records, contacts, to-dos, and other personal tasks and data.

Databases

For more work-oriented databases, an app worth considering is DDH Software's $10 HanDBase Database Manager.

Databases

The $20 FileMaker Go lets your iPhone access and control FileMaker databases running on a FileMaker server.

Databases

Access your SQL database, run queries, and manage records from your iPhone using the $2 SQLTouch.

Mind-mapping and whiteboarding

If you do mind-mapping -- a method of organizing thoughts and items by their relationships -- CMS's $8 iThoughts could be the tool for you. It works with several mind-map formats and lets you export your mind maps to PNG and PDF formats. It also syncs to the Box.net and Dropbox cloud storage services.

Mind-mapping and whiteboarding

Markus Müller's $6 MindNode is another mind-mapping tool to consider. It has a full-screen mode available in landscape view.

Mind-mapping and whiteboarding

If you're looking for a tool to do either mind-mapping or traditional whiteboarding, Pixelglow Software's $10 Instaviz is a strong option.

Mind-mapping and whiteboarding

For more free-form whiteboard sketching, give Y Lau's $1 Pocket Whiteboard a look. The simple app lets you sketch out drawings, formulas, and the like using your fingertip.

Conferencing

You can join a conference held over the Web by using an app for one of the major Web conferencing services. Cisco's WebEx has a free app. Of course, you need an account on its service to host the meetings from a computer (you can't host them from an iPhone) and attend the meetings.

Conferencing

Callwave's Fuze Meeting is similar to Cisco's in that it's free and you need an account on the service.

Note that neither service lets you use the iPhone's camera for videoconferencing.

File management and printing

There are lots of Wi-Fi file-sharing apps for the iPhone, and many productivity apps include such "air-sharing" capabilities. Avatron Software's $3 Air Sharing is a good option if the built-in file-sharing in your other apps isn't enough.

File management and printing

So is the $5 ReaddleDocs, which lets you collect Office, iWork, and PDF files from the Web, email attachments, and other sources for viewing, with extra capabilities such as extracting text from PDF files.

File management and printing

DigiDNA's $5 FileApp Pro is a file organizer for your iPhone. With FileApp Pro, you can copy files to and from your iPhone, then organize, rename, move, and multiple-select files, as well as open them in compatible iPhone applications.

File management and printing

Chances are you don't yet have an AirPrint-compatible printer, so the new iOS 4.2's print feature isn't usable. But you can print to many Wi-Fi-connected printers using an app such as EuroSmartz's $8 PrintCentral; it has you copy what you want to print into the app, which then prints that material. It also allows you to print to a network printer across your Wi-Fi network.

File management and printing

Other iPhone apps that can print directly to Wi-Fi-connected printers include EuroSmartz's $9 Print n Share.

File management and printing

Wellala's $3 Print Magic is also another option.

Cloud storage and FTP

Box.net is a cloud storage service that offers free access to limited file storage and charges for additional storage. Its iPhone app lets several applications get files from and put files on its online storage server for access by your other devices and computers.

Cloud storage and FTP

Dropbox is another cloud storage service that offers free access to limited file storage and charges for additional storage. Its iPhone app lets you do everything that Box.net's does.

Cloud storage and FTP

Apple has its own MobileMe iDisk cloud storage service as part of its $99-per-year-per-user MobileMe service, which includes an e-mail account and online calendar. The MobileMe iDisk app lets you exchange files directly with this service.

Cloud storage and FTP

The Google Docs online software toolkit lets you work on text and spreadsheet documents on the Internet from your browser. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to use on an iPhone. Although several apps let you open documents stored in Google Docs and send documents to it, the $4 GoDocs app from LightRoom takes a step further and lets you actually edit those documents directly from your iPhone.

Cloud storage and FTP

You can also edit them in a Google Docs-compatible app such as Quickoffice.

Cloud storage and FTP

Documents to Go is another Google Docs-compatible app you can use.

Cloud storage and FTP

If you work with your own or clients' websites and need to send files to and from, Headlight Software's $10 FTP On the Go Pro will do the trick. It also lets you edit Web pages and related files, so you can update your site when on the go from your iPhone.

Remote access

The free Citrix Receiver lets you run Office, SharePoint, and other data center apps on your iPhone, through a virtual window to your Citrix-enabled servers. You, of course, need Citrix set up on the back end.

Remote access

If you want to run applications on your Mac or Windows PC, or on remote servers, from your iPhone, consider Wyse's $15 PocketCloud. It allows remote control of a PC from your iPhone.

Remote access

iCacti's $4 Server Monitor lets you monitor usage stats graphically for your Windows, Linux, and Mac servers, as well as network routers and printers.

Remote access

With Harlekins' $12 Server Admin Remote, IT staff can monitor Mac OS X Servers from their iPads.

Remote access

The $30 LogMeIn Ignition lets you remote-control your Windows PC or Mac over the Internet.

Remote access

Another way to remote-control a PC or Mac to run its applications from an iPhone is with the $6 Mocha VNC app.

Remote access

Hana Mobile's $5 Connect to PC is aimed at people who need to run just Windows desktops remotely from their iPad.

Remote access

Hana also offers the free Connect My Mac app. In both cases, multiple connections are allowed.

Remote access

If you need to remote into SSH- and Telnet-based computers, Zinger-Soft's $10 iSSH can do the trick.

SharePoint access

Many businesses use Microsoft SharePoint to enable collaboration over Office files. Dean Beeler's $15 SharePlus Office Mobile Client lets iPhones be part of that collaboration. You can test it out with the free SharePlus Lite version.

SharePoint access

Also consider getting the free Moshare if all you need to do is view SharePoint-provisioned documents, and cut and paste their text into your other iPhone applications.

ERP and CRM access

The free SAP BusinessOne app lets you view reports and content, process approval requests, and manage client and partner data in your SAP ERP system.

ERP and CRM access

The free Oracle Business Approvals for Managers provides approval capabilities for expenses, purchases, job vacancies, and other tasks, as well as access to various Oracle BI reports.

ERP and CRM access

TE's $1 SAPplApp provides access to your SAP ERP system after you connect into your corporate VPN, so you can monitor your business transaction data.

ERP and CRM access

The free Oracle Mobile Sales Assistant app lets salespeople query customer records and transaction data, as well as manage leads in Oracle's CRM system.

ERP and CRM access

Resco's $50 Mobile CRM Enterprise gives iPhone users direct access to a Microsoft Dynamics CRM server, so they can manage and monitor customer relationship and sales transactions on the go.

ERP and CRM access

Mobile Edge for Microsoft Dynamics, is a client apps that lets you connect into popular CRM and ERP systems. It's free, but service pricing varies based on the number of server licenses.

ERP and CRM access

Mobile Edge for NetSuite is another client apps that lets you connect into popular CRM and ERP systems. It's also free, but service pricing varies based on the number of server licenses.

ERP and CRM access

Mobile Edge for Oracle Siebel CRM is a third option that lets you connect into CRM and ERP systems. Likewise, the app is free but service pricing varies based on the number of server licenses.

ERP and CRM access

Mobile Edge Express for SugarCRM is the fourth app on this list that lets you connect into a CRM or ERP system. As with the previous three, it's free but service pricing varies based on the number of server licenses.

ERP and CRM access

Salesforce.com offers the free Salesforce Mobile iPhone app.

ERP and CRM access

Salesforce.com also has the free Salesforce Chatter app.

Analytics

The free SAP BusinessObjects Explorer lets you connect into SAP's business intelligence tool to explore sales trends and the like, then share the results with colleagues.

Analytics

You can access Oracle BI reports with the free Oracle Business Indicators app.

Analytics

With the free MicroStrategy Mobile, you can access performance and other metric dashboards set up in a MicroStrategy business intelligence server.

Analytics

Analyze your Excel, Google Docs, or Salesforce.com data visually with Mellmo's free Roambi Visualizer. Licenses start at $99 per user per year.

Analytics

If you run a website and monitor its traffic with Google Analytics, Inblosam's $7 Analytics lets you track that traffic and run reports from your iPhone.

Analytics

The $7 Analytics Pro from Thomas Blackburn is similar, with a bevy of visual reports available.

Business travel

Business travelers whose companies use the Concur travel service (aka Atlas Travel) to manage their trips can track their intineraries and always have the details available through the free Concur Mobile app.

Business travel

Turn your iPhone into a travel alarm with iHandySoft's $1 Alarm Clock Pro, so you don't oversleep on the road. It detects your current time zone and shows the current weather.

Business travel

Sure, the iPhone includes a weather app, but you can get more detail using Shifty Jelly's $2 Pocket Weather World app, which includes more than 60,000 locations worldwide.

Business travel

The Weather Channel's $4 Weather Channel Max provides weather conditions and forecasts across the globe, as well as access to traffic cameras in some areas. It also lets you bookmark unlimited locations to track and plot local landmarks such as schools and golf courses on its map.

Business miscellany

Do you ever come across a Web page you'd like to read later, when you have the time? Sure, you can bookmark those pages, but wouldn't it be nice if you could somehow save them to your iPad and read them at your convenience? And wouldn't it be even nicer if you could read them without Internet access, such as when you're on an airplane? You can with Marco Arment's $5 Instapaper Pro.

Business miscellany

Do all sorts of business calculations with Joaquin Grech's $3 Financial Calculator app: cash flow, annuity growth, amortization, you name it.

Business miscellany

If your work involves mathematics, Chaoji Li's $7 TeX Equation lets you create complex formulas for use in documents, using the popular TeX math-coding syntax.

Business miscellany

Calculate shipping and track packages with this free app from FedEx.

Business miscellany

There's also one fromUPS.

Business miscellany

And a free app from the U.S. Postal Service.