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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Another one is Alifsoft's $2 Task Pro.
And a third is the $4 Toodledo.
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.
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.
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.
For more work-oriented databases, an app worth considering is DDH Software's $10 HanDBase Database Manager.
The $20 FileMaker Go lets your iPhone access and control FileMaker databases running on a FileMaker server.
Access your SQL database, run queries, and manage records from your iPhone using the $2 SQLTouch.
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.
Markus Müller's $6 MindNode is another mind-mapping tool to consider. It has a full-screen mode available in landscape view.
If you're looking for a tool to do either mind-mapping or traditional whiteboarding, Pixelglow Software's $10 Instaviz is a strong option.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other iPhone apps that can print directly to Wi-Fi-connected printers include EuroSmartz's $9 Print n Share.
Wellala's $3 Print Magic is also another option.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can also edit them in a Google Docs-compatible app such as Quickoffice.
Documents to Go is another Google Docs-compatible app you can use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With Harlekins' $12 Server Admin Remote, IT staff can monitor Mac OS X Servers from their iPads.
The $30 LogMeIn Ignition lets you remote-control your Windows PC or Mac over the Internet.
Another way to remote-control a PC or Mac to run its applications from an iPhone is with the $6 Mocha VNC app.
Hana Mobile's $5 Connect to PC is aimed at people who need to run just Windows desktops remotely from their iPad.
Hana also offers the free Connect My Mac app. In both cases, multiple connections are allowed.
If you need to remote into SSH- and Telnet-based computers, Zinger-Soft's $10 iSSH can do the trick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Salesforce.com offers the free Salesforce Mobile iPhone app.
Salesforce.com also has the free Salesforce Chatter app.
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.
You can access Oracle BI reports with the free Oracle Business Indicators app.
With the free MicroStrategy Mobile, you can access performance and other metric dashboards set up in a MicroStrategy business intelligence server.
Analyze your Excel, Google Docs, or Salesforce.com data visually with Mellmo's free Roambi Visualizer. Licenses start at $99 per user per year.
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.
The $7 Analytics Pro from Thomas Blackburn is similar, with a bevy of visual reports available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do all sorts of business calculations with Joaquin Grech's $3 Financial Calculator app: cash flow, annuity growth, amortization, you name it.
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.
Calculate shipping and track packages with this free app from FedEx.
There's also one fromUPS.
And a free app from the U.S. Postal Service.
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