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What mobile business apps do you find useful?

WordLens has been helpful when traveling abroad to translate printed words to English with a camera. I just started using SpeakToIt, which is a handy voice-activated virtual assistant for calendars and such. Not sure if it is more fun than helpful. Now, if I could get all of our internal/real-time systems more mobile-friendly, I'd be really happy! What do you find useful?

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Keith Perry
Title: Consulting CFO and Business Operations A..
Company: Growth Accelerator
(Consulting CFO and Business Operations Advisor, Growth Accelerator) |

SpeakToIt I installed, played and deleted. Fun, but useless (for me). My phone is a TMobile and has a "Genius" button that predates Siri / Assistant, and has always worked for the basics.

Generally, I think it depends on your use-cases.

I'll install WordLens...that sounds totally cool (living in the Bay Area, I can't be familiar with every language!)

1) My Tracks. Seriously. I use it when I'm mountain biking / hiking off trail (helps me get home). But it is a perfect app for tracking mileage for salespeople / consultants / etc.
2) Gas Buddy. Similarly, I actually care what I spend.
3) Xero. It's mobile expense solution is easy and free, saves your receipts, etc. It is an approval-loop driven process, so isn't a DMS (which would be a better approach...tee up the receipts for later submission), but is really high functioning.
It also let's me manage, from my phone, all of my customer's GLs. Way cool. (also a selling point when I show it off to customers).
4) Business Calendar Free. This one works really well across my several calendaring systems. I haven't gotten it to work with my Exchange (but I think that that is my problem)

Sarah Jackson
Title: Associate Editor
Company: Proformative
(Associate Editor, Proformative) |

Good suggestions, Keith.

WordLens looks kind of amazing:

Also, M. Feldman, here's an informative and free white paper titled "Mobile Business Intelligence: A Growing Enterprise Trend"

It might help move you towards getting your other systems more mobile-friendly.

Finally, the CFO of restaurant chain Buloco has some great ideas for apps he shared with us in this Proformative exclusive.

Best... Sarah

John Argo
Title: Consultant
Company: Independent Advisory Services
(Consultant, Independent Advisory Services) |

Expensify expense reporting works really well. No more spreadsheets, quick, easy reporting, and approval tracking. I really like this app. Web version, too. Free and fast, flexible setup.

Cindy Kraft
Title: CFO Coach
Company: Executive Essentials
(CFO Coach, Executive Essentials) |

WordLens does sound cool. Does it work for all languages?

Business apps I use regularly include GasBuddy, Mapquest, Evernote, Spending.

Bump is a new one I haven't downloaded but intend to for contact sharing purposes. And Intro for finding like-minded people on FB and LI.

Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

Cindy - A CFO for a construction company asked a question about Evernote in a group I am a member of on LinkedIn. How are you using Evernote currently?

He was interested in how others were using it. I have it on my Windows 8 laptop, but have yet to explore it full functionality.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
Company: SBAConsulting.com
LinkedIn Profile
(President & CFO, SBAConsulting.com) |

I use Evernote as a on-line notebook (in addition to Dropbox/Box). It allows to to save web pages, links, documents, pictures in multiple folders with multiple searchable tags.

In addition I can make whole folders usable by other people (workgroup mode) and with the premium account, can make folders also available off-line (for when I'm flying and don't have internet access but need something).

Mark Matheny
Title: VP - FInancial Planning and Analysis
Company: Novolex (formerly Hilex Poly)
(VP - FInancial Planning and Analysis, Novolex (formerly Hilex Poly)) |

LogMeIn and Dropbox.

C. Baylis
Title: Consultant
Company: Baylis Consulting
(Consultant, Baylis Consulting) |

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Joan Varrone
Title: CFO
Company: Cloud Cruiser
LinkedIn Profile
(CFO, Cloud Cruiser) |

Cardmunch which is part of Linked In. You take a picture of a business card and it uploads it into Cardmunch and then provides the linked in profile for that person

Carrie Roesner
Title: Controller and VP
Company: Centro
(Controller and VP, Centro) |

Concur Mobile lets you take a picture of your receipt and upload it to your expense report. You can also submit expenses and approve with the App. This app is probably the most useful app I have seen as it actually saves time, paperwork and works seamlessly with the web version. It's free if you are a Concur user.

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