Since our last blog about iPhone apps for businesses, a little gadget called the iPad gained momentum, and with it, increasing versatility for businesspeople on the move. Here are some apps that we think are great for gathering, storing, analyzing, sharing and acting upon data that drives revenue for an organization.
On May 19th, Vovici, a provider of enterprise feedback management (EFM) solutions, recently launched Vovici Mobile for iPad, iPhone, and Android through Apple iTunes and Android App Stores. This mobile app extends Vovici’s EFM platform to include a comprehensive reporting and survey taking capability. Its features allow a user to make an iPad, iPhone or Android device become a feedback monitoring and reporting platform which can display full statistics on all of surveys conducted, response rates, and full access to survey questions and responses. It offers complete distribution statistics including e-mails sent, open rates, complete rates, and thank yous. Additionally, it enables permission based access with appropriate multi-workgroup capabilities.
Tetrad Computer Applications Inc. has developed the Sitewise app for iPad which integrates 2010 US Census data with mapping. With this app, you can enter an address and specify a distance radius or driving time distance which is then visualized. With the US Census data, you can see the demographic makeup of the population within the area you have specified (click on the main blog post illustration above). For an extra annual subscription starting at $400 per year, you can also determine household income and consumer spending in various categories within that geography.
Citrix, the maker of the GoToMeeting web conference tool, has stepped to the plate like Cisco has with WebEx and enables you to attend a webinar or live demo over your iPad. Being a busy multitasker, you’re also allowed to stay on the conference while opening up other apps to work on. Like the regular Citrix client, you can get audio via your iPad or dial in on a separate phone. Additionally, there is no charge to be an attendee when you participate in someone else’s GoToMeetign presentation while using their app.
And then there’s Contact Capture, by Broadlook Technologies Inc., which facilitates the capture of contact information from lists, documents, and emails into your iPhone or iPad with the simple copy & paste function. Their patent-pending technology identifies contact data (names, titles, addresses, emails, phones, etc.) and merges the data directly into your device’s contact list. If you can highlight it, you can capture it.
Splashtop Inc., which has created Splashtop Remote Desktop for iPad, has done something really interesting for those of you not quite ready to give up your laptop. The app actually does what it’s called – it acts as a remote desktop, so you can run PC apps while viewing them on your iPad. Want full PowerPoint functionality? Want to view Flash based content? Want to access your PC only apps? This app does it! It takes some getting used to, but with a high quality stylus like the AluPen fom Just Mobile, you can actually work like your PC screen is a touch screen, albeit iPad sized. This could be a life-saver and mitigates any reluctance to migrate to the cloud.