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Harvest is a leading online solution for time tracking, expense logging, client invoicing, and revenue/accounts receivable tracking. This app lets you use your iPhone to track your billable hours wherever you are.
Harvest Time Tracker
This application (and others like it: see page 75) turns your iPhone into a mobile credit card terminal that allows you to accept payment from customers wherever you might be. As long as you have your iPhone with you, you won’t miss a sale.
Credit Card Terminal
A trailblazer for hosted enterprise applications, Salesforce.com is also the hands-down leader when it comes to mobilizing business functionality. With Salesforce Mobile installed on your iPhone, you are able to access customer, lead, and opportunity information, as well as log calls, create and update activities, and schedule meetings. Salesforce has also created a very extensible framework that lets organizations create custom objects and workflows to extend their business processes to the iPhone with minimal investment.
If your organization doesn’t have Oracle, but you still want a powerful business intelligence platform, check out RoamBi. The solution consists of a Web-based publisher service that walks you through the process of extracting data from Excel spreadsheets and publishing them in one of four basic templates (pie chart, card list, grid list, and catalog). The Visualizer app allows you to view your reports and charts. The interface is gorgeous and the potential is limited only by how it is used.
Oracle first released Business Indicators to allow iPhone users to access business performance data. They quickly followed up with Business Approvals for Managers, Mobile Sales Assistant, Business Approvals for Sales Managers, and Mobile Sales Forecast. This suite of Oracle mobile apps takes advantage of the iPhone’s potential to mobilize information workers by letting them access line-of-business data wherever they are.
Oracle Business Indicator
If you don’t have a XenApp infrastructure, you can’t use the Citrix Receiver described above. Fortunately, you can access many of the same capabilities with LogMeIn’s remote desktop access solution. You’ll need to install the LogMeIn software on your home or work PC and LogMeIn Ignition on your iPhone. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to connect to your PC from your iPhone, wherever you are, and access your documents or applications. You need a constant wireless connection for this solution (the faster the better), and you may have to do a lot of scrolling and zooming, but the cost is much less than the Citrix solution.
This powerful app uses your organization’s Citrix XenApp infrastructure to remotely access any Windows application or document from your iPhone. Whether you need to edit a document, approve expenses, or even join a webinar, you can do it all from your iPhone with Citrix Receiver. Of course, you’re limited by the iPhone’s screen size, which means you’ll have to do a lot of zooming and scrolling with some applications. And since the applications are located remotely, you’ll need a 3G connection or Wi-Fi for reasonable performance.
History tells us that brilliant ideas are sometimes written on a napkin or the back of an envelope. Evernote lets you capture ideas as they happen, sync them to the cloud, and access them from anywhere. With the app installed, you can use your iPhone to create text notes or voice memos, or capture photos and sync them to the Web. You can also access notes and documents stored on your PC or Mac, whether you created them on your iPhone or not.
Whether you’re starting a company or just launching a new Web site, this handy little app can help you make sure the name you’ve chosen isn’t taken. Nomina lets you do domain and trademark searches on the fly. It’s the perfect way to make sure your flash of genius is unique.
(Author’s note: This article is based on a conversation I had with Christian Zambrano, Project Manager of the JACI Group, Inc.)
Christian Zambrano’s work is never done! He works for a company that has a Midwest office and programming staff in India. Because of time differences, he gets urgent questions sent to him at all hours of the day. His iPhone lets him take the office with him. He can be anywhere and check his two work-related accounts and one personal e-mail account.