How to Use Mobile Apps to Increase Your Business Productivity

It's no secret that mobile apps can increase small business productivity. A practical business app can be your organization’s trump card in the game to get more done with fewer resources.

In a recent TabTimes article, Kazunori Ukigawa, CEO of mobile productivity company MetaMoji explains that we are in a new era of app development in which the ability to meet broader objectives will continue to drive the evolution of business apps. “As the industry matures, the appeal of mobile devices as serious business tools increases, requiring a shift in app development,” says Ukigawa.

While business apps will no doubt drive even greater efficiency in the future, forward-thinking companies are setting themselves up for sustainable success by tapping into the power of mobile apps in the here and now. Here are four ways small businesses can achieve increased productivity via mobile apps today:

1.Stay up-to-date on new apps that could relate to your business.

The app market is competitive. New apps are released daily, many of which improve upon existing apps in the marketplace. Staying tuned to new app developments related to your industry or apps that can enhance small business productivity in general can help your company nail the critical success factors- such as growth, expense management and employee satisfaction- that contribute to both top and bottom-line revenue.

2. Don't be afraid to give apps a test run.

Many companies shy away from apps because current processes seemingly work fine. But when companies never dare to compare the current state vs. a projected future state that includes advancements in technology, the current process will always appear to be the most productive, cost-efficient way.

Part of this hesitation can be fear – perhaps justifiable fear from previous experience. But what this should really mean is you’ve learned from past mistakes and your due diligence process is better because of it. And sure, some technology can take a little trial and error before it really takes flight, but you’ll never know how much productivity can be boosted until you give it a shot and see for yourself.

 

3. Take advantage of standout apps that are proven to perform.

 

These are the apps (like Evernote, Dropbox, etc.) you’ve heard about countless times already. You may already use them successfully in your personal life. These apps represent the low-hanging fruit on the small business productivity tree. If you’re not using them already, surely there is at least one way you can leverage these apps to streamline business processes and/or boost collaboration.

 

4. Choose apps that integrate with other apps.

 

In her article, Six Technology Resolutions for a Happier and Healthier SMB New Year, SMB Group Co-Founder Laurie McCabe cites workflow integration between key vendors as a way to improve efficiency.

To ensure business apps can truly integrate workflow and make processes more efficient, there are a few items businesses must first consider. In the previously mentioned TabTimes article, Ukigawa addresses the important deployment questions businesses face such as “authentication, security, and most importantly, integration into their portfolio of business apps.”

The ability to “play nice” with other apps is essential for continuity and small business productivity. This is exactly why at Concur, we simplify the deployment process for our mobile app users by featuring world-class security, along with integration capabilities with other popular business apps, including QuickBooks, NetSuite, Salesforce, TripIt and more. The Concur mobile app is also available via the major platforms, including iOS, Google and Microsoft, meaning it’s safe and flexible for BYOD workforces.

How does your business use mobile apps to increase productivity? If you’re not using them at all, perhaps it’s time for some disruptive thinking.  

Small business productivity “App-ens,” but it requires initiative. Expense reporting affects every part of your business. 

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