#2 – Slack

Communication is key to the success of any company, no matter the size. Slack facilitates this communication in an easy-to-use platform. Along with multiple “channels” that allow you to organize conversations in a message forum format, the app has direct messaging, video calling, file sharing, notifications and archiving capabilities.

It cuts down on time-consuming emails and allows your team members to connect with each other instantly. Though it offers powerful tools, Slack is simple to use and doesn’t require a lot of tech savvy.

#3 – CamCard

People who’ve experienced the frustration of losing a business card from a contact will love CamCard, a business card app that allows users to quickly capture contact information. CamCard takes photos of business cards, reads the contact information and saves it to your smartphone for easy access.

It also allows users to exchange electronic business cards, add notes and reminders, access information from the cloud and perform searches. Instead of wasting time hunting through your wallet for a dog-eared business card, use this app to go paperless and increase efficiency.

#4 – Calroo

If you think running a business is hard work, try running a family! Calroo is a calendar app that helps busy parents become more productive by delegating family duties via a mobile calendar. Parents can assign chores, pass along shopping lists, set alerts for when certain jobs are due and more.

Think of this as a digital version of all the sticky notes left on the refrigerator as reminders. Calroo helps you remember who is doing what, when and where — and if you have a bunch of kids in different activities, reminders make your life a whole lot easier.

#5 – Expensify

Expense reports take up a significant amount of time for even the most efficient executives. Luckily, you can cut that time by up to 83% using Expensify, an app that creates real-time expense reports with just one tap.

It scans your receipts, and the rest is automatic: it will submit, approve, reimburse and sync accounts all on its own unless you choose to manually review. With Expensify, you don’t have to waste time sifting through reports and can focus your energy on other tasks.

#6 – Cisco WebEx

Web conferencing can get complicated — people use different programs like Skype or Google Hangouts, calls can cut out repeatedly and screen and note sharing can be clunky and difficult to navigate. Cisco WebEx, a web-conferencing platform, alleviates these common problems.

Along with providing crisp voice and video, putting an end to those annoying call failures, WebEx provides a user-friendly screen and whiteboard functionality, a personal meeting room URL and the ability to meet from any device and standards-based video conferencing system. With such streamlined service, you don’t need to worry about the technical issues of your web conference and can instead focus on the meeting itself.

#7 – Box

Box, a cloud-based file-sharing platform, has taken the benefits of other similar services and removed their drawbacks. Users can store and share files with each other within organizations, allowing for instant file transfers.

Box also allows users to comment on and edit files, making collaboration on projects a breeze. It works with thousands of apps, allowing users to easily move files from one platform to another. Perhaps most important, the platform’s security features, such as encryption key management, will keep your data safe.

#8 – Flipboard

This aesthetically pleasing app organizes news, popular stories, and conversations around your specific interests. Providing access to media from Vogue to CNN, Flipboard compiles articles, videos, and photos and presents them in a clean, interesting format.

Even better, you can easily create your own virtual “magazines” and share them with others. This is a great option for keeping up to date and archiving media associated with your industry — or your personality.

#9 – 15Five

15Five is an excellent performance management app that focuses on providing employees with regular feedback and fostering a strong company culture. Set up like a miniature social media website, 15Five helps business executives plan weekly check-in meetings, keeping all team members involved and aware of each other’s projects.

The way it works is simple: employees take 15 minutes a week to answer questions on personal productivity and morale, managers spend five minutes reading and commenting on responses and everyone on the team can continually ask for and provide feedback on a variety of projects. The app also allows you to set objectives, update progress and boost morale with its High Fives Dashboard.

#10 – Taskray

The top-rated project-management app in Salesforce, Taskray, allows executives to onboard customers, fulfill orders and complete projects. Its integration with Salesforce is one of its best features — it’s easy to learn, runs whenever Salesforce runs and keeps your customer data secure. As a result, you can get your customers up and running quickly and easily, improving their overall satisfaction.

Time is money, and time is a commodity many business executives wish they had more of. With these and other efficiency-boosting apps, you can increase your productivity and spend your time in more valuable ways.

 

– Written by Deep Patel, a serial entrepreneur, marketer and the author of A Paperboy’s Fable: The 11 Principles of Success.

Source: Forbes

(All views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent MentorYes’s viewpoint or recommendations. Readers are advised to consider and evaluate the views presented here before implementing them in their preparation or otherwise.)