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5 Must Have iPhone Apps for an IT Pro’s Mobile Toolkit

5 Must Have iPhone Apps for an IT Pro’s Mobile Toolkit
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    The iPhone has enabled the IT workforce to become more mobile than ever before. In order to capitalize on this and make IT more efficient on the go, a mobile IT toolkit is needed. However, of the 450,000 apps, which are useful to IT and of those which are worth having?

    I’m not talking about apps that are universally useful (i.e. Evernote, Dropbox, Free Wi-Fi Finder, etc.). Nor am I referring to apps that are beneficial only to IT with access to a specific system (i.e. Cymphonix Mobile Monitor, MobileIron, etc.). While those are truly beneficial (especially Evernote – which has my vote for greatest app ever), I am referring to the apps that IT professionals can use regardless of their setup.

    So what are they?

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    Wyse PocketCloud ($0.99 Basic, $14.99 Pro)

      One of the most useful apps I have in my toolkit for remote connectivity.

      I currently use the basic version which allows me total access to terminal servers and/or supported PC’s. I can manage Windows desktops remotely via RDP (remote desktop protocol) or VNC, and do so with much smoother navigation than I have found with other RDP apps. The Pro version offers a VMware option, eliminates banner ads and throws in a  few other knick knacks. For me, however, the basic version is sufficient for my connectivity needs.

      Documents to Go (D2G) ($9.99 Office, $16.99 Premium)

        IT has to have the ability to access and/or modify documents on the go. Whether its a Word document or a Spreadsheet containing network specs; IT needs this functionality away from the office PC.
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        Documents to Go (D2G) provides this functionality while also allowing changes to these files to be synced between your desktop and mobile device. D2G Premium adds features like: syncing to Dropbox, SugarSync, Google Docs, Box.Net, etc. It also allows the creation and editing of PowerPoint files. This app is almost as handy as the toilet and running water…well…almost. I mean it’s handy, but it’s not worth going back to the outhouse bucket tossin’ days!

        Deep WHOIS (Free)

          This app allows you to search public WHOIS databases for hostnames, domains, IP Addresses, and more.

          This is a must have for network and system admins who are in charge of infrastructure security. It is especially handy when“bird dogging” a particular domain name in hopes of registering it when it expires.

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          Net Master ($0.99/$4.99)

            This app offers a ton of features and functionality, including some of most vital tools for network administration.

            You can scan and run diagnostics on every device connected to your Local Area Network (LAN), including ARP table scanning, Port scanning, NetBIOS scanning and Bonjour scanning. You also have the ability to perform Reverse DNS lookups, perform Trace Routes, a subnet calculator and much more. This is a highly used app in my toolkit, and for $0.99 I highly recommend it. Hell, I would’ve paid $10 for this bad boy.

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            Cisco SIO to Go (Free)

              The Cisco Security Intelligence Operations (SIO) To Go app provides a real-time alert system.

              It is extremely informative; which enables you to respond to real-time threats on your network. I find having the information this app provides at my fingertips, makes me much more efficient (not to mention more knowledgeable). The presentation of real-time information from Cisco’s threat research center makes this a vital tool to anyone who deals with IT security.

              So, these are just some of the best apps on the iPhone to get IT work done faster and better. Are there any other apps out there that an IT Pro can’t live without? If so, drop them in the comments below.

               

               

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              10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

              10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

              Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

              Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

              As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

              In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

              Projects and Tasks Management

              1. Monday dot com

                Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

                The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

                The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

                The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

                Check out the software here!

                2. Asana

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                  The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

                  The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

                  Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

                  Check out the software here!

                  3. Trello

                    Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

                    Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

                    Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

                    Check out the software here!

                    4. Jira

                      The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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                      The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

                      The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

                      Check out the software here!

                      5. Evernote Business

                        Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

                        The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

                        Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

                        Check out the software here!

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                        6. Slack

                          Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

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                          7. Spike

                            Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                            Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                            Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

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                            Creation

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                              Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

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                              You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                              Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

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                              9. Grammarly

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                                Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

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                                Team Analytics

                                10. ActivTrak

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                                  Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

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                                  The Bottom Line

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