Business Apps for November

Feature Article | November 5, 2012 by Alexander Roth

1. “SAP User Experience Monitor” from SAP

2. “Spotmycar” from Muboco

3. “Slideshark” from Brainshark

4. “HandySign” from HalfPen

5. “VNC Viewer” from RealVNC

Screenshot: iTunes

“SAP User Experience Monitor” from SAP

Users of business software expect not only comprehensive functionality from their solutions but also high performance. Both of these, as well as the ability to address problems immediately, are necessary in order for business processes to run smoothly. The “SAP User Experience Monitor” gives system managers an anywhere, anytime overview of the availability and performance of important workflows from the end user’s perspective. By connecting to the SAP Solution Manager solution, the app also allows administrators to check alerts and metrics. Users can view the results from the latest End User Monitoring test or from the corresponding robot to see details on the script level and errors in individual tests. To use “SAP User Experience Monitor” operationally, it is necessary to implement SAP Solution Manager and to activate mobile services. Those interested in the app can try it out with demo data for free.

Platforms: iPad/iPhone & Android

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/sap-user-experience-monitor/id570821307?mt=8

Screenshot: iTunes

“Spotmycar” from Muboco

Whether at a trade fair in a new city or at dinner with business partners, there are some situations where there are more important things to worry about than remembering where you parked the car. “Spotmycar” takes over this responsibility. The user saves the position of the car on the app’s map, which pops up when the driver leaves the vehicle. In addition to the accurate location detection (according to user reviews), “Spotmycar” also gives users the ability to attach notes and set a reminder to pay for the parking ticket. Automatic directions make it easy to find the way back to the car. There is also a feature that lets users send an email directly from the app with their current location and the parking position; a handy feature for organizing meet-ups. The app costs 2.69 euros. There is a free version in the Apple App Store for trial purposes.

Platforms: iPhone/iPad & Windows Phone

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/spotmycar-finden-sie-ihr-fahrzeug/id368253169?mt=8

Screenshot: iTunes

“Slideshark” from Brainshark

Those who want to connect to documents in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office programs from an Apple device, must often resort to bothersome workarounds or make sacrifices on appearance. With “Slideshark” from Brainshark, that is no longer necessary – at least for PowerPoint. The free app solves the problem of faithfully reproducing PRX data and also provides some new features. Simply install the app on your device, set up an account with 100 MB of storage space on the “Slideshark” website, and you can get started. There are also integrations with the app for importing via Dropbox and by e-mail. Other functions include the ability to play videos directly in the presentation, to take notes while in presentation mode, and to control the presentation via AirPlay/VGA Adapter or remote control (especially practical for the iPhone). Users can even use a “laser pointer”, simply by holding down on the touch screen.

Platforms: iPad, iPhone (min. iOS4)

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/slideshark-view-share-presentations/id471369684?mt=8

Screenshot: iTunes

“HandySign” from HalfPen

PDF documents are not easy to edit, let alone sign. Thankfully, there are apps like “HandySign” from HalfPen. This app for the iPhone/iPad gives users the ability to import PDFs by e-mail or URL, edit them, and save them or forward them via a direct e-mail connection. There are many ways to edit the PDFs. Users simply select the part of the document to be edited and tap the screen to access diverse editing tools. From the “Handwriting Tool” that enables manual signatures to the ability to highlight text to the virtual keyboard for entering digital texts, the menu is considerable. The app costs 1.79 euros.

Platform: iPhone/iPad

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/handysign-dokumente-direkt/id410231139?mt=8

Screenshot: iTunes

“VNC Viewer” from RealVNC

A “Virtual Private Network”, or VPN, is a familiar concept for people who spend much of their time working while on the go. This connection allows users to access their office desktop interface from an external computer. The app “VNC Viewer” works in a similar fashion. Here, the idea is to control other PCs, running any kind of operating system, with an iPhone or iPad. For this, it is necessary to download the app on the iPhone/iPad and do a quick installation of the VNC software on the controlling PC. This is available on the RealNC homepage and is free for private users. The high-performance version for companies costs 8.99 euros. The app also helps to manage several PCs at once with a clearly-arranged structure.

Platform: iPhone/iPad

Link: http://itunes.apple.com/en/app/vnc-viewer/id352019548?mt=8

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