Apple CEO Tim Cook recently proclaimed that he did 80 percent of his work on an iPad. While most IT professionals aren’t quite that far along in terms of mobile adoption, it’s clear that the landscape of IT is shifting toward mobile, even for some frontline IT tasks. Much of this shift has been facilitated by companies embracing bring your own device (BYOD) policies.
According to Gartner, half of all companies will require BYOD by 2017. Tablet adoption, in particular, is driving the BYOD movement in small and midsize businesses. A recent report from Dimensional Research found that 97 percent of companies surveyed believed that the anytime, anywhere access that BYOD enables would boost employee productivity.
A slew of new apps have stepped up to capitalize on the flood of smartphones and tablets in the hands of IT managers and administrators—aiming to make the day-to-day work of IT professionals easier and more flexible. Here are a few great apps that IT pros will find useful at the office, on the road and everywhere in between:
- Spiceworks – Android & IOS
Spiceworks aims to simplify everything IT. The mobile app syncs up to your desktop version (Windows only) and lets you manage your onsite network, inventory and software. You can also respond to troubleshooting tickets and maintain a knowledge base, all from one user-friendly dashboard. Access to the Spiceworks community—over one million IT pros and growing—is a bonus. (Image source: Spiceworks.com) Learn more at Spiceworks.
- Rackspace Cloud Control– Android, IOS & Windows 8
This app lets you remotely manage your Rackspace cloud infrastructure (servers, files and load balancers) from your phone or tablet. Check your system status, create, reboot, rename, resize and rebuild your cloud servers, manage backup schedules and more. With the tap of a finger, you can even call up a Rackspace Fanatical Support specialist 24x7x365. (Image source: Rackspace) Learn more at Rackspace.