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Top Android Apps for the Enterprise

With more business-oriented apps gradually being developed, Android can become a strong competitor in the enterprise market.
December 13, 2011

It’s been said that Android has yet to achieve a presence in the enterprise market that is comparable to the way it has gained the upper hand in terms of handset sales. This could be contingent on several factors such as when more IT departments apply a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scheme and when more third-party developers create business-oriented applications. The following is an outline of such enterprise apps available for the platform today which businesses can consider when integrating Android into their operations.

Naturally a mobile workforce needs to be equipped with the appropriate office productivity tools. Although MS Office has certainly defined this whole concept, other developers have created their own products based on this framework and ported it into other platforms. These two apps don’t only enable authoring of the three most essential file types – documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, they also feature file synchronization and management that works with online storage services.

Storing, accessing, and sharing any type of content on the cloud is another essential capacity that can keep the workflow running smoothly. These two apps are just two of the more popular examples of this type of web service that have client apps for the Android platform. Their “for business” upgrades, besides providing more storage space, also feature online collaboration tools.

Citrix is another name that stands out when it comes to providing mobility for enterprises. XenApp is one of their notable application virtualization products that have benefited both IT departments and end-users alike. Citrix Receiver is the client program that goes with XenApp 6.5 which enables personnel to access various IT-managed applications directly on their Android devices. Take note that this is still in beta.

JIRA and Confluence are Atlassian’s project tracking and content collaboration software respectively. While they are notable enterprise applications, they weren’t really made for mobile platforms. Fortunately third-party developers took the initiative to come up with client apps for these services that would work on Android devices.

Mini Confluence is from NIC Labs and requires their Enterprise Edition server-side plug-in. It features all the essential sharing and communication tools found in the original except now personnel can manage it all from their smartphones. Bugbox for JIRA works in the same manner in that background updates on project issues or milestones can be sent and handled directly from an Android device. There are actually other third-party clients for this project tracking tool such as Open JIRA and PocketJIRA.

Customer relationship management tools are another set of must-have software for enterprises. Mobile CRM is a third-party client app offering that is meant to integrate Android mobile devices with the Microsoft Dynamics platform which makes it practical for companies with a BYOD policy. WORKetc in the meantime is a native Android app that presents integrated project management features along with CRM.

From document creation to collaborative workspaces, all these apps cover the more significant areas that organizations demand for mobile operations. The way things are going in the development of mobile device business apps, Android can certainly become a strong competitor in the enterprise market.