Smartphone Apps that Give Execs an Edge
The Edge for MAY 2017
An Exclusive Article for NJ ChamberEdge
What are some of the lesser known apps that are giving business men and women an edge these days? We asked four New Jersey executives to tell us which apps they are using most frequently, and we got some interesting answers. The answers ranged from apps for navigating roads and making restaurant reservations to apps for time-keeping, expense management, and lead generation. Also mentioned were apps that help executives do office tasks while on the road, and, for the especially long, tedious business trips, there is the app that lets you borrow and listen to eBooks form your local library.
Here is what the four executives said:
Apps for the Business Road Warrior
I spend a lot of time in my car so I use apps that help me be more efficient on the road. This includes the navigation app Waze. It gives multiple options on how to get to your destination, and it takes you off the main roads to beat the traffic. It puts you on roads you don’t even know about, and gets you there faster.
An app called OpenTable is good for planning a business lunch or dinner. You can click and make a reservation, and you don’t have to wait until the restaurant is open. You can make reservations early in the morning or late at night. The app also provides restaurant locations and menus so I can find a suitable restaurant no matter where I am conducting business.
While on long trips in the car, I use an app called OverDrive, which allows me to borrow and listen to digital eBooks from the library. To use the app, you have to have a public library card.
– Robin Lefkowitz, executive vice president, Northfield Bank
Grabbing Business Leads and Intelligence
I read the NJ.com app. It gives me news in short, to-the-point articles, and it provides business leads. The people that advertise in NJ.com are the people we want to do business with. They are businesses in our backyard, our territory.
I also keep an eye on a website called IT Central Station, which allows users and tech professionals to give unsolicited feedback on products in our industry, the computer system space. We can read the reviews, and learn what is working and what is not working. It is the Yelp for business.
– Thomas Richardson, director of business operations, Avada Software
Cutting the Paper Work
EisnerAmper has started using a pair of mobile apps that have significantly decreased time spent on administrative tasks, and allow us to devote more time to client issues. Concur lets you submit paper expenses from any location. You simply take a picture of each receipt and it automatically itemizes and categorizes the expense entry. There’s even a handy notes section for comments. You can view active and previous expenses as well. Concur also has a travel feature that lets you search for the best deal on hotels and airfare, book a trip, and manage your itinerary.
The firm uses the iTimeKeep app for time-entry. You can input your hours worked on any device, while you’re on the go. It has been instrumental in improving our goals of daily time entry, achieving better time-entry accuracy, and maintaining EisnerAmper as a “Best Place to Work.” iTimeKeep is also ideal for professional services firms as it integrates directly with your billing system to help prevent time leakage.
– Jay Weinstein, EisnerAmper LLP, partner-in-charge, New Jersey Office
Conducting Business Anywhere
I use an app called TaskTask, which (collects) all my tasks and flagged emails on Outlook and (sends me) reminders on both my iPhone and my Windows desktop.
Every day, I use a note-taking app, with handwriting recognition. For several years, I used Evernote and still find it good. Recently I’ve migrated to Microsoft OneNote to accommodate use on a Microsoft Surface, and find it to be equally effective. I also use the Microsoft Word (for writing) and Excel (for spreadsheets) iPhone apps, which certainly make me more efficient.
– Joseph Iantosca, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, OceanFirst Bank
Interviews and submissions are edited and condensed.