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5 consumer apps finding their way into business

by ​Ritika Puri
 
The line between work and personal life is blurring.

This trend is especially evident in the use of mobile technology, with teams increasingly relying on their personal smartphones to stay productive. So much so, that many apps and sites originally developed for consumers are actually cropping up in offices everywhere.

Keep your enterprise ahead of the trends (and don’t forget to work with your IT department on a rogue IT plan). Here are 5 consumer apps that are finding their way into the workplace.
 

1. Sortly

This organizer app was designed with both security and functionality in mind, so IT departments can breathe a sigh of relief. Used by professional organizers to help their clients declutter, small businesses for inventory management, and movers to keep track of their belongings when relocating, Sortly comes with a cloud subscription with enterprise-grade protection. This tool will help your employees stay organized — without sacrificing network security.
 

2. Pinterest

This popular collaging tool is also a power tool for creative teams. Designers, marketers and creative directors love using Pinterest as a tool to curate materials and discover inspiring resources. While sensitive company information isn’t recommended for this platform, users can create “secret boards” to keep projects hidden from the general public.

With the consumer apps landscape becoming more diverse, business and IT teams will need to adapt their approaches to how employees do business. Give employees the flexibility to work with tools that empower them — but also keep security, administration, and mobile device management in mind.

3. Evernote

A beloved note-taking and organization tool, Evernote is being used by business and personal users alike to stay organized in personal and professional affairs. A powerful feature of the software is the ability to synchronize files to a central cloud service — meaning that users can delete their files if a security breach were to occur.

4. Google Drive

This free productivity suite allows users to do everything from share files to collaborate on word processing documents and share spreadsheets. It’s a powerful tool that integrates with popular enterprise management platforms (like Box, for instance).

While Google Docs boasts powerful collaboration features, it does have a big weakness — user-generated documents live within individuals’ Google accounts, rather than on a centrally managed server. If permitting Google Docs, it’s crucial that IT teams maintain a policy to handle potential security breaches and employee departures.
 

5. LastPass

LastPass is a power tool for generating secure passwords and managing sensitive data — like passwords and credit card details — in one place. This tool will help ensure that your company accounts remain secure with passwords that are near-impossible to crack. What is important to note, however, is that employees keep their master accounts guarded. Lose your password, and your digital vault may be exposed.

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Consumer apps in the enterprise

With the consumer apps landscape becoming more and more diverse, business and IT teams will need to adapt their approaches to how employees do business. Give employees the flexibility to work with tools that empower them — but also keep security, administration, and mobile device management in mind.
 
Rikita Puri
Ritika Puri is a business writer and consultant with a background in quantitative strategy and analytics. She has developed growth programs for a major technology company and regularly writes for clients including American Express OPEN Forum, SAP, Modis, Business Insider, and Forbes. In past lives, she ran research studies on business costs in Los Angeles County. She co-founded a free health clinic in New Delhi, India when she was 20.