Enterprise Mobility / IT Best Practices

Embracing BYOD? Here Are Apps That Help Your Mobile Staff Find Their Way Around

So your company is embracing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for your mobile workforce. Equipping your employees with mobile devices helps unleash their productivity wherever they are, but this also means employees are going to be traveling more often and will need help figuring out how to get to their destinations. To help them reach their destinations (of a different city, state, or even a different country!) quickly and efficiently, we’ve assembled a list of mobile apps that you can recommend your employees use to get from Point A to Point B.

1. TripIt – Trip Organizer

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Photo credit: TripIt

Price: Free

Available on: Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone

The logistics of business travel are always the part of the trip nobody particularly looks forward to addressing. Let’s face it, the details of flights, car reservations, meetings, hotels can be exhausting and consume your employees’ energy fairly quickly. TripIt organizes your trip once you forward all your confirmation emails to it, and automatically creates a detail itinerary.

The bonus point? It lets you forward your itinerary to your coworkers, find restaurants, and write down notes.

2. HopStop – Public Transit Guide

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Photo credit: HopStop

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

Navigating a public transit system in a strange city on a business trip can be stressful, let alone for meetings and conferences. HopStop is a solution devised for this situation. It provides public transit information – subway, taxi, bus, and biking – and station-finder in over 600 cities throughout North America and Europe.

3. Citymapper – Daily Urban Transit Guide

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Photo credit: CityMapper

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

Urban transit is complicated. There are so many routes you can take to travel between two locations, so which one best gets you to your destination? Citymapper makes A to B trip planning simple and quick. It also offers real-time departure data on all modes of transit, weather, alerts, disruptions, cab booking through Hailo, and everything your employees need to manage their movement within the city.

4. Uber – Affordable Car and Driver

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Photo credit: Uber

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

Uber has exploded in popularity by offering on-demand car hiring services, which eliminates the need for reservations or waiting in line for taxis. With Uber, your employees get to choose vehicle type, set their pickup locations, connect with their drivers, and check the location of their ride anytime. All your employees need to do is to sit back, relax, and get dropped off to the next work venue without stress. The time and attention they save can be better directed to productive activity such as going over their talking points in the next meeting, checking in with coworkers at other locations, or even grabbing a quick coffee!

5. AwardWallet – Your Travel Reward Tracker

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Photo credit: AwardWallet

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS

If you travel a lot for business, chances are you are enrolled in a lot of loyalty programs for airlines, hotels, and car rentals. AwardWallet puts all that information in one central place. What sweetens the deal is that it gives users fast access to their balances and reward numbers even in locations where there is no internet connection.

And of course, while your employees are on the go, they will need to stay connected with their coworkers to make decisions, coordinate action, and find out more information. Lua’s secure and instant enterprise communication solution ensures your staff are always on the same page, no matter where they are. We’re empowering mobile workforces by giving them access to the people and information they need to get the job done from the field or the office. You can find out more about our features here.

What other great apps do you equip your mobile workforce with to make them work faster and more efficient? Comment blow or email us at blog@getlua.com to tell us about it!

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