Apple’s iPad has become one of the most important and most functional business tools in recent years. Bigger than your phone, yet smaller than a full sized laptop; it can go anywhere with you. And, there are a wide range of applications you can use on your iPad, too. Here are 16 that we think IT professionals will really like.
- iMy: iMy offers a full MySQL client for the iPad and iPhone for running custom database queries, saving them and exporting results to Google spreadsheets.
- MobileCan: A full PostgreSQL client for running custom database queries.
- FTP on the Go: Allows you to log into an FTP server, edit and modify files. This app is available for both the iPad and iPhone.
- PHP Cheat Sheet: Dictionary of PHP syntax. This one comes in handy for everybody sometimes.
- RegEx Cheat Sheet: A pocket guide for regular expressions. Just like the app above; a great reminder we all need from time to time.
- OmniFocus: This task management application allows you to create to do lists, as well as sync with documents on your desktop. This application can really help you stay organized, which is especially important if you bounce between office, home office and being on the road at client sites.
- Instapaper: Instapaper is great combined with the iPad, which is basically designed for reading. Instapaper allows you to save websites for reading later. It also strips all the web looking gunk from the articles you read from those sites, so that you’re just left with the text, making the reading that much easier and more enjoyable.
- Google Calendar: Check you Google calendar from anywhere. You never have to worry about being out of touch with your Google calendar just because you’re away for a few days. It really makes scheduling follow up appointments a breeze while you’re on the road.
- Ego: A really great app for tracking Google Analytics on your website. You can see your Twitter followers and RSS subscribers, too. You never have to wonder about what’s going on with your site again. With the iPad, you can get much better charts and analytics than when using this app on the iPhone. You can also drill down to more detail.
- Google Reader: Allows users to read subscribed blogs in a neat, fashionable application. This app really makes blogs look great on the iPad because of the enlarged format.
- Analytics HD: If your responsibilities include tracking online server activity, this is the ideal app for doing that across many servers and sites. While it provides only a limited view of the total Google Analytics picture, it provides the right views- exceptional trending and stats that are necessary for quick checks and meetings.
- AirSharing: A great way to share files: AirSharing allows you to mount your iPhone or iPad as a wireless drive on any computer, drag and drop files and then view them on your device.
- Zumo Drive: A basic app for accessing your Zumo drive remotely.
- Bento: Bento is one of the best organizational tools you can find. It comes with 25 ready to use database templates that you can use to help you organize any sort of information you have whether personal or business.
- Drop Box for Ipad: Drop Box is the simplest way to sync and share files online and between multiple computers. It’s a lifesaver when you work in multiple locations.
- TextNow for Ipad: One of the biggest advantages to having a big screen is how much faster and easier it becomes to communicate. With TextNow, texting becomes faster because it’s in a much larger format. It’s also free.
The iPad really has changed how we think about laptops, phones and personal productivity devices. It’s the perfect combination of portability and usability. But, even with all the benefits its size affords; it’s really the applications that make the iPad so perfect for so many situations. With these apps and many more that you’ll find, you can make your iPad the perfect companion for you when you’re away from the office, whether for personal reasons or for business.