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10 iPhone Apps Only An IT Pro Could Love

The Apple iTunes store is chock-full of apps that are equally useful to IT and business users. Here, we're focusing on 10 iPhone apps that only IT professionals could love. See what we've uncovered.
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As aficionados of all things technology related, most IT professionals jumped on the smartphone bandwagon very early. In recent years, the iPhone has become one of the more popular smartphones in IT shops.

Yet, until recently, there was a dearth of iPhone apps specifically geared toward IT professionals. The few tools available tended to be half-baked or lacking in critical functionality.

Because of this, IT pros learned quickly not to rely too heavily on the iPhone for any real-world tasks. Instead, we used desktop or laptop computers as workhorse devices for getting things done. Any iPhone app taken up was used either for novelty purposes or as a last resort when there was no access to a PC.

Times have changed. Now we're seeing high-quality apps coming from developers who understand IT -- and from technology vendors themselves. In my experience, some mobile apps designed for IT users perform better than their desktop or Web-based alternatives when it comes to ease-of-use. Some IT professionals can perform nearly all their duties from an iPhones. That's pretty incredible when you think about it.

Unlike other InformationWeek reports, where we've featured iPhone apps that could be equally useful to IT and business users alike, here we're focusing on 10 iPhone apps that only an IT professional would use. In most cases, we've focused on applications that are universal tools, ones that can be put to use in any enterprise IT shop.

In other cases, the app may be proprietary to a specific technology vendor. We encourage you to ask your vendor of choice if a similar iOS app is available.

Once you've reviewed our picks, let us know which of these you use. Tell us about any other IT-focused iPhone apps you rely on, and why you like them. See you in the comments section below.

Andrew has well over a decade of enterprise networking under his belt through his consulting practice, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs and prior experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines and the ... View Full Bio

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ANON1249547663249
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ANON1249547663249,
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10/29/2015 | 11:07:21 AM
Good list
Tiny Scanner app is one of those 'why didn't I think about that'! I see it's available on Play & will check it out. As for YouTube - that was a surprise but for reasons stated does indeed work as a fantastic resource for who may have done this before and how... Personal case in point - during the week I'm a Systems Analyst but on weekends don't mind getting some grease under the fingernails. One weekend I needed to do some front end work on one of my cars and while I have the manual as how to do the task, still wanted to see if there was a video. Low and behold after a quick Google search, I landed right on a video that a professional mechanic who has several available.  The car he used was the same model & year as mine - perfect! Armed with my ChromeBook one Saturday morning - I got the vehicle all set up and ready to be worked on, started the video on the CB and after each step the guy did on the video, I would pause it, do the same and continued this process all the way through.  It went quick and easy - almost like having my private tutor. 

My takeaway is represented by the simple formula: WiFi + ChromeBook + Google + YouTube = computing delight!  (Plus saving several hundred $$$'s doing the job myself to boot MORE than paid for the whole thing - let alone the self satisfaction of I did it myself is worth more than gold)
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poojamobileapps,
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10/27/2015 | 2:06:12 AM
i phone
On October 9, 2015 - iPhone and iPhone Plus the devices will become available in 40 additional markets, including Italy, Mexico, Russia, and Spain. Apple says the new smartphones will be available in more than 130 countries by the end of the year, which means the iPhone  and iPhone Plus sales figures will just keep climbing. Demand of iphone apps will also climb the same way, thus iphone app companies mobileapptelligence.com will have orders pouring in.  
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soozyg,
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10/21/2015 | 8:37:03 PM
Serverauditor
I don't know anything about what IT could use in an iPhone, but would they really use code like this? Is this for implementing a patch? Wouldn't they have to modify the code? Can't be comfortable to code from a phone.
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soozyg,
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10/21/2015 | 8:31:40 PM
the market
Was the iPhone created with IT professionals in mind? I didn't know that was a consideration (and that there was a market out there) for that sector.
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mejiac,
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10/21/2015 | 12:47:51 PM
Apps beyond just gaming and social media
Thank you so much Andrew for the great list and detail of each app.

Like your article title says, only an IT tech/pro can trully appreciate what you've provided....so thank you.

I'm alreadying finding the wifi app usefull...you just saved me some leg work (and it'll hopefully increase my customer satisfaction).

This goes to show that smartphones go beyond the realm of consumers (even thought sadly we don't represent much of the pie), but still it's great to see companies providing mobile apps that trully become work companions.

It has been mentioned in prior articles and other sites, but mobile devices are becoming more of a "desktop extension/companion device" that really does lead to increase in productivity. It provides the level of effort that is required at the moment of service, and allows to start the disccovery process, where you can later continue and finish when you sit down at your desk.

Hopefully there are apps that are able to sync up so that you can continue where you left off as soon as you wake up your screen.
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