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Progressive Grocer recently posted this question in its LinkedIn group’s discussion forum, and among the 14 responses received came the following in-depth response from Mike Brown, GM of retail technology for Unified Grocers, who is a huge fan and user of the Apple iPad:
“I use iPad WiFi only unit with a Verizon MiFi device that allows for 5 devices to access a 3G network via WiFi (60/month for the service)
Among the business related Apps I use are:
Pages, Keynote, and Numbers: Gives you MS Office type functionally with an Apple designed interface specially developed for the iPad. You can save in MS Office formats
DocsToGo: A really good viewing/editing tools for MS Office documents emailed to you. A Must if you want to really edit these docs.
Dropbox or Box.net remote secure web-based storage: Many of the iPad apps integrate in to these two products and their Free. You can save any file type to these remote storage apps and retrieve directly from other iPad apps.
PrintBureau: Allows for remote printing from your iPad to any device your work computer is connected to. Even works over 3G. This is a must have.
Citrix Receiver: Allows to VPN access to your Citrix based host computers to give you complete access to your corp. desktop environment remotely. Must have for Citrix users.
Roambi: Is the best Business Intelligence User Interface I have seen on the iPad and it's easy to use. You really need to check this one out. You would love it.
Jump:Remote access to computers for support or access
Teleport: Remote access to computer for support access
Webex: Works just like the PC ver.
Early Edition-Super RSS reader with integration to Google Reader: Puts RSS feeds in to a nice and easy to read Newspaper format.
MyCongress: Want to keep up with your Representative? This is the app for you. I use to contact them on Grocery Industry issues.
Sketchy: A wonderful screen prototyping tool. I use it to create same screens for all sort of development projects we're working on.
WritePad: Note talking and handwriting recognition app. This needs work, but it's a great start.
Digits and Calc XT: Two different calculator apps that offer really good functionally.
Noterize: Good tools to edit and highlight PDF and PowerPoint Docs. After editing, you could send these edits back to the team or person you’re working with.
iAnnotate: Another good editing tools for PDF and PowerPoint Docs.
Evernote: Great cross platform note taking and task management tool.
iThoughts: A Mind Mapping and visual process design tool.”
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