With each new era of computing, the mix of software titles that we find essential in our day-to-day jobs changes. In the early days, the “big three” were WordPerfect
, Lotus and dBase
: a word processor, spreadsheet and database application. As time evolved, things got a little more graphical and changed into Microsoft
‘s Word, Excel
and Power Point. As we transition away from the paradigm of having a single personal computer at work
and carry multiple mobile devices, where we can use technology may not matter as much as what we are using it for.
With the adoption of iPads, tablets and smartphones into our work flow instead of just sitting at a laptop computer, what apps are will become essential? The following five categories of apps are positioned well for becoming a fundamental part of our day-to-day work environment in this mobile and cloud-based era: