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Mobile Apps Help Executives Manage Daily Business
Reid Carr's de facto mode of communicating with his employees is via his mobile phone, an HTC 7 Trophy Windows phone. With the recent explosion of mobile applications, Carr and other executives can manage their teams and handle much of their other daily tasks while on the go.
These smartphone apps allow business owners and professionals to work better, faster and cheaper in many cases. They also enable quick and critical collaboration, which execs say is the key driver for innovation, productivity and growth for their companies.
"With this thing in my pocket, I have everything I need to run the company," says Carr, CEO of San Diego-based Red Door Interactive Inc., a 10-year-old Internet marketing agency whose customers include Rubio's Restaurants Inc., Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes, Qualcomm Inc. and Quiksilver Inc.
One application Carr and his 70 employees (who are spread out between two offices in San Diego County and one in Denver, Colorado) use on a daily basis is Windows Live Messenger. Members of the Red Door Interactive team use this instant messaging tool from Microsoft Corp. whether they're in or out of the office.
"When I come in the office in the morning, for example, I'll say where I am: 'Downtown San Diego, extension 101.' That way everyone will know where I'm going to be," Carr says. "If I have to be out of the office in the afternoon, my employees will know they can reach me on my cell phone."
Carr is part of a growing cadre of business executives using mobile applications to conduct real- time business from almost anywhere they want. It's a trend that will only continue to grow with technology advancements and widespread adoption of Android smartphones, iPhones, tablets and iPads. In fact, market research firm Gartner, Inc. forecast that worldwide mobile app store downloads would reach 17.7 billion in 2011, a 117 percent increase from an estimated 8.2 billion downloads in 2010. By the end of 2014, Gartner forecasts more than 185 billion applications will have been downloaded from mobile app stores since the launch of the first one in July 2008.
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