There are lots of lists out there and they are all different because new apps show up everyday. Here are some top apps for executives that we have hand picked for you.


Docs-To-Go This is essentially a mobile version of Word, Excel and Powerpoint. It will not be a replacement for the desktop version but it is great for a quick edit or to jot notes or review information in transit or before a meeting. Very stable app with a strong history


Scanner Pro Paper meets the iPhone in Scanner Pro, which turns the iPhone’s camera into a simple scanner for receipts, notes and document details.


BizExpense Hate expense reports? BizExpense won’t make them go away, but it will help keep track of expenses and scan receipts on the spot. You can then export the results to an Excel file so that you can sync-and-go at the end of a trip rather than spend the afternoon remembering business lunches.



Expensify (Free) Sync company credit cards and bank accounts. For cash purchases, you could even snap a picture of the receipt with your phone to sync onto your account. Simplify your expense reports with this mobile app by automating the expense report process.


Roambi Analytics No other app provides executives and managers with a better business intelligence view of corporate data and key performance indicators. It seamlessly integrated with corporate data and spreadsheets, so this app is the number one pick if you really want to transform your iPad into a world-class business device.


Translator With Voice If you are traveling and do not know the native language then the Translator with Voice app is a necessity. This app translates a wide variety of languages with voice support. It will speak entire sentences for you, and even recognizes different languages to translate into English. This app may be the difference between landing that big deal or being laughed at and losing your job, so the choice is obvious.


Dragon Dictation There’s only one way to get more done if you need to communicate with lengthy messages. Dictating messages and documents is far more productive than typing.


PocketCloud Remote Desktop Pro – RDP / VNC / View As an executive, you are typically away from your desktop. This app is (by far) the most useful of all remote desktop networking apps.


MindNode Of all the tools available for mind mapping, this is the best. Simplicity, screen design gestures, and sharing combine to make this the most productive way to sketch an idea or business process and communicate your plans with staff.


Penultimate If your responsibilities include lots of meeting and note-taking, this app produces the best hand-written results using a stylus or your finger. There are no bells and whistles – just simple, fast, and a high-quality output that can be easily shared. Paper styles include graph, plain, and lined, and pages can be organized by notebook.


Box for iPhone and iPad This is an ideal app for curating, organizing, and sharing everything you write or documents that your team produces. This is the most productive method for dealing with papers, reports and other document artifacts that help you do your job. It provides public and secure folders and many social networking features that allow you to push your content out to colleagues, partners, and customers.


Dropbox While this app is useful for all iPad users, managers and executives will find it a core necessity especially for workers who are always changing device context – iPad, iPhone, Desktop, Notebook. The new iPad version is easy-to-use and highly productive and acts as a universal briefcase. Ironically, with DropBox, the briefcase is inside the iPad, not the other way around. To some degree, and DropBox overlap functionality but that’s only if you use them for the same purpose. I recommend using DropBox for documents in progress and resources that you need to perform tasks. is the app (and service) that I recommend for curating, publishing, and distributing the results of your work.



Myriam Balerio is the founder and writer of PA Privé. After kick starting her career as a PA and finding success as an assistant, Myriam later trained in digital and online marketing and has since combined the two disciplines in creating PA Privé, the platform through which she provides sage advice for those in the assistant profession and a network for like-mined PAs and EAs to connect. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Myriam has lived in London for over 10 years and currently lives in London with her husband and French bulldog.


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