I’m about to start my journey at IMD from January 2016. Before the journey starts, I wanted to finalize the list of apps that a business school graduate must have on the first day of the business school. These 10 apps will definitely make your business school life easier. If you do think of other apps that need to go with this list, please share.
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A clean, fast and intuitive task hub to keep tabs on all your upcoming tasks and meeting. The app is free for now. The app is available across various platforms from iOS and Android to web.
Alternatives: Wunderlist, Todoist and Any.Do Producteev:
Though Wunderlist is a good option to share lists and for assigning tasks, we need to pay for the unlimited access to Files, assigning and subtasks. This is where producteev fits in. For a business school graduate to work in teams and ensure all the members of the group are on the same page, producteev could be one of the best apps. The free version has unlimited access to most of the tasks we are going to perform at business school. Apps for iPhone, Android, iPad, Mac & Web are available.Evernote
Though it hardly needs an introduction, it is a must have for anyone. It can just nullify the use of various other apps for lists, group tasks and even reminders. It can record audio. Though it could do absolutely everything, if you are not game for the subscription service, you will be in for a paltry 60 MB monthly upload limit. The Evernote plus with its 1 GB monthly upload limit and the Evernote premium with its 10 GB upload limit could be game changers with all the additional features.
If you do not want to cough up for the Evernote, then you could use the above mentioned apps individually.
Alternatives: Super Notes (iOS), Asus SuperNote (Android)Good Reader
This is an amazing tool for reading PDFs, highlight, markup and even do free hand drawings. Fill up and sign PDF documents. It handles huge PDF documents with great ease. It comes with a small price.
Alternatives: Xodo PDF reader and Editor (iOS and Android)Roambi Analytics
Take data from excel, google spreadsheets and similar environments and create stunning visuals easily. You can even access the visualizations offline.
The power of desktop analytics tools squeezed into an app so simple, fun and easy to use. All this for free.Bloomberg Business
The most important financial and business news, with the added advantage of market data and portfolio tracking from one of the most trusted sources available out there. I really like the idea of having all information under one roof and without the hassle of expensive subscriptions.
Alternatives: WSJ, CNBC Business News and Finance and Market watchOne Drive
Though there are many worthy competitors in the cloud storage business, I chose One Drive as the best option as you get a 1 TB storage option with Office 365 which is a must buy especially if you combine with 4 of your cohorts to buy the home plan for 99$ or even cheaper (In effect, you end up paying 20$ for the whole Office Suite and 1 TB of cloud storage). Every one gets 1 TB storage capacity which is more than enough for the entire year. The app is fast and easy to use.
The cheapest version if you go without an Office 365 would be a 50 GB limit for 2 dollars a month. The free storage though is only 5 GB from January 2016.
The second favorite or if you are not into OneDrive would be Dropbox. Drop box is useful especially if use a lot of different devices. The free storage limit though is just 2 GB.
Alternatives: Google Drive (Free storage - 15 GB), Mega (Best free & encrypted
storage – 50 GB) & Copy (Free storage - 15 GB)BA Financial Calculator Pro
Just in case you forget your financial calculator for the class. An exact replica of the BA 2 plus Texas instruments calculator. Might be a real value addition to your app collection.Mind Node
One of the best mind mapping apps out there with an intuitive and clear interface to help users brainstorm and be more creative with little effort.
It comes for a nominal one-time fee rather than some of the other more expensive options with subscription services.Pocket Schedule
Last but not the least, the Pocket schedule lets you keep a track of your courses, classes and assignments. This app will show the classes/lectures you have for the week in the week-view. You remember the feeling of forgetting the important lectures for the day during your school/college days. Now, you don’t have to anymore with the help of Pocket Schedule.[/rss2posts]