12 best iPhone apps for IT professionals: Apps for IT pros: Best network and utility apps
With the rise of popular apps like Pokemon Go and other frivolous iPhone apps, it's easy to overlook app developers offering practical applications designed to make IT professional's lives easier.
So, with a wealth of useful apps offering remote server access, Wi-Fi scanners and community forums (to name a few), we've recommended 12 handy iPhone apps to try this year. Some of the apps listed are older but still offer a great resource for IT pros, while others are more recent and are definitely worth a try.
This list will be regularly updated so get in touch if we've missed one that you love.
1. iPhone apps for IT pros: Spiceworks Help Desk
Spiceworks, a well-known online community for IT professionals offers a mobile app enabling access to its community forums and discussions, for free.
This iPhone app, used by over 1 million IT pros worldwide, enables users to view their network inventory and open a ticket for any existing issues, offer help to others in the community and update information on their Spiceworks account.
2. iPhone apps for IT pros: ITmanager.net
ITmanager.net offers an all-in-one tools for network administrators to securely monitor and manage a variety of enterprise-level servers including VMware, Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, XenServer, Windows, Microsoft Exchange, Hyper-V, Active Directory, SSH, Telnet, Amazon Web Services and Apple Remote Desktop (to name a few).
ITmanager.net will view, analyse and remotely monitor virtual machines and environments, reset passwords, manage routers, switches, network attached storage devices and printers, manage applications and provide a task scheduler, DNS manager and command prompt for Windows servers.
3. iPhone apps for IT pros: iWork
iWork is a suite of applications designed for Apple users aiming to replace the need for Microsoft Office.
iWork includes Pages, Keynote and Numbers which allow users to create a variety of documents on their iPhones. All documents can be saved via iCloud and can be easily accessed across all Apple devices.
4. iPhone apps for IT pros: NetworkToolbox
Comprised of 32 individual tools, this iPhone app scans and analyses local or public networks for security issues or incorrect configurations.
Scanning options include Wi-Fi network IP scanning, port scanning and SHODAN scan engine integration which exposes online devices, their country, port, network and hostname.
Other notable tools include FTP and SFTP clients, IP calculation, HTTP browser, mail server check, socket analysis and terminal tool, ping IP or domain and map search.
5. iPhone apps for IT pros: Pingdom
Pingdom offers IT pros insight into the uptime, downtime, and overall performance of their website.
Pingdom will view the current status and response times for each site of the monitored sites and provide notifications, root-cause analysis and quick switches between accounts, if needed.
6. iPhone apps for IT pros: LANScan
Developed for network administrators and IT managers, LANScan offers a Wi-Fi network scanner.
The tool provides information about all the devices on a local network, allowing users to drill down into the network providing TCP Connect scanning, ARP scanning, port scanning, information on devices broadcasting Bonjour services, reverse DNS and remote 'wake' devices configured to LAN.
7. iPhone apps for IT pros: Speedtest.pro
Speedtest.pro enables users to test the speed of their Wi-Fi connection and add results to a general database for analysis in (they claim) under 20 seconds.
This app tracks past speeds, calculates how long file transfers will take and compares the data with other networks.
It's a simple app, but very useful to determine what's slowing a network down and calculating how much time should be set aside for large data downloads or transfers.
8. iPhone apps for IT pros: LogMeIn
LogMeIn offers a secure pathway between desktop PCs, its files and your iPhone by providing remote access to PCs and Macs over Wi-Fi or mobile data.
LogMeIn users can access both home and work computers, access and edit computer files from your iPhone and remotely run any application on your computer via your iPhone.
It's important to note that users of this app will require a subscription to LogMeIn Pro. More here.
9. iPhone apps for IT pros: CamScanner Pro
CamScanner Pro for iPhone enables users to essentially turn their phone into a portable scanner. Using CamScanner Pro, users can take a photo of a document, save it as an image file or PDF and share them with colleagues via email or the cloud, print or fax.
Ideal for receipts, notes, invoices, meeting notes, business cards and certificates, this app can integrate with Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, OneDrive and Box and sync across multiple devices.
CamScanner does offer a basic version for free with 200MB of cloud storage for up to 10 people and a premium option providing an additional 10GB of cloud data for up to 50 people.
10. iPhone apps for IT pros: Adobe Acrobat reader
The Adobe Acrobat reader enables users to view, annotate and share PDFs, for free. Users can comment on files, offer feedback and sign forms with via Adobe’s file reader. This app is ideal for any IT pro that collaborates often, requiring instant viewable feedback.
Adobe Acrobat reader offers a few subscription levels from £7.99 to £69.99.
11. iPhone apps for IT pros: Active Directory Assist
For those working with Microsoft's Active Directory, Active Directory Assist enables users to view and manage users, groups, and computers from their iPhone.
Users can remotely can reset passwords, edit user accounts and group memberships and perform other admin tasks. Active Directory Assist supports compatible with Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012 and can directly connect to the Active Directory server via Wi-Fi or VPN.
12. iPhone apps for IT pros: Network Utility
Network Utility enables users to check their web server over the internet and locate network information such as internal and external IP, network name, MAC address, gateway address, subnet mask and DNS addresses.
Offering a real-time map, users can visualise PING response times and other real-time statistics.
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