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Are ‘business’ versions of consumer apps a good fit for SMBs?

With the right IT assets, employees can collaborate effectively without having to sift through unruly stacks of paperwork.

With the right IT assets, employees can collaborate effectively without having to sift through unruly stacks of paperwork.

There are countless mobile apps that fall under the "productivity" category label and are used by professionals in various work environments. Some are worth it, others are not. Some are easy to secure, others are not.

For small and midsize businesses (SMBs) with minimal IT resources, keeping track of these options and what they bring to the table in terms of benefits and risks can be daunting.

This is often when things slip through the cracks, meaning hackers and malware slipping through the cracks in your IT strategy. It can also mean decreased productivity, regardless of whether or not your small business network is targeted by cybercriminals.

Some developers have realized this and have decided to create versions of their consumer-oriented applications and services that cater to SMBs. In August, Evernote announced it would be doing so later this year. Well, "later this year" has arrived, and so has Evernote Business.

As a recent ZDNet article details, Evernote Business is basically the same thing individuals have been using for a while now, but with a few added features in line with typical business needs.

For example, in addition to using the program as a basic word processor and a tool for sharing notes, Evernote Business users will be able to collaborate on various types of work documents by dropping them into designated "business notebooks." The news source also adds that the new offering is run from a centralized admin console, so IT managers can control user access and privileges for the whole company. The service is priced at $10 per month.

There is a lot to consider when determining if a new version of a consumer app meant to work for businesses is really worth it. With the right SMB IT support, companies can choose the best apps based on their needs and avoid the ones that will cause more headaches than anything else. They can even build customized and proprietary apps that do everything they want without the unnecessary bells and whistles or unwanted security problems.