01/07/2016 01:26 EST | Updated 01/07/2017 05:12 EST

5 Apps To Help Your Company Keep Its New Year's Resolutions

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The New Year is here, and it's a chance for Canadian business owners to make resolutions that bolster their businesses and increase productivity in the workplace. With 66 per cent of Canadians owning a smartphone, the easiest way to find efficiencies and optimize your business processes is through mobile applications.

In my work life, I couldn't conduct business from my phone while on the go, keep in sync with my team and stay as productive as possible without our own mobile app and the many other business-related apps from our AppExchange. Make 2016 the year you harness the power of today's technology with these five business apps you'll definitely want to start using out of the gate:

1. Google Hangouts

Video in the workplace has become the new norm and it's becoming easier and more cost-effective than ever to use it. There's no longer a need for expensive video conferencing equipment that can also be complicated to use. In a time when companies are working harder than ever to keep team members engaged and connected, video is one of the most powerful tools to humanize business interactions and remove some of the ambiguity of email.

2. DocuSign

If you're in sales like I am, you know that getting a contract signed can take a lot longer than it should. Cut out the scanners, the envelopes and the couriers with the DocuSign app. It allows you to prepare and send documents for signing, complete in-person signing and get instant visibility into your document status, right from your phone.

3. MobileDay

Are you on conference calls most of the day? Are you also taking them on the go? Then MobileDay is just the app for you. Its one-touch dialing feature syncs with your calendar, notifies you of your upcoming calls and allows you to bypass typing in the conference details. All you have to do is talk.

4. Scanner Pro

The last thing you want to be fumbling around with when you're on the go is a stack of papers. Scanner Pro allows you to turn your iPhone into a portable scanner so you can instantly upload important documents to your phone and take them with you wherever you go. You can manipulate the image so you can have flawless PDFs that you can share easily with your network.

5. LastPass

Almost everything requires a password. I don't know about you, but keeping track of them can be challenging, especially if you're mobile and trying to access them from your phone or tablet. LastPass not only remembers all your passwords, but acts as a password generator. It can also automatically fill in forms and login details when surfing the Internet.

Your employees, customers and all other important stakeholders deserve the best from your business in 2016. With a little bit of organization -- and automation -- you'll have your company running as smooth as ever in 2016. That's a resolution worth keeping.

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