Why Your Boss Should Buy Your Next Watch

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Somewhere not too far away Ebenezer Scrooge is licking his chops. He can’t wait until you get a smart watch. Whether it’s an Apple or Android, he doesn’t care. All he wants to do is suck a few more minutes of your precious life from you and a gift on your wrist is all it will take.

Except that he probably won’t even have to buy it. You’ll do the shopping and fork over your hard earned cash. Just so you can check last minute stats before the marketing call you’re about to make or be notified the second that your customer finally signs your purchase order.

The watch will make you a more productive worker. Regardless, we know it’s you that wants the watch. That you’re buying it so you can track your health and fitness. Listen to music on the run. And speak memos into your watch just like Dick Tracy.

But trust us, you’ll be using it for work, too, probably much more than you imagine. So why not have your boss fork over the cash for it, or at least subsidize it.

Forget BYOD, Think WYOD

Maybe a forward-thinker like Evernote CEO Phil Libin or Salesforce chief Marc Benioff could start the Wear-Your-Own-Device (WYOD) movement. Benioff was the first to announce that his company would have apps for the Apple Watch.


Both Benioff and your boss want you to be more productive, in a jiffy. So if that’s what you want too, expect to find Salesforce Wave and Salesforce1 apps available for your Apple Watch at around the time when you get one.

There’s Salesforce Wear for Apple Watch as well. It’s a software development kit (SDK) for individuals and companies to build their own Salesforce connected apps.

GoToMeeting: An Arm’s Length Away


According to some statistics there are 11 million formal business meeting per day in corporate America. That tallies up to 3 billion per year. And too many of them are a waste of time. Especially the meetings to plan meetings.

And a large percentage of these meetings are virtual, you sit tethered to a chair in your cube or home office. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  You can run GoToMeeting on your mobile phone and then mill about using your Android watch to join the meeting, leave the meeting or mute the meeting.

Learning Opportunities

So if you want to go for a run, to the mall, or even garden while your coworkers are rallying for position or going on and on about nothing … The watch gives you the go-ahead.

Slack: Direct Messages and Mentions

Slack, a collaboration platform, already has an Apple Watch app in the iTunes store. It allows you to send direct messages and view mentions while on the move. There’s no need to pull out a phone to ask the art director when the images for next week’s presentation will be ready or to check if anyone’s noticed that you’ve dropped the ball on a project.

Evernote on Pebble and Apple Watch


Sometimes the best ideas and answers come to you while you’re on the go and that’s where Evernote lends a hand. You can dictate a note and, with the Apple Watch, look for and access recent information and so on, right from your wrist.

The Apple Watch app has handoff capabilities. You can start reading a note on the watch, and then continue reading it on your iPhone with a swipe of the lock screen. It’s an app that moves with you from wrist to hand and back again.

Accellion’s Android Wear App

One of the biggest challenges for Enterprise Sync and Share solution providers is security. So imagine taking an Android wearable solution to the RSA Conference where the world’s leading security experts can scrutinize it.

That’s precisely what Accellion is doing this week with Smarty, its smart watch enterprise productivity app. Available on Samsung watches it enables sales, legal and finance teams to securely review, share and finalize contracts without pulling out their phones. The app pushes real-time notifications to a Samsung Gear Smart Watch when a contract is available for review and enables secure sharing of files and use of voice memos from the watch to reduce review time and increase the speed of doing business.

We’ve Only Just Begun

These are but a few of the many Enterprise apps headed for your wearables and you won’t be able to Take advantage of them unless your boss pays for the watch (hint, hint...) But if you’re going to use a wearable for work, your company will benefit, so shouldn’t they, at the very least, split the bill?