As companies have begun embracing smartphones for business, more apps for businesses are being developed, according to this Businessweek article. Google and IBM have internal mobile apps available for their employees to complete tasks such as scheduling conference rooms or doing expense reporting.

These companies are also expanding beyond the BlackBerry as the business-related smartphone, with some testing apps on iPhones and iPads.

Although these apps provide useful workplace solutions, they also create unique challenges for IT departments, including having to work with various mobile operating systems. Companies are handling this differently, with some allowing employees to choose from a variety of smartphones, while others are using very specific phones and apps.

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