This One Tool Helps You Complete More Than A Dozen Tasks

Enterprise Management, Recruiting, Hiring, Onboarding, And More Benefit From It

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Just as an excellent meal can be enhanced by pairing the right wine with a specific food, each of the multiple affordances of mobile devices can be paired optimally with particular business tasks. At Float, we have identified over 30 distinct affordances or “action possibilities” with mobile devices. The reason that mobile devices are so versatile is that a mobile phone or tablet is a bundle of many technologies in one device.

The power and features of a typical smartphone are astonishing. In a package that fits in the palm of your hand, your smartphone includes…

  • a two-way radio,
  • a rechargeable lithium-ion battery,
  • a telephone SIM card,
  • a touch-based video screen,
  • memory chips,
  • two cameras,
  • a speaker,
  • a clock,
  • a microphone,
  • a GPS device,
  • a database,
  • multiple sensors,
  • a load of apps,
  • and an accomplished computer.

Learn how to combine these affordances in more than 1 million ways.


In fact, the computer inside an average smartphone is more powerful than a Cray supercomputer from 1985. For example, “a single Apple iPhone 5 has 2.7 times the processing power than the 1985 Cray-2 supercomputer.” Check out this great infographic to see how the power of computers has evolved over the years.

Besides the hardware in a smartphone, the software (“apps”) that can be included add millions of possibilities.

How can all these technologies be used for enterprise mobility? According to an often-quoted definition, “enterprise mobility is the trend toward a shift in work habits, with more employees working out of the office and using mobile devices and cloud services to perform business tasks.”

To show it can accomplish what on a mobile device, here are articles and posts on more than a dozen business tasks paired with mobile technologies customized for that task.

Recruiting–Why not start with LinkedIn’s Mobile Recruiting Playbook, a guide to best practices in this growing field?

Hiring–Now you have recruited the best talent, you need to actually hire them before they disappear to your competition. An article in CIO Magazine by Sarah White tells you how to optimize job postings for display and interactivity on a smartphone.

Onboarding–OK. Now you’ve hired new talent, they can be oriented to your company and its operations with a mobile onboarding app. This Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Onboarding will familiarize you to some of the choices available in mobile onboarding.

Tracking Human Resources Data–Mobile devices can be used for both employees and managers to track their human resources data. The Paychex Worx blog notes that “employees are increasingly using mobile devices to access payroll, benefits, and other employment information,” and “managers are using mobile devices to approve time cards, review expense reports, and complete payroll administration tasks.”

Training and Development–At Float, we have written several books, research reports, and white papers on mobile learning, which continues to evolve at a rapid pace. One new direction for mobile learning in large organizations is to integrate it with the many other possible business uses of mobile devices to form an enterprise mobility system. This integration is one of the core capabilities of Float.

Enterprise Management–Mobile devices are becoming indispensable for busy executives, who are often on the road. Fortune Magazine has an article on the “10 best apps for business executives,” and there are many other such lists. There are also apps for specific management functions, including:

This is a partial list of business tasks that can be paired with mobile hardware and software., ordering up a bunch of individual apps may not produce the optimal experience for customers, employees or management, just as mixing too many drinks can create an undesirable effect. What is needed is an excellent enterprise mobility strategy, something we do very well at Float with our tested S3D process. And, all the mobile systems you adopt need to be integrated, often with custom data bridges and/or shared databases, something we do for many of our clients.

So, enjoy pairing mobile devices with business tasks in your own way, but when you need a ride home, contact Float.

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Gary Woodill is a senior analyst with Float, as well as CEO of i5 Research. Gary conducts research and market analyses, as well as assessments and forecasting for emerging technologies. Gary is the co-editor of "Mastering Mobile Learning," author of “The Mobile Learning Edge,” and the co-author of “Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds.” He also presents at conferences and is the author of numerous articles and research reports on emerging learning technologies. Gary holds a doctor of education degree from the University of Toronto.

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