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When leaving home or the office, what are the must-have items you would never go without? Wallet? Got it. Keys? Yup. Your workforce management application? Umm…

The fact is, today’s anytime-anywhere mobile access is changing the way we do business. With the right apps, business owners can manage customer relations, access sales performance data, and even create presentations from their mobile devices. Human resources technology developers have jumped on the mobile bandwagon, and are working hard to bring new solutions for hiring, managing and tracking HR to the mobile small- and medium-sized business market.

Though many of the mobile HR tools currently on the market are focused on acquiring and managing talent, a new crop of applications allow business owners to dive into highly valuable data on the go. While some apps are available as standalone products on the Android Market or iTunes App Store, many software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers have mobile versions of their web applications created specifically for use on mobile devices.

The mobile technology market is growing rapidly, and there are new solutions emerging all the time. But based on functionality, ease of use, and downright coolness, there are a few that stand out.

Acquiring Talent:

Kenexa 2x Mobile allows business owners to manage their hiring processes on the go. The application focuses on key hiring tasks so you can execute the most basic actions needed to move the hiring process along. This free app syncs with Kenexa’s SaaS-based applicant tracking system, but users must have a Kenexa license.

Jobvite is an innovative candidate sourcing solution that has a lot of people talking. This application enables your employees to send job invitations (or Jobvites) to members of their networks on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook from just about anywhere. To plug in to this tool though, you’ll need a Jobvite subscription.

Managing Talent:

Vortex’s Mobile Manager Connect is a web-based workforce management tool that allows you to manage your operation’s scheduling needs on the go. You can review, edit and approve time cards, violations and time off requests, all of which syncs with existing HR management and payroll systems. The app is free, but users need users Vortex Connect license to use it.

diversityDNA is a mobile diversity training app that offers insights into the impact cultural differences have on workplace conduct.

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This article was written by Kyle Lagunas, the HR Analyst at Software Advice. He blogs about technology and trends in human resources by day, and flexes his culinary muscles by night. You can find HR software reviews on the Software Advice website.