Since @williamtincup over at Starr Tincup did not ask for my predictions for 2010, I guess I will have to blog about them right here on my shiny new WordPress Blog. Since it is New Years Eve and my brain is now official mush for 2009, I could only come up with 5 (really lame) predictions.
SaaS continues to pick up steam
As company’s budgets open up in 2010 and they start looking at upgrading or replacing their aging legacy in-house HCM applications, they will turn to SaaS replacements. Additionally many companies already using SaaS applications for Talent Management, Recruiting and Learning will switch to another SaaS provider based on perceived but not necessary real shortcoming of their current system (grass is always greener syndrome).
Consumer information such as Social Security numbers will continue to get stolen
Many companies still have not implemented procedure changes and technology solutions to keep employee information safe. Too many system administers, database administrators and developers have inappropriate access to employee information in the HR systems. Additionally, too many people in HR also have access to sensitive employee information. Controls are still not in place to prevent or detect when files containing social security numbers have been emailed, copied to USB drives or otherwise been spirited out side the company firewall.
Social Media sites will start to be unblocked
More companies will finally get the hint that blocking social media sites is not actually causing employees to avoid spending work time doing social media. The rise in popularity of smart phones such as the BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices that can easily access Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites convinces companies that blocking is futile. However as more people start using sites such as Twitter and Facebook and post before they think, we will see an increase in the number of employees getting the boot at work for posting negative information about their company, co-workers or management.
Oracle Fusion Applications will…
…nope, sorry, no way am I going to predict anything about Oracle Fusion Applications
Okay, I sort of get to cheat on this. I started writing this blog post a couple of days ago when Bryon was asking for Blogger Theme help and I predicted that he would eventually be persuaded by his fellow bloggers to move to WordPress. However Bryon jumped on this faster than my speeding greyhound and moved to a self hosted WordPress blog yesterday. Sarah will eventually get plugin envy after seeing all the really cool buttons on other people’s blogs and will move her WordPress.com blog to a self hosted site.
There you go. I hope everyone has nice New Years Eve and I am looking forward to continuing the conversations in 2010.