I've always thought I'm pretty up to date on HR related technologies. I've been a good boy, reading the analysts, keeping an eye on the competition, and trying to figure out what we are doing here at SAP. (often the hardest job) However, since I started looking at the blogsphere, I have realised there is much to learn. zoliblog led me to innovation creators. Thanks. The world is so much bigger than my cosy ERP space.
This whitepaper is well worth a read it it provided me with a wake up call. The collaboration tools that have emerged in the social web, as Rod notes, is moving fast to the enterprise space. Collaboration, Knowledge management and the like are due a serious second coming. I'm not sure that open source will drive all this into the enterprise, but the concepts are thought provoking.
Much of the HR technology discussion with customers here in Europe is still on whether to do Employee Self Service or not! (see my earlier post on Banking and HR). Transaction processing is clearly moving to shared services and-or BPO (subject of a future post) We need to move the discussion on a bit me thinks.
I'm not sure that many HR folks out there grasp how these socialising networks will fundamentally change recruiting, learning, succession,and intra-company networks and structures. Microsoft's recruiting seems very impressive. Their folks get it. see Stroud's blog.
These solutions are sure to shake up the enterprise apps space. The SAPs, Microsofts and Oracles will adapt. But this stuff will hit the niche HR guys hard, I'm not sure they can finance the shift.
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