Wednesday Feb 06, 2013

NEW - Profit Briefing: What We're Thinking About

This week, we're starting a new regular feature called Profit Briefing. It's basically a collection of links to new Profit content and news in the business/tech world that we find interesting. A bit of a snapshot into the the regular reading habits of the Profit editorial staff.

So, without further ado:

Proposed Acquisition: Oracle Buys Acme Packet
The combination of Oracle and Acme Packet is expected to accelerate the migration to all-IP networks by enabling secure and reliable communications from any device, across any network. Oracle

Oracle Voice: 10 Reasons Why CEOs Don't Understand Their Customers
Oracle Senior Vice President Bob Evans reveals the results of a customer experience study commissioned by Oracle -- and the dangerous implications of its results Forbes.

Trends for 2013: Trends in Employee Training: Online Global Learning Management
"A learning management system is only as good as the learning design, technology, and methodology for delivery that governs it," says Denise Pirrotti Hummel, CEO of Universal Consensus, a cross-cultural management consulting and training firm. Profit Online

Study: Two-thirds of American adults who are online use Facebook.
This, according to a Pew Research study. However, 61 percent of these users say "they have voluntarily taken a break from using Facebook for a period of several weeks or more." Learn the reasons so many say they need a break. Pew Internet

Debate: Is the Internet Making Us More Generous?
Columbia University's first Chief Digital Officer Sree Srennivasan argues that "the Internet has made the world more generous, while also changing our traditional understanding of generosity itself." What do you think? Read his essay and join the discussion. Big Questions Online

The February issue of Profit in now available!

Just after Oracle acquired cloud-based talent management company Taleo in early 2012, the company's former vice president of research, David Wilkins shared some statistics with me about the challenging environment managers face competing for workers in the global marketplace: the US faces a deficit of 3 million workers with post-secondary degrees, China a shortfall of 70,000 executives capable of leading global expansion, and 70 percent of German companies report challenges finding the "right people."

But managers are certainly not helpless in the face of headwind in the global talent market. With the right talent management strategies, corporate culture, IT tools, and (of course) people, many organizations can be inoculated against the skills malaise. But it will require long-term vision and early action.

This issue of Profit looks at some of the forces at work in the market and some of the smart, creative efforts Oracle customers are making to address talent issues in their organizations. I hope the stories prove useful as we face the coming skills gap together.

Some highlights from the February 2013 issue of Profit:

Mind the Gap
Getting greater value from millennial and baby boomer employees

Breakthrough Talent
Enterprise systems help employers cope with the global skills shortage.

Chain Reaction
Built on sound IT and standard processes, LinkedIn?s finance department goes from startup to IPO—and beyond.

Giving Up Control
How empowered customers and employees make your business stronger.

Going for the Gold
NBC Sports Group CMO John Miller says social engagement can return unprecedented marketing results.

Innovation at Work
How smart IT solutions are inspiring fresh ideas among the workforce.

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