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Top Trends for 2014

Profit brought together thought leaders — both within and outside of Oracle — to provide insights about the biggest trends in areas including security, cloud computing, communications, and human resources.

What was the biggest theme tying together the top trends for 2014? Disruptive innovation. “The experts we spoke to understand how new technologies and business strategies are fundamentally shaking up old markets and creating new opportunities,” says Profit's Editor in Chief Aaron Lazenby. “And they know how business leaders can capitalize on them to create competitive advantages.”

Read our special report to learn how to use disruptive innovation — from the Internet of Things to SaaS deployment models for big data — to shape your business strategy for the coming year, and beyond.

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Trends in Security: The Transparent World—When Nothing is Secret

“The speed of change that technology brings means that every organization will face unprecedented transparency within the next few years.”

—Sten Vesterli, an Oracle Applications User Experience Advocate and an Oracle ACE Director

Sten Vesterli

Trends in Tech Careers: Three Micro-Trends to Watch

“The need for businesses to have well-rounded professionals who can ‘be in the room’ when they talk about new products and services that customers want and desire is paramount.”

—Karen Armon, executive-level career coach and author of the book, Market Your Potential, Not Your Past

Karen Armon

Trends in IT Services: Redefining the Economics of Technology

“Three main areas of focus—accelerating scope of services, extracting value of data, and innovating business models—are top of mind for leading companies.”

—Yashpaul Dogra, senior director of Oracle Insight for Data Center Technologies

Yashpaul Dogra

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What’s the Future of SaaS in Relation to ERP Systems?

“More than likely, the ERP system of the future will not be a single system. Instead, it will consist of a composite applications architecture that integrates large-scale core ERP systems, like Oracle E-Business Suite, with point SaaS applications to handle functions such as sales, HR, recruiting, procurement and/or logistics,” says Casey Curtis, senior project manager of SmartDog Solutions, an Oracle Platinum Partner.

Enrollment Answers

“By adding enrollment data to our fully integrated campus-wide enterprise data warehouse, Cal Answers, we believed we could improve analysis on the data and gain better insight into what students want now and in the future,” says Greg Hamilton, lead campus data architect at the University of California Berkeley.

Special Report: Retail

In January, Oracle released Oracle Retail 14 to help retailers meet today's high expectations, and predict what their customers will want tomorrow. Here, learn more about the release, what Oracle executives presented at the National Retail Federation Annual Convention and EXPO 2014, held in New York in January 2014, and how other trends and innovations are shaping the space.

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Highlights from Oracle’s blog on

  • HR Should Hire “Scary” Data People

    Known as data scientists or quants, these whizzes can be scary to more-traditional CHROs and HR leadership teams, because they don’t think or speak in traditional HR terms.

  • Larry Ellison and Mark Hurd Emphasize Oracle's Cloud Growth

    As the enterprise-tech industry continues to undergo significant upheaval—at least some of which is being generated by Oracle—we’re going to look at 10 of the major issues addressed by Ellison and Hurd during the company’s recent Q2 earnings call.

  • The Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues For 2014

    CIOs have never had such a glorious—and challenging—opportunity to deliver significant, enduring, and transformational business impact and customer value as they do today.


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Going to HCM World? Come to a meet-up sponsored by Profit magazine

Oracle HCM World is being held from February 4 to 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, and we’re hosting a meet-up — complete with free drinks — open to any HR, learning, or technology professional. RSVP now to join us.

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