No one has a crystal ball that can predict the future but it’s certainly human nature to try! The end of one year and the beginning of the next prompts a flurry of such reflection. Fortunately, since we don’t have a crystal ball, most prognosticators rely on information – data, surveys, study results, economic facts and figures, etc. – to make educated guesses. Often enough, the predictions are correct and it behooves us to pay attention; why?
The current year is waning and the new one looms just ahead, which means we’ll be reading plenty about hot trends and what 2014 holds – in fashion, entertainment, weather, business, in everything it seems. The predictions will come fast and furious in the next few weeks and in fact have already started. For example, Gartner Research recently published its annual Top 10 strategic technology trends that “have the potential to affect individuals, businesses and IT organizations. This year's list reflects the increasing impact of the Nexus of Forces: mobile, social, cloud and information.” Their report is interesting and offers food for thought on what the upcoming year will bring in IT. Over the next few months, I’m sure I’ll read more research and opinions, and probably pass a few of them along to the readers of Staffing 360.