Consider something called a talent profile. It’s a digital portfolio that encapsulates your work history, your skill set, your accomplishments, and your faults. It can be used to rate you. It will reside on a cloud-based service. In the sense that you will always have access to it, you own it. In the sense that human resources departments worldwide will also always have access to it, so do they.
This is not science fiction, nor is it even sophomoric prediction. Oracle’s acquisition of talent management service Taleo two weeks ago makes it the storekeeper of what has already become the largest and most utilized global database of talent resources and data. And in a webcast this morning, Oracle executives spelled out in no uncertain terms how this portable talent profile will become the thing that determines whether you attain and hold a job in the 21st century.