News Scan: HR embraces tech; CFOs cozy up to IT; more

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>> HR predicted to embrace tech big time this year

This is the year that human resources will catch up with the rest of the organization when it comes to the use of technology and data. That is the word from talent development firm Chronus, according to an article at IT Business Edge. Chronus predicts that HR will be more aggressive this year in both applying technology to processes, and is using data to analyze where efficiencies and returns are or aren't occurring. According to the firm, CIOs can expect to see the following technology trends in HR departments this year:

- CEOs and HR executives will earmark greater portions of the HR budgets specifically for developing and retaining talent.
- HR and talent development initiatives will increasingly look toward specific metrics and big data to measure employee engagement, performance and potential.
- HR departments are looking to increase efficiencies and productivity like any other corporate department. As a result, the pace is picking up in implementing automated solutions to increase efficiency.
- HR executives want 'social learning' to be more focused and productive. As a result, they'll move toward structured L&D programs with social elements to maximize the effectiveness of enterprise learning programs.

(Read more on HR and tech: The 9 hottest trends in HR technology…and many are disruptive / Why HR should bet on tech to find top talent)

>> New web site pairs veterans with technology employers

A new website launched to help military service veterans transition into new careers in IT. Sponsored by Monster Worldwide, the Consumer Electronics Association and several tech business groups, the new site is USTechVets.org. The new site was announced at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, and provides free tools and resources to both military veterans and to potential employers who might want to hire them. According to Information Week, the site uses Monster's 6Sense semantic search technology to hopefully match a veteran job seeker's skills and experiences with those being sought by an employer. The site features a searchable database of available jobs and education resources.

(Read more on careers for veterans in IT: Veterans in technology: Silicon Valley taps the military for the next wave of startup power / Veterans Day gone high-tech: Ways technology can help you help a soldier)

>> Are CFOs getting cozy with CIOs?

Is the CFO the CIO's new best friend? Could be, at least that is the appearance of things in Europe. A new study commissioned by American Express reveals that the majority of CFOs in the U.K. plan to increase spending on technology in 2014. "Nearly half (48 percent) plan to deploy technology to cut costs, while the same amount plan to rely on data insights from technology to improve analytical effectiveness," notes Information-Age. The article reveals that the big tech buzz words in 2013 still apply in 2014--big data, mobile and cloud computing. But the study also confirms that there is still a great deal of confusion on how to best take advantage of mobile technology for business gain.

(Read more on CFOs and technology: Gartner Says Business Intelligence/Analytics Is Top Area for CFO Technology Investment Through 2014 / The new normal: CFOs as tech buyers)

>> Majority of non-departments now lurk in shadow IT

The job just never gets any easier, and now comes word that most non-IT departments ignore you when it comes to implementing their own desired applications. That is the word from a new study by 2nd Watch, which found that 61 percent of business units now bypass IT entirely when they want to bring new technology onboard. Making it all happen is the cloud. "What really surprised us was how much shadow IT was going on," Matt Gerber, executive vice president at 2nd Watch was quoted by CIO as saying. "It's more than we thought, and there's less involvement from central IT than we thought." For its 2013 Cloud Services Adoption Rate Survey (the study cited here), 2nd Watch polled 133 IT and non-IT executives in a range of industries. The survey found that 43 percent of IT departments now plan to develop a cloud services brokerage model to handle the demand that non-IT departments are creating. The goal is to have such brokerage models handle 75 percent to 100 percent of all cloud services for those organizations.

(Read more on shadow IT: Shadow IT is out of the closet / Managing shadow IT)