Today I stumbled upon a blog post called Good-Bye to the “Job” by David Houle, a futurist, strategist and speaker.
In the post it is said: “In the Industrial Age, machines replaced manual or blue-collar labor. In the Information Age, computers replaced office or white-collar workers”.
The post is about that today we can’t expect to occupy one life-long job at a single employer. We must increasingly create our own job.
My cyberspace friend Phil Simon also wrote about his advanced journey into this space recently in the post Diversifying Yourself Into a Platform Business.
The subject is close to me as I currently have approximately five different occupations as seen in my LinkedIn profile.
A professional angle to this subject is also how that development will turn some traditional data models upside down.
A Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system for business-to-business (B2B) environments has a basic data model with accounts having a number of contacts attached where the account is the parent and the contacts are the children in data modeling language.
Most systems and business processes have trouble when following a contact from account (company) to account (company) when the contact gets a new job or when the same real world individual is a contact at two or more accounts (companies) at the same time.
I have seen this problem many times and also failed to recognize it myself from time to time as told in the post A New Year Resolution.
My guess is that CRM systems in the B2B realm will turn to a more contact oriented view over time and this will probably be along with that CRM systems will rely more on Master Data Management (MDM) hubs in order to effectively reflect a fast, but not equally, changing world, as the development in the way we have jobs doesn’t happen at the same time at all places.