I got a FitBit for Christmas and have joined the legions of folks who are part of the “quantified self” movement. So, I was tickled that Oracle at its HCM World conference is running a Wellness competition allowing attendees to benchmark against others there using FitBit devices that Oracle is giving out as swag.
More interesting, Oracle shared at its Analyst Summit ( under NDA) a series of WorkLife apps they are rolling out, one of which focuses on Wellness. It aligns Individual Wellness Goals with Employer Healthcare Costs. Other apps focus on individual competitions, their social reputations etc. The common thread is they are all aimed at individuals, but in many ways are attractive for their employers to get intelligent about. At some point, no reason why Oracle could not facilitate a marketplace of such apps created by third party developers.
It is going to be an interesting new trend in HR applications. While it fits with the “quantified self” and social revolution, it also comes at a time of growing privacy concerns. As individual employees (and consumers and athletes and cooks etc) we love all the personal data we are being provided while worrying about how our employers and vendors and governments are using the data. Nonetheless, it is good to see Oracle innovate with this new class of apps.
Start of whine - as you review the Wellness competition stats below – I actually lost my FitBit on a long walk on the Strip at Las Vegas last night and miraculously found it again, minus the 6,000 steps it missed. Without that carelessness I would be in the top 20 in the competition. End of whine