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What Is the Key to Fully Utilizing Big Data in HR?

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In spite of mounting evidence that the use of Big Data allows human resources professionals to contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of their organizations in a number of forward-looking ways, many HR departments are failing to take full advantage of this relatively new technology.

“Big Data might seem like an HR buzzword,
but it is one that will not go away —
and one that HR should not ignore”

writes former HR trade journalist Karen Higginbottom (Karen is also a current Forbes contributor, you can view her original post here).


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For those who are new to the concept, Big Data refers to a large and intricate body of data that is collected from various sources and often requires specialized software to process.

In a human resources context, it can be used to identify skill gaps in an organization’s employee population and track the progress of individuals.

Though many human resources professionals are currently working with Big Data, experts in the field say their application of the technology is limited to the present, where it should be preparing business and organizations for growth in the future.

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Nick Holley, co-director of the center for HR excellence at the Henley School of Management, recommends that recruiters focus on hiring HR professionals who have an aptitude for collecting, understanding and synthesizing data.

He reiterates that without such professionals, a business or organization may fall behind and miss significant opportunities for growth.

It is already well-documented that implementing the right HR software can improve an organization’s ability to collect and analyze any and all data that is relevant to their particular institution’s growth.

To sidestep the arduous, sometimes intimidating process of assessing which applications may benefit your organization’s recruiting, performance measurement and skills gap identification efforts, contact an HR consulting business.

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Prior to starting HRSS, she worked with sanofi-aventis, SilkRoad technology, and HRchitect.

Educated at Stevens Institute of Technology, Lauren's specialties include HRIS, Compensation, Talent Management, Succession Planning Software, and Professional Services Implementations.

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