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Is Your Big Data Big Enough?

Big Data. Everyone wants it. It sounds cool, just like big job, big promotion, and big profits. But what’s Big Data in the world of people?

For most talent management pros, big data is about piling together all the infobits from resumes, interviews, tests, assessments, biohistory, credit (where permitted by law), security clearances, etc, etc, etc. Or what your third grade teacher used to refer to, solemnly, as “your permanent record.” (That covers a lot of bandwidth.) Then you mix it all together, put on your hardhat with the flashlight in front, and go datamining. That’s supposed to help you make sense of the Big Data by finding the common threads that lead to success, however you’ve defined that.

When your data doesn’t give you strongly reliable information, most data people just go back to the source of all data (people and their digital footprints) and add some more into the pile, mix well again, and re-mine. Sometimes that works. Not always.

For the intrepid dataminer, the alte…