BigData in HR: Why it's Here and What it Means

Josh Bersin, International Centre for Complex Project Manage ment (ICCPM), Mar 04, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What's interesting about the diagram above is that it presents analytics (properly so-called) as its own discipline, and represents human resources (HR) and (hence) education as the latest thing in the progression of analytics through the years. This is not an inaccurate way to look at it, and it should remind us (or at least those who have 'discovered' learning analytics) that there is a tradition here with a lot of background, best practices and history. Like, for example, the starting point. "If you start an analytics project by collecting all the data you can find, you may never come to an end. Rather you have to start with the problem: What big decisions would you like to be able to make? What problems would you like to solve?"

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