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Where to Find More on HR Big Data

HR managers on a big data learning curve can get help from blogs, books, conferences and other resources.

March 22, 2013
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If you're educating yourself, staff or C-level management about the human resources "Big Data" push, here are some resources:

Blogs: Data analytics specialist and HR tech veteran David Bernstein shares insights on workforce analytics trends on Floating Point, which is his blog for jobs listings distributor eQuest. Brenda Kowske covers the intersection of employee retention and analytics on the blog HRevolution at HR consulting firm Bersin by Deloitte.

Books: One of the newest on the subject is Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data, a book written by Phil Simon and published last month. The HR staffer turned IT consultant turned author devotes a chapter of this overview to case studies of companies that have successfully deployed analytics in HR and other aspects of their business. Workforce metrics pioneer Jac Fitz-enz, whose research dates back to the late 1970s, uses The New HR Analytics published in 2010, to explain how to predict the continuing value of present and future human-capital investments.

Conferences: HR meeting organizers are hopping on the big-data train, offering seminars or entire conferences on it. The Society for Human Resources Management annual conference June 16-19 has five sessions devoted to it. The International Association for Human Resources Information Management 2013 conference, also in June, includes sessions and daylong workshops on basic and advanced HR and staffing analytics. The American Management Association and Mercer, the management consultant, are holding seminars throughout the country during 2013 on workforce metrics and analytics Human Capital Institute's 2013 Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference in June includes a workshop series on big data in recruiting. This month's Big Data Innovation Summit (April 11-12) covers HR and other big-data subjects. O'Reilly, the tech publisher and conference organizer, will host Strata big-data conferences in Boston, New York, London, and Santa Clara, Calif., in the next 12 months, and runs free webinars on the subject.

Reports: Gartner's interactive report, The Digital Universe in 2020: Big Data, Bigger Digital Shadows, and the Biggest Growth in the Far East, puts what's happening in HR big data into the larger picture of future data analytics developments.

Websites: HR departments or companies hiring workforce analytics experts can look on Data Science Central, an online community devoted to big-data practitioners that includes forums, blogs, dates of data science conferences as well as job postings.

Michelle V. Rafter is a writer contributing writer. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Workforce on Twitter at @workforcenews.

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