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The Data Divide—And How to Cross It

By Abhijit Bhaduri

Tsunamis are caused when the tectonic plates that lie at the base of the ocean shift. These movements cause earthquakes. Sometimes the tremors of the earth cause a tsunami, like the one in 2011, which ripped open the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan. That tsunami may have signalled the arrival of digital tech, an equally potent upheaval that will change the world of work.

The mobile revolution has already created a hyper-connected world. This has enabled the explosion of social media and led to the popularity of cloud technology. Just as mobile devices have connected humans, sensors are increasingly connecting the devices that surround us. From our cars to thermostats and beyond, every surface has the potential to be embedded with sensors and connected to each other. A world of connected devices with human beings acting as the nodes will generate millions of terabytes of data every second.

Over the last few years, while some leaders have picked up the weak signals about the data explosion that is here, 2017 will be the year of the Data Divide. On one side of the divide there will be a small but growing number of organisations that are building their capacity to crunch this data by using artificial intelligence. On the other there will be those who live with traditional HRIS reports created by using spreadsheets. If you can still crunch your organisation’s data on a spreadsheet, you are missing the opportunity.

The business and talent agenda must be drawn from insights supported by quantitative and qualitative data. The data sources can be structured or unstructured. Data is generated from a one-off interaction or in real time on a continuous basis. Sensors form the basis of real time data.

For example, Amazon draws on real-time data to classify books in its brick-and-mortar stores very differently than does any other bookstore. Their categories are based on data collected from millions of transactions on their websites. Their categories are:

  1. Books with more than 10,000 reviews on Amazon.com
  2. Fiction top-sellers in Boston
  3. Highly rated fiction on Goodreads
  4. Books Kindle readers finish in 3 days or less

Read On…

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abhijitAbhijit Bhaduri works as the Chief Learning Officer for the Wipro group. He lives in Bangalore, India. Prior to this he led HR teams at Microsoft, PepsiCo, Colgate and Tata Steel and worked in India, SE Asia and US. He is on the Advisory Board of the prestigious program for Chief Learning Officers that is run by the Univ of Pennsylvania. Visit http://www.abhijitbhaduri.com/   and follow me on Twitter @AbhijitBhaduri

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