Baseball statistics: Spring forward

Editor’s note: Sports data analysis means something in sports such as baseball. This is where data and performance come together which is why it is an area worth following. How long before other sectors follow?

Where should L&D start when it comes to big data?

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Last week Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist, wrote a lengthy article on big data in the Financial Times. In it he got under the skin of what has become a huge buzz term in businesses around the world. And if it is a buzz term that senior executives are looking at, you can […]

Big data: are we making a big mistake?

Editor’s note: Tim Harford on the problems that beset us when using data sets ie the all-important biases that lurk beneath the numbers.

Data science and prediction

Editor’s note: Indepth article on big data and the use of data science to help make better predictions and the implications of data science from a business and research standpoint.

Why the New York Times hired a biology researcher as its chief data scientist

Editor’s note: A look outside of L&D and into the world of machine learning and data science in journalism. This provides a picture of how other sectors are using data science.

Executives ignore valuable employee actions that they can’t measure

Editor’s note: Great piece on performance and big data and why organisations need to factor in qualitative data to ensure the quirks and realities of human behaviour are captured and related to performance.

Video of the week: How Google proved management matters

How data has powered management performance at Google.

The dangers of faith in data

Editor’s note: With all the hype and excitement around big data, it is useful – and necessary – to think about the downsides. Some interesting points here.

How big data is changing the cost of insurance

Editor’s note: Two big data reads today which look at how different sectors are being transformed through data. Look what’s on the cards for car insurers . . .

Life insurance 2020: Competing for a future

Editor’s note: Look at how life insurance companies will be using big data to transform the way they do business. Useful insights on the potential for big data.

People data available in three clicks at Unilever


Unilever has put all its people data in one place so that 100,000 users can get to the information within three seconds or five clicks. Talking about how the company has centralized its global data reporting for HR, James Stringer, director, HR Information, said that the company had set up a global HR operating framework […]

Now Facebook can see inside your heart, too

Editor’s note: Facebook’s data-science team teases out who is romantically involved with whom by examining link structures.

Big data in human resources: a world of haves and have-nots

Editor’s note: Despite the fact the majority of organisations are investing in data analytics tools, this research by Bersin found that only 4% of companies have achieved the capability to perform “predictive analytics” about their workforce.

Does bigger data lead to better decisions?

Editor’s note: Think about the relationships between data and what they tells you, not just about the amount of data you collect.

Slidedeck of the week: 50 powerful statistics about tech mega trends affecting every business

Ten stats on five mega trends in IT: mobile, social, cloud, apps and big data. 50 Powerful Statistics About Tech Mega Trends Affecting Every Business from Vala Afshar