Archive for category: Information Management

Big Data and data blindness

05 Dec
December 5, 2013

Big Data is a very hot topic right now and I’ve written about this previously [1], [2], [3] and [4].  In this short post I’d like to talk a little about the real issue of ‘data blindness’ and the consequences it has for all of us. ‘Data blindness’ isn’t the proper word for what I’m about to describe – but it does a good job, in that some of us will see data in a different way to others. Let me explain.  As any parent knows, you never have an ugly baby because in your eyes Read more […]

The dangerous simplicity of Big Data

24 Oct
October 24, 2013

Big Data is one of the current business buzzwords. However, as I wrote in an earlier post we must take care that we don’t just sleepwalk into the dangerous simplicity of Big Data without first understanding some of the basic underlying concepts of data itself.  In this post I’d like to expand on this issue considerably – specifically for those of us working in the People Profession, such as Learning and Development, Talent and HR. Painful experiences Let’s start with a story.  For Read more […]

Want to understand big data? Then try understanding little data first

22 Aug
August 22, 2013

Big data is the current hot topic, but is it a case of “Here we go again?”  The next learning and development bandwagon is up and rolling and this time the wheels have been attached to big data.  We’re being told that we’ve got to concentrate on big data; we’ve got to learn about it and we’ve got to embrace it (so some would say), but what’s the point of trying to grapple with big data when most of the people profession can’t really get their heads around small data! In this post Read more […]

Avoiding information overload

09 May
May 9, 2013

Personal information management is becoming a real issue!  According to an article I read recently , it’s been estimated that during 2013 approximately 507 billion – yes, BILLION – email messages will be sent each day.  That’s one email every 0.00000035 seconds!  Add that to the wave of tweets, Facebook updates, blogs and so on and there’s a real chance that we could all be drowning in a sea of information overload – unless, that is, we decide to do something about it. Story According Read more […]