Big Data is a very hot topic right now and I’ve written about this previously , ,  and . 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
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.
Let’s start with a story. For
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
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.