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The big data maturity model consists of 5 different levels:

Level 1: No usable data

Level 2: Big data

Level 3: The right data

Level 4: Prediction

Level 5: Strategy

Each level builds and refines the data in the previous level, which guides us to the end result of a better strategy for the company. 

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There is a popular saying among many leaders, and it goes something like this: “The last words of any great organization are ‘We’ve always done it this way.’”

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One of my most emotional and painful experiences as an HR professional was the first time I was involved in a large layoff and restructure at my company. I entered that meeting room with an empty feeling in the pit of my stomach as we announced to a staff of more than 100 at this particular facility that their positions were being eliminated due to restructuring.

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The recent CareerXroads Source of Hire survey had people in the HR space talking this week, and the survey results seem to point to an interesting trend: Are we seeing the return of the recruiter?

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