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Big Data May Make It or Break It for Job Seekers

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Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in big data, virtualization and more:

  • Big data is reshaping human resources. The process of hiring someone often relies on gut instinct and standard practices that may not result in ideal hires. However, an article in The New York Times explored how big data is changing the way businesses find candidates. The article states that the data collected by big data, such as email and phone trails, “can now be inexpensively collected and mined for insights into how people work and communicate, potentially opening doors to more efficiency and innovation within companies.” Digital technology can also be used to conduct more detailed personality assessments. For more information on how big data is changing human resources, see the New York Times article.  
  • Obama pushes for big data adoption. Last year, the Obama administration launched the Big Data Initiative, which included more than $200 million in commitments from Federal organizations to advance big data. The White House now is calling upon organizations in all sectors – from private industry to non-profit – to participate in big data initiatives. According to the White House’s website, “Of particular interest are partnerships designed to advance core Big Data technologies; harness the power of Big Data to advance national goals such as economic growth, education, health, and clean energy; use competitions and challenges; and foster regional innovation.” For more information on the Big Data Initiative, see the White House’s website.   
  • Virtualization goes mainstream as conservative sectors adopt the technology. New research from ARC Advisory Group reveals that more traditional industries – particularly the automation and control industry – are starting to see the benefits of virtualization. The article states, “With its roots in the information technology (IT) world, virtualization was initially met with skepticism for industrial applications. But, this has changed “big time,” largely driven by end-user demands to reduce costs and make more efficient use of their existing computing resources.” According to the article, most major automation suppliers have adopted some form of virtualization to achieve benefits such as lower costs and increased scalability. For more information on how the automation and control industry is using big data, see the ARC Advisory Group article.
  • And finally … digital technology will change our daily commutes. According to the TechnologyTell blog, the car of the near future will include features such as virtual dashboards, mobility portfolios and portable driver interfaces. The blog also said that the connected vehicle will include “smartphone apps for safe access during driving” and “updatable and portable human-machine interfaces with dashboard functions.” In addition, insurance companies will be able to base their premiums on data generated by the vehicle. For more information on the connected vehicle, see the TechnologyTell article.

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