Big Data in Human Resources

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You may have heard the big buzz about big data. And HR professionals are starting to see its value, too. Calling it Talent Analytics, HR leaders see that it can provide a new opportunity to measure and predict talent performance within their organizations. How? How Big Data Fits in HR Consider this: Payroll is the… Read more »

Maximizing Margins Through Private Branding – What this Means for Wal-Mart

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With millions of people looking for price-sensitive alternatives to popular brands, mega-retailers like Wal-Mart have the potential to increase overall profitability drastically. How? By providing and promoting their own private brands. For example, over the past few years, Wal-Mart reduced the amount of space it provided large branded manufacturers and increased the availability of their… Read more »

Regulators are Closing Multiple Banks – What Does This Mean for the Future?

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Back in June, Capitol Bancorp, Ltd., once the holding company that held more separately chartered community banks than any other company in the United States, was forced to close four of its 11 banks. The other seven were on the unofficial Problem Bank List and are operating under Prompt Corrective Action notices. Why? Many of… Read more »

MBA Intern Compensation – How Does Yours Compare?

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Summer’s here, which means it’s the season for MBA internships! But what’s the going rate? How does your internship stack up, especially when compared to your peers in the top business schools? What industries are paying the most? For most MBA students, especially those in consulting and banking, summer internships can be a good dress… Read more »

What’s Going on In the Economy?

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The economy and current job market is something that impacts each of us and every industry. A healthier economy means a stronger job market. And in recent months, there has been some promising news as well as some unfavorable news. First, the good news: Employment rates rose in April as hiring became stronger than in… Read more »

Is Your Company Making These Mistakes with Big Data?

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Big data has been touted as the new route to easy success. Companies have been made to feel like they’re way behind the times if they haven’t gone after big data aggressively. The problem? Too many companies jump into big-data projects and end up with nothing to show for their efforts. Why? 1. Lack of… Read more »

Will Online Shopping Replace Retail Stores?

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Predictions for e-commerce spending in the United States are in the neighborhood of $260 billion, according to a projection from Forrester Research, Inc. That spending is expected to reach $370 billion in 2017. Is it possible that online shopping might replace brick-and-mortar retail stores? Not a chance. Real-world retail isn’t dying. It’s evolving. The projected… Read more »

Big Data…Coming to a Smartphone App Near You

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Most government data have been available to the public for decades. But if you’ve ever tried to access it, you know that finding what you need quickly and in a useful format has been nearly impossible. Good news! The federal government has begun releasing data in a digital format that allows software engineers to use… Read more »

Job Market Slowing?

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Did you know that number of new jobs created in March of 2013 dropped by nearly 180,000 in the US versus February 2013? In February there were almost 268,000 new jobs created in the US and in March a bit under 88,000 were created. Companies seem to have shifted their interests from external hires to… Read more »

Industry Snapshot: Analytics Trends in the Marketplace

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Because our candidates trust our expertise and experience, they often ask us what we are seeing in the marketplace. If we can quote Jeff Zeanah, president of the Atlanta-based consultancy Z Solutions Inc., “It’s a good time to be a nerd.” Why? Zeanah’s take on the matter: “The economy, by all accounts, is going to be… Read more »