Big Data and Talent Development: KnowledgeAdvisors Releases White Paper, Launches Speaking Series

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White paper and speaking series to shed light on how organizations can use big data to improve recruiting, training, employee retention, and even leadership and sales performance

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KnowledgeAdvisors, the world’s leading provider of analytics solutions for talent development professionals, today released a white paper and announced a new global speaking series on “How Big Data is Transforming Learning and Talent Development.”

Many experts agree that Big Data will change the way organizations manage their workforce; in particular, in how they recruit, retain and develop top talent. The white paper highlights how KnowledgeAdvisors’ new Talent Analytics Suite from Metrics that Matter® addresses these concerns, providing an easy-to-use set of analytics tools that allow organizations to examine critical human capital data from across the employee life-cycle.

For instance, the white paper helps answer important questions about Big Data’s role in HR by directly addressing six questions about employee retention, sales performance, leadership, customer retention, talent gaps and candidate pipelines that were recently posed by Josh Bersin of Bersin by Deloitte.

“Big Data solutions like Metrics that Matter® provide competitive advantage for companies, by allowing them to make crucial, data-driven decisions about their organization’s talent to help make major leaps in performance,” said Kent Barnett, CEO and Founder of KnowledgeAdvisors.

The white paper demonstrates how a KnowledgeAdvisors client, Defense Acquisition University (DAU), which is the U.S. Department of Defense education provider for military and civilian acquisition personnel, leveraged Metrics that Matter® to evaluate more than 326,000 training events and determine key drivers of success.

Among the many data sets that DAU analyzed, here are a few of the key drivers revealed through Metrics that Matter® which are now being used to drive continuous improvement in the organization’s ongoing training programs:
1.    To improve learning among young learners, invest in self-study modules and high quality courseware.
2.    Learners recommend effective training; hence training that is not recommended should be revised or retired.
3.    For training to lead to performance and future results, it should be tailored to the educational level of the audience.

The white paper is available for free download at

The global speaking series kicks off July 18 in Dallas, with stops in Washington D.C., Cleveland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, London and Singapore.

The Big Data presentations will define "Big Data" and its impact on organizational decision-making. They will then focus on defining talent development processes that house big data and identifying data sources and classification of metrics to transform data into wisdom through timely, credible, predictive analytics.

For a complete list of the dates, times and locations, visit

About KnowledgeAdvisors
Founded in 1999, KnowledgeAdvisors is the world’s leading provider of analytics solutions for talent development professionals. Our cloud-based talent analytics platform, Metrics That Matter®, helps businesses significantly improve the business impact of their talent development programs, and our consulting team provides measurement strategies to help optimize investments in human capital. To learn more, please visit

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