This post is the third of a 7 part series on mastering Talent Data - The 7 C's of Talent Data!
We introduced this series ‘the 7 C’s of Talent Data’ by describing some of my favorite C words. After all, who doesn’t love a good C word? Chocolate! Candy! Champagne! But when it comes to your data, the first 3 C words you need to remember are these: connected, current, and convenient.
We covered connected and current in earlier posts - now it’s time to review our third installment: Convenient.Convenience is the state of being able to proceed with something without difficulty. Sounds simple, huh? But most of today’s talent data is not convenient to access. Your talent data should enhance, elevate, and support your decision making processes across the entire talent life cycle. The ability to move quickly in this competitive talent marketplace and have convenient access to your data is essential. After all, don’t we all want to find easier ways to accomplish our tasks?
The Benefit of Convenient Talent Data
Convenient data means having the ability to access that data quickly as the market and conditions change and evolve from day to day. We’re all working towards operating at productivity levels where we move quickly and strategically. That means access to data right where and when you need it - data convenience. It's essential to applying and leveraging your data from the variety of sources you have in place. We will be providing you with some convenient methods within this article.
Convenience at the MICRO level - individuals
When it comes to data, we talk a lot about macro and micro benefits - micro meaning at the individual level, macro at group, market or even societal level. Talent data needs to be convenient at BOTH levels.
Think about how many people need access to data about individual humans. HR business partners and managers looking out for employees, recruiters researching and vetting candidates, analysts looking for strategic insights, or specialists checking on program impacts. There are a lot of examples, and in every single example you can find a lot of effort to find data...which adds up to a lot of wasted time and money.
We make individual talent data convenient by sharing it with any system. A browser extension that lets you see across systems. Rich data and links in a talent card wherever and whenever you need it. Data pulled or pushed into any system that needs to process, display or analyze it. Wherever you are, the data you need is at your fingertips. That gives you more time to do your real job.
Convenience at the MACRO level - workforce
When we say workforce, we're not restricting this group to your employees. The ‘workforce’ talent data you need to use also includes candidates, former employees, competitors, and the labor market as a whole. That's a big set of data (which is why we make it connected).
That means you need to be able to pull, display and analyze data individually, and also in bulk. Feed your CRM, feed your analytics. Pull and push data. Drive automation. Whatever you can think to do with data, you should be able to do!
Takeaway: Think about your data as micro (individual person), and also macro (right up to the talent market)
Convenient integration and data migration
How prepared is your company for data migration? How easily can you add new tools and systems to your stack? Can you change systems easily? With technology changing so rapidly, the ATS, LMS, or CMS you’re using now may be outdated in a few years, and no single system will meet all your needs. So...are you thinking about how convenient data lets you become more agile? You should be.
When your data is convenient, it also means that it’s ready for data migration without a lot of cleanup work on your end. It is possible to take all the data you have and transfer it to another source. However, those data migrations are just too complicated fraught with issues:
Poor data quality in your legacy systems
Failure to validate and test the data-migration process
Attempting to go-live in one big upload
There are many other pitfalls that we can list, but the basic question is, are you willing to take any further risk on your data going missing? What if it becomes impossible to retrieve?
Your solution comes in transferring to a data lake. Data lakes store all kinds of data forever while enjoying the benefit of adding more data technologies to enhance the information. And they let you move any of your data anywhere you need it, including to a new system.
It also means your data is ready to be used by any hot new technology you need to use.
Convenient, right? We think so.
Takeaway: One project to make your data convenient means all your other projects get easier.
SwoopTalent provides private talent data lakes for you so you can connect all of your data, keep it current and make the entire operation convenient. You’ll be able to intelligently update your CRM, LMS, or ATS from there. When you do nothing goes missing during the transition. Much like the cloud, you can easily access this data from your own talent data lake... at any time.
So that's our three, and since it is a series of the 7 C’s of Talent Data, next we'll talk about Compliant, Clean, and Curated. If your life is to guard the world of compliance (which all of us need to monitor), Part 4 is for you! Who doesn’t need compliant, clean, and curated data? Everyone in HR or Talent Acquisition does.