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Data Science for People

by Ron Lancaster
on November 14, 2018

AI is changing the workplace; in fact, it’s likely changing yours today:

AI is everywhere – with over 80 percent of enterprises investing in artificial intelligence according to a study by Teradata.

AI requires new skills – when working in the new world of AI and automation, research shows an increased demand for human skills such as complex problem-solving, cognitive abilities, and social skills. 

AI requires a plan – nearly half of the respondents to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends survey, said they did not have a plan to cultivate the skills needed to thrive in a human-machine future. 

For many jobs, AI will change how those responsibilities are performed. These amended roles will require new skills and new ways of working – with a greater emphasis on creativity and collaboration.

Developing a plan in a fast-changing world.

In this fast-evolving world, it’s more important than ever to have a plan to address the looming skills gap.

In the long term, identifying learning, training, and coaching will help give you and your team the skills they need to thrive.

But, you can also address this skills gap right now:

  • By making the most of those already in your organization: highlighting and activating those in your organization who have the right skills for the right opportunities, right now.
  • By identifying those similar to your highly talented professionals, your top engineers, and your most successful salespeople. In short, finding tomorrow’s leaders… today.

Supercharging your organization through applied data science.

Structural helps you address the future – now – by applying data science to your people data to identify similar people across your company. Using this capability, you can find those like your top performers and ensure they’re ready for future challenges.

Other examples of applied data science include:

Recommendations – Online retailers like Amazon help us make decisions by surfacing recommended products, and Netflix and Hulu help us find new shows and movies to watch based on what we’ve seen before.

These same concepts can help you find the right person to help solve a problem, to surface an ideal project or internal opportunity, or to recommend learning to level up your and your team’s skills.

Predictive Analytics – Even if you haven’t used this type of analytics directly, you’ve likely seen the results of it. For example, when you use Facebook, Linkedin, or other social media, you’re already experiencing predictive analytics in your newsfeed as the platform aims to serve you personalized and relevant content.

This technology can be used to determine if you have an employee that is starting to look for a new job, to predict those most likely to be your future high performers, and to help guide your managers to activities that create healthy, productive teams.

Language Analytics – The ability of computers to understand humans has exploded in recent years: today, it’s common to talk to a device and have it respond as directed.

At Structural, we’re investing in making it possible to search your organization’s data using natural language: for example, you ask a question the same way you would with another person, and Structural works behind the scenes to give you the information you’re looking for.

Combining data science with the science of people.

Data science will become increasingly important as organizations seek to personalize experiences for every individual – but it isn’t sufficient in isolation. Which is why we spend a significant amount of time thinking and researching how to use data science combined with the science of people to improve organizations and teams.

For example, Alex “Sandy” Pentland, writing for HBR, shared his research showing that a key predictor of a team’s success is how they communicate with each other: specifically, how the team communicates and engages with each other outside formal meetings. Combining advances like predictive analytics and incorporating your company’s data around communication and collaboration can help predict which teams are going to be the most successful.

This is just one example of the many that are possible. With data science applied to your people, your organization can do more – more successfully.

Everyone within an organization can use data science to find the right people at the right time and match the right people with opportunities and projects that move the needle.

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About Structural

The Structural platform powers data-driven internal people networks for enterprises and services organizations of 50 to 50,000. Structural integrates data from HR, business, and personal systems, enabling leaders to quickly find the right people with the right skills at the right time. Structural clients close more business, solve problems faster, form winning teams, and accelerate projects. Learn more at www.structural.com.

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