How Data Science and Learning Intersect

Data is the new science.

In an overwhelming sea of Big Data, the ability to convert cutting-edge technology into actionable insights is priceless. However, this is hard to come by.

The past few years have witnessed more companies embracing the need for training and development efforts. That said, it’s one thing to invest in learning and development activities, and it’s a whole different thing to achieve this effectively. Consider this data showing more than 70% of employees (according to Gartner) report a lack of mastery in the skills needed in their area of expertise.

Simply put, employees want more exposure to training activities (especially during work hours). The problem is, most organizations follow a school-based system of training their employees. In preparing L&D programs, managers fail to factor in an individual’s years of expertise, talents, and personalities but simply groups in employees in a single box.

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