2012 Talent Analytics Year in Review

2012 has been a busy and exciting year for Talent Analytics and in the broader industry. The momentum around the broader definition of ‘talent analytics’ including a quantitative dataset that includes the people doing the work was undeniable. “People analytics” expanded beyond the scope of HR analytics to include all employees. As we sit at the junction of analytics and talent technologies, we’re very proud to continue driving the global conversation around the value of tying business performance to the people doing the work.

Over the course of 2012 several themes emerged:

  • Analytic talent was a mainstream topic among analytics practitioners at major analytics conferences.
  • Analytics became more mainstream as HR practitioners began to talk ‘big data’.
  • Combining people and performance data together grew in importance as we anticipated. This was demonstrated by several high profile acquisitions of human capital software firms at the end of 2011 and throughout 2012 including:
    • SAP/SuccessFactors
    • Oracle/Taleo
    • IBM/Kenexa

Here are some highlights from 2012, our 11th year in business.

January: CEO Greta Roberts explained how analyzing performance and talent data together is like a ‘suitcase on wheels’. She also expanded the definition of ‘talent analytics’ to include the people doing the work during the January International Institute for Analytics (IIA) Office Hours teleconference.

February: We launched a redesigned, introducing our popular Talent Content page full of examples of embedded analytics-driven talent content inside enterprise software.

March: We launched the Talent Analytics API (TAAPI), making it possible to link performance data to quantified innate traits in enterprise software for the first time.

May – August: We tackled the oft-cited analytic talent shortfall head on by conducting a joint study with the International Institute for Analytics to better understand Analytics Professionals.

June: The Talent Analytics team exhibiting at Enterprise 2.0, introduced the concept of embedded analytics-driven talent content to the enterprise social software community. We were also joined by renowned analytics author and thought leader Bob Morison.

September: We launched our app, Talent Analytics for Salesforce, at Dreamforce in San Francisco, making the connection between performance and talent data a reality natively inside the world’s most popular CRM platform. Watch a short video to see how the Talent Analytics team experienced Dreamforce.

October: Talent Analytics was named among the LAROCQUE #hrwins 2012 Companies to Watch, placing us among the most innovative HR technology firms on the planet.

December: We held the 2012 Analytics Professionals Study launch webinar, overviewing the findings and implications for over 100 analytics practitioners. CEO Greta Roberts discussed the findings with KDNuggets and Data Informed.

We’re very excited about what 2013 holds and anticipate it will be another landmark year. We hope you’ll subscribe to our blog and twitter to stay up to date on all things Talent Analytics. Wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2013!

Mike Kennedy is a Technical Evangelist at Talent Analytics, Corp. He can be reached via and @talentanalytics.

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2 Responses to “2012 Talent Analytics Year in Review”

  1. Chinmay Says:

    January 29th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Interesting post Mike!

  2. zastaw na nieruchomości Says:

    February 26th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Hi, I read your blogs on a regular basis. Your story-telling style is awesome, keep doing what you’re doing!

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