Over the past few weeks, I’ve been talking with both customers and industry analysts. Two themes have emerged from those conversations. The first is the reminder that any analytics endeavor will be pointless unless there are knowledgeable people interpreting the data, knowing how to make the essential connections between what the analysis is revealing and how it relates to a real business challenge. The second theme is that there are many HR organizations that are already feeling overwhelmed by the accelerating needs of their business to have the HR function join the leadership team in making data supported decisions and recommendations. The perceived complexity of employing a Big Data strategy to support their analytic efforts only heightens the anxiety level – and in some cases, brings HR to a standstill on the idea.