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Big Data, Hadoop and Cloud Computing for the HR Professional

What HR Needs to Know

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Big Data and the Cloud... We hear these terms every day, but what do they mean to HR? What do professionals and leaders in HR need to know about topics like Big Data, Hadoop and Cloud Computing?

This course provides HR professionals with an introduction to these subjects. This is not a technical class on analyzing big data. It is a class intended for HR professionals to gain enough knowledge to be able understand and communicate with technical colleagues without having to be an expert in these topics. In this class, we will discuss:

  • The internet of things and how it invokes rapid change.
  • Big Data: Its value and challenges.
  • Hadoop for distributed computing: Why is it so popular?
  • Cloud computing: what is it? Examples of these services, and concerns with the cloud.

This course contains 35 minutes of informational videos.


Your Instructor


Tracey Smith
Tracey Smith

Tracey was named one of the "Top 50 Global Influencers in HR Analytics" and is an internationally recognized expert in Analytics and Workforce Planning. She led the global strategic workforce planning initiative for FedEx Express World Headquarters prior to establishing her own consulting practice in 2013.

Tracey is the author of several books and the founder and editor of NI Magazine, a magazine dedicated entirely to workforce planning and HR analytics. She presents on a variety of business topics at conferences and seminars, primarily on the strategic benefits of data analysis and its value to the organization.

Tracey holds a BMath degree in Applied Mathematics and a MASc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada specializing in numerical modeling. She also holds an MBA from Texas Christian University in the U.S. specializing in forecasting.

Tracey has over 20 years of experience in the areas of Human Resources, Supply Chain and Engineering. She was born in the U.K. and has worked in both Canada and the U.S.


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When does the course start and finish?
The course starts when you register! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have access to this course for one year - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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