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Five Links: Keeping Up

On October 4, 2013, in Daily Links, HR Trends, HRExaminer, by John Sumser

232 Million immigrants are on the move around the world  while 50 Million American adults still live with Mom. HR takes its first swipe at analytics.

232 Million immigrants are on the move around the world while 50 Million American adults still live with Mom. HR takes its first swipe at analytics.

232 Million immigrants are on the move around the world  while 50 Million American adults still live with Mom. HR takes its first swipe at analytics. Not all networks scale and why. The Silicon VAlley bug is now global. Google completely revamps its search algorithms.

  • On the Move: 232 Million Migrants in the World
    Globally, the immigration problem is not what you’d think. 232 Million people are living in a country other than their origin. That’s about 3% of the total population of the world. Of those, nearly 60% are women. The largest age segment is the over 65 crowd which makes up nearly 10%. The US has the highest number with 45M or nearly 15% of the population. The stats are worth a couple minutes of your time.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 Adults Still Living with Their Parents
    ‘There are two scenarios.  One indicates the decreasing financial well-being of the elderly: parents move in with their children because they can’t afford to live alone, perhaps after retirement.  The other indicates the decreasing financial well-being of young and mid-life adults: children are moving in with their parents because they can’t get a good start to life.’ It’s 17% of 25 to 44 year olds.
  • HR and Talent Management Vendors Get Into Data Management
    HR Guru Josh Bersin notices that every observable vendor is ntroducing a Big Data or Analytics component this fall. He favors solutions from Workday (sort of an app store) and SumTotal (‘connectors’ to 150 different vendors). Bersin downplays the real work of data integration with a large endorsement for the SumTotal approach. Unless SumTotal’s plugins are nailed down with rock solid contracts, they just move the maintenance pile down the road. This first wave of analytics offerings will be understood as primitive by this time next year.
  • The economics of Anti-Viral Anti-Social Networks
    Many (I’d say most) social networks do not scale like Twitter or Facebook (LinkedIn comes to mind). This piece gives a thoughtful look at the issues associated with growing a network. Well worth your time if you are considering using network dynamics for crowd sourcing or sourcing in general.
  • The Silicon Valleys of South America
    The idea that technology clusters can drive national economies is out of the bag. The city of Medellin, which Time Magazine 20 years ago referred to as the “coke capital of the world” and 10 years ago had a homicide rate 12 times that of Chicago, was selected as the winner in the Wall Street Journal and Citi most innovative “City of the Year” contest. In the near term, South America will be producing innovation and product.

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