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The reality is that big data will continue to grow. Whether your data is in a spreadsheet, a database, a data warehouse, open source file systems like Hadoop, or in all of those, you need the flexibility to quickly connect to data and consolidate it.

Never mind the actual size—it’s the principles of collecting, and especially leveraging your data that are important.

But for all the attention Big Data has received, many companies tend to forget about one application of it: employee engagement. When done in the right way, tracking, analyzing and sharing employee performance metrics can be very beneficial for both you and your staff.

Applying Big Data analytics to your employees’ performance helps you identify and acknowledge not only the top performers, but the struggling or unhappy workers, as well.