Remember, Remember the 5th of November

So I am unofficially declaring today Big Data for HR day. Not because it’s some random day. It’s all about Guy Fawkes and the link we have made between him and big data.


Okay – if you don’t know who Guy Fawkes is, then hit up Wikipedia quickly. If you do, you will remember the significance of quartering – which brings me to my next point. The four Vs of big data. If you don’t have these, you don’t have big data.

Velocity – your data changes quickly. At least so fast that manually updating it to maintain accuracy is not a viable solution.

Volume – lots of data – if it in excel and you don’t need much else to keep up with it, it’s likely not big data

Veracity – has to be accurate and relevant data, and if it’s not than it’s bogus. Bad and dirty data has to be cleaned and audited, and you need processes to clean it up

Variety – lots of it. Different data sources or diff data from the same source.

When I talk about the 4 Vs, I use an image from the movie V for Vendetta – which has a character who wears a Guy Fawkes mask. Good flick btw, but not for the kids.

So – remember remember the fifth of November – and happy Big Data day. Do the dance if you know it :-)