Everything you wanted to know about Facebook’s F8

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Everything you wanted to know about Facebook’s F8

What you missed at Facebook F8

On Tuesday, Facebook kicked off its annual F8 Developer Conference. San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center was abuzz with innovation and I was abuzz with excitement — and perhaps a few too many complimentary espresso shots — as I learned what the social media giant has been working on recently.

Here’s a brief breakdown of what Facebook’s unleashed:

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Has HR Technology Been Changing? Do You Think?

In the last five years alone, HR technology has moved from one era to another. The cloud, social applications in the enterprise, analytics and mobile are changing its course for everyone.

The entire 30th anniversary print edition of the magazine would have to be devoted exclusively to HR technology in order to cover its changes and transformations since 1987. Instead, let’s focus just on the last five years, starting in 2012.

Turns out 2012 was a critical year — marking an inflection point in HR technology: The end of one era and the beginning of another.

Two of our industry’s giants — Jim Holincheck, then a Gartner analyst, and Lexy Martin, the mother of the definitive HR Systems Survey — both wrote about it. Jim called it a “generational shift in computing.”

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How To Build A Big Data Engineering Team

Companies are digitizing and pushing all their operational functions and workflows into IT systems that benefit from so-called ‘big data’ analytics. Using this approach, firms can start to analyze the massive firehose stream of data now being recorded by the Internet of Things (IoT) with its sensors and lasers designed to monitor physical equipment. They can also start to ingest and crunch through the data streams being produced in every corner of the what is now a software-driven data-driven business model.

All well and good, but who is going to do all this work? It looks like your company just had to establish a data engineering department.

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