Junior Schoeman

Managing Director / Founder at Innate Talent Discovery

A first step in realising the need to move to a people-centric mindset is choosing data over applications.

The issue we face is demonstrated by the fact that "legacy systems continue to become more and more entrenched while at the same time our silos are becoming more and more numerous."

"As their information footprints become more and more dispersed, astute observers have noted that while big data, the cloud, and Software as a Service (SaaS) improve things for people, very small businesses, and startups, they actually make things worse for enterprises.”

The difference between small and large organisations is the context that links people to one another. This context is lost as the gap between the top and bottom of an organisation widens, with people prioritising the drive for applications over the experience of people.

Although moving toward a more data-centric mindset is a positive step, we still need to put data understanding at the human data core and how we access it.

We must ask ourselves what specific information is missing from the data? In order for people to process and adapt to the complexity that gives data its meaning, the next evolution must place data in a context of complexity and align it to a human-centric plane.

This is why I am signing this DATA-CENTRIC MANIFESTO to support and explore that evolution.