NASA is changing its approach to people analytics

NASA is taking a more centralized management approach as it prepares to take on ambitious missions, such as sending astronauts to Mars or back to the moon. It is a project with implications for HR and how it conducts people analytics.

The space agency wants a better view of its workforce and current skills as well as what skills it will need in the future.

To do this, NASA’s HR department has started using a graph database platform from Neo4j Inc. Graph databases map relationships between data and can uncover patterns that are hard to find using traditional people analytics techniques, which often rely on relational databases. David Meza, a senior data scientist for the chief human capital officer at NASA, is in charge of the project.

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