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Falling for Insights - The Beauty of Big Data

When you're in love, you'll want to shout it from a mountaintop, or maybe a rooftop. This is perfectly natural and expected, but running off to bare your heart and soul at the top of something tall is an impractical and ultimately solitary act. As in space, no one can hear you love. Luckily for me, I have a blog that I can shout from, so I don't have to climb 20 flights of stairs or take a hike to express myself.

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When you're in love, you may feel compelled to shout about it from a mountaintop, or maybe a rooftop if that proves more practical. This is perfectly natural and expected, but running off to bare your heart and soul at the top of something tall is an admittedly impractical and ultimately solitary act. As in space, no one can hear you love. Luckily for me, I have a blog that I can shout from, so I don't have to climb 20 flights of stairs or take a hike to express myself. When I am in love, I can shout it from the comfort of my office chair, and that's good because not only does this save me precious time and mountain-climbing energy, it also allows me to turn my feelings into a conversation, not a solitary sounding board. This is important, because I want to talk with you about my love for Insights.

Insights - A Love Story

So Xactly Insights launched about a month ago, and things around our office haven't settled down since. For those of you who don't know, Insights is the first-ever empirical incentive compensation data interactive tool, and it enables anyone who uses it to analyze, evaluate, and strategically design compelling incentives. This allows you to drive the right behaviors in your organization, to inspire performance among your workforce, and achieve company goals together. Basically, Insights is the legwork you would do in the library before writing your really important thesis, or the verified reviews you would need to read before buying a new smartphone. Insights is the galvanized data that allows people to make educated leadership decisions, not the raw, unprocessed, and unfiltered stream of information most of us are used to. As a corporate tool it is simply invaluable, but it also presents a unique opportunity for it's users, one which we have been working hard to cultivate - Insights has the power to enact incredible social change.

The Good Fight

Tomorrow, there will be an incredible post on this blog which showcases objectively the true power of Insights to inspire change, but so as not to spoil that post prematurely, I want to talk generally about how Insights data made tomorrow's revelation possible. What Insights data is designed to elucidate is the industry trends which impact your business - do other comparable companies pay more competitively? Adjust your compensation model to retain top talent. Does the number of people involved in our sales deals impact the overall success rate? Look at these top ranked industry leaders and see for yourself. Want to track your success against your peers? Simply check out this robust empirical transactional data. So all these bases are covered by Insights data; you can see this for yourself in the product page and description and design. But this is only the beginning.

Everlasting Light

The key is that Insights provides empirical data - not survey data, not opinion, just objective information. What does that mean for social impact? That any information which is revealed by these empirical datasets is not conjecture or personal belief - it is inescapable truth. This impartial and informative data has already begun to reveal fascinating information about equality in the workplace, and not just the cookie-cutter equity of news soundbites and bland unsubstantiated metaphoric claims. No sir, these are powerful revelations, discoveries which are made more important by their lack of speculation or bias. It is easy to get lost in the conversational landscape we have created for our society, in which the true points are lost in the fray of argumentation and improvisation. But Insights cuts a swathe through that fray, bringing clarity and factuality back to the forefront. It is a call to change and improvement, and as you will see tomorrow, a wake-up call for everyone living in this society. To learn more about the power of Insights, visit our sales compensation planning product page - and be sure to check back in tomorrow for the main event.