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This week’s post is brought to you by David Spring, Optis' Business Development Analyst.

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This week's post is brought to you by Andy Kersh, Optis' Senior Data Analyst.

Data conversion is a concept that’s been used for decades in the HR Tech realm. But, what exactly does it mean?

Simply put, data conversion is the transformation of data from one format to another. There are many types of data conversions - file type, database type, or even a whole system of data. A conversion is required when data from one environment needs to be converted into a different format in order to support company operations and reporting.

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If you work in HR, you’ve most likely heard of the term “big data.” It’s a common term used to describe the massive amounts of information which is generated in everyday life. This data is getting so “big” that we need different tools to help us manage it to make more educated decisions.

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2012 will likely be a year of change. As the economy slowly continues to recover, we’ll be evaluating our country’s leaders and making decisions that will surely impact the HR, employee benefits, and risk management professions.

In addition, the technology landscape will continue to evolve and create opportunities that have never existed before. In the year to come, keep an eye on the trends below to help you and your organization adapt to the changes in 2012.

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Recently, we discussed how a good leave management system can help you put together the pieces of managing absence to view a clear picture of your company’s leave landscape.

There are some leave systems out there that can provide you with the tools necessary to track FMLA and direct some of the day-to-day activities of managing leave. But most are missing a key piece of the leave management puzzle: data integration.