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Humanyze, founded as Sociometric Solutions in 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts, is a people analytics software provider. Humanyze was founded by MIT doctoral students Ben Waber, Daniel Olguin, Taemie Kim, Tuomas Jaanu, and MIT Professor Alex Pentland. Based on research from the MIT Media Lab, Humanyze's people analytics platform uses Organizational Network Analysis to measure corporate communication data to uncover patterns on how work gets done in companies.

Humanyze
TypeC corporation
IndustryInternet, Software, Computer Hardware
PredecessorSociometric Solutions Inc.
Founded2010
FoundersBen Waber (CEO), Daniel Olguin (COO/CFO), Taemie Kim (Chief Scientist), Tuomas Jaanu (CTO), and Alex "Sandy" Pentland
Headquarters
Websitewww.humanyze.com

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The founders Waber, Olguin, Kim, and Jaanu, met while completing their Ph.D.s at the MIT Media Lab in Professor “Sandy” Pentland’s Human Dynamics group. Sociometric Solutions Inc. was incorporated on October 26, 2010 as a research and consulting firm. In 2015, the company was rebranded as "Humanyze" and transitioned from a consulting firm to a software company. They raised $4M in Series A financing from Romulus Capital and launched their people analytics software, the Humanyze Platform, at the end of 2016.

While at the MIT Media Lab, Humanyze’s founders developed a sociometric badge, a high-tech I.D. card. With the sociometric badge, they pioneered ways of collecting in-person collaboration data. This badge had sensors to measure the frequency and duration of face-to-face interactions. It did not record content, web activity, or personal activities. It did not have GPS. The Sociometric Badge has since been discontinued for commercial use as the Humanyze Platform evolved to work primarily with digital collaboration data and corporate-owned building entry card systems.

In October 2021, the company officially received patents for their system and method for transforming communication metadata and sensor data into an objective measure of the communication distribution of an organization.

Humanyze's people analytics platform measures corporate communication data to uncover patterns on how work gets done. Human resources, operations, and corporate real estate professionals use the platform to analyze workplace data in real-time to make informed decisions around organizational health, workplace strategy, and business process optimization. It is a web-based dashboard. A variety of data sources can be plugged into the Humanyze Platform including Microsoft Office Exchange, Google Suite, Skype, Microsoft Teams, HR information system outputs, and building access card logs.

No personal data is provided to Humanyze, including employee profiles (names and email addresses). All data is encrypted, aggregated, and anonymized. No communication content is recorded. There is no personally identifiable information (PII) or private confidential information (PCI). Humanyze is GDPR and EU Privacy Shield compliant.

The company has been covered in the media by various news and technology sources including New Scientist, The Boston Globe, CBS News, Businessweek, NPR, CNN, and the New York Times. Humanyze's clients have included Bank of America, the United States Army, NASA, and BCG. The company's research has supported the importance of face-to-face interactions and communication, and building larger networks among peers.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Humanyze’s research has also been cited in publications such as The Economist, New York Times Magazine, HBR, The Boston Business Journal, and Work Design Magazine in debates about the impact of remote work on productivity and effectiveness.

When Humanyze’s founders were researching their Ph.D.’s at the MIT Media Lab, they tested whether measuring all communication content from emails, texts, and in-person conversations would provide more insight. They measured over 100 MB of data per person per day.[source] With all of this data, they found that it was difficult to extract communication patterns. So, they tested measuring the frequency and duration of communication instead: timestamps of communication, length of conversations, and which teams talked to which teams. They found that the degree of accuracy was negligible; measuring content was extraneous and unnecessary.

Humanyze's founders have published 50+ research articles. One finding from the firm's research was that simple physical changes such as having larger tables in a cafeteria facilitated more interaction and collaboration among colleagues than smaller tables. Another finding emphasized the importance of group breaks and office spaces which facilitate such breaks as having an important effect on employee morale and efficacy.

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Humanyze Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Sociometric Solutions This article contains content that is written like an advertisement Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external links and by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view March 2018 Learn how and when to remove this template message Humanyze founded as Sociometric Solutions in 2010 in Boston Massachusetts is a people analytics software provider 1 2 Humanyze was founded by MIT doctoral students Ben Waber Daniel Olguin Taemie Kim Tuomas Jaanu and MIT Professor Alex Pentland 3 Based on research from the MIT Media Lab Humanyze s people analytics platform uses Organizational Network Analysis to measure corporate communication data to uncover patterns on how work gets done in companies HumanyzeTypeC corporationIndustryInternet Software Computer HardwarePredecessorSociometric Solutions Inc Founded2010FoundersBen Waber CEO Daniel Olguin COO CFO Taemie Kim Chief Scientist Tuomas Jaanu CTO and Alex Sandy PentlandHeadquartersBoston MAWebsitewww humanyze com Contents 1 Company History 2 Products 3 Data Privacy 4 News 5 Research 6 References 7 External linksCompany History EditThe founders Waber Olguin Kim and Jaanu met while completing their Ph D s at the MIT Media Lab in Professor Sandy Pentland s Human Dynamics group 4 Sociometric Solutions Inc was incorporated on October 26 2010 as a research and consulting firm In 2015 the company was rebranded as Humanyze and transitioned from a consulting firm to a software company They raised 4M in Series A financing from Romulus Capital 5 and launched their people analytics software the Humanyze Platform at the end of 2016 6 While at the MIT Media Lab Humanyze s founders developed a sociometric badge a high tech I D card 7 With the sociometric badge they pioneered ways of collecting in person collaboration data 8 This badge had sensors to measure the frequency and duration of face to face interactions 9 10 It did not record content web activity or personal activities 11 It did not have GPS 12 The Sociometric Badge has since been discontinued for commercial use as the Humanyze Platform evolved to work primarily with digital collaboration data and corporate owned building entry card systems 13 In October 2021 the company officially received patents for their system and method for transforming communication metadata and sensor data into an objective measure of the communication distribution of an organization 14 Products EditHumanyze s people analytics platform measures corporate communication data to uncover patterns on how work gets done Human resources operations and corporate real estate professionals use the platform to analyze workplace data in real time to make informed decisions around organizational health workplace strategy and business process optimization It is a web based dashboard A variety of data sources can be plugged into the Humanyze Platform including Microsoft Office Exchange Google Suite Skype Microsoft Teams HR information system outputs and building access card logs 15 Data Privacy EditNo personal data is provided to Humanyze including employee profiles names and email addresses All data is encrypted aggregated and anonymized 16 No communication content is recorded There is no personally identifiable information PII or private confidential information PCI Humanyze is GDPR 17 and EU Privacy Shield compliant 18 News EditThe company has been covered in the media by various news and technology sources including New Scientist The Boston Globe CBS News Businessweek NPR CNN and the New York Times 7 19 20 21 22 23 Humanyze s clients have included Bank of America the United States Army NASA and BCG 24 25 26 27 28 29 The company s research has supported the importance of face to face interactions and communication and building larger networks among peers 21 Since the COVID 19 pandemic Humanyze s research has also been cited in publications such as The Economist New York Times Magazine HBR The Boston Business Journal and Work Design Magazine in debates about the impact of remote work on productivity and effectiveness 30 31 32 33 34 Research EditWhen Humanyze s founders were researching their Ph D s at the MIT Media Lab they tested whether measuring all communication content from emails texts and in person conversations would provide more insight They measured over 100 MB of data per person per day source With all of this data they found that it was difficult to extract communication patterns So they tested measuring the frequency and duration of communication instead timestamps of communication length of conversations and which teams talked to which teams They found that the degree of accuracy was negligible measuring content was extraneous and unnecessary Humanyze s founders have published 50 research articles 35 36 37 One finding from the firm s research was that simple physical changes such as having larger tables in a cafeteria facilitated more interaction and collaboration among colleagues than smaller tables 22 Another finding emphasized the importance of group breaks and office spaces which facilitate such breaks as having an important effect on employee morale and efficacy 23 References Edit Lohr Steve 2017 10 06 Don t Get Too Comfortable at That Desk The New York Times ISSN 0362 4331 Retrieved 2018 03 19 Mims Christopher 2017 10 08 Why Office Buildings Should Run Like Spaceships Wall Street Journal ISSN 0099 9660 Retrieved 2018 03 19 Noyes Katherine Startup Humanyze s people analytics wants to transform your workplace Computerworld Retrieved 2018 03 19 People Analytics Through Super Charged ID Badges MIT Sloan Management Review Retrieved 2018 03 19 Humanyze raises 4M to help businesses better understand employee productivity TechCrunch techcrunch com Retrieved 2018 03 19 Humanyze Launches People Analytics Platform Humanyze Elements Retrieved 2018 03 19 a b Specs that see right through you tech 05 July 2011 New Scientist Retrieved 2012 11 24 Waber Benjamin N Olguin Olguin Daniel Kim Taemie Pentland Alex 2008 08 12 Understanding Organizational Behavior with Wearable Sensing Technology Rochester NY SSRN 1263992 Cite journal requires journal help Olguin Olguin Daniel Waber Benjamin Kim Taemie Mohan Akshay Ara Koji Pentland Alex February 2009 Sensible Organizations Technology and Methodology for Automatically Measuring Organizational Behavior PDF IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics Part B Cybernetics 39 1 43 55 doi 10 1109 TSMCB 2008 2006638 hdl 1721 1 62024 PMID 19150759 S2CID 2758189 The technology that s watching how you work Work Series 1 Billion Dollar Deals and How They Changed Your World BBC Two BBC Retrieved 2018 03 19 New Firm Combines Wearables And Data To Improve Decision Making TechCrunch techcrunch com Retrieved 2018 03 19 Moneyball in the Office Space continuuminnovation com Retrieved 2018 03 19 Humanyze Announces New Workplace Strategy Solution To Help Companies Inform and Improve Workplace Decisions with Science Backed Insights Humanyze 2021 08 17 Retrieved 2021 11 02 11157846 Kim Taemie J Bradbury Michelle Slezak amp Olguin Olguin Daniel United States Patent 11157846 System and method for transforming communication metadata and sensor data into an objective measure of the communication distribution of an organization issued October 26 2021 Humanyze Humanyze Teams with Bluvision a part of HID Global To Increase Access to Workforce Analytics prnewswire com Retrieved 2018 03 19 We Asked Men and Women to Wear Sensors at Work They Act the Same but Are Treated Very Differently Harvard Business Review 2017 10 23 Retrieved 2018 03 19 Humanyze www hrtech community Retrieved 2021 11 02 Active Retrieved 15 October 2021 Kirsner Scott 2011 07 18 Watertown firm tracks how workers interact The Boston Globe Boston com Retrieved 2012 11 24 What charisma is and how to get it CBS News Retrieved 2012 11 24 a b Waber Ben Forget the Office Let Employees Work from Home BusinessWeek Retrieved 2012 11 24 a b Talk of the Nation Concrete Steps For Creating A Happier Office NPR Retrieved 2012 11 24 a b Korkki Phyllis 2012 07 14 Group Breaks Can Raise Workplace Productivity NYTimes com Retrieved 2012 11 24 Kirsner Scott 2011 07 13 Sociometric Solutions deploying digital dog tags to track employee interactions Innovation Economy Boston com Retrieved 2012 11 25 MCTP participates in scientific study Mission Command Training Program Usacacblogs army mil 2012 05 22 Retrieved 2012 11 25 New BCG Office at 10 Hudson Yards Aims to Maximize Casual Collisions The Boston Consulting Group www bcg com Retrieved 2018 03 19 Designing for Collaboration BCG s Collision Coefficient Urban Land Magazine Urban Land Magazine 2017 12 04 Retrieved 2018 03 19 These six people simulated a mission to Mars on a Hawaiian volcano PBS NewsHour 2015 06 14 Retrieved 2018 03 19 HI SEAS Mission VI is the most international crew in study history University of Hawaiʻi System News 2018 02 12 Retrieved 2018 03 19 Back to the office lessons from Asia applied economist com Retrieved 2021 11 02 Thompson Clive 2020 06 10 What If Working From Home Goes on Forever The New York Times ISSN 0362 4331 Retrieved 2021 11 02 Bernstein Ethan Blunden Hayley Brodsky Andrew Sohn Wonbin Waber Ben 2020 07 15 The Implications of Working Without an Office Harvard Business Review ISSN 0017 8012 Retrieved 2021 11 02 www bizjournals com https www bizjournals com boston news 2020 08 25 hbr the big idea implications of working without html Retrieved 2021 11 02 Missing or empty title help Waber Ben 2020 12 02 The Implications of a Data Less Workplace Strategy Work Design Magazine Retrieved 2021 11 02 Taemie Kim Google Scholar Citations scholar google com Retrieved 2018 03 19 Benjamin N Waber Google Scholar Citations scholar google com Retrieved 2018 03 19 Daniel Olguin Olguin Google Scholar Citations scholar google com Retrieved 2018 03 19 External links EditOfficial website Retrieved 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