By: Daryl Crockett
It seems like a straightforward task - move 300,000 resumes from the existing the legacy recruiting databases into SuccessFactors so recruiters can mine candidates who have applied in the last couple of years from within the SuccessFactors application. But oh, not so fast!
It turns out that many applications (like PeopleSoft) store resumes, letters, images, sound files and other attachments as " B.L.O.B.'s", short for Binary Large Object. To save space and speedup data retrieval, BLOBs are locked up inside the database rather than sitting outside as easily accessible files in a folder. If an application has your resumes and other attachments stored as BLOBs, you can't just go to a directory and drag them into a SuccessFactors accessible folder.
Gaining access to that pot of juicy resumes can give your recruiters a competitive advantage, saving time and effort in searching for prospective candidates. Just because you didn’t hire a candidate the last time they applied doesn’t necessarily mean that rejected candidate (of the past) isn't a good option for a future job opening. But BLOB extraction requires special coding for extraction, so make sure you plan ahead and get the right technical expertise to write and execute that extraction routine.
BLOBs are (as their name implies) big and take up a lot of storage space when they are unlocked and unleashed into the daylight. Make sure you plan for sufficient online storage to house those extracted resumes and application attachments which is accessible for prepping as part of your SuccessFactors data migration.
Stay tuned! Next in our series: FileZilla vs. the BLOB
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