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    Saarbruecken, Graz−February 19, 2015−Under the headline “Digitize Your Business!“ Scheer Group companies are presenting their wide ranging scope of business services for the digital transformation of business models and processes in companies. The big change for companies lies in the dramatic increase in the speed of reaction to changes in markets and individual customer demands over and above the entire value chain for the business. With SAP, ARIS, Scheer BPaaS and the IMC Learning Suite, Scheer Group companies support customers in all stages of their decision making processes from the development of strategy through process design and to implementation. The main focus of its presence at CeBIT 2015 are responsive business solutions for Industry 4.0, e-commerce, e-procurement and compliance. Today’s digital transformation touches all areas of private and business life at an ever increasing speed. The worldwide accumulation of data is doubling every two years due to the interconnectedness of products, services, customers and suppliers. This is leading to the far reaching transformation of all service oriented business processes. What is needed is high responsivity, quick response times, speed of adaption to changes in market conditions and individual customer demands going beyond the entire business value chain.  “Digital transformation is a process that companies must actively design and pursue with responsive business models that enhance their position in the digital economy and ensure they remain competitive,” said Professor Dr. August-Wilhelm Scheer, company founder. “The Scheer Group company network, with its 800 employees, accompanies this process from the design of strategy, over implementation to operation with resources from a single source.” Companies in the Scheer Group are presenting responsive business models and processes for Industry 4.0 at CeBIT, in the areas of predictive analytics, augmented reality and cyber-physical production.  The increasing share of costs represented by materials over the entire value chain and beyond makes the management and optimization of purchasing processes a factor critical to success in companies. The aim must be close cooperation between consumers, purchasing management and suppliers.  Scheer E-Procurement offers cloud based services covering the areas of operative procurement from the origination of the need, authorization and ordering to the delivery of the product. In addition to their high adaptability, Scheer E-Procurement solutions are notable for their seamless integration with differing supplier catalogues and systems such as SAP SRM. The digital transformation is creating ever new methods and procedures with which employees, customers and partners must become familiar. The effort required to train staff and the safeguarded control of regular training sessions represent a particular challenge in sectors with rigorous compliance requirements such as the financial, chemicals, pharmaceuticals or healthcare sectors. Companies are increasingly obligated to train their employees in subjects such as IT security, data security, anti-corruption measures and more. IMC´s compliance and e-learning cloud-based solutions enable adherence to guidelines and gain qualifications for new methods and procedures that are directly available at the workplace, whether mobile, office-based or on the machine floor. Learning measures and progress through them are automatically documented and if necessary, certified. E-commerce systems such as SAP Hybris are developing into central platforms for the digital transformation of trade and consumer goods industries. Belonging to this is the linking of all sales channels and the use of different devices including mobile ones in the same buying experience. Data exchange in real time and the cost effective use of the available data volumes are becoming factors critical to success. With Scheer E-Commerce, a pre-configured cloud based integration solution is being presented which, using best practice templates, can be quickly and flexibly deployed. The solution is the integration of all systems relevant to e-commerce such as PIM, CRM, ERP, social media, payment and logistics systems.     

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    February 23, 2015− InfoPro Learning wins a prestigious training contract to help Bangladesh drastically transform their workforce with its Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) training programs. Early in February, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, junior minister for Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), stated that Bangladesh aimed to quadruple its earnings from ICT exports to $1 billion by 2019. The export earnings from this sector have grown from $20 million in 2009 to over $250 million. The ministry plans to achieve the ambitious target over three years with help from the World Bank to train 30,000 information technology professionals. Going beyond the $1 billion mark, Bangladesh envisions a five year plan to reach $5 billion in 2021 with export earnings from the sector and provide a tech export boost to reach the $50 billion mark in 2041. The World Bank-funded ‘Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance Project’ (LICT) of Bangladesh Compute Council (BCC) has appointed InfoPro Learning and Ernst & Young to design and deliver ITES foundation skills training to 20,000 graduates. “We will work closely with all key stakeholders and the ITES industry to design a global standard curriculum and training program that will benefit 20,000 graduates in Bangladesh and make them ready for the emerging ITES job market,” said Sriraj Mallick, president of InfoPro Learning.

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    CARY, NC, Jan. 29, 2015 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Top 20 Leadership Training Companies List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2015 Top 20 Leadership Training Companies Selection to this year's Top 20 Leadership Training Companies List was based on the following criteria: • Thought leadership and influence within the training industry • Industry recognition and innovation • Breadth of programs and range of audiences served • Delivery methods offered • Company size and growth potential • Strength of clients  • Geographic reach • Experience serving the market “The sixth annual Top 20 Leadership Training Companies list is the strongest we have seen yet,” said Ken Taylor, chief operating officer, Training Industry, Inc.. “2014 saw continued growth and innovation across the board, with a particular focus on taking their program’s contents and delivery methods to the next level.” “The leadership segment continues to be one of the most inquired about segments in the training industry,” said Doug Harward, chief executive officer, Training Industry, Inc.. “Corporations globally are looking to these top companies to anchor the leadership development programs for their current and aspiring leadership teams.” View the 2015 Top 20 Leadership Training Companies Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com.    About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is to help dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Cary, NC – February 26, 2015 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Top 20 Sales Training Companies List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2015 Top 20 Sales Training Companies Selection to this year's Top 20 Sales Training Companies List was based on the following criteria: Industry recognition and impact on the sales training industry Innovation in the sales training market Company size and growth potential Breadth of service offering Strength of clients served Geographic reach “The Sales Training segment showed a strong innovation push in 2015 with continued above average growth rates.” said Ken Taylor, chief operating officer, Training Industry, Inc. “The companies selected to this year’s list are leading the deployment of some new strategies in mobile learning, micro-learning and innovation in sustainability in support of their programs.” “This year’s list demonstrates the continued strength and quality of offerings of the Sales Training segment,” said Doug Harward, chief executive officer, Training Industry, Inc. “These organizations are leading the way in providing their clients with innovative products and services in their desired modalities.” Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com.  View the 2015 Top 20 Sales Training Companies About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is to help dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Saarbruecken, Graz−February 26, 2015− From little fluffy clouds to blanket cloud cover, more and more companies are coming to appreciate the benefits of cloud computing. According to a study conducted by the internationally active market research and consultancy company IDC, expenditure for public cloud services in 2013 reached US$47.4 billion. By 2017, this figure is likely to have increased to almost US$108 billion. The IT sector is also responding to this boom in demand for cloud computing since Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform, was first introduced in 2010 under the name of Windows Azure, the system has been enhanced with a multitude of new functionalities and finally succeeded in establishing itself as the market leader in 2014. As a company associated with learning for more than 20 years, IMC is constantly seeking out new technologies and opportunities that it can use to create unparalleled learning results. To ensure it stays at the cutting edge of available technology, the company attaches great importance to regular communication with other key players regarding new trends and their potential and synergies. This was how IMC spotted the early signs of a trend towards cloud computing. As a result, it has been consistently developing cloud activities since 2009. Customers wanting to reduce their operating costs have long since had the opportunity to make use of IMC cloud services. Both the Process Guidance Suite and the Learning Suite offered by IMC can be used in a public or private cloud with the help of Microsoft Azure. But that's not all. The Microsoft partner company that ranks amongst the top one percent of partners in the Microsoft network is showing courage by investing in new projects with key players to achieve technological advances. Since the end of last year, it has been possible to purchase the Process Guidance Suite directly via the Azure marketplace. The platform helps companies searching for innovative cloud-based solutions to make contact with partners offering applications that are ready for use. As a result of its many years of experience in the area of cloud computing, IMC is able to provide the best possible support for companies looking for the most suitable cloud solution for their requirement. Microsoft has now acknowledged this spirit of innovation by awarding IMC the silver cloud platform competency. This award is given to partners who have specialized in the provision of infrastructures and SaaS solutions for Microsoft Azure. Companies earning this competence must satisfy a number of implementation criteria and produce references, conduct satisfaction surveys and pass through various technical assessments.   For more information please visit us at: www.im-c.com  

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    Saarbruecken, Graz−February 27, 2015− “Motivate your learners by letting them play!” This is the message IMC and Lafarge put forward that convinced the jurors, and thanks to their innovative approach, the two partners managed to take home the e-learning AWARD 2015 in the “conception” category. Lafarge is a leading global manufacturer of building materials – a company which is conscious that as natural resources become scarcer, the importance of using sustainable building materials increases. With their new online training, Lafarge wanted to make its employees aware of sustainability issues and keep them informed about the advantages of concrete. For the implementation of the project, Lafarge chose IMC as their partner. The two companies already had a history of successfully implementing e-learning projects together. This time, the result of their cooperation was to be a visually appealing web-based training with responsive design. The approach of this online training, however, was fundamentally different from mainstream productions. It shows that thanks to the clever use of gamification elements, the final assessment doesn’t necessarily have to be a chore for the learner, it can even be a reward! In the graphically appealing “Quiz Palace," learners answer questions against the clock and compete with each other in a friendly competition. The winners are also able to be nominated and honored on a monthly, weekly or yearly basis which ensures a high level of learning motivation as well as the sustainability of the training. Since 2008, the e-learning AWARD has honored state-of-the-art projects in approximately 25 different categories. The award is conferred at Didacta in Hannover each year. With 750 exhibitors each year Didacta is the biggest education fair in Europe.

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    Cary, NC – March 5, 2015 – Training Industry, the global leader in market intelligence for corporate training and development, has announced the appointment of Ken Taylor as president. He will continue to report to CEO Doug Harward. Taylor has 28 years of industry experience, including serving as chief operating officer of Training Industry over the past eight years. He is a proven leader and entrepreneur with experience across global markets and a variety of industries and focus areas including operations, technology, sales, marketing and finance. Taylor’s deep understanding of the corporate learning and development market allows him to help clients focus on the topics that will improve the business of learning.   “It is with great pleasure that I make this announcement to better reflect the continued contribution and stewardship that Ken demonstrates at Training Industry,” said Doug Harward, CEO of Training Industry. “It is due to Ken’s leadership and commitment to building a great team that we have become the global leader in corporate training and development on the web, eclipsing major milestones including new highs in monthly visitors, subscribers to our magazine, and continued expansion of our audience in excess of 150K global learning leaders.” Harward envisions that Taylor’s leadership will drive continued company growth, leveraging the same thoughtful approach he has applied in helping shape the company to date. “I look forward to continuing the collaborative working relationship that Doug and I have formed through the writing of our first book together and launching our first training certification program,” Taylor said. “We have assembled a great team of professionals ready to help our customers and our audience better understand how to take training to the next level.“ Taylor is a graduate of McGill University in finance and international business, and co-author of the book, “What Makes a Great Training Organization? A Handbook of Best Practices.” He is based at corporate headquarters located in Cary, NC. ABOUT TRAINING INDUSTRY Training Industry is a market intelligence firm for corporate learning and development. Our focus is on helping business and training professionals obtain the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning. We support both our clients and our audience through our assets: TrainingIndustry.com, Training Industry Magazine, Training Industry Creative Solutions and our corporate learning and development research.                                                      ###

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    CARY, NC, March 5, 2015 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Sales Training Companies Watch List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2015 Sales Training Companies Watch List Selection to this year's Sales Training Companies Watch List was based on the following criteria: Innovative Approach New or Re-Launched Practices Targeted Service Offering Quality of Initial Clients Solutions Focused on Specific Market Vertical “Once again this year, the companies on the sales training watch list are a very strong group of innovators in the sales performance improvement space,” said Ken Taylor, chief operating officer, Training Industry, Inc. “These companies have the qualities necessary to help move the needle in revenue generation.” “The closer you are to the company’s revenue, the more critical the investment in training is,” said Doug Harward, chief executive officer, Training Industry, Inc. “The watch list companies have embraced the opportunity to improve their company’s sales teams and sustain the impact of the change.” Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com.  View the 2015 Sales Training Companies Watch List   About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is to help dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Fremont, CA−March 11, 2015− California based company, Exaltive.com launches a first of its kind interactive video suite that brings a simplified and immersive video experience for enterprises and educators alike. The product is available as a cloud solution and supports video hosted on platforms such as Vimeo, Kaltura and YouTube. As video becomes the new standard for business communication, Exaltive lets you create clickable video that is more productive and engaging than the current static, linear video.  The simplicity of the interactive design tool lets anyone turn video into an interactive experience for micro-learning, employee engagement, customer support, sales, training and more. The interactive features are ideally suited for mobile usage where viewers can access in-video links, surveys and supplemental material in a single integrated view. “If you can use PowerPoint, then you can create an engaging interactive video,” said Roger Woehl, founder and CEO of Exaltive. “The simplicity of the Exaltive tool makes this capability accessible to everyone, and I believe that online audiences will soon expect interactivity on every video.” Exaltive Designer and Interactive Player empowers anyone to enhance video with navigation, annotations, quizzes, pop-up details, embedded web pages and more. Exaltive’s enterprise suite adds integration for LMS and portals, customizable channels and a rich video library to support HR, sales, managers, trainers, and educators where efficiency, speed and productivity matter. Exaltive is driving the future of video for business. It offers free and paid plans for end users and enterprises. For more information about Exaltive, visit www.exaltive.com   About Exaltive Exaltive is a first of its kind cloud technology for creating clickable interactive video for business productivity. It offers solutions to video creators, as well as trainers, educators, managers, HR and others who want to help their audience find and focus on what matters most. The suite includes designer, interactive player, portal integration adapters, channels and video library, which together help businesses better engage with employees, customers and prospects.

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    Santa Monica, CA− March 12, 2015 – With an aging workforce and shrinking budgets, federal and defense organizations face several unique challenges in building their next generation of leaders. At the top of the list of challenges is failed talent management initiatives, revealed by a new survey from talent management software firm Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), conducted in collaboration with WBR Digital for the second year in a row. Cornerstone and WBR Digital’s benchmark survey, Building a Culture of Excellence and Engagement: The 2015 Human Capital Management Report, found that 78 percent of federal agency human capital executives feel their current talent management programs fall short of where they need to be, slightly up from the 2014 report. Additionally, eight in ten respondents cite the culture of their agencies as the biggest barrier, other than budget, to creating positive change and reaching their talent management and performance goals. Challenged by stagnant management practices and resource gaps within departments, the federal government also faces its lowest employee engagement rankings in 11 years.1 According to the Government Accountability Office, nearly two-thirds of senior executives will reach retirement eligibility by 2016. Cornerstone and WBR’s report found that the top concern among federal agency human capital executives is finding qualified job candidates, with 68 percent currently working on such initiatives—a 23 percent jump from the 2014 study. Surprisingly, nearly eight in ten federal agencies have no active plan in place to recruit millennials, the generation projected to comprise 75-80 percent of the workforce in the next decade. The lack of investment among federal agencies to recruit the next generation of leaders threatens the continuity of talent development and knowledge retention as high-level officers age out of key positions. Other key survey findings include: 2015 talent management priorities. After finding the right people for the job, respondents name succession planning and identifying and closing skill gaps as their top priorities – all three of which are tightly linked to staff development, which 63 percent of respondents name as an active area of focus.  Developing leaders. While the majority of agencies cite that succession planning is a priority, only 29 percent are focused on leadership development training, signaling that employees are not being properly groomed to fill key leadership positions. Changing the culture. In order to change the management culture for organizational improvements, there must be transparent dialogue and feedback. However, half of all respondents ranked their continuous feedback process as below where it should be, with 15 percent calling their efforts flatly unsuccessful. Building morale and engagement. To turn back the negative engagement ratings and historically rigid management culture, agencies are increasingly adapting to workers’ needs and desires. Seventy-three percent of respondents are implementing teleworking and work-time flexibility programs, nearly two-thirds are employing non-monetary recognition initiatives, and 58 percent are implementing mentorship programs to ensure knowledge retention and bridge the gap between generations in the workplace. While the report reveals a positive shift within federal agencies to adapt to the way today’s employees desire to get work done, the lack of investment in recruiting millennials and leadership development initiatives signifies that many federal agencies are not adequately preparing to attract and retain the next generation of talent. Today’s federal agency leaders have an opportunity to re-energize their workplace and improve employee engagement. Yet without a focus on supporting employees to be successful as they step into key roles, they run the risk of contributing further to talent gaps and losing out on the strongest candidates to the private sector.   About Cornerstone OnDemand Cornerstone OnDemand is a leader in cloud-based applications for talent management. The company’s solutions help organizations recruit, train, manage and engage their employees, empowering their people and increasing workforce productivity. Based in Santa Monica, CA, the company’s solutions are used by over 2,100 clients worldwide, spanning more than 18.1 million users across 191 countries and 42 languages. 

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    March 18, 2015− Kineo, a global provider of award-winning e-learning solutions and an early exponent of rapid e-learning, is pleased to launch a new service that accelerates timelines and reduces cost for development in Articulate Storyline products. A common challenge faced by many organizations is the lack of available time and resources to develop learning solutions. Kineo’s rapid e-learning service will allow clients to deliver excellent productions despite such constraints. This new development support offering will reduce the time and investment required for custom e-learning without compromising quality. “Many of our clients have talented instructional designers but don’t have access to specialized resources like art directors, graphic artists, and developers,” said Steve Lowenthal, CEO of Kineo US. “With this new service, we can act as an extension of a client’s internal team and make high-quality, interactive e-learning available to a broader audience at a fraction of the cost of traditional custom eLearning.”  So how does Kineo’s new rapid e-learning work? A Kineo instructional designer will lead the client team through the design and script process. Then, the course will be developed by Kineo’s team of graphic artists and developers using one of several art directions and templates, resulting in a course with polish and style.  About Kineo: Kineo is a global workplace learning company that helps your business improve performance through learning and technology. We are part of the City & Guilds Group, which is one of the world’s largest learning and skills businesses. Over two million people each year train with City & Guilds, who offers more than 5,000 qualifications across 28 industries and works with over 10,000 centers and training providers in 80 countries around the world.

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    Salt Lake City, Utah – March 24, 2015 – Allen Communication, a pioneer in the use of new technologies in corporate training, has signed a partnership agreement with Cegos, worldwide leader in training and development. The agreement makes Cegos’ corporate development and managerial content available to Allen Communication to incorporate into Allen’s award-winning training solutions. Through this partnership, Allen Communication’s corporate clients will benefit from having access to effective and innovative e-learning solutions by Cegos® catalog, a collection of more than 215 online trainings modules available in 18 languages. Some of these content areas include: Management and leadership Marketing principles and operations Personal development Professional proficiency These solutions complement the award-winning, custom training provided by Allen and will be incorporated into Allen’s performance maps, courseware solutions and employee portals globally. “We chose to partner with Cegos based on their excellent quality and reputation,” said Ron Zamir, Allen Communication president and CEO. “We see a real need in the North American market for content that can support global clients who are rapidly expanding operations and meeting high training standards on an international scale. Allen is unique in the U.S. for our focus on Fortune 50 and Fortune 100 clients. Our clients will benefit from the expanded offerings and footprint though this partnership with Cegos. We are proud to align with a market leader in quality and global distribution of managerial training.” Pascal Debordes, head of Cegos International’s partner network, adds, “This partnership with Allen Communication represents an important step in our international development. For many years, Allen has led the e-learning sector in the United States, and now our two organizations will combine their respective strengths to develop even more impactful solutions for our partners. We are particularly proud to see Allen Communication join our international network of partners.” Founded in 1981, Allen Communication is an innovator in the learning and training industry using new technologies in order to create innovative training programs. As an award-winning company, Allen focuses on value creation through methods including: e-learning, mobile learning, operational consultancy and customized learning technologies like social learning, gamification and development of mobile applications. Today, Allen Communication deploys its customized solutions throughout the world. Cegos trains 220,000 people across the globe every year, in open or in-house courses. The Group has a comprehensive product range that extends from off-the-shelf courses to tailored solutions. Its multi-dimensional approach draws on all the currently-available learning formats. Alone or in partnership with universities and top educational facilities, the Group also offers 103 certificate or diploma courses.

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    Redwood City, CA−March 24, 2015− Badgeville, the global leader in business gamification, announced a new generation of Badgeville Analytics. Badgeville’s customers have added gamification to a wide-range of enterprise applications including social communities, sales performance, customer support and learning management. Badgeville Analytics is used to track, analyze, report on and evolve these enterprise gamification programs. This new generation product is designed to provide big data analytics with ease of interpretation by putting the tools of data scientists into the hands of gamification program managers. Customers can see what’s working to motivate employee actions and make real-time enhancements to their gamification programs. Any gamified action can be tracked across any time period. Badgeville Analytics features include: Insight into any user action or combination of actions Insight into usage by time, group or activity Analysis tied to specific business goals Flexible reporting with a variety of charts and graphs Customizable dashboards Badgeville Analytics is available to all customers. The company also offers the services of its Behavior Lab to help customers setup, measure and interpret their analytics results. The Behavior Lab includes professionals skilled in gamification and data science. Steve Sims, chief design officer and head of Badegville’s Behavior Lab, works with Badgeville customers to define and measure their gamification programs. “Customers are gaining new and unique insights into employee engagement and they are learning what motivates employee behaviors,” said Sims. Forrester has highlighted the importance of separating signal from noise in enterprise applications through the use of analytics. “By continuously analyzing and characterizing past behaviors of users, a platform can predict the expertise and the content the user needs and direct the user's attention to the right person, document, or community accordingly,” according to Forrester’s research. “Analytics are increasingly important to our customers as they expand their gamification across the enterprise.” said Jon Shalowitz, CEO of Badgeville. “Badgeville Analytics provides unique insight into employee engagement with enterprise applications. Now customers can see detailed user and usage patterns across all their gamified applications.”   About Badgeville Badgeville drives success through business gamification with its unique combination of products, expertise and analytics. Badgeville is the industry leader with hundreds of name brand customers including Walmart, American Express, Samsung, Medtronic, Kendall Jackson, USAA and more. Founded in 2010, Badgeville is based in Redwood City, CA and New York City. 

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    Farmingdale, N.Y.− March 6, 2015 – As talk about being “college and career ready” continues to dominate many education debates, several collaborating organizations announced today that they are forming new research consortia to ensure a strong national discussion among parents, educators, counselors and students on career pathways. Three research consortia will work collaboratively to explore students’ aspirations toward a range of careers in specific areas and some of the influences on those aspirations. The National Association of Biology Teachers, SkillsUSA, and the Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) will examine students’ aspirations toward a range of health/science careers. “Science teachers, and especially biology teachers, are often the first to introduce students to the possibility of a health/science career,” said Jaclyn Reeves-Peppin, executive director, National Association of Biology Teachers. “By conducting this research with our consortium partners, we can learn more about how students view the health and science related opportunities that exist today, and those we envision for tomorrow. This data can only help teachers, parents and counselors better support students as they pursue their educational and career aspirations in these fields.” SkillsUSA, the Manufacturing Institute, and the ERCA will focus on career paths that grow out of Career and Technical Education (CTE). "SkillsUSA is pleased to join the Manufacturing Institute and ERCA in this research consortium and in recommending this survey to CTE students and educators,” said Tim Lawrence, executive director, SkillsUSA. “It will enable us to better align our services with student needs and prepare them for careers ahead." Destination Imagination, the National Girls Collaborative, the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and ERCA will delve into students’ aspirations toward a range of STEM careers. "Future research is needed to examine the individual components of the perseverance construct (brain optimization, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and self-determination), and their relationship to creativity and 21st century skill development," said Dr. Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination. "We are excited to be a participant in this research consortium to measure students’ career and educational aspirations and their perceptions about creativity and STEM careers. This data will be invaluable in framing a national discussion.” Feedback from students through surveys will also be compared and contrasted with trends and opportunities in each of the career areas. The participating organizations have agreed to a multi-year engagement that will help use the data to better prepare students for their careers ahead. “As the economy evolves, students, parents, guidance counselors, and educators continue to look for the best opportunities for today’s learners,” ERCA Executive Director Ed Doody said. “With this new research initiative, we expect to better inform all involved in the process about career paths, focusing on both what is needed today and what is needed tomorrow. And there are no better partners to lead such an effort than our collaborators.” 

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    Santa Monica, CA− March 31, 2015 – Toxic employees can have a major negative financial and cultural impact on companies that make the mistake of hiring them. A new Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ:CSOD) report, “Toxic Employees in the Workplace,” reveals that, along with the direct costs incurred by toxic employees, they also incur hidden costs to employers. The report shows that good employees quit at a 54 percent higher rate when they work with a toxic employee. Additionally, the onboarding cost of hiring a toxic employee is three times the amount of a non-toxic employee. “Employees are a company’s most valuable resource, and retaining the best and brightest is critical for a business to succeed long-term,” said Adam Miller, founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. “Hiring is a very complex process, and a candidate who gave a stellar performance during the interview may turn out to be a poor fit. Fortunately, companies can use science-based assessments, like those offered from Cornerstone Selection, to identify applicants who are not only more qualified for the job but also a healthier, long-term fit for the organization. Leveraging a dataset of approximately 63,000 hired employees spanning approximately 250,000 observations, talent management software provider Cornerstone conducted the research by identifying those who were terminated for reasons related to toxic behavior. This behavior includes misconduct, workplace violence, drug or alcohol abuse, sexual harassment, falsification of documents, fraud and other violations of company policy. Across the sample, 3 to 5 percent of all employees met the criteria for being terminated due to toxic behavior. A Toxic (and Financial) Burden According to the report, the indirect costs of toxic employees, as measured by the toll they take on co-workers, can have a far greater overall impact and create an even larger financial burden on the business than the direct costs of a toxic employee’s misbehavior. Key report findings include: Good employees are 54 percent more likely to quit when they work with a toxic employee, if the proportion of toxic employees on their team grows by as little as a 1:20 ratio. By making their co-workers significantly more likely to leave, toxic employees lead to rising replacement costs. Hiring a single toxic employee onto a team of 20 workers costs approximately $12,800, whereas hiring a non-toxic employee costs an employer an average of $4,000. Toxic employees have a negligible effect on the performance of their co-workers, which suggests that they have a stronger influence on stress and burnout than on day-to-day task completion. The Warning Signs The ability to identify candidates that display a high likelihood for toxic behavior before they wreak havoc in the workplace is tremendously valuable. The report uncovered behaviors that should be considered potential warning signs.  Key report findings include: Individuals who are self-proclaimed “rule followers” were 33 percent more likely to be toxic employees, which underscores the need to ask assessment questions in an opaque way. Applicants who were notably overconfident about their technical proficiencies for a job were 43 percent more likely to engage in toxic behavior. Toxic behavior is contagious and can spread from co-worker to co-worker at faster rates for larger teams. Poor attendance and dependability, as well as lack of customer service orientation, are most predictive of toxic behavior. “This report set out to answer two questions,” said Michael Housman, chief analytics officer at Cornerstone OnDemand. “The first is whether it is possible to identify the factors that make someone likely to engage in toxic behavior, and the second being whether we can quantify the impact that toxic employees have on their coworkers. Finding that both of these questions were measurable, and behavior can indeed be predicted, validates the usefulness of employing data-driven intelligence to support hiring decisions.”   About Cornerstone OnDemand Cornerstone OnDemand is a leader in cloud-based applications for talent management. The company’s solutions help organizations recruit, train, manage and engage their employees, empowering their people and increasing workforce productivity. Based in Santa Monica, California, the company’s solutions are used by over 2,100 clients worldwide, spanning more than 18 million users across 191 countries and 42 languages. 

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    Cary, NC – April 2, 2015 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2015 Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies Selection to this year's Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies List was based on the following criteria: • Industry visibility, innovation and impact • Capability to deliver multiple types of training services • Company size and growth potential • Strength of clients • Geographic reach “This year’s top 20 training outsourcing companies shows the dominance and staying power of some of the core brands in our industry,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc. “Client needs are continuously evolving and these organizations are able to demonstrate a commitment to innovate and meet their needs.” “As BPO in the learning and development space continues to morph, so do the top companies,” said Doug Harward, chief executive officer, Training Industry, Inc. “A learning leader’s needs can range from a simple content project to a comprehensive process outsourcing initiative for some or all of the functions. These top companies are up to the challenge and bring ideas exercised across their many engagements around the globe.” Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com. View the 2015 Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies   About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is to help dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    CARY, NC – April 2, 2015 – Training Industry announced its 2015 Readership and Editors’ Award nominations. The nominees were selected from the “Top 10 Articles of 2014” release published on TrainingIndustry.com. The award recipients will be announced at the Training Industry Conference and Expo in Raleigh, NC, May 5, 2015. The Training Industry Readership Award honors 10 of the most-read articles published on TrainingIndustry.com and Training Industry Magazine from the past year. The nominees are selected based on readership appeal and attention. The Training Industry Editors’ Award recognizes articles that captured the attention of both the readership and the Training Industry editorial team, had a unique perspective on the topic area, and displayed diligent research and quality writing. The 2015 Readership and Editors’ Award nominees are as follows: Combating the Forgetting Curve By Bill Rosenthal, Logical Operations Five Things Proactive Sales Managers Do Differently By Kevin Davis, TopLine Leadership Achieving Business Objectives via Team BuildingBy Ash Curtis, Bluehat Group How Training is Like Vacuuming By Peter Hochstaetter, Siemens Healthcare Measuring Informal Learning By Tom Kelly, Consultant Six Tips for an Impactful Onboarding Program By Joellen Sorenson, SAVO The Direct Path to Training ROI By John Buelow, Shapiro Negotiations Improving e-Learning Usability By Ryan Moore, Uncanny Owl Five Ways to Inspire Your Team By Ravinder Tulsiani, Training Edge L&D for the Next Generation of Leaders By Sean Graber, Virtuali What L&D Professionals Need to Know About Gamification By Karl Kapp, Professor & Author Women, Leadership and Emotional Intelligence By Dr. Shawn Andrews, Allergan The Currency of Trust: The Difference between Flourishing and Floundering By Kimberly Gerber, Excelerate Giving Old Content New Life By Sheri Winter, GP Strategies Raising the Bar: The Impact of Sales Training on Effective Customer Engagement By Steve Andersen & Craig Jones, PMI  The Business Leader’s Bottom Line: Aligning Learning with Organizational Needs By Ajay Pangarkar & Teresa Kirkwood, Authors How Games Drive Learning By Gregg Collins, NIIT The Language of Measurement: When to Assess, Evaluate and Test By John Mattox, Corporate Executive Board & Michele Graham, KPMG From Mind-full to Mindful: The Intention/Instruction Intersection By Julie Winkle Giulioni, Author Gamification in Sales Training: Seven Critical Considerations Before the Games Begin By Jeb Brooks, The Brooks Group “It’s always exciting to see which articles resonate with our audience,” said Ken Taylor, editor in chief and president, Training Industry, Inc. “This group of articles represent some of the most well-received articles that Training Industry has published in the past year and allows us to see what is trending in the marketplace and the topics that are most important to our readers.” “We strive to produce quality content for business and training professionals,” said Doug Harward, chief executive officer, Training Industry, Inc. “It’s great to see the range of topics that made the list of most-read articles, which gives us a snapshot of where the market is heading.”   About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is on helping dedicated business and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.    

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    Westborough, MA – March 31, 2015 - The Training Associates (TTA), the largest provider of training talent and solutions, announced the appointment of George Agnew to the position of executive vice president of global sales.  In this role, Agnew will be responsible for developing, implementing and executing the company’s sales growth strategies. Prior to joining TTA, George was working with Customer Centric Selling as a cadre assisting in the delivery of enterprise sales training to organizations throughout the United States.  He brings over 23 years of sales leadership experience, most recently as senior vice president of sales at Empower Software Solutions where he was instrumental in leading the enterprise sales team in closing some of the largest retailers in the United States in the workforce management and human capital market. George has also held vice president of sales positions at Ceridian and Automatic Data Processing prior to founding and growing ePayrollPlus into a national payroll outsourcing company until the sale of the organization in 2009. “I am pleased to welcome George to the TTA leadership team,” said Maria Melfa, president and CEO of TTA. “He is an experienced sales leader with a proven track record of successfully building and mentoring teams to achieve higher sales.  I am confident that his sales experience will bring TTA to the next level.” ABOUT THE TRAINING ASSOCIATES Founded in 1994, The Training Associates (TTA) is the largest provider of training talent and solutions. TTA’s stringent quality procedures, vast network of over 25,000 diversely skilled IT and professional skills training consultants, and convenient training delivery administration services enable organizations to secure top‐notch training professionals, on demand. They can accomplish this without the fixed overhead associated with a large training staff, or the delays, classification risks and administrative burdens associated with recruiting training contractors directly.  With unparalleled experience and expertise in all aspects of training delivery, TTA is best equipped to meet the unique requirements of each training initiative – regardless of size, scope or location. Directly or through partners, more than 1,000 organizations – including most of the Fortune 500, all government departments and military branches, major consultant and training companies, and major colleges and universities – rely on TTA for a variety of training delivery services including consulting, project management, train‐the‐trainer, courseware, curriculum development and large‐scale training rollout management. TTA’s numerous awards reflect their commitment to help organizations use training to increase productivity, reduce costs and drive revenues.  

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    April, 6, 2015− New York, NY− Exec|Comm LLC, a premier communication skills training and consulting firm, announced a partnership with Gsponer, an independent Swiss consulting company, as part of its global expansion. Exec|Comm recently announced a major expansion to its global services, with Exec|Comm certified coaches now located in six additional international cities. Gsponer will serve as Exec|Comm’s hub in Europe where they’ll consult with local companies and deliver quality programs in the region. Exec|Comm will train Gsponer employees to become Exec|Comm certified facilitators serving multinational companies with offices throughout Switzerland, Germany and Austria. “Offering global resources to our clients underscores a strategic priority for Exec|Comm,” said Jay Sullivan of Exec|Comm. “We’ve made a big investment this year to add Exec|Comm trainers in key locations throughout the world and Gsponer has been instrumental in our placement in continental Europe.” Since 1985, Gsponer has successfully advised companies, organizations and public administrations on business strategy and leadership, marketing and sales, and human resources consulting with a focus on change management. “We’re thrilled to partner with Exec|Comm and to introduce our clients to their unique services,” said Dr. Beat Kropf of Gsponer. “The company’s goals and culture fit in line with ours and we look forward to a successful relationship.”   About Exec|Comm LLC Founded in New York in 1982 with global resources, Exec|Comm LLC, is a premier communication skills training and consulting firm. Exec|Comm works with clients across all major industries including professional services, financial services, technology, insurance, manufacturing, energy and healthcare. The firm teaches all levels of professionals, in both group and private coaching settings, how to communicate with greater impact by focusing more on others and less on themselves.

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    New York, NY− April 8, 2015− Studies such as “Women in the Executive Suite Correlate to Higher Profits” conducted by the Glass Ceiling Research Center, show strong correlations between a better balance of men and women in leadership positions and higher company profitability. In an effort to help more organizations increase access to state of the art transformational online training and development opportunities that foster a productive and empowered, gender-blended workplace, Pearson is partnering with Barbara Annis, founder of the Gender Intelligence Group, a global leader in creating gender intelligent organizational cultures. Together, Pearson and the Gender Intelligence Group will provide organizations including leading financial services, high-tech, health services, and professional services companies, with gender intelligence learning experiences via the Intrepid Learning Hub™ online learning environment, to deliver effective instruction through short-form content, applied practice and highly interactive social features. Pearson’s Managing Director of Higher Education, North America, Robin Baliszewski, said, "We are thrilled that our strategic partnership with the Gender Intelligence Group will enable us to expand our deep commitment to diversity and inclusion to other organizations globally who, like Pearson, recognize the value of gender intelligent workplaces to employee engagement and better business outcomes.” Gender Intelligence Group is led by Barbara Annis, a thought leader in the field of gender differences and diversity, and a global practitioner in the area of improving gender relations in the workplace. Annis first coined the term Gender Intelligence® in the early 1990s, which has since become the basis of the global practice of the Gender Intelligence Group, helping companies become more effective and produce greater, more sustainable results by seeking and blending the contribution of both men and women in unison. “We have had such an outstanding partnership with Pearson for several years now, and are truly delighted to deliver this critical piece of work that can ensure we accelerate this powerful learning throughout the world in a cost effective way,” said Annis. Annis will conduct the learning session, “Gender Intelligence: The Competitive Advantage,” at Chief Learning Officer magazine’s Spring 2015 CLO Symposium on April 15th at the Trump National Doral in Miami. Pearson Professional partners with corporations, associations and government agencies to create effective solutions that are aligned with their learning and professional development goals to improve business results. About Pearson  Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning.  About The Gender Intelligence Group  The Gender Intelligence Group (formerly named Barbara Annis & Associates) is recognized as the global leader in gender diversity and inclusive leadership training for organizations. Our specialized services are designed to foster workplace cultures that acknowledge, value and optimize the unique abilities of individuals. Built on the work of Barbara Annis, a pioneer and global practitioner in the advancement of gender intelligence, our unique programs help organizations around the globe achieve breakthrough results. 

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