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New York, NY − February 2, 2016 − Zack Academy, a leading provider of certification courses in the architectural and building trades, announced that it has launched a new website that facilitates the search for training courses to help professionals advance their careers in a wide variety of fields.
Zack Academy offers visitors thousands of face-to-face and online courses from a wide variety of third-party instructors and training companies including: business practices, computer training, construction trade, energy efficiency training, environmental sciences, hazardous materials, cleaning/restoration/water damage, water management and much more. Many of these courses lead to certifications that workers and companies need in order to conduct business.
Zack Academy lists courses offered by many of the United States’ leading training providers including National Seminars Training, specializing in professional development training; Everblue, a leader in sustainability programs; and Green Education Services, a subsidiary of Zack Academy and one of the largest providers of EPA Lead Certification courses. Zack Academy offers certification courses at locations across the United States, as well as providing customized courses offered on-site for corporate clients.
“When Green Education Services was founded in 2009 our services were limited to assisting professionals in the green building industry,” said Zachary Rose, founder and CEO of Zack Academy. “As our partnerships and clientele grew rapidly over the past few years, we felt that a new name, Zack Academy, was needed to better represent our expanding focus, allowing us to reach and serve a larger community of professionals who need training.”
“We recognize the importance of professionals acquiring the proper training in order to compete nationally as well as globally,” he added. “Zack Academy will be a destination website for anyone who is looking to improve their professional skills and to earn the certifications they need in order to improve their employment qualifications.”
About Zack Academy:
Zack Academy, the parent company of Green Education Services, is a leading provider of career-oriented training and certification courses, offering classes and seminars across the United States in areas including software and programming training; construction; contractor licensing and renewal; lead, asbestos and mold certification; LEED exam prep; stormwater and water management; solar training; cleaning/restoration/water damage; business practices; analytics; and more. Zack Academy provides a one-stop shop for career training by serving as a clearinghouse for hundreds of training companies around the United States.
Columbia, MD – February 2, 2016 − Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation announced that it has appointed Tony Mok as vice president of the Asia Pacific region. Mok will have responsibility for day-to-day management and oversee and deepen customer relationships to ensure optimal development of strategic learning programs, as well as uncover new business opportunities.
This strategic hire is part of a key initiative to provide customer support for GP Strategies' rapid expansion of operations and support centers in the region. For more than 10 years, Mok has led learning organizations creating learning solutions that align with strategic business goals.
Prior to GP Strategies, Mok was a senior vice president, leadership development, at Temasek Management Services (TMS) Academy in Singapore. Before TMS, Tony was the head of the Asia Learning Centre at Thomson Reuters, where he led a team responsible for the learning and development of all their front line staff in Asia. Before that, he spent a decade in investment banking relationship management training with ABN AMRO including a two year rotation as a senior training advisor in ABN AMRO Academy where he was responsible for all investment banking and relationship management training in Asia Pacific. His last position was senior relationship banker and head of the consumer industries group covering Hong Kong and China.
"The appointment of Tony demonstrates GP Strategies' continued commitment to its global growth strategy," commented Scott N. Greenberg, CEO of GP Strategies. "Tony's experience in both training and the financial services industry provides GP Strategies with a seasoned executive located in Asia."
About GP Strategies GP Strategies Corporation is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, e-learning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies' solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers.
Redwood Shores, CA − February 02, 2016 − Saba, a global leader in cloud-based intelligent talent management solutions, announced that its platform, Saba Cloud, has been named as a 'Strategic Leader' in Fosway's 9-Grid™ for learning management systems for the second consecutive year and continues to advance its position. Fosway Group, a leading European HR analyst firm, released its 2016 market analysis to coincide with the Learning Technologies Exhibition and Conference in London this week.
To achieve this improvement in the 'Strategic Leader' zone over the last 12 months, Saba has increased usage and adoption of Saba Cloud, delivered new product innovation to meet market demands and advanced customer advocacy and satisfaction.
Indeed, Saba's base of 2,200 customers -- including HR and learning industry leaders at global businesses like Virgin Atlantic, Dell and Guitar Center are driving learning and development innovation using Saba Cloud and its social, mobile and advanced analytics capabilities. Further, with the support of Saba's customer success organization, customers worldwide continue to accelerate user adoption, and deliver maximum business value with Saba Cloud.
"Saba continues to improve its standing in the LMS market and with its customers," said David Wilson, founder and CEO, Fosway Group. "We have seen an increased focus on helping customers gain more value from their investment in Saba Cloud, and the results continue to earn Saba a strategic leadership role in the market."
"Our focus on customer success drives everything we do," said Phil Saunders, president of Saba Software. "At Saba, we're privileged to work with true industry visionaries, who inspire us to deliver even more powerful, intuitive and innovative products. We're pleased to see their success -- and ours -- reflected in the latest Fosway 9-Grid™ LMS ranking."
This Fosway 9-Grid™ focuses on LMS. LMS is a core piece of the unified Saba Cloud suite of talent management modules that also includes recruiting, performance management, workforce planning, succession and compensation.
About the Fosway 9-Grid™
The Fosway 9-Grid™ provides a unique assessment of the principal learning and talent supply options available to organizations in EMEA. Now in its fourth year, the analysis is based on extensive independent research and insights from Fosway's Corporate Research Network of over 150 customer organizations, including BP, HSBC, PwC, RBS, Sanofi, Shell and Vodafone.
Saba delivers a cloud-based intelligent talent management solution used by leading organizations worldwide to hire, develop, engage and inspire their people. With machine learning at its core, Saba Cloud offers proactive, personalized recommendations on candidates, connections and content to help employees and businesses lead and succeed. It is purpose-built on a highly scalable platform that exceeds industry security and reliability standards. Saba has more than 31 million users and 2,200 customers across 195 countries and 37 languages.
Arlington, VA – February 3, 2016 − TwentyEighty Strategy Execution has released the Top Ten Project Management Trends for 2016. The evolution of the project management discipline has created high demands for new skills to master the challenges of our ever-changing work environment. Smart organizations are equipping project managers with the necessary skill sets to think more strategically and innovatively, manage change and complexity with an agile, yet disciplined approach all while carefully monitoring the big picture.
“The project management profession has evolved from a niche, technical-based discipline to a fully embedded approach to the way work gets done,” said Tim Wasserman, CLO, TwentyEighty Strategy Execution and Program Director, Stanford Advanced Project Management Program. “As a result, the skills required to fill project-based positions have also changed. Smart organizations are embracing these trends to stay ahead of the competition and continue to innovate.”
The Permanency of Agile Project Management
Agile approaches impact the way we do project-based work and have even started infiltrating more rigid methodologies such as Waterfall. Although people are still struggling with embracing the principles of Agile, smart organizations are helping their employees grasp agile ways of thinking to move their mind-set away from how things used to be done to how they need to be done. Forward-thinking organizations will strike the balance between disciplined and Agile methodologies. They recognize the need for Agile and will assist their employees with building their skills, knowledge and capabilities. Smart organizations are the ones that have already prepared a significant portion of their workforce to balance disciplined approaches with more agile ones to get work done.
Broadening Strategic Role of the Project Manager
Project managers (PMs) are being asked to think more strategically, in large part because, as organizations flatten, there is a rising need for more people to do this on behalf of the entire enterprise. Project management is no longer just about managing the triple constraints, but rather about reaching solutions faster and demonstrating strong, direct business impact. As a result, PMs are now more engaged in solution recommendations from the beginning. They are evolving from project managers to profit managers, accountable for the project’s financial performance, benefits realization and its impact on the organization’s bottom line. As the PM’s role within a project, program or portfolio morphs into a role requiring a more strategic perspective, PMs are moving away from their historical position as a technical cost center and toward a more pivotal role charged with ensuring that project-based work aligns to, and helps achieve, the organization’s strategic intent. Smart organizations are hiring, retaining and training their PMs for the skills necessary to manage this evolving role.
Turn, Turn, Turn- The Fundamentals of Change Management
Change is embedded in everything we do. Because every project is a cause for change, change management is a required skill in any PM’s toolbox. Change management places the emphasis on relational and strategic skills because organizations have learned technical skills alone are not enough to effectively execute change. Without effective change, projects fail to achieve their full organizational impact. Forward-thinking organizations do not assume people have learned these skills somewhere else; instead they are providing PM leaders with the resources to learn how best to manage change quickly and with impact.
Mastering Modern-Day Complexity
The world has become increasingly complex with many interdependencies and technical interfaces required to master the multivariate of information and relationships. Although many have mastered keeping track of all the data, it is not enough. Understanding and interpreting the information about projects, people and relationships are essential skills for breaking down complexity into pieces easily understood by others. PMs who can explain complexity simply will be the first to experience career advancement. While project management used to be focused on technical execution, today’s world requires strategic viewpoints and the understanding of project-based work’s impact, a fact being slowly embraced as organizations begin to see the value of PM leaders who possess a solid balance of technical and relational skills.
Thinking like an entrepreneur is imperative for PMs today. It goes beyond a business mind-set to an overall C-suite level way of approaching project-based work and the decisions required for top job performance. PMs can no longer function without the ability to execute strategy. It requires upskilling to meet the demands of today’s marketplace. Solid PMs must have a multidisciplinary skill set that includes effective communications skills, analytical thinking, strategic initiative, a business mind-set and technical finesse. The Project Management Institute’s new Talent Triangle reinforces the need for this balance of skills in leadership, strategic management as well as traditional technical expertise. Forward-looking organizations are aggressively upskilling their PMs to ensure they can master these skills; a much more cost effective approach to trying to hire senior PM talent from the ever-shrinking talent pool.
The Need for Design Thinkers
Design thinking has emerged as a major trend for how innovative organizations approach problem solving. The potential impact for the project management profession is significant. Design thinking encourages innovative solutions by drawing on approaches from engineering and design and combining them with ideas from the arts, social sciences, and the business world. For PMs, it’s particularly significant for exploring and then narrowing the scope of requirements for a project in a way that generates non-typical solutions to meet a challenge. Leading organizations are helping their PMs build a strong knowledge and skill base around design thinking approaches and balancing that with agility and discipline, encouraging PMs to step up to a more strategic perspective that accelerates innovation.
The Significance of Portfolio and Program Management
Portfolio and program management (PPM) has grown to be a part of the overall business management and leadership landscape. In fact, PPM is a key element in successful strategic execution, because every effort of the organization to move forward requires project-based work. Therefore, seeing how projects, programs and portfolios align to the organizational strategy is essential for PMs and non-PMs alike. Understanding how various projects affect others while maintaining a strategic perspective requires PMs to be able to focus on the details as well as step back to a more strategic, multi-project viewpoint. Savvy organizations recognize the importance of a strong PPM perspective and work to empower their PMs to step back and question when misalignment between strategy and project execution occurs.
A diverse workforce enhances client engagement and brings new perspectives to the workplace. In fact, according to a recent Economist Intelligence Unit study, 83 percent of respondents claimed a more diverse workforce actually improves an organization’s ability to engage a diverse client base, which then leads to expanded access to a number of markets. While more than 50 percent of all professional jobs are held by women, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report on major tech companies worldwide, only around 1 in 4 technology and leadership roles are undertaken by women. Smart organizations will tip the balance in favor of diversity to leverage the power of this growing workforce demographic.
Colocation, Global Teams and Distributed Work
The majority of work is now getting done in a distributed manner. Few project teams are solely co-located any more even though colocation is a desired state for Agile project management. This tension between Agile work methods and distributed teams will continue to grow. A distributed workforce creates challenges around managing at a distance, communication, cultural differences, as well as balancing and coordinating internal versus external resources. And as work is increasingly handed off from time zone to time zone in a 24/7 operating model, managing interfaces and interdependencies becomes a critical competency. Those who know how to coordinate distributed teams will increase the likelihood for achieving success as well as career advancement as they demonstrate this most essential skill.
The Spread of Project Management into Non-PM Arenas
Given that project-based work is responsible for all organizational transformation, whether incremental or comprehensive, project management is no longer just for project management professionals. Rather project management is for anyone – which is everyone – who does project-based work. Project management best practices and concepts are being adopted by many non-PM roles such as marketing, sales and logistics. The benefits of this can be seen in increased efficiencies, stronger strategic alignment and improved customer satisfaction – to name a few – all of which leads to improved organizational performance. Organizations that embrace PMs key principles will ensure that their talent pool – regardless of title, position or location -- is equipped with the skills and tools to not just get a job done, but deliver the full potential impact of a project.
“Project management is no longer boxed away in a corner of the room,” Wasserman said. “It stands front and center and is being adopted by every area of smart organizations. These organizations understand its significance and are investing heavily to ensure that individuals, teams and departments have what it takes to deliver maximum impact.”
TwentyEighty Strategy Execution assembled a panel of senior executives from around the world to compile the Top Ten Project Management Trends for 2016.
About Strategy Execution
It takes people and performance to profit. At Strategy Execution, a TwentyEighty Inc. company, we deliver performance education that closes the strategy execution gap by strengthening peoples’ strategic and project execution capabilities to drive higher performance. By combining the best of cutting-edge university research and proven business techniques, we deliver a performance-focused perspective designed to increase alignment and engagement across teams, business units or the entire enterprise.
TwentyEighty is a one of the largest workforce development companies in the world and is powered by some of the premier brands in the industry, such as Miller Heiman, VitalSmarts, Forum, Strategy Execution and Omega Performance. Our solutions are designed to help companies improve business results through the areas of Leadership Performance, Sales Performance, Credit Performance and Strategic Execution
Gainsville, FL – February 3, 2016 − SumTotal, a Skillsoft company, unveiled the SumTotal Talent Expansion® Suite Winter 2016 release. With this release, SumTotal fundamentally changes the way organizations approach employee development, simplifying the journey to becoming a self-developing organization. The innovative and intuitive capabilities in this release make it easier than ever to develop, promote, mobilize and reward the workforce.
More than 80 percent of business leaders say developing the skills of their existing workforce through continuous learning and talent mobility initiatives is one of their top priorities. In addition, nurturing an adaptable talent pool will unlock up to an estimated $130 billion in additional productivity globally. The Winter 2016 release delivers tools that support the critical focus on growing and adapting the skills and capabilities of an organization’s workforce, while simultaneously encouraging talent mobility.
The Winter 2016 release of the SumTotal Talent Expansion Suite provides easy-to-use, personalized, actionable tools and insights that adapt to the changing needs and preferences of each individual. These solutions empower every employee in every role in the organization to pursue their own meaningful path for growth without increasing the workload on managers and HR professionals.
“The feedback from beta testing customers is extremely positive. We’re delivering an intuitive and personalized experience that is blurring the line between talent processes and learning to deliver an entirely new, modern approach to development,” said John Ambrose, general manager of SumTotal. “Using our suite of solutions, business leaders can now build an organizational culture focused on empowering people – a culture that enables people to define and pursue a self-directed path for individualized development, continuous learning and career mobility, three of the critical components of the self-developing organization.”
Highlights of the SumTotal Talent Expansion® Suite Winter 2016 release include:
Configurable dashboards engage and empower your people to take an individualized approach to development by presenting a comprehensive amount of critical insight in a simple, flexible and actionable way – with multiple views that enable people to effectively balance personal, team and company priorities.
Development-focused widgets equip users with the drag-and-drop flexibility to focus on the insights and actions most important to them in context of their career goals and aspirations. From optimizing performance in their current role to preparing for a move into their next role, it connects people to the most relevant actions and content to impact growth with a single click.
Intelligent learning recommendations are delivered throughout the Talent Expansion Suite, leveraging a ‘big data’ algorithm to surface learning activities and content that are personalized to each individual’s precise preferences - making it easier for people to adopt learning and content continuously throughout their work day when and where it can have the most impact.
Enterprise search re-imagines how seamless it can be to browse, discover and pinpoint the information and resources people need to accelerate growth, enabling users to search across the Talent Expansion® Suite and across objects - including learning, people and reports - from a single place.
Theming and branding deliver unparalleled point-and-click personalization capabilities that go beyond a simple logo on a page. This gives administrators the ability to create themes and pages from existing assets with a few simple clicks – a process that can be very costly.
“Customer feedback validates that this release marks a fundamental technology shift for SumTotal,” said Humair Ghauri, senior vice president of products and technology at SumTotal. “The cutting-edge open architecture, unified data model and ultra-modern user experience mean that the Winter 2016 release outperforms all current talent management solutions, many of which are based on rapidly aging workflow models.”
“The business value of seamlessly connecting talent and learning has long been realized. When an organization delivers contextual learning opportunities, it not only fosters loyalty and engagement among employees, but also builds bench strength and a leadership pipeline throughout the organization,” Michael Rochelle, chief strategy officer and HCM principal analyst at Brandon Hall Group. “SumTotal’s latest release underscores the importance of integration across the entire HCM suite and will illustrate HR’s importance to overall organizational success.”
“Features in this release reflect what we at Nucleus have predicted would begin happening in performance and learning management,” said Brent Skinner, principal analyst covering human capital management for Nucleus Research. “The new normal for technology in HCM, manifested in predictive analytics and social media–style user interfaces promoting collaboration, facilitates a new approach. Organizations can now begin replacing tired, one-size-fits-all models for managing employee performance and learning. Taking these models’ place are trigger-based, in-the-moment conversations between managers and their employees. These interactions are less tedious and more intuitive and immediately applicable, integrating employee performance and learning more holistically with talent management overall.”
About SumTotal Systems SumTotal Systems, LLC, a Skillsoft company and a leading provider of integrated HR solutions, is increasing the performance of some of the world’s most successful organizations. SumTotal’s people-focused Talent Expansion® applications, available on premise and in the Cloud, enable contextual, just-in-time development designed to help organizations discover, develop and unleash the hidden potential within their workforce and business ecosystem. Today, more than 3,500 organizations, including several of Fortune’s “Best Places to Work,” rely on SumTotal’s award winning solutions to empower their employees.
Redwood City, CA − February 4, 2016 − Badgeville, the global leader in digital motivation, announced the launch of MotivationMetrics™, the first of its kind data discovery and analytics platform that provides gamification, performance and recognition insights across an organization.
Badgeville’s digital motivation platform integrates with applications that customers and employees use, gathering data from hundreds of sources including mobile, Twitter, Facebook, customer relationship management (CRM), social collaboration and human capital management applications. MotivationMetrics builds on Badgeville’s platform to offer program and business sponsors rich visualizations that highlight the engagement journey, demonstrate ROI and showcase organizational performance.
“There is a wide range of analytics tools that help slice and dice data, but much of it lives within the conventional silos of BI, CRM and other monolithic platforms—there’s no way to see what influences engagement across the systems, nor do these tools tell you how to drive improvement,” said Steve Sims, chief design officer at Badgeville. “That’s where MotivationMetrics is different. It not only lets you see what rewards users are achieving on the Badgeville platform, it also visualizes behaviors and who’s performing what to give you definitive recommendations and strategies to help you achieve business outcomes.”
In gamification, and in business, motivating people to perform desired behaviors is key to success. It is also critical that customers and employees demonstrate those behaviors across systems and environments. Together with Badgeville Enterprise Plus, MotivationMetrics pulls data from multiple program sources, providing multi-dimensional measurement, visibility and a clear path to improve outcomes. Even within a single program, MotivationMetrics goes beyond traditional gamification reporting, showcasing individual, team and organizational performance.
MotivationMetrics includes the MotivationONE Data Service, allowing customers an outbound data feed to bring gamification data into existing business intelligence (BI) and predictive analytics solutions. This enables better organizational results, more accurate benchmarking and streamlines the recommendations for next best actions.
For example, companies can:
See which behaviors correlate most strongly with performance,
Identify training opportunities for organizational improvement,
Focus incentives on key contributors in internal and external communities,
Improve program design based on engagement metrics,
Recognize the groups and individuals who are meeting sales or other objectives,
Evaluate individual, manager or group performance against goals or KPIs, and
Correlate attrition against employee engagement to better understand why employees leave and implement proven techniques to improve retention.
MotivationMetricsTM includes over 40 pre-built reports that slice and combine program data and present it across three dimensions—gamification progress, performance and recognition. Using familiar BI taxonomy that measures recency, frequency and impact, MotivationMetrics provides a continuous feedback loop with easy-to-use dashboards, intuitive self-service reports and rich visualizations.
Companies can use this three-dimensional motivation scorecard to take direct action via the Badgeville platform to improve how each program, organization, player and team measures up, and reward, promote or coach key participants to influence outcomes and track measurable impact in real time. MotivationMetrics is built upon a robust Hadoop-based infrastructure that leverages Tableau for interactive visualizations, Spark for sliding window segmentation, Impala for queries, Hive for ETL, Kafka, HBase and other technologies to support the millions of activities a single company may generate each day.
“We recognize the growing importance of gamification data to leaders at all levels,” said Jon Shalowitz, CEO, Badgeville. “Today’s leader needs data and insights that go beyond mere engagement. No other solution can connect all of these pieces of the puzzle to show the impact digital motivation has on performance and recognition across the enterprise. With the Badgeville platform and MotivationMetrics, customers and business owners can identify and motivate the key behaviors that help companies achieve their business goals with a compelling ROI.”
About Badgeville Badgeville digitally motivates all types of people to achieve their business goals in systems across the enterprise. By motivating customers, employees, and partners to perform their best individually and in teams, Badgeville is fundamentally changing the way people work. With hundreds of deployments as the leader in enterprise gamification, Badgeville empowers Customer and Employee journeys, by increasing audience engagement and personal reputation for industry leaders and innovators including American Express, Samsung, Walmart, Kendall Jackson and more.
RALEIGH, NC – February 4, 2016 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Leadership Training Companies Watch List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of leadership training services and technologies.
View the 2016 Leadership Training Companies Watch List
Selection to this year's Leadership Training Companies Watch List was based on the following criteria:
New and Innovative Service Offerings
Unique Approach to Leadership Development Solutions
Commitment to Thought Leadership
Quality of Initial Clients
“We are excited about the diversity of this year’s Leadership Training Watch List, including several companies who are newcomers,” said Ken Taylor, president of Training Industry, Inc. “The companies selected for the Top 20 Leadership Training List and the Watch List demonstrate the importance of the leadership training segment.”
“Leadership training continues to be one of the most critical training needs in any organization,” said Doug Harward, CEO, Training Industry, Inc. “The organizations on the 2016 Leadership Training Companies Watch List exemplify how skilled and strong the leadership training segment has become.”
View the 2016 Leadership Training Companies Watch List
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About Training Industry, Inc.
TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry, and publishes annual Top 20 and Watch List reports covering many sectors of interest to the corporate training function. Our focus is on helping dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.
Dallas, TX − February 4, 2016 − Raytheon Professional Services (RPS) LLC, a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, will join the Totara Partner Network to offer an expanded portfolio of learning management technology and services. Totara technology will be offered together with RPS' unique suite of services for learning management systems, known as Raytheon Flex Learning Management Services.
The Totara open source platform is easy to install and migrate, delivers reduced network costs and can provide expanded learning services, including social learning. Raytheon Flex Learning Management Services also includes consulting services, rapid implementation, automated data migration and support of learning management systems.
"Our customers are asking for increasing levels of capability and adaptability from their LMS tools," said David Letts, vice president of Raytheon Professional Services. "By partnering with Totara Learning, we can deliver more options to organizations that need to effectively manage learning outcomes for their workforce."
Benefits of the Raytheon Flex Learning Management Services include:
Flexibility and agility: Can be easily scaled and adapted to the needs of any global organization.
End-to-end support to provide ease of implementation, use and maintenance
The Totara LMS and social platform, which delivers both formal and informal learning capabilities
Rapid and robust migration of learners data from existing systems
"Raytheon Professional Services serves clients in more than 125 countries and 28 languages, and can offer more agile, flexible solutions that meet the rapidly evolving needs of diverse global organizations," said Willem Boom, vice president, Americas at Totara Learning. "Its deep learning management expertise, combined with our open and flexible learning technology, will deliver valuable, highly engaging solutions."
About RaytheonRaytheon Company, with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 94 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, capabilities in C5I (command, control, communications, computing, cyber and intelligence), sensing, effects and mission support services.
Saarbruecken, Germany − February 11th, 2016 − Last Sunday, Craig Weiss has announced on his “E-Learning 24/7 Blog” the top-ranked LMS suppliers based on his detailed analysis of 690 learning management systems from all over the world.
Following on from previous reports, IMC has again secured a position within the top 10 ranking for LMS providers.
“First and foremost this is a system for the 10,000 plus internal employee crowd and the external B2B/B2C folks,” said Craig Weiss. “The regular updates, Innovation Packs, add a wealth of new features and enhancements. The system is very strong with compliance and feature rich. Multi-tenant (included at no additional charge), so it’s an optimal solution for extended enterprise users. Ease of use is good, admin side on UI wise is solid. UX (user experience) strong. Mobile is nice. IMC skin the mobile app to your colors/logo - which is very, very cool (and not common at all in the space).”
Analyzing the learning management systems over different verticals, the IMC Learning Suite has been ranked as the number two solution for both, life science industry, including healthcare, and for manufacturing. Craig Weiss values the IMC Learning Suite in third place as an enterprise solution for large businesses with 10,000+ employees.
“The ranking reflects IMC´s successful innovation strategy,” said Dr. Tobias Blickle, board member of IMC. “For us it is of utmost importance that our customers benefit in a timely manner from the latest developments and enhancements. We see this ranking as clear recognition of the leading position IMC Learning Suite has in the market.”
Los Angeles, CA − February 10, 2016 − Los Angeles-based Fulcrum Labs has acquired online learning innovator Adapt Courseware. The acquisition complements Fulcrum's curriculum and content development business and positions the company to bring more personalized, competency-based learning opportunities to its client base.
Fulcrum had been evaluating competency-based, adaptive learning platforms to strengthen its core mission: turn students into learners and learners into confident subject matter masters. After the two companies partnered on a library of higher education content – delivered through Adapt's personalized learning platform – it became evident there was a natural fit.
“In the process of collaborating on hundreds of hours of multimedia content and tens of thousands of adaptive assessments, we determined that Adapt Courseware had, far and away, the best platform we’d seen,” said Fulcrum Labs CEO, Patrick Weir. “This is a truly state-of-the-art adaptive learning platform that makes it possible for every learner to achieve mastery. It’s a dramatic upgrade over legacy classroom and e-learning courses.”
Fulcrum has already begun implementing a roadmap of technology and data analytics enhancements to continue pushing online learning to the next level. Fulcrum’s acquisition of Adapt Courseware will further this vision, and also provide Fulcrum’s partners with an even more efficient and seamless production process, greater flexibility to implement new features; additional customer service resources and a more personalized experience for learners.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer our partners competency-based courses that feature instant, personalized feedback and optimal challenge, a strategy used successfully across the gaming industry,” Weir added. The courses also come with data analytics dashboards allowing customers to pinpoint the depth and degree to which a concept has been mastered, as well as identify critical knowledge gaps, target remediation and optimize the learning to an individual, classroom or benchmark against historical data.
Fulcrum's verticals have been training and test prep. With the acquisition of Adapt Courseware, the education sector is a natural fit. “We’ll continue to target industries and opportunities where training and access to knowledge are vital, and where adaptive technology, analytics and premium content are game changers in terms of increased engagement and learning performance,” said Weir. Fulcrum’s customers include Allegiant Airlines, Chegg, MedStar Medical Group and North Carolina State University.
The Adapt brand will now operate as Fulcrum Labs, effective immediately. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
About Fulcrum Labs
Founded in 2014, Fulcrum Labs is a full-service learning and development agency for organizations tired of DIY instructional tools and death by PowerPoint, which has been synonymous with e-learning and classroom training. Fulcrum combines proven cognitive science and adaptive learning technology with the storytelling power of award-winning animators and production veterans to bring engaging, personalized content to the education, career training and professional development sector.
Fulcrum Labs turns instructional material and learning objectives into engaging, ready-to-use online courses and powers them with their adaptive platform to turn students and employees into learners and confident subject matter masters.
About Adapt Courseware
Adapt Courseware delivers a modern approach to antiquated textbooks through its adaptive learning repository of award winning multimedia interactives, videos, and assessments. Its powerful, competency-based content aggregation and delivery toolset integrates with a school's LMS. Instructors can apply content in comprehensive course offerings or use the company's authoring environment to combine adaptive multimedia with their own content, facilitating a more personalized and engaging experience. Adapt Courseware's validation studies demonstrate how colleges and universities around the country are using its adaptive multimedia to realize measurable learning outcomes, including double digit improvements in retention and completion, as well as increased student satisfaction.
February 16, 2016 − Develop Training Limited (DTL), the UK’s leading training specialist in energy, water and construction, has launched a new online portal that allows clients to see all their training data in one place.
The innovative Learning & Assessment Portal (LAP) provides a competency dashboard of the client’s workforce with at-a-glance information on up-to-date training results for online and practical training. It can be used to efficiently prioritise training budgets in the areas required, giving clients a better return on investment.
The LAP’s features include automatic emails to learners to ensure they undertake the e-assessments, analysis of training results to ensure the learner is on the correct course for their ability, automatic recall invites to practical training, automatic text messages to remind the learner in case they missed any emails and re-enforcement assessments to help commit the learning to long term memory - all controlled through a single portal that can be seamlessly integrated with the client’s systems.
“The LAP ensures each training programme is tailored for the learner based on their abilities and that our clients’ training budgets are concentrated on areas where they’re most required, rather than relying on the ‘sheep dipping’ way of routinely retraining each learner periodically," said Anne Rogerson, business director for IT Services at DTL.
DTL’s training is based upon its unique Continuous Learning Loop, a learning cycle focused on pre-course assessment, a blended approach to training (incorporating classroom teaching, e-learning and practical ‘hands on’ skilling) and post-learning reinforcement.
This innovative approach provides the client with practical training courses most suited to the learner and the post-learning reinforcement helps to ensure that the learning has been embedded with the delegate. This delivers best value to clients in terms of having operatives who are properly trained for what their job role requires, in maximizing return on training investment and minimizing workforce disruption through pre-course assessment.
With training centres in Derby, York, Swindon, Linlithgow near Edinburgh and Bolton, DTL is the UK’s leading accredited provider of technical training solutions for the utilities sector, with a diverse portfolio of courses created specifically for operatives. DTL is endorsed by key industry bodies and associations including City & Guilds, Training Excellence and BIFM.
Chicago, IL − February 17, 2016 − Kineo and The Oxford Group have collaborated to deliver ManagementPlus, a new approach to developing front-line managers that leads participants through change journeys which culminate in demonstrated proficiency on the job.
“Our conversations with leadership development managers uncovered that they were frustrated with today’s offerings, feeling that current programs do not effectively bridge from learning to practical on-the-job application,” said Matt Johnson, global managing director of City & Guilds Kineo. “They also said they had to choose separate organizations to source in-person and digital elements and no matter what they chose it would take significant effort for them to configure separate offerings for use in their organization.”
A Comprehensive Solution
To ensure results, ManagementPlus provides an integrated set of assessments, training, practice exercises, reflections and management reports which are smoothly integrated via an easy-to-use portal. ManagementPlus is available in online and blended versions that address the key competencies that new front-line managers require.
“We’re pleased to bring this new solution that goes beyond simply ‘providing training’ to ensuring that participants work with their managers to demonstrate proficiency on the job,” said Sheena Porter, chief executive of the Oxford Group.
Managers Partnering with Managers
“We’ve seen how important it is for new managers to get support and coaching from their managers,” said Steve Lowenthal, CEO, Kineo US. “So ManagementPlus integrates a simple, practical way to have front-line managers partner with their managers as part of our change journeys.”
Kineo is a global workplace learning company that helps businesses improve their performance through learning and technology. Kineo provides a full range of services to support the design and delivery of your learning program.
Kineo US is part of City & Guilds Kineo, a global learning solutions provider.
About The Oxford Group
The Oxford Group helps global organizations get the best from their people, unleash hidden talent and successfully manage their business through times of change. The Oxford Group offers a full curriculum of training programs and one-to-one coaching at all levels of the leadership pipeline.
Salt Lake City, Utah – February 16, 2016 – Allen Communication, a worldwide leader in custom training solutions, has released its #Trending 2016 ebook. The ebook analyzes the usefulness of the top 10 training trends from the last five years, includes insight from industry experts, and gives readers use cases to guide their decision making.
“Many training professionals want to incorporate trends in their curriculum, but don’t always know which trend will make the biggest impact for them or don’t have time to analyze how effective it was,” said Ron Zamir, AllenComm CEO. “We wrote this ebook to help guide people as they make decisions about what training trends to use and how to best employ these techniques.”
For this ebook, Allen Communication analyzed more than 45 trends lists between 2011 and 2015 from 15 media sources. It also incorporates multiple case studies and use cases drawn from Allen clients.
#Trending 2016 looks at pros and cons about each trend’s effectiveness, how to identify which trend is best for your company, as well as use cases or case studies for each trend. In addition to insights from AllenComm leaders, the ebook includes input from:
Ryan Tracey, Editorial Board Member, eLearn Magazine;
David Zinger, Founder, Employee Engagement Network;
Kellye Whitney, Associate Editorial Director, Chief Learning Officer;
Jathan Janove, Principal, Janove Organization Solutions; and
Karl Kapp, Professor of Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Trends allow training programs to stay relevant—boosting performance while keeping up with the changes learners face in their day-to-day lives. This ebook and its corresponding diagnostic quiz will help readers understand which trends have or haven’t worked, why, and how to get the most from each trend.
About Allen Communication
For 35 years, Allen Communication has led the learning industry, providing pioneering educational strategies, technologies, and analytics. With extensive experience across every major industry, Allen’s award-winning projects for the best-known companies in the world drive lasting business results and documented ROI. Businesses trust Allen with their most critical learning and performance projects, because Allen aligns agency-quality media design, best-in-class instructional strategy and technology, and a proven design process centered on alignment with quantifiable business results.
New York, NY – February 17, 2016 − Kaplan announced the launch of their U.S. Global Leadership and Professional Development Practice at a New York kick-off breakfast, attended by business leaders from the banking, finance and accounting sectors.
“Kaplan already serves the people development needs of many Fortune 500 companies in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa,” said Dr. Andrew Temte, president of Kaplan Professional Education. “Extending Kaplan’s successful global practice into the United States further enhances our ability to serve and meet the global professional development needs of global corporations, especially in the banking, finance and accounting sectors.”
“We believe that both technical and behavioral confidence are key components in empowering leaders, managers and others to make the decisions that drive commercial performance,” said Andrew Perkins, global vice president of Kaplan’s Leadership and Professional Development Practice. “And those decisions are made in the context of a workplace where people have to apply both a technical understanding of the issue at hand and simultaneously consider the human dimension.”
“This is obvious and yet learning and development programs are often separated out into technical lessons on one hand, and soft skills on the other,” Perkins added. “We believe development should integrate the technical and behavioral aspects and leverage the interdependences between them. Our programs rely heavily on simulations and decision making scenarios that do just this.”
Kaplan’s approach is to work closely with clients to understand their business’ practices, processes and culture.
“The key to the successful development – of individuals and organizations – are interventions designed around what a particular business needs right now. No two businesses are the same, so why would the development they offer their people be the same?” said Dr. Ian Stewart, global head of Kaplan’s Leadership and Organizational Practice. “Our experience with global firms operating in various business sectors is that specific interventions, rather than just theoretical programs, are necessary to imbed practical changes in the workforce that drive commercial advantage.”
Kaplan’s U.S. Leadership and Professional Development Practice will initially be based in New York City with plans to expand to other U.S. cities shortly where it already maintains other operations and educational services.
Kaplan, Inc. serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, and university preparation, and offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Across its 75-plus year history, first as small test-prep pioneer and then an early online education leader and now a global education provider, Kaplan has been recognized for expanding educational access and using technology and learning science innovations to continually improve outcomes for its students and partners. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 19,000 full and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses.
Kaplan Professional Education helps professionals obtain in-demand certifications, licensing and designations that enable them to advance and succeed in their careers. Through live and online instruction, Kaplan Professional Education provides test preparation, licensing, continuing education, and professional development programs to businesses and individuals in the accounting, insurance, securities, real estate, financial planning, and information technology, industries.
San Diego, CA – February 18, 2016 − The Ken Blanchard Companies®, a global leadership development and management training firm, today released First-time Manager—its new training program built on the time-tested secrets of “The New One Minute Manager.” The program extends the best-selling book’s secrets into essential skills and conversations that prepare high-performing individuals to transition into the role of manager for the first time.
With more than 13 million copies sold worldwide and translated into 37 languages, “The One Minute Manager” has been the go-to business book to help guide new managers through what can be one of the most exciting, yet challenging transitions in one’s career.
New managers are usually chosen from highly proficient individual contributors and often promoted without the skills to be successful in the new role. According to Corporate Executive Board, sixty percent of new managers underperform during their first two years, which causes performance gaps and employee turnover.
A Great Start Makes All the Difference
“Blanchard® has developed a program that will provide the most critical skills to get first-time managers off to a great start,” said Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager and chief spiritual officer at The Ken Blanchard Companies. “First-time Manager will help new managers and their people reach their full potential sooner.”
Four Essential Skills based on Blanchard’s coaching model have been built into the new program: Listen to Learn, Inquire for Insight, Tell Your Truth, and Express Confidence. Coauthors Scott Blanchard, principal of The Ken Blanchard Companies, and Linda Miller, global liaison for coaching, believe these skills will equip new managers to have productive conversations with direct reports.
Management Is Done Minute to Minute through Conversations
One of the most critical skills a new manager can develop is the ability to hold meaningful performance-related conversations to help them balance relationships and results. First-time Manager teaches Four Core Conversations. “We realized that the One Minute Manager skills needed to be taught as conversations,” said Scott Blanchard. “A new manager’s ability to hold these conversations is vital to their success and becomes a foundation for their career as a leader.”
First-time Manager lays out these essential skills and conversations in a six-hour workshop design with engaging activities, entertaining videos, and skill practice, as well as access to a learner portal that provides key assets for practice and reinforcement back on the job.
As managers are ready to take their management skills to the next level, they can progress into other Blanchard leadership programs, such as the widely taught leadership model Situational Leadership® II.
About The Ken Blanchard Companies The Ken Blanchard Companies is a global leader in workplace learning, productivity, and leadership effectiveness that is best known for its Situational Leadership® II program—the most widely taught leadership model in the world. Because of its ability to help people excel as self-leaders and as leaders of others, SLII® is embraced by Fortune 500 companies as well as small to mid-sized businesses, governments, and educational and nonprofit organizations.
Many Blanchard programs for teams, customer loyalty, change management, and leadership development blend the use of assessments with e-learning and instructor-led training. Self-paced e-learning modules are available via Blanchard Online Learning—a cloud-based curriculum that is interactive and easy to use via mobile tablets.
Raleigh, NC – February 18, 2016 – Training Industry, Inc. and MicroTek have released a new research report investigating how companies are leveraging virtual and hybrid instructor-led training to deliver a classroom learning experience to distributed learners.
The study, which included 261 companies, reveals several key findings, including:
37% of companies’ training portfolios are being offered in virtual and hybrid delivery modalities
Common topics for virtual/hybrid ILT include certification (39%), product/service knowledge (38%), leadership development (36%), and technical/hard skills (35%)
Common challenges when delivering virtual/hybrid ILT include evaluating effectiveness (46%), training consistency (43%), limited resources (42%), and ensuring leadership support (36%)
The full report, “The Next Generation Classroom: Virtual/Hybrid Instructor-Led Training,” can be downloaded here.
“This study provides a better understanding of how organizations are using virtual instructor-led training,” said Tom Whelan, Ph.D., director of corporate research, Training Industry, Inc. “Though there are challenges to implementing virtual classrooms, the companies having the most success were implementing them frequently, making the most of learning features, and training their instructors to successfully navigate the technology in order to deliver the best learner experience possible.”
President of Training Industry, Inc., Ken Taylor, emphasized the similarities of face-to-face and virtual classrooms.
“For the organizations we surveyed, the majority of training classes had fewer than 25 learners, for example,” said Taylor. “This was true regardless of whether technology supported the delivery of a classroom experience. Companies are clearly getting better at harnessing the power of virtual classrooms to reach their learners.”
Since 1991, MicroTek has been the industry’s leading, single-source provider of Next Generation Training and Meeting Solutions. With a base of 11 technologically advanced learning campuses across the country and a network of more than 3,000 fully vetted training sites worldwide, MicroTek is equipped to manage and execute any sized training event—anywhere in the world.
Our client list extends across all industries and company sizes, which is why we never use a “one-size-fits-all” solution. We tailor our resources to provide each of our clients with just the right amount of support, enabling them and their students to have the optimal learning experience. Whether you’re planning a one-day meeting or a year-long training rollout, you can rely on MicroTek to build a comprehensive roadmap of your event. Finding the right solution is complicated. We make it simple.
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Dublin, Ireland – February 18, 2016 − LearnUpon, the world’s fastest growing learning management system, announced a new integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD). LearnUpon customers can now use Microsoft Azure AD to manage user access and enable single sign-on. The integration will make it even easier for learners to access and use their LMS securely. Admins can enjoy a simple step-by-step user interface to configure the integration with Azure AD.
Azure AD supports rich enterprise-class single sign-on with LearnUpon out of the box. The tool provides an easy deployment experience for synchronization with identity systems like Windows Server Active Directory to enable sign-in to multiple applications. LearnUpon customers can integrate with Microsoft AD to provide users with a single common identity that will allow them to access the LMS and other Microsoft applications like Office 365. Users simply login to LearnUpon using their organizational accounts hosted in Microsoft Azure AD.
Single sign-on (SSO) allows learners to move directly from an intranet or corporate network to a personal learning portal without needing to login again. LearnUpon’s SSO functionality enables organizations to deliver a streamlined user experience across platforms.
“We are delighted to announce the release of our integration with Microsoft Azure AD,” said Des Anderson, LearnUpon’s CTO. “While we continue to broaden our ability to seamlessly integrate with any application of choice, we have seen a significant uptake in Azure AD requirements of late. Its simplicity, security and ease of setup, are an ideal choice for anyone seeking an automatic login across their platforms and applications. Indeed our other SSO/API facilities can provide this functionality but it’s really nice to be able to offer an out-of-box solution for our users!
Tel Aviv, Israel − February 23, 2016 − Britannica Knowledge Systems (Britannica) has completed a significant milestone in a major project to configure and deliver the Fox training management system to the entire Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Following the win of the substantial tender to provide a holistic training management system to the IDF, the project is in full force and Fox is now in “Go Live” status.
The Go Live, which commenced with an incremental rollout that will result in complete deployment to all IDF branches by the end of 2016, was delivered on-time in less than 12 months under an exceptionally demanding schedule. A single, comprehensive instance of the Fox system was configured to integrate and standardize training management across the entire IDF, as well as to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) in opposition to the cost of supporting multiple systems.
According to Colonel Saar Harazi, head of the IT Division of the IDF’s central training campus in the Negev, Fox was adopted to accomplish the three main goals of budget reduction (as a result of more efficient resource utilization), accessibility, and IDF methodology and doctrine standardization.1
He explained that Fox will allow the IDF to monitor soldier learning processes. The system will also enable training needs management throughout a soldier’s entire military service, from initial training through reserve duty.
"The main idea was to introduce a single and complete system for the entire IDF. One of the objectives was to conduct the IDF’s complex training orchestra,” said Col. Harazi “Another objective was to improve the effectiveness of training and learning and the process of training management. Fox accommodates a unified view of the trainees and their unique training path. The system is intuitive and easy-to-use. It allows a reduction of costs by decreasing staff and relevant resources, and it integrates into the military's multi-year plan.”
The system is now serving trainees, instructors and commanders at six training bases: IT, Military Police, Engineering, Combat Intelligence Gathering, the Air Force, and the Navy. The management areas include training planning; scheduling; human/physical resource allocation; lodging and catering coordination; qualifications, learning and course management; training evaluation and knowledge assessment; personal recordkeeping; and training analysis and control.
“Britannica led a demanding and unique process to unify the IDF’s various operations and training center requests,” said Miki Ringelhim, vice president of business development at Britannica. “Our team worked diligently to consolidate complex requirements among a multitude of units and technical groups in order to provide a viable, optimized solution that will support the IDF’s ability to meet its vital mission.”
About Britannica Knowledge Systems
Britannica Knowledge Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Encyclopedia Britannica, offers a comprehensive portfolio of integrated training and readiness management solutions. The company’s proven track-record is based on more than 30 years of hands-on experience in providing ideal solutions for the most demanding training operations in the areas of defense, civil aviation, security, UAS, and corporate business. The combination of a robust technology, proven methodologies and unparalleled commitment to quality, all contribute to the company’s success and reputable standing.
Boulder, CO − February 23, 2016 − Xyleme, the learning content management system for the world's top organizations, officially launched the new release of its SaaS platform, "Xy5." The customer launch event, held on February 18th, included a live demonstration of the new functionality and technology, all to the delight of the attendees.
According to an event poll, 56 percent of Xyleme customers are well underway on the journey to delivering mobile-ready learning content. Xyleme demonstrated how the new features will enable an organization to rapidly author interactive content that performs beautifully on any desktop, tablet or smart phone device.
Greg Schottland, vice president of operations at Xyleme, demonstrated the new authoring interface.
"This is one of the biggest things you will see in authoring learning content in the history of Xyleme, but it's very fair to say in the history of the market," said Schottland. He explained that the goal of the new editor was to make it easy for content developers to create scalable, reusable and measurable content that works in print, web and mobile from a single source.
"Extremely impressed with the new release from Xyleme, the content is stunning and the new templates are jaw dropping,” said David Cameron, senior manager of global learning and development at Dell. “The web interface is a giant leap forwards that will help us accelerate our adoption as it makes everything intuitive and simple."
Schottland also demonstrated the Smart Updates feature, showing how content developers can immediately deliver content updates to a single learning object used in multiple courses on many LMSs -- all at once.
Other Xyleme customers said the biggest advantage of Xy5 will be increased productivity and efficiency gained from infrastructure improvements and the ease-of-use. More than half added that the improvements will enable them to rapidly expand adoption and collaboration among Instructional Designers and achieve greater content reuse.
At the event, Xyleme CEO, Mark Hellinger, positioned Xy5 as "the most modern CMS technology designed for learning available in the industry today."
About Xyleme Xyleme delivers content management for learning and development. We partner with organizations to transform the way they author, publish, deliver, and analyze learning content to drive business performance. With Xyleme, organizations have everything they need to create a dynamic learning environment -- from rapid single-source content development to anywhere delivery. It's a content management solution that brings increased velocity to the entire learning technology ecosystem and makes learning content a competitive advantage.
Chicago, IL – February 23, 2016 − MicroTek, the largest training room rental company in the country, has renovated its Boston training facility. The renovated 11,000 square foot facility located in the technology hub of Burlington, features an updated, contemporary design, and is equipped with the latest training technology.
“This renovation is a continuation of our ongoing program to modernize our flagship locations and support our Next Generation Classroom offerings,” says Bill Taylor, vice president, MicroTek. “The renovation features state-of-the-art training technology, while providing an inviting, comfortable space that will enhance the learning experience.”
The updated design incorporates MicroTek’s new facility standards and features contemporary finishes, wood flooring and bright colors to create an invigorating environment that encourages learning. The café and shared spaces have been redesigned with an open floor plan to create a modern shared work area. Additionally, the entire facility has been rewired to incorporate premium bandwidth and MicroTek’s Next Generation Classroom. Utilizing advanced video conferencing equipment, select classrooms feature Virtual Training Room technology that allows instructors to deliver effective training to both onsite and offsite participants.
Renovations are also scheduled for MicroTek’s New York facility later this year.
MicroTek is a leading provider of business training and meeting rooms, virtual training platforms and event management services. With an expansive national and global reach, MicroTek is equipped to manage and execute any sized training program—anywhere in the world. Our Next Generation Classroom suite of services include state-of-the-art business training and meeting facilities, virtual training rooms, virtual learning labs, and digital content management. We offer end-to-end support for large training rollouts including courseware fulfillment, scheduling and instructor deployment. MicroTek was named a Top Training Company for the seventh consecutive year by Trainingindustry.com.