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Minneapolis, MN – April 27, 2016 − Capella Education Company announced that Hackbright Academy, the leading non-degree software engineering school for women, has become a wholly-owned, subsidiary of the Capella Education Company. The transaction was closed on April 22, 2016 for a purchase price of $18 million paid in cash at closing. Hackbright’s mission to increase female representation in the tech workforce through education, mentorship and community is a strategic fit with Capella’s focus on providing the most direct path between learning and employment, and Capella’s historic base of largely female students. Hackbright Academy will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Capella and maintain its current headquarters and management team based in San Francisco.
“The future of learning and employment will be shaped by institutions that can upskill under-represented populations in high-demand skill areas,” said Kevin Gilligan, chairman and CEO, Capella Education Company. “This is what makes the combination of Capella and Hackbright Academy so exciting. Capella has a heritage as an innovator for those poorly served by traditional education; Hackbright Academy is on the leading edge of innovation and support for women pursuing career advancement in software engineering. Hackbright’s mission alignment, strategic fit, and growth potential make this partnership an important element of Capella’s future.”
“From my first meeting with Capella, it was clear that they share our values and want to ensure Hackbright has what it needs to succeed and grow,” said Sharon Wienbar, CEO, Hackbright Academy’s. “There will be over 1 million unfilled software engineering jobs in the U.S. by 2020, and Hackbright is committed to its mission to changing the ratio of women software engineers in these positions. Combining with Capella will give us the resources to grow to serve our students and partners. I’m thrilled to bring our whole team along on this mission, and to be able to grow our influence in the technology community.”
"We founded Hackbright after seeing how few women had the opportunity to advance their careers in the first code schools, which were heavily male,” said David Phillips, co-founder and chairman of Hackbright. “We are excited that with Capella, we can now accelerate the fulfillment of our mission to #changetheratio."
About Capella Education Company
Founded in 1991, Capella Education Company is a leading education provider, primarily through our wholly owned subsidiary Capella University, a regionally accredited* online university with approximately 37,000 learners as of Dec. 31, 2015. Capella Education Company also owns Sophia, an innovative learning platform leveraging technology to support self-paced learning and Capella Learning Solutions (CLS) which provides online non-degree, high-demand, job-ready skills, training solutions and services to individuals and corporate partners.
*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
Hackbright is the leading software engineering school for women with a mission to increase female representation in tech through education, mentorship and community. Its flagship fellowship is a 12-week accelerated software development program where women learn the skills to become full-time software engineers. Alumnae are represented in companies such as Facebook, Intuit, Slack, Eventbrite and New Relic.
San Jose, CA – April 27, 2016 − Davra Networks, an Intel and Cisco IoT partner and leading Industrial IoT Application Enablement Platform (AEP) Software Company, announced a joint partnership with Fast Lane, an IT Training Specialist with global reach to deliver four new Davra Certified IoT courses based on Davra’s award winning IoT AEP Software Platform.
The industrial IoT technology stack, from edge intelligence (fog), Data Collection, AEP, Analytics to Security is maturing. The next big inhibitor to widespread IoT adoption in the industrial, enterprise and public sector markets is awareness and training.
“Davra Networks is one of the most mature IoT AEP software companies,” said Chuck Terrien, Fast Lane President. “They have concentrated on a horizontal AEP software platform with a core focus on the transportation and connected vehicle market. We are excited to be their exclusive Global Training Partner and are investing significantly in their platform training.”
“We have believed for years that the IoT industry could borrow best-practices from the IT industry to help increase IoT channel capacity and improve channel capabilities for technologists and sales executives,” said IoT analyst firm MachNation. “The Authorized Davra Training and Certification provided by FastLane is a great example of leadership in this endeavor.”
“Our talented engineering team has developed this platform with passion over the last four years and our commercialization team has developed the best possible global sales channel,” Brian McGlynn, president of Davra networks. “It is now time to combine these two efforts and build out our sales awareness and training on a global level. I am 100 percent confident that Fast Lane is the right company to accomplish this and I am delighted and extremely excited about this synergetic partnership.”
At Fast Lane you will find a description of the new curriculum made up of four new Davra Certifications and related courses focused on Account Managers, Sales Engineers, Solution Architects and AEP Developers. Enrollments are being taken immediately for the summer of 2016.
Further courses including the Davra Managed Services Practice Builder and the Davra Operations & Maintenance Bootcamp will be announced in the near future.
About Davra Networks
Davra Networks is an award winning Global IOT Software AEP Platform with Offices in USA, Europe, and the Middle East. Our vision is to provide a complete IoT Software platform that allows our customers to define, build and bring to market SaaS based vertical specific IoT applications including Transportation, Connected Vehicle, Manufacturing, Utilities, Healthcare and precision Farming.
About Fast Lane
Fast Lane is the leading, worldwide provider of advanced transformational consulting and authorized education for Cisco, NetApp, Microsoft, and many more. We enable our customers to execute their digital business strategies through our consulting services, portfolio of authorized training courses, custom content development, sales enablement, education services and demand generation.
Cedar Rapids, IA – April 27, 2016 − According to a study from Bersin by Deloitte, The Corporate Learning Factbook 2015: Benchmarks, Trends and Analysis of the U.S. Training Market, spending per employee on learning and development is on the rise. Ten percent more was spent per person last year to address the ever-widening talent gap in the U.S. job market. Advancement Resources® has found a way to help close that learning gap even more with a new online training module called myARSM, the first participant-centric, e-learning platform that complements the company’s core professional development curriculum for fundraising professionals.
“This month we are unveiling our new e-learning platform, myAR,” said Ben Golding, COO of Advancement Resources. “This platform will uniquely complement our core professional development curriculum. It provides the user with access to our tactical and strategic tools, as well as supplementary training videos and e-learning modules.”
Advancement Resources developed the portal around client suggestions, married those requests with its curriculum and asked clients to beta test it for the best user experience possible. Clients were able to provide suggestions to help refine the portal making it easier to navigate.
The site provides password access to a personalized portal that features each person’s learning transcript. Every participant can see exactly what workshops they have taken to plan future training. The curriculum includes research-based tactical and strategic tools, as well as supplementary training videos, e-learning modules and print materials that are all donor-centric.
“One of the best features of myAR is its transportability,” said Golding. “The portal is not institution-based so the development professional who changes employment may still access all materials linked to them no matter where they work.”
The platform is designed to support workshop concepts and tools and provides ongoing, consistent reinforcement over time. myAR features three different learning modules:
Rapid Refresh, a short video tutorial to review the core concept of a training engagement.
10-Minute Tune Up, a refresher course that provides a thorough overview of key principles, explores concepts or shares case studies of successful programs.
Ask an Expert, a series featuring development leaders who discuss the experiences they have working with donors and how they were able to achieve a meaningful result for the donor as well as the institution.
“Clients believe in investing in professional staff so they can build a department of experts that truly understands the best way to connect donor passions with philanthropic opportunities,” said Golding. “myAR extends that investment and continues that base reinforcement of strategies and techniques beyond the classroom setting.”
Advancement Resources delivers training in multiple ways to reinforce research-proven best practices for donor development: workshops delivered onsite at the institution or hospital; public workshops delivered throughout the U.S.; one-on-one and small group coaching services; and, e-learning through myAR.
About Advancement Resources Founded in 1999, Advancement Resources is the leader in philanthropic research, breakthrough thinking about philanthropy, and development training for healthcare and higher education institutions. Advancement Resources is the only development training firm whose content and workshops are based on solid research on what motivates donors to contribute. Its unique approach to training development professionals give organizations the tools needed to fund medical studies, endow professorships, provide student scholarships, and more. Advancement Resources’ expert approach helps hospitals and healthcare systems and colleges and universities reach and exceed their fundraising goals through meaningful philanthropy. As an expert in medical, academic, and nonprofit philanthropy, Advancement Resources’ extensive curriculum features targeted, robust workshops designed to create powerful learning experiences.
Philadelphia, PA – April 29, 2016 − Richardson, a leading global sales training and performance improvement company, today, announced that it has launched its Selling with Insights® Program, a custom-tailored sales training solution designed to provide sellers with advanced-level skills, allowing them to leverage insights during strategic dialogues with customers.
Richardson developed this new version of its successful Selling with Insights® program in response to changes occurring in the selling environment over the past few years. The new program outlines why insights should be folded into a comprehensive, customer-focused selling methodology and why they should be seen as only one tool in a broader sales toolkit. The program is built on the importance of establishing credibility, fostering trust, and creating value for customers, making the seller a point of differentiation.
Richardson's Selling with Insights® is a two-day sales training program that includes pre- and post-work, live learning sessions, planners, coaching, post-learning reinforcement, and mastery through Richardson's QuickCheck™ solution. Richardson'sSelling with Insights® solution specifically empowers sales professionals to both create and shape opportunities, helping sales teams to:
Validate, clarify, deepen, and reframe a client's thinking around business issues (challenges and opportunities) in order to reach his/her goals and objectives
Differentiate the seller by bringing personal value to the client's buying experience
Generate interest in the seller's capabilities
Influence decision criteria to align to the seller's distinct competitive advantage
"In working with clients to develop Insight Selling programs over the past few years, Richardson has determined how the most successful organizations leverage the right insights at the right time," said Chris Tiné, chief product officer, Richardson. "The need for sellers to truly differentiate themselves by adding value to customers in the buying experience encouraged us to create a new Selling with Insights® program that not only helps sellers to understand when and how to use insights, but also how to evaluate risks and avoid potential traps."
About Richardson Richardson is a global sales training and performance improvement company. We collaborate with sales organizations to achieve greater levels of success by changing the behaviors of their salespeople and sales managers. Our approach is highly collaborative, with a focus on enabling the right sales activity and effective customer dialogues. To help you achieve your goals, we partner with you to develop customized training programs and a culture of continuous learning to help drive improved organization performance.
About Richardson's Selling with Insights® Richardson's Selling with Insights® program provides sellers with advanced-level skills that allow them to know when and how to leverage insights in strategic dialogues with customers. In order to think like a business executive and connect their capabilities to the customer's high-level business issues, sellers must identify potential blind spots in the customer's thinking where they can provide insight and create value for the buyer. This program develops their ability to become the point of differentiation and bring relevant insights and ideas to create value in the buying experience rather than just in the solution that the seller delivers.
April 29, 2015 − Sales Force Europe (SFE), a provider of outsourced sales professionals stationed in key countries around the world, has expanded its program for outsourced channel sales throughout Europe to more than 5000 distributors, resellers, VARS and retailers.
SFE helps both consumer products brands and enterprise technology companies to sell their products through distributor and reseller channels in 50 local markets. Operating as a sales-as-a-service model, SFE assigns each client company a sales team culled from its 65+ in-country sales professionals. These seasoned professionals put their existing channel relationships and buyer contacts to work for the client. SFE’s outsourced sales model limits the up-front costs and risks often associated with international sales expansion and channel distribution.
“Companies like EyeFi, Nexvap and Tellabs hire SFE to drive their channel sales and distribution in Europe,” said Rick Pizzoli, CEO of Sales Force Europe. “Our sales professionals are physically located in 50 local markets and we are meeting with distributors and resellers and retailers every week to proactively sell our client companies and their products through the complex distribution system.”
In Europe, distributors such as Ingram Micro and Tech Data are typically managed on a per country basis and make decisions locally. Distributors do not have the resources to invest in proactive sales efforts for smaller brands that won’t immediately bring them millions in revenue per country. SFE develops and enables channel distribution by providing in-country sales professionals to create and implement multi-national marketing programs; train sales staff and resellers; train technical and support staff; join resellers on visits to retailers; and negotiate terms like discounts, RMA, stock, and importing & warehousing.
SFE has successfully introduced more than 200 technology companies into international markets. SFE specializes in Channel Distribution, SaaS/Enterprise/Cloud technology, Telecom/Service Providers, and Consumer Electronics.
About Sales Force Europe
Sales Force Europe (SFE) helps high-tech companies to launch, develop and expand their sales internationally. SFE provides contract sales teams that accelerate time-to-market and minimize risk for companies seeking to expand sales in Europe and other international markets. Successful companies including Livefyre, Streetline, and RingCentral have tapped Sales Force Europe to quickly and profitably expand their businesses abroad. SFE’s 65+ on-demand sales professionals efficiently and effectively represent companies abroad and use local market knowledge and sales contacts to manifest revenues quickly. SFE works in 27 countries and 14 native languages throughout Europe and can be contracted on a part-time or full-time basis.
Raleigh, NC – May 3, 2016 – Training Industry, Inc. and Imparta have released a new research report investigating the trends and challenges associated with delivering e-learning in contemporary sales organizations.
The study, which included 235 companies, reveals several key findings, including:
• 72% of companies were rated effective at providing training to sales employees via e-learning
• E-learning was rated as most consistently effective for the training purposes of induction/onboarding training (73%), internal sales teams (64%), foundational sales training (59%), and account management (58%)
• The typical completion rate for employees engaging with sales e-learning offerings was 72.6% across all companies
The full report, “The Evolution of Sales E-Learning” can be downloaded here.
“This study provides a better understanding of how organizations are adopting e-learning and capitalizing on the flexibility it can offer a sales workforce,” said Tom Whelan, Ph.D., director of corporate research, Training Industry, Inc. “One of the most intriguing parts of this research was the range of topics and training purposes that companies are using e-learning to address, from onboarding new employees to delivering specialized content to sales managers.”
Ken Taylor, president of Training Industry, Inc., emphasized the room for improvement in current sales e-learning programs.
“Although we know nearly three quarters of companies are enjoying some measure of success with e-learning, the results of this research repeatedly point to areas of continued progress,” said Taylor. “For instance, many sales functions use simulations in e-learning, but few of them subsequently use data from these simulations as an impact metric.”
About Imparta, Inc.
Imparta improves its clients’ business performance in the areas of sales, marketing and service, using highly practical and researched approaches, and an integrated solution that goes well beyond simple training interventions. Imparta’s Capability Building® system combines assessment, training, coaching, application tools and impact measurement, using leading-edge technologies to create sustainable performance improvement.
With offices across the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific and Australia, Imparta has the capabilities to deliver worldwide programs in multiple languages with local knowledge and experience. Delivery to a global audience, has positioned Imparta as a leading blended learning provider as well as a pioneer in the field of business simulations. Clients include GE, Intel, Cisco, Telefonica O2, Lloyds Banking Group, Intelsat, Hewlett Packard, Intel, and the WPP Group.
For more information please visit www.imparta.com. If you would like to discuss any of the topics above or Imparta’s offerings, please contact us or call us directly +1(512) 514 6638.
About Training Industry, Inc.
Training Industry, Inc. spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies, and best practices within the training industry. Training Industry, Inc. research captures the collective wisdom of learning professionals, revealing fresh data on trends and practices in the evolving training market.
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Hamburg, Germany and Berlin, Germany – May 3, 2016 − The worldwide Fast Lane Group including ITLS in APAC and Middle East, a leader in high-end Managed Enablement™ Services and Training and azeti Networks AG, a global provider of remote asset management software serving the Internet-of-Things (IoT) market, are announcing a new strategic partnership. Fast Lane will deliver an azeti IoT training program to account managers and engineers at azeti's partners and customers around the globe.
azeti's IoT remote asset management software enables businesses to manage and monitor their remote technical equipment in real time. The software can collect, analyze and process any sensor data, as well as control any remote assets, directly at the edge. The new IoT related services and training curriculum developed by Fast Lane focuses not only on the technology but also on the business value resulting from applying azeti's IoT solutions to customer-specific use cases.
In particular, the Training and Managed Enablement programs for azeti's partners and customers include:
Sales Enablement Program Pre-Sales services for Account Managers and Sales Engineers from vendors and channel organizations.
Customer Engagement Workshop A use case analysis service for customers who would like to explore and finalize IoT use cases optimized for their organization.
Designing, Managing, Implementing and Administering azeti Solutions Services and training for partner's and customer's solution architects, engineers, developers, and operators.
"The strategic partnership with Fast Lane allows azeti to scale its business globally without limitation,” said Thorsten Schaefer, CEO, azeti Networks. “Together with Fast Lane's worldwide IoT training capabilities and azeti's IoT remote asset management platform enterprises, and partners can deliver IoT projects in no time.”
Azeti Networks maintains a strong partner network including resellers, distributors as well as technology alliance and OEM partners like Cisco Systems, Dell, SAP and Intel. For example, azeti is a Preferred Solution Partner for IoT within the Cisco Solution Partner Program. azeti's partners, as well as customers, will benefit from the new partnership with Fast Lane who is a global consulting and training company focusing on enabling digital business with strong relationships with many of azeti's technology and OEM partners.
"We look forward to our strategic relationship with azeti, who is an important innovator in the global IoT market,” said Torsten Poels, CEO and chairman of the board, Fast Lane. “Azeti's proven track record of IoT technology implementations combined with Fast Lane's comprehensive service experience in the IoT area allows customers and partners to visualize and quantify the impact of transforming the management of remote assets leveraging the azeti solution."
About azeti Networks azeti Networks is a global provider of IoT technology to a variety of verticals including telecommunications, oil and gas, manufacturing, finance and healthcare. azeti's remote asset management software helps businesses manage and monitor their complex infrastructures, enabling them to operate at the highest level of efficiency while maintaining operations continuity. Founded in 2006, azeti has headquarters in Berlin, Germany with subsidiaries in North America, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. azeti IoT software has installations at more than 1,000 facilities in 35 countries.
About Fast Lane The worldwide Fast Lane Group specializes in high-end technology and business training and consulting. Fast Lane offers complete, authorized training solutions for leading technology vendors, including Cisco, Microsoft, NetApp, VMware, Veritas, Symantec and other major technology providers. In addition to those vendor's standard curricula, Fast Lane also develops advanced technology and sales curricula. Fast Lane's vendor-independent consulting services solve a wide range of issues from conducting preliminary analyses and assessments, to designing future-focused IT solutions.
Redwood City, CA − May 4, 2016 − Badgeville, the global leader in digital motivation, today launched EngageKPI™, a new service that automates the delivery of performance data and engagement events to people. EngageKPI augments Badgeville MotivationMetrics™, the first of its kind data discovery and analytics platform that offers program and business sponsors rich visualizations to highlight the engagement journey, demonstrate ROI and showcase organizational performance.
The EngageKPI scheduled event and data service delivers two key enhancements to the Badgeville Service: personalized analytics to program sponsors and organizational managers, and engagement events to individual program participants. The analytics are designed to deliver insights and show where customers, employees, and partners are engaging and how well they are performing. These updates allow customers to develop or change engagement strategies and improve and achieve business outcomes. By externalizing engagement events, the Badgeville platform extends digital motivation beyond the application to ensure continued success and change.
“We're bringing information off-platform and directly to the program owners and managers," said Jon Shalowitz, CEO of Badgeville. "With EngageKPI we're packaging program, performance and people data in consumable events for the right viewer while reinforcing a data-centric culture, engagement model, and decision making.”
Empower Line of Business to Motivate and Measure
EngageKPI automatically delivers program updates to line of business managers and program owners. Program updates are designed around top informational requests and can be scheduled daily, weekly or monthly based on the customer’s choice. Melbourne Storm, one of Australia’s premier sports organizations, uses these updates to understand whom their advocates are, where to find them, and how to get more. Using Badgeville, Melbourne Storm saw a 40% growth from last year in average spend per user and a 91% growth in average pregame spend.
Identify and Recognize Talent and Performance
EngageKPI also automatically delivers management snapshots. These management snapshots are designed for the organizational leadership and provide weekly insights into top behaviors and personnel in the program. CDW, a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations, uses the analytics to identify areas of sales training success and improvement within their sales organization. At CDW, the Badgeville solution drove a 56 percent increase in training completions per seller, resulting in a ten percent (10%) boost in sales confidence.
Through EngageKPI, program owners and management receive a reputation score for each employee and partner. The reputation score comes from an algorithm that takes into account recency and frequency of collaboration, customer response, sales activity or other behaviors critical to success. Organizations now have digital benchmarks for the customer or employee success professional as well as for talent managers and others.
Digitally Motivate Beyond the Application
Coming soon from Badgeville are audience digests that provide player achievements directly to the end user. These notifications encourage more participation and contribution and improve engagement across the audiences in organizations.
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.
Founded in 2010, Badgeville is based in Redwood City, CA and New York City.
Bellevue, WA – May 4, 2016 − Coding Dojo, a pioneer in the coding bootcamp space, announced the launch of its Corporate Training Program. The program's series of customized courses are designed to help companies stay ahead of the curve by making sure their developers are trained on the latest programming languages, technologies and best practices. The program also offers a structured environment for companies to teach their non-technical employees how to code or to train and transition them into open developer roles.
"By equipping employees with next-generation skills and technologies, companies can become more agile and innovative," said Coding Dojo CEO, Richard Wang. "Couple that with the fact that there will be one million more computing jobs than computer science graduates by 2020, it's clear that companies need to build the skills of existing employees rather than rely solely on outside developer recruitment, which can be an expensive and time-consuming process."
It takes tech companies an average of 39 business days (the highest of any industry) and can cost up to 20% of an exiting employee's annual salary to fill a job vacancy. Coding Dojo's corporate training program offers both onsite and online options, and can be tailored depending on a company's unique needs. Teams can be trained in specific languages or stacks, or dive deep in tracks like web security, web scalability, front-end development, back-end development and database and framework development. Web fundamental courses covering HTML, CSS and Git are offered for non-technical employees, such as marketers and product managers, who could benefit from coding skills.
"Over the past four years we've developed and refined an online learning management system that can be customized for corporations," said Martin Puryear, director of online programs and principal engineer at Coding Dojo. "Regardless of where a company is located, they can have world-class training at their fingertips."
Coding Dojo developed its corporate training programs in direct response to requests from Fortune 500 companies and startups who regularly hire Coding Dojo graduates. Its bootcamps have helped individuals from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels transform into professional developers who go on to be hired by start-ups and world-class companieslike Expedia, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, DocuSign and Skytap.
About Coding Dojo Coding Dojo is one of the highest rated coding bootcamps in the industry, and the only coding bootcamp in the world to teach three full technology stacks in a single 14-week program. Since 2012, Coding Dojo has helped individuals from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels transform into professional developers who go on to be hired by start-ups and world-class companies like Expedia, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, DocuSign and Skytap. Coding Dojo has campuses in Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle and Silicon Valley, and will be expanding to Washington D.C. (June 2016) and Chicago (September 2016). The company is one of the fastest growing startups with recognition in rankings like the GeekWire 200.
Washington – May 5, 2016 − International Data Center Authority (IDCA) announces that it has authorized Global Knowledge to offer certified data center training courses. The long-awaited education extension to IDCA's offerings has finally arrived. The decision came through as a result of months of dialogue between the two entities. Having trained and certified thousands of data center professionals globally, IDCA has been on the campaign to identify qualified enterprise training and certification providers that can extend its education and certification outreach. The decision comes as a result of a rigorous selection process on the part of IDCA to identify quality training delivery provider capabilities at volume numbers, and on the part of Global Knowledge to identify the best training materials as well as most credible professional data center training and certification.
"We have been very selective in choosing a third-party training provider for IDCA courses;" said Mehdi Paryavi, Chairman of International Data Center Authority (IDCA). "So far, most of our courses have been delivered either via TechXact offices, representatives or channel partners. However the demand for IDCA certified training courses has been pushing our resources to their limits. It was time for us to trust qualified third-parties with the overwhelming demand for IDCA training and education.”
Michael Fox, senior vice president of enterprise solutions at Global Knowledge said, "We are excited to work with IDCA which is recognized as having the world's premier certified data center training program and accreditation."
Progression through the IDCA's data center certification and accreditation ladder has helped data center professionals to excel not only their knowledge and expertise, but also with their career development and advancement at major organization.
"With the massive rise of cloud computing, we see a need in the marketplace for operators, engineers, designers and leaders alike to have the skills necessary to effectively evaluate, design, build, and manage a data center," Fox stated.
Over the past years IDCA courses have become the most popular data center training and certification programs around the world. This popularity is due to the comprehensive and informative nature of the courses as well as precision and elegance of the material. Quality of delivery and the lecturers whom IDCA handpicks for conducting its data center trainings are another success factor.
"Quality of delivery has always been a key criteria for us,” said Parvavi. “We are positive that Global Knowledge can do IDCA courses justice with regards to both quantity and quality of delivery. Now IDCA and data center enthusiasts can be served via hundreds of verified Global Knowledge outlets. We are optimistic about this engagement and look forward to expanding our schedules and availabilities by capitalizing on Global Knowledge delivery resources.”
About IDCA - Headquartered in Washington D.C., the IDCA was established to streamline, structure, educate and give direction to the data center industry. IDCA's core mission is to aid in standardizing the feasibility, approach, selection, design, implementation, documentation and operation of data centers via modern-day processes and methodologies. Formed by data center industry veterans who realized the problems facing the industry and decided to do something about it, IDCA has perceptively identified the gaps and shortcomings of the data center industry. Thus far, thousands of professionals from both the government sector, such Department of Social Security, NASA, the U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Education, U.S. Courts, as well as conglomerates, such as Apple, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Ericsson, eBay, AOL, Salesforce, Digital Realty, and others have been educated, trained and certified by IDCA.
About Global Knowledge
Global Knowledge is the world's leading learning services and professional development solutions provider. Offering the most relevant and timely content delivered by the best instructors, Global Knowledge provides customers around the world with their choice of customized private programs, convenient public training scheduling options, flexible delivery formats and continuous learning support to accelerate their success. With thousands of courses spanning from foundational training to specialized certifications, its core training is focused on partners such as IDCA, Amazon Web Services, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat, SAP and VMware.
About Certified Data Center Training
The International Data Center Authority (IDCA) has designed the data center training courses in a unique manner, focusing on the modern essentials for the data center specialists, engineers, designers, planners, developers, executives, managers, and operators. IDCA certified courses are based on a ladder elevation scheme. Applicants of all diversities and backgrounds start from the Data Center Infrastructure Specialist (DCIS)® course, which teaches them the foundations of the data center, data center infrastructure, data center standards and compliance.
New York, NY − May 9, 2016 − CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, announced that the ALDO Group Inc., a leading fashion retailer specializing in the design and production of footwear and accessories, selected BlueCherry® B2B eCommerce. The solution will enable ALDO to streamline global sales processes and strengthen buyer relationships across franchise and retail store locations.
With more than 2,500 points of sale and nearly 2,000 retail stores across the globe, ALDO is continually challenged to engage its large network of wholesale and franchisee retail buyers. The company was looking for an eCommerce solution with proven functionality to fully support its B2B business. After a rigorous evaluation of solutions, ALDO selected BlueCherry B2B eCommerce to engage its buyers, promote products globally in its own private marketplace and enable buyers to select assortments and receive confirmed orders virtually anywhere, anytime.
"With global operations spanning nearly every continent, we knew we needed a B2B solution to enhance our wholesale sales process to keep up with consumer demand," said Lance Martel, CIO at ALDO. "With CGS's extensive list of customers and knowledge, BlueCherry B2B eCommerce was the best solution to fit our growing global needs. BlueCherry will ultimately enable us to reduce costs, shorten sales cycles and increase both buyer and consumer satisfaction."
BlueCherry B2B eCommerce has also made it more convenient for ALDO buyers to view seller recommendations, obtain detailed product information including availability, and place orders online or via mobile device. This increased level of wholesale and franchise buyer support is a necessity in today's competitive retail marketplace.
"With over 30 years of experience in the fashion, footwear and consumer product market, CGS understands how valuable it is to have a solution that engages buyers across the globe," said Paul Magel, president, business applications and technology outsourcing, CGS. "We are proud to welcome ALDO to our BlueCherry community. We look forward to working with and helping ALDO's mission to improve global sales processes -- and ultimately, improve its sales."
About The ALDO Group Inc. The ALDO Group is a world leading creator and operator of desirable footwear and accessory brands. With 2,300 points of sale in 95 countries around the world, the company operates under two signature brands, ALDO and Call It Spring, and a multi-brand retail concept, GLOBO. Founded in 1972 by Aldo Bensadoun, The ALDO Group leads all operations from its head office in Montreal, and continues to act with its founder's values of love, respect and integrity. More than 20,000 people work for The ALDO Group.
About CGS For over 30 years, CGS has enabled global enterprises, regional companies and government agencies to drive breakthrough performance through business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services. CGS is wholly focused on creating comprehensive solutions that meet clients' complex, multi-dimensional needs and support clients' most fundamental business activities. Headquartered in New York City, CGS has offices across North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Framingham, MA – May 9, 2016 − Content Raven, the company that created the first enterprise content enablement platform for training, sales and customer success, today announced general availability of its secure Enterprise Video+ Platform. Content Raven’s solution enables enterprises to confidently share video and all other file types with employees, customers, partners and other constituents in a secure manner, with sophisticated analytics to understand and track access, usage, and interest. TICE 2016 attendees can view the platform in action at Content Raven’s booth.
Video-based learning is an effective component of a modern eLearning strategy. Because it is both audio and visual, it dramatically increases the student’s retention of material. Forrester Research reports that one minute of video is worth 1.8 million words of written text. Video is also preferred by learners. Forrester also reports that employees are 75 percent more likely to watch a video than read text. It is no surprise then, that enterprise organizations have embraced YouTube to deliver training. But YouTube and other video platforms lack the functionality, security and analytics that enterprise trainers require. Early adopters of Content Raven’s secure video platform are reporting revenue increases because they are now able to control access and distribution of video-based instruction to clients via subscription-based training.
Content Raven’s video module is fully integrated with the company’s Enterprise Content Enablement Platform. It is the only platform for companies that want to use a single solution to unlock the business value of all types of content, including documents, video, rich media, presentations and games. Content Raven’s Video+ Platform goes beyond traditional video players, like YouTube, with:
Enterprise-Level Security – Content Raven’s video platform enables companies to control who can view, share, download and comment on their videos. Companies are also able to rescind access to content on-demand.
Dynamic Video Watermarking – Content Raven is the only solution that allows for dynamic watermarking of videos so that users can create digital stamps, such as name or email address, on properties.
User Engagement Analytics – Content Raven provides real-time feedback regarding how users interact with the video, including when they viewed it, how many times, where they stopped, and what they replayed. This data can be used to track employee engagement and improve training materials over time.
Fully-Customized Viewer – Branding is integral to any enterprise company’s business strategy, Content Raven allows organizations to apply their own template and viewer, ensuring a consistent experience across video, the Web and other content pieces.
Full Integration with LMS and Content Delivery Systems – The Content Raven Enterprise Content Enablement platform fully integrates with leading LMS systems, storage solutions and content management systems to allow businesses to maintain existing processes and workflows.
“Our global, enterprise clients have a significant need to deliver video-based instruction in a secure manner,” said Joe Moriarty, CEO of Content Raven. “Before Content Raven these companies were forced to either forego the benefits of video-based instruction, or use YouTube-like solutions that leave revenue on the table, and compromise intellectual property. Content Raven’s video platform alleviates that hard choice for our clients.”
About Content Raven Content Raven is the first Enterprise Content Enablement Platform. Our unified platform for securely delivering, tracking, and managing videos, rich media files, and documents enables high-value, productive content experiences more than 300,000 users at enterprise companies around the globe. Employees, partners, and customers benefit from anywhere, anytime information access while content creators and managers maintain complete control of intellectual property.
Columbia, MD − May 10, 2016 - Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) announced today that Lockheed Martin's Aerospace & Defense business has awarded two 3-year contracts to GP Strategies to be their learning services partner and provide training consulting, instructional design, course development and training administrative services.
Under these multi-year agreements, GP Strategies will support the learning needs for all Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facilities with the primary work to be done in Fort Worth, Texas; Marietta, Georgia; and Palmdale, California. As a strategic partner, GP Strategies helps Lockheed Martin by providing consistency, best practices and thought leadership within the Learning and Development Department.
"We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Lockheed Martin. This partnership will facilitate efficiencies and consistencies in training development, delivery and administration. Together, the Lockheed Martin and GP Strategies learning team will help ensure Lockheed Martin employees are ready for the future," stated Debbie Ung, Senior Vice President, GP Strategies Performance Readiness Solutions Group.
About Lockheed Martin Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 125,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
About GP Strategies GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning 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. Additional information may be found at www.gpstrategies.com.
Raleigh, NC – May 11, 2016 – Training Industry recently announced its 2016 Readership and Editors’ Awards at the Training Industry Conference & Expo in Raleigh, NC.
The Training Industry Readership Award recognizes 10 of the most-read articles published on TrainingIndustry.com and Training Industry Magazine from the past year. The winners were selected based on readership appeal and attention.
Here are the 2016 Readership Award recipients:
“Let’s Get Serious about Live, Instructor-Led Training” By Dale Ludwig, Turpin Communication
“Training Evaluation: Knowing What to Measure” Jay Brimstin & Annie Hester, U.S. Army
“A New Role for Instructional Design” By Ron Zamir, Allen Communication
“Inspire Employees at Your Next Annual Meeting” By Elise Margol, Accelerated Business Results
“How C-Level Executives View Corporate Training” By Steve Fiehl, CrossKnowledge
“Leadership Is Influence and Influence Is All Around Us” By Sam Shriver, The Center for Leadership Studies
“The Power of Storytelling in Organizational Development” By Salima Hemani, SZH Consulting
“Culture: The Enemy at the Gate of Innovation” By Dr. Sydney Savion, Dell
“How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program” By Alison Napolitano, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
“Leading Change with Resilience” By Siobhan Brown, TidalShift
The Training Industry Editors’ Award recognizes two 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.
Here are the 2016 Editors’ Award recipients:
“Harnessing Social Learning to Enhance Professional Development” By Daila Boufford, ANSRsource
“Training with Pictures, Not Bullet Points” By Sara Ulmer, L&D Facilitator
“It’s always exciting to see which articles garner the most attention,” said Ken Taylor, editor in chief and president, Training Industry, Inc. “This allows us to see the topics that are important to our readers and how we can align our content with what’s going on in the industry. We’re pleased to formally recognize the articles that captivated our audience with an editorial award.”
“We take pride in the quality of the content that we publish,” 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 and how our audience is engaging with the content.”
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.
Chesterfield, MO – May 11, 2016 − BizLibrary recently added 385 new interactive video lessons to The BizLibrary Collection, its award-winning content library. These videos cover a number of important areas of learning focus, including:
- Leadership and Management
- Business Skills
- Sales and Service
These short, interactive videos are a unique addition to The BizLibrary Collection, and include new features to enhance the end user’s learning experience.
Among the interactive features are polls, surveys, quizzes, and opportunities for reflection. Learners will be able to listen or read along with synchronized transcripts, and learn from skilled teachers and subject matter experts. Closed captioning is also available for learners or environments where audio is not reasonable.
This content release is part of the 800+ new interactive videos from BizLibrary’s recent acquisition of AKLearning.
“It makes us so happy to consistently provide our clients with new and engaging video-based training content," said Debbie Williams, vice president of content development. "This third set of interactive videos is no exception, as it includes content covering some important topics like becoming an effective leader, demystifying management, corporate social responsibility, how to provide the best service and quite a few other great options in these topic areas. Our content team continues to carefully review each interactive video to ensure it meets the current quality standards we apply to The BizLibrary Collection. We are currently reviewing all of the content acquired from AKLearning and look forward to our next release.”
BizLibrary is a leading provider of online employee training solutions. Our award-winning online training library contains more than 5,000 micro-video lessons, video courses, interactive videos, and elearning courses covering a wide variety of topic areas and includes additional support materials to further increase learning retention.
Our learning technology platform is powerful and easy to use. All of our online training solutions are mobile-ready, allowing learners unlimited access to training content on any device, anytime and anywhere for true just-in-time learning. Engage your employees and drive business results by improving the way your employees learn with BizLibrary.
Raleigh, NC – May 12, 2016 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Top 20 Content Development Companies list, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies.
View the 2016 Top 20 Content Development Companies
Selection to the 2016 Top 20 Content Development Companies list was based on the following criteria:
Industry visibility, innovation and impact
Capability to develop and deliver multiple types of content
Company size and growth potential
Depth and breadth of subject matter expertise
Quality of clients
“We are excited to announce our 2016 Content Development Companies List as it is an important resource, helping training buyers find the best match for their learning program development needs,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc. “These companies are able to bring together innovative technologies and best-in-class instructional design to generate some of the most exciting examples of corporate learning in the marketplace.”
“The content development segment of the training industry is quickly becoming one of our most inquired about Top 20 lists,” said Doug Harward, CEO, Training Industry, Inc. “The companies selected for this year’s list continue to lead in setting many of the key trends in corporate training.”
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View the 2016 Top 20 Content Development Companies.
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.
Nashville, TN – May 13, 2016 − The innovative performance improvement firm in sales, coaching and customer service, Integrity Solutions, has launched a podcast series to explore challenges, insights and solutions confronting organizations across business.
“Excellence in sales performance, coaching and customer service leads to measurable improvements in productivity for roles across the organization,” said Mike Esterday, CEO of Integrity Solutions. “Our new podcasts will feature business and thought leaders discussing how they’ve overcome their most critical challenges. We’re renowned for our focus on integrity and trust – going far beyond skills and process training to focus on the whole person – including values, attitudes, motivations, and beliefs. Look for our podcasts to focus on all that and more.”
Integrity Solutions has more than 45 years of experience developing innovative, practical training and learning related services in sales performance, coaching, and customer service. The firm has worked on a global scale in more than 130 countries across the business spectrum – including healthcare, financial services, energy and utilities – among others.
Integrity Solution’s premiere podcast features the Amica Mutual Insurance Company and focuses on Amica’s longtime work to develop a sales culture grounded in ethics and integrity. Amica’s Assistant Director of Training and Development, Keith Goryl, details the firm’s approach to sales training, coaching, and the value of training the whole person.
Integrity Solutions is finalizing a roster of upcoming podcasts and will announce each episode as it’s released.
Podcast topics will likely include: cultivating a values-based selling approach and overcoming common hurdles; the unique selling dynamics and challenge in the healthcare industry; the critical importance of customer service in customer retention and the related lack of formalized customer service training in most organizations; and critical leadership development and employee engagement issues in/around sales performance and coaching.
Integrity Solutions thought leadership and client solutions are receiving wide recognition. The firm was named recently to the 2016 Sales Training Watch List by Training Industry, Inc.
The prestigious ranking recognizes top sales training providers across the globe as part of Training Industry’s commitment to continuously monitor the training marketplace for the best providers and services.
New York, NY− May 16, 2016− To support clinicians who treat the millions of people in the United States who suffer from traumatic brain injuries and other illnesses that result in cognitive impairment, Pearson announced the addition of RehaCom to its comprehensive offering of tools to support neuropsychologists, speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists in their work with clients. As a result of an agreement with HASOMED GmbH, the developer of the evidence-based treatment for cognitive deficits, Pearson is now RehaCom’s exclusive distributor for North America.
Developed in 1988 – the early days of personal computing – by scientists at the University of Magdeburg in Germany, RehaCom was the first clinically tried and tested, computer-based training treatment for cognitive deficits. Having evolved through the collaboration of therapists and many scientific experts, today RehaCom is recognized as Europe’s leading system for computerized cognitive rehabilitation. Numerous studies from around the world demonstrate RehaCom’s efficacy in all phases of rehabilitation.
“In the more than 25 years since we developed RehaCom, millions of patients have benefited. This means that every day we have helped individuals recover from cognitive impairments and cope with everyday life once again,” said Peter Weber, D.Eng, CEO, HASOMED. “Now through our new partnership with Pearson, clinicians in North America will have the opportunity to use our proven, evidence-based treatment to support their work with clients dealing with cognitive deficits.”
RehaCom training is effective computer-based treatment for patients suffering from cognitive impairment due to traumatic brain injury, degenerative diseases and other illnesses or injuries. It provides clinicians with deficit-specific, targeted, evidence-based, patient-centered treatment that clients can work through with minimal supervision. Patient progress and gains are automatically tracked and monitored across a wide variety of cognitive domains, allowing clinicians to effectively and efficiently treat a larger client caseload, increasing both client treatment efficacy and clinician efficiency, resulting in strong return on investment for healthcare institutions.
“Pearson is committed to offering clinicians treatment solutions that combine the power of today’s technology with a firm foundation in research to support them as they provide their clients with the most efficacious treatment possible,” said Aurelio Prifitera, Ph.D., managing director of Pearson’s clinical assessment group. “By growing our offerings, Pearson is developing a health care portfolio that provides solutions across the care continuum that ensures that patients receive the highest quality treatment, delivered affordably.”
About HASOMED The name HASOMED stands for quality medical products and superior services. In collaboration with doctors, therapists and scientists, the company develops solutions for neurological rehabilitation and for the prophylaxis and therapy of neurodegenerative diseases. Research and development are firmly anchored in HASOMED’s corporate philosophy. For 25 years, HASOMED’s RehaCom has supported the rehabilitation of brain-injured individuals. Today RehaCom is the market leader in computer-assisted cognitive rehabilitation and is distributed worldwide in 18 languages.
Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives.
Hamilton, NJ − May 17, 2016 − BlessingWhite, a division of GP Strategies Corporation, announces the release of The Coaching Conundrum 2016 Report on the subject of developing coaching skills amongst managers in organizations. BlessingWhite is a global consulting organization and provider of leadership development and employee engagement solutions.
Many organizations seek to build a "coaching culture"—one in which coaching is an inherent approach all managers use to develop and engage members of their teams. Organizations that have achieved this lofty goal report increases in both contribution and satisfaction among team members, with each employee benefiting from the experience and support of their manager.
But for most companies, the results are disappointing. Despite investments in skills-based programs, little coaching takes place. When examining this challenge, a conundrum emerges: Managers see the value of coaching and enjoy coaching; organizations set the expectation and belief that coaching is beneficial and desired; and direct reports say coaching adds to both their satisfaction and ability to contribute to the work. And yet little coaching is taking place.
Key findings in the report include:
Managers' top barriers to coaching include time constraints, "not having all the answers" and age differences with those they aspire to coach.
A key factor in whether managers coach or not is if they receive coaching from their own respective managers.
Managers and direct reports broadly agree on the top actions managers can take to ensure a successful coaching relationship.
While organizations set expectations and reinforce the importance of coaching, few provide hard incentives in the form of a bonus or other compensation.
The report explores the dynamics of coaching and provides practical recommendations aimed at training and organizational development professionals.
About BlessingWhite, A Division of GP Strategies BlessingWhite is a division of GP Strategies Corporation with key expertise in Leadership Development and Employee Engagement. Based in Hamilton, NJ, BlessingWhite has worked with nearly three million professionals in thousands of organizations since its founding in 1973.
About GP Strategies GP Strategies Corporation is a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical training, eLearning 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.
Bellevue, WA – May 19, 2016 − EDUonGo, a cloud-based learning platform that hosts online academies, is pleased to announce the launch of Skillnatic, a new marketplace for corporate training. Courses will be delivered through EDUonGo’s learning management system (LMS) and will be available for individual contributors, frontline leaders and managers.
Courses can be purchased individually, in bundles or in full learning tracks, such as the award winning Leadership Development Learning Track, Management Development and Project Management. Individuals pay $4.95—per user, per course—for an entire year while companies can purchase sets of courses and bundled courses for multiple employees at discounted rates.
Vado—an eLearning courseware provider—will make their 350 management development and employee soft skill development courses available through Skillnatic. Courses are approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and will help project managers achieve and maintain PMI professional credentials—such as the Project Management Professional (PMP)®. With each course employees complete, they earn professional development units (PDUs) that count towards their PMI certification.
“Our goal with Skillnatic is to make corporate training easy for companies of all sizes, ” says Ridvan Aliu, CEO of EDUonGo. “We will include courses from multiple content providers so that customers can pick exactly what they need and deploy it to their employees in no time. Tools for progress tracking and reporting are also included at no additional cost.”
About EDUonGo EDUonGo is a cloud-based learning platform that empowers companies to create professional and corporate training courses. Companies save time and money by using EDUonGo as their custom eLearning solution. The platform’s flexibility and development support makes it a great alternative to traditional LMSs like Moodle.