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Stockholm, Sweden and New York, NY - June 1, 2017 - BTS, a leading global strategy implementation firm, has recently been engaged by a global industrial company to partner on the development and implementation of a company-wide leadership development program. With the program targeting all leaders of the organization globally over the next two years, the deal is valued up to 10 MUSD.
The goal of the initiative is to create a common way of leading and a common language of leadership across all of the global organizations' leaders, from the executive committee to frontline leaders. The program will focus on building engagement, trust and collaboration, as well as developing the capabilities for leading change, living the company's values, and achieving great business results. These learnings and capabilities are expected to improve net employee satisfaction and help transform the leadership culture to become more agile, effective, and people-centered.
Three separate but related solutions have been designed for the three levels of leaders (frontline leaders, mid-level leaders and senior leaders). Each program is a yearlong "learning journey" that uses a blend of assessment, virtual exercises and in-person workshops to engage and develop leaders. The programs also leverage BTS' digital Changr app to increase participant engagement, ensure action and drive execution. Through assessments at the beginning and end of their learning journey, every leader will receive a detailed feedback report to help them better measure their progress and deliver actionable, relevant insights.
"We are very pleased to have been selected by this globally leading industrial company for a business-critical, company-wide leadership development program," says Henrik Ekelund, Founder and CEO of BTS. "The significant scope and scale of the project is a testament to the power of learning journeys for leadership development, and shows how innovative and impactful the blend of different tools and learning methodologies being used really is."
About BTS Group AB
BTS is a global professional services firm headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with some 500 professionals in 35 offices located on six continents. We focus on the people side of strategy, working with leaders at all levels to help them make better decisions, convert those decisions to actions and deliver results. At our core, we believe people learn best by doing. For 30 years, we've been designing fun, powerful experiences that have a profound and lasting impact on people and their careers. We inspire new ways of thinking, build critical capabilities and unleash business success. It’s strategy made personal.
We serve a wide range of client needs, including:
Assessment centers for talent selection and development
Strategy alignment and execution
Business acumen, leadership and sales training programs
On-the-job business simulations and application tools.
We partner with nearly 450 organizations, including over 30 of the world’s 100 largest global corporations. Our major clients are some of the most respected names in business: AT&T, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Ericsson, Google, GSK, HP, HSBC, Salesforce.com and Unilever.
BTS is a public company listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm and trades under the symbol BTS B.
For more information, please visit www.bts.com
San Francisco, CA - June 1, 2017 - Udemy, a global marketplace for learning and teaching online, today announced that the board of the company has appointed Kevin H. Johnson as its new chief executive officer effective June 1, 2017.
"Udemy is transforming the lives of millions of people across the world -- students are able to learn new skills and achieve their dreams, while experts have a platform where they can share their knowledge. It's an honor to join a company that makes a real difference, and I look forward to further advancing such an important mission," said Kevin H. Johnson.
"Kevin is a veteran leader who knows how to scale a fast-moving marketplace business with customers and employees around the world," said Jeff Lieberman, managing director at Insight Venture Partners and Udemy board member. "We believe that there is virtually limitless opportunity in front of Udemy and we're excited to see the team accelerate global growth, bring relevant content to millions more users, and expand its business offering."
Before joining Udemy, Johnson served as CEO of Ebates Inc., a leading e-commerce marketplace ranked as a top-fifteen U.S. e-commerce brand by eMarketer. During his nine-year tenure, Johnson grew the business forty-fold, prepared the company for IPO, and ultimately sold it to Rakuten for $1 billion. Prior to joining Ebates, Kevin served as president and general manager of Acxiom Digital, a marketing technology and services company, and spent six years with the Boston Consulting Group, where he provided strategic and operating expertise to leading multinational companies. Johnson also co-founded and served as CEO of Passporta.com, an e-commerce business providing hard-to-find local specialties. He received an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley.
About UdemyUdemy was founded in 2010 with the aim of improving lives through learning. Udemy is a global marketplace for learning and teaching online where more than 15 million students learn from an extensive library of 45,000 courses taught by expert instructors in over 80 different languages. Whether learning for professional development or personal enrichment, students can master new skills through self-paced, on-demand courses, while instructors have a way to share their knowledge with the world. For companies, Udemy for Business offers subscription access to a collection of business-relevant courses as well as a simple platform to host and distribute their own content in one central place. Udemy is privately owned and headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Ireland and Turkey.
Dublin, CA - June 5, 2017 - Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ:CALD), a global leader in cloud-based sales, marketing, learning and customer experience solutions, announced today that it has acquired Learning Heroes, an innovative and disruptive provider of education content that has been saving the world from boring e-learning. The acquisition enhances the CallidusCloud Litmos Mobile Learning Platform, adding over 150 e-learning modules and 1,000 blended learning resources.
The combination of Litmos and Learning Heroes means users can accelerate the creation of high-quality, engaging and impactful learning experiences. Learning Heroes’ bite-sized, fun and mobile learning content helps create courses that users actually love and can run in any LMS.
Recognized as the “2017 Federation of Small Business & Worldpay UK Start-up of the Year,” Learning Heroes counts among its customers some of Europe's most iconic brands, including Specsavers, Volvo, NHS, West Midlands Police and Dixons Carphone Warehouse.
“Fully mobile, immersive, and user-friendly, Litmos now includes Learning Heroes, creating one of the largest and most comprehensive business skills and compliance education platforms,” said Rory Cameron, EVP Litmos and corporate development at CallidusCloud. “This acquisition is strategic as it allows Litmos to significantly increase its footprint in EMEA, where the e-learning market is valued at over $6.5 billion per year."
“Our e-learning content library offers a rich, fun, impactful learning experience at a competitive price point,” said Adam Kara, CEO at Learning Heroes. “Our expertise in producing engaging online and mobile content that delights the learner, combined with Litmos’ award-winning mobile learning platform, will be the unique proposition the world of learning has been demanding.”
Litmos is a learning management platform that enables enterprises to rapidly deploy education programs to customers, partners and employees. Designed with mobility in mind, the platform allows content to be consumed on any device, within the applications the users already access, for a true embedded-learning experience.
For more information about Learning Heroes, please visit www.learningheroes.com.
About CallidusCloud Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ:CALD), doing business as CallidusCloud®, is the global leader in cloud-based sales, marketing, learning and customer experience solutions. CallidusCloud enables organizations to accelerate and maximize their lead to money process with a complete suite of solutions that identify the right leads, ensure proper territory and quota distribution, enable sales forces, automate configure price quote, and streamline sales compensation -- driving bigger deals, faster. Approximately 5,400 leading organizations, across all industries, rely on CallidusCloud to optimize the lead to money process to close more deals for more money in record time.
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Farmington Hills, MI - June 5, 2017 - AccessPoint CEO Greg Packer announced today that YourSource Management Group (YMG) has joined its growing portfolio of companies.
AccessPoint also plans to purchase the YMG headquarters building in Auburn Hills to provide a northern Oakland county presence for AccessPoint's business units.
"We are thrilled to bring YMG's terrific team of HR experts to the AccessPoint organization," said Packer. "YMG will enhance our 'unbundled' Human Resources Outsourcing service platform as it is the clear leader in that niche."
"The partnership between AccessPoint and YourSource Management Group combines two unique HR outsourcing solutions and two long-standing leaders in HR solutions within the State of Michigan," said Todd Lancaster, CEO of YMG. "Together, we will be able to offer our new, and existing, clients more options to better align with their needs and strategic goals."
Packer said that AccessPoint and YMG's product offerings are extremely complementary to each other with little overlap, and the two organizations are culturally aligned. "Our culture at AccessPoint is of paramount importance," said Packer. "We care about our coworkers, our clients and the communities we serve. I have known Todd for nearly 20 years and his organization leads a very short list of Human Resources Outsourcing companies in the region that are culturally aligned with AccessPoint."
Packer said with the addition of YMG, AccessPoint will be able to serve a larger share of business owners and positions AccessPoint – the only ESAC-certified PEO (Professional Employer Organization) headquartered in Michigan – to be the market leader in HR management within the state of Michigan.
AccessPoint's 2016 revenue was nearly $230 million across all divisions and Packer said the new partnership with YMG and AccessPoint's continued growth, annual revenue goal aims to be close to $300 million.
Currently, AccessPoint has 11 locations in Michigan including Farmington Hills, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Traverse City, and offices in Washington D.C., and Bonita Springs, Florida.
About AccessPoint: A single source for World Class-HR, AccessPoint is a Full-Service Human Resources organization and Professional Employer Organization (PEO). The company is an industry leader in employee management including recruiting, employee relations, payroll, staffing, benefits management, and workplace safety. For nearly 30 years, AccessPoint has helped businesses of all sizes skillfully navigate the modern work place, introducing efficiencies and safeguards while never forgetting the personal element fundamental to all business and employment relationships. To learn more, visit www.accesspointhr.com.
About YourSource Management Group: Founded in 1999, YourSource Management Group provides three unique HR Outsourcing solutions: HR Consulting for specific projects such as HR audits, organizational development, and employee benchmarking; HR Outsourcing providing, or supplementing, an organization's human resources function with onsite human resource expertise; and HR Management option providing a comprehensive solution to manage HR, benefit administration, and payroll through an integrated Human Resource Information System (HRIS), including new hire and benefit enrollment, and time and labor management.
Cary, NC - June 6, 2017 - Relias Learning, a trusted partner in online analytics, assessments, and learning for the healthcare market, today announced the acquisition of Boise, ID-based WhiteCloud Analytics. WhiteCloud is the second acquisition made by Relias in the analytics category, following the recently announced acquisition of Care Management Technologies (CMT). WhiteCloud brings 20 years of analytics and performance management best practices to their Healthcare Performance Management Platform, which is designed to help health systems optimize care, improve financial health and streamline operational efficiency.
“WhiteCloud’s strength in the acute care market, combined with their performance management analytics tools, make them an ideal addition to the Relias suite of solutions,” said Jim Triandiflou, CEO of Relias Learning. “When combined with our recently announced acquisition of CMT, we are building a unique analytics solution. As a result, our clients will be able to make data-driven decisions to improve both patient care and financial performance.”
Relias Learning’s aggressive investment in the analytics category stems from its desire to give clients visibility into exactly how organizations, and even individual providers of care, are performing. Clients can leverage analytics to measure the effectiveness of interactive, blended learning programs that are targeted to solving specific high-risk, high-value issues.
When combined with Relias’ learning and assessments tools, analytics becomes even more powerful. Relias can now offer clients targeted end-to-end solutions that blend delivery of care analytics with adaptive learning to provide for the improvement of measurable outcomes, as well as increased ROI.
“The future of healthcare is uncertain, but the necessity for change is not,” said Bob Lokken, CEO of WhiteCloud Analytics. “By integrating WhiteCloud’s best of class performance management analytics with Relias’s best of class learning management system, we create a new digital platform which will set a new standard in supporting healthcare’s demands to accelerate the rate of change and improvement. This in turn sets a new standard for helping our clients thrive during times of uncertainty.”
WhiteCloud has established a strong reputation as a solutions provider in the healthcare industry, primarily in the acute care market. Notable clients include St. Luke’s, Montefiore, and IASIS Healthcare. They also have a presence in the dental field, working with Delta Dental among others.
“WhiteCloud’s performance management platform has played a crucial role in our progress and pursuit of better health, better care, and lower cost,” said Dr. David Pate, President and CEO, St. Luke’s Health System. “Our success is almost single handedly the result of our wide-scale focus on the elimination of irrational variation, and the WhiteCloud technology is our empirical platform and partner in that pursuit.”
WhiteCloud is one of seven acquisitions announced by Relias since March of 2016. The acquisitions are an integral part of a growth strategy to expand across the continuum of healthcare while also moving beyond compliance to combine analytics, assessments, and learning to help healthcare organizations improve performance. In addition, Relias announced in 2016 that it planned to add 450 employees over five years at its Cary, NC headquarters. The company has added nearly 50 people in the first quarter of 2017.
Brentwood Capital Advisors acted as the financial advisor to WhiteCloud Analytics for this acquisition.
About Relias Learning Relias Learning provides online analytics, assessments, and learning for approximately 6,000 healthcare provider organizations across the continuum of care, covering both physical and mental health needs, as well as public safety organizations. Relias offers unrivaled content, provides the ability for clients to create their own content, and allows for the demonstration of skill and performance, all in a singular, powerful learning management system. Learn more about Relias Learning at http://www.reliaslearning.com.
About WhiteCloud Analytics WhiteCloud is a leading provider of healthcare performance management technology that helps health systems safeguard revenues and combat rising costs. Based on 20 years of analytics and performance management best practices, the WhiteCloud™ Healthcare Performance Management Platform is designed to help health systems optimize care, improve financial health and streamline operational efficiency. Learn more at whitecloud.com.
New York, NY - June 6, 2017 - Trilogy Education Services announces today that it has raised $30 million in Series A funding from Highland Capital Partners with participation from Rethink Education, City Light Capital, and other notable investors including Jack Larson and Rob Cohen. The first Continuing Education Program Manager ("CEPM"), Trilogy is empowering universities to transform the lives of students through skills-based training programs that are university-run, student-tested and employer-approved.
Through university partnerships, Trilogy offers programs in web development, data analytics and visualization, and UI/UX in part-time and full-time formats. Students benefit from a dynamic, market-driven curriculum, career services, and access to a network of industry partners. A robust learning and instructor analytics platform also allows Trilogy and its university partners to continually improve the student learning experience.
"The digital economy is unquestionably a source of opportunity for the US workforce. By 2020, it is predicted that there will be 1.4 million more web development jobs than people to fill them. By 2018, US companies will need to fill 1.5 million positions that require data analysis skills," said Dan Sommer, CEO and Founder of Trilogy Education Services. "Our mission is to help every top continuing and professional education program provide students with the skills they need to succeed in the digital economy, and we are grateful to all of our investors for joining us on this journey."
Since launching in September, 2015, Trilogy has expanded to include twenty-one university partners with campuses across the US.
"Trilogy is addressing one of the biggest challenges in our country, preparing people with the skills to thrive in the evolving economy," said Craig Driscoll, Partner, Highland Capital Partners. "The Trilogy team's vision and passion to transform education and train the workforce is compelling. We are proud to be partnered with the Trilogy team on this important mission."
"Trilogy takes the unique approach of partnering with leading universities to address the rapidly changing job market. This highly-scalable approach will have a lasting impact on education and jobs globally," said Dan Nova, Partner, Highland Capital Partners. "Trilogy allows people to invest in themselves to improve their lives."
Dan Nova and Craig Driscoll have joined Trilogy's Board of Directors.
More information about Trilogy can be found at www.trilogyed.com
About Trilogy Education Services:
Trilogy Education Services is the Continuing Education Program Manager (CEPM) that creates and manages skills-based training programs for 21 of the world's leading universities. Universities leverage Trilogy's platform, services and national community of instructors and employers to prepare learners for careers in the digital economy. Learn more at www.trilogyed.com.
About Highland Capital Partners:
Founded in 1987, Highland Capital Partners is a venture capital firm focused on putting the entrepreneur first. With offices in Boston and Palo Alto, Highland has raised over $3 billion in committed capital and invested in more than 270 companies, resulting in category-defining businesses across consumer and enterprise technology. Investments include 2U, Catalant, Harry's, Jaunt, Malwarebytes, nuTonomy, Qihoo 360, Rent the Runway, Scopely, SmartThings, ThredUP and Turbonomic. For more information, visit www.hcp.com.
Santa Monica, CA - June 6, 2017 - Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based learning and human capital management software, today unveiled Cornerstone Realise, a smarter, accelerated and simplified software implementation service that transforms a pivotal part of the overall client experience. Cornerstone’s innovative approach to implementation provides clients with expert support and step-by-step guidance that quickly and easily takes them from vision to value, ultimately allowing organisations to focus more on driving positive business impact through their talent management strategy.
Part of Cornerstone’s larger and ongoing operational excellence initiative, Cornerstone Realise’s personalised experience kicks off with an “intelligent guide” that helps clients clearly identify and share important and unique business information to inform the software implementation process. Using this information, Cornerstone experts preconfigure the solution and ensure the platform is set up to best suit the particular needs of each client, allowing them to interact with a nearly fully-configured solution within days of kickoff. The expert guidance provided throughout this experience ensures clients know what to expect every step of the way, allowing them to go live with confidence in as little as eight weeks – an up to 50 percent decrease in the average implementation delivery time.
To further support client success, Cornerstone also is adding a new service, Cornerstone Edge Transform, which automates the loading of client data into Cornerstone’s platform, further reducing the duration of the software integration process.
Comments on the News“Our passionate team of experts is dedicated to helping our clients drive measurable success throughout their implementation, adoption and optimisation of the Cornerstone platform, and Cornerstone Realise is the first step in that journey. Our new methodology helps clients navigate the inevitable changes that come with any new technology and make smarter decisions that will lead to better business results,” said Kirsten Helvey, chief operating officer for Cornerstone OnDemand. “Since day one, we have put an emphasis on creating a stellar client experience, always ensuring our clients feel supported, valued and heard. Our 95 percent average annual dollar rate since inception is a testament to this commitment. We know that our success as a business is directly tied to that of our clients, and we believe Cornerstone Realise is a major leap forward in guaranteeing both Cornerstone and our clients’ businesses are built to last.”
To learn more about the Cornerstone client experience, including Cornerstone Realise and Cornerstone Edge Transform, visit: www.cornerstoneondemand.co.uk/services.
About Cornerstone OnDemandCornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD) is a global leader in cloud-based learning and human capital management software. The company is pioneering solutions to help organisations realise the potential of the modern workforce. From recruitment, onboarding, training and collaboration, to performance management, compensation, succession planning, people administration and analytics, Cornerstone is designed to enable a lifetime of learning and development that is fundamental to the growth of employees and organisations.
Based in Santa Monica, California, the company’s solutions are used by nearly 3,000 clients worldwide, spanning more than 31 million users across 191 countries and 43 languages. To learn more about Cornerstone, visit us on Twitter, Facebook and our blog. www.cornerstoneondemand.co.uk
San Jose, CA - June 6, 2017 - Cisco today announced a new Continuing Education Program for certified IT professionals looking to upskill in alignment with the latest advances in technology. This program offers expanded options for recertification, underscoring Cisco’s commitment to develop the talent needed to help businesses transform, innovate and grow in the digital age.
Emerging technologies, such as network programmability, Internet of Things and cloud, are becoming central to organizations' business growth strategies. This ongoing technology transformation requires organizations to maintain a technical workforce with an intimate understanding of the very latest technology trends, opportunities and threats that impact their well-being. Technical certifications provide employers with a way to validate new job-related skills, and are often directly linked to hiring decisions, salary level and professional advancement.
At the same time, learner preferences are changing, demanding options that deliver the flexibility to gain skills on demand and stay current as technology continues to evolve. Continuous and integrated learning keeps certified professionals positioned for career advancement and leadership opportunities. Cisco's Continuing Education Program is designed to meet both the needs of employers and learners as organizations undergo digital business transformation.
The Cisco Continuing Education Program provides new, flexible options for recertification:
Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIEs) and Cisco Certified Design Experts (CCDEs) with an active, emeritus or suspended status now have an option to recertify by earning credits through continuing education. This is an alternative to taking a written certification exam every two years.
The program includes authorized learning materials and activities that are current, convenient, customized and continuously available through online courses, instructor-led trainings, authoring exam items and Cisco Live trainings.
An online portal has been established for the Continuing Education Program to detail learning options, authorized providers, validate credits and help learners track their progress.
Once candidates have earned the designated number of credits, they will be recertified.
Cisco's announcement today is the latest example of the company's continued effort to advance skills in the industry. Additional program advancements include:
Agile Blueprints - a recently introduced agile and modular approach to exam revisions, allowing a continuous refresh of the technologies covered by Cisco certifications.
Expert-level Certification Program Evolution - a revised framework for Cisco certification programs launched in November 2015.
Supporting Quote:Tejas Vashi, senior director, product strategy & marketing, Cisco Services: "Certified professionals are critical to digital business transformation. As Cisco certifications are among the most highly valued in the industry, we continue to empower professionals to upskill and recertify based on the latest technologies, while offering flexible options for learning when and how is best for them, their schedules and lives. Continuing Education is just the latest example of how Learning@Cisco is advancing talent truly capable of making business transformation possible."
For more detailed information, please visit: Cisco Continuing Education Program
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Mountain View, CA - June 7, 2017 - Today, Coursera announced it has closed $64 million in a Series D funding round, taking the company's total capital raised to date to $210.3 million. Coursera will use the latest round to fund efforts in its fast-growing enterprise business (Coursera for Business), to expand its master’s degree portfolio, and to accelerate product innovations that take advantage of the platform’s unmatched scale with over 26 million registered learners globally.
In strong support for the company’s direction, the majority of the funding for this round came from existing investors—GSV Asset Management, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB) and Learn Capital. The Lampert Foundation participated as a new investor.
“As the industry leader in online higher education, we have a massive opportunity ahead of us in preparing people, companies, and governments to respond to the changing nature of jobs and to take on the urgent challenges of workforce transformation,” said Rick Levin, Coursera’s CEO. “This round of funding enables us to continue innovating across our platform to deliver better learner outcomes, and to accelerate the momentum we have in our new initiatives — enterprise and degrees.”
Coursera recently launched Coursera for Business—a platform to help companies manage workforce transformation at scale. Within a short span, it has been embraced by more than 50 companies around the world, including BCG, BNY Mellon, L’Oreal, Paypal, and Air France KLM.
In January of this year, Coursera also launched Coursera for Governments & Nonprofits, joining forces with government and local institutions to prepare their communities for the jobs of the future. These partnerships have quickly scaled to cover efforts in a number of countries, such as the US, Pakistan, Egypt, Malaysia, and Singapore.
In addition to over 2,000 courses and 180 Specializations, Coursera has begun offering fully-accredited online master’s degrees in order to serve the full spectrum of educational needs. Encouraged by the success of the first two degrees it launched in 2015, it recently announced two more degrees—a Master’s in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OMIE) from HEC Paris, and a Master’s of Accounting (iMSA) from the University of Illinois.
“We are excited to see Coursera emerge as the world’s learning platform, with a highly engaged global learner base and educational content from leading universities and top companies,” said Michael Moe, Founder and CEO of GSV Asset Management. “In a global marketplace and knowledge-based economy, education makes the difference not only for how well an individual does, but for companies, and for that matter, countries."
Within five years of its founding, Coursera has emerged as the world’s largest online platform for higher education with more than 26 million learners, 150 university partners, and 2000+ courses. With the deepest catalog of courses, innovations like micro-credentials that learners can stack into degrees, and machine learning-powered skills and content matching systems, Coursera is well positioned to equip more people around the world with the skills they need to close gaps in high-demand fields like data science, computer science, and business.
Coursera is the world’s largest online platform for higher education. It partners with 150 of the world’s top universities and education institutions to offer courses, Specializations, and degrees that empower learners around the world to achieve their career, educational, and personal enrichment goals throughout their lives. Since launching in 2012, the company has grown to 26 million registered learners who can choose among 2,000 courses and 180 Specializations available to enroll in at any time. Coursera is backed by leading venture capital firms such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, GSV Capital, International Finance Corporation, Laureate Education Inc., and Learn Capital.
Portland, OR - June 7, 2017 - Treehouse, the leading online learning platform specializing in technology, recently announced its official approval as a Google Developers Authorized Training Partner. With the extensive and in-depth Android content Treehouse provides, users can learn the programming skills needed to prepare for the Google Developers’ Associate Android Developer Certification exam.
The Associate Android Developer Certification was introduced by Google Developers in May 2016 as a global program recognizing developers who have reached a level of proficiency in Android programming. This certification is widely recognized and considered a valuable achievement for any Android developer to have on their resume.
Google has authorized Treehouse to deliver high-quality Android training using expert teachers and a custom curriculum to teach users the valuable skills needed to prepare for the Associate Android Developer Certification exam. In addition, no previous coding experience is required to enroll in the Android Development Techdegree. Treehouse will help users build the foundation, knowledge and advanced skills needed to confidently pass the exam and begin their journey as a Junior Android Developer.
“Treehouse works hard to create the best training possible to prepare people for a career in development. We are incredibly proud that Google has reviewed our Android Techdegree program and vetted its thorough coverage of Android’s core competencies,” said Londa Quisling, Treehouse chief product officer. “Treehouse looks forward to our ongoing partnership with Google, and helping to grow the community of aspiring Android developers.”
Treehouse Android course content has been carefully reviewed and put through a rigorous audit process by Google Developers. This means the Treehouse Android Development Techdegree covers all of the core competencies users need to prepare for the Google Developers’ Associate Android Developer Certification exam. Treehouse will help users improve their skillset and guide them towards becoming a proficient Android developer.
To learn more about Treehouse’s partnership with Google and the Android Techdegree, please email Londa Quisling at Londa@teamtreehouse.com.
Treehouse is an online education platform that specializes in technology. With a robust content library spanning 20 topics, our students range from absolute beginner to professional developer. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Treehouse has provided outstanding tech education for over 6 years, and currently has 75k enrolled students. Visit teamtreehouse.com to learn more.
Palo Alto, CA - June 6, 2017 - ViridisLearning, Inc., a New York-based SaaS technology company that uses data analytics to match students with employers, today announced it has raised nearly $7.5 million to date through investments from Salesforce Ventures, Thayer Ventures and others. These new investments will further empower Viridis to achieve its mission of expanding economic mobility around the world, ending the global skills gap, and leading in 21st century workforce development.
"Viridis Learning is a technology company at the nexus of data interoperability between education and employment," said Founder and CEO Felix W. Ortiz III. "Viridis Learning will utilize the investment to continue expanding its Skill Passport Accountability Tracking solution adoption and will be opening up an office in Austin, Texas."
Ortiz describes this as "a major milestone in our vision to become the leading cloud-based platform connecting the middle-skills workforce to growing economies around the world. We are positioning to scale our platform internationally and create a seamless integration of the employment triangle of students, colleges, and employers. Our goal remains to be the singular hub for colleges and employers to validate student skill sets and using Salesforce will help up fulfill our vision for ending the global skills gap through a connected campus ecosystem."
As a Salesforce Ventures portfolio company, Viridis Learning will have access to the world's largest cloud ecosystem and the guidance of Salesforce's innovators and executives.
Viridis Learning uses a proprietary software platform to close the skills gap by integrating students, colleges, and employers. Utilizing Viridis technologies, colleges can better track and understand their students' performance and outcomes, reduce student time-to-completion rates, and improve students' employment placement. The Viridis platform allows employers to hire more quickly, cut recruitment and retention costs, and reduce churn with skill-based job matching. Viridis will also integrate with Salesforce Trailhead, Salesforce's online, interactive and guided learning platform, to further workforce development within the Salesforce ecosystem.
Viridis bolsters its Board of Directors with the addition of Caretha Coleman. A respected professional in Silicon Valley. Caretha's experience spans 40 years in the technology industry in companies such as Interval Research. Prior to Interval, Caretha was EVP, with global responsibility for Human Resources at Software Publishing Corporation, where her leadership was instrumental in pioneering one of the first successful desktop computer software businesses. Caretha began her career in the Silicon Valley companies of Hewlett-Packard and Spectra Physics. Caretha was a founding member of The Angels' Forum, a unique 'angel' investment organization in Palo Alto, where she served on the Advisory Committee and worked closely with entrepreneurs vetting their ideas and providing guidance and coaching. An advocate for women and minorities in business, Caretha demonstrates her commitment to mentoring young professionals and entrepreneurs across the country. Caretha is member of the board of directors for Dignity Health, a $16 billion healthcare system whose mission focuses on the delivery of quality healthcare to the underserved. She chaired the board during a time of significant transition for the organization and the industry. She also chaired their Human Resources and Compensation Committees. She is also a member of the National Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the US Tennis Association; and serves on the National Board of Facing History and Ourselves. Caretha is a Black Corporate Director, and an American Leadership Forum Fellow. She most recently was named as one of the Bay Area's most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times, and a 2015 Outstanding Director by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Viridis elevates longtime executive Sudhir Wadhwa to the position of Chief Technology Officer. In his 25+ years of professional experience, Sudhir has held senior leadership positions in leading technology companies including Altera, Allied Telesis and a number of startups, including Canesta (acquired by Microsoft), StarCite, Leap Motion, Pluribus Networks and FixStream Networks. A respected expert in the field, his specialties include market research, product development, machine learning techniques, and cross-platform integration. Sudhir holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Mathematics from Delhi University.
About Viridis LearningViridis is a cloud-based, SaaS technology platform that has developed a proprietary Skills Passport TM, which integrates with existing student information systems, government databases and labor market information to connect students to employers. With the Viridis platform, colleges can create and assess student pathways with the highest precision, leading to a better understanding of their own institutional needs and the needs of their students. Viridis then uses data analytics to validate skills, match students' career aspirations and skill sets with employer demand, a data-driven process which represents the future of human capital acquisition and development. www.viridislearning.com
About Salesforce VenturesSalesforce is the fastest growing top five enterprise software company and the #1 CRM provider globally. Salesforce Ventures — the company's corporate investment group — invests in the next generation of enterprise technology that extends the power of the Salesforce Intelligent Customer Success Platform, helping companies connect with their customers in entirely new ways. Portfolio companies receive funding as well as access to the world's largest cloud ecosystem and the guidance of Salesforce's innovators and executives. With Salesforce Ventures, portfolio companies can also leverage Salesforce's expertise in corporate philanthropy by joining Pledge 1% to make giving back part of their business model. Salesforce Ventures has invested in more than 200 enterprise cloud startups in 14 different countries since 2009. For more information, please visit www.salesforce.com/ventures.
Los Angeles, CA - June 1, 2017 - Marlin Equity Partners (“Marlin”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired NYSE Governance Services, Inc. from Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE) and renamed the newly acquired business as True Office Learning (“True Office” or the “Company”). True Office is a leading provider of analytics-rich, interactive e-learning software and services, specializing in governance, risk and compliance (“GRC”). The Company’s cloud-based adaptive training and analytics platform connects e-learning to advanced behavioral data, and enables organizations to rapidly build and deliver solutions utilizing analytics to drive better business outcomes.
Neha Gupta, Chief Executive Officer at True Office Learning, stated, “We are transforming how organizations think about their corporate training programs. Our analytics-enabled courseware personalizes the learning experience for each user while capturing and analyzing data that can be used by organizations to make quantifiable decisions on program performance, investment and effectiveness. Marlin shares our strategic vision of expanding the technology’s application beyond GRC to establish a new standard in enterprise e-learning. Their investment will help us accelerate our pace of innovation and provides us with a strong foundation to succeed as an independent company.”
“True Office Learning is reinventing the way companies utilize software and analytics to deliver more engaging training experiences for learners while also providing meaningful insights for the enterprise. With increased scrutiny around regulatory, compliance and cybersecurity risks, this actionable data helps organizations monitor, remediate and mitigate those risks,” said Ryan Wald, a partner at Marlin. “We are excited to partner with the True Office management team and look forward to supporting them as they continue to bring new and innovative solutions to the GRC market and beyond.”
About Marlin Equity Partners
Marlin Equity Partners is a global investment firm with over $6.7 billion of capital under management. The firm is focused on providing corporate parents, shareholders and other stakeholders with tailored solutions that meet their business and liquidity needs. Marlin invests in businesses across multiple industries where its capital base, industry relationships and extensive network of operational resources significantly strengthen a company’s outlook and enhance value. Since its inception, Marlin, through its group of funds and related companies, has successfully completed over 100 acquisitions. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with an additional office in London. For more information, please visit www.marlinequity.com.
About True Office Learning
True Office Learning is a leading enterprise education and analytics company that connects e-learning to advanced behavioral data through an adaptive technology platform. The company’s cloud-based software provides organizational insights that were previously immeasurable, enabling organizations to create analytics-rich training solutions, analyze efficacy and drive better business outcomes. For more information, please visit www.trueoffice.com.
San Francisco, CA - June 12, 2017 - Kannetic (https://www.kannetic.com/) announces the official launch of its virtual team coaching platform, a patent-pending approach to help teams work better together as a team. Subscription pricing is only $19/month for teams up to 30 members.
"While Google, Apple and Amazon are creating artificially intelligent personal assistants to make individual's lives more productive, Kannetic is addressing the untapped potential to use collective learning algorithms to help groups achieve more together," says Cofounder and Chief Science Officer Darren Noy. "Kannetic's proprietary learning model aggregates the experiences of all participants and teams using it, allowing for the emergence of a new form of collective intelligence and for increasingly powerful predictive analytics to guide teams in taking practical steps to perform better together."
Traditional coaching sessions are often too expensive for smaller organizations or for teams below the top executive tier. Employee training almost always fails to provide lasting results – because employees forget the training and go back to their old behaviors. Kannetic provides for a more effective, intelligent, and adaptive team performance improvement solution at a fraction of the cost of ordinary training and coaching. Kannetic helps teams take an agile, ongoing approach to performance improvement – focusing on aligning teams to improve one manageable step at a time. By helping teams to take practical actions to achieve targeted measurable, ongoing team performance improvements, Kannetic makes it possible for every team to become a high performing team.
Kannetic leverages the most current scientific research into what enables teams to perform at their peak. Kannetic also has a solution specifically for remote teams to help them navigate the unique challenges of working at a distance. Teams can see the results of Kannetic's intelligent, user-friendly platform through just a few hours a year of focused deliberation using Kannetic.
Working with Kannetic's intelligent coaching solutions is refreshingly easy. The platform adopts a familiar three-step model for continuous performance improvement. Organizations large and small have already experienced tremendous improvements to team performance thanks to Kannetic. Now, the company is re-doubling its efforts to roll out low-cost self-serve virtual coaching solutions. These include the development of a full suite of intelligent solutions for companies, as well as consumer solutions for families and communities.
The mission of Kannetic is to develop collective intelligence systems that empower leaders, teams, organizations and communities everywhere to achieve their highest potential.
Boston, MA - June 6, 2017 - Skillsoft, the global leader in eLearning, announces general availability for Percipio, the industry's first immersive learning platform. Percipio delivers a simple and intuitive design to engage modern learners with a consumer-led experience to accelerate learning.
Percipio is designed to meet the needs of the modern learner, allowing them to take advantage of pre-curated channels, micro-learning courses, and offers them the choice of where, when, and how to learn. Percipio offers learners choices of how to access content, including ebooks, audio books, videos, and courses.
"Traditionally, Skillsoft has been focused on content, but the learning experience is just as important. For that reason, we decided to build a world-class immersive learning experience, not just content delivery. The launch of Percipio delivers a state-of-the-art learning platform - with market-leading content - which will drive learning, inspire users, and deliver measurable impact to the organization," said Larry Neal, president and CEO at Skillsoft. "The reaction from our clients has been overwhelmingly positive and we see this as a huge endorsement of our vision of delivering beautiful technology and engaging content."
"By using Elastic Search, Percipio provides the kind of experience that market-leading consumer websites provide. In addition, the auto-complete search options make it easy to see other popular search terms to check out," said Helen Sussex, director of Global Learning Design and Creation, Culture and Experience CoE at CGI.
Percipio provides more than 450 channels that have been developed by curating more than 50,000 competencies that have been mapped out by experts and aligned to skills valued by leading organizations.
"The curated learning paths will help my learners self-direct their learning, which is part of the cultural change we are trying to build inside our organization, and will also help the curators more easily assign learning to fill key skill gaps. This will save us time and talent curating internally in the organization. Also, this helps ensure that our people are following best-of-breed learning paths," said Laura Garza, executive director of Human Resources & Talent Development at Praxair.
Additionally, with new intuitive dashboards, administrators can create and assign learning paths to visually monitor progress using charts and graphs, and to link learning to business objectives, thereby quantifying program value.
"Percipio is designed to address the user challenges that Skillsoft has identified in the market. These challenges include curating learning assets into channels, using personalization tools and other consumer-driven approaches to engage employees, using data visualization tools to deliver more insightful reporting, and ensuring interoperability and accessibility through the use of industry standards," said Kate Worlock, vice president and lead analyst, Outsell, Inc. "Skillsoft's willingness to bring new offerings to market, demonstrates not only its ability to listen to its customers, but also its willingness to invest in solutions that may even compete with its own existing, well-established offerings."
To learn more about Percipio, visit http://www.skillsoft.com/percipio/.
About SkillsoftSkillsoft is the global leader in eLearning, providing the most engaging learner experience and high-quality content. We are trusted by the world's leading organizations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. Our mission is to build beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for today's modern enterprise. Our 165,000+ multi-modal courses, videos, books and micro-learning modules are accessed more than 130 million times every month, in 160 countries and 29 languages. With 100% secure cloud access, from any device, whenever, wherever. www.skillsoft.com
Plymouth, U.K. - June 12, 2017 - A new innovation department, dedicated to developing emerging technologies and applying them to workplace learning, has been launched by leading digital learning company, Sponge UK.
The business is building on its reputation as a market disrupter by investing in Research and Development (R&D) activities with the aim of pushing the boundaries of learning technologies. Called Sparkworks, the new department will identify, define and create new technologies and learning innovations to enable organisations to access faster, more effective, measurable learning.
Sparkworks is the brainchild of Kate Pasterfield, double award-winning learning technologies designer, who was previously Creative Director at Sponge UK and now leads at the company on innovation.
Kate explained: “An important approach to innovation is being collaborative and continuous. Asking, ‘what can we do with the skills and tools we have to better serve our clients’, is as important to us as defining what horizon technologies will disrupt the way we work in future.’
Sparkworks hosts regular internal ‘Donut Dropin’ events with colleagues to share ideas in exchange for Krispy Kremes. Kate said: “The whole company is getting behind Sparkworks and our mission to move digital learning forward. Our latest event invited our colleagues to ‘reimagine Storyline’. We gained more than 300 contributions from our internal team alone and now embrace the challenge of deciding how to move the ideas forward!’
Events like these mean clients benefit from the very latest thinking, expert ideas and technology improvements, so they can be confident the learning solutions they invest in are world-class and fit for the future.”
Sponge UK’s Sparkworks team has already developed i360° video technology, allowing immersive interactive video to be combined with a layer of interactions and feedback to create a deeply engaging situational learning experience. The new technology works for both desktop and mobile virtual reality (VR), making it an accessible and flexible option for corporate learning.
Sparkworks is also available for ‘special projects’; working with clients to collaborate on ground-breaking technologies to pilot within organisations. ‘We especially like working with forward thinkers who seek to push boundaries, knowing that at the very least the experience will inform their thinking and at best – it just might work, “ added Kate. “Companies need to be prepared for the future and this is a great way to play in that space and gain new insights before these technologies become mainstream.”
Kate Pasterfield is the current gold winner of Learning Technologies Designer of the Year at the Learning Technologies Awards and the bronze recipient of Learning Professional of the Year at the 2017 Learning Awards.
She will be presenting a seminar on emerging technologies, the changing workplace and the future of learning at Learning Technologies Summer Forum on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Olympia London. Back to the future! An invitation to workplace learning in 2025 takes place in Theatre 2 from 1.15pm to 1.45pm (GMT+1) in the main exhibition hall.
Next month, Kate will be presenting at the Elearning Guild’s, enhanced realities conference, Realities360 in San Jose, California. Her session, entitled, Making Immersive Learning Accessible with Mobile VR, takes place from 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (PDT) on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
For more information about innovation at Sponge UK and how to submit an idea to Sparkworks, visit spongeuk.com.
Chicago, IL - June 12, 2017 - SAVO Group, the leading provider of enterprise-grade sales enablement solutions, today announced its acquisition of Raleigh, North Carolina-based KnowledgeTree. With the acquisition, SAVO is the only company offering a complete solution in the sales enablement industry, combining SAVO’s strong enterprise customer base with the 200+ companies using KnowledgeTree worldwide.
The acquisition enables SAVO to immediately offer both a basic and advanced sales enablement solution: KnowledgeTree's lighter-weight product complements the comprehensive classic SAVO platform, which offers the most robust prescription and enterprise segmentation available, according to Jason Liu, CEO, SAVO Group.
"The KnowledgeTree acquisition makes sense on multiple levels," Liu said. "First, we view consolidation of sales enablement as inevitable and remain committed to leading the industry. Second, it gives us the most complete product portfolio while diversifying the customers, geographies and industries we serve. It brings predictive analytics technology leadership for use across all our products, giving us the best predictive analytics product in the space. It also expands our domain expertise from both a tech and practitioner standpoint."
SAVO's acquisition of KnowledgeTree is a first move towards the consolidation of the sales enablement software market and was driven by SAVO's unique view of the sales enablement market that comes from daily work with leading blue-chip and tech customers.
"The fact is, the sales productivity and enablement market is ready for consolidation," Liu said. "Consolidation reduces buyer confusion in the market and helps fuel long-term innovation and growth. SAVO is making the first – but not the last – move to roll up the space, and our financial stability has us well positioned to do so."
"KnowledgeTree is experiencing record growth with our new platform," said Sean O'Leary, CEO, KnowledgeTree. "When working with customers, we've seen a hunger for options across the spectrum of sales enablement solutions. Our interest in SAVO stemmed from the ability to combine best-in-class capabilities to address the entire market – and SAVO gets the value and importance of the KnowledgeTree product suite and how it works with their products to create unparalleled capabilities."
"Ultimately, our strategy is to provide a sales enablement solution that addresses the full spectrum of customer needs, whether they are looking for a lighter weight, fast on-ramp to core sales enablement – or if they need a more advanced solution that offers the type of precise micro-prescription of assets and guidance needed to support a highly complex sales enablement initiative. SAVO is actively building, buying and partnering towards this goal, with acquisitions focused on the company's core expertise of sales enablement and productivity," said Jeremy Schultz, EVP Strategy, SAVO.
SAVO customers already include leading blue chip brands like TransUnion, Iron Mountain, Citrix and Genesys, and high growth technology companies like Zebra Technologies and Domo. KnowledgeTree adds leading companies in the marketing and sales technology space like Pendo, Influitive, RingCentral and Zoom. More than 30 percent of KnowledgeTree customers are located overseas, including almost 15 percent in Europe, which is SAVO's fastest-growing region.
In addition to featuring a lighter product, KnowledgeTree also brings complementary technology with its advanced predictive analytics engine that augments SAVO's machine learning capabilities to provide smart recommendations. For example, the technology scores content and matches winning content with any lead, contact, account or case. The platform also captures and tracks analytics for content usage and sharing in selling situations to fuel predictive recommendations for next steps.
SAVO is the leader in the sales enablement market having pioneered the sales enablement category since its founding in 1999. SAVO provides the most insightful, prescriptive and secure sales enablement platform for global use, delivering content to sellers within the context of their selling situation. With SAVO, companies achieve their revenue initiatives by aligning their sales, marketing and operations to work together with focus on the customer and greater results in the field. Learn about how more than one million sales and marketing professionals leverage SAVO today at www.savogroup.com.
Milwaukee, WI - June 13, 2017 - America's military veterans will play a pivotal role in powering the next generation of advanced digital manufacturing, providing much-needed talent for rapidly transforming high-tech roles. A ground-breaking new partnership announced today between industry leaders Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) and ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) will upskill 1,000 veterans per year by 2018, investing in the future workforce and creating a pool of certified talent for in-demand advanced manufacturing roles across the United States.
The U.S. manufacturing sector is estimated to produce up to 3.5 million new jobs over the next decade. But with close to 2.5 million manufacturing workers set to retire by 2025 and ongoing skill shortages, up to 2 million of those new jobs could go unfilled. The United States needs to rapidly upskill its manufacturing workforce and the thousands of veterans exiting the military every year represent a talented, skilled and underutilized source to fill these emerging roles.
"By bringing together the expertise and experience of the world's largest company devoted exclusively to industrial productivity with the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, we've been able to develop a truly groundbreaking program that will help solve a challenge critical to fueling the future growth of the manufacturing sector," said Blake Moret CEO of Rockwell Automation. "Military veterans possess a unique combination of technical savvy and core work skills that makes them well-positioned for careers in today's advanced manufacturing environments."
"We are seeing the emergence of a Skills Revolution today — where helping people upskill and adapt to this fast-changing world of work will be the defining challenge of our time," said Jonas Prising, Chairman & CEO of ManpowerGroup. "This initiative is a great example of very intense workforce development. We're using proven training programs and adapting them for talented veterans who bring valuable skills and experience to the workplace. In return, we're equipping them for sustainable careers in a fast-growing industry and increasing their earning potential at the same time. It's a winning formula."
A recent global survey by ManpowerGroup found that most U.S. employers think automation will increase, not decrease, headcount in manufacturing, but at a higher skill level. This new and innovative technical retraining program will address this need, rapidly upskilling and placing veterans in high-demand roles in as little as four months. Through the program announced today, veterans will learn advanced manufacturing processes, acquiring skills that will significantly increase their earning potential, and set them up for sustainable jobs at the forefront of advanced manufacturing.
The program expands Rockwell Automation's long-standing Engineer-in-Training (EIT) program, which combines classroom learning with hands-on laboratory experience, producing hundreds of graduates annually. It is also part of ManpowerGroup's MyPath™ program focused on closing the skills gap by building the talent and skills that clients need while providing people with the guidance and access to jobs that enhance their employability. The program leverages Rockwell Automation's deep domain knowledge in advanced manufacturing, together with ManpowerGroup's global insight into changing skills needs and workforce solutions to power the future of manufacturing in the United States.
Read more about ManpowerGroup's perspectives on veterans here.
About Rockwell AutomationRockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.
About ManpowerGroupManpowerGroup® (NYSE: MAN), the leading global workforce solutions company, helps organizations transform in a fast-changing world of work by sourcing, assessing, developing and managing the talent that enables them to win. We develop innovative solutions for over 400,000 clients and connect 3+ million people to meaningful, sustainable work across a wide range of industries and skills. Our expert family of brands – Manpower®, Experis®, Right Management® and ManpowerGroup® Solutions – creates substantially more value for candidates and clients across 80 countries and territories and has done so for nearly 70 years. In 2017, ManpowerGroup was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the seventh consecutive year and one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies, confirming our position as the most trusted and admired brand in the industry. See how ManpowerGroup is powering the future of work: www.manpowergroup.com
Cabot, AR - June 8, 2017 - Metova CyberCENTS, a cutting-edge authority in cybersecurity simulation and training, today announced the company has joined with Prime Contractor, Sonalysts, Inc., to develop interactive and immersive training simulators for US Air Force Cyber Weapon Systems.
Phase I of the Small Business Innovation Research project includes identifying and defining the current state of cyber training capability for the Air Force. Assessing training capabilities and outlining a cyber training simulator that can leverage the current architecture and provide training with live, virtual, constructive, distributed, multi-unit exercises.
The Sonalysts/Metova CyberCENTS team will consider the current state of US Air Force cyber training, existing capabilities and technology as well as real-world cyber threats. From the research, the team will propose a simulator solution capable of preparing Cyber Mission Force (CMF) Cyber Warriors with the ability to protect and defend Air Force networks against cyber attacks.
Metova CyberCENTS, a division of Metova Federal, LLC., is at the forefront of extraordinary advances in constructive cyber range technology. Notably, the creation of Cyberoperations Enhanced Network and Training Simulators (CENTS®) platforms that provide an integrated, live, virtual, constructive cyber range environment for training, exercising, and testing full-spectrum cyberspace capabilities. Metova CyberCENTS' Sentinel-Legion-Autobuild-Myrmidon-Reconstitution (SLAM-R©) powers each CENTS® platform and delivers fully attributable traffic and attacks. Metova CyberCENTS' cadre of cyber range solutions provide an immersive, network-safe environment for cyber training, exercises, tactics development and experimentation. The ease of integration and use is integral to providing cyber warriors with the skills and tools needed to prepare them for real-world cyber-attacks.
For more information on offerings, or to schedule a demo please visit http://cybercents.com/
ABOUT CENTS® AND SLAM-R® TECHNOLOGYUsing state-of-the-art training simulators much like those used by fighter pilots, CENTS® was developed in 2006 to support cyber training and operations for the US Air Force. Following a decade of success and continual refinement, today CENTS® is the pre-eminent product portfolio for preparing cyber operators to detect and defend against malicious actors. CENTS® provides a powerful, realistic, risk-free simulated environment for training, developing and testing response actions to routine, zero-day, and catastrophic events.
ABOUT METOVAMetova Federal, LLC is a privately held Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and is a leading technology company creating world-class cyber simulator and cyber range environments, mobile applications, and provider of technology services for customers ranging from government entities to Fortune 500 companies and startups. Metova provides solutions for organizations such as the Department of State, Department of Defense, and hundreds of commercial entities. Metova provides services that include Cybersecurity, Cyberspace Operations, Defense, Information Technology Services, RFID, and mobile application development.
CyberCENTS®, CENTS®, CYNTRS® and SLAM-R© are registered trademarks of Metova Federal, LLC. All rights reserved. For more info visit cybercents.com/patents
June 14, 2017 - Already boasting a number of edtech’s foremost innovators, Learnosity’s Partner Networkcontinues to cement its position as an industry-leading hub for collaboration by welcoming Atomic Jolt, Smooth Fusion, Lancashire Digital, Daemon, and Aveniros to its ranks.
The award-winning company, which powers digital assessments for many of the biggest names in education including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and CenterPoint (formerly Parcc Inc.), originally launched its Partner Network at the Educate Conference in New York in early May.
Since then the Partner Network has gone from strength to strength.
“We’ve created a comprehensive edtech ecosystem, providing a simple and straightforward way for our customers to work with best-of-breed partners in other areas,” said Ben Powell, SVP of Business Development and Partnerships at Learnosity.
The latest tier to the Partner Network, which already includes content and technical feature tiers, sees Learnosity-approved customization and integration specialists coming on board.
“All our customers are different so there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Where past customers might have struggled getting the most from Learnosity’s technology, the Partner Network makes it as easy as possible for them to integrate our software into their own offerings. It gives customers who might not have the necessary internal technical resources the chance to connect with experienced development shops that do.”
“Our team has been building software platforms and products, with a specialty in education, for over 20 years,” says Mark Theall, COO of Aveniros.“Part of our job is to use our expertise to help a company in any phase of its development to bring the next generation of assessment products to market quickly and efficiently. We’ve already helped implement Learnosity for a number of companies, so we’re intimately familiar with the technology. What the Learnosity Partner Network does is offer a way of continuing our work by connecting us with even more forward-thinking edtech companies across a range of sectors.”
“We’ll continue to be selective in who we work with,” says Powell. “Our aim is to make it easier to create great educational products. We want to help connect customers with experts in the industry who can really help get the most from using Learnosity’s suite of extensible APIs.”
“Ultimately it’s about improving the overall quality of edtech products by establishing a connection between great content, customization, integration, and delivery. The benefits to product owners, education platforms, and student users are significant.”
-Learnosity was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. -The company offers a suite of assessment technologies (APIs) which enable organizations from a wide range of sectors, to easily incorporate powerful, interactive assessment capabilities into any digital product, new or existing. -With intuitive authoring, powerful analytics and over 65 technology-enhanced items (TEIs), Learnosity shortens development cycles, effort and time-to-market, without sacrificing quality or value. -Clients include Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson, CenterPoint (formerly Parcc Inc.), Big Ideas Learning, and Mathletics. -200 million global uses of Learnosity’s APIs per month. -Delivers 46 million tests per month. -Awards: SIIA – Best K-12 Enterprise Solution in 2014 and 2016; European Business Awards – National Champion for Innovation for 2016/2017.
To learn more about the Learnosity Partner Network visit https://www.learnosity.com/partner-network/ or email partners(at)learnosity(dot)com.
Washington, DC and London, U.K. - June 15, 2017 - The Avalon Institute is a 21st century partnership that specializes in positive leadership, professional coaching, strategy, and business development. The company is proud to announce its official website and products launch that includes assessments in the areas of Cognitive Performance, Emotional Intelligence and Job Satisfaction.
In these challenging times, there has been much buzz in Washington, DC and beyond about the launch of a new professional leadership organization led by United States Air Force Brigadier General John E. Michel (RET) and entrepreneur and thought leader Perry Jobe Smith. The Avalon Institute is an accomplished team of experts that include published author and active military blogger Matthew T. Fritz, Harvard educator Dr. Mishe Serra, Certified Coach Cameron Gott and Supply Chain entrepreneur and former Division 1 Quarterback Chris Lum. The Institute’s mission is to provide organizations, teams and individuals with a renewed sense of purpose along with a proprietary mix of proven strategies and assessments that address critical leadership development issues—especially disengagement among Millennials, shown to be at an all-time high in the workplace.
“Our Avalon family has excellent experience in positive and purposeful leadership as well as in developing corporate strengths. We understand the necessity of connecting the right people with the right information and strategies and empowering those individuals to go forth and lead,” says Founding Member General John E. Michel. “Our team and methodologies reflect our unique value. We bring experience, vision, and success to the table, and stand ready to help translate these values to companies that need to engage their workforce and grow their business.”
According to major business and polling journals, companies are going through a global employee engagement crisis. It has been long accepted that an engaged workforce is a productive workforce and yet the number of engaged employees hasn’t budged in over a decade. This is something Avalon believes they can help change. The Avalon Institute brings the collective expertise and knowledge to help tear down those engagement barriers, build leadership depth, and strengthen business development skills.
Avalon launches with offerings that focus on leadership assessment, coaching and consulting as well as tailored engagement workshops and conferences. Each of these services has been designed to help to identify areas for growth and position a company’s leadership for advancement. Their Roundtable™ team represents proven, thought leaders in corporate, military, athletics and government spheres of influence. Each member brings the experience and resources needed to engage and build high-functioning, successful teams.
“Avalon has brought together one of the strongest team of professionals that I have had the privilege to work with,” says Michel. “We hired the best so that we can provide our clients with the best. Being invited to help a company or organization develop their talent, build leaders, or grow their business is a challenge we take very seriously.” Michel explains that all companies require coaching from time to time and that the best of leaders will often plateau. It is then that coaches and leadership development strategies need to be employed to reignite talent and provide them with new skills and a new way of thinking.
The Institute’s proprietary methodology has proven remarkably successful in numerous pre-launch engagements, including cognitive assessment analysis for US Special Forces Command and Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, FL. In addition, the team has delivered innovation, strategy and leadership development training to the US Army, US Air Force, professional and Division 1 athletes, public transportation and numerous clients in the private and federal government sectors.
The Avalon Roundtable™ is open to everyone. For more info and to engage The Avalon Institute, visit online or via direct email. For additional business opportunities, visit the Avalon Institute’s sister entity Veteran Enabled Training and Technology Services (VETS). VETS is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business positioned to work with federal, state, and local governments, as well as business entities of any size.
Upcoming Avalon & Strategic Partner Events Calendar
John Michel and Perry Smith at NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association Washington, DC June 15, 2017
DC Street Vault (SEE ATTACHED PDF) Washington, DC. June 23-24, 2017
21st Century Leadership Skills Summit hosted by The Avalon Institute. Washington, DC October, 2017
Brigadoon Scotland: Where Entrepreneurs and Thought Leaders Gather Edinburgh, Scotland November 12-14th, 2017