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Boston - September 21, 2017 - Thought Industries, one of the fastest growing online learning Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies and creator of the world’s first Learning Business Platform™, today announced its partnership with Uptimize, an e-Learning provider focused on neurodiversity inclusion. Uptimize will use the Thought Industries' platform to provide both individuals and organizations with video-heavy, micro-learning to fulfill their mission of pioneering neurodiversity in the workplace.
The Thought Industries' platform will enable Uptimize to further develop their current online learning experience by streamlining the delivery of their learning content. In selecting an online learning technology, the organization was looking for a platform that allowed them to author, host, and export content from the same place. It was also important to select a platform with robust client management functionality to allow Uptimize to deliver dedicated learning experiences to each individual organization engaging with their content."We were looking for a flexible, modern, online learning delivery technology -- and out of all of the off the shelf solutions, Thought Industries was the best," explains Ed Thompson, Director at Uptimize. "Our challenge was addressing how quickly we could build features, respond to the bugs, and address quality issues in-house -- all of which could be ironed out by having the right partner. Selecting a platform we could rely upon was important.""Uptimize is doing great work to promote neurodiversity in the workforce via their dynamic, bite-sized video courses," says Doug Murphy, President of Thought Industries. "Online learning experiences can be delivered in many formats, and we're excited to have been selected as the foundation of Uptimize's online learning operation."About UptimizeUptimize is a learning platform connecting the entire neurodiversity ecosystem. Their mission is to pioneer and facilitate neurodiversity in the workplace through online training. Uptimize creates slick, bite-sized video learning tools both for neurodivergent individuals wishing to get hired and advance their career, and for organizations looking to better include neurodiverse talent.About Thought IndustriesThought Industries is powering the business of learning with the world’s first Learning Business Platform™. Offering a comprehensive suite of enterprise-level learning delivery and monetization tools, the customizable platform enables businesses and organizations to deliver engaging and fully-branded learning experiences to their business and consumer audiences. From creating online courses to managing an online learning business, the platform hosts a library of powerful, easy-to-use features that enable organizations to get to market quickly and cost-effectively. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Silicon Slopes, UT - September 21, 2017 - Pluralsight, the enterprise technology learning platform, today announced Pluralsight One, the company's social impact initiative dedicated to closing the technology skills gap. The initiative will support nonprofit organizations and amplify their impact by equipping them and the people they serve with the technology skills needed to solve the world's greatest challenges. As part of the company's overall social impact efforts, Pluralsight also joined the Pledge 1% integrated philanthropy movement, committing to donate one percent of its product, time, profit and equity to uplift communities around the world.
"Pluralsight One brings us one step closer to solving the technology skills gap. By partnering with nonprofits and providing them with the best platform for learning and advancing technology skills, together we will address the root issues that are hindering global progress," said Aaron Skonnard, co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight. "Joining Pledge 1% will accelerate our ability to democratize technology, and we are excited to see the future this creates."
As a first step to developing its social impact program, Pluralsight today will launch a significant needs assessment of the nonprofit sector using Directed Discovery, the product development framework pioneered by Pluralsight's Chief Experience Officer Nate Walkingshaw. The data and insight gathered throughout the Directed Discovery process will empower the company to better design its offering in response to the complex needs of the social sector. Pluralsight will work closely with organizations, including Code.org, International Rescue Committee, NetHope, Samasource, STEM Action Center, TechSoup, and other global nonprofits to co-create programs that will have high impact and deep relevance. Pluralsight is also asking nonprofit organizations to share their insights and needs at pluralsight.com/one#get-involved.
"The high-speed pace of technological change is introducing new types of vulnerability for those who are underserved or impoverished. Through Pluralsight One, advancements in technology learning will now provide these same groups with incredible opportunities to solve complex, global challenges and create solutions for a better, more abundant world," said Lindsey Kneuven, head of social impact at Pluralsight. "We look forward to embarking on our Directed Discovery journey, building a strong ecosystem of partners and launching a leading social impact program."
To learn more about Pluralsight One, visit pluralsightone.org.
Pluralsight is an enterprise technology learning platform that delivers a unified, end-to-end learning experience for businesses across the globe. Through a subscription service, companies are empowered to move at the speed of technology, increasing proficiency, innovation and efficiency. Founded in 2004 and trusted by Fortune 500 companies, Pluralsight provides members with on-demand access to a digital ecosystem of learning tools, including adaptive skill tests, directed learning paths, expert-authored courses, interactive labs and live mentoring. For more information, visit pluralsight.com.
New York - September 21, 2017 - CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, today announced its partnership alliance with A&E, a global leader in premium quality industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles. The entities will join forces to improve productivity, quality and employee motivation within manufacturing operations.
“A&E has long been committed to assisting with the challenges global apparel manufacturers face each day and is proud to be a part of a collaborative effort with CGS that addresses these challenges,” said Les Miller, CEO, A&E. “By using A&E’s premium sewing thread and CGS’s real-time technology in BlueCherry® Shop Floor Control, manufacturing facilities have the ability to further enhance production efficiency.”
Today’s sewn products manufacturers are challenged to improve productivity and efficiency, reduce throughput time and production costs and improve quality while reducing work-in-process inventory levels. CGS BlueCherry Shop Floor Control (SFC), an integral module in the BlueCherry Enterprise Suite, offers an essential solution for manufacturing operations. It provides powerful tools that automate the collection and reporting of production, enabling real-time shop floor visibility and control, improving factory operations and productivity while reducing costs.
“With over 30 years of experience in the apparel, footwear and consumer product market, CGS understands the value of having the right solutions in place to efficiently and effectively run business operations,” said Paul Magel, president, Business Applications and Technology Outsourcing division, CGS. “Through this partnership, CGS and A&E customers in the BlueCherry community will be able to enhance the speed and quality of their manufacturing operations.”
CGS’s BlueCherry® Shop Floor Control provides powerful tools that automate the collection and reporting of production, enabling real-time shop floor visibility and control, improving factory operations and productivity while reducing costs. Since its first real-time installation in 1984, over 200,000 terminals of BlueCherry SFC have been installed, enabling apparel companies to achieve a return on investment (ROI) in just 6-12 months.
About CGSFor nearly 35 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. For more information, please visit www.cgsinc.comand follow us on Twitter at @CGSinc and @BlueCherryCGS and on Facebook.
About AMERICAN & EFIRDA&E is the largest U.S. manufacturer and the world’s second-largest manufacturer and distributor of premium quality industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles. Producers of apparel, automotive components, home furnishings, medical supplies, footwear and a diverse range of industrial products rely on A&E industrial sewing thread to manufacture their products. Customers select A&E as the preferred choice for industrial sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles because of A&E's dedication to providing its customers with the finest products and services, at the highest quality, delivered globally. Through its global network, A&E's products are manufactured in 23 countries, distributed in 50 countries and sold in over 100 countries. In addition to A&E's steadfast commitment to superior quality and customer service, A&E is a recognized industry leader in environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility, and operates its global facilities with the utmost regard for the safety and health of its associates employed worldwide. A&E owns or operates 27 manufacturing facilities and employs over 10,000 associates around the world directly or in partnership with joint venture partners. For more information, please visit www.amefird.com.
Reading, MA - September 25, 2017 - Eliassen Group, a leading IT talent solutions firm, today announced that it will be joining forces with Principle Solutions Group, one of the fastest-growing IT staffing firms in the country.
By bringing together two of the nation's leading IT staffing and consulting companies, the combined organization will broaden its geographic reach to 18 offices nationwide. The combined entity will also be able to provide a broader suite of services and experienced consultants to support its clients.
David MacKeen, CEO of Eliassen Group, will lead the combined organization. "We are thrilled to be joining forces with Principle Solutions Group," said MacKeen. "It's not often you find an organization that shares a common purpose, including an intense focus on business growth, exceptional client service, best-in-class consultant talent, and a commitment to fostering an inspired corporate culture that promotes excellent career opportunities."
Josh Nazarian, CEO and co-founder of Principle Solutions Group, said, "Partnering with Eliassen Group puts the combined organization in a unique position within the marketplace. We are looking forward to remaining active in the business and enhancing our relationships with our clients by expanding our geographic footprint and strengthening our Agile, creative, and managed services capabilities."
Joe Ventura, COO and co-founder of Principle Solutions Group, also commented, "We have a people-first culture that fosters both professional and personal growth, builds effective leaders, and provides an opportunity for talented individuals to achieve their goals. Eliassen Group is similarly focused, which is a key factor in our decision to combine forces."
The organization will be headquartered in Reading, Massachusetts and offer technology staffing, Agile, creative, life sciences, and managed services to clients around the country.
About Eliassen Group
Eliassen Group provides strategic talent solutions to drive our clients' innovation and business results. Leveraging nearly 30 years of success, our expertise in IT staffing, Agile consulting, creative services, managed services, and life sciences enables us to partner with our clients to execute their business strategy and scale effectively. Headquartered in Reading, MA and with offices from coast-to-coast, Eliassen Group offers local community presence, deep networks, as well as national reach. For more information, visit http://www.eliassen.com.
About Principle Solutions Group
Founded in 2006, Principle Solutions Group delivers reliable information technology staffing and consulting services. Headquartered in Atlanta, the company has offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Raleigh, Richmond, and Tampa; clients range from mid-market businesses to Fortune 500 firms. The company attributes its tremendous growth to its ability to help organizations achieve their business objectives and maximize their return on investment in people, process, and technology. For additional information, visit www.principlesolutions.com.
London - September 25, 2017 - Global biopharmaceutical group Ipsen has partnered with learning specialist Hemsley Fraser to create virtual learning sessions to train its worldwide mentors and support a new performance engagement process.
“We’ve created a global mentoring community to support the development of our talent pipeline and our newly-onboarded managers,” said Joanne Mortimer, Head of Learning & Development at Ipsen. “Because it’s difficult in a global organization to bring learners together for traditional programs, we decided to test out virtual learning to see whether it worked for us. We found that people feel very connected and well-supported in a virtual classroom. Even if you have 30 people in the ‘room’, it still feels very intimate because each of them engages directly with the facilitator. Participants also like the fact that virtual delivery avoids the need to travel and take time out of their diary.”
Ipsen selected 60 senior managers worldwide to take part in its pilot mentoring program. “We chose experienced leaders who had been nominated from across the business,” explained Joanne Mortimer. “Mentoring is about listening, sharing experience with humility, and guiding people on their development journey.”
Hemsley Fraser designed and facilitated an initial, informal ‘warm-up’ session to introduce the participants to virtual learning. This 45-minute session offered a chance to try out white boards and ‘break-out rooms’ and interact in polls. “It was a welcomed opportunity to get people comfortable with using the tools,” said Joanne Mortimer.
Hemsley Fraser then delivered six 90-minute virtual learning sessions highlighting what mentoring is (and isn’t); the benefits it provides; the characteristics of good and great mentors, and how to start off on a positive note.
“The facilitator was a mentoring expert who brought the key messages to life and explained that mentoring should support and complement the development provided by line managers,” said Joanne Mortimer. “He greatly encouraged all participants to share their own knowledge and experiences, and ensured that everyone was engaged throughout. Hemsley Fraser also delivered virtual learning sessions for our HR community, to help us embed the new mentoring process into our business.”
Recordings of each virtual session are now available as learning assets for Ipsen. “It was very easy for us to review all the sessions and to create a summary of the Q&A content, which we’ve shared with each participant,” said Joanne Mortimer. “The virtual recordings digitally capture all of the knowledge shared which thereafter acts as a valuable resource, as people can play back the sessions as needed. The learning therefore becomes fully-integrated into the business.”
The success of these sessions encouraged Ipsen to run live webinars, facilitated with the help of Hemsley Fraser. In these webinars, senior managers talked openly about how they’d resolved business challenges using Ipsen’s four action principles (accountability, agility, results-orientation, and team spirit).
“These were very pragmatic, ‘best practice sharing’ sessions and the feedback showed that people found them informative and inspiring,” explained Joanne Mortimer. “Again, we have recordings of these sessions which anyone in the business can access in the future.”
Ipsen is now using a blend of face-to-face and virtual learning to support the launch of a new performance engagement process and a new HR information system. Hemsley Fraser has designed four learning modules, covering: effective feedback (how to deliver continuous feedback); coaching for performance (taking performance to the next level); challenging conversations (how to handle them fairly and constructively) and high-performing teams (how to encourage all members of the team to work together effectively). There will be a multi-format approach to the delivery of these management skills development modules, including in-house delivery, utilizing Ipsen’s professional training network, and co-delivery with Hemsley Fraser. A mix of face-to-face sessions and virtual delivery will be used to best suit the needs and geographical spread of Ipsen’s management network across over 30 countries.
To provide additional support, Hemsley Fraser has designed and produced interactive eBooks on performance engagement, with digital media content, and it is creating an animation in which two characters - a manager and an employee - take learners through the performance cycle. The company has also developed a toolkit of advice and resources to enable Ipsen’s HR community to provide ongoing support to managers. These additional resources complement the learner-led e-modules available via the Ipsen Management Academy.
“Our managers need the right support in order to instil a new mindset around performance engagement,” said Joanne Mortimer. “With Hemsley Fraser’s support, we’ll launch and embed this new process, build a connected and collaborative management network and optimize how employees contribute and develop their potential in our business.”
Ipsen intends to expand its use of virtual learning and digital assets to support other development opportunities within the group. It also plans to deliver follow-up, experience-sharing virtual sessions for its global mentors.
For further information, please call Hemsley Fraser on +44 (0) 845 071 2801. www.hemsleyfraser.co.uk
Background notes: Ipsen is a global specialty-driven biopharmaceutical group focused on innovation and Specialty Care. It develops and commercializes innovative medicines in three key therapeutic areas - Oncology, Neurosciences and Rare Diseases. Its commitment to oncology is exemplified through its growing portfolio of key therapies for prostate cancer, neuroendocrine tumours, renal cell carcinoma and pancreatic cancer. Ipsen also has a well-established Consumer Healthcare business. With total sales close to €1.6 billion in 2016, Ipsen sells more than 20 drugs in over 115 countries, with a direct commercial presence in more than 30 countries. Ipsen's R&D is focused on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms located in the heart of the leading biotechnological and life sciences hubs (Paris-Saclay, France; Oxford, UK; Cambridge, US). The Group has about 5,100 employees worldwide. Ipsen is listed in Paris (Euronext: IPN) and in the United States through a Sponsored Level I American Depositary Receipt program (ADR: IPSEY). For more information on Ipsen, visit www.ipsen.com.
Founded in 1991, Hemsley Fraser provides training courses, digital and blended learning solutions and managed learning services that help to transform individuals, teams and organizations. Part of the Demos/Weidong global family, it delivers learning in 90 countries. The company is consistently ranked each year as one of the world’s top 20 providers of leadership training - and as a top 20 training outsourcing company - by the global learning portal TrainingIndustry.com. For further information about Hemsley Fraser, please call Amanda Dawson (PR contact) on +44(0)20-8953 8863 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seattle and Chicago - September 26, 2017 - Highspot and LearnCore today announced a partnership to deliver LearnCore’s powerful training solution on Highspot’s end-to-end sales enablement platform. By combining LearnCore’s innovative approach to sales rep learning, testing, certification, and coaching with the power of Highspot’s sales enablement platform, the integration provides reps with one-stop access to the tools they rely upon for effective customer conversations.
The integration allows LearnCore’s Pitch IQ® video content, as well as courses and lessons, to be presented anywhere in Highspot, including alongside related sales content. In addition, Highspot’s content recommendations allow reps to quickly access and view LearnCore content when and where it will best impact their ability to win deals. Reps are also able to access LearnCore’s sales training via Highspot’s integration with CRM platforms such as Salesforce. This combination will help sales teams streamline rep activities and improve content utilization to win more deals.
“In-context learning is critical to sales rep performance,” said Robert Wahbe, Highspot CEO. “This integration will help sales teams drive higher training participation rates and knowledge retention because it positions sales training content where reps can efficiently consume and act upon it. Layer in content management and analytics, and sales teams have more of what they need to close deals on a single platform.”
“We are very excited to partner with Highspot to make it as easy as possible for our customers’ sales teams to leverage learning and content at the right place and right time,” said Vishal Shah, LearnCore CEO. " Together, we can add more value to sales teams and complete the enablement cycle."
For additional information and to request a demo, visit Highspot and LearnCore.
Highspot helps sales teams improve customer conversations and achieve their revenue goals. From content optimization and performance analytics to in-context training, guided selling, and more, the Highspot platform delivers enterprise-ready features in a modern design that sales reps and marketers love. Using Highspot, sales teams are able to stay connected to the best-performing content for each opportunity, customize and optimize their content, and more effectively engage with their customers and prospects. With 90 percent average monthly recurring usage and global support in over 125 countries, Highspot is the sales enablement industry's most trusted solution. Learn more about how Highspot is transforming the sales enablement industry by visiting: http://www.highspot.com.
LearnCore is a video coaching and training platform for sales and customer success teams. Companies use LearnCore to ensure their teams are certified and up-to-speed on new or existing messaging at a company-wide or product level. LearnCore's methodology develops both knowledge and skills using educational content, testing, and virtual role-play to help teams practice, coach and socialize best practices. For more information, please visit http://learncore.com.
San Francisco - September 26, 2017 - CloudShare, a leading supplier of specialized cloud-based IT lab environments for software training, sales demos and PoCs (proof of concept), and development and testing, among other use cases, today detailed how MuleSoft has used CloudShare to substantially increase productivity and speed time to resolution for MuleSoft's customer support team.
The nature of MuleSoft's business is connecting multiple systems, both on-premises and in the cloud, such as customer relationship management (CRM) systems like Salesforce, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems like Oracle, and other enterprise software solutions like SharePoint, in an application network. MuleSoft's support team looks to reproduce customer issues in order to solve them quickly, especially when encountering a variety of systems that MuleSoft can connect.
CloudShare's specialized virtual IT labs provide MuleSoft with a safe, secure and easily accessible cloud environment that can be used for customer support scenarios, regardless of how complex the customer's environment. By using CloudShare's prebuilt templates and easily creating its own, MuleSoft is able to quickly spin up environments to match needed customer scenarios and reuse them as many times as necessary to help resolve future customer support issues.
CloudShare allowed MuleSoft to improve customer support by cutting down on configuration time, improving productivity and creating a more collaborative environment. Avi Karnon, senior director of global support at MuleSoft, explains, "CloudShare offers environment policies out-of-the-box which let my team provision environments for a short time. Knowing that they will be automatically suspended or deleted was key, as it means that I don't need to manually manage the environments to control costs."
"Every time we use CloudShare, it saves us anywhere from four hours to a day," adds Karnon. "Even if we use CloudShare just once a week, the time savings and ROI are immense."
"CloudShare's virtual IT labs makes it simple to recreate and scale complex environments in the cloud," said Michal Frenkel, Director of Product at CloudShare. "As a result, organizations like MuleSoft use our cloud-based IT labs to recreate and test on exact replicas of environments so they can support customers using far fewer resources and in far less time, while also vastly improving their quality of service. We make the cloud easy. That's why so many companies are turning to CloudShare."
Founded in 2007, CloudShare provides specialized virtual IT environments for training, DevOps, and demos & PoCs, and other use cases. By enabling the quick and easy sharing of real-world environments, regardless of complexity, our friendly turnkey solutions let enterprises benefit immediately from increased reach, responsiveness and scalability.
CloudShare customers include many leading software and cybersecurity companies, such as Palo Alto Networks, Atlassian, ForgeRock, Sophos, Dell and HP. To learn more, visit www.cloudshare.com
MuleSoft is a registered trademark of MuleSoft, Inc. All other marks are those of respective owners.
San Francisco and Sunnyvale, CA - September 26, 2017 - Today’s sales leaders face formidable challenges in their quest to achieve increasingly aggressive growth targets, and there is very little margin for error. SiriusDecisions reported that 72 percent of sales leaders say their reps lack the ability to connect offerings with buyer needs and challenges. To improve sales organization-wide selling effectiveness and set the foundation for sustainable, scalable, and predictable sales success, it’s essential for sales leaders to equip their reps with the tools, training, and technology they need to successfully initiate and facilitate the buying process. To address this opportunity, MindTickle is partnering with Playboox to jointly provide the first end-to-end sales readiness solution exclusively focused on driving sales process execution excellence.
Hustle provides a peer-to-peer texting platform that enables personalized two-way communication at scale. As the company grew, leadership sought a way to accelerate sales rep onboarding and deliver consistent messaging to prospects.
“Enabling reps to rapidly learn and then continually apply the skills, knowledge, best practices, and tools necessary to successfully execute the sales process for actual deals is key to compressing new-hire ramp up and scaling the business,” said Ysiad Ferreiras, VP Sales at Hustle. “The MindTickle and Playboox combination is the only solution I've seen that does this effectively.”
“In today’s hyper-competitive markets, buyers have more power and are more hesitant to budge from their current state than ever. In this environment, it’s not what you sell, but how you sell that matters,” said Krishna Depura, MindTickle co-founder and CEO. “As such, sales organizations must shift from everyone doing their own thing to everyone consistently doing the best thing throughout the sales process. That’s where our combined offering with Playboox comes in.”
The combined solution from MindTickle and Playboox will enable SDRs, sales reps, and managers to learn, practice, get certified, and continually apply lead and opportunity specific best practices within Salesforce.com. The integrated solution includes:
A sales process-centric “Sales University” template containing pre-built and curated training courses along with curriculum, courseware, certification, and onboarding program templates and guides to enable rapid development and deployment of role-based online training that drives mastery of stage-specific skills, knowledge, best practices, and tools.
Stage-specific certification tools like quizzes, video role plays, voice-over slideshows, screen capture voice-over recordings, and task completion assessments to enable reps to practice, self-assess understanding, and get certified on mastery of key topics by sales stage.
Gamified role-based learning paths, course completion tracking, content and team learning performance analytics, and leaderboards to monitor and measure progress of the stage-specific topics that are salient for a given role.
A playbook-authoring module to enable sales enablement professionals to rapidly and easily build and iterate multiple sales-process-centric playbooks customized by market segment.
The ability to select market-specific playbooks within Salesforce.com lead and opportunity records that provide SDRs and reps with segment-relevant conversation, discovery, and value positioning guidance and tools to enable them to consistently apply what top performers say, ask, do, and use at each stage of the sales process for a given segment.
Interactive guided-selling that drives consistent application of call planning, deal management, conversation orchestration, and forecasting best practices, and enables reps to capture, contextualize, and communicate the insights they gather as they conduct conversations throughout the sales process.
Guided deal coaching that provides a deal-specific forecasting framework, progress summary, and scoring system to help managers assess deal winnability, stakeholder clout and sentiment, information gaps, and risks in order to collaborate with their reps to develop call plans and closing strategies.
Guided rep coaching that allows managers to see which reps need coaching on which part of the sales process and then develop rep-specific development plans.
Access to stage-specific training videos, sales tools, and collateral to continually reinforce best practice absorption, adoption and application throughout the sales process.
A managed services offering for sales process playbook, sales university curriculum and courseware, sales and sales coaching training, sales messaging, sales tool, and onboarding program assessment, design, development and delivery.
“The central role of sales enablement is to equip salespeople with the tools, training, and technology they need to consistently apply best practices throughout the sales process, and to make it easy for sales managers to systematically coach their reps to do so,” said Daniel Zamudio, founder and CEO, Playboox. “With MindTickle and Playboox, heads of sales will now be able drive sales process execution excellence across their entire sales organization.”
For more information on the integration of MindTickle and Playboox, visit www.mindtickle.com and www.playboox.com.
MindTickle offers the industry's most comprehensive readiness solution for closing the knowledge and skill gaps found in customer-facing teams. Sales teams across a wide range of industries use MindTickle's award-winning platform to train, coach, and align their sales teams to make reps and their managers more effective. Combining on-demand online training, bite-sized mobile updates, gamification, coaching and role-play with a data-driven approach, MindTickle accelerates time-to-productivity, ensures consistent execution, and helps boost sales performance. Companies leveraging MindTickle for sales enablement to assess and certify the readiness of each rep see bigger deal sizes, higher win rates and reduced sales cycles. MindTickle is a global, privately-held company with headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA. Investors include NEA and Accel Partners. For more information, please visit www.mindtickle.com.
Playboox is a Sales Enablement consultancy and software company. The company specializes in developing and delivering customized sales process playbooks and training powered by technology. It is the only Sales Enablement software vendor to offer a native-Salesforce.com sales process playbook application that enables reps and managers to instantly access and consistently apply deal, conversation, and forecast management best practices and tools at each stage of the sales process to assess and advance specific leads and opportunities. With Playboox, Sales Enablement leaders can easily build and maintain a library of sales process playbooks customized by vertical markets, market segments, or product categories. For more information, please visit www.playboox.com.
Landover, MD - September 26, 2017 - RBmedia, a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology, today announced that it has acquired Gildan Media, a leading publisher of audiobooks for business, personal development, training, and education.
"The audiobook market continues to experience growth of over 30% annually in the U.S., and the business and professional development category is one of the fastest-growing segments within that market," says Troy Juliar, Chief Content Officer at RBmedia. "For the last decade, Gildan Media has dominated the business audiobook sector. With the power of RBmedia's global distribution platform behind it, the company is now positioned to extend its reach to millions more consumers."
By joining forces, Gildan Media can now access RBmedia's unique multi-channel distribution model, including direct-to-consumers via Audiobooks.com, through 10,000+ library partners, and via consumer digital resellers like Amazon's Audible.®
Based in New York, Gildan Media is home to many of the bestselling audiobooks in the business and personal development arena, and publishes works by both new and established authors. Its catalog currently offers more than 2,200 spoken audio titles, and continues to expand with the addition of over 250 new titles per year. In the business and personal development sectors, audiobook titles are evergreen, continually finding new and repeat listeners. This catalog is a strong complement to RBmedia's existing suite of both fiction and nonfiction audiobooks.
Gildan has exclusive audio rights to publish works from leading business authors, including Brian Tracy (The Science of Money: How to Increase Your Income and Become Wealthy), Grant Cardone (Be Obsessed or Be Average and The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure); the Napoleon Hill Foundation; and Dale Carnegie Associates. The company also produces numerous educational titles for John Wiley & Sons and other publishers of professional, technical, and trade books.
"Business audiobooks are in increasing demand by corporate training and education programs, and professional development titles are a mainstay to help lifelong learners improve their skills in numerous areas," says Gilles Dana, CEO of Gildan Media. "By partnering with RBmedia, the leading publisher of audiobooks in the world, we are in a stronger position than ever before to capitalize on this ever-expanding market."
As RBmedia's latest acquisition, Gildan joins an ever-expanding group of the best brands in spoken audio, including Recorded Books, Tantor Media, Highbridge, W.F. Howes, Wavesound, and Christian Audio.
RBmedia also announced today highlights of the company's recent performance. RBmedia is experiencing significant growth and expansion across its global spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology businesses.
Cooley LLP advised RBmedia and its owner, Shamrock Capital Partners, in the Gildan transaction.
About Gildan Media
Gildan Media is a spoken audio publishing company based in New York. The company specializes in personal development, business, training, and education. The Gildan titles are released under several imprints: Gildan Audio, Gildan Seminars, Gildan Press, Condensed Classics, Bibliomotion, and Sandler Training. Learn more at www.gildanmedia.com.
RBmedia is a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology that reaches millions of consumers – at home, in the car, and wherever their mobile devices take them. RBmedia produces exclusive titles and delivers the finest digital content – including audiobooks, educational courses, entertainment titles, and much more. Headquartered in Landover, Maryland, RBmedia comprises an ever-expanding group of the best brands in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology. Find out more at www.rbmediaglobal.com.
New York - September 27, 2017 - One of the world’s most innovative learning platforms is coming to U.S. shores with a focus on changing retail learning.
Originally developed in Sydney, Australia, Ed quickly established a reputation for making workplace training easy and more effective with its streamlined, intuitive mobile platform. This mobile accessibility makes Ed ideal for retail and large Enterprise focused on improving the customer experience, who need to keep thousands of sales associates informed on promotions and product developments.
“We’re very excited to establish our presence in the US market,” Ed Microlearning CEO Darren Winterford said. “We are honoured to be working with so many great US partners and being able to contribute to the success of their retail networks. Ed makes learning accessible anywhere, anytime and with micro-lessons taking just a few minutes each day, it is particularly suited to retail
No other learning management system provides the intuitive experience for the learner nor the simplicity of deployment Ed Microlearning does. The platform has already proven to be a success the world over, with many industry leaders utilizing Ed’s unique approach to remain competitive in a rapidly changing industry.
Ed has already added U.S. partners like Mars Inc, Napoleon Grills and Eli Lilly to their impressive array of global, category-leading companies like Pandora Jewelry, Pfizer and Friesland-Campina.
“In a digital world, you have to keep pace with the way your employees consume information.” Jason Mahoney, Managing Director of Kantar Retail Australia & New Zealand said. “Ed provides a unique and highly effective approach to engaging employees in retail training to build skills, embed knowledge and understanding”
Similarly, Napoleon Grills’ Head of Sales Training Lee Scott knows the value of investing in a robust microlearning platform like Ed brings to a large retail network.
“Ed has revolutionized the creation, delivery, and impact of education throughout our international organization. From small to large retail outlets, and from large populated cities to very rural locations, we’ve been empowered to deliver our latest product and sales training to our retail partners and internal associates in a manner that was not possible before.”
By building our education strategy exclusively around Ed, we are directly impacting the sales performance of everyone who is consuming our microlearning content. Ed’s accessibility via mobile and desktop, unique approach to microlearning combined with gamification makes it a very compelling offering to our retail partners and internal associates – it’s so unique and leading edge in fact, we know that our competitors are miles behind in providing anything similar to their customers.”
Indeed, Ed’s unique built-in gamification, which includes real rewards, are perfect for retail networks looking to deepen their employees’ engagement with training material. Combined with spaced repetition to ensure learners retain information, Ed also brings a science to workplace learning not before seen in the industry..
“It’s not just about accessibility, whilst learners receive bite-sized, custom lessons via push notification directly onto their devices we also use techniques like gamification and spaced repetition to ensure our learning is more engaging, has better message retention and ultimately leads to better learning outcomes” explains Darren Winterford. “Ultimately, Ed leads to a better trained, more knowledgeable workforce, which increases their value and in turn, their level of influence with consumers.
Ed is a better mobile learning management system designed for today’s digital habits, delivering more engaging and effective microlearning directly to learners devices, anytime, anywhere. Founded in Sydney, Australia,Ed has built an extraordinary team of of talented educational psychologists, digital natives and software professionals with the mission of transforming Enterprise education and training.
Santa Monica, CA and London - October 2, 2017 - Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ:CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based learning and human capital management software, today announced that its new subscription content offering, Cornerstone Content Anytime, will be available for Cornerstone clients in the U.S. and across EMEA starting this month. Additionally, Cornerstone has expanded its content partnerships with global providers such as Cegos Group, Skill Pill and BizLibrary to support multi-national organizations that require learning and development content in various European languages, including English, French, German and Spanish.
Introduced earlier this summer, Cornerstone Content Anytime is a progressive content subscription service that enables organizations to provide their employees with fresh, modern content that puts them in control of their own career development. This is particularly important now, as research from Deloitte indicates the half-life of workplace skills has fallen to as little as five years, and organizations are finding it difficult to keep up with the pace of change as their employee education and training content becomes quickly outdated.
Cornerstone Content Anytime features more than 4,000 video-enabled, mobile-ready courses across a depth and breadth of languages and topics. This includes courses that are geared toward closing skill gaps and developing both “hard skills” – those of particular relevance to a role – and “soft skills” – personal attributes such as effective communication, critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving needed to be successful in today’s work environment. Course categories include personal development, office productivity, health and wellness, technology, business skills, sales and service, and leadership and management, among others.
The service also supports all types of modern learning formats, from micro-learning (shorter, easily consumable courses) and macro-learning (deeper mastery of a subject or skill) to spaced-learning (courses broken into sections, with timed intervals for questioning in between).
Courses will be continually added and refreshed to stay current, and content recommendations will be provided based on usage and feedback from Cornerstone’s massive user base, ensuring the best content rises to the top.
In addition to previously announced partnerships with CyberU, Grovo, PowerForward and TED, Cornerstone has also formed strategic partnerships with more learning content providers, including:
Cegos Group, is a global leader in professional learning with a catalog of over 200 e-learning courses on soft skills in 18 languages.
Skill Pill, a producer of modern, engaging and quality micro-learning content that is distributed across mobile devices, tablets and PCs.
BizLibrary, a leading provider of online employee training solutions with more than 6,000 micro-video lessons, video courses, interactive videos and eLearning courses covering a wide variety of topic areas and languages.
Cornerstone Content Anytime, coupled with the new Cornerstone Learning platform, takes a more holistic approach to corporate learning by giving organizations more personalized, employee-centric digital learning content and functionality that address the needs of both organizations and learners.
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“Organizations have been forced to choose between multiple, disparate content providers to ensure they’re offering their employees the widest range of learning content available. We believe today’s organizations should have the option to choose a single service that simplifies the complex acquisition and curation of training content for them,” said Adam Miller, founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. “With Cornerstone Content Anytime, we have opened a world of modern training content that is refreshed continually and personally curated to give employees the tools needed to be successful in today’s evolving workplace.”
About Cornerstone OnDemand
Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD) is a global leader in cloud-based learning and human capital management software. Cornerstone helps organizations realize the potential of the modern workforce. From recruitment, onboarding, training and collaboration to performance management, compensation, succession planning, HR administration and analytics, Cornerstone’s solutions are designed to enable a lifetime of learning and development that is fundamental to the growth of employees and organizations.
Based in Santa Monica, California, the company’s solutions are used by more than 3,000 clients worldwide, spanning more than 32 million users across 192 countries and 43 languages. To learn more about Cornerstone, visit us on Twitter, Facebook and our blog. www.cornerstoneondemand.com.
Vilnius, Lithuana - September 30, 2017 - BitDegree is the world's first Ethereum blockchain and smart-incentives-based online platform for decentralized education and tech talent acquirement.
Designed to address the higher education needs of the present-day labor market, BitDegree is a must-have tool for businesses to recruit tech talent and shape global education to their needs through smart-incentives-powered token scholarships. Ideally summed up, BitDegree is Coursera and HackerRank merged together, based on Ethereum blockchain.
The tech education company has announced its upcoming ICO plans, which are scheduled on 2017 Q4.
BitDegree takes learning to a new, interactive model that is particularly enticing to today's workers. By using an Octalysis framework of gamification design, going through the process of educating oneself is as simple and exciting as playing a fun video game.
The inclusion of smart incentives and interactive learning will allow BitDegree to solve the problem of the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) industry's low 5 percent completion rate. Traditional education is broken and outdated, yet the Bitdegree platform reaches beyond borders and any traditional limitations to create an experience unlike any other.
The idea of BitDegree is the brainchild of Andrius Putna, a highly qualified software engineer with over a decade of industry experience. Prior to BitDegree, he has led several successful projects including 000webhost.com, the world's first cloud-based web hosting platform for learners and starters.
The CEO and co-founder of BitDegree Foundation, Andrius Putna, states that:
"BitDegree is proud of education now being shaped according to the needs of businesses and it will no longer take 4-6 years to complete a qualification for the real labor market. It is getting a lot of traction and there is no doubt that it will become a global hit."
"Tech-talent is among us, among our users, and it's time to empower them to go after their dreams, empower them to learn. After many successful practices, we know that it will go globally."
Normally, students spend tens of thousands of dollars on a degree. Coming out of university with such amounts of debt and no guarantee to find work, is devastating.
In fact, many institutions of higher learning, simply aren't addressing the needs of employers, and students graduate lacking the essential skills needed to do the job efficiently.
The online learning model conceptualized in this platform, will grant access to the best online courses, curated by guest lecturers from the world changing companies, with a clear and transparent blockchain-based reward system and the benefit of achievement tracking in their own name.
BitDegree will create a new type of token in the Ethereum ecosystem. It will be exchangeable among different category users of the platform, such as the students, companies as sponsors, and various third parties.
BitDegree envisions a world where tech companies can provide scholarship incentives to students who want to invest time and effort into learning new skills.
Through this process, companies can introduce learners to new technology and fill learning gaps within their own workforces. BitDegree will stand out from present MOOCs due to blockchain advantages with smart incentives, gamification and decentralization.
Having a strong base of more than 29 million users, BitDegree has a precisely calculated roadmap advancing in 2018 Q4, when the platform aims to reach its full functionality.
The BitDegree team is currently working on the MVP and getting ready for upcoming ICO event that is scheduled to take place on 2017 Q4. Innovative learning model, passion-driven team and the successful ICO event will accelerate the potential of BitDegree's platform and revolutionize education from the core.
Learn more about BitDegree at – https://www.bitdegree.org/tokenWhitepaper: https://www.bitdegree.org/en/token/assets/files/white-paper.pdf
Maitland, FL - October 3, 2017 - Lee Hecht Harrison, the world's leading talent development and transition company, announced today that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of New York City-based Mullin International and will integrate it into its Northeast Region. Mullin, founded in 1980, is one of the largest privately-held career transition firms in the world and has a successful 35-year track record of delivering solid results as a premier provider of individual career transition solutions, redeployment solutions, and executive coaching. With deep roots in New York City, Mullin has built an outstanding reputation for supporting senior executives in transition with a high caliber, diverse consulting team that will further strengthen Lee Hecht Harrison's commitment to its executive transition business.
"The acquisition of the assets of Mullin International strengthens Lee Hecht Harrison's position as the global market leader and enhances our leading market presence in New York City, adding to Lee Hecht Harrison's already strong team in the Northeast and nationally," said Peter Alcide, Lee Hecht Harrison President and Chief Operating Officer. "We are excited to integrate Mullin's experienced team with Lee Hecht Harrison's to further strengthen our fast-growing senior executive transition business, as well as continuing to accelerate the impact of our re-imagined approach to career transition."
"Rapid changes in hiring practices have had a significant impact on the career transition industry and many of the traditional approaches to career transition are evolving fast. Lee Hecht Harrison is embracing these changes, with its long history of innovation and strong commitment to investing in improving its products and services for clients and candidates," commented Keith Mullin, Chief Executive Officer of Mullin International. "Lee Hecht Harrison and Mullin have very similar values so joining Lee Hecht Harrison is a natural evolution for Mullin. In addition to being able to provide more dedicated resources, leading edge digital tools and access to hidden jobs for our candidates, our clients will see further reductions in placement times, improved brand sentiment, as well as an integrated set of transition and talent development solutions to accelerate their workforce transformation."
"An effective career transition solution remains a critical part of managing the risk associated with any workforce transformation," said John Morgan, Lee Hecht Harrison's Executive Vice President, US. "Combining Mullin's business with Lee Hecht Harrison's further accelerates the reach and impact of Lee Hecht Harrison's bold new approach focused on Active Placement that leads individuals in transition to better jobs, faster."
Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
About Lee Hecht HarrisonLee Hecht Harrison helps companies transform their leaders and workforce so they can accelerate performance. In an era of continuous change, successfully transforming your workforce depends on how well companies and their people embrace, navigate, and lead change. Change within the organization, and their career. At Lee Hecht Harrison, we use our expertise in talent development and transition to deliver tailored solutions that help our clients transform their leaders and workforce so they have the people and culture they need to evolve and grow. We are passionate about making a difference in peoples' careers and building better leaders so our clients can build a strong employer brand.A division of The Adecco Group – the world's leading provider of workforce solutions – Lee Hecht Harrison's 4,000 colleagues work with more than 7,000 clients in over 60 countries around the world. We have the local expertise, global infrastructure, and industry leading technology and analytics required to manage the complexity associated with executing critical talent and workforce initiatives, reducing brand and operational risk. It's why 60% of Fortune 500 companies choose to work with us.
Oslo, Norway - October 3, 2017 - Kahoot!, the game-based learning platform and one of the fastest-growing learning brands with more than 50 million unique monthly active users, today announced Kahoot! Plus, a premium version of Kahoot! tailored specifically for corporate teams and corporate learning.
Businesses today are spending more than ever on training: corporate training spend has grown to over $70 billion in 2016 in the United States alone, according to Training Mag. Despite increased investments in corporate learning, employees frequently complain that training sessions are uninspiring, unengaging and unmemorable.
Kahoot! is introducing a premium version of its free game-based learning platform both to respond to the extraordinary reception the platform has received in the corporate training marketplace and satisfy the additional needs of a key segment of our corporate customer base.
Today, more than a million corporate employees use Kahoot! for corporate training every month, including at 25% of the Fortune 500 companies, and usage has been growing at over 150% year-over-year. Kahoot!’s easy-to-use learning platform enables anyone to create and play fun, engaging, and interactive learning games—whether it’s to impart training material to employees, or entertain and inspire employees at company events and conferences.
With Kahoot! Plus, corporate trainers, marketers, sales teams and other corporate teams can have a more private, organized, collaborative and company-branded experience compared to Kahoot!’s standard free offering.
“Billions of dollars and millions of hours are wasted on ineffective corporate training every year. All of us have suffered through dull presentation decks and boring training sessions,” said Erik Harrell, CEO, Kahoot! “We believe training should not only be useful, but also fun, memorable, inspiring and even magical. A half million corporate trainers are already using the Kahoot! platform and have continually asked us to provide premium features.
“Today, we are excited to introduce Kahoot! Plus, which will give trainers, and their organizations, a customized and secure experience that will help them get an even greater return on their Kahoot! training and development investment. What’s more, by signing up for Kahoot! Plus, corporate users can do their part to help keep Kahoot! free for schools globally.”
Why not make learning fun at work?
Kahoot! is already a global cultural phenomenon in schools, generating more than 1 billion cumulative players since it was launched in 2013. More than 1.5 million U.S. teachers use it in classrooms to make learning fun and engaging, and more than 40% of U.S. K-12 students use Kahoot! every month.
However, the phenomenon of game-based learning isn't limited to schools. That’s why more than 16 million corporate employees have participated in a Kahoot! game and more than 2.5 million games have been hosted by corporate trainers since 2013.
According to the Brandon Hall Group, e-Learning is the most engaging but also the most expensive corporate learning experience to develop. With Kahoot! Plus, learning games can be produced and shared privately across an organization in a just a matter of minutes for pennies.
“Kahoot! has already brought about a world of a difference to training methods and employee performance within our organization with its non-traditional and joyful interface,” said Daan Luitse, Learning Lead - EMEA Community Operations at Uber. “Kahoot! Plus will now give us more reasons to use it on a regular basis with the variety of premium features that will increase employee engagement and knowledge, meet corporate compliance standards and provide a great return on investment.”
“With Kahoot!, you never have to worry if your training is engaging your audience. Kahoot! has changed the way we approach corporate training and there is no doubt that Kahoot! is helping us generate a greater return on our corporate training investments,” said Thomas Midteide, Group EVP of Communications at DNB, one of Scandinavia’s largest financial services companies with assets of over $300 billion. “We look forward to the additional benefits that Kahoot! Plus brings, especially the ability to share learning games across our organization from a single private area that all trainers can access.”
What’s the “plus” in Kahoot! Plus?
Engage your team with learning games
On Kahoot!’s learning game platform, the topic, format and number of questions are entirely up to the user. Create games to engage team members in learning, no matter their function or age, and bring fun to the workplace!
Share games and collaborate on game creation in a private, secure area
Invite trainers and other team members to Kahoot! Plus and share games and collaborate on game creation in your organization’s own private, secure area. All content in one spot!
Brand the games
With a Kahoot! Plus account, users can add their organization’s logo to all kahoots they create. It’s always better with a personal touch!
Drill through game reports
Love data? In Kahoot! Plus, trainers can view advanced reports on game results, down to the employee level. Find out what material employees are mastering and what learning areas trainers need to focus more on. With Kahoot! Plus, learners can attain more mastery of material, in turn, driving improved company performance and employee productivity. Cumulative individual reports by player are coming soon, too.
Get inspired with sample kahoots
With Kahoot! Plus, users have access to business-focused kahoot templates to get up and running - such as a template for sales training and new employee onboarding.
Kahoot! Plus is available for an introductory discounted rate of $9.95 per user per month with an unlimited number of participants if signing up for an annual subscription, or $14.95 per user per month with an unlimited number of participants if signing up for a month-to-month subscription. Both offerings come with a 30-day free trial. Kahoot!’s standard offering for K-12 teachers is always available for free.
Existing standard users can upgrade to Kahoot! Plus and new users can sign up for Kahoot! Plus here. For larger teams and organizations, contact the Kahoot! Plus team at email@example.com.
Since its launch in 2013, Kahoot! has turned game-based learning into a pop culture phenomenon. The game platform now hosts over 50 million monthly active unique users and has a public library of over 20 million learning games, created and shared by fans in more than 180 countries. Kahoot! is on a mission to make learning awesome, by unlocking the deepest potential of every learner — regardless of location, age or context. Kahoot! is a global company with offices in Oslo, London, and Austin. Let’s play!
Waterloo, ON - October 3, 2017 - Axonify, the company behind the world's first Employee Knowledge Platform, announced today the launch of the Axonify Content Exchange™, a vast library of content that offers thousands of on-demand video and question-based micro-learning topics, purpose-built to impact employee performance that leads to results.
Offering 7,000+ topics that address today's top business challenges, like compliance, cybersecurity, workplace safety, sales and more, the Content Exchange makes it easy for companies to power their Axonify Employee Knowledge Platform with new, fresh content that is built to drive the results they want.
Built in response to growing market frustrations around ineffective training content that consumes the bulk of L&D budgets today, Axonify's Content Exchange provides the perfect fuel for employees who must remember critical information to do their jobs effectively.
"Organizations spend an enormous amount of money creating and acquiring learning content, but still struggle with making sure the content drives results," said David Wentworth, Principal Analyst, Learning and Development at Brandon Hall Group. "Axonify's approach to the content puzzle helps put learning closer to the point of performance, which aligns perfectly with Brandon Hall Group's Learning & Performance Convergence model. The model is designed to help companies more closely link learning with both individual and organizational performance outcomes-and the right content is the key to its success."
Micro-topics available through the Content Exchange have been strategically architected using the Axonify Instructional Design Methodology™ (IDM). IDM starts with a clearly defined business outcome, and then works back to guide the entire eco-system of relevant content to achieve it. By starting with the business objective in mind, every piece of content focuses on the information employees need to know and serves up the right mix of learning to help them remember and apply that knowledge on the job.
Axonify has partnered with the world's leading providers and industry experts, such as BizLibrary, to stock the Content Exchange with results-focused lessons covering the most important topics currently facing organizations.
"We are very excited to be partnering with Axonify," said Dean Pichee, CEO of BizLibrary. "Axonify and BizLibrary share a similar vision on what's needed to make corporate learning relevant to the business, and we are confident that the combination of BizLibrary's microlearning content with Axonify's Employee Knowledge Platform is the perfect way to keep employees engaged with the right content, at the right time-while driving the measureable business results that you want for your organization."
"The content that's housed in the new Axonify Content Exchange is the perfect fuel for our Employee Knowledge Platform," said Carol Leaman, CEO of Axonify. "When the right content is fed through our platform, our adaptive algorithm helps build and sustain knowledge that translates directly into employee performance and results. Our customers have high levels of engagement with Axonify and consume content quickly. Our new content library allows our customers to keep pace with changing business needs, and introduce new, fresh content that is designed to drive meaningful impact."
Axonify is pushing beyond the boundaries of eLearning with the introduction of the world's first Employee Knowledge Platform. Powerhouse brands like Walmart, Toyota and Johnson & Johnson are leveraging the Axonify platform to fuel their employees with the knowledge they need to be successful on the job. Built with the fundamentals of brain science, adaptive learning, gamification, microlearning and knowledge-on-demand at its core, the award-winning Axonify Employee Knowledge Platform is proven to encourage employees to take the right actions-ultimately driving business outcomes that increase revenue or decrease expenses. Through its unique analytics and reporting capabilities, Axonify is the only solution that allows organizations to finally tie the impact of employee knowledge to behavior change to bottom line results. Axonify: Fuel your people + power your organization.
BizLibrary is a leading provider of online employee training solutions. Our award-winningonline training library contains nearly 7,000 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. Learn more at www.bizlibrary.com.
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San Francisco - October 2, 2017 - Oracle today announced new additions to the Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud portfolio. Part of Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13, the latest release of Oracle HCM Cloud introduces three new applications, major user experience enhancements, and extensions to existing HR modules. New innovations include powerful artificial intelligence (AI)-based recruiting features, as well as new health and safety and governance and risk capabilities.
To successfully manage and retain the best talent, organizations need access to the right technology to optimize the employee experience and anticipate and respond to changing workforce needs. The latest release of Oracle HCM Cloud empowers HR professionals to meet this challenge by combining all major HR functions on one platform to enable collaboration, optimize talent management, provide complete workforce insights, increase operational efficiency, and make it easy for everyone to connect on any device.
"The latest additions to Oracle HCM Cloud incorporate simple but powerful features that enable organizations to leverage the latest innovations to anticipate and plan for the future," said Chris Leone, senior vice president, Oracle Applications Development. "By combining innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) and user experience with major enhancements to core HR modules, we are able to help HR leaders drive digital transformation and positive business outcomes."
Oracle HCM Cloud has been at the forefront of AI technologies with earlier investments in predictive analytics and machine learning, which are already used to power recommendations used in Career Development and Oracle Learning Cloud. In this latest release, Oracle is extending the power of AI to inform recruitment efforts in the following ways:
Candidates can access helpful chatbots to discover more information about positions of interest and the company's recruiting process, helping increase candidate engagement and conversion.
Algorithmic insights help users make better decisions throughout the application, from highlighting best-fit candidates to hiring managers, suggesting other possible career opportunities for candidates, and predicting candidate offer acceptance to recruiters. Oracle AI leverages company talent data, as well as candidate information, to guide the process and improve the likelihood of success.
With the latest release of Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle is making the industry's broadest cloud-based human capital management suite more powerful and easy to use. New products included in the latest release of Oracle HCM Cloud are:
Oracle Recruiting Cloud: A new recruiting solution built natively on Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle Recruiting Cloud provides more robust sourcing and comprehensive recruiting capabilities. Recruiting organizations will be able to drive proactive campaigns and identify future pipelines of talent ahead of demand. Internal employee candidates will be able to benefit from increased access to internal opportunities and potential career paths available in a company to see how they fit with existing skills, career preferences and new learning opportunities available to increase their likelihood of success at a company. External job candidates can access helpful chatbots to discover more information about positions of interest and the company's recruiting process to help increase candidate engagement and conversion. Human resources information technology (HRIT) organizations will benefit from the streamlined administration and ongoing maintenance that comes with everything being on a common platform, helping to eliminate challenges of account management, single sign-on, data integrations and reporting. All users will benefit from new algorithmic data surfacing and chatbots that help improve recommendations and overall decision support.
Workforce Health and Safety Incident Management: Provides organizations with a quick and easy-to-use solution to manage accidents or unsafe conditions in order to best align with organizational safety goals. Features include incident management, capturing critical event information with tailored data based on the type of incident reported, ability to track actions to remediate the root cause of the safety issue, safety dashboards, and reporting support to help ensure proper action is taken and is compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) U.S. standards. Ideal for workplaces that involve heavy manual labor where health and safety risks are a key concern such as manufacturing and supply chain, construction and engineering or automotive.
Governance, Risk, and Compliance: Helps organizations identify, remediate, monitor, and manage risk by streamlining governance and compliance initiatives. It deters employees from exploiting the system through clearer segregation of duties and more security features to prevent potential fraudulent activities.
In addition to the new applications, Oracle has also introduced major user experience enhancements and significant additions to existing Oracle HCM Cloud modules. The new user experience puts the needs and experiences of users at the center of the design in a way that's consistent, simple, and intuitive. The new design delivers a warm and approachable HR tool that people can use – it's fast, familiar, and easy – mirroring platforms they are accustomed to using everyday as consumers, but now appearing in enterprise applications. It provides a common experience across all devices, including mobile, so business information can be accessed at all times; meanwhile, the instinctive user experience enables seamless and simple interactions with artificial intelligence built in to provide users with customized recommendations so they only see data that is adapted for them, such as role, location, and business. Users can complete self-service transactions and inquiries to help maintain data accuracy in the system to increase user participation and engagement. The new contemporary look and feel also enables organizations to more easily make customizations to best match their brand, corporate culture, and other enterprise software – from logos to color schemes.
Additions to existing Oracle HCM Cloud modules include:
My Volunteering: Enables employees to identify volunteer projects their organization supports and quickly enroll.
Knowledge Management: A new addition to Oracle HR Help Desk Cloud provides simple and convenient ways for people to get access to large amounts of information stored in the enterprise.
Anytime Feedback: Increases employee communication by providing quick feedback on any employee at any time. Users can provide recognition or send real-time feedback to help better inform performance management, talent reviews, and succession management.
For additional information about Oracle HCM Cloud, follow @OracleHCM on Twitter or Facebook, or read the Modern HR in the Cloud blog
About Oracle The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.
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Oracle OpenWorld, the industry's most important business and technology conference for the past 20 years, hosts tens of thousands of in-person attendees as well as millions online. Dedicated to helping businesses leverage Cloud for their innovation and growth, the conference delivers deep insight into industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand. With hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, plus exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world, Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies, from Cloud Applications to Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter.
San Francisco - October 4, 2017 - OpenClassrooms, a global online educational platform that offers digital skill building and improvement for students, today announced the launch of its curriculum in the United States. Learning opportunities for prospective students at every level – from novice to seasoned tech pro – are now available for the following career paths: iOS Developer, Android Developer, Ruby Developer, Front-end Developer and Product Management, enabling students to land careers in some of today’s most cutting-edge industries, such app development, software engineering and others.
OpenClassrooms’ expansion to the U.S. reflects the growing business demand for qualified professionals who possess specific digital skills. Currently, there are more than 627,000 unfilled tech occupations in the U.S. and digital careers are showing large margins of projected growth. Mobile application developer, for example, was ranked the ‘Best Job in America’ in 2017 and boasts a 19 percent projected career growth over the next ten years. OpenClassrooms aims to bridge today’s technical education gap by empowering consumers with the training they need to enter the rapidly growing, and ever-evolving technology fields, and by connecting corporations with top talent, trained specifically for the company’s needs.
“A paradigm shift is underway in the U.S. and globally: until now, the traditional pillars of education were ‘reading, writing and arithmetic’; but as we’ve shifted to a digital economy, business needs have evolved and ushered in a new era for education,” said Pierre Dubuc, co-founder and CEO of OpenClassrooms.
“’Reading, writing and digital skills – such as learning to code’ – will become the new normal, and, to succeed, students will need to take a three-pronged approach to learning that includes: high-quality course content, customized mentoring programs, and hands-on learning opportunities. OpenClassrooms is the premier platform that provides everyone with the opportunity to gain coveted technical skills that are invaluable in today’s job market in a flexible, credible online learning environment — with guaranteed success.”
Currently, 100 percent of OpenClassrooms’ graduates are employed globally, and all of them were able to obtain positions relevant to their completed course paths within six months of graduation. The company aligns its course options with market needs and delivers high-quality content in order to offer students a Job Guarantee, which provides students with tuition reimbursement if they do not find a job within six months of graduating from a career path.
A key component of OpenClassrooms’ success is incorporating traditional human elements into its online learning approach; all students receive a personal mentor to guide them through their learning path via weekly video chats and have access to an online community of peers.
OpenClassrooms’ partnership with leading IT service firm Capgemini to advance the concept of an online apprenticeship further validates the company’s dedication to incorporating a human element into online learning. The partnership program allows students to acquire on-the-job professional training with an option to hire. To support its continued global growth, OpenClassrooms is in the process of securing additional professional and university partnerships in the U.S. and around the globe.
“When I started developing software more than 10 years ago, it was difficult to find relevant, cutting-edge education resources to help me stay current in a highly competitive profession,” said Mike Preble, an OpenClassrooms mentor based in Old Town, Maine. “I have always had a passion for learning, which directed me to education; I am proud to partner with OpenClassrooms to help individuals from around the world find success in emerging, competitive technology fields.”
As part of OpenClassrooms’ debut in the U.S., the company is kicking off its ‘Dream On’ initiative, which is an opportunity for “Dreamers” who are recognized by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA). ‘Dream On’ allows qualified DACA “Dreamers” to pursue lifelong education from OpenClassrooms with a Premium Solo membership, which provides unlimited access to all OpenClassrooms’ courses, free of cost. As of Sept. 4, more than 690,000 “Dreamers” were enrolled in DACA.
“Lifelong learning knows no borders, no barriers and should require little beyond a strong sense of self-discipline, hard work and dedication in order to succeed,” Dubuc continued. “It’s time that high-quality, flexible, skills-based education become accessible to everyone, and our ‘Dream On’ program — which is a free opportunity for “Dreamers” to pursue lifelong education — is an excellent example of how we plan to make education accessible to everyone, in every community.”
As the leading online education platform in Europe, OpenClassrooms is currently utilized by 3 million monthly users, and features career paths that require approximately 12 months to complete — faster than the rate of traditional learning methods — teaching its users valuable skills equivalent to those learned during the pursuit of a traditional undergraduate degree. For more information on OpenClassrooms and to read student testimonials, please visit https://openclassrooms.com.
OpenClassrooms is a global online educational platform that offers technology skill building and improvement for all students, at every level. The company is dedicated to helping students achieve their unique professional goals - whether they’re looking to earn a state-recognized degree, or broaden their current career path through technical skill expansion. OpenClassrooms’ Job Guarantee program is included - at no additional cost - in the course path fee, and ensures students will find a job within 6 months of earning their course path diploma, or the company will reimburse the student for the entire the cost of the completed path.
Launched in 2013, OpenClassrooms was founded by Mathieu Nebra and Pierre Dubuc, who started the company based on the belief that education has no borders and should be accessible to everyone; today, OpenClassrooms continues to follow this philosophy. The online educational platform is available in more than 100 countries with 3.5 million monthly users and over 1,000 online courses. Both business professionals and individuals looking to learn new skillsets benefit from the platform’s online, learn-at-your-own-pace approach to learning and one-on-one access to a dedicated mentor. OpenClassrooms has joined forces with more than 40 prestigious corporate, academic and institutional partners, such as Microsoft, IBM and Google, to promote education for all. For more information, visit openclassrooms.com.
Cirencester, U.K. - October 3, 2017 - Kallidus, a leading provider of learning and talent management solutions, today announced that it has acquired recruitment software provider Advorto to support the next stage of its growth strategy. The move creates a best-in-class provider of a complete SaaS (Software as a Service) end-to-end solution for learning, performance, 360, recruitment and talent management dedicated to helping organisations manage the entire employee development life cycle more effectively. Kallidus are helping the likes of Eurostar, Transport for London, NHS and many major UK high street brands to simplify and modernise their Learning and Talent processes and create exceptional employee experiences.
Advorto is a leading provider of SaaS recruitment technology and services to some of the UK’s largest organisations including Lloyds Banking Group, NHS and TSB. Advorto’s recruitment software allows HR teams to manage the entire recruitment process, providing the necessary tools to reduce time to hire and overall recruiting costs. Fully-audited records for all vacancies, applications and candidates makes it the perfect solution for public sector bodies who have to be transparent in all their processes as well as blue-chip organisations requiring greater visibility of their processes.
Commenting on the acquisition, Rob Caul, CEO of Kallidus, said: “Having previously worked together under a joint venture arrangement, we are delighted to have acquired Advorto as they have a fantastic product with an impressive blue-chip customer base. The acquisition supports our growth strategy and creates a best-in-class provider for end-to-end software solutions which support employee development all the way through from initial hire to high flyer. We’re really excited about the future that lies ahead and the opportunity to help organisations transform their talent and recruitment processes.”
As competition for talent intensifies with increased global mobility and rising labour costs, more than ever, organisations need innovative tools to help them attract, nurture and retain the best talent. As a result, demand for cloud-based full suite Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions are set to grow from $14.5 billion in 2017 to $22.51 billion by 2020 (MarketsandMarkets).
Michael McClelland, CEO at Advorto, commented: “Kallidus has a tremendous brand, customer base and offering and we are delighted to be joining their team. Organisations are increasingly looking to simplify their people management processes and make them more effective with end-to-end solutions, and together with Kallidus we are really well placed to meet this need.”
Los Angeles - October 4, 2017 - Fuel50, an award-winning career pathing software solution for leading companies worldwide, raised $2.5 million in Series A funding, bringing its total funding to date to $4.6 million. With this cash injection, the company will continue to better enable leaders to engage and motivate their teams, and empower employees to have a visible career path within their organization. Leading this round, to supplement the company's rapidly accelerating organic growth, are prominent southern California firms, Rincon Venture Partners and Bonfire Ventures.
With candidate inventory low and talent turnover costs on the rise, career pathing is more critical than ever; in fact, Deloitte named career pathing a key area of focus for organizations now. More than 80 percent of companies want better talent mobility in their organization while 70 percent of employees leave due to a lack of career development and visibility for growth opportunities. Fuel50's technology addresses these critical gaps with solutions that directly impact engagement, performance and retention -- enabling employees to drive their own growth and performance within an organization.
"The way talent traditionally climbs the career ladder and develop skills is broken, leaving talent frustrated and companies lacking the levels of engagement and performance required to move at the pace of business today," said Anne Fulton, CEO and Co-Founder, Fuel50. "In our short history, our customers have already realized real engagement wins while top talent has developed in meaningful ways. We'll use our funding to service our growing corps of clients and to expand our reach even further around the world."
The funding round also introduces Jim Andelman, co-founder and Managing Director of Rincon Venture Partners and Bonfire, to the board. "Career pathing is one of the next frontiers of HR technology, and Fuel50 is at the forefront of this shift, equipping companies with the tools and technology to give their talent a meaningful career trajectory," commented Andelman.
Launched in 2014 by co-founders Anne Fulton and Jo Mills, Fuel50 is currently in use by 75 Fortune 500 companies, deployed across 33 countries and in 28 languages, and serving hundreds of thousands of employees.
About Fuel50Fuel50 is cloud-based career pathing software developed by co-founders of the Career Engagement Group, Anne Fulton and Jo Mills. The company's client base, many of them global Fortune500, have achieved engagement uplifts of 3%-30% within 12 months of launching Fuel50. Fuel50 directly impacts the career development driver, touching HR, management and individual employees across the business. Learn more at www.fuel50.com and @fuel50pathing.