Private enterprise Learning! 100 winners reported an average revenue of $11 billion in 2015. The top three winning industries were information and technology services (21.6 percent), media (10 percent) and health care (8.3 percent). Eighty-four percent of the organizations report having a Chief Talent, Workforce, People, OD or Learning Officer on staff and of these, 75 percent report to the Chief Executive Officer or President. The average number of employees at each company was 43,073. (Data compiled from supplied information only.)

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Innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit have led to some of the 21st century’s greatest companies, products and services. Business leaders have seen the power that a single out-of-the-box idea has to transform an organization — or even an industry — in a short amount of time, and now corporate innovation programs have become a central business practice. Most of today’s graduates and CEOs probably didn’t think they’d be spending their careers hunting for unicorns, but that’s increasingly the task of today’s leaders. The market is hungry for the next billion dollar idea that will make a company an overnight success, or keep it relevant in a technology-driven economy.

To compete, companies should always be looking for new and innovative ways to engage customers and improve products and services. Smart leaders know this responsibility can’t rest solely in the C-Suite. Harnessing the power of a diverse workforce and unique employee perspectives is one of the surest ways to generate out-of-the-box ideas, services and products that set a company apart. This makes workforce development, and having an aggressive strategy in place to recruit, develop and retain a highly skilled workforce that can stay ahead of the curve, extremely critical.

The Tech Skills Gap

The rapid advancement of technology within corporate America, has led to a new kind of skills gap where employees who are fully-qualified within their field find themselves falling behind due to a lack of technological savvy or drive to innovate within their organization. A recent University of Phoenix survey found that only 37 percent of working U.S. adults consider themselves entrepreneurial within their own positions — also known as “intrapreneurial.”

The tech skills shortage is also deeply impacting information technology professions. The demand for tech-skilled employees is growing far faster than the pool of qualified candidates.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2010 and 2020, computer science careers are projected to grow by more than 22 percent, making it one of the fastest growing occupations during that time period.

The result is that some job seekers feel like their skills are outdated and their contributions to the company are stymied. Employers are consequently frustrated by the skills gaps between employees and the evolving needs of the organization. 

A Regional Approach

Cities rely on the strength of their workforce to fuel growth of urban populations, maintain housing prices and to insulate against negative economic impacts. Human capital is arguably the single most important factor in evaluating a city’s resiliency. When looking at cities that have reinvented themselves, Boston tops the list, having transitioned from a dying manufacturing town in the early 1980s to the vibrant information city it is today. Researchers argue this result is, in part, due to the fact that in 2000, half of Bostonians between age 25 and 34 had college degrees. 

Educational institutions have an opportunity and obligation to increase the relevance of their degrees by advancing their offerings to meet the needs of employers and job seekers in every community in the United States. Universities are uniquely positioned to assess local market conditions and tailor educational programs to ensure residents have the skills for meaningful careers and that businesses have qualified workforces that keep them in the market. There are several cities across the country working closely with higher education to boost the size and skills of their workforces and improve the labor market for employers, including the new “techtopia” of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas, a New Tech Hub?

Though most commonly known for its party culture and the “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” mentality, Las Vegas is quickly becoming an IT-centric economy. Clark County is home to more than 37,000 IT professionals, making up nearly 70 percent of the total IT workforce in Nevada according to the Nevada Government Office of Economic Development. Between 2014 and 2023, the number of jobs in that state is expected to grow by more than 10 percent.

The desert city has also been a launch pad for some of the most well-known, award-winning gadgets and technological advances introduced to the global stage in recent years. Las Vegas is home to the world’s largest trade show and platform for innovation, The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), renowned for introducing some of today’s most revolutionary products, including smartphones, wearable tech devices and Wi-Fi enabled appliances. 

Zappos.com, the largest online shoe store, found its home in the heart of the city and has even made inroads to revitalize downtown Las Vegas with the Downtown Project, an initiative to take the city from good to great and transform it into a hub for inspiration, entrepreneurism, creativity and innovation. SuperNAP, one of the world’s most advanced technology ecosystems is also housed in Las Vegas and is an active partner in the city’s tech revitalization.

Igniting Innovation at RedFlint

Las Vegas is poised to be a major player when it comes to innovation and business, and that is why University of Phoenix is investing in the city of Las Vegas to provide an innovation resource that incubates and accelerates the ideas that solve today’s business challenges.

RedFlint, an innovation experience center, will immerse visitors in an experiential, hands-on learning environment that will foster the skills and strategy development necessary to revolutionize a business and industry from the inside out. University of Phoenix College of Information Systems & Technology, University of Phoenix School of Business and Iron Yard Ventures are working to satisfy the needs of the entire business spectrum using real problems facing communities and businesses to help cultivate the creative thinking that will lead to tomorrow’s business solutions.

RedFlint helps employees looking to update their technology skill sets and get their hands on the latest software and technologies; new businesses looking for entrepreneurial support; and established businesses looking to kick-start innovation and development programs. Additionally, the center will provide space and training events to assist local nonprofits, K-12 educators, small businesses and other community organizations.

This open-concept center, situated in the Bank of America Plaza building in downtown Las Vegas, will provide businesses and the community the opportunity to experiment with new technologies and business angles to create solutions to local business, industry and city challenges. However, the RedFlint team aims to help businesses in a way that will be felt far beyond the bright lights of Las Vegas.

It only made sense to open RedFlint in a city that is as forward thinking as the center will be. The RedFlint center will serve as a dynamic innovation ecosystem for the Las Vegas business community to experience and test new concepts, programs and technology.

RedFlint Innovation Center will hold an open house on October 13, 2016.  

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Xyleme is offering a no-risk opportunity to try Xyleme for organizations currently using an LCMS. Organizations that take advantage of this unique offer will have an opportunity to see how Xy5 can help address the learning content needs of today’s mobile, distributed and multi-generational workforce. Advantages of Xyleme’s platform include:

  •          The ease with which it can generate beautiful outputs for web, mobile and print from a single source of content.
  •          Its cloud delivery, open technologies, and easy integration with LMSs and other applications.
  •          Performance support delivery right inside the learner's workflow while capturing rich learning analytics. Learners and administrators can view demonstrable analytics that validate learning experiences, digital badges, and other credentials.

The program consists of training and guided implementation activities designed to give end users a hands-on experience while allowing them to produce beautiful learning products for any device that can be shared with others in their organization.  In addition, Xyleme experts will work with participants to assess their content migration needs.

—Learn more: http://pages.xyleme.com/modernize-your-lcms-offer?utm_campaign=ModernizeYourLCMSOffer&utm_medium=pr&utm_source=pr

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aNewSpring recently introduced an advanced interface in support of blended learning including “The Blended Learning Cookbook,” a set of recipes to create innovative and effective learning journeys. The e-book is meant to provide learning designers how-to insights on creating rich blended learning. The e-book has been well-received by L&D professionals in the Netherlands and internationally with more than 12,000 downloads.

“We see a big movement from traditional to blended learning programs. Among our clients we’ve seen first-hand that the leap to full-fledged e-learning did not result in the desired outcome. By adding online elements to a traditional learning classroom, we’ve recognized that learning technology is not meant to replace classroom instruction but rather to enhance it,” says Brant Seethaler, Commercial Director, aNewSpring.

—Learn more: http://www.anewspring.com/blended-learning-cookbook/

 

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LearnUpon is launching a new Citrix GoToMeeting integration that also allows customers to integrate with GoToWebinar and GoToTraining for free.

The integration enables LearnUpon customers to quickly access GoToMeeting’s online conferencing and training tools within the interface of the learning management system itself. The new integration will make it easier than ever for LearnUpon users to manage a whole range of online meetings and training sessions for successful eLearning.

Citrix GoToMeeting makes online meetings easy with features that include integrated audio, HD video conferencing, and screen sharing. GoToWebinar makes it simple to deliver online video and audio conferences. And GoToTraining enables teams to provide live, interactive instruction to employees, customers and students anywhere and at any time.

LearnUpon customers can use the new integrations to start meetings and webinars instantly from their learning management system. The integrations are complimentary for LearnUpon customers and can be set up in minutes. A GoToMeeting account is required to use the integration.

—Learn more: https://www.learnupon.com/

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Udacity plans to become the first credentialed institution in the world to offer an autonomous driving nanodegree. The company is partnering with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Didi, Otto, and Nvidia for the online nanodegree. Each partner will control a different aspect of the curriculum. Mercedes Benz is helping with software, Otto is going to help design projects for students to do, while Nvidia is going to guide the overall trajectory of the curriculum.

Udacity believes that there aren’t going to be enough engineers graduating from premiere institutions like Carnegie Mellon, Stanford and MIT because BCG estimates the market for autonomous vehicles will be at $22 billion in less than 10 years.

Each session is 12 weeks long for roughly a nine-month training session and applications for the first session close September 27.

Students will build autonomous software that is applied to an actual vehicle in their capstone project.

 

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the Defense Department will start making venture investments at TechCrunch Disrupt SF.

The initiative will build off of work that the Central Intelligence Agency has been doing for years. Financed by Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency implemented a similar program, In-Q-Tel, in the late 90s. In-Q-Tel is staffed by private citizens at the request of the sitting CIA director. Launching just before the Dot Com bust, the program had a rough start but managed to come back with an impressive lineup of startups. The Defense Department will be piggybacking off of the project. 

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Evernote, a note taking app with more than 200 million users, is shutting down its own cloud-based architecture and will be moving to Google’s Cloud Platform this October. The transition is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Evernote will also start to use Google’s machine learning APIs to help access it in different ways. The first two areas that will be replaced by Google’s machine learning APIs are its voice recognition for speech-to-text translations; and natural language processing, used to help search for contextual content.

Recently under Google alumnus Chris O’Neill’s new leadership, Evernote has seen a number of new backers and has altered its revenue structure with more expensive pricing plans. The eight-year-old start up is also scaling back some of its unprofitable operations as it restructures for healthy growth.  

 

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TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF takes place September 12-14 and a number of new technologies are being introduced for the first time. This is the second part of Elearning! Magazine’s special three-part series covering product introductions at the event in San Francisco.  Read Parts 1 and 2.

Spincle is bringing the capability to capture and stream virtual reality content through mobile devices. Launched at TechCrunch SF’s Startup Battlefield, on the surface, it appears to be a social panorama app but it is more than that in it is launching a pair of formats that can be used to capture imagery with an iPhone camera. Spincle uses a photo/video amalgam that turns certain aspects of the panorama into a video and keeps the rest a static image based on how you capture the scene, allowing users to focus on certain areas and the viewer a clear target of the subject matter. The files are exported as .mp4 files but the company says that these 4K photo/video files are 20 times smaller than normal video files due to the company’s formatting techniques meaning they’re easier to share on social media and will actually loop like gifs on Facebook.

Giftbit, a company that operates a digital gift card marketplace for online retailers, launched a new product at TechCrunch Disrupt SF that allows merchants the ability to create their own custom currency — meaning gift cards, promo codes and refund credits — without having to build their own, internal systems. The service drops into the checkout flow on the retailer’s website and allows administrators the capability to create promotion codes instantly. Giftbit is an alternative option to hard gift cards that historically worked more closely with brick-and-mortar stores.

Giftbit can power promotional codes, refund credits the customer service team needs to issue or even sales of the company’s own digital gift cards on its site. Stores also have the option to customize everything with their own logo and branding, access analytics, and will soon be able to integrate with Salesforce and other business tools. 

 

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Executives Nominate 99 Solutions Across 29 Categories for Excellence

  

Elearning! and GovernmentElearning! magazines, the industry voices of the enterprise learning and workforce technology market, announced today the Best of Elearning! Awards 2016 Finalists. Readers and professionals from both the private and public sector cast more than 4,000 nominations for the best-in-class solutions across 29 product categories. Winners of each category will be revealed in Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines in December and honored at the Best of Elearning! Celebration at the Enterprise Learning! Event.

In its 12th year, The Best of Elearning! Awards program is the industry gold standard for excellence. The program is the exclusive Industry Users Choice Award whereby learning professionals vote with their ballot for best-in-class solutions. Eighty-five percent of professionals have personally recommended a learning solution to a colleague over the past 12 months and this awards program formalizes this personal recommendation process. Award recognition is important for buyers, as 61 percent agree that award recognition impacts their buying decision, according to Elearning! Media Group’s research.

This year, 99 individual products and solutions are being named as finalists.

“We are in an exciting time of innovation, creativity and competition,” says Catherine Upton, Group Publisher, Elearning! Media Group. “The Best of Elearning! awards recognize those brands that solve real business learning challenges. There is no greater honor than having your customers nominate and vote for these best-in-class solutions. We continue our commitment to recognizing innovation and user satisfaction across a diverse group of solution providers.”

 

All 99 brands will be honored for excellence, and the top vote-getter in each category is named the winner. “Every finalist will receive an award of excellence or winner honors. Given the high volume of votes and the number of nominated products, every one of these solution providers should be proud to be voted as best-in-class by their customers,” adds Upton.

 

The Voting Process

Elearning! Media Group readers, practitioners and community members nominate and vote for products and solutions via Elearning! Media Group’s online ballot. All ballots were cast between June 1 and September 1, 2016. Each ballot was reviewed and validated by the editorial team. All vendor ballots were voided.

 

Best of Elearning! Awards Programs

 

Discover what your peers and colleagues say about their solution providers. See who made the cut in 2016. The Best of Elearning! honorees are featured in Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines’ December 2016 editions. “The awards issue is by far the most popular edition of the year. Those seeking world-class solutions go to the Best of Elearning! issue to short-list brands and see what real users say about the solutions,” reports Upton.

The Best of Elearning! Awards Celebration will be hosted at the Enterprise Learning! Event in February 2017. This industry event offers executives the opportunity to network, share and learn about the best learning options and dialogue directly with technologists and learning leaders, all in one place. Attend Best of Elearning! sessions, hear customer stories and share advice on learning architecture at the event, live streamed to the larger learning community.  To learn more about The Best of Elearning! events, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.2elearning.com/events

The Best of Elearning! Finalists for 2016 are as follows:


1. Learning Mgt System Cloud

Blatant Media

Absorb

ePath Learning

ASAP

ICS Learning Group

Inquisiq R4

Litmos by CallidusCloud

Litmos LMS

   

2. Learning Mgt System Enterprise

SumTotal Systems

Learn

SAP

SuccessFactors LMS

NetDimensions

Learning

LearnDash

LearnDash LMS

   

3. Learning Content Mgt System

Dominknow

CLARO

Xyleme

Xyleme LCMS

CD2 Learning

LCMS

   

4.Other Learning Platform

Articulate

Articulate Online

Biz Library

Company College

iSpring

iSpring Learn LMS

ej4

Thinkzoom

Skillsoft

SkillPort

   

5. Talent Mgt System

 

Cornerstone

TMS

SAP

SuccessFactors TMS

NetDimensions

Performance

Oracle

Taleo Cloud

   

6. HR Technology

 

Workday

Workday

Oracle

HCM Cloud

SAP

HCM Cloud

Infor

Lawson

   

7.  Content Aggregation Platform

BizLibrary

The BizLibrary Collection

Degreed

Degreed

OpenSesame

OpenSesame

   

8. IT Training

 

ej4

Software Skills Library

LinkedIn

Lynda.com

Skillsoft

IT Skills Library

   

9. Leadership Training

ej4

Leadership Development

Vado

Leadership Development Track

Vital Learning

Leadership Essentials

BizLibrary

Leadership & Mgt

   

10. Softskills Training

 

BizLibrary

Business Skills 

BCI

Win-Win Negotiations

EJ4

Business Skills Library

Vado

Management Training Library

Vital Learning

Motivating Team Members

   

11. Compliance Training

ej4

Workplace Compliance Library

Vubiz

WHMIS

Mastery Technology, Inc

Bloodborne Pathogens

   

12. Sales Training

 

ej4

Selling Skills

BCI

Customer Outcome Selling

Franklin Covey

Helping Clients Succeed

Richardson

Selling With Insights

   

13.  E-learning Dev Tool

Articulate

Storyline 2

iSpring

iSpring Suite

Harbinger Knowledge Products

Raptivity

   

14. Simulations Solution

Adobe

Captivate 9

iSpring

iSpring TalkMaster

Simformer.com

Business Simulation

Platform

   
   

15. Gamification Solution

Gamelearn

Pacific

Trivie, Inc

Trivie for Business

Allen Interactions

Zebra Zapps

   

16. Video Capture Tools

Articulate

Replay

TechSmith

Camtasia

iSpring Solutions

iSpring Free Cam

   
   

17. Video Publishing Tool

Adobe

Premiere

iSpring Solutions

iSpring River

Sony

Sony Vega Studio

Vimeo

Vimeo

   

18. Testing & Assessment

Articulate

Articulate Quizmaker

iSpring

iSpring QuizMaker

Questionmark

Perception

   

19. Learning Analytics Solution

Intelliboard

Reports

Watershed

LRS

Yet Analytics

Yet Core

   

20. Social Learning Solutions

Bizlibrary

Community

Atlassian

Confluence

SuccessFactors

Jam

Learning@Cisco

Cisco Collaborative Knowledge

   

21. Mobile Authoring Tools

Articulate

Storyline 2

Adobe

Captivate

Dominknow

Flow

   

22. Presentation Tool

 

Articluate

Articulate Presenter

Micosoft

PowerPoint

Prezi

Prezi

   

23. Web Seminar Solution

Cisco

WebEx Meeting Center

Citrix Online

GoToMeeting

INXPO

XPOCast

   

24. Virtual Classroom Solution

Adobe

Connect

Cisco

Training Center

ON24

ON24 Webinars

Citrix Online

GoToTraining

   

25. Virtual Learning Environmt Solution

INXPO

VLE

ON24

Virtual Environment

West

InterCall VLE

   

26.Mobile Application

 

Articulate

Articulate Mobile Player

iSpring Solutions

iSpring Play App

Colorado Technical University

CTU Mobile

   

27. Translation & Localization Svcs

Transperfect

Translation and Localization

WeLocalize

Translation and Localization

Golocalise

Golocalise Translation &

Localisation Services

   

28. Outsource Learning Svcs

Global Knowledge Corp.

Organizational Svcs

Skillsoft

Learning Svcs

IBM

Learning Services

   

29. Open Source Solution

MOODLE

MOODLE LMS

Adapt

E-learning Authoring Tool

Mambo.io

gamification platform

 

About Elearning! Media Group

Elearning! Media Group serves the $225 billion enterprise learning market.  Elearning! Media Group, owned by B2B Media Group, LLC, consists of 13 media products including: Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning! magazine, e-magazines, e-mail newsletters, Alerts, website, Web Seminar Series, Enterprise Learning! Summits and Enterprise Learning! Conference, Learning! 100, Learning! Champion Award and Best of Elearning!.  In combination, these brands reach more than 2 million executives, practitioners and professionals, all evaluating or implementing enterprise learning and workplace technologies across their organizations each year.  Suppliers and practitioners can follow us: online at www.2elearning.com; on Twitter: @2elearning, #BoEL #ELC16, #ELS16; via Facebook: Elearning!-Magazine; and, LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Enterprise Learning! Events.

 

About Enterprise Learning!  Events

Since 2008, Enterprise Learning! Events bring onsite and online audiences together to learn, network and share. Mark your calendar for Enterprise Learning! Events in February 2017 and August 2017.  For more information about the Enterprise Learning! Events, visit: www.2elearning.com/events

 

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