Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) has launched its corporate LMS software evaluation center, where companies and organizations can compare corporate learning management systems (LMS) head-to-head based on particular needs.

TEC’s new corporate LMS software evaluation center is an outgrowth of this trend, featuring solutions from top LMS software vendors such as SAP, Oracle, Cornerstone OnDemand, The KnowHow Hub and ShareKnowledge. Visitors can compare these solutions side-by-side based on the high-level requirements they enter. This helps mitigate the risk of a misstep in the software evaluation and selection process, and allows organizations to narrow down their efforts for further evaluation, as they quickly develop a shortlist of promising software solutions.

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TalentShip 2.0 is an advanced version of Spire Technologies’ enterprise talent product.

TalentShip 2.0 is a complete modular suite of five talent transformation products, which complement all existing HR automation systems. It is Cloud-hosted, infinitely scalable, and easily accessible as an app on tablets, mobile phones, laptops and any new-generation devices.

Based on proprietary Spire Context Intelligence Platform (SCIP), TalentShip 2.0 is a platform wherein talent data from three different sources — World Wide Web, internal and external talent data — can be viewed, compared and used to make decisions in a single window.

Spire boasts that TalentShip can save HR departments 60% in costs, and that it can yield a 70% efficiency in the selection of candidates for jobs.

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Ten companies were named Leaders in G2 Crowd’s Winter 2016 HR Management Suite Software Grid report, receiving strong customer satisfaction scores with a large market presence. UltiPro earned the highest overall satisfaction score, while PeopleSoft earned the highest overall market presence score.

The Grid leverages customer satisfaction data reported by authenticated users along with vendor market presence determined from social and public data. Based on a combination of these scores, each software solution is categorized as a Leader, High Performer, Contender, or Niche.

Key Findings:

>> Suite Satisfaction - With few exceptions, products that appear on the HR Management Suites Grid are more highly rated for their integrated software suite than for their individual modules.

>> Happier Customers - Since the last Grid Report, the average NPS score for products has improved from -8 to +6, indicating an increase in overall customer satisfaction.

>> Non-Core Feature Strength - Seven of the seventeen products on the Grid offer features beyond those typically found in HR management suites, such as time tracking or payroll capabilities.

The report is based on more than 900 reviews written by business professionals.

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Disruptive changes brought about by digital technology, changing workforce demographics and a new employer-employee contract are driving organizations to design a new world of work that is more flexible, less hierarchical and more focused on employee needs.

“Our research shows powerful technology and business disruptions around the world are driving dramatic change both for HR functions and the organizations they serve,” says Josh Bersin, principal, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “Built around highly empowered teams, driven by a new model of management and led by a breed of younger, more globally-diverse leaders, the emerging new organization reflects the critical importance placed on organizational structure. In fact, 92 percent of the executives surveyed for the ‘Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends 2016’ study identified organizational redesign as a critical priority in the year ahead.”

David Mallon adds: “To survive and thrive in today’s always-on environment, companies likely need to redesign the way they build leaders, develop people, and measure and drive culture.” Mallon is Bersin by Deloitte’s head of research.

Those are among the sweeping shifts that executives and research analysts will explore in presentations and working sessions at Bersin by Deloitte’s “Impact 2016 Different by Design: The New Organization,” which takes place April 25-28 at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fla.

Executives and senior leaders from AbbVie, Cisco, Halliburton, Intel Corporation, Lyft, and PayPal, will be among the more than 30 senior-level presenters at the conference. They will describe leading talent and HR solutions to address the sweeping global forces that are reshaping the workplace, the workforce and work itself. Josh Bersin, principal, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP, will focus his keynote on the need to fundamentally change the way organizations are structured.

Bersin by Deloitte also will recognize the five finalists in its WhatWorks award program, which recognizes outstanding talent-related innovations that drive business impact.

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The Learning Platforms market is predicted to triple by 2020. Discover how learning leaders are leveraging learning and talent systems to drive enterprise performance. What are the key business drivers for sourcing new systems? Which features are hot and which are not? Who are the brand leaders and laggers? 

Join Joe DiDonato when he reveals the findings of the 2016 Learning Platforms Buyer Study. 



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Extended enterprise learning is defined as training all “non-employees” associated with an organization - essentially all the individuals who play a key role in the success of a company but aren’t on the direct payroll.  A few examples of these groups include distributors, dealers, resellers, partners or agents. These groups are critical to the success of an organization helping the company drive revenue and accelerate growth. Companies often struggle to effectively deliver timely, engaging learning to these groups.

Challenges with extended enterprise learning include the production of the online training courses, the ability to distribute them to relevant audiences efficiently, and access to immediate tracking and performance so you can gauge the expertise of the channel. Sales leaders, product managers, educators and trainers need to create interactive learning experiences and courses easily, and in one platform or technology. Third-party authoring tools, decentralized technologies and development overhead lead to slow delivery of information prior to and during product launches, and ultimately miss profit opportunities.

Providing your extended enterprise learners with a centralized location to engage with your brand and learn the latest product information is a clear benefit. Increased profits, reduced time to market and decreased costs can be measured as a result of the delivery of timely learning programs. Since the distribution of information can be accomplished quickly your organization can continue to reap the benefits of the training content far after it’s been authored.

The Thought Industries platform focuses on four key areas proven to elevate the power of your extended enterprise efforts:

  • Powerful Native Authoring – Built-in authoring tools mean you can create mobile-responsive interactions without the need for third-party authoring software.  You can make updates in minutes and leverage assets such as text, video, slides, images and audio to build training programs your audience will love.  Not only that, but you can put the authoring directly in the hands of your SMEs no matter where they are located.
  • Mobile Optimized Learning and Training Experiences – Lets face it, extended enterprise learners are busy with their full time jobs. They need to learn on-the-go from their tablets, mobile phones and laptops.  Anything you create in the Thought Industries platform is immediately mobile optimized.
  • Cloud Hosted – Yearly release cycles, software installs and licenses are a thing of the past. With modern cloud-based platforms the technology is immediate and product enhancements continuous so you never have to wait to take advantage of new feature releases. 
  • Seamless Data Integrations – Every business large or small have CRMs, HCMs and TMS systems.  These systems need to be immediately aware and updated from your training platform. Track learner milestones, events and progress seamlessly without ever having to download a report.  Webhooks, APIs and SFTP features will securely communicate with your enterprise technologies.


At Thought Industries, our Learning Business Platform(TM) helps our clients solve these exact challenges. Everything from authoring online learning experiences to managing users is consolidated under one roof.  Without coding or development, organizations can get to market quickly and distribute timely information from one location to their audiences.

Extended enterprise learning can be an engaging and educational experience for the end user, but it’s only as good as the technology it’s built on. For companies looking to increase profit margins, get to market quicker and fully engage their external networks, be sure you are leveraging the latest tools and technologies in order to maximize the value of your channel.

For more information about Thought Industries and our Learning Business Platform(TM), feel free to reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or request your personalized demo here.

Stephen Newman is the Director of Marketing at Thought Industries, a cloud-based provider of online learning technology for enterprise organizations. Learn more at



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Live Insights from QuickMobile is an advanced real-time audience response solution that allows presenters to engage with audiences in a completely new way. Live Insights creates a personalized attendee experience, while providing event planners and presenters control over how they interact with audiences.

QuickMobile’s Live Insights provides several key features:

>> Live Polling: Create questions on-the-fly and collect immediate results to measure attendee understanding and allow for instant decision-making.

>> PowerPoint Add-In: Poll attendees during a presentation directly from PowerPoint and easily adapt to the needs of the presenter.

>> Discussion Forum: Allow participants to ask questions, freely or anonymously, while allowing speakers to moderate conversations.

>> Group Chat: Permit attendees to “like” comments and communicate with each other, making it possible for everyone to collaborate in real-time.

>> Reports: Generate comprehensive reports including live polling results and participant messages with a single click.

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By offering its Azure IoT (Internet of Things) Hub communications platform to the general public, Microsoft follows its plan to be the go-to Cloud provider when customers — whether startups or enterprise — deploy new business models and processes based on large networks of low-powered connected devices like those from Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Texas Instruments. Part of the Microsoft plan includes convincing businesses to use the service to collect data from devices; analyze data streams; store, query and visualize large data-sets; and integrate that data with back-office systems.

The IoT Hub has a messaging infrastructure for distributed devices to communicate to each other via Azure over widely used IoT protocols such as MQTT, HTTPS and AMPQPS, as well as device authentication.

Fees for Azure IoT run from free for minimal storage up to $500 per month for service that supports up to 6 million 4-KB messages a day.

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CareerBuilder and Capella Education are offering a program called RightSkill that aims to fill talent gaps for employers and help job-seekers advance their careers. Set to launch this spring, the collaboration represents the first time that real-time labor data will be paired with competency-based education to design educational programs directly aligned with the needs of employers.

Capella’s programs in high-demand fields such as Web development and information security are designed to be completed in less than 90 days at low cost — money that will be refunded to the job-seeker if he or she doesn’t find placement with an employer within 90 days of completion in the designated field. Then CareerBuilder will leverage its strong ties with top employers to help place candidates with appropriate firms, providing employers with in-demand talent and providing job seekers with opportunities to land higher-skill, better-paying jobs with meaningful career advancement opportunities.

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Companies are spending tens of billions of dollars globally on leadership-training programs each year, but that money often is wasted because “the training is not geared to drive business results,” according to a recent survey by Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

The BCG survey finds business leadership training and talent development often overlook frontline leaders who create value for customers, and the training employees receive often does not have a meaningful impact on business results. Amy Fox, president, founder and CEO of Accelerated Business Results, offers three tips to make training more meaningful, engaging, and easy to access for managers and employees:

1) Make Training an Ongoing Part of Company Culture – Focusing on a one-off event without thorough follow-up, coaching and reinforcement is a recipe for failure. Successful training programs inform managers what they need to do over time to make it successful.

2) Measure Success Based on Business Results – It’s not enough to measure success based on inputs such as days in training or satisfaction with the program. Effective training includes ongoing assessment and evaluation so managers can measure the capabilities employees develop and the results they achieve.

3) Offer Opportunities for Self-Directed, Bite-Sized Learning – Rather than offering event-based training with follow-up as an afterthought, more companies are offering employees opportunities to learn skills on the job through self-directed learning. Micro-learning through mobile apps and other online tools can help.

“With Millennial employees making up an ever-increasing percent of the workforce, more and more companies are finding the old death by PowerPoint training just doesn’t cut it anymore,” says Fox. “More companies are opting for new, on-demand, interactive approaches to training in the form of micro-learning — delivering content in small, specific bursts of information that put employees in control of what they’re learning.”

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