Thirteen years ago, Elearning! magazine established the Best of Elearning! Awards; the exclusive users’ choice awards in the learning industry. Every year, up to 4,000 nominations are made by learning professionals to share the best in learning solutions. This year, Elearning! magazine added a special honor, the Hall of Fame Award, to recognize extraordinary solutions providers.

The 2017 Hall of Fame honorees are Adobe and BizLibrary. These two brands collectively have earned more than 100 Best of Elearning! honors, across a dynamic set of solutions.

What is the secret to consistently exceeding customers’ needs, while anticipating future learning challenges and solutions? We invited leaders from both organizations to share their insights.

Adobe is synonymous with e-learning. It has been named a Best of Elearning! winner every year of the awards and has collected honors across various solutions: e-learning development, mobile learning, simulation, video learning, virtual classroom and virtual event platforms.

The crown jewel of Adobe’s e-learning product line is Captivate, a 13-time Best of Elearning! award-winner.

How does Adobe Captivate continue to evolve to exceed customers’ needs? Part of the answer is in the number of resources, videos and tutorials available. There are hundreds of hours of Adobe Captivate videos alone available to users — more hours than what ones spends to earn a college degree. We asked Priyank Shrivastava, Adobe’s Director of Marketing, about Adobe Captivate’s success:

“There are many to thank for this successful milestone, starting with our hundreds of thousands of customers who keep us honest in this business and make each of us work harder to be able to achieve what we have over the years,” Shrivastava says. “Being a part of Adobe also helps tremendously as there is a culture of innovation and customer centricity at the core of everything we do. And last but not the least, it’s the people who make a brand what it is, Adobe has some tremendously talented individuals who make the journey so enjoyable.”

Q: WHAT IS YOUR  PRODUCT ROADMAP?

Shrivastava: “Our product roadmap constantly reflects changing behavioral trends among both e-learning authors/designers as well as learners. Learning behavior has been changing significantly with the introduction and adoption of modern technologies. Mobile is a case in point. Back in time, at the start of this decade, mobile handsets had begun to become popular, with mobile Internet getting better, and handsets started to become more popular when it came to accessing professional content on them.

“But mobile learning was just a blip on the radar, that is when we at Adobe decided to foray into the world of mobile learning, with a two-pronged aim to make the mobile learning experience flawless for learners, and continue to make authoring easier for designers. On that axis alone, we have delivered some remarkable innovations such as responsive e-learning design, Fluid Boxes, geo-location and dynamic mobile preview, to name a few.

“Today, mobile learning is one of the mandatory requirements for all e-learning requirements. Captivate has tremendously evolved since 2004, from when it was famously known for recording simulations to now when it is known as a tool that can handle everything e-learning.”

Q: WHAT UNIQUE FEATURE SETS DOES CAPTIVATE OFFER?

Shrivastava: “Adobe Captivate allows you to author responsive e-learning without having to create different projects for different devices, so you can author just once and the content rearranges itself to deliver the most appropriate experience on any device or browser. We have also introduced Fluid Boxes, which are intelligent containers that automatically re-align objects on a slide to fill up the ‘white space’ and deliver a fully responsive experience. Another industry first is to be able to transform older legacy desktop-only Captivate courses to fully responsive mobile learning at the click of a button with the 2017 release of Adobe Captivate."

Q: WHAT NEW FEATURES DOES CAPTIVATE OFFER TO CUSTOMERS?

Shrivastava: “Some of the above ones, and one that is a delight for learners: Adobe Typekit integration. Considering a large percentage of courses are now consumed on the browser, the aesthetics of the course are often compromised, as the original fonts are replaced by a handful of Web-safe fonts. Authors can easily integrate any Web font from their Typekit library and can deliver the exact same experience to the learner on any device or browser. That is a cool feature that designers absolutely love.”

Q: CAN YOU NAME SOME OF CAPTIVATE’S MARQUEE CUSTOMERS?

Shrivastava: “Every customer is important to us, and we treat them equally. Having said that, more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies place their trust in Adobe Captivate, so there are quite a few marquee customers ranging from American Express to Delta Airlines to the Walt Disney Corporation."

Q: WHAT TRENDS DO YOU SEE IN THE FUTURE? HOW IS CAPTIVATE EVOLVING TO MEET THESE NEEDS?

Shrivastava: “Some of the popular trends we foresee that could have an impact on the way learning is done is VR and AR and immersive learning as a concept. We have technologies currently brewing in the labs, and we will showcase our developments in these areas soon. Since we are so closely clued in to the L&D teams within organizations, we can build solutions to address their pain points. One example is Adobe Captivate Prime, introduced when a lot of our customers expressed their challenges in delivering and tracking e-learning content. Captivate Prime is a next-gen enterprise LMS that challenges everything traditional LMS’s stood for.

“Another area I feel is going to transform the learning landscape is social/ informal learning, and we are currently exploring how we could formalize and scale the process of social learning within an organization.

“Through efforts like these, we wish to be a strategic partner for organizational L&D teams and help them with solutions across the board, from design, to delivery for their customers and learners.

BizLibrary has earned 24 Best of Elearning! honors in 16 categories. BizLibrary wins are extraordinary as they span learning systems, social collaboration and content categories. BizLibrary was early to the video learning market and capitalized on it by developing content that exceed customers’ expectations.

According to Dean Pichee, every video in the BizLibrary collection scores four out of five stars or it goes offline and is re-engineered. Congratulations to BizLibrary on being an elite brand named to the Hall of Fame for the Best of Elearning!

Q: WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE BIZLIBRARY SUCCESS TO?

Pichee: “First, it is an honor to be included in the Hall of Fame, and we appreciate the recognition. I started BizLibrary more than 20 years ago, with one simple goal: to improve the way employees learn at small and mid-size organizations. Over the years, we’ve grown to serve hundreds of thousands of employees, in thousands of organizations of all sizes. After 20 years in business, I attribute our success to constant innovation and improvement, and to our focus on the importance of building successful partnerships that last — with our producer partners, our clients and our employees.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR PRODUCT ROADMAP?

Pichee: “Our product roadmap for the next year includes many new features and enhancements to our platform as well as some exciting additions to our content collection. Some new features include our upcoming release of gamification as well as enhancements to the user interface (including a new and improved home page design), enhanced administrative functionality, and much more.

“In addition to these platform updates, we are focusing on expanding the reach of our content offering into international markets by releasing localized libraries. To start, we have recently released libraries in Spanish, French and German with plans for more than 20 additional languages in the near future. Additionally, we have recently added more than 800 new short, performance-support video lessons to the library on ‘how-to’ topics relevant to today’s workplace.

“In terms of our content strategy, the biggest change we have made over the past five years would be the introduction of BizLibrary Productions. As the needs of our clients evolved,we needed a way to quickly address those needs and fill topic gaps in the content library. With BizLibrary Productions, we are able to work with subject-matter experts and produce the content needed to ensure the BizLibrary Collection is meeting the highest quality standards possible while remaining fresh and relevant to today’s business challenges.

Q: WHAT UNIQUE FEATURES DOES BIZLIBRARY’S VIDEO CONTENT OFFER?

Pichee: “The unique combination of video-based microlearning and training reinforcement delivered in an aggregated library model is what sets our solution apart from other providers on the market. The length and format of the content, on a variety of topic areas, meet the needs of the modern learner by delivering a true on-demand solution. Reinforcement ensures they are able to retain and apply the training to their job for increased business results.”

Q: WHAT NEW FEATURES DOES BIZLIBRARY OFFER TO CUSTOMERS?

Pichee: “We recently announced some exciting new features at our annual client conference. Those features included Curriculum Builder, Playlists, and Curated Learning Paths.

“Curriculum Builder is a tremendous advance, allowing learning administrators to quickly and easily preview and manage content within our platform or in a third-party LMS.

“Playlists allow both learners and administrators to create playlists, organize content for a variety of training purposes, quickly and easily save searches as a playlist, and share playlists with teammates for additional collaboration and social learning.

“Curated Learning Paths are developed by BizLibrary experts, and organized by job role and key topic areas. Each curated learning path contains three to five hours of training content, is assignable, and allows learners quick access to relevant training material.

Q: WHO ARE BIZLIBRARY’S  MARQUEE CUSTOMERS? 

Pichee: “We recently concluded our 10th annual client conference where we were able to meet with clients face to face and recognize the success of their training programs.

“Since partnering with BizLibrary, Pechanga has seen an annual savings of $78,000. Viewpointe has reduced turnover by 400 percent. Long Island Plastic Surgical Group has reduced patient complaints by 32 percent. Red Roof Inn has saved more than $342,000 due to a reduction in turn- over. Watco Companies reduced employee turnover by seven percent within the first year and saved more than $3 million. It is results like these that validate our mission at BizLibrary, and we couldn’t be more proud to partner with these organizations.”

Q: WHAT FUTURE TRENDS DO YOU SEE THAT WILL IMPACT LEARNING?

Pichee: “We are seeing a continued increase in the need for organizations to provide an on-demand training solution in addition to prescriptive or assigned learning. Learners are driving this need, and continuing to produce video content on a single topic that is short and relevant will allow BizLibrary clients to continue to meet the needs of those learners."

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The global HR software market is projected to reach $9.2 billion by 2022, a CAGR of 2.4%. The growth rate masks a shift from traditional HR functions of payroll, time and attendance and benefits to the lucrative talent management sectors. These high-growth areas include recruiting, training, performance management/business intelligence and leadership/succession management as well as a shift to software-as-a-service.

While the HR software market went through an unprecedented wave of consolidation in recent years, the digital transformation is under way. The ERP software giants pursue a double strategy in acquiring HR software companies by expanding and integrating the new best-in-class HR management functionality into their comprehensive product/service offerings; and introducing broader ERP product/service offerings through HR management loophole.

Transportation and Logistics is the heavy-user of HCM solutions, according to Market & Markets. The growing technological developments in the field of Cloud, analytics and the emergence of mobile technologies have led to the high adoption of HCM solutions in major industries such as banking, financial services, insurance (BFSI), and health care.

By region, North America is expected to be the largest user of HCM solutions. The high adoption of digital technology across all major industries helps the HCM market to grow in North America, particularly in the U.S. and Canada. The market is in the emerging stage in the regions of Asia-Pacific (APAC), Latin America, the Middle East and Africa (MEA). Therefore, these regions exhibit immense scope for the adoption of HCM solutions.

—Sources: HR Software Market Forecast (2012-2022), Market Analysis https://www.marketanalysis.com/?p=338, HCM Market Worth, Markets & Market shttp://bit.ly/2rlbHVg

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Earth science courses offering have expanded to environmental sciences on the VIDL Global E-learning Platform. This new development is designed to expand the growth and collaborative efforts between VIDL, industry partners, and clients.

VIDL is launching this new venture through its newly designed website, allowing potential users access to its offerings and to showcase their growing portfolio of eLearning solutions designed for several different physical sciences markets.

According to Corine Prieto, Founder and CEO of VIDL and IGC, “The industry is demanding that earth science jobs require individuals with multi-tasking skills and talents in data mining, log analysis, economic assessment as well."

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They now offer courses for learners striving for their Project Management Professional (PMP) and Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) credentials. Recipients of the PMP earn 17% more income than non-certificated according to the Project Management Salary Survey, Eighth edition

"Expanding our certifications catalog has been a goal of OpenSesame's for 2016 and beyond." said Spencer Thornton, Vice President of Content at OpenSesame. "Now, as a part of OpenSesame Plus, they will be able to offer PMP preparation and HRCI recertification courses to their learners, both of which lead to better job productivity and business results for their entire company."

OpenSesame offers enterprise e-learning subscription via OpenSesame Plus with access to the hassle of managing multiple vendors separately. Course content includes leadership skills, soft skills, technology and compliance training courses and integrates with most of the major learning management systems.

 

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Cloud storage service Dropbox has announced an integration partnership with educational software provider Blackboard.  Under the agreement, Dropbox will become the "default sharing and storage option" for Blackboard Learn, Blackboard's primary e-learning platform for both educational institutions and business organizations. With this added functionality, users will be able to use Dropbox to work, edit and submit shared documents. Instructors can use the same platform to distribute course materials.

"Dropbox is already the collaboration tool of choice for more than 6,000 universities and institutions across the globe," said Jason Katcher, Head of Education for Dropbox. "By enabling existing Dropbox workflows within Blackboard’s LMS, our partnership will make collaboration between the platforms even easier, while providing additional visibility for schools. Dropbox continues to focus on pursuing partnerships and integrations that make it the best place for instructors and students to get work done.”

According to Course Merchant, Blackboard Learn has reached 100 million users, and earlier this year, Dropbox offered its first education-specific product offering storage and compliance solutions.

"At Blackboard, we’re focused on developing technologies and services to help institutions create the most powerful learning environment for their users," said Kathleen Vieira, Vice President of Partnership Solutions at Blackboard. "We are excited to partner with Dropbox to deliver a tailored experience which will enable students and instructors to use our strong learning management technologies alongside their collaboration platform of choice."

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Docebo, LMS provider, and OpenSesame, provider of on-demand e-learning courses, have entered into a new partnership that will make it possible for learning and development professionals to purchase e-learning courses directly from within their LMS. This integration makes selecting, purchasing and delivery of e-learning courses easier than ever before.

“Docebo is committed to providing the integrations that the market needs,” says Claudio Erba, CEO and founder of Docebo. “This is a partnership that’s going to make a real difference in the day-to-day of learning and development professionals, in particular those that administer many different types of training courses to large groups of employees and other learners.”

OpenSesame offers access to 20,000 online courses from award-winning providers without the traditional hassle of finding, evaluating and curating content from multiple vendors. With this integration, OpenSesame makes delivering training courses even easier for busy learning and development professionals.

"At OpenSesame, we measure our success based on the ease and speed of our customer's experience," says Don Spear, Co-Founder, President and CEO of OpenSesame. "Our partnership with Docebo will make it that much easier for our customers to purchase e-learning courses when and where they need them, and customers will also be able to begin taking advantage of those courses even faster."

 

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Brainshark’s coaching technology empowers managers to coach their teams anytime, anywhere. Sales reps can practice their calls, presentations, sales messaging and more, and receive instant, detailed feedback from managers, peers and – now – CCI expert coaching professionals. 

With CCI’s professional coaching services, sales leaders can get their coaching culture off to a strong start, scale their programs and provide personalized, expert advice to their sales teams that ensures higher performance.

In addition to the coaching services, CCI continues to provide eLearning content through Brainshark for Coaching. Now, through the expanded partnership, Brainshark for Coaching users can also opt to take advantage of:

  • Individual coaching reviews by a CCI expert – delivered through the Brainshark for Coaching interface and personalized based on each rep’s presentations and needs.
  • Interactive group workshops – delivered virtually by CCI and including best practices to help reps deliver exceptional presentations and to kick off a successful coaching program.
  • “Game-tape reviews” – where CCI experts analyze reps’ recorded presentations and develop action plans during virtual group sessions.
  • The sessions are designed to equip reps with the preparation, skill development and real-world advice they need to achieve greater levels of sales success.

    CCI was co-founded by Tony Robbins and Walter Rogers, thought-leaders in sales and change management, who has created and led businesses in 13 countries on three continents.

    Learn more -- https://www.brainshark.com/solutions/coach

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    Now you can build your own private YouTube with Kaltura MediaSpace Video Portal, the market-leading rich media portal for every use-case. With the MediaSpace Video Portal, users can securely create, upload, share, search, browse, and watch live and on demand videos, presentations, webcasts, and other rich media content, anytime, anywhere. MediaSpace provides a superb cross-device user experience, unmatched user engagement capabilities, and powerful control and governance tools. 

    MediaSpace encourages community, collaboration, learning, and social activities through the power of online video. In the past, single administrators or small teams within the organization would publish to a large audience. MediaSpace revolutionizes this process by enabling democratization of media creation and sharing with many contributors, moderators, and viewers in a multitude of channels.

    Free trial available at: http://corp.kaltura.com/Products/Video-Applications/Kaltura-Mediaspace-Video-Portal

     

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    The collaboration is marked with continuous acquisition, with this latest one poised to create stronger competition to Cisco and Microsoft.

    LogMeIn's previous lineup of products—including LogMeIn Rescue, BoldChat, LastPass and join me—will now include GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, GoToTraining and OpenVoice. The combined business will have more than $1 billion in revenue, almost 3,000 employees and more than 2 million customers worldwide.

    “We believe that together we can better serve the needs of our customers, while expanding our reach and accelerating product innovation to bring you more choice, greater possibilities and better business outcomes," LogMeIn President and CEO Bill Wagner.

    Learn more -- http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/07/26/859040/0/en/LogMeIn-Announces-Merger-with-Citrix-s-GoTo-Family-of-Products-to-Create-Billion-Dollar-Industry-Leader.html

     

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    The Virtual Reality War has begun. Alphabet’s launch of Pixel Smartphone and new VR headset has joined the battle with Facebook, Microsoft and Samsung. With the heavy adoption of the technology comes the realization that VR IS in the future for enterprise learning.

    VR is currently estimated to be a $1 billion industry according to Deloitte Global, but will explode to $35 Billion by 2025 according to BI Intelligence.  Video games and entertainment are the largest VR market segments accounting for$18.9 billion of the $35 billion market in 2025. Enterprise VR applications will generate 54% of VR market with Healthcare and Engineering leading the enterprise market.

     

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