Arcusys Wins Silver at The 2016 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in Technology

The recognition proves that the persistent work for building the perfect enterprise learning technology is being recognized also by a third party.

BOSTON, December 23, 2016 – Arcusys, international forerunner in the digital transformation of learning, has been awarded an esteemed Brandon Hall Group Silver Award for excellence in the Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology category with their Valamis – Learning Experience Platform.

The ability to measure learning and development impact to business outcomes is most important for all organizations,” said Janne Hietala, CCO of Arcusys. “This is not an easy feat to accomplish and we are incredibly honored to receive this award. A personalized learning experience and actionable analytics are only a few examples of capabilities that the Valamis – Learning Experience Platform combines very effectively for large enterprises.

 Valamis is an award-winning open source learning experience platform developed by Arcusys. Providing organizations a solution for turning the digital transformation of learning into a competitive advantage, the Valamis platform brings organizations a cost effective and flexible way to grow and manage their learning. Developed with revolutionary design and a fast development cycle, Valamis innovatively responds to both current and future enterprise learning needs.

 We congratulate our Technology Award winners, and also thank them for leading the way in designing and utilizing technologies that empower organizations to enhance – and in some cases transform – their organizations,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program. “Our research shows that Human Capital Management technology is a primary driver of innovation, and our award-winning organizations serve as models of success.

 Entries for these coveted awards were evaluated based upon the following criteria:

Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?

Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?

Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?

Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?

 About Arcusys

Arcusys is an internationally growing IT company specialized in the digitalization of learning. The company was recently listed in Gartner’s 2016 Market Guide for Corporate Learning Suites as a Representative Vendor of the product Valamis. Valamis – Learning Experience Platform helps customers convert the benefits of the digital transformation into a competitive advantage. Arcusys’ customers are large organizations in both private and public sectors. With its headquarters in Joensuu, Finland, Arcusys has a total of six offices in Finland, the US and Russia. For more information, visit

About Brandon Hall Group, Inc.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is a well-known and established research organization in the performance improvement industry. The group conducts research that drives performance, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results. For more information, please visit www.brandonhall.c


For more information:

Mika Kuikka

President, Arcusys Inc.

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+1 (617) 959-7438

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.