Brandon Hall Group Announces Winners of 2015 Excellence in Technology Awards

This is a wonderful and festive time of year as we wrap up 2015 with the announcement of our Excellence in Technology Award Winners

technology-awardsThe Technology Awards, part of the prestigious Excellence Awards program completing its 21st year, honors organizations for their advancement in technologies that enable and enhance the fields of Learning & Development, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Management, and Sales Enablement. Winners receive Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in more than 50 different categories.

Top winners are CrossKnowledge, Instructure and Intrepid Learning, with three awards apiece. Other multiple award-winners are Dell, Docebo, Geenio, Litmos by Callidus Cloud, Montage, NetDimensions, Playware Studios Asia, Rehearsal VRP, SAP, Skillsoft, The Boeing Company, Torch LMS, TTN Learning, Upside Learning Solutions, and Xerox Learning Services.

Our award winners are the most visionary and innovative developers of HCM technology solutions that move organizations forward in serving employees, customers and investors. Everyone can learn from the achievements of our award recipients. Over the next couple of months we will be publishing a series of case study entries to our research membership center.

For the complete list of winners and categories for 2015, please visit this page.

The entries were evaluated by an international panel of independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executive leadership based upon the following criteria:

  • Product Innovation
  • Unique Differentiators
  • Product Demo
  • Value Proposition
  • Measureable Results

Winners from the 2015 Excellence Awards program announced in September, and winners from the Technology Awards, will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference 16 at a ceremony and gala on Thursday, January 28th. For more details on this exciting conference and to register, click here.  

The launch of the 2016 Brandon Hall Group Awards Program – for Excellence in Learning & Development, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Management and Sales Performance — will be January 11, 2016.  For more information, please contact us at [email protected]. The 2016 Technology Awards program will launch May 16, 2016.

Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer,
Brandon Hall Group


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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.