Brandon Hall Group Research Highlights, June 22-July 5, 2020

The analyst team provides new data and insights on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on human capital management. Other focuses of the past two weeks include women in leadership, a talent-acquisition technology selection guide and profiles of technology providers in learning, talent management, talent acquisition and workforce management.


Transition Trends in the COVID-19 Experience

From Brandon Hall Group’s ongoing research on the impact of COVID-19 on human capital management, this report features data and insights on how organizations are transitioning from lockdown to limited return-to-work initiatives. The data focuses on business and HR priorities, projections for remote work and learning, and HR strategies as organizations enter the next phase of the COVID-19 experience.

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Learning & Development

Solution Provider Profile: LumaOne

Video is increasingly becoming the go-to for organizations that want flexible, easy-to-use content. People are accustomed to interacting with videos everywhere in their lives. But, rather than a library of static, sit-and-watch videos, LumaOne offers companies the ability to take video learning to the next level.

Solution Provider Profile: Skilljar

For many LMS providers, the approach to customer training is typically as an add-on functionality — almost an afterthought. However, customer training is a completely different environment than employee training. Skilljar is the customer-training specialist. They understand that the customer experience and the employee experience are not one and the same. Customer training is about people getting in and out quickly.

Solution Provider Profile: Strivr

Strivr is putting the “reality” into virtual reality for many organizations. What was once thought of as a sci-fi gimmick is delivering real-world results in terms of learning and performance. Strivr has democratized VR, taking it from technological impossibility to a must-have learning tool for various companies.

Solution Provider Profile: SAP Litmos

SAP Litmos is an industry-leading Learning Management System that exemplifies the term “ease of use.” The platform is as intuitive as it comes without sacrificing power, scalability or learner experience. The SAP Litmos team is a true trusted advisor with a depth and breadth of experience that can easily support the most complex corporate learning strategy and environment.

Talent Management

Solution Provider Profile: iSolved

iSolved is that rare provider that offers a single unified, full-service platform that can enable a transformational employee experience for SMBs (500 employees and under) and the mid-market (up to 1,500 employees). The company, with 1,300 employees and $220 million in annual revenue, has the bandwidth to have dedicated product teams in each of their four product segments — talent management, HR and payroll, workforce management, and engagement and growth.

Solution Provider Profile: Reward Gateway

Reward Gateway’s industry-first employee engagement platform brings employee communications, recognition and reward, surveys, discounts and well-being into one unified hub. Each client is able to configure a mobile-enabled RG hub to reflect their own unique brand, mission and values to connect, recognize and support their people.

Leadership Development

HCMx Radio 150: How Beliefs and Behaviors Impact Success of Female Leaders

In this milestone episode of the HCMx Radio podcast series, Brandon Hall Group COO Rachel Cooke interviews Christine Noffz, founder of BenchStrength Coaching, LLC, a boutique firm specializing in helping companies build a pipeline of diverse candidates, ensuring leaders are ready for greater levels of leadership.

Talent Acquisition

A Guide to Selecting New Talent Acquisition Technology

When it comes to talent acquisition technology selection, there are many factors to consider. The three main talent-acquisition technology categories we’ll discuss in this guide are sourcing and recruiting, evaluating and interviewing, and onboarding.

Solution Provider Profile: Symphony Talent

Symphony Talent is the company, and the product is SmashflyX after the acquisition last year. With Symphony Talent integrating Smashfly, you have some of the best-in-class career sites, analytics, CRM and workflow, and AI that’s existed in both companies — basically, the nitty-gritty core stuff along with the more people-focused side.

Workforce Management

Solution Provider Profile: Kronos

Kronos is a global leader in workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions. Guided by decades of experience and innovation, the company offers one of the industry’s most powerful suite of tools and services to manage and engage an entire workforce from pre-hire to retire. One of Kronos’ key differentiators is in its data on ROI and use cases — the ability to compare to industry and peer benchmarks that can only come when you have very large amounts of customers and a long history of data collection.

Solution Provider Profile: Visier

Visier continues to be right at the top for analytics due to its naturalistic approach to introducing and presenting data. Visier has the ability to combine HCM data with other data that resides within the business. Visier also has some external data for comparison, such as EEOC data. This can be highly valuable from a D&I perspective, where Visier’s analytics might help show why there is a disparity, rather than other platforms that just show that there is one.

Solution Provider Profile: Beqom

beqom is a cloud-based total compensation management solution, used by large enterprises to manage end-to-end compensation and performance processes. Large, global companies that use multiple systems to manage complex compensation structures should consider beqom as an alternative. The company is unique in its ability to manage broad-based HR compensation and sales incentive compensation on a single unified platform.

Solution Provider Profile: PluralSight

For a large part of the global economy, tech skills are a driving force. Organizations are always in need of tech workers and leaders that have the most current engineering and development skills. When it comes to tech skills, no one is as plugged into tech as Pluralsight. The company services 70% of the Fortune 500 with their vast catalog of tech development skills material.

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, July 16: What’s on the Other Side? L&D and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Organizations have grappled with the digital transformation of learning for years, adopting new technologies slowly and in fits and starts. All the while, instructor-led classroom training remained the number one learning delivery method. But as the coronavirus pandemic reshapes the workplace, the digital transformation of learning must occur immediately. This urgency can help learning leaders drive the change that has eluded them for years. But engineering and managing the transition will still be challenging. Please join David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst with Brandon Hall Group, and SAP Litmos as they look at the current state of L&D in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and examine best practices in jump-starting digital learning transformation. Register here.

Wednesday, July 29: How Employers Can Bring People Together Through Inclusion

Most organizations believe diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a powerful driver of business goals, according to Brandon Hall Group’s latest research. However, the majority don’t leverage the strategies, programs and processes to build an inclusive culture of diverse talent. D&I has never been more relevant than right now. The economic and social fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice dramatically illustrate that people must come together. In this webinar, sponsored by Skillsoft and Cornerstone OnDemand, Brandon Hall Group’s Rachel Cooke and Claude Werder, are joined by Jonathan Jackson, Director, Director, CARE Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital. Register here.

Brandon Hall Group Featured on Training website

People Management During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Claude Werder, Brandon Hall Group

As social-distancing restrictions relax, will we revert to the “old normal”? Or will we build on successes and lessons learned to make work more collaborative, sustainable, and cost-effective in a digital environment?

New Research Surveys

Research in the Field

  • Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarking: Take the survey here
  • Learning & Development Benchmarking: Take the survey here
  • Talent Management Maturity 2020: Take the survey here
  • Workforce Management Maturity 2020: Take the survey here.  
  • Extended Enterprise Learning: Take the survey here.
  • Transitioning to New Realities of the COVID-19 Experience: Take the survey here.

More to come!

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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.