Brandon Hall Group Research Published June 22-28

Human Capital Management Research

Last week Brandon Hall Group published 20 pieces of research – 3 major research studies, 7 technology case studies, 1 survey launch, 1 solution provider profile, 4 webinars, 1 HCMx radio program, and 3 research-based blogs.

In this blog, we will make public some of these reports (click on the links) as a way for non-members to familiarize themselves with our research:

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Here is an overview of research released the week of June 22-28.

Major Research Reports

Why Great Managers Matter

This KnowledgeBlast discusses the impact strong managers can have on the business. For instance, 73% of organizations reporting increased manager engagement over the past year also saw employee engagement increase. Only 4% of organizations with declining manager engagement saw employee engagement increase.

The Top 5: What Companies Like Best About Their LMS

This KnowledgePoints report, based on Brandon Hall Group’s 2015 LMS Trends Study, lists the most-liked aspects of learning management systems.

The Bottom 5: LMS Features That Gets Thumbs Down

This KnowledgePoints report, based on Brandon Hall Group’s 2015 LMS Trends Study, reports on what respondents said are the least-liked aspects of their current learning management system.

Technology Reviews from Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in Technology


This awards technology review focuses on the Analytics tool from NetDimensions. The Hong Kong-based provider supports more than 4 million users worldwide. This tool earned NetDimensions a Silver Award for Best Advance in Talent Management Measurement/Impact Business Tools in the 2014 Technology Awards.


This awards technology review focuses on the myStaffingPro tool available from Paychex. This New York-based, $2.5 billion provider supports more than 580,000 customers worldwide. This earned Paychex a Silver Award for Best Advance in Onboarding Technology in the 2014 Technology Awards.

Paradigm Learning

This awards technology review focuses on the tools and services available from Paradigm Learning. This St. Petersburg, FL-based provider offers professional training services worldwide. This initiative earned Paradigm a Silver Award for Best Advance in Onboarding Technology in the 2014 Technology Awards.


This awards technology review focuses on the quiz development tools from ProProfs. This Los Angeles-based provider is nine years old and supports individuals, companies, and educators. This initiative earned a Gold Award for Best Advance in Testing or Learning Evaluation in the 2014 Technology Awards.


This awards technology review focuses on the Insights tool available from HireVue. This $9 million provider, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, offers video interviewing tools and technology to customers in more than 120 countries. This initiative earned HireVue a Silver Award for Best Advance in HR Predictive Analytics Technology in the 2014 Technology Awards.


This awards technology review focuses on the ACA Management Platform from Equifax. The $2.3 billion company is a publicly-traded, global provider of HR technology and services. This earned Equifax a Gold Award for Best Advance in Unique HR or Workforce Management Technology in the 2014 Technology Awards.

gomo Learning

This awards technology review focuses on the authoring capabilities from gomo Learning. This UK-based provider supports customers looking for flexible, powerful learning content development. This earned gomo a Silver Award for Best Advance in Content Authoring Technology in the 2014 Technology Awards.

Survey Launch

Video for Learning Survey

This survey asks how organizations are using video in their learning and development programs. Even if your company is not currently using video, it is important we understand why and what your future plans may be.

Solution Provider Profiles


This solution provider profile features ApprenNet, which offers a SaaS-based video platform that allows learners to practice and be assessed on real skills using any device with a webcam and internet connection. ApprenNet’s methodology combines the power of role-play, peer review, and mentorships to help teams build skills and competency.


Develop, Engage and Retain Your Top Talent

Mollie Lombardi, Vice President and Principal Analyst, discussed strategies to help your organization identify, develop and engage top talent to keep them with you for the long run. Mollie shared the latest Brandon Hall Group research findings on having better talent conversations and driving better talent decisions to deliver business results.

Employee Engagement: Beyond the Buzzword

Employee engagement fuels organizational growth. The correlation is hard to deny. If employees are engaged in their work environments, they are more likely to perform at optimum levels. Senior leaders recognize this impact and are quickly embracing employee engagement as a core value of the business. This webinar provides real-world examples of how companies leverage HR technology to help achieve imperative engagement improvements, and cFactor’s award-winning core HCM system.

Never Fear, HCM is Here! Tech Trends for Business Performance

We all want to be heroes, but when it comes to human capital management, what can we do to truly be heroes to our business? Based on the latest findings from Brandon Hall Group’s 2015 HCM Technology Trends Study, Mollie Lombardi and Ben Eubanks reveal how you can transform your organization.

Using Social Learning to Improve Knowledge Sharing

Instructor led classroom is the most commonly used method of delivering learning, employed to at least some extent by 95% of organizations. But what happens after the classroom? How do people find the information and knowledge they need to do their jobs? At the same time, organizations are facing an exodus of veteran workers, many of whom are poised to take their expertise and institutional knowledge out the door with them. How can companies capture and transfer that knowledge to an increasingly younger workforce? In this webinar David Wentworth shared insights around solving these learning challenges.

HCMx Radio

Using Learning Analytics

We are in the era of constant change enabled by technology. Instructor-led training still exists and will never entirely go away, but with dispersed geographies, and diverse and global workforces, the learning environment is drastically changing. In this episode of HCMx Radio, HCMx Radio co-hosts Rachel Cooke and Michael Rochelle talk with Bob Blondin, VP of Xerox Learning Services, to discuss the insights learning analytics can provide in the complex world of learning.

Research-based Blogs

Talent Supply Chain Management

Last week Kyle Lagunas attended a new analyst event hosted by KellyOCG. While many companies offer BPO and RPO solutions, KellyOCG has an interesting take on how organizations should be thinking about all the pieces that contribute to talent in the modern world: talent supply chain management (TSCM). In today’s blog post he discusses some of the ways this approach plays into the overall structure of talent within an organization.

Join Us for the Human Capital Management Academy

Organizations are looking to the future with promise and perplexity when it comes to their people strategy and execution. Talent is now the number one focal point for driving breakthrough performance. Yet 94% of organizations that responded to our annual Talent Management Study said their talent management was ineffective. In today’s blog post, Michael Rochelle discusses the upcoming HCM Academy event in New York City, presented by Brandon Hall Group, as a way to help organizations get a grip on both talent and technology.

The New Kid at #SHRM15

This week marks the kickoff of the SHRM Annual Conference and Expo, an event drawing upwards of 15,000 HR professionals from around the world to learn, network, and discuss human resources. In this blog post Mollie Lombardi discussed what she was looking forward to most about the event. Her thoughts provide insights into how anyone can look to tie together disparate conversations and ideas from events into cohesive takeaways.

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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.