Brandon Hall Group Research Published May 16-22

In the past week, Brandon Hall Group published 17 pieces of research – 3 new proprietary research reports, 8 award-winning technology reviews, 2 webinars, 2 answers to questions from Brandon Hall Group members, and 2 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:

Research Summary: Performance Management 2016

Boomers to Millennials: Using Learning to Fill Your Knowledge Gap

Getting to Know Your Workforce Via Predictive Analytics

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Here is an overview of research released May 16-22:

New Research Reports

Research Summary: Performance Management

Of all the core processes within Talent Management, it’s safe to say that performance management (PM) has been getting the most press in the last five years. Most of the coverage has focused on efforts by a few iconic organizations to drop forced distribution
and go to a ratingless PM system. Lost in all the hype: Brandon Hall Group’s latest PM research shows that what actually makes performance management work (or not work) has absolutely nothing to do with ratings.

Boomers to Millennials: Using Learning to Fill Your Knowledge Gap

In the five-generation workforce, Baby Boomers often have valuable tribal information that has not been passed down to their younger colleagues, and they are retiring at a rapid pace. However, with the right strategy and tools, organizations can prepare future leaders, develop them to the appropriate levels, and fill talent gaps without losing critical organizational knowledge. This research brief includes success stories from organizations that have made significant progress in bridging the knowledge gap.

Research Snapshot: Getting to Know Your Workforce via Predictive Analytics

This research snapshot, a graphic-centric presentation of recent research, focuses on how organizations are using analytics, the barriers to using predictive analytics, and recommendations on how to use analytics more effectively to help the business.


Award-Winning Technology Reviews

These technology reviews – winners of 2015 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards – were released for publication:

SumTotal Systems Enables the Self-Developing Organization

SumTotal’s Talent Expansion Suite helps organizations transform employee engagement into organizational performance by embedding personalized content and development opportunities directly into talent workflows. The latest release lays the foundation for future generations of the SumTotal platform that will aid customers in moving their organizations forward by supporting technology-enabled self-development, building ‘self-developing organizations.’

A Focus on Simplicity and Customer Service at LearnUpon

LearnUpon is a cloud-based LMS used by over 400 businesses and organizations worldwide. LearnUpon has removed frustrations normally associated with the traditional, clunky, expensive LMS. The customers are up and running, delivering their courses in less than an hour after sign-up.

TOPYX LMS Delivers Unique Compliance Training Solutions

TOPYX LMS has integrated social learning features (supporting compliance training) and unique, flat-fee pricing (no user fees). TOPYX was built to be a leading social learning management system, offering a unique solution for compliance/certification needs, external training, and even eCommerce.

Prescriptive Performance Support with ANCILE UAlign

ANCILE uAlign creates and distributes micro-learning content and validated communications that empower stakeholders to deliver moments of understanding that prepare users for software rollouts and business transformations. Push delivery of content and communications throughout the complete project lifecycle enables organizations to achieve user adoption and realize the full value of technology and process investments.

Bridge LMS Enables Organizational Accountability for Learning

In 2015 Instructure launched an LMS, Bridge, which aims to change the way businesses think about getting employees up to speed and shortening their time to productivity. Bridge allows administrators to monitor learning and training in real time, which means managers can update training material on the fly.

StandOut is Performance Technology for Team Leaders

The Marcus Buckingham Company’s (TMBC) StandOut provides the technology to meet the needs of the present and the future with dynamic teaming, real-time statistically reliable measurement of engagement, and performance and machine learning algorithms to increase the precision of measurement over time to deliver personalized, calibrated content to each user. Used by global firms such as CDW, UPS, and Delta Airlines, the system offers improvements over standard engagement surveys and slow-moving data within the organization.

Customizable Online Universities by RedVector

RedVector offers customizable, easily-accessible “online universities,” which include a full range of accredited course libraries and sophisticated, yet easy-to-use compliance tracking and reporting tools within the Learning Performance Engine.

M-CLASS: Web-based Education Credit Compliance by Xerox

The M-CLASS web-based solution allows a company to implement a professional education credit compliance system in any LMS. Learners can determine their eligibility for coursework, receive Continuing Professional Education/Continuing Education credits upon completing eligible coursework, and review their compliance status in real-time. Xerox’s M-CLASS has proven to reduce costs by reducing the time client resources have to invest manually interacting with multiple disparate systems and processes.

State of Workforce Management

Research has shown a shift toward the democratization of data (becoming more available and transparent to all levels of an organization) and the continuing evolution of the workforce into a more mobile, flexible, project-oriented group. How will this affect core HR practices, and the way in which we measure our workforce?  To answer that, Cliff Stevenson, Principal Analyst of Workforce Management, presented the research surrounding workforce management. He was joined by Morne Swart, Vice President of Global Product Strategy and Transformational Leader at SumTotal Systems, A Skillsoft Company.

Making the Right HCM Technology Choice

Today’s HCM technology landscape is fast changing, more flexible and more affordable than ever before. However, there are a wealth of choices in providers, implementation methods, and process approaches to choose from. Making the right choice today to serve your company for years to come is a challenging process. Max Meadow, VP Strategic Engagements and Principal HCM Advisory Analyst, explores how you can help your company make the right choice in HCM technology.

Questions from Members

One of the great things about membership to Brandon Hall Group is the ability to ask questions to our team of analysts, who will respond within 24 hours. Here are the questions answered this week:

  • Have any global big firms leveraged external MOOC providers for offering company exclusive trainings, instead of creating entire content & platform internally?
  • I many instances, we are converting ILT to WBT, and want to understand how should we ensure that we are not losing the essence of ILT while converting? Are there any best practices or processes that we should follow for this?


Research-based Blogs

Harnessing the Flipped Classroom Model

When Brandon Hall Group first examined flipped classrooms a couple of years ago, there were no case studies in our library focusing on learning programs that leveraged this method. But there certainly are today. We share some here. Click the link to read the complete blog.

Reflections on HR’s Impact on the Business

Principal Talent Acquisition Analyst Daria Friedman, returning from the GDS HR Summit in Denver, reflects on how HR leaders impact their organizations through Collaborating, Creativity, and Culture, which was, by the way, was the theme of the Summit. Through personal conversations with these leaders, through leading a roundtable discussion, and through the many workshops, Friedman really got a sense of the challenges experienced by HR and the many different approaches to solving these challenges. To read the complete blog, please click the link.

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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.