Brandon Hall Group Research Published May 30-June5

In the past week, Brandon Hall Group published 11 pieces of research – 2 new proprietary research reports, 3 award-winning technology reviews, 2 solution provider profiles, 2 answers to questions by 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:

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Here is an overview of research released May 31-June 5:

New Research Reports

Research Summary: Learning Strategy 2016

This report provides the top findings from Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 Learning Strategy Study. The research shows that organizations are having a difficult time not only developing robust learning strategies, but also executing in a way that is aligned with the overall business strategy. Less than 10% of organizations have a formalized learning strategy that is aligned with business goals and have the analytics to back it up. But organizations know change is needed, and over the next 12-15 months two-thirds of organizations say their focus on experiential learning will increase, and 73% say their focus on informal learning will increase.

KnowledgeFlash: Call Center Training

KnowledgeFlash is a new research feature that provides a brief synopsis of research on a specific topic, along with a summary of one leading-practice case study, and links to full-text case studies and other research. This KnowledgeFlash focuses on call-center training.


Award-Winning Technology Reviews

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

Hiring Success Management Powered by Gild

The Gild Platform is a hiring platform that helps talent acquisition professionals source candidates, nurture relationships, hire and analyze talent more quickly and strategically. It uses data science and automation to accelerate routine process and predictive analytics and business intelligence to empower recruiters to make more informed decisions. One client could save over $3 million in recruiting costs due to greater efficiencies caused by the platform’s feature set.

Micro-Learning Videos with SkillCatch Mobile App

SkillCatch, by e-doceo, is a mobile application that allows the user to create short training videos and to broadcast them to a contact list. The app comes with a personal exchange platform called My MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for each SkillCatch user. It contains the library of training resources created on the user’s mobile device. Each user can then invite their friends, family or staff directly from the app, which will send out an email giving them immediate access to the user’s personal MOOC.

Intrepid Brings Results-Oriented Training to Corporate MOOCs

Intrepid Learning’s online platform drives business impact by delivering engaging, scalable, and cost-effective enterprise learning for critical business initiatives. Based on best-practice instructional design, all social and collaborative elements key to modern learning are built in, making for a coherent and highly engaging solution. And the platform is easily configurable, for everything from self-directed to a time-bound cohort-driven modalities (aka corporate MOOCs), or variations in between.


Solution Provider Profiles


This solution provider profile features Axonify, a Canadian company that uses the latest research into brain science and cognitive learning to create a solution that helps employees retain knowledge and skills and apply them to achieve desired business objectives. This profile features insights from Principal Learning Analyst David Wentworth.


This solution provider profile features Glint, a platform that provides a next-generation, real-time analytics platform for people operations, designed to deliver automatic insights through proprietary algorithms and facilitate immediate action to improve employee engagement. The profile features insights from Daria Friedman, Principal Analyst, Talent Acquisition.


Answers to 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:

  • I want to know about the Top 10 social learning products. How do I get that Information?
  • Is there research, or are there case studies available, on how global sales functions, across business units and geographies, structure their organization? Or best practices on sales organizational design/development?


Research-based Blogs

Performance Management and Cultural Alignment

Performance management has been broken for some time. But what if the reason it has been so unsuccessful is not because of the tools or the processes, but the alignment with the organization’s culture? Please click here to read the complete blog.

Employee Engagement & HCM Technology: Perfect Together

When employers think about employee engagement, they often think about management practices, employee recognition, learning and development, culture, communication, and the alignment of employee and employer values. These are all important, but in our increasingly global economy in which many key contributors work remotely, technology solutions play a more significant role than ever in engaging talent and increasing organizational performance.
Please click here to read the complete blog.

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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.

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