Brandon Hall Group Research Published Nov. 21-Dec. 4

Over the two weeks, Brandon Hall Group published 18 new resources –  3 new proprietary research resources, 11 award-winning case studies from the 2016 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards, 2 solution provider profiles, 1 webinar, and 1 blog.

Below we make public some of these resources (click on the links) as a way for non-members to familiarize themselves with our research:

Training Priorities for Large Organizations, 2016-17

HCMx Radio 47: Interview with Bonnie St. John, Developer of Micro-resilience

Solution Provider Profile: Cornerstone OnDemand

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Here is an overview of research released Nov. 21-Dec.4:

New Research Reports

Training Priorities for Large Enterprises, 2016-17

This KnowledgeGraphic, one of a series on training priorities for the upcoming year, focuses on the spending and management priorities of large enterprises (10,000+ employees). The graphic looks at overall budget levels, change in spending levels for the upcoming year, who has primary responsibility for the training budget, the cost of developing various learning experiences, the per-learning training budget, L&D department headcount, and hours spent in different types of training.

Mid-Market Training Budgets, 2016-17

This KnowledgeGraphic, second in a series and based on our latest training benchmarking research, takes an in-depth look at training priorities and spending among mid-sized organizations (1,000-9,999 employees).   

Spending Outlook for Training in Small Organizations, 2016-17

For organizations under 1,000 employees, every dollar counts, whether they are delivering their own learning or outsourcing the entire function. This graphic looks at overall budget levels, change in spending levels for the upcoming year, who has primary responsibility for the training budget, the cost of developing various learning experiences, the per-learning training budget, L&D department headcount, and hours spent in different types of training.


2016 Excellence Award-Winning Case Studies

Brandon Hall Group announced its 2016 Excellence Award winners. These case studies, featuring the award-winning organizations, were released for publication:

Mobilizing a New Cybersecurity Service Line at Capgemini  

With cybersecurity one of today’s hottest topics, Capgemini combined its suite of security programs into a new global service called Cybersecurity and asked its University team to develop an innovative way to support it.

KPMG Makes It Easy to Translate Custom eLearning Globally  

With a world-wide presence, KPMG International wanted high-quality, engaging eLearning that could be tailored and translated to meet the needs of local country learners. Global L&D developed sophisticated, agile modules and tailored them to support LMS compatibility across KPMG member firms in 153 countries.

Heightening Cybersecurity to Protect IBM and Its Clients  

With more cybersecurity attacks throughout the world, IBM took action to re-emphasize to employees that security precautions apply to them and they can’t forget simple rules that prevent breaches. To do so, IBM developed an eLearning course that would apply even to tech-savvy users and provide guidance, examples of threats, and consequences.

Building an Agile Workforce for Fast Growth at Tata  

Tata Consultancy Services, a leading information technology company, found it needed to increase its own technological learning to help its workforce keep up with fast organizational growth and shorten the time for fulfilling customer requests. The TCS Talent Development Group collaborated with programmers, designers and others to develop eLearning that offers rich, fresh and relevant courses and often includes live labs and videos structured like TED talks.

Creating a New Definition of ‘Anytime, Anywhere ‘at Hindustan Unilever

Hindustan Unilever Limited, a fast-moving consumer goods company, sought to enhance its sales team that includes employees in remote areas where internet connectivity or access to computers is limited. Unilever turned to G-Cube, an eLearning solution provider, to develop an LMS with an interactive voice response (IVR) solution to assess sales personnel so they know what to study or what courses to take. The IVS and LMS can be accessed via cell phone or computer in seven languages used in India.

Enhancing the Experience of Affluent Bank Customers at Emirates NBD  

Faced with customer dissatisfaction and high turnover and employee morale issues in its call center, Tanfeeth LLC designed a certification program to enhance hiring and development of priority banking agents, who deal with affluent customers of the banking group Emirates NBD. As a result, a customer satisfaction survey increased to 8.2 against a target of 7.5 on an external CSat 1- to 10-point evaluation, and fatal errors were reduced by 46%.

ELearning Reinforces Classroom Training at UnitedHealthcare  

UnitedHealthcare had nearly completed training a core workforce for a move into a new state when there was a sudden change that expanded the Iowa Medicaid contract and delayed implementation. In response, the Learning Solutions team created an online training program to reinforce learning transfer, provide cross-team training, and give supervisors more responsibility to support learning.

Dish Network’s Playbook Drives New-Hire Proficiency, Lower Turnover  

Dish Network developed a customer service model called the Playbook, which served as a foundation for its new-hire training program that stresses understanding customers’ purpose for contacting Dish, preventing future need for contact, and teaching ways to build brand loyalty. Analysis showed the new hires gain proficiency at a faster rate, and demonstrated more confidence in performing job functions. Because of this, new-hire attrition significantly decreased.

Creating a Perfect Patient Experience at Pacific Smiles  

Pacific Smiles Group owns and operates 54 dental practices across the East Coast of Australia, and has been steadily growing over the last few years. Due to the geographic diversity of its centers, the organization needed to replace its face-to-face customer service training with a suite of five online courses to reduce training costs and provide training in a more flexible manner that minimizes business disruption.

Learntales’ Teaches Data Privacy Compliance at Cognizant  

Cognizant’s urgent business need was to ensure the company had an effective learning solution that ensured compliance to the data security protocols being followed in the organization. The holistic learning experience was based on an innovative and engaging in-house strategy called Learntales. The strategy involved the use of stories to gain the learners’ attention on data privacy, train them seamlessly, and assess them based on their understanding.

Coaching Builds a Leadership Pipeline at Canadian Tire  

Retail is in a constant state of change. In order to remain competitive, Canadian Tire general managers have to be able to continuously learn new technologies, adapt their approach, and get their employees on board with each new change.



Research Spotlight: Training By the Numbers

David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst with Brandon Hall Group, and Claude Werder, VP of Research Operations with Brandon Hall Group, review the results of Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 Training Benchmarking Study – a comprehensive look at the level of resources organizations are devoting to learning, and how they are using them.


Solution Provider Profiles

Cornerstone OnDemand

This solution provider profile features Cornerstone, which provides a unified Talent Management suite that intends to eliminate costly upgrades, complex hybrid models, and messy integrations. The profile includes insights from Brandon Hall Group’s Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer, and Cliff Stevenson, Principal Workforce Management Analyst.


This solution provider profile features Paychex, which serves approximately 605,000 payroll clients and pays one out of every 12 American private sector employees. The profile includes insights from Brandon Hall Group Principal Workforce Management Analyst Cliff Stevenson.


Research-based Blogs

HCMx Radio: Micro-resilience – How to Retrain Your Brain

In this HCMx episode, noted consultant and speaker Bonnie St. John talks about her personal and professional journey, her new book that will be released soon, Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, and Energy, which she co-authored with Allen Haines, and the workshops that she will lead at Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence Conference 17, Jan. 25-27. To listen to the podcast and read more about the interview, please click here.

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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.