Skillsoft Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

 By Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer and Principal HCM Analyst, Brandon Hall Group

The learning and talent-management industry has been on a fast-track evolutionary path over the past several years. New and different approaches to learning and developing people are exploding, and the use of technology to support these approaches has seen unprecedented development. But did it happen overnight or was there a steady build over the past two decades?

Skillsoft has been there from the beginning.

Twenty years ago, Skillsoft started shipping CD-ROMs and manuals for Microsoft training and has evolved into a market leader in learning and talent development. Skillsoft worked diligently to reinvent itself to remain highly relevant. Whether it is product strategy, M&A activity or client-engagement processes, Skillsoft devotes considerable resources to providing the very best for its clients.

Skillsoft’s commitment to learning and talent development evolved into a four-part content strategy: Leadership and Business, Technology and Developer, Compliance, and Collaboration and Productivity tools. Integrated content strategy was based on Skillsoft’s extensive research efforts into understanding the link between individual learning and business performance.

Especially over the last three years, Skillsoft worked tirelessly to identify and capitalize on innovations across their organization. From the reimagining of how to develop highly impactful content to the reinvention of their learning technology into a learner experience platform concept, Skillsoft leveraged everything they learned over the past two decades. The company has made every effort to incorporate the changing conditions of corporate learning into their products and services. The result is an integrated learning content and technology strategy that established Skillsoft as a leading provider in that space.

Skillsoft continues to keep an ear to the rail and is now working on understanding the relationship between learning and the flow of life. They are now focused on providing great learning anywhere and anytime the learner needs it. Learning doesn’t just happen at work. Skillsoft is working on a new set of products and services to improve access to modern, impactful learning at the learner’s moment of need. Skillsoft has wrung out every drop of market insight it could along its twenty-year journey. It will be no surprise to anyone that their strong work ethic and commitment to excellence will endure into the next twenty years.

Michael Rochelle @MichaelRochelle, Chief Strategy Officer and Principal HCM Analyst, Brandon Hall Group

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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.