Streamlining Learning: The Benefits
of Unifying Learning Technologies

It is a difficult and noisy time for the workplace. The explosion of new technologies and new expectations puts enormous pressure on workers. At the same time, organizations are constantly seeking ways to optimize their operations and gain a competitive edge. By streamlining learning processes and simplifying and unifying learning technologies, organizations can unlock a wealth of benefits that drive employee performance, reduce costs and enhance overall business success.

The Brandon Hall Group™ LMS Voice of the Customer Study reveals that companies are struggling to make sense of the market. 65% of responding organizations indicated that the rapid evolution of learning technology (learning tech) makes it difficult to stay current. 61% also said that with all the various technologies incorporating functionality from each other, it makes it difficult to keep things clear.

Similarly, Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Outlook 2024 Study finds that 74% of organizations are planning a moderate to heavy investment in learning technology selection and implementation in 2024. The learner experience is also top of mind, with additional Brandon Hall Group™ research (Culture Eats Strategy: Is Your Employee Experience What You Expect?) showing that investment in employee training and development is the top priority for improving the employee experience.

Unifying learning technologies offers the opportunity for clarity and advantages such as reducing tech debt, improving the learner experience, achieving cost savings and leveraging enhanced data analytics to gain valuable insights. One of the critical drivers for learning technology consolidation is the capability of addressing multiple use-cases in a single platform. Regardless of who your learners are (employees, external learners, customers) or where they may access your learning from.

Tech Debt: The Hidden Cost of Disparate Learning Tools

In today’s digital landscape, organizations often rely on a multitude of learning technologies to facilitate employee training and development. While this approach may seem comprehensive, it can lead to a hidden cost known as “tech debt.”

Tech debt refers to the cumulative effect of inefficiencies and complexities that arise from using multiple, disparate technologies — in this case, learning tools. These tools often lack integration, resulting in disjointed workflows and wasted time as employees switch between different platforms.

Inconsistent user interfaces further exacerbate these challenges, creating a steep learning curve for employees and hindering their productivity. Moreover, the duplication of data across multiple systems increases the risk of errors and data discrepancies, compromising the accuracy and reliability of learning content.

To compound these issues, maintaining multiple licenses and subscriptions for various learning tools adds unnecessary costs and complexity. Organizations may find themselves paying for redundant features or functionalities, straining their budgets and making it difficult to manage and update their learning technology ecosystem.

By addressing tech debt through the alignment of these technologies, organizations can streamline their learning processes, reduce costs and improve the overall learning experience for employees.

Improved Learner Experience: Learning Made Simple

Unifying learning technologies can streamline the learning experience, making it easier for all learners to access the information they need and learn what they need to know. By providing centralized access to all learning materials and resources, organizations can create a one-stop shop for learning needs for employees, customers, and external partners. This eliminates the need for employees to search through multiple systems or platforms, saving them time and frustration.

Simplified navigation and an intuitive user interface further enhance the learner experience. When employees can easily find their way around the learning platform and access the information they need, they are more likely to use it. This can lead to improved employee engagement and learning outcomes.

Integrating learning systems with existing business systems can also improve the user experience. This allows employees to access learning materials and complete training without having to leave the system they are working in. This is also known as learning in the flow of work. It ensures that employees have access to the most up-to-date information, as learning content can be automatically updated when changes are made to business systems.

Finally, ensuring that learning systems are responsive across devices gives employees the flexibility to learn anywhere, at any time. This is especially important for today’s mobile workforce. Employees can access learning materials and complete training from their laptops, tablets, or smartphones, making it easier for them to fit learning into their busy schedules. In addition, headless learning platforms can be seamlessly integrated into intranets or customer facing portals, allowing learning to be accessed at the point of need or in the flow of work.

By consolidating learning technologies, organizations can create a more efficient and effective learning environment that is easy to use and accessible from anywhere. This can lead to improved employee engagement, reduced training costs and better alignment with business goals.

Cost Savings: Optimizing Resources and Minimizing Waste

Streamlining learning technologies can help organizations save money by optimizing resources and minimizing waste. This can be done in several ways.

Firstly, unifying learning technologies can eliminate redundant subscriptions and licenses. Many organizations subscribe to multiple learning platforms, each offering a different set of features and content with each platform applying to a specific use-case such as training of customers or partners. The number of learning platforms can go from two or three to five and more.  This can lead to unnecessary costs and confusion, as learners may not be sure which platform to use for a particular learning need. By collapsing learning technologies onto fewer platforms — or better yet, a single platform or point of entry — organizations can reduce the number of subscriptions they need and save money.

Secondly, unifying learning technologies can reduce maintenance and support costs. Managing multiple learning platforms can be time-consuming and expensive. Each platform requires its own set of updates, patches and security measures. By consolidating learning technologies onto a single platform, organizations can reduce the number of systems they need to maintain and save money on maintenance and support costs.

Finally, unifying learning technologies can centralize data storage and management. When learning data is spread across multiple platforms, it can be difficult to access and analyze. This can make it difficult for organizations to track learner progress and identify areas for improvement. By centralizing data storage and management, organizations can make it easier to access and analyze learning data and save money on data storage and management costs.

Enhanced Data Analytics: Unlocking Valuable Insights

Through the lens of enhanced data analytics, organizations can unlock a treasure trove of valuable insights, enabling them to transform their learning programs and employee performance.

By integrating various learning technologies, organizations gain the ability to centralize data and obtain a holistic view of employee learning journeys, progress and accomplishments. This consolidated data serves as a rich source for identifying trends, patterns and opportunities for improvement. Looking at both native functionality and out-of-the-box integrations is key here.

Armed with these insights, organizations can pinpoint specific training gaps and needs within their workforce with surgical precision. This knowledge empowers them to craft targeted learning interventions that directly address these gaps, ensuring that employees possess the skills and expertise necessary for success.

Moreover, data analytics empowers organizations to tailor learning paths based on individual employee performance and preferences, recognizing that each employee’s learning journey is unique. By providing personalized and engaging experiences, organizations foster increased motivation and engagement, leading to enhanced learning outcomes.

Data analytics also serves as a powerful tool for evaluating the effectiveness of learning programs. By meticulously tracking employee progress, assessing knowledge retention and measuring the impact of learning on job performance, organizations gain a clear understanding of what works and what doesn’t. Armed with this data-driven intelligence, organizations can make informed decisions regarding learning content, delivery methods and resource allocation, ensuring that their learning investments yield maximum returns.

Further, enhanced data analytics enables organizations to optimize their learning content and resources, ensuring that employees have access to the most relevant and impactful materials. By analyzing data on employee usage patterns, preferences and learning outcomes, organizations can identify what content resonates most effectively with their workforce. This knowledge allows them to curate and deliver personalized learning experiences that align with employee needs and interests, maximizing engagement and learning effectiveness.

Brandon Hall Group™ Smartchoice® Preferred Provider Adobe offers a comprehensive set of tools that can enable a unified and streamlined learner experience. Organizations that are looking at integrating learning with their marketing stacks, integrating with eCommerce to sell their courses and create new avenues for revenue as well as integrate with HRIS, a learning platform that address multiple use-cases can really help in integrating the learning tech stack. Adobe Learning Manager, Adobe’s headless learning platform brings in the power of AI-based personalization and recommendation to scale up hybrid learning for large and mid-to-large enterprises. Much-awarded Learning Manager is an extensible learning platform that allows organizations to train employees, partners and customers with a single unified learning platform.

You can learn more about Adobe Learning Manager at Adobe Learning Manager (formerly Adobe Captivate Prime)


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Matt Pittman

Matt Pittman brings nearly 30 years of experience developing people and teams in a variety of settings and organizations. As an HR Practitioner, he has sat in nearly every seat including Learning and Leadership Development, Talent Management and Succession Planning, Talent Acquisition and as a Human Resources Business Partner. A significant part of those roles involved building out functions in organizations and driving large scale change efforts. As a Principal Analyst, Matt leverages this in-depth experience and expertise to provide clients and providers with breakthrough insights and ideas to drive their business forward.

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