Top Human Capital Management Technologies Recognized by Brandon Hall Group

The 2019 Excellence in HCM Technology Awards were announced today recognizing the leading technological advances in the fields of Learning & Development, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Management, and Sales Enablement. As the foremost independent research and advisory firm for Human Capital Management, Brandon Hall Group first formalized this annual recognition of industry greatness in 1993.

The awards recognize innovative technologies that measurably benefitted from organizations’ leading HCM practices. Applications come from companies and government agencies around the world and feature corporate organizations, as well as solution providers. Winners with three or more awards include Adobe, Cornerstone, CrossKnowledge, Dell Technologies, Fulcrum Labs, HealthcareSource, IBM, LearnUpon, MPS Interactive Systems, Mursion, NIIT & MetLife, Ping An Insurance Group, PwC, Saba Software, SAP, SAP Litmos, Skillsoft, Symphony Talent and Wisetail.

“Excellence in Technology Award-winners are at the forefront of technology innovation. Our program evaluates not just the solution, but the benefits to the human capital management function, the business, and the customer. That is the ultimate differentiator — positive business impact. Technology Award winners pass that test with flying colors,” said Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer and head of the awards program.

A panel of independent senior industry experts and Brandon Hall Group top analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon the following criteria:

  • Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
  • Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique, and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value proposition: What problem does the product solve, and what are the business needs?
  • Measurable results: What are the benefits customers receive as a result of using this product?

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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.