Category: Learning Programs

Learning programs are the formal, informal, and blended programs that companies build to help employees learn and advance at work.

A New World of Corporate Learning Arrives: And It Looks Like TV

Over the last several years the corporate learning marketplace has been under stress. Video-based learning programs, free courses, MOOCs, and hundreds of high fidelity technical and professional programs have arrived, but corporations have struggled to deal with it effectively. As I describe in the article “Digital Learning: Ten Things We Have Learned,” the ... Read more»

Update on Saba:  Turnaround In The Making?

Update on Saba: Turnaround In The Making?

sabaLast month Saba, a pioneer in the market for enterprise learning and talent management systems, held its annual customer conference (more than 700 learning and HR professionals attended).  I had a chance to meet with the management team, talk with many customers and employees, and talk with Saba’s new owners (Vector Capital).

My conclusion, ... Read more»

The New Best-Practices of a High-Impact Learning Organization

The New Best-Practices of a High-Impact Learning Organization

We just completed the brand new version of our enduring research, The High-Impact Learning Organization (HILO). This research, which involves several years of effort, uncovered some groundbreaking new findings and rich new set of tools and assessments to help organizations improve.

In this blog post I’ll highlight our new HILO Maturity Model, our new Enterprise ... Read more»

Kenexa Acquires Outstart: Getting Serious about the Corporate Learning Market

Kenexa Acquires Outstart: Getting Serious about the Corporate Learning Market

This week Kenexa, one of the largest and most successful HR and talent acquisition consulting companies, announced the acquisition of Outstart, a pioneering company in the market for e-learning tools, learning management, collaboration, and mobile learning solutions. This represents a major move for Kenexa, putting the company firmly into the market for training tools, ... Read more»

Yikes. Training spending up 9.5%, highest increase in 3+ years!  A renaissance.

Yikes. Training spending up 9.5%, highest increase in 3+ years! A renaissance.

Wow.  After more than three years of decline in spending, corporate training budgets just jumped up 9.5% last year.  (Just released, 2012 Bersin & Associates Corporate Learning Factbook®).  Good news for corporate HR teams and business leaders in general.

This is a huge increase, bringing the average spending per employee to over $800, or ... Read more»

BersinBasics Pioneers a New Way to Learn the Fundamentals of Talent Management

BersinBasics Pioneers a New Way to Learn the Fundamentals of Talent Management

We all know that talent management is a hot topic in business today.  SAP’s acquisition of SuccessFactors for $3.4 billion demonstrates how important this market is to businesses around the world.

But ultimately it isn’t software that drives business results: it’s the practices of talent management that matters.  Our research shows that companies which ... Read more»

Blackboard to go Private:  Giving the Company Freedom to Invest

Blackboard to go Private: Giving the Company Freedom to Invest

Over the last ten years Blackboard has been one of the most successful learning technology companies in the market. Its platform is now the dominant system for secondary and university education and has been growing market share in primary education and in the corporate market. The company’s corporate LMS business is now in the top ... Read more»

Employment Paradox:  Unemployment, Skills Gaps, Difficulty in Hiring

Employment Paradox: Unemployment, Skills Gaps, Difficulty in Hiring

As the global economy slowly recovers, more and more employers tell us they are seeing an increasingly difficult talent environment ahead. As I discussed in my keynote at IMPACT (video available), the global shift in demand to emerging economies, coupled with the economic recovery, has created skills gaps in almost every major industry.  ... Read more»

IMPACT 2011:  Live Streaming – Mark your Calendar

IMPACT 2011: Live Streaming – Mark your Calendar

Next week we launch IMPACT 2011: The Business of Talent®, our fourth annual research conference.

For those of you who follow our blogs and our research, the conference is sold out. But if you would like the excitement of attending the conference virtually, our marketing team has put together a wonderful opportunity for you ... Read more»

How to Build a High-Impact Learning Organization?  Participate now…

How to Build a High-Impact Learning Organization? Participate now…

How do you build a high-impact learning organization?  As many of you know, it’s not as easy as it looks.

Back in 2008 we essentially wrote the book on this topic when we launched our extensive research on training teams, and published HILO, The High-Impact Learning Organization®.  That research has now been used by ... Read more»

Why I Hope to See You at IMPACT 2011, our Fourth Annual Research Conference

Why I Hope to See You at IMPACT 2011, our Fourth Annual Research Conference

On April 26-28, in beautiful St. Petersburg Florida, we will be holding our fourth annual research conference, IMPACT 2011:  The Business of Talent. I would really encourage you to join us.

Here is why.

1.  This is the only conference in the talent management, training, and systems marketplace which is 100% focused on providing you ... Read more»

The Turnaround in L&D Spending:  A Renaissance in Corporate Training

The Turnaround in L&D Spending: A Renaissance in Corporate Training

This week we introduced our 2011 Corporate Learning Factbook (a “must-read” for any HR or training leader).

This report, which we labor over each year, details spending on corporate training in the US and around the world. For the first time in nearly two years, corporate spend on training is growing – demonstrating business confidence ... Read more»

How People Learn:  It Really Hasn’t Changed

How People Learn: It Really Hasn’t Changed

Over the last several months I have been in many meetings with HR and L&D professionals talking about the enormous power of formalized informal learning. As we walk through out enterprise learning framework and talk with people about the need to expand their concept of training, I am reminded of the work we did back ... Read more»

Skillsoft goes Private.  E-Learning Market has Matured.

Skillsoft goes Private. E-Learning Market has Matured.

Today Skillsoft announced that the company is being acquired by a private equity firm for approximately $1.1 billion.  This acquisition price reflects a 14% premium over the public share price and a price to sales ratio of 3.3, which is quite high for a company of this size.

Why did this private equity firm decide ... Read more»