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The LMS Market:  Hotter than Ever

The LMS Market: Hotter than Ever

In the last 60 days I’ve had the opportunity to attend five major industry events which cover corporate learning: user group meetings at Plateau, Saba, SumTotal and Taleo and the HR Technology Conference. While all this travel has taken a toll on my sleep, it did reinforce the tremendous importance of corporate learning technology.

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From E-Learning to We-Learning

From E-Learning to We-Learning

The corporate training industry is undergoing some major changes.  Over last few months we have been involved in many discussions with organizations about the tremendous needs to build, manage, and formalize their social and collaborative learning programs.   This is being driven by many factors:  the slowing economy, the “always-connected” nature of the workforce, and the ... Read more»

SuccessFactors Rebrands Itself Business Execution Software

SuccessFactors Rebrands Itself Business Execution Software

This week SuccessFactors PositioningPositioningtook a somewhat bold move by relaunching itself as a “Business Execution” software company.  This idea, which is not new (The Balanced Scorecard Initiative® has been working on tools for this for many years), is to reposition the company’s performance and talent management software as a way to build strong alignment ... Read more»

Talent Management Software Market shows Signs of Life

Talent Management Software Market shows Signs of Life

Beats of LifeBeats of Life Even in this year’s terrible economy, the Talent Management Software market continues to show signs of life. We estimate this important market will reach around $2.4 Billion by the end of 2009 and continues to grow in size and importance.

How the Talent Management Software Market is Expanding

  • Total HR spending across all industries, including
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SumTotal Bidding War Continues – HR Software gets Hotter

SumTotal Bidding War Continues – HR Software gets Hotter

The LMS market continues to heat up as two private equity firms bid for SumTotal Systems.  LMS 2009LMS 2009This week Vista Equity Partners upped its bid to $4.75 a share (up from $3.80 several weeks ago), bringing SumTotal’s market capitalization to over $150 Million.  (This is nearly twice the market cap of Saba, who’s revenues are ... Read more»

IBM Adopts Saba as its Learning Technology Partner

IBM Adopts Saba as its Learning Technology Partner

A IBM SabaIBM Sabavery important partnership was announced today: IBM announced a major commitment to Saba as its primary learning management technology partner.

Background on IBM’s Learning Platform Business:

IBM has been in the corporate learning market for many years. In the 1980’s, the company offered a wide range of corporate training tools and systems, including PC ... Read more»

Informal Learning becomes Formal

Informal Learning becomes Formal

informallearninginformallearningIt’s now official. After surveying our entire research membership and having more than 30 conversations with leading HR and learning leaders (including with Xerox, Accenture, British Telecom, Edward Jones, Department of Defense, and Network Appliance), I am now 100% convinced that “informal learning” has become “formal.”  That is, if you want to build a high-impact, ... Read more»

Where is the “Talent Management” Market going?

Where is the “Talent Management” Market going?

As the US economy lost 240,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate rises to 6.5%, one of the questions I know many people ask is the direction of the “talent management” marketplace.  Let me give you our thoughts on the trends taking place.

First, the urgency of “talent management” in corporate HR organizations has ... Read more»

Your “Incumbent” HR Systems Vendor – What to do?

Your “Incumbent” HR Systems Vendor – What to do?

I just completed a series of interviews with three organizations going through the important, challenging, and time consuming process of implementing a new performance management system.  In each case (a large healthcare provider, a global mining company, and a global call center operations company), the company is using the implementation of a performance management system ... Read more»

New Disciplines of the Modern Training Organization

New Disciplines of the Modern Training Organization

This month we are launching The High Impact Learning Organization®, a research study which has been more than three years in development.  During this time we have interviewed hundreds of corporate HR and training leaders and reviewed in-depth trends of more than 780 global organizations. 

ListenListen Audio Overview of this research:  click here.

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Talent Management Suites:  Research Launched

Talent Management Suites: Research Launched

We just released the largest-ever research study on the market for talent management suites.  This research took place over the last 18 months and is the result of an exhaustive analysis of 20 vendors, 800+ HR managers, and in-depth meetings with more than 50 organizations.  Leighanne Levensaler, our principal analyst in this area, is ... Read more»

Wow.   Performance Management Really Matters in Retail.

Wow. Performance Management Really Matters in Retail.

As we continue to study best-practices in talent management and talk with many organizations, we see more and more evidence that top-down goal alignment and transparency truly do drive business results. 

For example, we recently had an in-depth discussion with the Vice-President of HR at Bon-Ton Stores, a highly-successful mid-sized retailer which operates among the ... Read more»

Choosing an LMS: What to do?

Choosing an LMS: What to do?

The Quandry of Selecting Learning Management Systems 

After many years as an analyst in this market, learning management systems continue to amaze me.  They are like chameleons – continuously changing and morphing to survive as corporate learning and software markets evolve.  We have seen four big phases over the last 10 years:  first as back-office ... Read more»

Saba Acquires Centra

Saba Acquires Centra

In the last 12 months we have seen many mergers in the learning market take place:  Oracle’s acquisition of Peoplesoft, SumTotal’s acquisition of Pathlore, Saba’s acquisition of Thinq, and KnowledgePlanet’s acquisition of KnowledgeImpact.

Why these Mergers are Occurring

In general the enterprise learning and LMS markets are maturing.   The LMS market has grown big enough ... Read more»