Last week Brandon Hall Group published 14 pieces of research – 3 new proprietary research reports, 3 case studies, 1 solution provider profile, 2 webinars, 1 question from a Brandon Hall Group member, and 4 research-based blogs.

In this blog, we will make public some of these reports (click on the links) as a way for non-members to familiarize themselves with our research:

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Here is an overview of research released the week of Nov. 9-16:

New Research Reports

Thinking of Switching Your LMS?

Almost 40% of organizations are in the process of upgrading their current learning technology in order to focus more on performance. This research brief explains the practices to successfully prepare for the successful transition to a new system.

The MOOC: What Learning Leaders Need to Know

This research brief is a primer on MOOCs and how business organizations are beginning to use them for internal and external learning initiatives. The report includes some use cases from major organizations, including Microsoft, World Bank and Turkish telecommunications giant Turkcell.

Excellence in Practice: Custom Content Usage in Healthcare

This Excellence in Practice profile features three healthcare organizations – Fresenius Medical Care, Gentiva, and Norton Healthcare – that are meeting their unique healthcare training requirements by creating customized content courses to support their employees’ specific learning needs. Each of these companies is an award-winning organization in the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards program.

Award-winning Case Studies

These case studies – winners of 2015 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards – were released for publication this week:

HP’s Innovative Video Training

In order to reach channel partners and global learners, HP needed a way to supplement the traditional training they offer to partners and staff that would reach the intended audiences in a consistent and engaging way. Thus HP Server TV was born, and the medium has reached thousands of employees worldwide. This earned Hewlett Packard a Bronze Award for Best Use of Video Learning in the 2015 Excellence Awards.

Boeing Develops L&D Governance

Having resources operating without an overarching strategy and plan can be inefficient at best. Boeing, in an attempt to curtail this problem, developed a governance model for its Learning, Training, and Development organization (LTD). This plan supported everything from supplier management to service level agreements, ensuring a total fit to the business needs. This earned the aerospace company a Silver Award for Best Advance in Establishing Governance to Guide Leadership Development Decisions in the 2015 Excellence Awards Program.

Aegis Living Markets Its Employer Brand

When it comes to hiring in a competitive industry, branding is an important part of the decision-making process. This case study highlights how Aegis Living used Glassdoor Employer to market itself to potential candidates and highlight stories from existing staff. The private healthcare organization is based in Redmond, Washington, and earned a Bronze Award for Best Recruitment Marketing and Employer Branding Program in the 2015 Excellence Awards.

Webinars

Today’s HR: Modern to the Core

Today’s employees want easy, 24/7 access and self-service options for do-it-yourself freedom that offers them personal controls with no delays associated with third-party intervention. We explored the best HR service delivery methods, which take all these concerns into account. This webinar reviews the trends in core HR systems and processes, including user experience, simplicity, real-time updating, and mass personalization.

Give Them the Opportunity for Their Best Performance

In this webinar, Laci Loew, Vice President and Principal Analyst Talent Management Practice for Brandon Hall Group, and Jim Kauffman, Executive Consultant for DDI’s Development Solutions, share the secrets, practices, and approaches that high-performance organizations implement regarding performance management. 

Questions from Members

One great benefit to Brandon Hall Group members is the ability to ask questions of our HCM analyst team and get quick answers, usually within 24 hours. The questions answered this week included:

  • What are the major trends and usage of competencies across organizations and within key talent processes (like selection, development, career development and planning, performance management and talent reviews/succession.)?

Solution Provider Profile

Learnkit

This solution provider profile features Learnkit, a Canada-based developer of custom eLearning. The profile includes insights from Brandon Hall Group Learning Analyst Ben Eubanks.

Research-based Blogs

Signs of a Struggling Talent Strategy

About 24% of organizations surveyed in Brandon Hall Group research cite high-performance talent strategies as the quickest path to generating and sustaining business results. In this blog post, Laci Loew shares three ways to identify problems with your organization’s talent strategy.

Analyzing the Analytics

The era of analytics is here. We’ve been talking about it for years, but companies are starting to actually do something about it. While attending the HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas last month, every conversation eventually touched on analytics, and while it may seem like a “buzzword” to some, there is genuine business value to be found. In this blog post, David Wentworth explores this trend and what organizational leaders need to know.

Storytelling and Change Management: How Amtrak Creates Positive Action

Data without a story is less compelling and less likely to drive change. In this blog post, Cliff Stevenson revisits a recent learning event where he was able to listen to the SVP of Total Rewards at Amtrak discuss the company’s challenges and change management approach. This explores the power of storytelling and offers a look at how to improve influence with this critical skill set.

iCIMS Analyst Event: Building an Ecosystem

Last week Daria Friedman attended the iCIMs analyst event in San Diego. In this blog post, she examines some of the differentiators of iCIMS as well as the strengths of its partner ecosystem.

Mike Cooke

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.

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