Contributed to by:  Meridian Knowledge Solutions
Herndon, Va. – January 3, 2013 – Meridian Knowledge Solutions’ Ad-Hoc Reporting software won a Silver Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award for Unique Learning Technology. Judges credited the software for combining learning data with sales and customer data, so organizations can report on how training efforts meet business goals.

“This award recognizes how we’ve met one of the training industry’s top challenges: No matter how many ‘canned’ reports an LMS vendor develops, there will always be a time when an organization wants to report on its training data in an unforeseen way,” said John Leh, vice president of sales and marketing for Meridian. “Ad-Hoc Reporting gives managers a way to create the reports they need and combine training data with other types of company data to gauge the success of professional development vis-à-vis business goals.”

The Ad-Hoc Reporting product complements Meridian Global LMS, which is software that links people to courses, documents, data, instructors and other learners at any time from a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device.

Routinely, training administrators rely on their LMS vendor to develop custom reports. If a manager’s need for a particular kind of data is urgent, managers cannot always wait on their LMS vendor to build a customized report. So managers often cobble together several standard reports or go without the data they need when they want it.

“One of the top jobs of a learning management system is reporting. Pulling the information from an LMS that an executive, manager or regulator needs when they want it and in a manner that makes sense is critical,” said Mike Cooke, chief executive officer of Brandon Hall Group.

For example, a Meridian customer wanted to use of a variety of standard and customized reports that required integration with its analytics engine. The reports were designed to identify weak areas in business performance and attempt to identify employees who were prime candidates for training focused on a business metric. The reports had to consist of parameters using the employer’s metadata and had to pull data from the inception of the training program; so that, the managers could track trends, click-through results, lists of employees viewing the different types of content and product use by regions.

With Ad-Hoc Reporting, the customer customized the data needed through the software’s user interface. The organization’s LMS administrator added fields throughout Meridian’s LMS with a few keystrokes. These fields were part of an automatic option in the Ad-Hoc Reporting software, and not created in an “SQL-Query way.” The LMS administrator chose the type of report they wanted from the Meridian LMS, and all of the fields and tables were exposed.

“Meridian’s Ad-Hoc Reporting software creates a unique link between a system’s data and what a manager needs to justify or evaluate training,” added Cooke.

About Meridian
Meridian Knowledge Solutions is the #1-rated human-capital management company for customer loyalty, with a documented customer retention rate of 98 percent. Meridian provides integrated solutions for over 350 clients with 8.5 million active users including AutoZone, Bell Helicopter, CSX Corporation, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., Panera Bread, Sunrise Senior Living, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and more than 80 federal, state and local governments. Meridian takes a unique approach to tailor every solution to exact client needs. Meridian asks the right questions, listens and molds its solution to fit its customers’ unique requirements. Meridian offers SaaS, private cloud or on-premises deployments.

Meridian’s flagship product, the Meridian Global LMS, integrates advanced learning management, mobile learning, social learning, e-commerce, learning content management, performance management and workforce analytics into one fully integrated solution. Meridian also provides strategic professional services, mobile and e-learning courseware development and hosting services. Meridian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Visionary Integration Professionals. To learn more, visit www.meridianksi.com, or follow Meridian on Twitter @meridianks.

About Brandon Hall Group
Having worked with more than 10,000 clients globally and after 20 years of delivering world-class solutions, Brandon Hall Group is the preeminent research and analyst organization focused on developing research-driven solutions to drive organizational performance for emerging and large organizations. Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research, data and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Sales Effectiveness, Marketing Impact, and Executive Management. To learn more, visit www.brandonhall.com.

For more information about Meridian, visit www.meridianksi.com.

To follow Meridian on Twitter, visit http://twitter.com/meridianks.

 

Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.

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