Delray Beach, FL – Brandon Hall Group, the leading independent research and analyst firm for Human Capital Management, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards. Brandon Hall Group, the leading independent research and analyst firm for Human Capital Management, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards.

Now in its 24th year, the program honors winners with nearly 160 Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in 51 different categories. Organizations receiving multiple awards include SAP with 8; McGraw-Hill, with 7; and Intrepid Learning with 6 awards. Earning 4 awards each were CrossKnowledge and LearnUpon, and earning 3 awards each were Axonify, AbsorbLMS, Dell EMC, Empower the User, and Litmos.  For the complete list of winners and categories for 2017, please visit the following page:

The entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon the following criteria: •    Design of the Solution•    Solution Functionality•    Usability•    Innovation•    Overall measurable benefit to the organization
“Human capital management is evolving faster than at any time in its history, and it is powered by innovative technology developed and implemented by organizations big and small,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program. “The technology innovators who won Excellence Awards this year were focused on providing users with a better overall experience. That is what our research says employers want, and our award winners are leading the way.”

Mike Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group, said, “Our technology award winners are truly outstanding and set a high bar for others. We have learned a great deal from what they have accomplished. The awards programs supplement our quantitative research in providing our team with unique insights to share with our members and clients.”

Winners from the 2017 Excellence Awards program earlier this year, and our winners from the Technology Awards, will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference at a ceremony and reception on Thursday, February 1. For more details on this exciting conference and to register, visit:

The 2018 Brandon Hall Group Awards Program – for Excellence in Learning & Development, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Management and Sales Performance — will be open for submissions beginning January 8th. For more information, please contact us at awards(at)brandonhall(dot)com.
About Brandon Hall Group ( Brandon Hall Group is a HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 25 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. The Membership Program offers insights and best practices to enable executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with analyst advisory services which aim to put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient.
For more information please contact Mike Cooke: (561) 865-5017 or

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.