Last week Brandon Hall Group published 15 pieces of research – 4 major research reports, 1 research survey launch, 1 webinar, 1 solution provider profile, 5 technology case studies, and 3 research-based blogs.

Human Capital Management Research

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Here is an overview of research released the week of June 1-7.

Major Research Reports

Research Summary: 2015 LMS Trends Study

Brandon Hall Group’s most recent research — highlights of which are released for the first time in this June 2015 report — show that while 85% of organizations use an LMS, implementation of the LMS is changing, companies are not particularly satisfied with their systems, and a significant number of organizations are looking to switch platforms.

Excellence in Practice: Measuring Leadership Development

This report — the first of a new series — is a collection of award-winning case studies that illustrate leading practices in Brandon Hall Group’s areas of concentration — Learning & Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, and Workforce Management. This report features three world-class organizations in Leadership Development — Walgreens, Turkcell, and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC).

Leadership Development Requires Redesign

This KnowledgePoints report, based on Brandon Hall Group’s recently released 2015 State of Leadership Development Study, focuses on changes organizations should make in LD practices based on the importance they place on them and the effectiveness our research shows they have.

KnowledgeGraphic: Leadership Development

This KnowledgeGraphic, based on Brandon Hall Group’s 2015 Leadership Development Study, shows the disparity between LD practices deemed important and the extent to which they are implemented. The graphic illustrates the symptoms of a larger problem: organizations continue to struggle to put current and future leaders in a position to succeed even though they know what needs to be done.

Research Surveys

Strategic Talent Acquisition Survey

We invite you to participate in our strategic talent acquisition research. If your talent acquisition process is broken, you are not alone. Talent acquisition is incredibly complex. Companies are rethinking their recruitment strategies and technology options in an effort to make better decisions around the way we identify and attract talent. As part of our continuous research into forward-looking insights and best practices in talent acquisition, we are conducting important research on key recruitment trends and best practices.

Solution Provider Profile

Cinécraft Productions

This solution provider profile features Cinécraft Productions, a developer of custom content video, eLearning, and mobile learning courses to support the goals of Fortune 1000 companies and medium to large businesses. The company focuses on games, simulations, scenarios, branching, and animation to customize learning. The profile includes insights from Brandon Hall Group Senior Learning Analyst David Wentworth.

Technology Reviews from Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in Technology


This awards technology review focuses on the training offered by Cegos. The $181 million provider is based in Paris and provides engaging sales training experiences for users around the globe. This earned Cegos a Silver Award for Best Advance in Unique Sales Enablement Technology in the 2014 Technology Awards.


This awards technology review focuses on the social learning platform offered by River. The $4 million, Colorado-based organization is a global provider of technology for organizations such as Humana, AT&T, WOW!, and HP. River earned a Silver Award for Best Advance in Social Learning Technology in the 2014 Technology Awards.

Rustici Software

This awards technology review focuses on the learning measurement capabilities of Watershed LRS. This tool was developed by Rustici Software, a $4 million Tennessee-based provider of technology and xAPI support. Rustici Software earned a Bronze Award for Best Advance in Learning Management Measurement and Business Impact Tools in the 2014 Technology Awards.

EPAY Systems

This awards technology review focuses on Blueforce from EPAY Systems. The Chicago-based provider of payroll and labor tools serves more than 200 customers with more than 40,000 customer sites. This earned EPAY a Gold Award for Best Advance in Time and Labor Management Technology in the 2014 Technology Awards.


This awards technology review offers insights into the Tribridge HCM tool AmplifyHR. The Tampa, Florida-based provider of technology and HCM services provides support for more than 3,700 customers. Tribridge earned a Bronze Award for Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology in the 2014 Technology Awards.


How Companies are Leveraging Learning Technology in 2015

Learning has changed significantly in recent years, and the advent of new technologies has allowed companies to train better, smarter, and faster than ever before. But are companies taking advantage of these tools, or is there a missed opportunity to truly embrace what the market has to offer? In this webinar we looked at what the latest research tells us about the world of learning technology and how your organization can leverage it not only for better learning and development results, but for better business results as well.

Research-based Blogs

Apply Now! The Excellence in Technology Awards Are Open

It’s that time of year again when our team at Brandon Hall Group gets ramped up and excited to open our Excellence in Technology Awards Program. We are proud to be running our industry-leading awards program for 21 years. Our program seeks out organizations that are at the forefront of technology innovation and performance, and we would love to have you participate. This blog post Brandon Hall Group COO Rachel Cooke discusses the awards program and how to enter.

Veteran Hiring: We Need to Do More

We don’t do enough for our veterans. We don’t provide them with enough support and opportunities to find jobs when they return from service. And we don’t do enough to train our recruiters and hiring managers about the skills, competencies and value veterans can bring to organizations, says Madeline Laurano in her blog post from the HireVue Digital Disruption event in Utah June 2-4. Military hiring was a key topic there and she discusses ways companies are supporting military members.

From Employment Opportunity to Employment Value

Ensuring cultural fit starts with developing and maintaining an employer brand that the highest performing candidates have come to expect. And according to Brandon Hall Group’s Human Capital Management Outlook 2015 study, “strengthening employer brand” was identified by 78% of organizations as the most important talent acquisition activity. In this blog post Laci Loew offers insights into how companies can focus on their employer brands in a meaningful way.

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.