In the past week, Brandon Hall Group published 19 pieces of research – 2 new proprietary research reports, 6 award-winning technology reviews, 3 solution provider profiles, 3 answer to questions from Brandon Hall Group members, and 5 research-based blog.

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:

KnowledgeGraphic: Using Technology to Blend Learning

KnowledgeBlast: Mission Critical: A Fully Developed Learning Technology Strategy

Tech Review: Early Engagement through Parklet’s Onboarding Software

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Here is an overview of research released May 9-15:

New Research Reports

KnowledgeBlast: Mission Critical: A Fully Developed Learning Technology Strategy

​Results of Brandon Hall Group’s Learning Technology Study demonstrate a wide range of noteworthy points. On one end, one-third of organizations are lacking any learning technology. On the other, companies with stronger technology strategies are less likely to want to switch solution providers. The KnowledgeBlast includes some key takeaways that learning leaders will need to know in order to make the most of learning technology investments.

KnowledgeGraphic: Using Technology to Blend Learning

This KnowledgeGraphic breaks down the functionalities of learning technology by the three types of learning delivery — formal, informal, and experiential — and shows the levels of importance and satisfaction based on Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 Learning Technology survey.


Award-Winning Technology Reviews

These technology reviews – winners of 2015 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards – were released for publication:

Digital Guides Deliver Flexible, Interactive Content

PTC University delivers the tools and training which enable organizations to use technology effectively. It offers traditional classroom training, virtual classes, as well as self-paced online courses. With the latest advances in digital class guides, PTC can now offer an electronic solution that delivers an excellent user experience that is highly interactive and mobile-friendly.

Rehearsal VRP Enables Coaching and Feedback Via Video

Rehearsal is a video-based web application that provides users a safe place to practice responding to mock situations. Whether in sales, customer service, or leadership development, users watch a video and then practice responding to the scenario using their webcam. Learners have the ability to respond using any device with a camera and an Internet connection.

SAP Enables Cross-Environment Performance Support

SAP Workforce Performance Builder is a solution for authoring, distribution and management of traditional simulation-based eLearning, context-sensitive user help, process documentation, rapid eLearning, and test scripts. This technology review highlights the advanced performance support capabilities of SAP Workforce Performance Builder. The tool has a strong focus on delivering training materials, help, and relevant information where and when needed.

Teaching Through Indecomm’s Video Learning Application

The Indecomm Video Learning (IVL) application is available for install on iPads and allows a user to learn how to perform an activity based on a shared video. The learning can be instructor-based, direct/self-paced, or peer-based. Through the application, users can import videos from the community and assign to users for learning a particular activity, record a video of oneself or of a peer and upload it for analysis, provide feedback on a video of a peer by adding a comment or an audio recording, and more.

Early Engagement through Parklet’s Onboarding Software

Parklet is a cloud-based employee onboarding and experience software solution that delivers a highly personalized new-hire onboarding to off-boarding employee experience. This solution facilitates employee engagement and productivity from day one and minimizes costly employee attrition.

Sears Manages Employee Data with Segno Reputation

Segno Reputation is a gamified tool that draws data metrics from a wide range of software products used by employees on a daily basis and generates a Reputation Profile and a Reputation Score based on the data captured. Segno Reputation offers a “window” for management to view a comprehensive snapshot of an employee’s actions and behaviors as they relate to areas such as performance, expertise, engagement, and potential. In addition, the tool offers a “mirror” for employees to easily examine the drivers of their own accomplishments and identify areas they should focus on in order to improve their reputation in the organization.


Solution Provider Profiles


This solution provider profile features mLevel, a learning platform that supports delivery of learning activities with short bursts of training over time. mLevel’s suite of learning activities align with the brain science-based A.G.E.S. (Attention, Generation, Emotion and Spacing) model to reduce distraction during training and dramatically improve retention. The profile features insights from Brandon Hall Group Principal Learning Analyst David Wentworth.

Workforce Software

Workforce Software’s EmpCenter is an enterprise workforce management suite that includes time and attendance, absence compliance tracker, advanced scheduler, analytics, fatigue management, and multiple data capture options. The latest version, released in early 2016, includes an updated look and feel, along with additional innovations. The profile includes insights from Brandon Hall Group Principal Workforce Management Analyst Cliff Stevenson.

gomo Learning

This solution provider profile features gomo Learning, a SaaS platform in the cloud. gomo creates content which is automatically responsive and adaptive. From one single HTML5 code base, content can be published once and accessed on desktops, tablets and smartphones. The profile includes insights from David Wentworth, Brandon Hall Group’s Principal Learning Analyst.


Questions from Members

One of the great things about membership to Brandon Hall Group is the ability to ask questions to our team of analysts, who will respond within 24 hours. Here are the questions answered this week:

  • I am looking for some industry bet practices on how to set up a trainee program for new grad hires.
  • Are there any leading practices available on how service companies are measuring employee productivity and have data analytics?
  • With many learners going outside of the corporate learning group for their needs, how are other members approaching support, sponsorship, recognition for external learning through MOOCs, for example?


Research-based Blogs

Cornerstone’s Continuing and Fruitful Journey

About 1,800 HR and learning professionals gathered in Los Angeles for Cornerstone Convergence 2016. This year Cornerstone released five new products that highlight its journey from a learning start-up to stand-alone talent management suite, and now contender as a full-suite HCM solutions provider. To read the complete blog, please click the link.

Litmos Goes to Vegas

Robots. Peyton Manning. A giant tree frog singing “What a Wonderful World.” This is not a dream Analyst David Wentworth had, but rather things he encountered during his time at CallidusCloud’s C3 user conference. Last year the event drew 50 learning attendees. This year it’s up to 170 and more than 300 are expected next year. Click the link to read the complete blog.

Globoforce: Walking the Talk at the WorkHuman Conference

It is very refreshing to see a company that walks the talk. Globoforce’s WorkHuman event in Orlando May 9-11 showcased an organization that truly believes in its core values. Although many companies in the HCM space use their own product, Globoforce is the largest per-capita user of its own platform. Please click the link to read the complete blog.

The HR Climate Change

The three-day GDS HR Summit just kicked off in Denver, but it is clear that culture change is on the minds of the more than 80 senior HR leaders in attendance. In a roundtable discussion on change management moderated by analyst partner Brandon Hall Group, HR leaders talked about the importance of understanding culture when trying to bring about organizational change. The leaders also focused on a general aversion to risk, fueled by a culture of distrust that often impedes needed change in organizations. To read the complete blog, please click the link.

Diversity and Inclusion at PeopleFluent’s Wisdom 2016

Though Wisdom 2016, PeopleFluent’s annual customer and market conference, was a few weeks ago now, the event’s focus on diversity and inclusion deserves some further attention.
One of the larger announcements was the release of PeopleFluent’s new diversity and inclusion software. Analyst Cliff Stevenson had the chance to play around a bit on the demo, and was impressed with the analytical capabilities of the suite. Click the link to read the complete blog.

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.