BOSTON – September 1, 2021 – O’Reilly, the premier source for insight-driven learning on technology and business, today announced that it was awarded gold in the coveted Brandon Hall Group Human Capital Management (HCM) Excellence Awards for the “Best Advance for Leading Under a Crisis” category. The company was recognized for empowering tech-based workers to learn innovative technologies using its leading live and online learning experiences through the O’Reilly learning platform.
The global COVID-19 pandemic forced many professionals to turn to online courses to learn new skills needed to land a job or move up the corporate ladder. However, in the rush to remote learning, many virtual formats lacked the benefits of in-person, hands-on learning. During the pandemic, O’Reilly’s primary goal was to arm its customers with the resources and tools to upskill and reskill within the confines of their own homes.
“Since inception, O’Reilly’s mission has been to change the world by sharing the knowledge of innovators,” said Laura Baldwin, president at O’Reilly. “Rather than viewing the pandemic as a setback, we saw it as an opportunity to rethink the way we do business and, as a result, better serve our customers in a time of great uncertainty and need. I’m incredibly proud of the conscious efforts the team made to guide all aspects of our business—from content delivery to virtual events—to meet the new challenges and demands of a work-from-home environment.”
One of the biggest contributors to O’Reilly’s efforts to meet virtual learning challenges during the pandemic has been its live online training. Introduced in 2016, this expert-guided content is delivered virtually via O’Reilly’s learning platform, enabling participants to ask questions in real time. In 2020 alone, more than one million people registered for its live online training courses. Additionally, pivoting O’Reilly’s conferences from in-person to virtual events helped an even wider audience take advantage of expert talk tracks and content the company has to offer. Today, over 20,000 members have registered for O’Reilly’s 2021 Superstream Series, a collection of virtual conferences featuring expert speakers who deliver talks and training sessions on technology’s most prominent subjects and emerging trends.
To further enable O’Reilly users to continue learning and building skills in the face of adversity, the company also launched O’Reilly Answers, which is designed to help workers solve challenging technical problems quickly with minimal interruption. O’Reilly Answers provides relevant highlights and snippets from O’Reilly’s extensive library of expert content while enabling workers to immediately apply that knowledge to their work.
“Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in 2021 provide much-needed and well-deserved recognition to organizations that went above and beyond to support their stakeholders during the unprecedented disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group chief operating officer and leader of the HCM Excellence Awards Program. “The awards provide validation of best practices in all areas of HCM at a time when they have never been more important to employers, employees, and customers.”
Award entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, as well as by Brandon Hall Group’s senior analysts and executives. Winners were selected based on the design of the program, its functionality, innovation, and overall measurable benefits.
For more information about O’Reilly’s online learning content, training courses, certifications, and virtual events, visit www.oreilly.com.
About Brandon Hall Group, Inc.
Brandon Hall Group operates the largest and longest-running awards program in Human Capital Management. As an independent HCM research and analyst firm they conduct studies in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management. These benchmark studies help organizations by providing strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.
Coupling the research studies with the best practice from the awards, Brandon Hall Group has helped more than 10,000 clients globally and more than 28 years of delivering world-class research and advisory. At the core of our offerings is a membership program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. Membership enables 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.
Brandon Hall Group has also launched professional certifications for business and human capital management professionals to upskill themselves and gain credentials for career advancement. (www.brandonhall.com)
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