As a Senior Solutions Consultant, Ali Zaheer delivers NetDimensions Talent Suite demonstrations to people and organizations globally. When he’s not showing off Talent Suite’s customization capabilities, you might find him on the cricket pitch.
The NextSteps EMEA user conference took place in London last week (on 10-11 May).
NetDimensions clients, partners and event sponsors joined this inspiring event to share best practices and listen to presentations from other users as well as NetDimensions product experts. The delegates also had the occasion to learn about the solutions provided by the other Learning Technologies Group (LTG) companies.
At the pre-conference workshops on May 10th, the conference delegates had access to hands-on training for NetDimensions Talent Suite administration. These workshops equipped attendees with the knowledge to maximize the benefits of using their Talent Suite implementation.
This year’s conference focused on different aspects of the business impact of learning and how to measure it. On May 11th, special guest Donald H. Taylor, Chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute, gave an inspiring keynote on what the CEO really wants from learning & development and how the L&D team can deliver it.
Don also moderated a panel discussion centered on the business impact of learning. The panelists included L&D professionals and experts from Fresenius Medical Care and Thales Learning and Development. Adrian Jones of Fosway Group, Europe’s leading HR analyst firm, was speaking on the panel as well. Drawing on their real-world experience of demonstrating value, the panel explored approaches that work, those that don’t, and the pitfalls waiting for the unwary.
In the afternoon Piers Lea, Chief Strategy Officer of LEO hosted a session on measuring the business impact of learning. He discussed practical strategies to drive analytics forward and deliver real benefits.
Talent and learning management leaders from global organizations including Moody’s Analytics, BAE Systems, BCD Travel, 3Shape, and GMC Software presented success stories and best practices that enabled them to reach their organizations’ strategic goals.
In his session Mike Alcock, Managing Director of gomo learning showed the delegates how to solve multi-device learning delivery needs using gomo authoring and NetDimensions Talent Slate. Peter Dobinson, Solutions Architect of LEO gave a presentation on how to transform learners’ experience using learning portals.
The event was concluded with a networking reception, where we had a performance by 9-time Guinness World Record holder SamSam Bubbleman.
Learning Technologies Group (LTG) includes an impressive range of e-learning services and technologies to corporate and government clients worldwide. With the acquisition of NetDimensions, the organizations’ existing capabilities soar to the next level. NetDimensions’ robust set of learning and talent management solutions round out LTG’s existing capabilities and strengths.
NetDimensions joins LTG’s impressive portfolio of talented learning organizations, which include:
LEO – a learning technologies firm working with international organizations to help them transform their learning approach
gomo learning – a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering a flexible and cost-effective solution to create, host, update and track multi-device learning content
Preloaded – a BAFTA winning applied games studio
Eukleia – a specialist Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) training consultancy
Rustici – an expert in e-learning standards
NetDimensions will be working closely with the other companies in the LTG portfolio to deliver a full catalog of options for clients looking to incorporate industry leading learning technologies into their workforce development strategy.
These combined solutions will further enable NetDimensions’ ability to meet the unique requirements of businesses and learners in highly regulated industry sectors.
Given the complementary nature of LTG’s brands, this acquisition should have a very positive impact on growth. NetDimensions will have a strong foundation from which to leverage our strengths. Together, the group can achieve product innovations that will benefit our clients and valued business partners, while continuing to deliver excellent client service and value.
And now our journey begins….
Last week we were delighted to spend two days with our clients at Next Steps 2014 in Chicago. Next Steps is our annual user conference and our theme this year was innovation and business results. Innovation in terms of new technologies, tools, apps, practices, ways of thinking that shape how we work and live. New ways to take advantage of the NetDimensions Talent Suite across different functions in the organization. Business results in terms of how learning & talent management technologies and processes link to actual business metrics that are relevant to CxOs. Metrics relating to revenue contribution, cost control, change enablement, and risk management.
My panel on talent analytics with Betty Mills of Centra Health, Jerry Bishop of Brigham Young University, Richard Beaumont of Omega Performance, Dan Sherman of The Nature Conservancy, and George Walker of NetDimensions.