Looking back at the NextSteps EMEA User Conference

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.

At the expo, delegates also had the opportunity to meet conference sponsors Speexx, eXact learning solutions, and Dreamtek.


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.

 

Building a formidable learning technologies force

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….

 

Next Steps 2014 Chicago recap

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.

 

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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.

Announcing Next Steps 2014

Right after wrapping up Next Steps 2013, our annual user conference, we were already well into planning Next Steps 2014 (if you are curious, find out what happened at Next Steps 2013).  The overwhelmingly positive & exciting input from our clients, partners, and colleagues who attended last year’s conference in London, Chicago, or Shanghai, has reinforced our decision to keep investing in this event in terms of continued variety of what we add to the agenda, more interactivity in all our sessions, and ample opportunities for networking.

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We are very proud of what we’ve planned for next year. Here are some things to look forward to.

Next Steps 2013

October, what a month!! We just wrapped up Next Steps 2013 (#nextsteps13), our global user conference, and it was quite a cross-continent run.  We gathered with our clients in three locations – Chicago, Shanghai & London – with more participants than ever before representing over 120 organizations worldwide.

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Next Steps is focused on creating value for our clients, but it’s always a tremendous learning experience for us too.  Year after year, I come out of Next Steps inspired by the level of innovation our clients are demonstrating on how they use our software in demanding, results-driven environments.

This year was no different …