NetDimensions' Global User Conference
April 13-15, 2016 | Hyatt Regency Boston
Boston, MA, USA


NextSteps 2016: Pre-Conference Training*
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

8:00 AM Registration Open
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:20 AM Foundation Track:
Prepare to Upgrade!
Practitioner Track:
Not Just for eLearning Anymore
Master Professional Track:
Global Audiences, Handling Different Languages
10:30 AM – 11:50 AM Foundation Track:
Prepare to Upgrade! (continued)
Practitioner Track:
Building a Basic Report in Report Wizard
Master Professional Track:
Building an Advanced Report in Report Wizard
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:20 PM Foundation Track:
Learning Lab
Practitioner Track:
Making the LMS Yours with Configurable Components
Master Professional Track:
APIs: What Are They, What Can They Do?
2:30 PM – 3:50 PM Foundation Track:
Learning Lab
Practitioner Track:
Getting Data In AND Out
Master Professional Track:
Connecting Learning to Talent Development
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Welcome Reception / Partner Expo Opening

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*Additional fee applies

NextSteps 2016: Conference - Day 1
Thursday, April 14, 2016

8:00 AM Registration Open
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast Partner Expo
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome to NextSteps 2016
Jay Shaw, CEO, NetDimensions
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Technology Roadmap: Delivering Greater Client Value
Adrian Weaver, Head of Product Management

Ensure that you are taking advantage of the key capabilities that we have added to our solutions in the last 12 months and get a preview of the exciting new features planned for our products in the next year to help you derive greater value from your investment in NetDimensions.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Enabling Sales & Technical Training Around the Globe
Jay Costello, Director, Dealer Marketing, Hyster-Yale Group

Hyster-Yale Group is one of the largest forklift truck manufacturers in the world. The organization uses NetDimensions Learning to manage and deliver sales enablement and technical training to over 15,000 sales people and technicians across a global network of independently-owned Hyster and Yale dealers. Hyster-Yale Group training staff must provide high quality training that is available 24/7, while delivering over 75 sales and technical certification programs blending online modules and exams with instructor-led training. Discover how Hyster-Yale Group creates business excellence via a consistent learning platform that facilitates the separation of corporate brands while ensuring a uniform level of quality, easy user access and success anywhere in the world.
10:30 AM – 10:50 AM Partner Expo / AM Break
10:50 AM – 11:15 AM Product Innovations
Ray Ruff, Chief Scientist, NetDimensions
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Keynote Session
Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer & HCM Principal Analyst, Brandon Hall Group

Learning is happening all around us in the workplace. In today's need for consuming learning and training that is relevant and available at the speed of business, employees seek out what they need to know, from whomever has it. Organizations must understand that the new learning audience is dynamic, mobile and highly sophisticated. Learning and Development teams must push the envelope to create new blended learning strategies that embody an instructional, collaborative and formative approach that attracts and motivates the learner. But do we understand how to develop a high octane blended learning approach? How do we make sure that this approach is aligned with the needs and compliance requirements of the business?

Michael Rochelle will look at the role learning and talent teams must take in developing and executing a blended learning strategy that creates a stronger link between learning and organizational performance. Discussion topics include:

  • The State of 70/20/10
  • Critical Success Factors for leveraging 70/20/10 in a high-consequence organization
  • Key considerations in implementing the new 70/20/10
  • A look at how organizations are maximizing the impact of blended learning
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Integrating NetDimensions Talent Suite at CERN
Manuel Bouzas, Software Engineer, CERN

CERN, the world's largest physics lab, hosts a large, diverse population with challenging training needs: safety training for potentially dangerous situations, technical training and a vast catalog of communication, management and leadership training for a multicultural environment. NetDimensions Learning replaced CERN's in-house developed LMS. This session focuses on the implementation project, including:

  • Reproducing HR & Safety Stakeholders' workflow enrollment processes
  • Connecting internal financial system, workflow approval process tool & single sign-on
  • Integration of HR & Safety Stakeholders' complex business process via SCRUM
  • Migrating users & resources from Pentaho

Changing up the Learning Model for Compliance
Pete Barrett, President, North America, NetDimensions

Compliance training doesn't have to be boring! New techniques for developing eLearning can be incorporated into how compliance subjects are presented. This session will cover:

  • Incorporating responsive design to deliver compliance training to multiple devices
  • Awareness training using full motion graphics
  • Taking the mystique out of gamifying a compliance subject
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Delivering Compliance Training
Dan Sherman, Learning Portfolio Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Hear best practices on developing engaging, scenario-based online training and robust learning programs within NetDimensions Learning. Using recent all employee Ethics & Compliance Training as a case study, attendees will:

  • View a compliance training demo that includes 16 online, self-paced, lessons that over 3,500 Conservancy staff completed via NetDimensions' LMS
  • Learn best practices to design learning programs in the LMS that provide an intuitive learner experience and robust course reporting
  • Receive insights into the lessons learned while designing and implementing a large-scale compliance course in the LMS

Portals: Transforming the Learning Experience
Gray Fowler, VP of Strategy & Design, NetDimensions

Engaging employees, customers, and partners is a challenge for organizations due to information overload. Organizations need to provide personalized, compelling learning tailored to learner needs and expectations. Learning portals offer an ideal means to make learning and collaboration accessible, meaningful and continuously fresh. Discover how portals:

  • Increase the speed of access to information & knowledge
  • Leverage gamification to motivate learners
  • Develop a community of practice using social learning features
  • Integrate various modes of learning into one holistic experience
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Partner Expo / PM Break
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM A Learning Portal to Meet National Healthcare Needs
Gavin Woods, Aurion Learning

Health Service Executive (HSE) provides health services to everyone living in Ireland. HSELanD is the online learning and development portal for healthcare professionals within HSE as well as health care and voluntary organizations throughout the Republic of Ireland.

Learn how HSELanD, developed by HSE and Aurion Learning and built upon NetDimensions Talent Suite:
  • provides a central source for high quality learning
  • meets the varying needs of learners, HR and hospital groups
  • supports 100,000 healthcare professionals
A brief demo of key aspects of the combined portal / talent platform will be provided.
Get More from Your NetDimensions Learning Investment
Louise Quinn, Head of Professional Services, EMEA / APAC, NetDimensions & Sharon Westberry, Head of Professional Services, N.A., NetDimensions

Join this interactive discussion on the best practices to follow and features you need to utilize to get the most from your investment in NetDimensions Learning. We will cover a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Security management dos and don'ts
  • Enrollment options - when to set it and forget it
  • Wizardry of reporting wizard
  • Homepage widgets
  • Open Q & A with Professional Services team members
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Roundtable Topic Discussions
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Evening Reception: Casino Event

NextSteps 2016: Conference - Day 2
Friday, April 15, 2016

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast Partner Expo
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Talent Analytics: Turning Talent Data into Actionable Insights
Pally Gharmount, Head of Analytics, NetDimensions

Discover how you can empower your organization to make more effective people investments. With NetDimensions Analytics, you can begin to transform your learning data into actionable insights for a competitive advantage.
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Trends in Online Learning Panel Discussion

This panel will discuss the trends and topics that are changing today's global learning landscape, such as mobile learning, videos, microlearning, globalization and more. Bring your questions!
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Partner Expo / AM Break
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Client Success Story: PeaceHealth
Carrie Viens, Learning Technologies Analyst

PeaceHealth's implementation of NetDimensions Analytics has yielded benefits and insights to our organization. This presentation will focus on comparing the annual mandatory training reports from 2015 with the reports available now via NetDimensions Analytics. Learn how PeaceHealth made course schedules and enrollment data available on demand to their Epic implementation team using Ad Hoc views and reports. In this session PeaceHealth will share how they match the presentation of information to diverse stakeholder's knowledge and skill level. As the 2016 training year comes to a close, managers know where to focus their time and attention.
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Client Excellence Awards
Closing Remarks
Noon Conference Adjourns

* Our agenda is still a work in progress and times and topics are subject to change.

Call for Speakers

Submissions for NextSteps 2016 are now closed.

Keynote Speaker

Michael Rochelle
Principal HCM Analyst & Chief Strategy Officer, Brandon Hall Group

Michael oversees consulting, strategic services and advisory support for Brandon Hall Group members. Michael is also one of the company’s principal analysts covering topics such as learning, talent, sales and marketing and executive management.

Pre-Conference Training

Expand your knowledge! Adding pre-conference training to your NextSteps registration. Select the track suited to your knowledge level. You’ll have the chance to attend topics in other tracks (some prerequisites required).

Welcome Reception

Don't miss our Welcome Reception and Partner Expo Opening. This is your chance to meet our partners, key executives and staff and network with your peers.

NetDimensions Partner Expo

The Partner Expo presents NetDimensions clients with the opportunity to experience first-hand the innovative solutions offered by our strategic partners from around the globe. Check back soon for a full list of the organizations that will be at this year's event.

Keynote / General Sessions

These sessions will provide company insights, product details, industry standards and best practices from analysts, thought leaders, key executives and fellow users.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will offer a variety of information regarding NetDimensions products, services, content capabilities and hot topics. You’ll also hear the latest best practices from your peers.

Get Inspired

NextSteps provides NetDimensions clients and partners with the ideal opportunity to network with their peers while learning about the latest trends and technologies in talent management.

The conference will feature motivating keynotes from NetDimensions executives and industry leaders, thought provoking roundtable discussions, technical and industry breakout sessions and hands-on training. You'll also discover best practices and gain new inspiration from your fellow users.

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Cegos - Gold Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
The Cegos off-the-shelf e-Learning Library is designed for today's time-challenged organizations under increasing pressure to deliver first-class results. Truly localized in 18 different languages, the Cegos e-Learning modules can be applied locally, or across geographic boundaries and diverse cultures.

The suite of over 200 e-learning courses focuses on Soft Skills. Each module provides an engaging and fun experience for the learner, applying the Cegos training expertise (Cegos is one of the Top Five Corporate Learning providers in the world – see to the online environment.

All the courses (in Flash and HTML5) are SCORM 1.2 compliant and can be customized.

Courses have a duration between 20 and 30 minutes and are based on a learning experience including:

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  • interaction through the largest variety of learning activities in the market.

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Speexx - Reception Sponsor
Reception Sponsor
Speexx helps large organizations everywhere to drive productivity by empowering employee communication skills across borders. Speexx offers an award-winning range of cloud-based online language learning solutions for Business English, Spanish, German, Italian and French with ongoing support in 13 languages.

Speexx is easy to use and scales to the needs of users and training managers in organizations of any size. The Speexx branded Perfect Blend integrates online business communication skills training, mobile and social learning, expert coaches located throughout the world and personalized live online activities into one fully standardized, globally consistent learning experience. More than 7 million users in 1,500 organizations – including UNHCR, Air France, Mazda and Credit Suisse – use Speexx to learn a language smarter and deliver results on time.

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Registration Fees

Regular Registration Fees Per Person Rate
Pre-Conference Training Courses US$250
Conference Registration Fee US$499
Group Registration Fee (3 or more attendees) US$399

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