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Skillsoft Perspectives AUS & NZ 2014 set to 'Innovate, Influence, Impact'

22 July 2014, Melbourne, Australia Skillsoft today announced details of its annual conference, Skillsoft Perspectives Australia & New Zealand for business decision makers and executive-level learning and development (L&D) professionals.

The 2014 Skillsoft Perspectives AUS & NZ conference, 'Innovate, Influence, Impact' is the flagship event on Skillsoft Asia Pacific's calendar and will be held at the Swissotel Sydney on 27 August 2014.

The conference will bring together executive L&D professionals and key decision makers from leading business, government and tertiary education providers, to collaborate on how L&D drives workforce potential and delivers positive business results.

Skillsoft will also launch the findings from its 2014 report, 'Leverage the Power of Big Data & the Cloud,' providing the latest insights on how organisations from Asia Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, China and India are investing in, and leveraging big data and cloud solutions.

Rosie Cairnes, Regional Director Australia & New Zealand at Skillsoft says Perspectives AUS & NZ 2014 is an opportunity for L&D decision makers to collaborate on the latest trends and challenges facing the industry and develop and leverage skills to 'Innovate, Influence and Impact.'

"Learning and development has evolved rapidly over the last few years to better serve the global marketplace and keep pace with technological change. Organisations are demanding more when it comes to measuring return-on-investment (ROI) from L&D initiatives and elearning plays well in this space," said Ms Cairnes.

"At Perspectives AUS & NZ, delegates from a diverse range of organisations will share ideas and discover how Skillsoft is delivering flexible learning solutions that are re-shaping the learning environment and complement the modern business environment.

"For example, Skillsoft's recent collaboration with IBM which enables the application of big data to uncover learning patterns and optimise learning experiences, to improve individual and organisational performance."

Dan Pontefract, Chief Envisioner at TELUS Transformation Office, an organisational culture change firm in Canada and best-selling author of, Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization, will be the event's keynote speaker. An educator at heart, Mr Pontefract has a strong legacy of corporate and academic experience and is passionate about helping organisations enhance their corporate culture and leadership, learning and collaboration practices.

In his keynote address, 'The evolution of learning and leadership,' Mr Pontefract will explore leadership development models that have shown to improve employee engagement. He will also highlight organisational learning concepts and collaborative tools used to harness a concept termed a 'Flat Army.' Furthermore, in an exclusive workshop, Mr Pontefract will demonstrate how organisations can leverage a simplified action process for leaders and employees, to collaborate more effectively on projects and in decision making processes.

Throughout the conference, delegates will hear from peer case studies leveraging best practices in the industry and actionable insights on the latest issues and trends impacting L&D programs. There will be a hands-on Experience Hub, interactive sessions and networking opportunities for attendees.

Speakers to present at Skillsoft Perspectives 2014 will include:

Skillsoft Perspectives is an invitation-only event. Please contact us for details.

To discover more about Skillsoft Perspectives AUS & NZ and to view the agenda, visit the website:

About Skillsoft

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