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2016 EMEA Skillsoft Perspectives Recap

By Tony Glass

Packed with exciting announcements, informative industry insights and plenty of great networking opportunities, this year’s EMEA Skillsoft Perspectives event proved well worth the wait.

With so much to cover, let’s take a look at just some of the top highlights.


Skillsoft President and CEO, Bill Donoghue

A world of innovation

In his opening session, Bill Donoghue, President and CEO of Skillsoft, talked about how we are changing, and we are now laser focused on building beautiful technology and producing engaging content designed for the Millennial generation.

Top takeaways from his speech include:

  • Get ready for a new era of high impact and easy to consume video-based content that re-invents learning for today’s time-pressed workforce. Skillsoft is fast-tracking a five-year build plan to deliver a complete redesign of our Business Skills and Leadership content in just 12 months. We’ll be launching significant enhancements to our IT, Digital Skills and Compliance portfolios too.
  • The recent launch of Skillport 8i is already proving a hit with users, who love its contemporary new UX design and the enhanced discovery and search features.
  • Due for release in early 2017, our next-generation content delivery platform, Project Artisan, will focus on world-class content delivery, curation, social learning, and hyper personalisation. All of which empowers learners to engage and direct their own development.

Enabling the self-developing organisation

John Ambrose, General Manager at SumTotal, continued the innovation theme with an exciting preview of what’s in store for the SumTotal Talent Expansion Suite.

Winter 2016 builds on the launch of new workflows to support internal career mobility, this release focuses on giving people an intuitive, consumer-driven user experience that that makes it easier than ever for HR professionals to know, develop, promote, mobilise and reward their workforce.

The solution will further empower employees to pursue their own self-directed path for growth and prioritise their individual learning experience – keep an eye out for new features, like the dynamic side-bar timeline that makes it easy for learners to track goals and performance milestones.

John also announced that the Summer 2016 release features a phenomenal new Talent Acquisition suite that supports recruiting and on-boarding.

Micro learning that sticks

Sue Rodeman, VP of Product Marketing at Skillsoft, explored how mobile is proving a game changer in today’s fast-paced world of work, and why micro learning that sticks should be the focus for organisations going forward.

Sharing key data insights, she revealed how demand for audiobooks is escalating as people look to turn traditionally unproductive time, like their drive into work, into a micro learning opportunity. Similarly, she confirmed that mobile learning app session durations are significantly extended at weekends, when employees can dedicate quality time to their own development.

The challenge now for HR teams is to capitalise on these short windows of opportunity, provide curated content, and ensure learning is appropriately aligned to certifications and mentor support.

HR just got its ‘sexy’ back

Kieran King, Vice President Global Customer Insight at Skillsoft, reviewed what’s trending in the talent and learning industry and confirmed that the role of HR is becoming pivotal as organisations put their people strategy top of the corporate agenda.

Attendees heard how ‘remote first’ workplaces are set to increase, that ‘job hopping’ is becoming the accepted norm, workplaces are becoming less hierarchical, and diversity is moving beyond compliance to become a performance escalator imperative for organisations.

During her presentation she also unveiled Skillsoft’s exciting new Learning and Talent Maturity Framework, that’s designed to help organisations break down the silos between talent and learning and chart a path toward higher levels of performance efficiency and effectiveness.

A brave new world

Closing this year’s EMEA Perspectives event, Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education Advisor at TES Global, gave a thought provoking keynote speech that explored how disruptive technologies like AI and robotics will impact us all.

Evaluating how longer life spans mean most of us can expect to engage in a 60+ year working life, he confirmed that workplace learning cultures will need to evolve and become more dynamic as people enter a lifelong relationship with learning.

Coping with a post-industrial world, the workforce as we know it will change. All of which means a new approach to learning will be required as people prepare for a future that will encompass several careers.

To discover more, why not review the #EMEAPerspectives16 Twitter feed.

Tony Glass is General Manager for Skillsoft EMEA

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