Skillsoft Unveils Major Content and Platform Enhancements at its Annual Perspectives Conference
ORLANDO, Fla. – April 16, 2019– Today at its annual Perspectives conference, Skillsoft, a global leader in corporate learning, announced new and enhanced content and platform products. The updates to Skillsoft’s Compliance, Leadership & Business, and Technology and Developer content portfolios as well as to its Percipio learning experience platform are all aimed at accelerating learning workforces for digital transformation.
According to recent research from Brandon Hall Group, People Strategy ranks within the top four critical strategies for business success, along with Business Strategy, Operational Strategy and Product Strategy, making corporate learning a strategic and critical business imperative. To support this key strategy and initiative, Skillsoft continues to align its solutions to meet the market’s constantly evolving and diverse needs, which are being driven by a broader group of business stakeholders in addition to HR and L&D organizations. Skillsoft’s content and learning platform solutions are also designed to help chief executive, financial, compliance, legal, information and technology officers efficiently, effectively and seamlessly upskill and reskill their workforces at scale to accelerate digital transformation.
“Make no mistake, HR strategy has undoubtedly migrated towards the top of every C-Suite’s critical priorities,” said Michael Rochelle, chief strategy officer and principal HCM analyst, Brandon Hall Group. “People development and learning are no longer a nice to have. They are an absolute necessity for organizations that wish to attract and retain agile-minded talent in today’s tight labor market. Skillsoft remains on the cutting-edge, helping thousands of organizations worldwide achieve business success by providing a variety of learning and development solutions that enable workforces to realize their full potential.”
Today, Skillsoft announced:
- General availability of first Skillsoft Aspire learning journey for technology and developer professionals
The first Skillsoft Aspire learning journey is now available on Percipio. The Data Analyst to Data Scientist journey provides learners a sequenced path spanning more than 100 hours of instruction. The multimodal content is intentionally designed to help learners build skills critical for the roles of a Data Analyst, Data Wrangler, Data Operations Manager and ultimately Data Scientist. Topic coverage starts with exploring big data areas such as Python, R, architecture and statistics, working up to visualization, APIs, and ML and DL algorithms. To advance throughout each sequence with a Skillsoft Aspire journey, learners must successfully demonstrate job readiness and true skills growth through labs and assessments. Additionally, technology learners are provided leadership and communication training, equipping them to lead cross-functional projects.
Additional Skillsoft Aspire learning journeys on topics such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Security (three different journeys), Blockchain and DevOps will be made available later this year.
- Skillsoft Compliance unveils enhanced mobile experience, adds hotline and case management services
The Skillsoft Learning App and Percipio Mobile App now provide Skillsoft Compliance customers with an enhanced mobile experience. New features also enable seamless playback and the ability to complete assessments via both iOS and Android devices. Accessing compliance courses on-the-go through mobile devices allows employees to complete compliance training courses anywhere, at any time.
Additionally, Skillsoft and Convercent, provider of the world’s first integrated ethics and compliance platform, have formed a strategic partnership to provide Skillsoft customers with access to Convercent's leading intake channels across their Hotline and Case Management offerings. Together, Convercent and Skillsoft are empowering organizations to provide helpline and case management services to strengthen workplace culture and foster an environment that encourages employees to speak up.
- Expanded localization of Leadership and Business Skills portfolio, Product Management curriculum unveiled and an expanded Digital Transformation portfolio
The award-winning Skillsoft Leadership Development Program enriches local language support for global organizations. The solution features courses, books, book summaries and articles in French, German and Spanish. The collection will be further localized into Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese in 2019.
Designed to spur transformation and innovation, Skillsoft’s Digital Transformation collection is now available in French, German and Spanish. Later this year Skillsoft will release extensive video-based Digital Transformation course content in two critical areas for workforce enablement in the digital economy: data-driven decision-making and design thinking. These two paths include cutting-edge content developed in partnership with the International Institute for Analytics and PDD Innovation, both leading experts and experienced practitioners in their respective domains.
Skillsoft also plans to enhance its Business Skills offering by launching a comprehensive Product Management curriculum designed for product professionals in the digital age. Complementing Skillsoft’s extensive project management and business analysis content solutions, the new product management curriculum offers a fresh look at the Product Management skills necessary for product professionals in the digital age. Additionally, Skillsoft will debut a series of innovative, expertly-designed ITIL® 4 courses, presenting a unique solution in the industry due to its broad array of options for training, development and certification, as well as its ability to effectively provide development for each participant in an ITIL initiative.
- Skillsoft announces strategic licensing agreements, partnerships
Last week, Skillsoft announced strategic licensing agreements with MIT xPRO and WintellectNOW to supplement Skillsoft’s collection of technology and developer learning products on topics such as the Internet of Things, data science, angular and quantum computing. In 2018, Skillsoft debuted partnerships with ITProTV and Loonycorn to complement Skillsoft’s existing library of 23,000 multi-modal learning resources for enterprise technologists and developers.
Skillsoft also recently joined forces with IBM Watson Talent, collaborating to design an AI-powered learning and career development solution. The seamless integration of Skillsoft learning content and IBM’s Watson-curated library of skills and competencies can deliver learning recommendations based on an employee’s learning history and their career aspirations, and also provide the agility needed to meet an organization's changing job requirements. This level of data-driven intelligence will enable employees to identify the skills and competencies that their organization needs, empowering them to create a personalized learning and career development plan that matches their aspirations and is fully aligned with organizational needs.
- Tooling innovations as Percipio demonstrates learner engagement growth
Since June 2018, learner engagement within Skillsoft’s learning experience platform, Percipio, has increased by more than 500 percent. Customers transitioning to Percipio from a more traditional platform experience on average a 50 percent increase in learner time-on-site and a 150 percent increase in online activities. These spikes in user engagement reflect trends seen in the industry generally – learners are increasingly seeking a rich, personalized learning experience with anytime, anywhere access to learning content offered by platforms like Percipio.
The latest updates to the Percipio platform include:
- Team-based learning: Each Manager within a company can now have an auto-generated audience of team members (direct reports, full team), easing the ability to assign and track learning among this group using simple graphical dashboards in addition to the ability to assign learning to help upskill team members and achieve custom, unique functionally specific goals.
- Project Management Institute (PMI) and CompTIA credits and certificates: These can be earned by completing eligible courses through Percipio, and search filters make these courses easy to find.
- Customer-specific content within Percipio: Customers can include content from any free or paid source in Percipio, enabling curators to create special learning experiences for users. Customers can now customize the Percipio library menu for users and any customer-specific content in Percipio will be included in personalized AI-driven recommendations for learners. These enhancements enable each customer to blend content from many different sources into learning paths that achieve unique goals.
- YouTube integration: A quick and simple self-service interface for administrators makes it easy to add YouTube content to Percipio and into custom channels or assignments for learners. The integration automatically populates images and metadata while any YouTube content that is added is automatically discoverable within search, browsing the Library and via AI-driven recommendations. Activity is tracked through available Percipio reports and dashboards.
“We are thrilled to welcome more than 1,000 customers, prospects and partners to our largest ever Perspectives event,” said Ron Hovsepian, executive chairman, Skillsoft. “Aligned with our Perspectives theme of ‘Accelerating Your Learning Workforce for Digital Transformation,’ our product and partner news announced today demonstrates Skillsoft’s unrelenting focus on producing and delivering high-quality solutions that enable continual learning, reskilling and upskilling required in the digital economy.”
To learn more about Skillsoft, visit www.skillsoft.com.
Skillsoft is a global leader in corporate learning, delivering beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for modern enterprises. Skillsoft comprises three award-winning systems that support learning, performance and success: Skillsoft learning content, the Percipio intelligent learning experience platform and the SumTotal suite for Human Capital Management.
Skillsoft provides a comprehensive selection of cloud-based corporate learning content, including courses, videos, books and other resources on Business and Management Skills, Leadership Development, Digital Transformation, Technology and Developer, Productivity and Collaboration Tools and Compliance. Percipio’s intuitive design engages modern learners and its consumer-led experience assists in accelerating learning. The SumTotal suite features four key components built on a unified platform: Learning Management, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Management.
Skillsoft is trusted by thousands of the world’s leading organizations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. Learn more at www.skillsoft.com.