Customers, Industry Experts, Visionaries and Business Leaders Converge to Discuss How Evolving Workforces, Markets and Technology are Transforming Employee Development
Orlando, Fla. – May 19, 2015 – Skillsoft, a global leader in learning and talent management, kicked off its sold-out 2015 Global Skillsoft Perspectives customer conference today in Orlando with nearly 1,200 attendees representing 500 customer organizations. This year’s event, the largest to date in the company’s 17 year history, brings together learning, talent and HR professionals to exchange best practices and learn about industry trends, experience the latest Skillsoft and SumTotal product innovations, and meet with the company’s experts and executives.
John Ambrose, senior vice president of strategy and corporate development at Skillsoft, and Mike Walsh, best-selling author and CEO of Tomorrow will deliver the opening keynotes this morning, presenting their visions for how organizations must evolve their cultures and HR practices to embrace the new behaviors, expectations, and innovations proliferating in today’s mobile, social and digital word.
During the morning’s first keynote, Dawn of the Self-Developing Organization, John Ambrose will challenge attendees to think about how their talent development strategies are keeping pace with the digital innovations that are reshaping the business world and redefining the workplace. He will then take the audience on a journey of HR’s next game changer: “the Self-Developing Organization.” At its core, the Self-Developing Organization is a deeply integrated content and engagement platform that knows, entices, improves, rewards and reinforces positive behaviors in employees. When Big Data is layered in, the platform becomes self-learning so that the more that users interact, the smarter the system becomes about who they are and how they learn, providing a continuous guide to help learners achieve their maximum potential. Skillsoft’s vision and strategy for delivering on this new concept is rooted in a fundamental belief that learning should be employee-centric and occur naturally and contextually as part of the daily flow of work, when and where it is needed.
In the second keynote, Designing Your Business for the 21st Century, Mike Walsh will encourage attendees to break the rules, asserting that the companies that will thrive in the near future will be those that are quick to embrace change. Walsh will also offer his views on which business and HR rules need breaking, along with a modern perspective on what it takes to recruit, retain and motivate tomorrow’s employees; the impact corporate culture is having on employee engagement; how to leverage social networks to solve real business problems and why the multicultural web of tomorrow will be different from the one we use today.
Additional Conference Highlights:
- Day 2 Keynote: Bring on Learning Innovation, Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.
During this keynote, Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned expert on creativity and innovation, will discuss the three myths about innovation that constrain organizations and highlight basic practices that differentiate the most innovative organizations from their competitors. He will then present a three-tier strategy to generate “systemic innovation” across the organization and identify the three core roles creative leaders must play to make this happen.
- Vodeclic Acquisition : Innovation Theater, Tuesday at 12:35; Bridging the Digital Skills Gap with Vodeclic, Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. and Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Panzacola G; and featured in the Product Showcase
Throughout the event, attendees will have the opportunity to see demos and learn more about Skillsoft’s recently acquired video course provider, Vodeclic. Vodeclic offers more than 25,000 video tutorials on digital productivity applications spanning a broad range of highly sought after subjects for today’s digital professionals, ranging from Office 365, Excel, Prezi, and Photoshop, to Evernote, Salesforce and Google Apps.
- Skillsoft and IBM Big Data Initiative: Innovation Theater, Tuesday at 10:20 a.m.
Skillsoft will demonstrate an interactive prototype of its latest adaptive capabilities. In this multi-phase joint development effort, IBM and Skillsoft have developed a new patent-pending model and system for delivering precisely relevant content to learners at the moment of need and in a sequence that makes the most sense for each individual to accomplish personal and organizational goals, fast-tracking their career development.
- Talent Analytics in Practice: Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., General Session
While talent analytics is a hot topic in our field, readiness and execution is low. A panel of renowned industry experts on talent management and big data will decipher what is hype and what are the real possibilities of talent analytics today, and share insights on how organizations can advance to the next level of talent analytics maturity.
- Succession Management – Filling Talent Pipelines Means Crafting a Revised Lease on a Critical Management Practice: Tuesday at 4:10 p.m., Penzacola H4
Laci Loew, principal analyst and vice president of the talent management practice at Brandon Hall Group, will discuss how organizations can identify and develop leaders and other critical talent to address today’s unique workforce profile and complex business challenges. In this session, she will share Brandon Hall Group’s proprietary framework for transforming succession management and will provide actionable information for business leaders to better align their succession planning for measurable impact.
- Innovation Awards: Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., General Session
At the event, Skillsoft will announce the 2015 Innovation Award winners, honoring organizations for their work in talent and learning management. Customers will be awarded for a variety of distinctions, including Program of the Year, Talent Development Champion of the Year, Inspiring Leadership Development and Empowering Continuous Talent Development, among others.
During the conference, attendees will also have an opportunity to attend 13 workshops and more than 40 breakout sessions – all featuring more than 100 industry experts, including 50 customers, who will discuss today’s talent management trends and challenges.
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