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As organizations look to improve the competency and VentanaResearch_NGLM_BenchmarkResearchskills of their workers, learning management system (LMS) technology can help improve their efforts. Our latest benchmark research innext-generation learning management systems finds a range of progress in this regard. Our Performance Index analysis places organizations almost evenly between the two lowest (51%) and the two highest (49%) of four levels of performance. The results differ by size of company as measured by number of employees. For example, only 8 percent of small companies reach the highest Innovative level of performance, compared to 26 percent of very large companies, the largest percentage of any size. Analyzed by industry, the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate sector performs best: Two out of three (65%) are at the top two levels. We attribute this in part to the finance industry’s focus on processes and its need to comply with regulations and teach employees how to do so.

We also analyze performance by four dimensions: People, Process, Information and Technology. In this research, participants perform best in the People (74% at the two highest levels) and Technology (53%) dimensions. Conversely, more than half rank at the two lowest levels for Process (55%) and Information (62%). vr_NGLearning_performance_06_dimensionsWe attribute this difference to the existence of people-centered learning programs and the core technology components for learning management.

Learning management systems have existed in various forms for many years, yet the research finds that a significant number of organizations participating in this research have not adopted this technology. Although nearly two in three (63%) have a training department responsible for learning management, only about half (53%) have a learning management system. Moreover, a formal approach to learning management correlates with size of company: The num­bers of those that have a training depart­ment rise at each size level, from 25 percent of small organizations to 100 percent of very large ones. There is a corresponding in­crease in the number that have learning management systems (small 28%, very large 92%). Because larger organizations have more employees, they likely wish to train them uniformly and more often have resources to devote to this function. Most organizations of all sizes said the primary purpose of the learning management system is employee development training (46%) or compliance-related learning (29%). The use of an LMS automate learning processes and be more efficient in their operations.

Also, learning management systems can contribute to the effectiveness of other employee-related systems including human resources management (HRMS) and talent management. Organizations can gain a more complete view of employees, their performance and what they learn by applying their learning management systems to worker activities. The research shows that most have not done such integration, but some have connected learning management to closely related HR business processes like employee development (35%), which the research shows is the primary purpose of their learning management programs for nearly half of organizations. Performance management (33%) and employee onboarding (27%) are the processes to which they have connected learning management next most often.

Integrating the learning management and performance review processes also makes sense in that the benefit of learning management most often cited (by 72%) is to create more effective workers. Three out of four (77%) of those connecting the two processes are sa­tis­fied or somewhat satisfied with how they link learning management and performance reviews. Looking ahead, the research finds double-digit percentages of organizations planning to connect learning management with other HR business processes in the next 12 months and similar percentages planning to do so within 24 months.

Effective learning management requires content to educate vr_NGLearning_05_socially_sourced_content_gains_importancethose who engage with the system. Yet one of the costliest aspects of a learning program is the acquisition and management of content. For years this has been handled by specialists using purpose-built tools. A new technology capable of alleviating some of this cost is the massive open online course (MOOC) model. The research shows that employees in 40 percent of organizations use MOOC technology as a source of content and courses; however, only 10 percent have MOOC linked to their learning management system, while the rest access it independently. Another emerging option is socially sourced content, which has the potential to reduce dramatically the cost of content development. Two in five (42%) organizations said that using this source is important or very important to their learning content management strategy; just one-fourth said it is not important. Currently most (46%) get no more than one-fourth vr_NGLearning_07_learning_investments_are_increasingof their content from social collaborative sources, but in the next 12 to 24 months 30 percent of organizations expect up to half of all learning content to come from such sources.

Learning management and employee training is a widespread corporate function, and the research finds that 70 percent of organizations have an annual budget for it. In nearly half (47%) of those the budget has increased in the past 12 months; in only 13 percent has it decreased. Thus the opportunity for further investment in learning management exists, as having a budget is the top-ranked consideration (placed first by 15%) for building a business case; among job functions, executives (23%) ranked budget as most important more often than others. Among those ranked first or second in importance, having a budget and ensuring executive sponsorship tied for the top consideration (28% each). These two factors should be considered in tandem.

Organizations building a business case can find key benefits in learning management systems; the most-often found in the vr_NGLearning_01_key_benefits_of_learning_managementresearch are creating more effective workers (by 72%), improving worker training (65%) and improving the efficiency and productivity of the workforce (54%). Engaging and retaining more of the workforce was cited by 44 percent overall, but more executives (60%) and management (vice presidents, 75%) chose this, reflecting their positions in the organization and value of this benefit.

Learning management systems have the potential to transform training organizations by increasing employees’ effectiveness in their jobs and preparing them to act according to their company’s policies and rules. Linking a learning management system to other human capital management processes and tools can bring a tighter connection between people and performance that can result in positive outcomes. Organizations seeking to prepare their workforces better for their roles should examine how the next generation of LMS can help them achieve this goal.

Regards,

Mark Smith

CEO and Chief Research Officer

This week Peoplefluent announced that it has invested in Socialtext, a company that provides social collaboration software at the enterprise level. With this strategic investment Bedford Funding, the private equity firm that owns Peoplefluent, is the direct beneficiary. Peoplefluent will extend Socialtext into the human capital management market while continuing to let the company meet the broader market interest in its offering. Peoplefluent has moved quickly to make this application and platform available to its customers.

This acquisition is spurred by the need of businesses to integrate social collaboration into human capital management. Our benchmark research on Social Collaboration and Human Capital Management, soon to be released, finds that 45 percent of organizations will fund social collaboration to support their talent management needs. The up-and-coming Socialtext is based in Palo Alto, Calif., which gives Peoplefluent a presence in Silicon Valley, where many social media and collaboration technologies have been born. Peoplefluent, which has been adding more people- and process-centric capabilities to its applications, can use Socialtext as another avenue to help individuals maximize their potential. Socialtext’s innovative collaboration environment has a dashboard but is really a collaborative portal framework in which other applications that comply with the Google OpenSocial standard can embed content and services.

Socialtext enables private and public group collaboration and project management. It also offers individual collaboration and communications with what it calls activity streams. The social networking approach lets individuals ask questions, post comments and provide feedback. The software also has capabilities to create content from blogs and wikis, and its Socialtext 360 matches people based on their interests to facilitate coaching and mentoring in the organization. Individuals can create teams whose members are physically located in different geographic areas. Socialtext also works with spreadsheet inventor Dan Bricklin, who co-developed VisiCalc in the 1980s and has been advancing SocialCalc, an open source, JavaScript-based spreadsheet that could integrate analytics within social collaboration technology for ease of access and review. In this approach, the numbers in spreadsheets become focal points for collaboration, and the software provides an environment in which to discuss actions and decisions based on the business analytics.

Not long ago, Peoplefluent acquired Strategia, a learning management system, to address the growing need for online learning within its application suite. This acquisition provides organizations the critical ability to develop and maintain a robust library of content and to track compliance with policies and regulations and also mature the competencies of its talent. Peoplefluent Learning can integrate with Socialtext for social learning. Strategia provides significant capabilities for creating and cataloguing learning content and tracking who has and has not viewed it. Together, Strategia and Socialtext will power a new generation of social learning within Peoplefluent’s portfolio of applications.

Peoplefluent uses tablets as a platform for a new class of manager applications that bring together tasks from team building to performance and compensation reviews, expanding what is possible with mobile computing. Peoplefluent’s native applications are in the Apple application store, and its frequent updates, such as recent support for the new iPad, are what customers expect in tablet software. Socialtext was advancing its capabilities to operate on tablets which will advance Peoplefluent efforts.

Our new research on social collaboration shows that organizations are making knowledge sharing, collaboration and learning top priorities for social collaboration, and Peoplefluent is capitalizing on this trend in software for human capital management. The research found that critical workforce metrics include employee satisfaction (69%), employee retention rates (62%) and leadership development (58%), as having employees engaged and interacting with others provides a sense of belonging and encourages contribution. With Socialtext, Peoplefluent has the human capital fabric to integrate its applications and processes for connecting people who have common responsibilities and interests. This sort of social collaboration to support employee engagement will become a standard way for organizations to operate, and Peoplefluent is positioned to be at the center of this opportunity. The company faces some challenges in rapidly integrating the acquired products, but I expect the process to go more quickly than you might think thanks to the open standard used at Socialtext, and the fact that Peoplefluent has been using Socialtext internally and is familiar with its capabilities.

Organizations that want to find ways to retain and engage their talent should look into how Socialtext operates as it becomes the focal point of Peoplefluent’s portfolio of applications for human capital management now combined with social collaboration.

Regards,

Mark Smith – CEO & Chief Research Officer

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