EdCast Attracts Key Industry Leaders from HPE, Skillsoft, Degreed and Wipro
Two established Learning & Development leaders join EdCast’s executive team; Digital transformation expert joins Advisory Board.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — October 19, 2017 — EdCast, the AI-powered Knowledge Cloud for enterprise-wide unified discovery, knowledge management and personalized learning, is pleased to announce its executive leadership team continues to expand to meet its growing demand and opportunities.
Becky Willis joins EdCast as the Vice President of Enterprise Engagement. She spent 16 years in key executive roles at Hewlett Packard and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Becky also co-founded WillLearn Consulting, which advised enterprise customers on digital learning strategy and management development. She comes to EdCast with over 20 years of experience in the learning and development industry.
Ryan Bertrand was recruited to EdCast to fill the key role of Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, leading the growing revenue-generating division of the company. Ryan has spent his career delivering results in the learning and knowledge management industry, including leadership positions at Skillsoft, IBM, SuccessFactors and Degreed.
Finally, EdCast is thrilled to welcome Abhijit Bhaduri to its advisory board. Abhijit is the author of the best-selling book The Digital Tsunami and is the founder of a digital transformation consulting service. His extensive background includes leadership positions with PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive, and most recently Wipro, the India-based consulting firm with over 165,000 employees, where he served as Global Chief Learning Officer.
“As EdCast continues to expand, we remain committed to attracting the top talent to help us meet our short and long-term goals of bringing our AI-driven Knowledge Cloud to the marketplace,” says Karl Mehta, Founder and CEO of EdCast. “We welcome Becky, Ryan and Abhijit to the EdCast team and look forward to their help in growing our business and fulfilling our vision.”
EdCast recently won a Brandon Hall Group Gold Award for excellence in the Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program category for working with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to deliver the SDG Academy.
Abhijit Bhaduri and Becky Willis are joining forces to lead an EdCast-hosted webinar entitled “How to Build a Culture of Curiosity” on November 8, 2017.
EdCast is the AI-Powered Knowledge Cloud solution for unified discovery, personalized learning and knowledge management across the enterprise. Its award-winning platform is used globally by Fortune 500 companies and government organizations to solve the discovery, curation and recommendation problems of content fragmentation across external, internal and tacit knowledge sources. EdCast’s solutions include its Learning Experience Platform (LXP), SalesU sales enablement suite, and GuideMe’s multi-language in-app content authoring, which are now being used by visionary companies that include GE, Accenture, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell EMC, Kraft-Heinz and Walmart, among others.
WEBINAR: How to Build a Culture of Curiosity
Join us Nov. 8 at 3p IST for this webinar led by Abhijit Bhaduri, acclaimed author, and Becky Willis, VP of Enterprise Engagement at EdCast to delve into how to create a culture of curiosity for your organization.
According to the World Economic Forum, five years from now, over one-third of skills (35%) that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed. Advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics are some of the rapidly converging forces of tech that will shape organizations and business models. What skills will matter for someone to stay ahead of the workforce?
Complex Problem Solving, Critical Thinking and Creativity are the top three skills needed in the workplace by 2020. That makes sense too. Anything that is programmable can be done better faster and cheaper by robots. AI makes it possible to sift through mountains of data and find a match based on criteria. Humans will have to stay curious to stay ahead of the machines. What can organizations do to build a culture of curiosity? Why does curiosity matter even more? What can the individual do to be curious and stay curious?
Register for this exceptional webinar to discuss these concepts in more detail.
WEBINAR: Smarter Than LMS – How AI Measurably Improves Learning Experience and Impact
Traditional LMSs aren’t known for elegant user experience design. That’s because they were developed as administrative tools to support mandated workplace compliance training.
But today’s learners expect more. They want instant, on-demand access to relevant instruction, guidance, expertise and resources — ideally delivered in quick videos or other bursts of useful information. They want to manage their own learning as a lifelong process that fits their unique professional and personal interests.
How can training departments address these demands? They can’t. But that’s where artificial intelligence can make a meaningful difference.
The EdCast team and John Leh of Talented Learning will team-up to share key trends and case studies that illustrate the power of combining AI with an LMS. You’ll discover:
- How AI is transforming organizational learning
- What you can do to create a “smarter” employee learning experience
- The role AI plays in complementing (not replacing) learning platforms
- How to predict and measure AI’s impact in the learning experience
- Real-world examples of successful AI-enhanced learning initiatives
Join us to find out how AI can help you provide learning that is more personal, memorable and valuable for participants, as well as your organization.
John Leh is CEO and Lead Analyst at Talented Learning, LLC. Named one of the world’s Top 20 Corporate Elearning Movers and Shakers of 2017, John is a fiercely independent LMS selection consultant and blogger who helps organizations develop and implement technology strategies – primarily for the extended enterprise.
Drawing upon more than 20 years of successful elearning industry experience, John founded Talented Learning early in 2014. To date, he has served as a trusted LMS selection consultant and sales adviser to more than 100 learning organizations with a total technology spend of more than $65 million.
EdCast Wins Gold from Brandon Hall Group for Innovative Learning Program
Top award for EdCast’s Knowledge Cloud solution for the United Nations-affiliated SDG Academy
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — September 15, 2017 — This past week, Brandon Hall Group announced that EdCast, the AI-powered Knowledge Cloud for unified discovery, knowledge management and personalized learning, won a Gold Award for excellence in the Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program category. The award was granted for working with Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to deliver the SDG Academy.
The SDG Academy is an independent non-profit organization that was set up to support the work of the United Nations-mandated SDSN. The SDG Academy provides high-quality, massive open online education in collaboration with the member institutions and partners of the SDSN to learners in every part of the world through the EdCast’s Learning Experience Platform (LXP).
“We are honored to be recognized as an Excellence in Learning Gold Award winner by the Brandon Hall Group for the program we created for SDG Academy,” says Karl Mehta, Founder and CEO of EdCast. “We are happy to support this critical mission, and EdCast remains committed to making knowledge-sharing and learning easier than ever.”
“Our partnership with EdCast has allowed us to develop knowledge solutions that provide critical information and courses to be accessed online and via mobile platforms in an engaging manner around the world,” states Chandrika Bahadur, President of the SDSN Association, which hosts the SDG Academy. “We are thankful for the Brandon Hall Group’s recognition of our support of the Sustainable Development Goals by leveraging EdCast’s innovative knowledge cloud.”
The award entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon a number of criteria, including program design, functionality, innovation and overall measureable benefits.
“Excellence Award winners symbolize the power and impact that Human Capital Management practices can have on a business or on any organization,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program. “Many organizations can have great HCM initiatives, but the standard of excellence only applies for organizations whose HCM practices truly benefit the business. That’s what the Excellence Awards program stands for.”
EdCast is the AI-Powered Knowledge Cloud solution for unified discovery, personalized learning and knowledge management across the enterprise. Its award-winning platform is used globally by Fortune 500 companies and government organizations to solve the discovery, curation and recommendation problems of content fragmentation across external, internal and tacit knowledge sources. EdCast’s solutions include its Learning Experience Platform (LXP), SalesU sales enablement suite, and GuideMe’s multi-language in-app content authoring, which are now being used by visionary companies that include GE, HPE, Dell EMC and Accenture among others.
About SDSN Association
The mission of the SDSN Association is to support the mandate of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The SDSN was launched in 2012 at the behest of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to mobilize research, academia, the private sector and civil society to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Following the adoption of the SDGs in September 2015, the SDSN supports the implementation of the SDG at local, national, and global scales, and aims to accelerate joint learning and to help overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. For the full list of programs of the SDSN, please visit unsdsn.org.
About Brandon Hall Group
Brandon Hall Group is a HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Management. With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results. (www.brandonhall.com)
WEBINAR – Scale Up Your Learning Efforts With Live Collaborative Streaming Video
For many years our industry has functioned under this premise, “We know that 1:1 training is the most effective method to learn/teach, but that doesn’t scale”. We created elaborate self-paced instructional courses that allowed anyone with a connection and the right computer equipment the ability to learn from an expert. And that worked. For about a decade. The eLearning course solution has been failing companies for many years now. It’s time for something new.
Date and Time: Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 12PM Pacific / 3PM Eastern
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $0 (Free)
Live streaming video is not necessarily new. However, the ability for anyone with a connected device to live stream video is. Live streaming video offers immediate, real time, instruction as well as feedback. It’s the one solution that can truly scale up the efforts of subject matter experts and help training departments deliver learning solutions at the speed of business.
We will talk about several use cases of live streaming video. The technology will be demonstrated from mobile devices and desktop clients. And we will cover the many possibilities of 1:1 training, 1: many training, a community approach to learning, and other solutions that add business value your company leaders will love.
Join Brent Schlenker, Director Enterprise Solutions at EdCast, in this lively conversation as we explore the future of live collaborative streaming video.
- Why did live video streaming become possible so fast?
- How mobile Live streaming enhances Sales Enablement/onboarding
- How mobile Coaching integrates into Management/Leadership programs
- Learn about the difference between Live streaming and Webinars
- What skills are needed to create effective live streaming videos?
- What use cases are best suited for live streaming video as a learning solution
Brent Schlenker has over 20 years of experience in the Training, and L&D industries. He’s built and re-built training organizations, and developed innovative technology based learning solutions across all departments within small, medium, and large corporate structures.
Over the last 15 years Brent built his career as an industry leader through blogging, speaking at industry events, and promoting eLearning through social media channels and hosting the first daily collaborative live streaming online chat, TLDChat. After becoming the face of DevLearn and building up its programming from 2008 to 2012, he moved on to continue learning more about the L&D industry and experience it from other perspectives.
He joined the Litmos team in April 2014 as the Chief Learning Strategist, and in 2017 became Director Enterprise Solutions for a new 21st century learning experience platform called EdCast.
Prior to discovering his passion for technology-based learning, he worked in video production as a producer for a local Arizona NBC affiliate. This early interest for video production paved the way for his leadership in the fast paced world of online live streaming video productions.
He also holds a BA in Media Arts and an M.Ed. in Educational Media and Computers.
WEBINAR – How Companies Use Learning to Enhance Innovation and Agility
You are invited to join us Thursday, October 5 at 10a PT / 1p ET for an information-packed webinar discussing the impact learning has to improve agility and supports an innovative environment for companies.
In the world’s fast-paced markets, innovation – in products, services, work processes, management, and more – is critical in driving competitive advantages and business success. Companies must be able to adapt to new opportunities and challenges, but building a culture and workforce that is agile enough to accommodate new strategies and approaches is not a given.
In this webinar presented by Kevin Oakes, CEO of the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), you’ll learn:
- Key findings from the latest research on learning’s role in driving innovation
- The best learning approaches to develop a more agile workforce
- Practical examples of how learning functions are finding success in enhancing innovation and agility
Becky Willis, Vice President of Enterprise Engagement at EdCast, will also join this discussion to provide specific details regarding the technology available to help boost corporate learning programs.
Don’t miss the opportunity to discuss how to improve your organizational agility, and ultimately, your ability to innovate. Click the button below to register for this no-cost event:
Kevin is the CEO and founder of the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), the world’s largest vendor-free network of corporations focused on improving workforce productivity.
Prior to founding i4cp, Kevin was the founder of SumTotal Systems, one of the world’s largest talent management suites, when he merged Click2learn with Docent. Prior to the formation of SumTotal, Kevin was the Chairman & CEO of Click2learn which he helped take public, and was also the founder of Oakes Interactive, an award-winning, technology-based training company, which he sold to the first company Paul Allen founded after Microsoft.
Kevin is the author of The Executive Guide to Integrated Talent Management, and is a frequent keynoter and author in the human capital field. Kevin is currently on the board of Workforce Insight, a workforce optimization company. He is also on the advisory board of Koru, an education firm that makes recent college graduates workplace-ready, and on the board of advisors of Intrepid, a corporate training firm. Kevin was recently on the board of directors of KnowledgeAdvisors, a human capital metrics software provider which was sold to the Corporate Executive Board, and he was the Chairman of Jambok, a social learning platform which was purchased by SuccessFactors. Kevin was the 2006 Chair of the national Association for Talent Development (ATD) board of directors and Chair of the ATD board selection committee.
GP Strategies Named Innovation Award Winner at Future Learning 2020 Summit
Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation announced today that it has received an Innovation Award honor at the Future Learning 2020 Summit held in Santa Clara, California, August 23–24, 2017. This is the 3rd annual summit hosted by EdCast, a leading provider of a workforce learning experience content aggregation and curation platform.
The Innovation Awards gala honored the most well-respected individuals and businesses making impactful changes to the corporate learning industry. Award winners were selected based on the processes these organizations used to address key learning and knowledge-sharing challenges, how their respective solutions were implemented and the measurable outcomes of their efforts.
“We are thrilled at the growing interest in our Future Learning 2020 Summit and in this year’s Innovation Awards gala,” said Karl Mehta, Founder and CEO of EdCast. “We are honored to welcome many of the world’s visionary learning leaders and to discuss the most important challenges in the corporate learning space.”
Eric Bruner, Chief Technologist at GP Strategies, stated, “Being recognized as an innovator from across so many industries is a great honor. This award is just a step in the journey we are taking with our customers to embrace technologies that are transforming the future of learning.”
About GP Strategies
GP Strategies Corporation is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies’ solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. Additional information may be found at www.gpstrategies.com.
WEBINAR – How AI is Revolutionizing Personalized Learning in the Workplace
You are invited to join us September 27 at 10a PT / 1p ET for an exciting webinar led by Jeanne Meister, Founding Partner at Future Workplace, and Becky Willis, Vice President of Enterprise Engagement at EdCast.
We are drowning in content. Information is more readily available than ever, but it can be overwhelming. According to research conducted by Bersin by Deloitte, employees spend only 1% of their time on development and training during the average work week.
How can employees find the content they need to be more productive and successful? In this webinar, we will discuss how artificial intelligence (AI) technology has been developed to solve the problems of personalized learning and unified content discovery by helping sift through vast quantities of materials to make available the more relevant content at the right time for employees’ specific needs.
Don’t miss the opportunity to discuss the advances being made with AI to improve personalized learning and knowledge management. Click the button below to register for this no-cost event:
NIIT Named Innovation Award Winner at Future Learning 2020 Summit; Announces Partnership with EdCast
Atlanta, GA, United States & New Delhi, Delhi, India
NIIT Limited, a leading provider of managed training services, announced that it will receive an Innovation Award at the Future Learning 2020 Summit in Santa Clara, CA later today. NIIT also announces that it has formed a strategic relationship with EdCast, the award-winning, AI-powered Knowledge Cloud provider with customers that include GE, HPE, Dell EMC, and Accenture.
NIIT is proud to be recognized as an industry leader in innovation, joining other recipients that include Walmart, McDonald’s, Shire, Sprint, SDG Academy, UPenn and others. The Innovation Awards gala at this year’s Future Learning 2020 Summit will honor the most well-respected individuals and businesses making impactful changes within the corporate learning industry. Award winners were selected based on the innovative use of personalized learning and knowledge-sharing technologies at their respective organizations.
NIIT is also pleased to announce its partnership with EdCast. The two companies will collaborate in the areas of corporate training and consulting, learning management and administration, and content management and creation for businesses around the world.
“We are thrilled at being recognized for our groundbreaking learning management efforts in receiving an Innovation Award at the 3rd Annual Future Learning 2020 Summit,” said Sailesh Lalla, Executive Vice President, Business Development at NIIT. “We are also looking forward to our collaboration with EdCast, allowing us to provide industry-leading AI-powered learning management solutions that are completely mobile-accessible for our enterprise customers.”
“We are honored to welcome to our Summit and Innovations Awards gala so many visionary leaders and world-class organizations for their achievement in learning innovation, including NIIT,” said Karl Mehta, Founder and CEO of EdCast. “We are even more proud to add NIIT as another key learning management and training consulting partner of ours, enhancing EdCast’s learning and content discovery capabilities around the world.”
The Future Learning 2020 Summit began yesterday, August 23, and continues through tonight, August 24, with the Innovation Awards gala taking place on the evening of August 24. More information about the Summit can be found here: https://www.edcast.com/corp/summit2017/.
NIIT is a leading Skills and Talent Development Corporation that is building a manpower pool for global industry requirements. The company, which was set up in 1981 to help the nascent IT industry overcome its human resource challenges, today ranks among the world’s leading training companies owing to its vast and comprehensive array of talent development programs. With a footprint across 40 nations, NIIT offers training and development solutions to Individuals, Enterprises and Institutions. NIIT has three main lines of business across the globe – Corporate Learning Group, Skills & Careers Group and MindChampion Learning Systems Limited.
NIIT’s Corporate Learning Group (CLG) offers Managed Training Services (MTS) to market-leading companies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The Skills & Careers Group (SNC) delivers a diverse range of learning and talent development programs to millions of individual and corporate learners in areas including Digital Transformation, Banking, Finance & Insurance, Soft Skills, Business Process Excellence, Retail Sales Enablement, Management Education, Multi-Sectoral Vocational Skills, Digital Media Marketing, and new-age IT. As NIIT’s wholly owned subsidiary for its K-12 school learning initiative – MindChampion Learning Systems Limited (MLSL), provides futuristic NIIT nGuru range of learning solutions for schools comprising, interactive Classrooms with digital content, technology-driven Math Lab, IT Wizard programs and Quick School – an Education Resource Planning software. The Training.com learning platform is an NIIT initiative for advanced career programs, which are delivered live by industry experts in an immersive and interactive online mode, combining instructor-led classrooms with the convenience of accessing the training sessions from anywhere.
As the Most Trusted Training Brand in India for 5th year in a row (Brand Trust Report, 2017), NIIT’s learning and talent development solutions, continue to receive widespread recognition globally. NIIT has been named among the Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies for the past nine consecutive years by Training Industry, Inc. USA. Further, leading Indian ICT journal Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT the ‘Top Training Company’ award successively for the past 20 years, since the inception of this category. NIIT has also been featured as the ‘Most Respected Education Company’- 2016 by leading financial magazine, Business World. NIIT.tv – a disruptive innovation by NIIT, won the prestigious award for ‘Educational Technology, at the Indo-American Education Summit 2016.
EdCast is the AI-Powered Knowledge Cloud solution for unified discovery, personalized learning and knowledge management across the enterprise. Its award-winning platform is used globally by Fortune 500 companies and government organizations to solve the discovery, curation and recommendation problems of content fragmentation across external, internal, and tacit knowledge sources. EdCast’s solutions include its Learning Experience Platform (LXP), SalesU sales enablement suite, and GuideMe’s multi-language in-app content authoring tools, which are now being used by visionary companies that include GE, HPE, Dell EMC and Accenture among others.
Infographic: Are Learning Leaders Prepared for Digital Learning?
Did you know:
- Millennials make up 42% of the current workforce
- 64% of L&D professions believe increasing the amount of informal learning is critical
- 40% believe they are unprepared to increase the amount of learner-contributed content
This is a sample of the information compiled by the Brandon Hall Group to address the growing concern of how learning and development professionals will prepare themselves for the changes they are facing in the infographic below.
Along this topic, there was an exciting webinar led by David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst for Brandon Hall Group, and Becky Willis, Principal and Co-founder of WillLearn Consulting, defining how the landscape of learning and development is changing and the skills needed prepare for the future of learning.
See the full infographic below: