EdCast Adds Industry-Sector Leaders as Vertical Segment Demand Increases

EdCast Adds Industry-Sector Leaders as Vertical Segment Demand Increases

Learning and knowledge leaders from Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences, Financial Services, and Consulting & Professional Services join venture-backed company.

EdCast, the AI-powered Knowledge Cloud for unified discovery, knowledge management and personalized learning, is pleased to announce its continued expansion into key vertical sectors with new hires to meet growing demand.

Patricia Robertson joins EdCast as the Chief Knowledge Officer and Head of EdCast’s Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences practice. Most recently, Patty served as Head of Professional & Leadership Development and Head of Enterprise Digital Learning Innovation at Shire, the world’s largest rare disease biotechnology company based in Dublin. Patricia represented Shire on edX’s corporate advisory board and is a frequent speaker on digital learning innovation. Patty brings to EdCast over 20 years of experience in technology, management consulting and talent development in life sciences and related sectors.

Max Meadow joins EdCast as Managing Director, Consulting & Professional Services from Brandon Hall Group (BHG) where he served as Vice President, Strategic Engagement & Principal HCM Advisory Analyst. He brings extensive consulting, analyst and professional services experiences across many industries from BHG as well as Deloitte, Saba and Bersin & Associates. At Bersin, Max grew the firm’s consulting business to serving hundreds of Global 2000 enterprise clients before it was acquired by Deloitte in early 2013.

Based out of EdCast’s New York City-area office, John O’Toole joins EdCast as Managing Director, Financial Markets. John has over 15 years of experience in the learning and finance sector. John was previously Managing Director of Financial Services Products at Intuition, a global knowledge management solutions company targeting finance companies, where he helped the company sign many large financial institutions and generate multimillion dollar revenue streams. EdCast will utilize O’Toole’s financial industry experience and connections in targeting and meeting the growing sector need for learning solutions.

“EdCast continues to generate strong demand in a number of vertical sectors due in no small part to our market-leading Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies,” says Karl Mehta, Founder and CEO of EdCast. “We welcome Patty, Max and John to the EdCast team to provide leadership with these sectors and look forward to our continued growth.”

EdCast recently won a Brandon Hall Group Gold Award for excellence in the Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program category and is a 2017 Cubic Award Finalist at Corporate Learning Week for the Learning Technology of the Year.

GuideMe’s In-App Training Solution for Salesforce Featured at Dreamforce

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GuideMe’s In-App Training Solution for Salesforce Featured at Dreamforce

GuideMe by EdCast to showcase the acceleration of Salesforce training and Lightning adoption with case studies from F500 companies

At Dreamforce, EdCast will showcase GuideMe, the fastest and most secure in-app training and walkthrough authoring solution for software applications. Attendees will see how organizations can accelerate Lightning adoption and roll-out customized instances of Salesforce for their employees at Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce event, taking place November 6-9, 2017 in San Francisco, CA.

Live GuideMe demonstrations will be available at GIGA #22 booth in the Developer Forest. Visitors can see how developers and administrators are integrating GuideMe into Lightning and other customized Salesforce instances with the AppExchange approved app. Training can be created in more than 30 languages with audio- and video-based guides.

GuideMe will lead a 20-minute Theater Session on Monday, Nov. 6 at 12:30p PT at Moscone West, Frontier Theater. There will be a 40-minute Breakout Session for an in-depth discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 12:30p PT in Moscone West, Room 2011 to show how GuideMe became the most secure and fastest-to-deploy solution at improving Salesforce training efforts.

“At this year’s Dreamforce, Salesforce Administrators will see how quickly they can provide in-app training that is easy to create and deploy,” says Karl Mehta, Founder and CEO of EdCast. “Getting more out of your Salesforce investment in the most secure way possible is why companies are choosing GuideMe.”

EdCast recently won a Brandon Hall Group Gold Award for excellence in the Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program category and is a 2017 Cubic Award Finalist at Corporate Learning Week for the Learning Technology of the Year.

About EdCast
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) and GuideMe’s multi-language in-app content authoring solution, which are now being used by visionary companies that include Accenture, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell EMC, Walmart and McDonald’s, among others.

 

Digital Disruption & Learning Fueled by AI

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Digital Disruption & Learning Fueled by AI

Coming from many years in L&D and Sales Enablement,  I have spent many hours creating, curating and searching for good stuff.

Today, we all are overwhelmed by too much content and too little time.  We need tools to help find, filter and blend content that is relevant and timely.  This is one of the key areas that Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help.  

First of all, let’s put a consumer lens on AI to provide a reference point for all of us.  When you shop on Amazon, play music on Pandora or select a video on Netflix, AI is running in the background helping to find, filter and deliver content that’s personalized for you.  All of these great tools learn what you like and react to that growing database, learning as it grows.  All of them process queries using Natural Language Programming.  “Hey Siri, what is the weather?”

Learners today expect this type of user interface.  They want an easy way to gain knowledge, get answers and, ultimately, learn.  They want, even need, that consumer experience.  EdCast delivers that experience and more.  

EdCast and AI

EdCast is an award-winning,  AI-powered knowledge cloud for unified discovery, knowledge management and personalized learning. EdCast aggregates and curates over 10,000 pieces of content/day using AI.  Customers can set parameters and refine the scope of the search.  And these tasks are performed in the background to learn what each learner and each company wants/needs. EdCast applies deep AI knowledge in three key areas:

Discovery:  One key to digital learning success is finding the right answers anywhere, anytime.  EdCast solves the discovery dilemma with broad search APIs that use AI.  That solves the Moment of Need.  Then, the designer or curator can build from there to increase engagement.

Curation:  I believe Curation is both an art and a science and AI truly helps on the science piece.  The AI behind EdCast curates external, internal, formal, and informal content and a way that’s contextualized to the relevant topics.  

Relevance: Google search is a great way to find things.  EdCast’s AI betters that traditional route by incorporating learning topic parameters specific to each customer and/or learner.  EdCast takes millions pieces of content down to a configurable number 5 pieces of relevant material to fit a learner’s daily learning needs.  EdCast provides more than just Moment of Need content, it delivers content a learner wants to learn, driving  continuous learning habit with aspirational learning, enabling a learner’s skill and knowledge for the  future.

All on an easy to use platform.  

Breakthrough Technology, delivering great user experience

EdCast provides the user experience for employees to want to use the system to drive continuous learning.  The AI-powered software reacts to actions of the user, learning habits.

We also use AI to help with virtual coaching, voice commands, and dynamically building pathways, as well as curation, aggregation, and personalization.  

Why now?

There is no denying the digital learning revolution.  Our job as learning professionals is to adapt and learn the new skills to make it work for the learner.  With EdCast’s AI, we can:

  • Make discovery easy
  • Promote continuous learning
  • Recognize and share skills and expertise
  • Drive usage with great user experiences
  • Aggregate and curate overload of content – anytime, anywhere

What are your thoughts on these topics? We’d enjoy hearing them and discussing with you and your organization further. Email us at info@edcast.com.

EdCast Attracts Key Industry Leaders from HPE, Skillsoft, Degreed and Wipro

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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.

 

About EdCast
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

Webinar Culture of Curiosity

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.

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Webinar: Smarter Than LMS – AI Improves the Learning Experience

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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.

Join John Leh, CEO and Lead Analyst at Talented Learning, and Ryan Bertrand, Vice President of Enterprise Solutions at EdCast, as they 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.

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BIO:

John LehJohn 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

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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.”

 

About EdCast
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: Learning Efforts With Live Collaborative Streaming Video

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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

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BIO:

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

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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:

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BIO:

Kevin Oakes i4cp

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

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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.