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learningManage_clip_image002 With the eLearning Guild’s signature conference this week many of us will be converging on the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas to see the latest buzz in the learning world. Without doubt the hottest buzz is on mLearning and all that it entails including how to design, develop and deliver for the mobile platform, as well as the ongoing HTML 5 vs. “Everything Else” battle. Last year HTML 5 was up against Flash and now that it has won that battle (not a fair fight since Adobe pulled support for Flash on Mobile quite some time ago) it seems its only enemies are those professionals who are dragging their feet and not embracing this current, new and evolving standard. More on this topic in a separate future post. Also SaaS LMS offerings are all the rage these days and already Docebo and Docnito have issued press releases touting their brand new, completely flexible SaaS offerings. Vendors pushing for SaaS so convincingly should tell the learning professional at least one thing, it is that the companies who design and develop learning systems are doing away with customizations and trying to fit every customer into a “one box fits all” design. Sure they will have numerous configuration choices for customers, but the overall architecture and workflows will not be all too flexible and this may turn away many large enterprise customers, or those with inflexible workflows. I am curious to see the new players and their wares. My particular interests lie in tools/vendors that can create/convert compelling content for mobile, and have a good understanding of the various mobile handset/tablet platforms, meaning they understand how to develop to not just  iOS devices, but also to Android, Windows RT/8, Blackberry and also to the desktop. Also of importance to me is to look at technology that supports informal and social learning, implementing useful functionality to not only support these types of interactions, but also promote them. learningManage_clip_image001 And in closing, what value would going to this show be without looking at Tin Can and how it is being adopted/integrated by the authoring tool and learning management community. Building a learning system centered on Tin Can and supporting the various learning actions it supports sounds like a pretty good way of future proofing your system for down the road….at least until things change again tomorrow

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Since June I have been working with a client to determine their requirements for transitioning from an internally created external facing learning management system to an off-the shelf one to satisfy many of the current systems’ deficiencies. This engagement also included the organization’s needs for internal learning management, which in turn resulted in many discussions around performance and talent management, and succession planning. Throughout this process it has been amazing to see many individual’s appetite for more sophisticated and actionable-based systems directing everything from on boarding through learning and performance management to a complete picture on the organization’s talent pool and where they maybe deficient, have flight risks or are okay for tomorrow’s workday. Understanding that these needs exist from business units, IT, HR and executives only reinforces what has been happening lately in the HRIS, HCM, HRMS, or “whatever you want to call it” world. The convergence of many systems into a single offering from a given vendor is the current trend. Many in this space are acquiring their “missing pieces” to offer an end-to-end solution comprising core HR functions and associated modules including recruiting, talent, performance, learning and succession. Consider the latest happenings and tell me convergence is not occurring at a rapid pace:

  • Success Factors (Talent/Performance/Recruiting) acquires Plateau(Learning) and now Success Factors is acquired by SAP(Core HR)
  • Taleo (Talent/Performance/Recruiting) acquires Learn.com (Learning) and now is in the process of being acquired by Oracle(Core HR plus a lot more….)
  • SumTotal which started off as a pure training company many years ago has evolved from Asymetrix to Click2Learn, to a merger with Docent to now a company with a complete HCM offering with individual modules supporting Core HR and Talent/Performance/Recruiting
Convergence is happening in this SaaS world with vendors creating a complete solution with modules that can be turned on/off for their clients based on their current needs with the goal of every client using all modules with the vendors’ suite. Where does that leave the LMS vendors that are still independent and focused on just learning and or learning/talent/performance? Maybe it leaves them ripe for acquisition, or ripe for death. However you look at it, it is a very interesting time for those of us in this space who are waiting for the next domino to fall. Is that domino Workday and if so what is their plan? I can guarantee you it is not to be acquired by Oracle……..

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Well another year has come and another mLearnCon has passed, leaving each of us attendees, presenters, exhibitors and wanderers with more excitement than ever. This year’s show had about twice the amount of registered attendees (approaching 800) and more than 25+ exhibitors/vendors who have been instrumental in gaining awareness and attention to the space. With over 100 focused learning activities spread across 4 days there wasn’t a topic that didn’t get its due respect and attention from this crowd. Combine in interactive learning zones and the “Mosh Pit” and there was something for everyone from those just hearing about mLearning, to those planning on implementing, to those trying to understand the technology, those needing help creating an RFP and even those already looking for success stories. Some of the cooler apps I had a chance to see where the:

  • EventPilot Mobile Conference App which let you see the schedule, presenters and also real time updates of what was happening now and where.
  • Qualcomm Mobile Browser app that enabled an employee anywhere in the world to see scheduled classes based on his/her proximity to the location where the class was taking place, and even a link to the LMS for registration.
Most importantly what I saw as a whole is that this industry is starting to mature as authoring tool, LCMS, and mobile distribution system providers are working together as one to build awareness, integration capabilities and “real” offerings that will support adoption. Keep an eye out for new product launches in the next few weeks from OnPoint Digital, Xyleme, Articulate and Brainshark. From what I saw of the demos they provided, HTML 5 is alive and showing very well on mobile. If you attended the conference please comment to provide your thoughts.

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