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Bersin & Associates Announces 2007 Learning Leaders

22 Organizations in North America, Asia, and Europe Recognized for Excellence in Training and Development

January 8, 2008

Oakland, CA – January 8, 2008 – Bersin & Associates, the only research and advisory firm solely focused on What Works® in enterprise learning and talent management, today announced the winners of the Bersin & Associates 2007 Learning Leaders Program. Based on detailed criteria compiled over years of research, the Learning Leaders Program recognizes organizations which have developed and implemented effective and efficient approaches to employee learning and development resulting in significant business improvement.

The Bersin & Associates 2007 Learning Leaders are:

Operational Program Excellence:

Rockwell Collins (www.rockwellcollins.com), for a highly disciplined, enterprise-wide initiative designed to teach the company’s core values, business model, and key practices.

Wachovia ( www.wachovia.com), for its interactive new hire training covering all aspects of a teller’s job.

SAP (www.sap.com), for simulation training to help project leaders learn how to effectively manage virtual and cross-cultural teams.

Extra Space Storage (www.extraspace.com), for a simple, low-cost, blended learning program designed to teach associates how to more effectively position and sell renter protection insurance.

 

Leadership Development Excellence:

Trinity Health (www.trinity-health.org), for its leadership series developed to bring two organizational cultures together after a merger and to build a strong leadership pipeline.

Business Development Bank of Canada (www.bdc.ca), for its multi-tier leadership strategy that prepares future leaders and hones the skills of existing leaders at all levels.

 

Initiative Excellence:

SumTotal Systems (www.sumtotal.com), for two major initiatives which reduced time to competency for new technical and service employees, improved employee retention, and increased customer satisfaction.

HP (www.hp.com), for revamping technical training for internal employees, partners, and customers, including a global LMS implementation and the creation of HP Software University.

CA (www.ca.com), for a high-impact training program targeting all employees involved in sales, support, and services for the company’s complex IT security products.

 

Organizational Management Excellence:

Citibank Asia Pacific Consumer Bank (Citibank APCB) (www.citigroup.com ), for its learning academies designed to support specific functional areas, such as retail banking, direct sales, and customer service.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) (www.nsta.org), for a highly methodological, systems-based approach to professional development for science teachers.

 

Technology Excellence:

CA (www.ca.com), for a complex implementation of an enterprise-wide LMS which replaced nine different legacy systems.

 

Vendor Innovation

Tools:

Sonic Foundry (www.sonicfoundry.com ), for Mediasite, a webcast presentation tool

Regis Learning (www.regislearning.com), for SimPort, which simplifies the creation of interactive, complex simulations.
 
Mohive (www.mohive.com), for its e-Learning Publishing System, a web-based authoring tool with features designed to support collaborative content development.

 

Platforms:

Kognito (www.kognito.com), for its smart platform which creates realistic scenarios for development of interpersonal skills through the use of virtual characters.

Plateau (www.plateau.com), for iContent, an innovative content management platform.

SkillSoft (www.skillsoft.com), for KnowledgeCenters, easy to use learning portals for rapid access to information.

 

Business Process:

Vangent (www.vangent-hcm.com), which created a rigorous new teller training program for Bank of America to increase standardization and impact quality assurance.

Ninth House (www.ninthhouse.com), for its blended leadership training which combines high-quality online courses; classroom work sessions and materials; a performance support system; and evaluations and metrics.

PulseLearning (www.pulselearning.com), for rapid content development processes designed to reduce the time-to-market and development for technical training and minimize the time required of SMEs.

Bluepoint Leadership Development (www.bluepointleadership.com), for customized workshops which address the skills required to shift from mid-level to enterprise-level leadership.

 

“We applaud the 2007 Learning Leaders for their successes in solving critical business problems with high-impact solutions,” said Josh Bersin, president of Bersin & Associates. “We received many excellent applications this year. The 2007 Learning Leaders represent the best of the best. All learning executives can learn from their stories and best practices.” 

Bersin & Associates will use the data collected from applications to produce an in-depth report on training best practices, Learning Leaders 2007: Lessons from the Best, scheduled to be published in April 2008.

More details about the winning organizations will appear in the cover story of the December/January 2008 issue of Elearning! Magazine, the media partner for the Bersin & Associates Learning Leaders Program. To read the cover story, go to http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/b2bmediaco/elearning1207/?startpage=27. Elearning! will also feature a series of case studies and follow-on articles throughout 2008 on the Learning Leaders winners. In May 2008, Elearning! will host a virtual event that will include panel discussions moderated by Bersin & Associates and featuring participants from the Learning Leaders winner organizations.

For more information, including a list of honorable mentions, go to www.bersin.com/leaders. To be added to the Bersin & Associates mailing list for Learning Leaders Program news, updates, and the 2008 call for applications, please contact diane.siroky@bersin.com.

About Bersin & Associates

Bersin & Associates is the only research and advisory services firm focused solely on research in enterprise learning and talent management. Bersin & Associates’ WhatWorks® research and research-based services are designed to deliver actionable direction and to help improve operational effectiveness and business impact.

Bersin & Associates research members gain access to a comprehensive library of best practices, case studies, benchmarks, and in-depth market analyses designed to guide professionals in making fast and confident decisions. Research areas include planning and strategy, learning programs and delivery, talent management, technology and infrastructure, and measurement and analytics. Member benefits include in-depth advisory services, access to proprietary webcasts, on-site analyst visits, and strategic workshops. For more information, go to www.bersin.com or call 561 455 0622. 

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