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Fosway Group, Europe’s #1 independent HR analyst, this month marks 20 years of learning and HR technology research since its inception in 1996. As part of its anniversary, Fosway is opening its archive of research, sharing some of its original papers, models and insights. Its analysts will also be exploring what the next 20 years will bring, as organisations try to keep pace with the digital revolution.

Founded in 1996 by current CEO, David Wilson, Fosway Group, originally known as Elearnity, was formed with a focus on understanding how technology was enabling new ways of working. The objective was to provide research and insights that would help organisations accelerate their progress with technology, whilst de-risking their decision making. These goals remain unchanged to this day.

With a wide portfolio of major corporate clients including Alstom, Deutsche Bank, PwC, Rolls-Royce, Shell, Swiss Re and Vodafone, Fosway’s analysts have developed a unique understanding of the realities of HR, talent and learning and how it is changing within European organisations. This insight is coupled with independent supplier research to ensure an objective insider view of market developments and innovation.

CEO, David Wilson, comments, ‘The last 20 years have obviously brought about massive changes both in technology and how we interact with it. This has made our job at Fosway both challenging and rewarding. But whilst this anniversary is an important landmark for us, looking back is not what we’re about. Fosway has always tried to stay ahead of the curve – from our original focus in 1996 on collaborative and social learning and criticism of the isolation of ‘click next’ e-learning, through to our early advocacy of cloud computing and transforming HR.’

He continues, ‘There are also valuable insights that can be gained from reflection. Opening our archive has enabled us to explore just how far corporate learning, talent and HR, has come. But it also highlights what has been slow to change; many of our insights from 10 or 15 years ago could have been written yesterday! For instance, why has it taken until the last couple of years for user experience to become such a hot topic? And problems of legacy systems, lack of employee engagement and outdated IT policies are all still issues that continue to impact companies today. But as organisations become increasingly digital, there is a unique opportunity for HR and L&D to become real agents for change, which we believe is long overdue.’

The future remains exciting for Fosway, with the team having doubled in size following the successful rebrand from Elearnity. Unique industry partnerships including those with HRN and Learning Technologies further extend the reach of its research and the depth of its insights.

The first in the ‘Fosway 20’ series is now available on its website. Archive research papers and reports will also be released regularly over the coming months. To join in with any reflections on your time in learning and HR technology, use the hashtag #Fosway20.

Fosway Group, Europe’s #1 HR and learning analyst, today announces the appointment of Fiona Leteney as a new Senior Analyst. The role will support the continuing growth of its next gen learning analyst practice and engagement with corporate clients and organisations across Europe.

Fiona Leteney Fosway Group Senior AnalystLeteney joins Fosway Group as a recognised industry figure, with a wealth of experience of successfully implementing and managing learning solutions in a corporate context. She has worked in the learning technology market for over 16 years, and has most recently been Global Learning Technologies Services Manager at healthcare provider, BUPA. She is a long-standing columnist for E-learning Age magazine, with particular expertise and insight into e-learning standards. In recent years, Leteney has also spoken at numerous international industry events including HR Tech World and eLearning Africa.

David Wilson, CEO of Fosway Group comments, ‘Our learning analyst practice is focused on helping corporate clients accelerate their decision making across all aspects of next generation learning. The team provides unparalleled insights into market realities for organisations in Europe, and share insights into what’s really going on in customer organisations, based on our independent research and client advisory engagements. Fiona’s first-hand experience makes her an ideal addition to the team, that further strengthens our insights and ability to support learning innovation in corporate L&D.’

Leteney comments, ‘I am delighted to join Fosway Group as part of its analyst team. As a learning professional who has used Fosway’s research for many years from within a corporate context, I am looking forward to helping others leverage the company’s unique insights and expertise. The role consolidates my experience across an ever evolving industry and lets me share this with other L&D professionals in a similar position.’

With a successful track record of 20 years’ experience, all Fosway analysts have worked directly in corporate organisations. This provides unique insights and a pragmatic approach to tackling the latest challenges within next gen HR and learning. Leteney joins the Fosway team in time for this week’s Learning Symposium and the upcoming Learning Technologies Summer Forum. She can be contacted directly via fiona.leteney@fosway.com.

Find further details on Fosway Group’s current learning research here.

HRN logoThe 2016 HR Realities research launches this week, continuing the success of the only cross-European insights into HR technology and its impact on the future of work. Led by Europe’s #1 HR and learning analyst, Fosway Group, in partnership with HRN, the world’s largest corporate HR network, the research is in its third year and is open to HR professionals across the continent.

The data generated by the HR Realities research, takes a uniquely European perspective. It is designed to take into account the cultural nuances and regional subtleties that inform HR practices across a geography that inherently means working with multiple locations, legislations, currencies and languages.

With hundreds of enterprise organisations participating, the research has highlighted HR technology priorities for the year ahead. The current reports focus on key challenges including Cloud HR, a fragmented systems landscape and analytics.

David Wilson, CEO of Fosway Group, comments, ‘Now in its third year, this research continues to provide a unique data set around the realities of HR technology in Europe. As solutions evolve, HR professionals need to be able to fully evaluate the optimum tools and technologies that will support their next generation HR strategies. This research provides invaluable insights for the HR community both in Europe, and beyond.’

Peter Russell of HRN continues, ‘As the HRN network continues to grow, it is vital to us to support HR professionals contending with the complexities of selecting, implementing and managing an array of technology-led solutions. These technologies should augment what they are doing, not become a challenge in and of themselves. The aim of our ongoing research with Fosway Group is to discover the trends and insights that will help HR technology succeed in practice.’

The 2016 research is now open here with all respondents immediately eligible for discounted attendance at HR Tech World Congress in Paris on 25 and 26 October 2016. In addition, all respondents will receive early, priority access to the research reports when they are published at the end of the year, in readiness for 2017.

Fosway Group, Europe’s #1 HR and learning analyst, today launches its annual 9-Grid™ analysis of the European market for Learning Management Systems, Authoring Tools and Bespoke Learning Solutions for 2016. Updates have been made to reflect the evolution of existing solutions and new market entrants. The Bespoke Learning 9-Grid™ is recalibrated to reflect the broadening portfolios of e-learning content providers.

2016 Fosway 9-Grid Bespoke Learning Solutions 0116_Model SmallThe Fosway 9-Grids™ provide a unique assessment of the principal learning and talent supply options available to organisations in EMEA. Now in its fourth year, the analysis is based on extensive independent research and insights from Fosway’s Corporate Research Network of over 150 customer organisations, including BP, HSBC, PwC, RBS, Sanofi, Shell and Vodafone.

The analysis is designed to provide much needed context to organisations investing in learning technology. The 9-Grids™ uniquely capture five different levels of insight into a vendor’s position in the market, highlighting their Performance, Potential, Market Presence, Total Cost of Ownership and expectations of their Future Trajectory.

‘External market forces, mergers and acquisitions, new technologies, and shifting client requirements all impact suppliers of learning solutions and their ability to meet an organisation’s needs’ explains Fosway Group CEO, David Wilson. ‘The Fosway 9-Grids™ lift the lid on the evolving – and buoyant – learning technologies market. Our aim is to help buyers select the solutions and suppliers that are the best fit for their particular challenges, including budgets, scope, functionality and importantly, customer service.’

He continues, ‘The newly recalibrated Fosway 9-Grid™ for Bespoke Learning Solutions is a good example of how our analysis reflects ongoing changes in the market. We recognise that many vendors have strengthened their portfolios, moving away from pure play e-learning to a wide range of solutions, platforms and services. So the model has shifted to include more than just bespoke content creation. This is why we update the 9-Grids™ annually so that organisations can stay up-to-date and make the right decisions at their point of need.’

The latest 9-Grids™ for 2016 are freely available to download now. Fosway Group will also be hosting the Fosway Analyst Lounge at this week’s Learning Technologies event. Visitors can collect their copies of the new 2016 Fosway 9-Grids™ as well as initial results from Fosway’s new strategic market research with Learning Technologies and the Learning and Skills Group, and discuss their current opportunities and challenges with the analyst team.

Fosway Group, Europe’s #1 HR and learning analyst, reveals the critical realities of HR technology across Europe, in partnership with HRN, the world’s largest corporate HR network focused on the future of work and technology. Ahead of the HR Tech World Spring event in London next week, the new research is being made available through a series of reports and infographics.

HR Critical Realities Infographic_SmallNow in its third year, the research takes an unashamedly European perspective and deliberately takes account for the cultural nuances and regional subtleties that inform the reality of HR across Europe. With input from hundreds of enterprise organisations across the continent, the research highlights a number of key priorities for HR this year. From the top measures for overall success, to the drivers for changing HR systems, the data is telling some interesting stories.

The alignment of HR as a strategic business partner remains a top priority, with 92% of respondents aiming to increase organisational performance and profitability through HR, 89% focused on reducing costs and 86% working to improve customer satisfaction and service quality. Employee engagement continues to be an important strategic goal. And data-driven decision making is seen as key, with analytics dominating a number of responses.

But with 64% of organisations having a decentralised HR operating model and less than 25% having standardised HR systems, accessing the data and insight required to achieve these goals is challenging. This decentralised landscape in Europe potentially also highlights why 78% of respondents are moving – or plan to move – their HR systems to the Cloud.

David Wilson, CEO of Fosway Group comments, ‘When commentators and analysts talk about HR, the realities of what it means to work across the different countries and cultures of Europe are regularly ignored. HR is often viewed as a global business. But the reality for most European and international organisations is that HR can feel very different from a one size fits all approach. Research on the priorities, needs and differences for European companies has been very thin on the ground. With this new series of reports, we are redressing that balance.’

Peter Russell of HRN elaborates, ‘It is part of our passion to bring a European perspective to the discussion on HR and HR technology. This research takes that position, focusing on European HR trends, challenges and realities. And importantly, it focuses not just on what works, but what really makes a difference for European and international HR professionals. We are excited to share these deep insights and build further on this research with Fosway Group throughout 2016.’

Further insights based on the research will be presented at HR Tech World Spring in London on 15 and 16 March 2016. The report series can be accessed via the Fosway Group website as can information on Fosway and HRN’s further research in 2016.

Fosway Group, Europe’s #1 HR and learning analyst, today announces a new strategic research partnership with Europe’s leading workplace learning event – Learning Technologies – and its supporting community – The Learning and Skills Group. The partnership will provide the definitive research on the learning technology market in Europe.

Learning Technologies 2016 logoWith initial research starting ahead of Learning Technologies 2016, the research programme will be an ongoing initiative with updates shared at regular intervals via live events and webinars. The partnership will gather data from Europe’s largest cross section of learning technology customers and suppliers to create a much needed independent barometer of the learning technologies market in Europe.

The unique goals of the research include providing a comprehensive assessment of how successfully vendors and suppliers are currently serving users of learning technology. Customer satisfaction data will be gathered at both segment and supplier level, and valuable market sizing information collated for the first time.

David Wilson, CEO of Fosway Group explains, ‘Fosway’s research covers both the customer and vendor sides of the learning technology market, which means our analysts often uncover the hidden realities of supplier relationships and the success of their solutions. This is valuable information and by working with Learning Technologies, Fosway can extend the scope of our research and the reach of our insights and share them with Europe’s largest community of L&D professionals.’

Learning Technologies Event Director, Mark Penton, comments, ‘We have been working within the learning technology market for over 15 years now, and are excited to deliver such important insights to our ever growing audience of L&D professionals. Fosway Group is the leading independent analyst in the European market, and partnering with them enables us to create a robust research process that is truly independent and comprehensive. And with initial results to be shared at Learning Technologies 2016, the Learning Technologies visitors and Learning and Skills Group community will benefit from the research findings very quickly and be able to build on these throughout the year.’

To take part in the first stage of the research, complete the initial short survey here. Findings will be shared directly with all respondents, once they are unveiled at the Learning Technologies conference and exhibition in London on 3 and 4 February 2016, with subsequent updates shared throughout the year.

Fosway Group, Europe’s #1 independent HR analyst, today announces the appointment of Kate Graham as its head of content and communications. The new role will support the accelerated growth in research output following the launch of the organisation’s rebrand and next generation HR analyst practice in April 2015.

Kate GrahamGraham joins Fosway Group with a wealth of experience across learning and development and HR. She was a founder and director of Ascot Communications and has previously worked extensively with both vendor and end-user organisations. She is also involved with numerous industry bodies and is known for her work supporting and coordinating social media coverage of leading European industry events.

The expansion of Fosway Group in 2015 has consolidated its view of the trends and underlying business drivers for change within HR and learning today. With a research agenda that now includes key themes from HR transformation, Cloud HCM and talent, to next generation learning, gamification and service delivery, Graham will drive an extended content library that builds on the existing 19+ years of Fosway’s reports and resources already available. The popular Fosway 9-Grid™ model continues to be applied to new market segments and updated Vendor Reports were launched this month, alongside unique cross-European HR realities research conducted with HRN, the organisers of the HR Tech World events. Further new research will be published in a variety of formats and across a number of different channels under Graham’s watch.

‘With our unrivalled research and insights into the realities of next generation HR and learning in Europe, it is an exciting time for Fosway Group’ explains David Wilson, CEO. ‘We are delighted to have Kate on board to accelerate the reach and impact of our research output, as well as to innovate with new content formats to increase our engagement with corporate clients. Her appointment will significantly reduce our time-to-market for new research and further expand the resources available to the broader market place.’

Graham comments, ‘I am thrilled to take up this role with Fosway Group, which enables me to share my industry experience and work with a great team that really understands the market. It is so important that we all learn what really works and what doesn’t. Too often, organisations embark on HR or learning initiatives that fail to have the desired impact. Fosway’s research, insights and network is unparalleled across Europe and I can’t wait to start sharing that output.’

Graham can be contacted directly via kate.graham@fosway.com.

For further details on upcoming research, view the forward research agenda here.

Fosway Group, Europe’s #1 independent HR analyst, today releases its new Vendor Reports for the Learning Management Systems market. These comprehensive reports are a unique resource for European-based companies making decisions on their next generation learning and talent solutions.

Now in its sixth year, this research reflects the continuously evolving nature of the software market. Referencing the unique Fosway 9-Grid™ model, the Vendor Reports provide detailed analysis based on insights from Fosway’s Corporate Research Network and independent vendor briefing process. Each report focuses on an individual solution and includes in-depth commentary and scoring for Fosway’s core factors of Performance, Potential, Presence, Total Cost of Ownership and Trajectory. Also included are Functional Ratings on key selection criteria such as user interface, integration, reporting and analytics.

As David Perring, Director of Research explains, ‘Fosway’s latest Vendor Reports provide the next level of detail to the market view captured in our 9-Grid™ analysis. The aim of these reports is to support HR and learning professionals in making the right system decisions for their organisation. The data saves valuable time and effort in researching different solutions and helps eliminate risk by taking into account the expert insights and real-world experiences of other European companies that are using these solutions.’

He continues, ‘The Vendor Reports are currently being updated for the full spectrum of learning and talent, with specific reports for integrated talent management, authoring tools and bespoke e-learning providers, and with Cloud HCM and other categories to follow in 2016. But it isn’t just about the report documents. We are passionate about making sure companies get maximum value from our independent insight. That’s why each report is supplemented by an analyst call with one of the Fosway Analyst team, to enable organisations to discuss their specific questions and options in even more detail.’

The updated Vendor Reports are now available to purchase from Fosway Group. A free sample and more information are available here.

For corporate HR, Talent and Learning leaders interested in joining Fosway’s Corporate Research Network, please contact janet.troesch@fosway.com or call +44 (0) 207 917 1870.

For vendors interested in getting actively engaged in the Fosway Vendor Research process, please contact Philippa Bean, Vendor Research Manager on philippa.bean@fosway.com or call +44 (0) 207 917 1870.

Fosway Group, Europe’s #1 independent HR analyst, and HRN, the world’s largest Corporate HR network focused on the Future of Work and Technology, today release new joint research revealing the critical realities of HR in the enterprise across Europe in 2015.

With input from hundreds of enterprise organisations across Europe, the research demonstrates HR’s priority to become a strategic business partner and the key stepping stones to achieve it. Technology is now at the heart of HR success, with high quality data and analytics, and quality HR systems seen as the two most important factors in any HR solution. 78% of organisations are using – or plan to move to – Cloud HR, and user experience is now clearly critical driver in system selection.
Employee engagement remains the top measure of success for European HR strategy. But as the pressure to keep staff and stakeholders engaged increases, at least 35% of organisations expect a reduction in HR headcount to achieve these goals.

‘HR is in a period of real transformation’ explains Fosway Group CEO David Wilson. ‘The shift to Cloud HR is becoming mainstream and most of the solution providers have upped their game in providing more user-centric platforms that support real employee engagement. But the pressure is on. Decreasing headcounts, challenges around business data integration and a lack of skills surrounding business agility and analytics, mean that HR professionals are having to upskill quickly and respond flexibly to achieve the desired position as a strategic business partner.’

Peter Russell of HRN comments, ‘Supporting HR professionals across the globe is what we do. So it’s vital that they have access to the latest research. Through our partnership with Fosway Group, our audience can actively contribute and share their own experiences and insights so others can learn from them. This year’s results highlight some of the challenges that lie ahead but also demonstrate hugely positive shifts in technology adoption and engagement which is exciting for the HR industry as a whole.’

The research will be presented for the first time in a session at HR Tech World Congress in Paris.

An overview of the high level results will be made available to download here after the conference. A series of related white papers will also follow from next month.

Fosway Group, Europe’s #1 independent HR Analyst, today announces the latest research release from its Next Generation HR practice. Fosway Group will unveil the update to its popular 9-Grid™ analysis for the integrated talent management market at HR Tech World Congress in Paris.

Now in its third annual cycle, the Fosway 9-Grid™ model is based on independent research and insights from Fosway’s European corporate research network as well as independent market profiling and briefing activities. This includes over 150 client organisations including BP, HSBC, PwC, RBS, Sanofi, Shell and Vodafone. Following the launch of Fosway’s new HR analyst practice in Spring 2015, the updated 9-Grid™ is part of a broader research agenda which includes key themes on HR transformation, Cloud HCM and human capital management, in addition to a focus on talent management and acquisition.

The aim of the Fosway 9-Grid™ is to provide greater context to organisations based, or operating in, EMEA. The analysis uniquely captures five different levels of insight into a vendor’s position in the market, showing their Performance, Potential, Market Presence, Total Cost of Ownership and expectations of their Future Trajectory.

CEO of Fosway Group, David Wilson, comments, ‘Having a strong talent pipeline remains a critical measure of success for HR strategy in Enterprise organisations across Europe. To deliver this, HR professionals need tools that support their drive to attract, retain and develop the best talent. The Fosway 9-Grid™ provides unparalleled insight into the leading solutions on the market, which can be applied to each organisation’s unique context.’

He continues, ‘Challenges vary across different countries, different sectors and different organisational cultures. There is not a one size fits all approach to integrated talent management. Which is where the 9-Grid™ can be used to evaluate what’s important to an individual organisation, enabling them to make the supplier decisions that best support their HR strategy.’

The new Fosway 9-Grid™ for Integrated Talent Management will be launched at HR Tech World Congress in Paris on 27-28 October 2015. Download your copy here.

Fosway Group is the new home of Europe’s leading independent research, analysis and insight for next generation HR and learning. Formerly Elearnity, Fosway Group retains its existing expert analyst team, whilst expanding with a new HR analyst practice. Its new forward HR research agenda includes key themes on HR transformation, human capital management, Cloud HCM, talent management and acquisition. Fosway is also marking the launch of the new practice and its new brand with the release of its updated 2015 9-Grid™ for integrated talent management.

The new HR practice formalises Fosway’s broader view of the trends and underlying business drivers for change and transformation within organisations today. An extended library of research will be added to the existing 18+ years’ of insight and resources. The rebrand reflects the company’s new remit across the full spectrum of next generation HR, talent and learning, and consolidates its position as the #1 HR analyst in Europe.

David Wilson, CEO of Fosway Group comments, ‘The launch of our new practice is recognition of the analyst work we have been doing in HCM and talent for a number of years. HR is undergoing a radical change, which is profoundly impacting its strategy, technology and processes. The lack of European-focused analysis and insight is a significant challenge for companies, and we intend to address that.’

He continues, ‘The new Fosway brand demonstrates our commitment to this broader remit and is a natural evolution of our existing research and analysis with Europe’s leading companies. And like the Roman road we draw our name from, our clients will find that we’re unusually direct. We don’t have a vested interest in their technology or consulting choices. They can depend on us to tell them what they need to know to succeed.’

Fosway marks the launch of the new brand and HR analyst practice, with the release of the updated 2015 9-Grid™ for integrated talent management. The new 9-Grid™ illustrates the progress of key providers in the European market in the last 12 months, including some new additions. The model helps buyers understand which solutions are best for their requirements, based on five dimensions of potential, performance, presence, total cost of ownership, and future trajectory. 9-Grid™ is the only market analysis of this kind focused on organisations in Europe.

The updated 9-Grid™ also follows the announcement of Fosway’s further research collaboration with HRN Europe, the organisers of HR Tech Europe and HR Tech World Congress. Building on existing published research conducted by Fosway and HRN Europe in 2014, the research is conducted with senior HR professionals across Europe, and will further explore the critical realities of HR technology and trends in Europe.

Copies of the updated 9-Grid™ report are freely available for download here.

26 Jan 2015

Elearnity, the leading European Talent and Learning Analyst, today announced its annual 9-Grid™ analysis for the European LMS, Authoring Tools and Bespoke e-learning development markets for 2015. The Elearnity 9-Grid™ analysis provides a unique independent assessment of the main learning and talent technology supply options in the EMEA market.

Originally released in 2013, the Elearnity 9-Grid™ analysis model is based on the results of extensive independent research and deep insights from Elearnity’s corporate research network of over 150 client organisations, including BP, Lloyds Banking Group, Rolls Royce and Vodafone. Elearnity’s 9-Grid™ was originally created because of the limited value to European companies of US-centric market analysis. Elearnity is unique in assessing vendors and solutions with a European market perspective, and from providing independent advice to large multi-national clients based in EMEA.

The 9-Grid™ analysis is also uniquely designed for HR and Learning Professionals rather than IT. It uses the familiar framework of the nine box talent profile, but applied to solutions instead of people. The analysis captures five levels of insight into a vendor’s position in the market, including their Performance, Potential, and Market Presence, but also uniquely, Total Cost of Ownership and Elearnity’s expectations about their 9-Grid™ Trajectory in the future. This enables corporates to match potential solutions to their own specific context and priorities, as well as forcing a real debate about cost versus sophistication.

“Elearnity’s 9-Grid is still the only market analysis designed for European companies” said David Wilson, Elearnity’s Founder and Managing Director, “It is also the only industry analysis that makes corporates really examine their choices and compromises, including solution sophistication versus cost of ownership. Being in the top right, the usual position in Analyst market tools, is definitely not the best position for everyone – especially if it comes at significant cost”.

Wilson continued, “The new 2015 analysis has been updated to reflect changing trends in the market over the past 12 months, as well as changes in the vendors. We have added new vendors, as well as refreshing the vendor analysis to provide a robust independent assessment of how these solutions actually perform in real customers. Our analysis is built on direct corporate experience, as well as our own independent expert assessments of the leading supply options”.

The latest Elearnity 9-Grid™ models for 2015 are free to download from here.

04 Jun 2014

Elearnity, the leading European analyst, today announces the launch of its popular 9-Grid™ analyst profiles for the Integrated Talent Management market in Europe. The 9-Grid™ models provide a practical way for enterprises to understand who’s who in the HR, Talent and Learning Technology markets.

Launched in 2013, the Elearnity 9-Grid™ model is based on the results of extensive independent research and insights from Elearnity’s corporate research network of over 100 client organisations, including BP, Lloyds Banking Group, Rolls Royce and Vodafone. 9-Grid™ was originally created because of the limitations of existing market profiling approaches. None of the existing models concentrate on the HR, talent and learning and talent markets from an EMEA perspective, leaving a vacuum for organisations trying to identify which solutions best meet their needs.

The new Elearnity 9-Grid™ for Integrated Talent Management provides an independent and objective assessment of the Talent Management market in Europe. The analysis captures five levels of insight into a vendor’s position in the market, showing their Performance, Potential, Market Presence, Total Cost of Ownership and our expectations about their 9-Grid™ Trajectory in the future.

‘With an improving economy and much greater boardroom focus on attracting, developing and retaining key talent, the Elearnity 9-Grid™ for Integrated Talent Management is a unique tool for organisations looking to develop a connected and strategic approach to Talent Management’ said David Wilson, Elearnity’s Founder and Managing Director. ‘Our ratings contrast critical factors including market and customer performance, scope and sophistication and total cost of ownership; important components of making the best supplier decisions and developing a sustainable strategy’.

Earlier this year, Elearnity also announced the 2014 versions of its 9-Grid™ for LMS, Authoring Tools, and Bespoke e-learning development.

28 Jan 2014

Elearnity, the leading European analyst, today announced the launch of its popular 9-Grid™ analyst profiles for the European Learning Authoring Tools markets. The 9-Grid™ models provide a practical way for enterprises to understand who’s who in the Learning Technology market.

Originally released in 2013, the Elearnity 9-Grid™ model is based on the results of extensive independent research and insights from Elearnity’s corporate research network of over 100 client organisations, including BP, Lloyds Banking Group, Rolls Royce and Vodafone. 9-Grid™ was originally been created because of the limitations of existing market profiling approaches. None of the existing models concentrate on the learning and talent markets from an EMEA perspective, leaving a vacuum for buyers trying to identify which solutions best meet their needs.

The new Elearnity 9-Grid™ for Authoring Tools provides an independent assessment of the e-learning authoring tools and learning content management market. The analysis captures five levels of insight into a vendor’s position in the market, showing their Performance, Potential, Market Presence, Total Cost of Ownership and our expectations about their 9-Grid™ Trajectory in the future.

‘The 9-Grid™ for Authoring Tools is a unique tool for organisations looking to develop a strategic approach to e-learning authoring and content management’ said David Perring, Elearnity’s director of research. ‘Our ratings contrast critical factors including market and customer performance, scope and sophistication and total cost of ownership; important components of making good supplier decisions and developing a sustainable strategy’.

Fosway separately announced the 2014 versions of its Fosway 9-Grid™ for LMS and Fosway 9-Grid™ for Bespoke e-learning development. Other talent and learning sectors will follow later this year.

28 Jan 2014

Elearnity, the leading European analyst, today announced the launch of the 2014 versions of its popular 9-Grid™ analyst profiles for the European LMS and Bespoke e-learning development markets. The models provide a practical way for enterprises to understand who’s who in the Learning Technology market.

The 9-Grid™ model was originally been created because of the limitations of existing market profiling approaches. None of the existing models concentrate on the learning and talent markets from an EMEA perspective, leaving a vacuum for buyers trying to identify which solutions best meet their needs. The model uses the familiar framework of a nine box talent profile and applies it to learning and talent solutions instead of people. The analysis captures five levels of insight into a vendor’s position in the market, showing their Performance, Potential, Market Presence, Total Cost of Ownership and our expectations about their 9-Grid™ Trajectory in the future.

By reviewing the market profiles, readers can gain an understanding of how solutions compare to each other, but more importantly, how solutions also match to their own context, priorities and goals.

As Elearnity managing director, David Wilson explained, ‘As independent analysts, we not only look at understanding trends and the realities of learning and talent organisations, it’s also important to look at how we can best share that insight with the organisations and markets we serve. Our updated 2014 models are an insightful way to start assess your supplier options and how to increase the value of existing suppliers.’

Elearnity separately announced the 2014 versions of its Elearnity 9-Grid™ for LMS and Fosway 9-Grid™ for Bespoke e-learning development. Other talent and learning sectors will follow later this year.

31 Jul 2013

European analyst, Elearnity, today launched a new and unique insight into the European (EMEA) learning and talent market . The new 9-Grid™ models for Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Bespoke E-learning Development are based on independent analysis and insights from Elearnity’s corporate research network of over 150 organisations including BP, Lloyds Banking Group, Rolls Royce and Vodafone.

The 9-Grid™ approach has been created in response to the lack of depth and flexibility provided by existing analyst models, which are also typically US-focused and do not reflect market differences in the UK and Europe. This leaves a vacuum for the multitude of buyers trying to decide which LMS and e-learning solutions best meet their needs. The Elearnity 9-Grid™ for Bespoke E-learning Development is the first of its kind to profile the performance of companies within this market sector, and the Elearnity 9-Grid™ for LMS is the first European specific market view.

The aim of both 9-Grid™ models is to demonstrate the relative value of the solutions available in the market based on five levels of insight; Performance, Potential, Market Presence, Total Cost of Ownership and Elearnity’s own expectations on how the trajectory of performance and potential might change in the future.

One of the notable elements of 9-Grid™ is that there is intrinsic value in all the zones on the model – not just the top right! The model highlights how different solutions will suit different types of organisation, and in particular, the relative trade-off between a vendors positioning with their total cost of ownership. So buyers can gain an understanding of how LMS’s and different e-learning providers compare, but also more importantly, how to match the available solutions to their own context and goals.

Elearnity managing director, David Wilson, comments, ‘Fitting the right vendor with your specific needs is a vital ingredient for success, but up until now, there has been very little independent analysis that accurately reflects the market, especially for UK and EMEA organisations. Most other analyst models are US-centric and therefore can be of limited real value to organisations in Europe seeking to make the best decision about which learning and talent technologies to invest in.’

He continues, ‘In terms of Bespoke E-learning Development, we are talking about a vibrant market that has never had any real research resource of this type. Companies are investing considerable time and effort in sourcing their solutions, and that’s why we’ve created the 9-Grid™ to help them find the right partners and spend their budgets in the most appropriate way. We believe in providing the audience on this side of the Atlantic with analysis and insights that are specific and relevant to their needs and organisational context.’

The two 9-Grid™ models released today are the first two of a series from Elearnity focusing on the main segments of the learning and talent market. Elearnity will also be releasing further 9-Grid™ models later in 2013, including for Integrated Talent Management and for E-Learning Authoring Platforms, with others to follow.

8 Jul 2013

Elearnity, the leading European analyst, today announced a new model for analysing the performance and potential of solutions and vendors in the learning and talent market place. The Elearnity 9-Grid™ model is based on the results of independent research and insights from Elearnity’s corporate research network of over 100 client organisations, including BP, Lloyds Banking Group, Rolls Royce and Vodafone.

Elearnity 9-Grid™ has been created because of the lack of depth and flexibility provided by existing market profiling approaches. None of the existing models concentrate on the learning and talent markets from an EMEA perspective, leaving a vacuum for buyers trying to decide which solutions will best meet their needs.

The model uses the familiar framework of a nine box talent profile and applies it to learning and talent solutions instead of people. The analysis captures five levels of insight into a vendor’s position in the market, showing their Performance, Potential, Market Presence, Total Cost of Ownership and our expectations about how their performance and potential may change in the future.

One of the notable elements of this new model is that there is value in all zones on the 9-Grid™, not just the top right!. 9-Grid™ highlights the fact that different solutions will suit different types of organisation. Readers will gain an understanding of how these solutions compare to each other, but also importantly, how to match solutions to their own context and goals. There is also information on identifying the inevitable trade-offs that are made between relative potential and cost of ownership.

Explains Elearnity managing director, David Wilson, ‘As independent analysts, we not only look at understanding trends and the realities of learning and talent organisations, it’s also important to look at how we can best share that insight with the organisations and markets we serve.’

He continues, ‘Over the past five years we’ve have been wrestling with the inadequacies of other models that are created by US analysts. Not only do these models tell a limited story, they are also very US centric, which can make some of the commentary of limited value for European companies. We’ve created the Elearnity 9-Grid™ to address both these issues, specifically for an EMEA based audience.’

Elearnity will be launching its 9-Grid™ models for learning management systems and for bespoke content solutions at the end of July, with others to follow.

8 Jul 2013

In a survey ahead of Elearnity’s annual Symposium event on the 14th May, involving enterprise organisations such as Aviva, BT, Lloyds Banking Group, Shell and Vodafone, it was clear that the integrating talent, performance, and development workflows is becoming more of a reality in major organisations.

For many respondents, there is a clear focus on the delivery of global solutions through the use of one common platform. Whilst one common platform was had often been deployed, many attendees highlighted the need to embed its use and the importance of simplifying the experience for end users, often by integrating processes. Although the learning and talent infrastructure does play a central role many respondents were also looking to the future and delivering solutions to multiple devices was seen as a critical focus area for many during the next 12 months as was moving towards more resources than online courses. The familiar challenges of engaging stakeholders to use online technology, as well as broadening the scope of solutions, were also still viewed as important.

One of the most significant changes over the last year was the increasing corporate acceptance in the role technology can play in supporting learning and talent solutions and a continued willingness to invest despite the need in many organisation to restrain spending.

Comments David Wilson, Managing Director of Elearnity, ‘It’s encouraging to see corporate organisations continuing to significantly investing in learning and talent solutions. Even though innovations such as mobile access will play a significant role in the future for many organisations, maximizing the value from existing solutions is clearly still an important area of focus. For many organisations 2013 is a year of transition with learning and talent professionals being given the opportunity to reinvent online learning and talent solutions and demonstrate the value they can add to their business by integrating processes to create an improved user experience.’

Elearnity has been running corporate roundtable events for over 10 years. The Symposium brings together a wide variety of corporate and vendor organisations to focus on current learning and talent themes. In a series of roundtable sessions, attendees work through key challenges and trends being tackled by learning and talent professionals today.

Continues Wilson, ‘As an independent Analyst, our symposium aims to be different to other industry events. Everyone has the opportunity to discuss their own unique challenges, putting trends and technology adoption into the context of their organisation. It’s always fascinating to see what emerges from the roundtables and gain a clearer perspective of the reality of learning and talent solutions in major organisations.’

Themes to be covered this year include:

  • Using technology to support workplace learning and performance support
  • The metrics that matter when measuring learning and talent
  • The realities of corporate mobile learning
  • Blended learning in corporate organisations in 2013
  • The future of learning and talent systems
  • Corporate learning and talent innovations that make a difference
  • Participants also have the opportunity to discuss current challenges and best practices with nine leading solution providers, including Assima, Cornerstone OnDemand, Epic, Kallidus, Kenexa, NetDimensions, Saba, SumTotal Systems and Unicorn Training.

Contact info@elearnity.com for information on future roundtables and symposium events.

25 Apr 2013

Ongoing research by Europe’s leading learning and talent analyst, Elearnity, is finding that in at least one third of organisations are failing to make a positive impact with their Learning Management Systems. The results are taken from current research into customer satisfaction levels of learning technology solutions and services across the UK and Europe – which is open for further contributions from corporate organisations until 3rd May 2013.

The research concentrates on Customer Satisfaction with eight categories of Learning Technology including LMS, bespoke and generic elearning content, authoring tools, Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS), social and collaboration tools, assessment tools and mobile learning solutions. With customers rating the technology they are using based on functionality, user experience, ease of delivery, configurability and flexibility, solution impact and total cost of ownership.

David Perring, Director of Research at Elearnity comments, “Business impact is a critical measure of success for any system. And it is concerning that, so far, the research is highlighting how low satisfaction levels can be with some LMS deployments – especially as others appear to be getting it right. As we dig deeper into the responses, I expect we’ll find some interesting correlations between different suppliers – both positive and negative.”

He continues, “Until now there hasn’t been a way for users to share the realities of working with different learning solutions. So, with a couple of weeks left until the survey closes, there is still time for customers to have their say and bring some much needed transparency to the European Learning Technology market.”

Note: corporate participants who complete the survey will be provided with free access to the Summary Report when it’s released later in the year.

The research remains open for until the 3rd May 2013 and can be accessed via the Elearnity website.

14 Mar 2013

Elearnity, Europe’s leading learning and talent analyst, is launching a new research programme to evaluate customer satisfaction levels of learning technology solutions and services – from the people that actually use them. Corporate customers across the UK and Europe are invited to rate the learning technology solutions they are using within their organisation. The results will be published later in 2013, with the long term aim of providing a year on year view of learning technology customer satisfaction in Europe.

The research will focus on all the main areas of learning technologies including Learning Management Systems (LMS), bespoke and generic elearning content, authoring tools, Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS), social and collaboration tools, assessment tools and mobile learning solutions.

Customer organisations are asked to rate the technology they are using in these different categories based on functionality, user experience, ease of delivery, configurability and flexibility, solution impact and total cost of ownership. They are also encouraged to leave supporting comments which will provide additional insights and qualitative input into the research.

David Wilson, Managing Director of Elearnity, explains, ‘Learning technologies represent a significant investment for large organisations, and there is currently no independent European-focussed research into how customers actually rate their learning technology solutions. Our new research will provide unique insights into how learning technology solutions are really working in practice, as well as adding further data to support Elearnity’s independent Vendor Perspectives.’

He continued, ‘The aim of this research is to help vendors continually improve their solutions and provide organisations with much need transparency about which providers have the highest customer satisfaction in Europe. Objectively understanding the reality of customer experience should be important in selecting solutions. Other business and consumer products are often reviewed and evaluated by their users – why not learning technology?’

The research is now open for input by customers using learning technologies and can be accessed via the Elearnity website.

Link to survey: http://delivr.com/2a7wz

14 Mar 2013

In the run up to the Learning Technologies Show in London later this month, a new report released today by Europe’s leading independent analyst Elearnity, highlights the best practices for commissioning bespoke learning projects

“The global bespoke e-learning development market is incredibly localised and potentially inconsistent, and that combination can make engaging in even a modest project, fraught with rat-holes, dead-ends and trip hazards, that can lead to some uncomfortable and unexpected headaches.” said David Perring, Director of Research for Elearnity.

“Selecting a bespoke learning partner because they have the lowest cost, doesn’t always translate into long term success.” He continued. “Partnering with the right provider, not just the cheapest is important. By working with the best fit for you, with the right frameworks in place, it is possible to save a lot more money and create a lot more impact.”

Based on Elearnity’s extensive corporate research network, and the practical experience of supporting leading European enterprises, Elearnity outline what organisations can do to navigate more successfully through the bespoke e-learning marketplace, providing practical, independent advice about the best practices and processes that accelerate and de risk bespoke learning projects.

Link: http://delivr.com/1m3b3

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