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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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