Are Your Staff Ready to Swim in the Digital Tide?

Learning Services

How do you survive—even thrive—in the Digital age?

While one, clear answer may remain elusive, one thing is abundantly clear: Without a flexible workforce armed with the knowledge and skills tools they need to adapt to this brave new era of disruption, survival itself is far from guaranteed. 

And these are, indeed, challenging times for companies. We are living through a new age of disruption where, with dizzying speed, the volume and complexity of change intensifies year by year. Disruption can happen at any time, in any sector, and its effect on traditional and digital businesses alike can shake organizational and business model foundations to the core.

Adaptation to disruption in this, the brave new electronic economy—as with adaption to Digital—is not a one-off investment. Instead, it is a long, transformational journey where success takes effort, investment, and – more importantly – comprehensive strategic planning.

Beyond Compliance: Cultivating Engagement in Workplace Learning

Learning Services

Dan Pink , author of New York Times bestseller Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, explains that when it comes to motivation, “there's a mismatch between what science knows and what business does.” This was never truer than in the realm of learning services and professional development. Companies must bridge the gap between science and business by empowering their people to succeed in a landscape that requires increasingly higher cognitive skills. 

Pink's work examines the inadequacy of so-called “carrot and stick” models of motivation in business. Offering rewards as an incentive to boost productivity simply doesn’t work; in fact, studies show monetary incentives may diminish productivity and hinder creativity. His TED talk on the topic has been viewed more than 17 million times and his book has become a seminal piece in studying what fuels human behavior.

Saba Software to Acquire Halogen Software

Patrick Costello

The combination of Saba and Halogen, expected to close in the second quarter of 2017, will extend Saba’s position as a leading provider of end-to-end SaaS Talent Management solutions. Combined,Saba and Halogen will serve more than 4,000 customers worldwide, and together, increase value to the customers they serve with the strength, size and scale to deliver rapid innovations in talent management.

The combination of these two market leaders is expected to bring together learning and performance in a way not yet realised in the market.

In combination with Saba’s robust learning, social and engagement capabilities, Halogen’s solutions and expertise in performance management will allow Saba to further accelerate talent innovation. Their combined solutions will enable organisations around the world to transform the employee experience and embrace new workplace dynamics through best-in-market innovations in learning, engagement, and performance.

SureSkills Seminar Tackles Complexity Challenge of EU GDPR

Patrick Costello

EU GDPR is sure to dominate conversations about data management, privacy and compliance between now and May 2018, so it wasn’t surprising to see a huge turnout at SureSkills’ seminar last week. 

An audience of more than 100 business and IT leaders, as well as privacy professionals, gathered at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin to hear from experts in technology, data protection and law discuss the likely impact of GDPR. After five snappy presentations, they came away with solid, actionable advice about how to prepare their organisations for the forthcoming regulation. 

Microsoft Ireland’s Head of Legal Rebecca Radloff set the tone for the event by framing GDPR in positive terms. “We very much welcome GDPR. It’s the most robust privacy legislation in the world, and we will be engineering our products to meet these high standards,” she said. 

She urged companies to get working towards GDPR as soon as they can, if they haven’t already done do. Organisations should start by understanding and documenting their current processes for handling data, and then to line that up against the requirements to see where the gaps are.

Risk Reduction: Why Take Chances with Protecting Vital Data?

Patrick Costello

The Value of Commvault Software - Part 2

The widespread disruption caused by heavy flooding in recent years here in Ireland is a constant reminder that not all risk is created equal. Some of it, like adverse weather conditions, is outside of our control. But there are many other elements of risk that an organisation’s management can do something about, and then it becomes a question of what level of risk that business is prepared to tolerate. 

A survey by the insurance company Zurich found that 53 per cent of SMEs were spending more time on their risk management strategy than before the financial crisis. No doubt some of that developed from a feeling of ‘once bitten’, but from talking to customers there’s definitely a sense that organisations are now more aware of how much they rely on technology in their day-to-day operations.