Elearning! Feb-Mar

FEB-MAR 2015

Elearning! Magazine: Building Smarter Companies via Learning & Workplace Technologies.

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14 February / March 2015 Elearning! News Connectivity and Daily Life Soon to Become Integrated Hot consumer trends in the technology realm for 2015 and beyond: >> The streamed future. 2015 will be historic as more people will watch streamed video on a weekly basis than broadcast TV. >> Mind sharing. Smartphone owners would like to use a wearable device to communicate with others directly through thought — and believe this will be mainstream by 2020. >> Smart citizens. Consumers believe traffc volume maps, energy use comparison apps and real-time water quality checkers will be mainstream by 2020. >> The digital purse. 80% of smartphone owners believe the smartphone will replace their entire purse by 2020. >> 'My information.' 56% of smartphone owners would like all Internet communication to be encrypted. >> Longer life. Smartphone owners see Cloud-based services of various kinds giving them the potential to live healthier and longer lives. >> Children connect everything. 46% of smartphone owners say that children will expect all objects to be connected when they are older. —More info: www.multivu.com/players/English/7394951-erics- son-hot-consumer-trends-2015/ Bold, Innovative Strategies Are Urged by Business Experts Employers will be challenged to re-engineer the workplace, rethink jobs and reshape the way to attract, engage and manage people if they are to drive business performance amidst a growing global economy in 2015, according to new research from Bersin by Deloitte. The report, "Predictions for 2015: Redesigning the Organization for a Rapidly Changing World," fnds organizations should focus on bold, innovative strategies to develop leaders, engage employees and foster a healthy workplace culture. "The global economic recovery, rapid growth of millennials in the global workforce, a 24/7 work environment, and technology-driven transparency everywhere are redefning the entire nature of work," says Josh Bersin, the company's principal. In addition to predicting that companies will focus on global leadership development, engagement and culture, suggested directions for 2015 include: >> Make performance management models more agile and transparent. >> Take a hard look at the entire work envir-onment, as more technology foods the work-place. >> Realize that skills are now currency, and corporate learning is taking on increasing importance. >> Invest, refocus and redesign talent acquisition by leveraging network re-cruiting, brand reach and new technologies. —More info: www.bersin.com People on the Move TONY SCOTT, the chief informa- tion offcer (CIO) at software frm VM- ware, will be the next U.S. CIO. He will also serve as the administrator of the White House Offce of E-Government and Information Technology, where he will be responsible for managing an $84 billion — and growing — federal I.T. budget. The CIO post had been offcially vacant since September, when former CIO Steven VanRoekel stepped down to work on fghting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa for the U.S. Agency for International Development. VanRoekel's deputy Lisa Schlosser had been serving as acting CIO since he decamped. Before joining VMware in August 2013, Scott served as the CIO at Mi- crosoft for fve years. Previous stints include serving as the CIO for the Walt Disney Co. and as a chief technology offcer at General Motors. JEFF KRISTICK is the new president of Meridian Knowledge Solutions. Kristick will lead a growth plan focused on evolving and accel- erating Meridian's learning solutions to meet the needs of its large and diverse customer base that demands fexibility and choice to drive stra- tegic decision-making. Kristick was most recently vice president of the HCM business unit at Oracle, where he spearheaded the development of Oracle's HCM advanced learning offerings and focused on aligning operations while executing global sales and marketing strategies. Prior to Oracle, Kristick held vari- ous executive and senior leadership positions at SuccessFactors, an SAP Company, where he was responsible for delivering end-to-end HCM solu- tions for customers while expanding the company's Cloud business. TAMMY BREENE has been named Mission Support Services' chief learning offcer, reporting to company president Bill Toti. Breene has more than 20 years of experi- ence as a consultant for govern- ment organizations, where she led training programs, managed teams, developed competencies, and provided leaders with strategic direction in learning, workforce issues and business. Most recently, Breene was a technical director at BAE Systems, Inc. She also served as a senior associate with Booz Allen Hamilton. The Learning Technologies Group Board has a new deputy chairman: HARRY HILL, who has been a non-executive director since LTG was formed in November 2013. Trendlines

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