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DEC 2016 - JAN 2017

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Elearning! December 2016 / January 2017 9 LITMOS BY CALLIDUS CLOUD has been on the acqui- sition binge. Last year closed with purchase of BRIDGEFRONT HEALTHCARE Compliance for under $5 million. Early 2016, Litmos acquired View Central, an extended enterprise train- ing company, for $4 million and BADGEVILLE to boost learner engagement for $7.5 million. In addition to growing customer base, Litmos has added capabili- ties to their portfolio. UDACITY partners IBM WAT- SON, AMAZON and DIDI to offer a new nanodegree in artificial intelligence. The new AI nanodegree will be for students who already have a level of mastery in software development. Sebastian Thrun, founder of Udacity claims, "At some point an AI watching you will make you one hundred times more ef- ficient at your job, and it will free up a lot of your time. I think AI is to the human mind what the steam engine was to the human body…I see this as positive news for the world." TRIVANTIS , makers of the Lectora, ReviewLink, and CourseMill, was acquired by STONECALIBRE , a pri- vate investment firm. Bri- an Wall, CEO of StoneCa- libre says, "We are excited to add Trivantis to the StoneCalibre portfolio, and we look forward to driv- ing future growth in this rapidly expanding global e-learning market." FACEBOOK and OCULUS committing to invest an- other $250 million to help developers accelerate the proliferation of high-qual- ity VR content. The com- pany has already invested $250 million in VR content so far, and now it's dou- bling down. The company also announced it will put $10 million toward sup- porting VR app and video creators of diverse back- grounds, including women and people of color. Deals Learning! 100 Award Opens Call for Applications The 7th Annual Learning! 100 Award, hosted by El- earning! Magazine, honors the world's top global learning organizations for high performance, innovation and collaboration. Organizations from the public and private sectors are invited to submit an application at: http://b2bmediaco. com/learn100/2017/award/form_100.php "The Learning! 100 award winners are an elite team of high performers. From small to large enter- prises, this award honors those that push the limits of learn- ing and development, to over-achieve by exceeding perfor- mance expectations," says Catherine Upton¸ Group Publisher, Elearning! Media Group. "Learning is at the core of their suc- cess. Every Learning! 100 winner continues to inspire us with their innovation, passion and performance." Previous Learning! 100 honorees include Amazon Web Ser- vices, AT&T, American Heart Association, Salesforce, NASCAR, Defense Acquisition University, and Scripps Health to name a few. Apply by January 31st for consideration at: http://b2bmediaco. com/learn100/2017/award/form_100.php –Learn more about the Learning! 100 at: http://www.2elearning.com/ awards/learning-100-awards Executive who fail to adapt to changing environment risk irrelevance, according to new study by Oxford Economics. Strong leadership pays dividends in the digital economy, where continuous innovation, rapid decision-making, and a global mind- set are essential to success. Companies that get digital leadership right perform better in the marketplace. These companies: >> Report stronger financial performance. They are 38% more likely than others to report strong revenue and profit growth. >> Are building a stronger leadership pipeline. They have more mature strategies and programs for hiring skilled tal- ent (85% vs. 64% of others), building diversity (56% vs. 48%), and succession planning (72% vs. 50%). >> Have happier, more loyal employees. Employees from well-led companies are more satisfied (87% vs. 63% of oth- ers) and more likely to stay in their jobs if given the chance to leave (75% vs. 54%). –Source: http://www.oxfordeconomics.com/thought-leader- ship/leaders-2020 Lead or Get Out of the Way 84% of Learning! 100 have a Chief Talent, Learning, OD or People Officer. 75% of them report to the CEO –2016 Learning! 100 Benchmark Study

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