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Gyrus ranked as a Specialist in the 2016 Aragon Research Globe™ for Corporate Learning

Gyrus ranked as a Specialist in the 2016 Aragon Research Globe™ for Corporate Learning

 

Analyst firm Aragon Research ranks Gyrus as a ”Specialist” in the Aragon Research Globe™ for Corporate Learning.

 

Richmond, VA · March 03, 2016. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) industry, proudly announced today that analyst firm Aragon Research has ranked Gyrus as a ”Specialist” in the Aragon Research Globe™ for Corporate Learning.  GyrusAimTM which is part of Gyrus Systems’ Learning Suite, is a skill-centric Learning Management System (LMS) recognized for product innovation and customer satisfaction.


The Aragon Research Globe is a market evaluation tool that graphically depicts Aragon Research's evaluation of a specific market and its component vendors. The Globe for Corporate Learning evaluated LMS vendors across three main parameters:

  • Strategy, which measures the vendors’ understanding of emerging trends in the market and the ability to adapt their products to include these emerging trends reflects the degree to which a vendor has the market understanding and strategic intent that are at the forefront of market direction.
  • Performance, which represents a vendor’s effectiveness in executing its defined strategy.
  • Reach, which is a measure of vendors’ ability to compete on a global scale.. Reach can have one of three values: national, international, or global.

 

"The learning market is changing and the demand for easy to use Learning Solutions has never been higher," said Jim Lundy, CEO and lead analyst at Aragon Research. "Many organizations are looking for corporate learning providers that can deliver on this value proposition."

 

GyrusAimTM is an award-winning skill-centric LMS that enables enterprises to manage the entire training and development objectives (online, blended and live classroom) from an enrollment and delivery to testing, tracking, and reporting.  Also, highly personalized learning environments with individual development plans, competencies, licenses, and certifications are available. With GyrusAim, corporations, governments, and all types of organizations can personalize learning, share knowledge, enhance performance, foster collaboration, and manage compliance for employees, customers, partners, and suppliers.

 

 "We are proud that Aragon Research is recognizing our Specialist position in corporate learning," said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO at Gyrus Systems. "Our ranking in the Aragon Research Globe for Corporate Learning reinforces our strategy and momentum."

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 450+ companies worldwide have used Gyrus Systems’ products to improve training effectiveness, organization efficiency, and to attain greater success within their respective industries. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

 

About the Aragon Research GlobeTM

The Aragon Research Globe is a market evaluation tool that graphically depicts Aragon Research's evaluation of a specific market and its component vendors. Aragon Research does not endorse vendors, or their products or services that are referenced in its research publications, and does not advise users to select those vendors that are rated the highest. Aragon Research publications consist of the opinions of Aragon Research and Advisory Services organization and should not be construed as statements of fact.  Aragon Research provides its research publications and the information contained in them "AS IS," without warranty of any kind.

Gyrus Systems Earns “Top 10” Award for “Best Employee Compliance LMS” by Talented Learning

gyrusaim - skills smallRichmond, VA · November 30, 2015. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) industry, proudly announced that Talented Learning named the GyrusAim® Learning Management System as a "Top 10" World Finisher in the "Best Employee Compliance LMS" category. 

Talented Learning is a news, research and consulting organization dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of extended enterprise learning technology solutions.  Gyrus Systems' earned this award by developing GyrusAim features that "are admin focused and have skills, competencies, audit trails, electronic signatures, strong ILT management, facility and resource management, broad content support and powerhouse reporting."  

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by Talented Learning in providing innovative learning solutions for our customers,” said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “We are always focusing on market needs, client success and product leadership."

This award means that Gyrus Systems' customers continue to enjoy the ever-expanding enterprise-level compliance features included in GyrusAim, ranging from the deep feature-set of Instructor-Led Training, to Certifications, and more.  Thanks to all of our customers that have provided feature input in 2015, your comments and suggestions continue to make GyrusAim a great LMS!

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 450+ companies worldwide have used Gyrus Systems’ products to improve training effectiveness, organization efficiency, and to attain greater success within their respective industries. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

Gyrus Systems Opens India Sales Office

New Sales office Opens in India to Strengthen Commitment to Local Market and Customers

Richmond, VA · November 20, 2015. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) industry, proudly announced the official opening of its new India office in Surat, Gujarat to enhance its presence in the fastest growing global market and to strengthen its commitment to better serve India-based customers and the industry.

Given the importance of the India market, the India-based Gyrus Systems team will focus on providing Sales, Marketing and Support to all Indian customers.

President and CEO of Gyrus Systems, Viren Kapadia said:  “Having a sales office and team located in India strengthens Gyrus Systems’ position in the world market and allows us to have the flexibility of growing with our customers and partners as we continue to provide Learning Management Systems (LMSs) in this fast changing and competitive space.”

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 450+ companies worldwide have used Gyrus Systems’ products to improve training effectiveness, organization efficiency, and to attain greater success within their respective industries. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

Gyrus Systems Adds Support to Deliver Skillsoft Learning Content in GyrusAim® Learning Management System (LMS)

Gyrus Systems, a leading Learning Management Systems (LMS) vendor, today announced they have integrated their award-winning GyrusAim® Learning Management System with Skillsoft's Open Learning Services Architecture (OLSA). The integration is based on Web services technology and provides Gyrus customers with a richer eLearning experience by enabling access to pre-loaded Skillsoft content assets.


"Building this OLSA integration into GyrusAim allows us to provide our customers with an improved experience for content and training,” said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. "We are excited to offer these new capabilities as part of our LMS"

 

About Gyrus
Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 450+ companies in over 15 countries have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operations more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.
For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

Gyrus Systems Awarded Learning Portal “Company to Watch” 2nd Time

Gyrus Systems, a leading Learning Management Systems (LMS) vendor, announced today it has been selected as a 2015 Learning Portal Companies Watch List by Training Industry.com.

“This year’s Learning Portal Companies Watch List features a group of learning technology companies that can be the foundation of a custom learning solution,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc. “The companies selected have the potential to become leaders in the learning technologies market through their innovation and understanding of adult learning and development.”

“Learning portal solutions have made significant technological advancements over the past few years,” said Doug Howard, chief executive officer, Training Industry, Inc. “The companies chosen for this year’s Watch List are options when looking for a platform to be at the heart of your next learning initiative.”

As part of its commitment to the industry and as a service to its community members, TrainingIndustry.com has announced today its 2015 Learning Portal Companies Watch List. The watch list features Gyrus Systems amongst 16 other companies which the leading portal for the training industry has handpicked.

The selection criteria for the 2015 Learning Portal Companies Watch List was based on:
1. New and innovative service offerings
2. Unique approach to delivering learning solutions
3. Commitment to improving learning through technology
4. Quality of initial clients

Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems, shared his excitement about being featured for the 2nd time. He said, “We’re proud that our dedication to learning management technology and customer service has been recognized by the training industry”

The 2015 Learning Portal Companies Watch List is available for viewing here – http://www.trainingindustry.com/learning-technologies/top-companies-listings/2015/2015-learning-portal-companies-watch-list.aspx?utm_source=learningportalwatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=top20

Gyrus Ranked LMS Innovator in 2015 Aragon Research Globe™

Gyrus ranked as an Innovator in the 2015 Aragon Research Globe™ for Enterprise Learning

Analyst firm Aragon Research ranks Gyrus as an ”Innovator” in the Aragon Research Globe™ for Enterprise Learning.

Richmond, VA · March 06, 2015. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) industry, proudly announced today that analyst firm Aragon Research has ranked Gyrus as an ”Innovator” in the Aragon Research Globe™ for Enterprise Learning.  GyrusAimTM which is part of Gyrus Systems’ Learning Suite, is a multi-lingual Learning Management System (LMS) recognized for customer satisfaction and product innovation. The Aragon Research Globe is a market evaluation tool that graphically depicts Aragon Research's evaluation of a specific market and its component vendors.

 

The Globe for Enterprise Learning evaluated LMS vendors across three main parameters:

  • Strategy, which measures the vendors’ understanding of emerging trends in the market and the ability to adapt their products to include these emerging trends reflects the degree to which a vendor has the market understanding and strategic intent that are at the forefront of market direction.
  • Performance, which represents a vendor’s effectiveness in executing its defined strategy.
  • Reach, which is a measure of vendors’ ability to compete on a global scale.. Reach can have one of three values: national, international, or global.

 

‘Innovators’ are determined based on how well a vendor’s strategy aligns with industry direction and market demand, as well as how effectively a vendor performs against its defined strategy. "The learning market is changing and the demand for easy to use Learning Solutions has never been higher," said Jim Lundy, CEO and lead analyst at Aragon Research. "Many organizations are looking for enterprise learning providers, such as Gyrus, that can deliver on this value proposition." GyrusAimTM is an award-winning LMS that enables enterprises to manage the entire learning and development process (online and live classroom) from enrollment and delivery to testing, tracking, and reporting.  Also, highly personalized learning environments with individual development plans, competencies, licenses, and certifications are available. With GyrusAim, corporations, governments, and all types of organizations can personalize learning, share knowledge, enhance performance, foster collaboration, and manage compliance for employees, customers, partners, and suppliers. "We are proud that Aragon Research is recognizing our innovator position in enterprise learning," said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO at Gyrus Systems. "We have clearly defined a market  in which to grow and have invested in growing our company to increase our global reach in order to be able to serve our target customers. Our ranking in the Aragon Research Globe for Enterprise Learning reinforces our strategy and momentum."

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 450+ companies worldwide have used Gyrus Systems’ products to improve training effectiveness, organization efficiency, and to attain greater success within their respective industries. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

 

About Aragon Research GlobeTM

he Aragon Research Globe is a market evaluation tool that graphically depicts Aragon Research's evaluation of a specific market and its component vendors. Aragon Research does not endorse vendors, or their products or services that are referenced in its research publications, and does not advise users to select those vendors that are rated the highest. Aragon Research publications consist of the opinions of Aragon Research and Advisory Services organization and should not be construed as statements of fact.  Aragon Research provides its research publications and the information contained in them "AS IS," without warranty of any kind.

Getting that E-learning Course to Work When SCORM isn’t the Problem

If you’re reading this then we probably have something in common…we both know what SCORM is for. But just in case this term is new to you, let’s get start by getting that definition out of the way.

SCORM is an e-learning standard. It is the reason you can get your e-learning course from one vendor and still launch and track it from the  to be integrated with one another – to “talk” to each other.

That makes SCORM very important.

 It’s great when everything is working right. Students are successfully launching, consuming and completing courses and all of that activity is correctly recorded in the LMS . But it’s not so great when something goes wrong. And, sometimes the reason is because there is a problem with the SCORM set up. When your SCORM package isn’t tracking right, your vendors can help you test the SCORM to see if there is a problem. But what if there isn’t.

What if SCORM isn’t the problem?

You’re not out of luck. There are several other things you can check out. These things also play a key role in making your content work right. Let’s review some of the more common culprits which can give you a SCORM content headache.

  • Videos require a player (often “Flash”) to run. Over time, the player on your computer may have become outdated. Make sure yours is up to date.
  • The computer itself may be causing the difficulty. The easiest way to check this is to try launching the course from another computer.
  • The availability of bandwidth can never be ignored. Remember that this is a moving target. The speed with which your course is delivered to you is “subject to change”. These changes can be as simple as the time of day, moving to a different location, or other web applications “stealing” your bandwidth.
  • The course itself is a big factor. There are many variables affecting how a course will (or will not) run for you. Some contain video – others do not. Some are a very large electronic file – others are smaller. Some are SCORM version 1.2, others are SCORM 2004 or AICC. These and other factors can make a big difference on whether or not the course will run for you.


It can be frustrating when a course content stubbornly refuses to work as expected. Not being sure what to check can only add to the frustration. Try these basic “tests” to run down the problem. Even if it turns out to be something else, at least you can quickly eliminate these “usual suspects” and move more swiftly to the correct resolution.

Gyrus Systems LMS Release 14.2

October 15, 2014. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) industry is pleased to announce that our latest LMS Release, GyrusAim version r14.2 is now available.  This is our second major release of the year and contains more new features than any other update!  We continue to fulfill our promise of constant customer-driven product innovation.  In addition to significant performance increases based on a thorough analysis and optimization of the GyrusAim database, this release contains dozens of enhancements, several which are highlighted below.

 

 MobileAim – In addition to the latest GyrusAim release, Gyrus Systems is launching a brand new product called MobileAim! MobileAim opens up a whole new world of mobile learning to our customers for FREE! It is currently available for beta-testing.  After your r14.2 upgrade, download a pre-release for Androids at Google Play or visit Apple's App Store. We invite all customers to install the app for testing and checkout the exciting new capability of going mobile with MobileAim.  You'll be hearing more about MobileAim in a dedicated News Release very soon with many more details.  

 

These functions are currently available in this pre-release version:

  • Individual Development Plan (IDP) Screen – Monitor your training & development.
  • Training for IDP Dashlet – Checkout what classes or eLearning are available.
  • Enrollments – Sign-up for classes directly from your device.
  • Assessments – Take an assessment and prove you know your stuff.
  • ELearning – Play eLearning courses and gain skills while on-the-go.

 

GyrusAim Highlighted Features

 

Pending List – A very useful addition to GyrusAim that allows for the storing of a list of students interested in a course, even if no classes yet exist for the course.  These students can be added to a course either by managers, or by the students themselves on the course catalog.  When enough students are signed-up, they can be enrolled directly from this list to classes for very easy full-cycle enrollment management of students.  If a student's enrollment is cancelled they are moved back to the Pending List.  Coming soon is a Pending List report to show a list of courses by number of students on the Pending List for even easier management of enrollments.

 

 Twitter Dashlet – A brand new dashlet has been created that can be linked to a Twitter account.  This feature is designed to allow a company to display its Twitter information directly to users on their dashboard, thus always keeping them informed of the latest updates.  Combined with the existing Message Center feature, keeping employees up-to-date with the latest company information has never been easier.

 

Google Analytics – The ability to deeply analyze all GyrusAim web-traffic is available via the new Google Analytics integration.  The integration works by connecting the GyrusAim site to all of the capabilities of Google Analytics.  The reporting possibilities are nearly endless.  For example, using this new feature, the ability is now available to analyze the most popular eLearning courses based on user-access count, hours spent, and more!  Please explore these possibilities by reading more about Google Analytic here.

 

 Reports – Lots of new reports have been added directly to the GyrusAim interface, located exactly where you need them in: assessments, certifications, classes, costs, courses, employees, evaluations, jobs, learning objects, questions, organizations, ratings, resources, roles & permissions, and skills. These reports list out the data in each of these areas, thus enabling you to easily verify it during implementation or for ongoing maintenance of your training data.

 

EMail – EMail enhancements added in Manage My People and IDP allow managers to click an icon and email learners a list of unobtained skills.  This new function, combined with the ability to create personalized email notifications creates an extremely easy method by managers to remind their users of skills that still need to be obtained.

 

Help – New Help icon added and with better visibility and more helptext available!  Help is constantly being added, but in this version, a special effort was made to expand the available help topics.

e-Learning Best Practice: How to Make Sure Your System Works

e-Learning Best Practices, and why they can fail from the very start . . .

There are a lot of things that need to go right for your web based content to be successful. Some of them are easy to see. Like when a learner launches a course and the video refuses to play. Others are harder to see. Like when the internet connection that learner is using gets bogged down and the course never shows up.

Of all of the things that need to go right (or can go wrong), it may seem like some of them are more critical than others, but this is not the case. Like the weakest link of a chain, you can get 90% of your content system right….and lose out in the end. And to the learner the cause of the failure doesn’t matter. Regardless of the cause, the end result is still the same. A frustrated learner. To the learner, only one thing matters. When she launches the course it either works or it does not.

If it does not work, well then….Game over.

To get a handle on what can go right or wrong, think of your  as an ordinary garden hose. On one end is a spigot which is delivering water to the input side of the hose. Then there is the hose itself which transports the water all the way along its fifty foot length. And finally there is the nozzle, or output side which delivers the water on target. One part starts the water, one transfers it, and one delivers it. Every part plays an essential role in achieving but a single outcome; delivering life giving water to your garden.

Choke off the water supply, drill holes in the hose, or use a rusty old nozzle and you’ve got a problem. No water. And, from the standpoint of the Gardner it doesn’t matter why no water is coming out. It only matters that nothing is happening. The only thing that will make it right is when you see that constant stream of cool clear water.

In web based training, your job is to keep the WBT streaming; to ensure the learner gets her WBT course.

Start – Transfer – Deliver

And if she doesn’t get it, to quickly find which part is the problem and fix it. And the only way to do that is to move heaven and earth to ensure that each part of your WBT eco-system is functioning as needed to get the job done.

So let’s break it down into its parts and go over what you can do to build and maintain a bullet proof infrastructure.

Keeping with the water hose analogy, let’s begin with the spigot side where the flow of water begins. This content start point is the course itself and the computer server environment that hosts it.

The course itself can be created in any quality content authoring tool capable of publishing SCORM and/or AICC compliant content. But there are a few key things to look for and test to make certain the course works.

First is the file size of the course itself. This is the number you see when you look (in Windows Explorer for example) at the zip file after you have published your course. The size of your course is going to affect everything downstream because it tells you just how much “water” you are trying to pipe down the hose! In fact, most LMS’s have a maximum file restrictor built in. If the file size of your zip file is 200 megabytes and your LMS has a restriction at 150 megabytes…well as you can see, plans will have to be made.

Second is the type of video or audio files used in the course. If your course has animation, movies, or audio, it is important to know what was used to create it. Is, for example, your animation produced in Flash or Shockwave? This can make a big difference if your learners don’t have the right software installed to view the course or if the LMS is set to accept the other kind of file.

Third is the server environment hosting your courses. You want to be sure you have the horsepower and set up you need. Speak frankly with your network administrator about your content needs. Discuss how many courses you will have, their file size, and the kinds of audio/video files they will contain. Go over how they will be backed up and how often they will be updated or replaced. Plan for how many learners will be consuming the courses, how many concurrently, and where, when, and at what time of day they will consume them.

A successful SCORM/AICC experience starts at the beginning. With the courses themselves and how they are hosted on a server to be available for your learners. Just like a clogged or broken water spigot, if the course doesn’t get a good start, all of the fixes made “downstream” will do little good. Be certain to carefully plan and execute this first essential component of a successful WBT Content system.

Next time: “The Hose”, getting e-learning from A to B!

Skills gap or not; why can’t we agree? (Part two)

This is the second of two posts discussing the roots of the issue and a new strategy to address this stubborn problem.  In part one, we talked about the roots of the skills gap and the extent to which executives understand the magnitude of the problem and the significant impacts it can have if unresolved.  We noted research that indicates that up to 80% of learning is ‘scrap’ or wasted, and how the ineffectiveness of traditional training methods leads executives to look for workers with existing skill sets rather than train a capable prospective employee whose skills have not kept up with the market.

Bridging the Gap

Vado calls the efforts of executives searching for improved learning and development strategies and tactics as ‘Bridging the Gap’ and right now this bridging is going pretty slow; of companies surveyed, 94% seek to speed up the application of learning back into the workplace but only 23% feel they achieve this.

Vado’s strategy is simple but not simplistic;

  • Identify pertinent information
  • Break it down into small pieces
  • Deliver to employees “one bite at a time”, and
  • Employ 5 Development Best Practices

Think differently about training

Consider for a moment the difference between Training and Development, which is essentially ‘Push vs. Pull’; Companies PUSH training and Employees PULL development.  Here’s what Vado found:

Make it relevant

Alignment between the development offerings and an increase in personal performance must be demonstrated to the learner as well as alignment between the development offerings and organizational objects.  Employees don’t want to waste time either, more importantly it can harm morale. They also want to be valuable to the organization.  If you make it relevant, they will own it.

Make it accessible

Learners today want to access training when they need it and complete it at their own pace.

‘Chunked’ Learning

Vado believes in the idea of ‘Chunked Learning’, presented by Dr. George A. Miller, the author of “The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two”.  The idea is to break down information into bite-sized pieces because too much information presented at one time leads to information overload.

This is supported by two recent articles in CLO Magazine; Malcom Poulin’s ‘In Learning, Size Matters’ which advocates for ‘microlearning’ strategies, and Bite-Sized Strategy, by Sebastian Bailey, in which he speaks to the idea of ‘miniaturization’ which is the distilling of a learning experience into smaller, more easily consumed packages, or shorter with immediate practical application.

Effectiveness of video in training

Vado presented research that highlights the importance of video in training.  Utilizing videos in training increases learning lift in the following areas: overall learning, 200%; absorption, 40%; retention, 38%; persuasion, 43%; and impact 67%.

Incorporate the basic rules of retention

We remember 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what you say and write, and 90% WHAT YOU DO.

Development Best Practices

1. Aligned to organizational objectives

2. Self-paced and learner focused

3. Embed learning into workflow

4. Granular, bite sized, ‘chunked’ learning

5. Multimedia approach (video, graphics, audio, text)

So the question then becomes not ‘if’ we will train (and waste 80% of what we spend on it) but ‘HOW’ we should train.  Gyrus Systems believes Vado is on the right track and you can employ these same strategies in your own operation to improve your development and talent management efforts.

 

Skills gap or not; why can’t we agree?

Some say it’s a myth; others, it’s a fact.  Who’s right?  They both are and training is both the obstacle and the answer.

It’s one of the more oft-heard discussions in businesses, statehouses, universities and technical schools and business groups–why is it so hard to find good employees with so many ‘structurally’ unemployed?  But some argue that it’s a myth.  Why is business and industry so schizophrenic about the issue?

In its own schizoid way a recent Inc.com article captures this in one piece.  The search engine lead-in asks, ‘Why the skills gap does not exist’ and the article by Cait Murphy, “Is There Really a Skills Gap?” posits there isn’t a skills gap, but then goes on to document successful strategies to address………skill gaps.

The subtitle states it succinctly, “10 million unemployed. Yet employers’ No. 1 problem is finding the right talent”.  A simple Google search provides 4.9 Million results, so ‘Houston, we DO have a problem’.

The reality is, for companies that have a successful development program that is integrated into their operation, skill gaps don’t exist.  And for companies that rely on a more outdated approach, such as waiting on government, technical schools and industry groups to develop successful workforce development programs and generate graduates, skill gaps DO exist.

The foundations of the skills gap       

There are numerous reasons that have been offered as to why the situation exists; the depth and breadth of the Great Recession left millions of mostly older workers out of work for extended periods while technology and businesses advanced; Boomers are retiring at an increasing rate as retirement funds recover; a long-term emphasis on college educations instead of trades; China and India industrial complexes competing for workers; and the proliferation of underwater mortgages that have reduced the ability of workers to relocate.

So why do employers not want to take able-bodied workers, young or old, and train them?  In a recent webinar hosted by Gyrus, Partners Cindy Pascale and Kim Egan of Vado Inc., a courseware developer out of Minneapolis, made a compelling case for their courseware, but in the process hit the nail on the head.  In the balance of this piece we will look at some of the underlying reasons why training is an obstacle in this season, and in a follow up piece we will summarize the major concepts in Vado’s strategy which you can put in place in your own organization.  If you want to ‘fast forward’ you may view the webinar and slide show on Gyrus Systems website.

Executives recognize the problem

Some stats Vado presented indicate that executives realize that training to fill skill gaps is critical:

  • Six of the Top Ten CEO concerns are related to training and development;
  • 46% of executives are concerned their workforce does not have the skills needed in the next 1 to 2 years

They recognize the impact

If they don’t fix the Skill Gap:

  • 66% anticipate a loss of business to competitors
  • 64% face a loss of revenue
  • 53% will face a delay in product development
  • 59% face eroding customer satisfaction

Training is a waste of money

So why do Executives leave positions unfilled looking for the perfect hire instead of training able-bodied unemployed who have a proven record of learning?  The answer is in the idea of ‘Scrap Learning’.  Scrap Learning was defined by Berk in 2008 as “learning which is successfully delivered but not applied by the learner to their job or the measurable amount of learning that is lost after training.” According to Dr. Robert Brinkerhoff (Knowledge Advisors Symposium, Washington, D.C., 2010), 50% to 80% of all learning development is scrap learning.  In other words, it’s wasted.  Consider that in 2012 Total Learning Investment was $60,000,000,000, this means that in 2012 ‘Scrap’ was $48,000,000,000 and only $12,000,000,000 was retained!

We’ve all been there: go to a conference or mandatory training, get great ideas for improving skills and therefore productivity and value to the company (who graciously paid for it), and then come back to the grind and the pile and put the notes, the notebooks, etc. into a desk drawer, never again to see the light of day.

So in an uncertain economy bumping along at 1-2% GDP, Congressional gridlock, an exponential increase in government regulations and global instability, is it any wonder that CEO’s are reluctant to invest in an effort that is 80% waste?  Can you blame them? So what’s the answer?

Break the mold 

Vado has done just that, and by understanding the underlying principles and concepts, L&D professionals can have a measurable impact on the skills gap in their company and put people back to work.

(This is the first of two posts discussing the roots of the issue and a new strategy to address this stubborn problem.  We will review their strategy in next week’s follow-on article, ‘Bridging the Gap’.  For the webinar recording and .PDF of the slide deck, visit Gyrus Systems.

Gyrus Systems Partners With OpenSesame for Content

Richmond, VA September 2, 2014. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) proudly announces a new elearning and business training content partner, OpenSesame. The new partnership gives customers of Gyrus Systems’ learning management system (LMS), GyrusAim™ and Training Wizard™, access to OpenSesame’s 20,000+ courses for training and development.

 

OpenSesame’s off-the-shelf elearning courses are designed to help organizations take action to develop competencies, increase engagement, and quickly onboard and socialize new employees. OpenSesame’s content will be available through Gyrus Systems’ LMS.

 

“We are pleased to partner with Gyrus Systems to provide their customers with the widest selection of quality elearning available ,” said Tom Turnbull, VP of Community & Business Development. “Our diverse course catalog and flexible purchasing solutions make it quick and simply for Gyrus customers to get the training they need, when they need it.”

 

“Short, targeted eLearning content is very popular with our clients and our own employees. With OpenSesame’s content, learners are not only gaining new knowledge, but clear action to apply what they learned on the job,” commented Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems.

 

Gyrus Systems continues to see growth in the usage and popularity of its learning management system. Clients report that employees react well to OpenSesame’s videos due to the shorter duration, diverse course catalog and targeted learning they provide.

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 450+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their function more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

 

About OpenSesame

Based in Portland, Oregan, OpenSesame is the world’s largest source for elearning courses focused on employee training. Buyers can browse online training courses in a wide variety of subjects—from workplace safety to business skills. Following a purchase, the course is available instantly via a browser, by email or any learning management system. For more information, visit www.OpenSesame.com

Building a Corporate University

One of the major initiatives for corporations in 2014 is to create a Corporate University. Which means, that if this is a priority for your organization, you’ll want to understand the nine steps needed for building a successful Corporate U.
However, before we jump in, we should first discuss what a Corporate University is. Is it to combine all learning activities under one umbrella? Is it to create a “cool” name for activities that are already taking place? Or is it to be a member of the approximately 3700 Corporate Universities that are estimated to be in existence?

I don’t think so. According to Mark Allen in The Corporate University Handbook, a Corporate University is “an educational entity that is a strategic tool designed to assist its parent organization in achieving its mission by conducting activities that cultivate both individual and organizational learning, knowledge and wisdom.”

Simply put, it’s about developing employees to improve employee and organizational performance to achieve organizational results. If we use this definition as the backbone for creating a Corporate U, we can easily define nine steps for success.

Steps for Creating a Corporate University

1. Support
2. Vision, Strategy, Goals
3. Funding
4. Audience
5. Learning Needs by Audience
6. Supplier Selection
7. Technology
8. Measurement
9. Communication

Many organizations give their Corporate Universities clever names and create University logos. While this is encouraged to promote the University brand, it is not the starting point but rather comes at the end of the process.

However, if you can include these nine steps when you embark on creating a Corporate University, you will find your University to be more successful, and thus is better able to support the organization’s goals and strategy more effectively and efficiently.

*** Detailed steps can be found on our white papers at Gyrus Resources ****

Competency Development Best Practices

HR Leaders and C-level Executives agree that developing competencies improves individual and overall organization performance. While most leaders recognize the importance of competency development to the vitality and sustainability of their organization, a recent poll showed that only one third currently develop competencies. It’s interesting to note that in the same poll, 45% of the respondents were also considering implementing a competency based training program within the next 12 months.

To achieve their desired goals, organizations that are currently developing or planning development should understand and build the five competency development best practices into their development process.

Competency Development Best Practices

  1. Development needs to happen on-the-job. There are many research studies that show development happens on the job. The US Department of Labor estimates that 70% or more of work related learning occurs outside of formal training. So it stands to reason that learning needs to integrate seamlessly into the employee’s daily work and on-the-job activities to leverage the natural way people learn.  The other benefit of designing development around on the job activities is the elimination of scrap learning. Scrap learning is training that was successfully delivered and not applied on the job. Some estimate that 50 – 80% of all training is scrap learning and is never applied. This means that five to eight out of every ten dollars of training budgets are wasted. When you add up the cost of formal training to include the cost to provide the training, travel expenses and the time away from the job, total costs are very high. Training and development leaders need to be more effective with their training budgets. By providing on the job competency development you eliminate scrap learning and increase your return on investment by as much as 80%.
  2. Chunked learning. Chunking refers to the strategy of breaking down information into bite sized pieces so the brain can better digest new information. The reason the brain needs this assistance is because working memory, which is the equivalent of being mentally online, holds a limited amount of information at one time. Dr. George A. Miller, the author of one of the most highly cited papers in psychology, “The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two” formulated the chunk concept in 1956 as he presented evidence that working memory is limited in capacity. So, how does this relate to learning and application of learning? Here’s an example. If you were given a string of numbers, say 19525456698, most people would have a hard time remembering the number a short while later. However, if you break the number into smaller chunks, 1-952-545-6698, you have a much higher ability to remember the number. A learner’s memory operates the same way. If too much information is presented at the same time, the excess information will drop out and disappear. Presenting information in small chunks prevents information overload as well as scrap learning.
  3. Videos. How people take in information has changed. For instance, people watch short videos to learn everything from how to tile the bathroom floor, to how to fly fish, to how to create a border garden, or prepare a crown roast. Learners are accustomed to learning new skills and capabilities by watching videos. However, in addition to videos, information needs to be presented in multi ways, such as written instructions and downloadable word documents, as one size fits all does not meet the needs of a diverse workforce.
  4. Self paced and self directed. For learning to be self paced and self directed, learners need to be able to access the information when they need it (just in time learning) and complete it at their own pace. Additionally, they need to be able to choose the training and development that best meets their needs. When these conditions are present, learners take more ownership of their learning and are more engaged in the learning process.
  5. Aligned to the organization’s competencies. Organizations spend a great deal of time and energy identifying the competencies that will drive individual performance and organization success. Many organizations build their competencies into their selection process, succession management, and compensation processes. If an organization is selecting job candidates, promoting and rewarding according to their competency model, it makes sense to develop current employees’ competencies. In fact, competency development needs to be tightly aligned to the organization’s competency model to ensure organizational success. Conversely, development that is not aligned to the organization’s competency model can result in developing skills and capabilities that will not drive organization success. Additionally, learners will see you are measuring one thing on their performance reviews, but developing different competencies in practice.  Learners need to see a direct relationship between what they are learning and what the organization has defined as important for effective job performance. The development of personal competencies specifically aligned to your organization’s priorities will lead to increased personal and organizational performance.

So, how does a training and development professional develop their employees’ competencies taking into consideration the five best practices? GyrusAim LMS and Vado’s e-learning courses have the answer.

Our learning content is:

  1. On-the-job development providing a dual benefit – every course instructs the learner to complete an exercise on the job.  This provides a dual benefit: development occurs while real work gets completed
  2. Chunked learning content – videos are short, two minutes maximum, followed by the step by step Implementation Guide detailing exactly what to do on the job
  3. Self-paced and self-directed – we provide five development actions for each competency so learners can choose the learning content that suits their unique needs and situation. Additionally, learning content is delivered through your LMS or technology platform so it is available when learners are ready to develop.
  4. Aligned to your organization’s competency model – by mapping our courses to your organization’s competency model, definitions, and behaviors, we deliver the right set of development courses to specifically build your learners’ competencies.

Activate Formal Learning

Most people are familiar with these statistics:

  • 70% of development happens on the job
  • 20% is through mentoring and coaching
  • 10% is through formal learning which includes instructor led workshops and e-learning courses

Not only are these statistics familiar, they intuitively make sense.  We have grown up with teachers, coaches and parents telling us “practice makes perfect”.  So, we practiced and practiced and got better and better at riding a bike or playing the piano.

Even though 70% of development or skill building happens on the job, where do most corporations spend their learning and development budgets?  The answer:  On formal training where only 10% of development happens.  How do they help their learners practice and apply the content from the course on the job?  The answer: GyrusAim Skill Centric LMS and  Vado’s courses as every Vado course contains step by step instruction on how to apply on the job.

Gyrus Systems Unveils 5th Generation LMS

Richmond, VA · June 02, 2014. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) industry proudly unveils its 5th Generation LMS: GyrusAim Release 14 (r14).   GyrusAim r14 is Gyrus Systems’ 5th generation Learning Management System and has been extremely well-received by both new and existing customers. GyrusAim r14’s distinction in the market is that it is the “only organic, role-based, skills-centric, LMS in the marketplace today.”  GyrusAim r14 sports a completely new Web 2.0 user-interface with clean and easy-to-understand graphics enabling easy user-adoption and quick implementation. The new product is a result of the company’s ongoing investment in its technology, services, people and infrastructure permitting continued sales growth, both domestically and globally. 

 

“Investing not only in product development, but also in the latest technologies continues to be a priority of Gyrus Systems. Our improved product, services and Cloud platform represents the level of maturity required for our customers to excel in the new world of work.” says Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus. 

 

“It provides our customers with the business agility they need to compete more effectively as business and technology trends evolve.” says Michael Babcock, Product Manager

 

Some of the key features of GyrusAim r14 are:

  • Brand new streamlined user interface with useful icons that is simple to navigate using minimal clicks.
  • Key productivity enhancement features for training administrators – User Interface, course and class cloning to efficiently copy and modify instructor-led training, mass SCORM file capability to import multiple SCORM content files in a single step, global search, news, enrollment reservations, role cloning to rapidly duplicate roles when security needs expand, etc.
  • Fully supports AICC, SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, and Experience API (also referred to as Tin Can API) and other formats such as Microsoft Office, YouTube, MP3/4, etc.
  • Skill-Centric construction with Competency Management capability that support may types of certification (such as ISO 9001) efforts; easily identify, measure, track, report, and automate skill refreshment and makes auditing and reporting effortless.
  • MobileAim Application – Built to easily support native applications for Apple iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad as well as Android smartphones and tablets.
  • ImportAim Services – Built on a services-oriented architecture, this powerful, yet easy to use environment provides the ability to create bulk data imports and exports to speed initial implementations. Also includes SAML 2.0 single sign-on support to make Gyrus a natural part of any corporate IT environment in addition to a comprehensive set of Web services.
  • Global Configurability, Scalability and Security – One of the most configurable platforms in the industry, Gyrus supports dozens of languages, as well as the ability to support multiple business units, brands, and divisions with unique security, business rules and other requirements from a single global platform. Gyrus relies upon the acknowledged scalability and security of the Microsoft stack for its cloud and self-hosted platform providing a clear technological advantage over similar, but less scalable and secure offerings.
  • GyrusAim Cloud – New technologies are forcing IT departments to adjust their strategies away from cumbersome, proprietary technology architectures to open, cloud-based platforms. This shift is enabling more agility and access to innovative new cloud solutions, while providing a high level of security, scalability and reliability. Gyrus’ next generation technology platform underpins its new GyrusAim Cloud solution, which is optimized for the cloud and is flexible enough to expose data, connect processes, and aggregate content from other diverse technology environments.

Gyrus Systems Showcase at ASTD 2014

Richmond, VA • April 25, 2014. Gyrus Systems, a Learning Management Systems (LMS) leader will showcase at ASTD 2014 ICE, a premier event that brings training and development professionals together to share best practices and insights. Gyrus Systems will be exhibiting its wide range of technology solutions for eLearning along with its innovative mobile learning solutions.

 

Gyrus Systems, a leading provider of learning technology solutions, will participate in the annual ASTD 2014 International Conference & Exposition (ICE) in Washington DC from May 4-7. The annual event is designed to provide the tools and resources necessary to move an organization forward through sharing best learning and training practices. ASTD 2014 ICE draws more than 9,000 learning professionals from 87 countries and is an ideal place for delegates to network with eLearning experts from around the world about the latest trends in L&D. Gyrus Systems will exhibit its wide range of multi-award winning solutions at stand # 637, with a particular emphasis on our latest 5th Generation LMS and its newly released Mobile Solution.

 

Gyrus Systems is giving away Free 1 year GyrusAim LMS subscription, implementation and training (estimated value of up to $50K) as a winning prize.

To apply for the free GyrusAim LMS, simply make an appointment for a 10 minute demo at the show with one of our solutions experts. Make your appointment today.

Email sales@Gyrus.com. Please fill in the subject line “ASTD 2014″. The winner of the free product will be drawn on the final day of ASTD, May 7th by noon. You do not need to be present to win.

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 425+ companies in over 15 countries have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

What is Skill Centric Learning Management System (LMS)?

In a skill-centric learning management system(LMS), skills are embedded in many entities. They are associated with learning objects (an atomic learning node that teaches one skill at one level), jobs, assessments, organizations, certifications, business objectives, and training costs.

Hierarchical entities such as jobs and organizations provide even more power moving skills from being more general to more specialized simply by being associated with as part of the job or organization. In job hierarchies for example, skills assigned at the high level node apply to all jobs associated under that node. All electricians may need to know how to install receptacles, while a master electrician may need to know how to rebuild an electric motor.

GyrusAim, the new learning management system by Gyrus Systems, builds skill maps identifying jobs, courses, learning objects, organizations, business objectives, certifications, and people.

You can use your own competency library and rating schemes or integrate with a third party skill repository. Learning and retraining can be assigned based on job role, department, physical location or other attributes.

Gyrus Systems Partnerership for VADO Content

Richmond, VA · March 31, 2014. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) proudly announces a new learning content partner, Vado.  The new partnership gives customers of Gyrus Systems’ learning management system (LMS), GyrusAim™ and Training Wizard™, access to Vado’s videos for training and development.

 

Vado’s learning courses are designed to help organizations take action to develop competencies, increase engagement, and quickly onboard and socialize new employees.  Vado’s content will be available through Gyrus Systems’ LMS.

 

“We are pleased to partner with Gyrus Systems to provide our unique learning content that is 'changing the face of learning', comments Cindy Pascale, Vado’s CEO. “We offer learning content in six areas: Competency Development, Project Management, Business Writing Skills, Engagement and Retention, Career Development and Onboarding. Our learning content is delivered in small bite sized chunks to maximize learning retention. Additionally, all courses include a step by step Implementation Guide leveraging the natural way people learn—on the job. Finally, Vado offers Mapping as a Service where, on a complimentary basis, we will map our learning content to a client’s competency model, engagement survey, turnover drivers, an instructor led workshop, or any learning objective a company is looking to develop.”

 

“Short, targeted content is very popular with our clients and our own employees. With Vado’s content, learners are not only gaining new knowledge, but clear action to apply what they learned on the job,” commented Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. 

 

Gyrus Systems continues to see growth in the usage and popularity of its learning management system. Clients report that employees react well to Vado’s videos due to the shorter duration and targeted learning they provide.

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 450+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their function more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.  

 

About Vado

Vado is an employee and management development e-learning courseware provider. Vado’s learning content is offered through a network of resellers spanning five continents. Vado is one of the only learning content providers whose entire library of courses is optimized for the mobile learner.   For more information, please visit http://www.vadoinc.net.

Gyrus Systems expands into Mexico with LMS reseller PGIOVAS

Richmond, VA · January 03, 2014. Gyrus Systems, a Learning Management Systems (LMS) leader, today announced an agreement with PGIOVAS, a leader in Mexican training solutions market.

The agreement between PGIOVAS and Gyrus Systems will increase Gyrus’ global presence and extend their user base into organizations in Mexico as LMS reseller.

 

“We are excited to have PGIOVAS as our partner to resell our LMS software GyrusAim,” said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “We know that with PGIOVAS’s years of experience and global presence that GyrusAim will continue to improve and flourish in helping customers with their training and development needs in the Mexican market.”

 

“GyrusAim is the perfect learning system that medium and large enterprises need in México” said Paola de Giovannini Ricci, owner and CEO of PGIOVAS. “The solutions that we offer on E-Learning systems give our customers the opportunity to optimize the training processes in their organization. Gyrus Systems’ easy-to-use software, customer oriented service and flexibility corresponds with our philosophy and makes us optimistic for the future on E-Learning in México.”

 

About PGIOVAS

PGIOVAS helps users manage their online and classroom training by offering expert advice, E-assessment and training management software, additional modules for the implementation of specific requirements, mobile applications, customized training workshops and webinars, and quick assistance with technical and application-related problems. PGIOVAS, with over 4 years of experience, offers traditional and computer-based training to ensure appropriate learning methods. For more information, please visit http://www.pgiovas.com.

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 425+ companies in over 15 countries have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

Gyrus Systems Releases – LMS Switching Guide

Richmond, VA · November 06, 2013. Gyrus Systems, a leading Learning Management Systems (LMS) vendor, announced today it has released today “Learning Management System (LMS) Switching Guide” to address the common challenges pertaining to the process of LMS switching. 

 

It is designed to help organizations planning to or carrying out the LMS switching endeavor. Organizations planning to switch over to a new LMS or those in the midst of this process now have a ready guide to refer to 'LMS Switching Guide', a free guide released by Gyrus Systems, will help organizations sail through the daunting process of LMS switching smoothly. Identifying the problems faced with the current LMS, selecting the right Learning Management System, migrating the existing data including training records and user generated content to the new LMS, are some of the main concerns that an organization planning for an LMS switch faces. The large number of LMSs available in the market today further adds to the complexity. The LMS Switching Guide addresses all these pain areas. Designed as a guidebook, organizations can refer and take help from it at every step of the LMS switching process, right from the initial stage of selecting the LMS that fulfils their training needs to evaluating the success of the entire switching process.

 

Key topics covered in the LMS Switching Guide include:

  • Identifying key reasons behind the switch
  • Understanding the LMS switching process
  • Selecting the next LMS
  • Evaluating the success of LMS switch
  • Maximizing the ROI of LMS switch

 

LMS Switching guide draws on over twenty six years experience in the training industry and is underpinned by our understanding of the client requirements and the LMS switching process in particular. Speaking on choosing LMS switching, Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems said, "For most organizations the thought of switching over to a new LMS itself can be daunting. Yes, switching an LMS is challenging and needs to be executed in a well thought out manner. But a good understanding of the switching process ensures that the end result is positive and gives a high return on the time invested in the process. I am positive that this LMS Switching Guide will help organizations achieve that."

 

LMS Switching Guide is freely available to download from Gyrus Systems website at http://www.gyrus.com/media-gallery

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 425+ companies in over 15 countries have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

Gyrus Systems Awarded Learning Portal “Company to Watch”

Richmond, VA · October 22, 2013. Gyrus Systems, a leading Learning Management Systems (LMS) vendor, announced today it has been selected as a 2013 Learning Portal “Company to Watch” by Training Industry.com.

 

“This year’s Learning Portal Companies Watch List includes both growing and mature organizations that are gaining ground in the learning technology space. Many of the companies on the watch list are developing innovative approaches and will be leading the way in years to come,” says Ken Taylor, COO, Trainingindustry.com

 

As part of its commitment to the industry and as a service to its community members, TrainingIndustry.com has announced today its 2013 Learning Portal Companies Watch List. The watch list features Gyrus Systems amongst 14 other companies which the leading portal for the training industry has handpicked.

 

The selection criteria for the 2013 Learning Portal Companies Watch List was based on:

  1. New and innovative service offerings
  2. Unique approach to delivering learning solutions
  3. Commitment to improving learning through technology
  4. Quality of initial clients

 

Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems, shared his excitement about being featured for the 1st time. He said, “The watch list features organizations that are exceptional in the services they provide.  As such, being featured in this renowned list, which is intended to help buyers of training services evaluate learning portal providers, is a matter of great pride for us.”

 

The 2013 Learning Portal Companies Watch List is available for viewing here – http://www.trainingindustry.com/learning-technologies/top-companies-listings/2013/2013-learning-portal-companies-watch-list.aspx

Gyrus Systems chosen as a Finalist for the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award

Richmond, VA · May 29, 2013. Gyrus Systems, a leading Learning Management Systems (LMS) vendor, announced today it had been selected as a finalist for Red Herring's Top 100 North America award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the North American business region.

 

Red Herring has been selecting the most exciting and promising start-ups and "scale ups" since 1995. Finalists are still evaluated individually from a large pool of hundreds of candidates based across North America. Twenty major criteria underlie the scoring and process. They include, among others: the candidate company's addressable market size, its IP and patents, its financing, the proof of concept, trailing revenues and management's expertise. Each company goes through an individual interview after filling out a thorough submission, complemented by a due diligence.

 

The list of finalists often includes the best performing and prominent companies of that year. This unique assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the company’s actual track record and standing, which allows Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument for discovering and advocating the greatest business opportunities in the industry. 2013 will be remembered as a special vintage.

 

"The finalists list confirms the excellent choices made by entrepreneurs and VCs and the start-ups' solid roots in corporate America, embracing their innovations. By all metrics, it emphasizes the United States’ entrepreneurial excellence," said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring.

 

Finalist selections for the 2013 edition of the Red Herring 100 North America award are based upon technological innovation, management strength, market size, investor record, customer acquisition and financial health. During the several months leading up to the announcement, hundreds of companies in the fields of security, Web 2.0, software, hardware, life sciences, cloud, mobile and others completed their submissions to qualify for the award.

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 420+ companies in over 15 countries have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

GyrusAim product is now Experience API (Tin Can API) Compliant

Richmond, VA · April 12, 2013. Gyrus Systems, a leading Learning Management Systems (LMS) vendor, announced today that its GyrusAim product is now Experience API (Tin Can API) compliant.

 

The Experience API, formerly referred to as the Tin Can API, is an application programming interface (API) specification for the interoperability of data produced by technology. The Experience API is considered the next generation of SCORM. These specifications, or standards, are what define how formal and informal learning activities are tracked and measured by Learning Record Stores, or LMSs.

 

“Making our flagship GyrusAim application Tin Can compliant sets the stage for many new features in the near future,” said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “We’re leveraging the new Tin Can API or ‘Experience API’ specification to add exciting new capabilities for managing people’s total learning experience, not just classroom or eLearning courses. The possibilities are endless.”

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 425+ companies in over 15 countries have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

Public Safety Training: How Well Do You Train for Emergencies?

As we all know, natural disasters, terrorism threats and other public emergencies cannot be predicted. Therefore, it’s important that individuals in the public safety industry are well trained and prepared to respond to just about any occurrence. Poor training in the public safety industry could result in a slow response to incidents, and could even affect someone’s life.

A learning management system (LMS) can make the process of delivering information to several responders easier and quicker. An LMS can not only help responders receive the pertinent information on the situation, but also helps them determine what tools and resources are needed to respond.

GyrusAim is a web-based, enterprise learning management system that provides a centralized system for training, managing, accessing, refreshing and sharing real-time, authoritative information regarding the location, credentials and status of assets. It also addresses police, fire, urban search and rescue and 911 tracking for Public Safety Training.

GyrusAim’s automated scheduled, registration and performance assessments make it easy to use and quick to update, so you have more time to respond to the situations at hand. The software also manages qualifications, certifications and expirations while allowing administrators to manage resources/equipment, records/transcripts and competency as a whole.

 

The Boundaries of Learning: Does Your LMS Cater to International Learners?

Learning has no boundaries. This does not only mean that it has no knowledge boundaries—meaning we never truly stop learning—but this also applies to physical boundaries. Learning in the workplace occurs everywhere, in every department, and in every location. Since the learning process can be so widespread, it’s critical that you’re learning management system is able to accommodate for this kind of international learning (we will call it distance learning).

Distance learning refers to the delivery of education to learners who are not physically present in a traditional learning environment, where learners and the information source are often separated by time and/or distance.* Distance learning is not a new concept, however the ability to educate learners in various locations has been made increasingly easier thanks to technology. An LMS can also open up the opportunity to build a relationship with learners in your organization that are far away in distance.

If your organization has learners across the globe, you’ll want to make sure you can deliver training to these learners as well as those who are in your home country.  One major benefit you’ll want to make sure your learning management system includes is a multilingual capability. Can the software be easily translated into the learner’s native or preferred language? The more translation languages available, the better you will be able to accommodate for learners during training. A web-based product can also makes learning more convenient for your learners because they will be able to access the software virtually anytime from any location (which accommodates for different time zones).

Customer support is critical for international learners. Does your software vendor consider that some of your learners may be in different locations and different time zones? It’s important that these learners get the support that they need as often as the other learners in the organization. A vendor that provides multiple channels of support, such as live chat, phone, email, and/or support tickets is available to respond to all of your learners when necessary.

An LMS like GyrusAim is an ideal solution for international companies because of its ability to deliver to any learner, regardless of where they are located. It is scalable software that is great for companies who are looking to build a global presence in the future. If you’re looking to grow your organization’s global presence in the future (or improve your current relationship with your global learners), look for an learning management system that can grow with you toward success.

 

* Information provided by Wikipedia

Gyrus Systems adds Product Manager to its Management Team

Richmond, VA March 7, 2013. Gyrus Systems, a leading Learning Management Systems (LMS) vendor, announced today that it has hired Michael Babcock as Product Manager.

 

“We are excited to have Mike on board, as he shares our enthusiasm for product excellence,” said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “Mike will undoubtedly enable us to continuously improve our learning management system, helping us to continue to meet our customer’s needs and provide an exceptional GyrusAim experience.”

 

With over 20 years of experience in the transportation software industry, Mr. Babcock brings a wealth of software product management experience to Gyrus Systems. In addition to this experience, his well-rounded expertise in application training, implementation, customer support, and sales engineering brings a fresh and unique perspective to the company that will strongly contribute to the ongoing evolution of the product suite. He is currently spearheading important new changes to the upcoming fifth generation release of GyrusAim expected to release later this year. These changes will greatly enhance usability and efficiency by GyrusAim users.

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 420+ companies in over 15 countries have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/. 

The Benefits of a LMS For Government Organizations

While T&D is important for all industries, there is a lot of emphasis placed on T&D  in government organizations. In current times it is absolutely critical for government agencies and organizations to respond quickly to constant challenges and to be trained and competent in order to face them. Training of federal, state and local employees can be easily managed through a learning management system. With the right amount of user learning functions and capabilities, adopting this software can provide a high return on investment (or ROI) and overall workplace development.

A learning management product is perfect for any government organization because it reduces costs and time for a T&D initiative, leading to increased productivity. It also helps organizations remain compliant. Your organization is constantly growing, so you’ll want to choose software that is scalable and can grow with you. The ideal vendor for government agencies will understand the regulatory and compliance needs of government agencies, and especially focus on compliance, safety, security, and T&D. It’s also important that reporting is available within the learning management system to help you track progress and history in an organized manner without paper or spreadsheets.

Since training is so important in the government industry, organizations should make wise decisions on which learning management system and vendor they choose. For example, Gyrus Systems is a government approved vendor and their GyrusAim product can be integrated with OPM’s Enterprise Human Resource Integration system (EHRI). The GyrusAim software can also create, store, manage, and transmit SF-182 requests and is compliant with Section 508 of the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Safety and security are critical factors of government agencies, which is why GyrusAim is a very secure platform for data, and customers also have the option to self-host their software. Because GyrusAim is a web-based software, it can be accessed by learners from anywhere at their convenience, and can be translated into over 25 languages. Our federal, state, and local government clients are guaranteed the lowest rate available.

Our government clients expect nothing but the best and we strive to deliver that. We understand the difficulties in dealing with the proceedings that go along with acquiring a vendor and maintaining a relationship with that vendor, therefore we are proud to be a General Services Administration (GSA) vendor. We have over a dozen government clients and are familiar with their individual needs. Our learning management system also caters to non-GSA government clients and we are prepared to offer you a learning management system that is customizable to your needs and goals.

 

 

 

Gyrus Systems Hosts Webinar: How Gyrus Systems Can Help You Replace Your LMS

Richmond, VA · February 18, 2013.  Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) will be hosting a webinar on February, 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. EST titled, “How Gyrus Systems Can Help You Replace Your LMS.”

 

The webinar will discuss common conflicts with LMS’, and offer helpful advice on how to solve these problems by changing the LMS an organization is using. The webinar’s presenters include Shawn Mears (Account Manager), Michael Babcock (Product Manager) and Monec Kelley (Director of Implementation and Support). The webinar will also discuss many triggers that motivate people to switch to another LMS vendor, such as customer support and cost, and outline the LMS replacement process. Many organizations may feel hesitant about switching their LMS, and Gyrus seeks to explain how simple and beneficial the replacement process can be. The webinar will close with a question and answer session that will facilitate discussion between the presenters and the attendees. Organizations from all industries are welcome to attend or contact us for more information.

 

To register for the webinar, visit http://www.gyrus.com/services/webinars/.  

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 425+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

Three Reasons Why Tracking Training Should Be Your Top Priority

Got training? Prove it. One of the most important factors in T&D is tracking your company’s programs. Who is certified? When is programs are conducted? What is required and what is optional? Keeping track will not only keep your business up and running (legally), but will lead you to further success because it will allow you to create the most effective program possible. Below are three reasons why tracking students is important:

1. Compliance

Without laws, industry standards, and regulations, training would not be the same. Don’t risk legal action by forgetting to track all of the programs that are going on. Human rights and health and safety are two main compliance categories where T&D is pertinent. But simply conducting the it is not enough—you must track it and therefore be able to prove that your company is compliant and up-to-date.

2. Productivity

By tracking learning, you can discover patterns in the productivity of your workplace. Do performance levels start to diminish after a certain amount of time? Are there more mistakes made after a worker has been with the company for a certain amount of years? A program could be the perfect solution to boost performance and refresh the employee’s knowledge. It can also provide employees with the motivation to succeed and excel in your organization.

3. Record keeping

Referencing back to reason number one (compliance), many laws require you to have documentation of your efforts, such as health and safety requirements. Certifications are also important to keep on record, such as in the healthcare industry. Offering T&D opportunity is simply not enough in today’s day and age, you must also be able to prove that opportunities are being offered and employees are participating regularly as needed. Referencing reason number two (productivity), record keeping can also help you discover which records are effective and helpful, and which ones do not yield as significant results (ILT versus eLearning).

You’ll also need to get rid of your spreadsheets, file folders and paperwork (we think you’ll be more than happy to see them go). If you’re conducting ILT or eLearning, we suggest keeping it organized in a learning management system, such as GyrusAim. Various reporting and certification functions will allow you to manage and track records and employee progress without having to replace any ink cartridges or fix paper jams (again, something we highly doubt you’ll miss dealing with).

Is Your Relationship with Your LMS Vendor Long-term?

When it comes to purchasing a Learning Management System (LMS), you don’t want to only focus on the product. Sure, it’s important—you’re investing time, money and effort into it. But what many often forget is that the relationship with the LMS vendor is just as important. Why should you invest your dollars and hours if the vendor isn’t willing to do the same for you as their customer?

The ideal vendor provides a consistent experience year after year (this includes both the quality of their product and their customer support). Many vendors give you the 5-star treatment as a new customer, but as you continue to use their product year after year you may feel like you’ve been forgotten.

Experienced vendors provide consistent service and support and do not forget about those customers that have supported them for years. For example, LMS vendor Gyrus Systems has been in the learning software industry for 25 years. Not only do they provide support to those that are just climbing aboard, but they also take care of those that have supported their business for five, ten, maybe even fifteen years. Gyrus also offers free software upgrades to their customers three to four times a year to ensure that they have access to the best software versions possible.

I emphasize the importance of experience because it’s not uncommon for younger businesses to be bought out by other large, more experienced organizations. How does this affect you as a customer? Prices may increase, products may change (or discontinue), and the quality of the support you receive may diminish. Investing in an experienced vendor with a quality product can ensure that you won’t find yourself in any of these situations.

Vendors like Gyrus Systems understand the importance of a customer-vendor relationship. Gyrus customers don’t have to wait days to hear back from customer support. Even better—Gyrus representatives remember their customers, they remember your name, and they remember your support. With vendors like Gyrus, you are no longer just a number, you are in a relationship.

Do you have control over your own career path?

When advancing in your career and participating in workforce learning programs, it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself: Am I in control?

Today’s workplace environments call for workers to take a more active role in their career path. Having control over your own learning and development allows you to set personal goals and see what needs to be done to get where you want to be. I repeat: it is up to you to get involved and define your career path, not your HR department or boss. Surely you’ll need some help along the way, such as what courses to take to prepare for future positions or what certifications are necessary to remain compliant, but in the end your future in the organization is in your hands.

A worker’s active role in their own T&D can benefit the organization too—less time and effort is spent on the process if these programs are designed to be self-directed. Employees today are becoming more dedicated and future-driven, with a strong desire to excel in their organizations (one of the only positive things resulting from today’s constantly changing job market). The employee’s active role also allows company management to measure the ROI of their training tools, such as their learning management system. Many of these platforms offer reporting to help measure efforts.

That’s why it’s important for your company to choose the right software. A learning management system such as GyrusAim not only allows users to track accomplishments, run reports, and manage expired licenses, but it also provides a very useful tool for users: the Individual Development Plan (IDP). This provides a ‘roadmap’ for the user’s career path so that they can clearly see what courses, skills, certifications, and so on have been completed (or still need to be obtained). GyrusAim is also flexible, scalable, and can be accessed at the user’s convenience. There is a direct connection between a company’s LMS platform and the performance of the employees, so the software vendor that you choose is extremely important for your organization.

In today’s time, employees are driven. They are self-motivated and have a desire to excel. If we combine this desire to excel with the desire to learn, we can make use of tools, such as GyrusAim, for the training and development of employees. The burning question still remains: Who has control of your career path? The answer should be you.

Gyrus Systems Announces GyrusAim Version 12.6 Update

Richmond, VA · January 21, 2013.  Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) announced today that there is a new 12.6 version update available for GyrusAim LMS customers.

 

After receiving customer feedback, Gyrus Systems added more than 12 new functionality items: improved dashboard panel metrics, active and online user reporting functionality, expanded virtual resource management, SCORM engine upgrade to 2011.2, and more. The most significant added feature is the eCommerce module, which will allow customers to sell their training materials to third parties from within the GyrusAim application. The new version also offers new functionality and multiple enhancements in an effort to improve upon their existing product.

 

The new 12.6 version update is available to all current GyrusAim customers free of charge. Gyrus Systems offers multiple free upgrades to their customers each year. “We are very excited for this upgrade and look forward to collecting more feedback from our customers to continue to improve our product,” said Viren Kapadia, President & CEO of Gyrus Systems. “I believe our customers will be satisfied with this upgrade, as well as future upgrades of GyrusAim.”  

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 425+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/

MOOCs are Revolutionizing Where, When, and Who is Learning

One of the latest buzzwords in the eLearning industry lately is MOOCs, or massive open online courses. You may be wondering why these are so revolutionary since online learning, or eLearning, is not a new concept. But MOOCs are a different breed of education. They are much bigger than current online courses, they use different technologies, and they usually feature some big-name professors that are celebrities in the education world. All you need is a computer and web access.

One feature of these courses is the flexibility students have. While higher education courses normally involve lengthy lectures, MOOC courses usually offer shorter lectures that allow the student time to react, reflect, and–if necessary, practice–before continuing to the next lecture.

Because these courses are free, they are accessible by many more users. Instructors are able to reach much wider audiences and students do not necessarily have to be able to afford a college degree to take courses or access an education. Want to take a class at Stanford University? Unless you’ve got the money, this would be seemingly impossible—until now. Universities are even beginning to take advantage of this new innovation. Students are taking lectures online, and having discussions and exercises in class—the learning is done beforehand and the “hands on” experience is left for the face-to-face learning experience.

MOOCs could be great for students who have a preferable learning style. Some are more exercise heavy, while others are more lecture heavy (which style would likely depend on the course instructor). MOOCs are currently not producing much revenue, but this may soon change as more and more users climb on board. They are also not offering college credit, but this could change as well as universities begin to see the benefits of MOOCs. Two downfalls of this kind of learning experience is the lack of personalization or relationship between instructors and students as well as the possibility of cheating.

There is no longer a “textbook definition” of teaching or learning thanks to technology. There are limitless possibilities for MOOCs and the future of education alike, possibly leading to a more educated world.

 

Gyrus Systems expands into global network with LMS reseller TELERAT

Richmond, VA · January 14, 2013. Gyrus Systems, a Learning Management Systems (LMS) leader, today announced an agreement with TELERAT, a world leader in E-assessment systems and training solutions.  The agreement between TELERAT and Gyrus Systems will increase Gyrus’ global presence and extend their user base into organizations in areas of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

 

“We are excited to have TELERAT as our partner to resell our LMS software GyrusAim,” said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “We know that with TELERAT’s years of experience and global presence that GyrusAim will continue to improve and flourish in helping customers with their training and development needs in the international market.”

 

“GyrusAim is the perfect system for our market to manage vocational learning in business schools, medium and large enterprises, and authorities” said Rainer Hartlep, owner and CEO of TELERAT. “The combination of E-assessment systems that we offer gives our customers the opportunity to optimize the training processes in their organization. Gyrus Systems’ easy-to-use software and customer oriented service and flexibility corresponds with our philosophy and makes us optimistic for the future.”  

 

About TELERAT

TELERAT helps users manage their online and classroom training by offering expert advice, E-assessment and training management software, additional modules for the implementation of specific requirements, mobile applications, customized training workshops and webinars, and quick assistance with technical and application-related problems. TELERAT, with over 30 years of experience, offers traditional and computer-based training to ensure appropriate learning methods. For more information, please visit http://www.telerat.eu/.  

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 420+ companies in over 15 countries have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

Family HealthCare Network Selects GyrusAim Learning Management Systems

Richmond, VA · January 9, 2013.  Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) announced today that the Family HealthCare Network has selected the GyrusAim Learning Management System to enhance the company’s efforts to provide excellence in employee training and compliance.

 

Family HealthCare Network is a community-based organization based in California. As a leader in community based healthcare, Family HealthCare Network has multiple facilities as well as supporting staff. Having the ability to deliver learning to a widely dispersed workforce is essential to Family HealthCare Network’s business. Additionally, being a healthcare company, Family HealthCare Network must comply with stringent regulatory requirements. Gyrus Systems helps companies like Family HealthCare Network gain a competitive edge by shortening training time, increasing workforce proficiency, effectiveness, and reducing the risk of business disruptions due to non-compliance and turnover at critical positions. To meet both their training and compliance needs, Family HealthCare Network chose Gyrus Systems’ LMS, GyrusAim.

 

By partnering with Gyrus Systems, Family HealthCare Network will have the ability to streamline learning management across the organization and utilize the validated reporting capabilities for improved compliance and audit readiness. Further, an advanced learning management solution like GyrusAim provides Family HealthCare Network with the ability to efficiently implement a complete competency management system. Of critical importance was the need to incorporate a comprehensive history of all of the training the company has provided and recorded in their legacy LMS.

 

Gyrus developed an automated process to capture 6 years of historical training records and bring them into the new GyrusAim LMS so for use both to demonstrate compliancy and as a basis upon which future training needs could be defined and managed. By migrating the historical data into the new system all training records are now available in one place removing the need to maintain and refer to a copy of the old database.

 

“The Gyrus team to our expertise and best practices to the Family Healthcare Network,” said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “Family HealthCare Network is on track to an improved workplace with our Learning Management System, making it easier to bring new employees onboard and fulfill the many requirements, regulations and standards of the healthcare industry.”

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 425+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

 

About Family HealthCare Network

Family HealthCare Network currently has 17 locations throughout Kings County and Tulare County of which 13 are clinical sites. Family HealthCare Network is a community-based organization governed by a Board of Directors, which is composed of community representatives and patients consumers. For more information, please visit http://www.fhcn.org.

Non Profit Oraganizations Have Training Needs, Too!

For non profit organizations, training and education are both important elements. Without them, these organizations could not provide for the communities around them. But many non profits have fixed or small budgets and have to be financially conscious. Adopting an LMS is a great investment that will continue to provide for the organization in the future.

During times of budget cuts, training and communications are definitely not the ideal places to decrease spending. Investing time and money in the training of employees and other internal processes has been proven to lead to higher profits and growth in the organization.

Non-profit organizations also have a great need for maximum work output with minimal employee input and GyrusAim helps provide that. Our cost efficient solution, with low cost installation and licensing, helps non-profits of all kinds get the most for their investment. Users can also sell their content using eCommerce capability to generate revenue for their non-profit.

We believe that non-profits should be able to enjoy the same advantages of an LMS as large businesses, which is why our cost efficient and effective LMS solution is best for non-profit organizations who want the “most bang for their buck.”

While the advantages for non-profits using an LMS are endless, we’d like to highlight a few key areas where organizations see growth after choosing GyrusAim. With various reports and tools for tracking training and performance, internal management remains constant and effective. Our LMS also ensures accountability for results.
GyrusAim is also extremely scalable. Whether you’re a large or small non-profit, it can grow with you as you grow. If you’ve got international members, GyrusAim can be translated into over 25 languages. There are no speed bumps or road blocks, just an easy-to-use, customizable LMS to help drive you to success from the inside out (literally).

What is SCORM, anyway?

eLearning is a huge buzz word today, especially in the workplace. In an effort to leverage the cost of staff development and to provide training when necessary, many companies are looking toward using eLearning.  However, if you have never deployed an eLearning solution, how do you get started?  Do you just go out and purchase the courses you need? If you do, how do you know that what you purchased will provide you with the results you need, or the data necessary for reporting?  What is the meaning of these terms that others seem to know — for example, what does “SCORM compliant” mean? If you don’t know the answer, you’re not alone—many don’t.

Before you begin the planning phase of an eLearning project, it is a good idea to prepare yourself with the basics.  Some preliminary research can help you determine what to look for when shopping for an LMS that meets your company’s needs.

Let’s get started by taking a look at some terms.  In this age of eLearning and compliance reporting, most companies have a dual goal of providing required training and to report on which staff members have completed this training.  To avoid late nights of manually tracking and compiling data, the use of a LMS (Learning Management System) that can capture and record training results is beneficial.  However, there must be a mechanism in place to allow the LMS and the eLearning content (training course) to communicate.

The communication mechanism most often talked about today is called SCORM.  This acronym stands for “Shareable Content Object Reference Model.”  This standard is a result of a U.S. Government initiative on Advanced Distributive Learning.  In a nutshell, SCORM is a “set of specifications for developing, packaging and delivering high-quality education and training materials whenever and wherever they are needed.”

SCORM-compliant courses leverage course development investments by ensuring that compliant courses are RAID:
Reusable: easily modified and used by different development tools,
Accessible: can be searched and made available as needed by both learners and content developers,
Interoperable: operates across a wide variety of hardware, operating systems and web browsers, and
Durable: does not require significant modifications with new versions of system software.

If you want to learn more about LMS products, visit www.gyrus.com.  Gyrus has been building Learning Management software since the 1980s, and their LMS solution, GyrusAim, is SCORM 2011.2 compliant.

 

Service, Knowledge, and Experience: How an LMS Can Help with training in banking and finance

The training in banking and finance industry revolves largely around three ideas: service, knowledge and expertise. It is these three factors that allow the companies to compete with other organizations in the industry and succeed. This also means that training is of equal importance, because without the proper training, and organization will lack in service (and even overall morale), knowledge (even the most experienced employees can become rusty over the years), and expertise (employees should be trained frequently to ensure they have the most up-to-date knowledge and expertise).

This industry also adopts new regulations and industry standards frequently, and it’s important to make sure that employees have this new information and meet the necessary standards. The status of today’s economy causes people to put their trust and confidence in financial institutions for the most useful information possible. Therefore, companies must have the best resources possible to serve their loyal customers. If you’re employees are striving, so will your business.

But you may be asking: How can I improve my employee’s service/knowledge/expertise? How can I ensure that my company meets industry requirements and standards? A Learning Management System is the answer, and is what will help lead you to continuous success. More specifically, GyrusAim can help provide learning materials to all users in order to develop competence as quickly as possible.

GyrusAim helps companies in the Banking and Finance industry keep employees up-to-date with current regulations and improve competency management using one centralized, Web-based system. The Web-based functionality allows for consistent training to take place at any time, depending on the convenience of the user and the company. Not only is GyrusAim effective, but it is also very secure (a significant benefit for these types of industries).

Last, but certainly not least, an LMS can help track compliance and certification. GyrusAim makes it easy for training administrators or Human Resource managers to track compliance and/or certification of SOX, corporate governance, risk management, policy and procedure management, and more.

 

Adopting an LMS: How Manufacturing Industries Can Benefit

While all industries practice training methods, the manufacturing industry has the most challenging environment when it comes to training. As a main driver in economic wealth, the manufacturing industry accounts for 12.5 percent of U.S. GDP and 11 percent of total U.S. employment. With strict training regimens and industry requirements (such as OSHA and ISO 9000), it’s important to adopt an LMS (Learning Management System) to manage necessary training in the workplace. There is a strong focus on productivity, costs, and efficiency and because of the industry’s large size, it is very diverse and adopts many different processes.

In this industry, there are employees everywhere. Some work in shops, others in offices, some outside of plants and others across the world. Therefore, language is also a huge factor in this industry and its training practices. Gyrus Systems knows how important it is to make training available to all of your customers, not just the ones at your location, which is why their LMS, GyrusAim, is available in 25+ languages.

Each unit of the manufacturing industry has different challenges. Even more so, each unit’s departments face even more diverse challenges. There is often a lack of process, knowledge, skills and training in such large organizations (and this is found across many industries).

But, there is good news. An LMS, such as GyrusAim, can be designed specifically to organizations in the manufacturing industry. Not all industries have the same requirements, codes, and procedures, which is why course customization is an excellent way to increase proficiency and performance. It can also be designed for certain units, departments, organizations and skills. With its ability to easily track on the job training and certifications of its users, Employees can physically show what they have learned through exhibited assessments.

An LMS like GyrusAim is the perfect solution for these challenges. It strives to help companies remain efficient and effective so that they can continue to remain competitive with other similar organizations. With an LMS, there are less accidents and higher compliance with government regulations because training is managed with effective, Web-based software. Even more, GyrusAim is able to comply with FDA, OSHA, the EPA and state and local authority regulations and integrates Six Sigma Training and CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration). Manufacturing companies will see improved quality, increased productivity, reduced production error, reduced waste and a higher rate of return on investments. With GyrusAim’s reporting feature, employee’s proficiency and performance can be tracked real time and exported.

 

Source: http://www.aboutlms.com/lms-across-business-verticals/lms-manufacturing-industry-framework/

 

MTS Systems Corporation Selects GyrusAim Learning Management Systems

Richmond, VA · December 19, 2012.  Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) announced today that the MTS Systems Corporation a leading supplier of test systems and industrial position sensors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia has selected GyrusAim Learning Management System to enhance the company’s efforts to provide excellence in training and compliance. Gyrus Systems helps companies like MTS Systems Corporation gain a competitive edge by shortening training time, increasing workforce proficiency and effectiveness, and reducing the risk of business disruptions due to non-compliance and turnover at critical positions.

 

As a leading supplier of test systems and industrial position sensors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, MTS Systems Corporation has support staff and manufacturing facilities around the world. Having the ability to deliver learning to a widely dispersed, multilingual workforce is essential to MTS Systems Corporation business. Additionally, being a manufacturing company, MTS Systems Corporation must comply with stringent regulatory requirements. To meet both their training and compliance needs, MTS Systems Corporation chose Gyrus System’s LMS, GyrusAim. By partnering with Gyrus Systems, MTS Systems Corporation will have the ability to streamline learning management across the organization and utilize the validated reporting capabilities for improved compliance and audit readiness. Further, an advanced learning management solution like GyrusAim provides MTS Systems Corporation the ability to efficiently implement a complete competency management system. Of critical importance was the need to provide a comprehensive history of all of the training the company has provided and recorded in their legacy LMS.

 

Gyrus developed an automated process to capture 14 years of historical training records and bring them into the new GyrusAim LMS so they could be used both to demonstrate compliancy and to provide a basis upon which future training needs could be defined and managed. By migrating the historical data into the new system, all training records are now available in one place removing the need to maintain and refer to a copy of the old database.

 

“The Gyrus team is excited to apply our expertise and best practices to our partner MTS Systems Corporation and their global rollout in 5 countries,” said Viren Kapadia, President & CEO of Gyrus Systems. “By providing them with a high quality Learning Management System, we hope that it will lead to better technical products and services for MTS Systems Corporation and an improved training process and overall workforce.”

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 425+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

 

About MTS Systems Corporation

MTS Systems Corporation supplies test systems and industrial position sensors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company’s Sensors segment manufactures products utilizing magnetostriction technology for manufacturers of mobile equipment, plastic injection molding machines, and wood product processing equipment, as well as to steel mill, fluid power, oil and gas, medical, and alternative energy industries. It also offers products to measure fluid displacement for customers in the process industries. MTS Systems Corporation was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  For more information, please visit http://www.mts.com.

Shopping for an LMS? Five Questions You’ll Want Answers to Before Choosing One

Q: Does my company really need an LMS?

A: More than likely, at some point your company will need to train its employees. This is when you’ll need an LMS the most. Any kind of eLearning practices and training in the workplace is easily done through an LMS of your choice.

 

Q: Do I need to choose an LMS specific to my industry?

A: No. Many LMS solutions can be applied to several different industries. When shopping for an LMS, you’ll want to look for not only the vendors who support your specific industry, but also have a wide variety of choices for any training need(s) that may come up. Should your industry introduce a new employee requirement (such as a specific certification), you won’t want to switch your LMS. The wider the audience of the LMS that you choose, the more safe you’ll be in the future.

 

Q: How do I know my employees will be willing to use an LMS?

A: Firstly, it’s great to consider your employees wants and needs. Sure, an LMS can greatly benefit a company, but if you’re employees dread using it, their morale will go down significantly. The LMS you choose should be easy for users to use and navigate through. Many solutions (such as our LMS, GyrusAIM) make it easy for users to track their progress and expiring courses or certifications, and make use of outside resources when necessary. If you choose an easy-to-use LMS, your users will be able to focus more on learning and improving their skills—and less time learning how to actually use the LMS itself.

 

Q: How will an LMS help my company?

A: In more ways than one, you’ll see a significant difference after adopting an LMS. Two words: training and development. They go hand in hand. If you’re employees don’t have the right skills to do their job—or if their skills are a little rusty since the last training they went through years ago—you’re company will fall behind too. A simple “refresher” course for employees never hurt anybody! Sure, you’re employees may have skills—but it’s important that they have the skills for their specific position or responsibilities. You’ll rest easy knowing that your employees are the best of the best and freshly trained . . . and you’ll be able to keep up with competitors too. In the workplace, you don’t want to just merely survive: you want to grow!

 

Q: But there are so many LMS vendors! How will I ever know which LMS to choose?!

A: Well, it’s different all around. Each vendor is different, and each customer is different—there is no list of universal needs. Therefore, you’ll want a vendor that works with you to learn about what it is you need out of an LMS (and provide it for you!). To start, you’ll want to consider hosting (Do you need to host the LMS yourself or does the vendor provide a host?), language capabilities, (Can the LMS be translated to meet all of your international customer’s needs?), course catalog selection, customer service, and more. If you’re employees aren’t necessarily tech-savvy, you may want to find a software that is easy to use and navigate. If its customization and branding that you’re into, you’ll want to make sure that feature is available. For example, GyrusAIM offers custom course creation so that users feel a sense of customization and can tailor courses specific to what they need.

You’ll also want to consider the vendor itself. How long have they been in business? What is their retention rate? It’s fair to say that a business that’s been around for 25 or more years with a 95 percent retention rate has a great product and loyal customer base. Gyrus Systems has a commitment to their product, with constant updates and versions being released every year and focused customer support. Does the vendor ask for your feedback? If so, this proves that the vendor cares not only about customer satisfaction but also the product, constantly trying to improve it to better serve a customer base. When it comes to choosing an LMS, there are many things to consider—so the first step? Find out what you need and start shopping!

 

Is a Lack of Necessary Workforce Skills Dragging Your Company Down?

Workforce skills management is important in the workplace. There’s no argument there. It’s so important that we at Gyrus Systems even created an entirely new LMS (GyrusAIM) based around this concept of workforce skills management. The training you provide is about much more than simply providing courses, it’s about the skills those courses are developing in your workforce.

Your organization can take a huge hit without the necessary skills-management. If your employees don’t have the necessary skills to succeed, it’s only a matter of time before your company will fall behind too. Are your employees getting the “refreshers” they need? Are they meeting the requirements for your specific industry? It’s important to ask these questions—and ask them often—to make sure that your employees aren’t getting stale or rusty.

That’s where our LMS, GyrusAIM, comes into the picture.

It’s not merely good enough to train your employees—you need to train them for the right skills, for the right job, at the right time. Sounds like a lot to keep up with, right? This is the meaning of skill-centric software such as ours.

An LMS should make your life easier, it says it in the name—it’s a learning management system because it should be helping you manage learning in your workplace. A great LMS, such as GyrusAIM, makes it easier for you by notifying you of expired certifications, what courses have been completed and those that have not, and other metrics or repots.

eLearning is used every day in many universities, so there should be no question that is can be just as valuable in a workplace setting (we’re taught for years that learning never stops, right?). Don’t let unskilled workers be to blame for your company’s slow (or for some, abrupt) failure.

Gyrus Systems enhances LMS solution with new content partner 360training.com

Richmond, VA November 29, 2012. Gyrus Systems, a Learning Management Systems (LMS) leader, today announced an agreement with 360training.com, an e-learning company that specializes in compliance training solutions for a variety of industries.

 

The agreement between 360training.com and Gyrus Systems will enable Gyrus to offer the largest selection of compliance training content to its existing and new customers. 360training.com offers courses in over 20 plus industries, with specific emphasis on the depth and bread of ethics & compliance training, environmental health & safety training, power and utility training, industrial skills training, food & beverage training, and healthcare continuing education libraries.

 

“We are excited to have 360training.com as our partner in offering a wide variety of courses” said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “360training.com will improve Gyrus’ LMS by making it valuable for more industries and their training needs.”

 

“360training.com’s has built the largest and engaging compliance training library spanning over multiple vertical industries in the eLearning space. This strategic alliance will enable Gyrus to offer a complete solution to its customers, which is exactly what customers are looking for,” said Ed Sattar, CEO of 360training.com.

 

About 360training.com

360training.com services over 1500 e-learning partners who together have trained more than 3 million users worldwide. 360training.com is an integrated provider of compliance learning management system and accredited training content that enables businesses and professionals meet their compliance, continuing education, certification, and career needs across wide range of industries. For more information, please visit http://www.360training.com.

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 420+ companies in over 15 countries have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

Gyrus Systems is V3 Certified – Gyrus Systems Commits to Hiring and Retaining Veterans

Richmond, VA · November 28, 2012.  Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) is now V3 certified, honoring their commitment to hire and retain military veterans.

 

The V3 commitment involves relationships with local Guard and Reserve units to expand the recruiting pool, transitioning soldiers through career expos, and reaching out to local colleges and universities who have Military Affairs offices to provide employment opportunities. These colleges include Virginia Tech, ECPI, ITT Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Richmond. Gyrus Systems hopes to welcome veterans into their workplace immediately.

 

About the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Initiative

The Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Initiative is designed to help Virginia companies successfully recruit and retain military veterans. In order to establish a Vet Hiring Pipeline for your organization, the DVS recommends a comprehensive Vet Ready Assessment be conducted to ensure the necessary components exist for successful implementation.

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program.  Since 1987, 400+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

Gyrus Systems LMS GyrusAim Gains Momentum in Domestic and International Training and Development Markets

Richmond, VA September 4, 2012. Gyrus Systems, a Learning Management Systems (LMS) leader, reports that it’s GyrusAim Learning Management System has gained wide acceptance in both the domestic and global training markets. A growing number of new customers in both the U.S. and overseas markets demonstrate that GyrusAim’s flexible design and multi-lingual capabilities make it a clear winner with organizations anywhere in the world.

 

Domestically, Gyrus’ most recent LMS deployments at several Caterpillar dealerships, Harris Corporation, AGCO Corporation, Sulzer Metco and United State Steel Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, have been met with enthusiasm. Overseas, GyrusAim has been deployed in several nations like China, Germany, France, and Spain. In each case, the system’s multi-lingual capabilities are put to use.

 

GyrusAim brings these organizations new capabilities for both formal and informal learning in a fully web-based and multi-lingual environment. These and Gyrus’ other customers find that the flexibility of its design makes it an equally powerful LMS both for compliance and for employee training and development.

 

When asked about the reason behind the popularity of their LMS, Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems had this to offer: “We believe in forging long term relationships with our customers and to bring more value to their businesses through enhanced employee development as well as ensuring the regulatory compliancy of their workforce.

We did this by building an affordable, feature rich LMS which is the result of our 25 years in the business and by providing personalized customer support. Our competitors still provide tiered product support processes that require customers to navigate through a tedious automated phone system. We pick up the phones ourselves here. Our customers have a representative assigned directly to them. They get the same person when they call in; someone they know and who knows them.”

Gyrus Systems Announces a Second Release in 2012 of Its GyrusAim Learning Management System

Richmond, VA May 23, 2012. Gyrus Systems, a Learning Management Systems (LMS) leader, announced the release of a major upgrade to its GyrusAim LMS today. Over the years, Gyrus has designed and implemented high quality, flexible Learning Management Systems for hundreds of satisfied customers. GyrusAim, is the company’s newest web based LMS. GyrusAim leverages the latest technology innovations and includes full LMS and Competency Management functionalities in a single system.

 

“Our global experience with our customers and new trend in training and development has led us to develop to new features for this release.” says Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “Our goal is to be the premier global LMS provider with robust functionalities and excellent customer services.”

 

Among the many enhancements several are worthy of special note:

  • Multilingual support – 25+ Languages
  • Multi-browser support – Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari
  • Smart phone support – iPhone, iPad, Android, and Black Berry
  • Robust Enrollment features
  • Additional filter capabilities
  • Additional reporting features

 

Additional capability to scale the application for global rollout for hosted and non-hosted clients The current customers of GyrusAim will receive the second annual release as part of their licensing agreement without any additional fees.

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 425+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their Training Departments more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.gyrus.com.

Gyrus Systems Announces a Major New Release of Its GyrusAim Learning Management System

Richmond, VA January 17, 2012. Gyrus Systems, a Learning Management Systems (LMS) leader, announced the release of a major upgrade to its GyrusAim LMS today. Over the years, Gyrus has designed and implemented high quality, flexible Learning Management Systems for hundreds of satisfied customers. GyrusAim, is the new web based LMS. GyrusAim leverages the latest technology innovations and includes full LMS along with Talent Management functionality in a single system.

 

“It’s our experience with our customers that has lead to so many important product innovations in this release.” says Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “Our goal is to constantly growing list of capabilities and improvements to the system.”

 

Among the many enhancements several are worthy of special note:

  • Social Media Collaboration Tools
  • Evaluation
  • Self Reporting Training
  • Robust automated eMail notification
  • Advanced filter capabilities
  • Virtual Resources
  • Multiple calendars

 

“Gyrus constantly strives to add innovative and useful improvements to GyrusAim,” says Mr. Kapadia. The Training Industry is always changing and improving. As a vendor of quality Learning Management Systems, it is our responsibility to make sure we keep getting better too, so we can support them with a product which is both easy to use and capable of meeting their demanding and evolving needs.”

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 400+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their Training Departments more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.gyrus.com.

Gyrus Systems enhances LMS solution with new content partner ej4

Richmond, VA April 29, 2011. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) announced today it has partnered with training video producer ej4. The new partnership gives customers of Gyrus Systems’ learning management system (LMS), GyrusAim™ and Training Wizard™, access to ej4’s videos for training and the option for customers to create custom training videos.

 

Gyrus Systems customers GyrusAim™ and Training Wizard™ can now access ej4’s Maxecution™ videos, a specialized type of “task-based” video, where training is broken into small, concentrated segments that teach repeatable skills and behaviors – not just theories and concepts. With the Maxecution Software Training, Gyrus Systems customers will have fully searchable, reportable, and assignable training resources covering a full breadth of career development and employee productivity. All of the content is fully SCORM compliant and tested on GyrusAim™ and Training Wizard™.

 

Gyrus Systems customers receive special pricing for both ej4’s library of off-the-shelf videos and customized videos, including training sessions for employee orientation, increasing technology proficiency, and lessons in leadership, negotiation, customer service, safety, supervision and much more.

 

Through a seamless integration between ej4 and GyrusAim™ and Training Wizard™, Gyrus Systems customers can utilize the videos to reduce overall training costs through purchasing the exact support each company needs to enhance employee productivity and career development.

 

ej4’s content comes from conducting over 6,000 classroom seminars and 10,000 leadership surveys in the last 25 year. That experience has let ej4help hundreds of companies with custom and off-the-shelf online training programs. They currently have more than 1,500 online video programs available.

 

“We are excited to have ej4 as our partner in offering the most engaging video-based content on the market today to our customers,” said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “ej4 specializes in driving business results by creating short, task based, and fun video for the training”

 

“We’re thrilled to be partnered with Gyrus Systems to provide their customers with access the e-learning content they need to increase productivity and reach business goals,” said ej4 CEO, Dan Cooper. “We believe Gyrus’ Aim customers will find our short, to-the-point style of video beneficial in saving trainee time and increasing execution at the front line.”

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 400+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their function more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Henrico, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

 

About eJ4

ej4 specializes in driving business results by creating Maxecution™ Videos: short, task based, and fun. Our goal is to increase sales and reduce costs with a measurable ROI in less than 12 months. ej4 provides off the shelf programs on topics like compliance, leadership, selling skills, safety, personal productivity, and more. Have a “needle” to move? ej4’s custom video solutions are created with a focus on the results you need to show management. For more information please visit: http://www.ej4.com.

Gyrus Systems enhances LMS solution with new content authoring partner SoftChalk

Richmond, VA April 11, 2011. Gyrus Systems, a Learning Management Systems (LMS) leader, today announced an agreement with SoftChalk, LLC, an award-winning provider of e-Learning content authoring software.

 

The agreement between SoftChalk and Gyrus Systems will lead to an enhancement of the Gyrus System LMS by providing its users the ability to easily create innovative learning content that will engage learners with interactive, video, web widgets and other rich media.

 

“We are excited to have SoftChalk as our partner in offering the best content authoring tool to our customers,” said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “SoftChalk is the trusted source for worldwide professionals seeking to create relevant content.”

 

Susan Evans, CEO of SoftChalk, said, “The alliance between Gyrus Systems and SoftChalk will result in a great opportunity for organizations looking to purchase a powerful solution to create and deliver engaging content that will facilitate employee training and development.”

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 400+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their function more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Henrico, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

 

About SoftChalk

SoftChalk, LLC is an award-winning provider of eLearning software for worldwide education and business institutions. Specializing in the development of intuitive, easy-to-use tools, SoftChalk products allow instructors to create powerful and professional-looking content for eLearning and smart classrooms in K-12, higher education and corporate training. For more information, visit http://www.softchalk.com/.

How to Keep Your Training Data Neat and Tidy Under Pressure


Neatness counts!

We’ve been told this since elementary school. Our teachers taught us the harsh lesson that sloppiness has consequences. That “A” grade you expected on your Theme that slipped to a “B minus“ because you paid insufficient attention to your grammar and margins.

But when we use computers we are often tempted to toss the quality and accuracy of our data to the back seat in order to get our jobs done faster. Most of us are under pressure to be both organized and quick – and these are not always compatible pressures!

So, we need to strike a balance between these twin towers of pressure. And we should begin by taking a look at what brings them about in the first place.

Organization and accuracy are critical to the administration of your training and to the information that results from the training you provide. The pressure to manage who needs training, make it available, and then see that it all takes place can be an enormous challenge. The fact that the situation “on the ground” is changing daily only adds to the complexity.

As training takes place, the reliability of the resulting data is largely dependent on the quality of your upfront training administration. Effort must be taken to build a logical and easily understandable training system that fits your many needs. Small errors and inconsistencies tend to grow exponentially creating potentially major discrepancies calling your quality of the data and the value of your reports into question.

Quickness is the way business is done today. While there may be some discretion allowed in deciding just how fast to go, the pressure to move swiftly is none the less unavoidable. Being quick and efficient is not a bad thing…until it results in a bad outcome. In the training industry, the temptation is often to employ shortcuts and workarounds just to “get the training done” faster and keep students moving through the training content.

Not too long ago, the small “liberties” we took so that we could keep things moving seemed reasonable because usually only Training Department personnel were aware of them and we knew how to interpret or “filter out” the non-standard data. But this isn’t true today. With the browser based Learning Management Systems in use now, everyone has access to the data and they don’t know what is real and what was used just to keep the training moving quickly.

So, just like school days, neatness is no longer an option and we must find ways to create and manage neat, reliable data while maintaining a fast pace. And there is only one way to accomplish this and it’s called –

Discipline

There are things you can do to address your twin pressures and still achieve the desired outcome. You can come up with your own things, but to get you started, here are some time tested examples which will if employed with discipline serve you well:
• Establish and enforce standardized data and policies. For example if you offer a course in CPR, it is not okay for a hurried Training Coordinator to create a new “First Aid” course because she can’t remember the name of the original course and is in hurry to get the class on the calendar and the students registered.
• Avoid workarounds. If you are not sure how to use your LMS to meet a particular need, take the time to check it out. There may be a good way. Check first with your Help Desk, vendor, and colleagues to make sure the best plan is put in place.
• Create and use a “test” environment. It’s easier to set up “dummy” users and training in your live database to try out new training initiatives and user workflows. But even if your other users never see the data, the fact remains that your reports are now tainted with irrelevant data. With only a small effort, a “mirror” site can usually be set up where you can experiment without damaging the integrity of your live data.
• Assume “all eyes”. In other words, plan your system usage with the understanding that at some point almost everyone will see at least some of the information inside. For example, you may choose to enter all part time employee names in lower case characters and full time employee names in upper case characters so you can tell them apart. But to others using the LMS this may be confusing and seem cluttered. A properly designed Learning Management System will provide flexible, logical tools to aid you in organizing your data so that with planning it is clear to all users.
• Audit your system. Periodically, take time to browse through your data to make sure the results are exactly what you expect. Run reports on your training and your people. Check on screen information and history.
• Nip it in the bud. When you do find anomalies in your data avoid the temptation to deal with them later. Chances are they will continue to grow and only be harder to find and fix. When you feel rushed, see it as an opportunity to put some standards in place first so that you can maintain a quicker pace later.

Using these techniques and others of your own will take a little more time up front. It is tempting to avoid doing them because there are so many other tasks which need your attention. But in the long run, they will actually save you time. Potentially a great deal of time because we all know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

I’m sure your elementary school teacher taught you that.

Why Content Can Make it Almost All the Way to the Learner – and Hit a Brick Wall


Let’s go back in time. Way back to the 1950’s and 60’s…. a simpler time. A time when the technology of media was basic and everything worked pretty much the same way. If you wanted to watch a television program your choices were three channels and one TV (yes, cathode ray tube) in the living room with an on/off switch and a rabbit ear antenna on the top.

Back then television was the new media; the hot cutting edge technology. And like any new technology how it worked was a mystery to the viewers. And when it didn’t work (which was often) – well that was a mystery too. But the technology was so basic that there were only two things the viewer could do to fix the TV when it didn’t work. The first thing to do was adjust that annoying rabbit ear antenna. And if that didn’t work, the next thing to do was to smack the top of the TV with your fist. 🙂

Fast forward.

Technology is a little more complex today. Viewers have myriad choices of what to watch and how to watch it – Youtube, streaming video, Skype, even old fashioned DVDs. They select from Laptop computers, cell phones, and I-pads to watch their selections. The options are literally unlimited.

And your course content is part of this large, rich mix. Somehow, through all of these choices and variables your content has to find its mark – your viewer.

In the first two installments of this series, we described the delivery of courses as working like a garden hose. The spigot gets the water started, the hose moves the water from point “A” to point “B”, and the nozzle sprays it on your lawn. Your course also has a start, middle, and end point and an interruption anywhere along the line can stop it in its tracks.

The three SCORM Content components are; where the content is stored (server), how it moves to the viewer (Internet or Intranet), and how it is viewed by the learner (computer or other device).

It may not be obvious that something is wrong when the course stream is interrupted at the beginning with the servers. But when a course doesn’t work on the viewer’s end, there can be only one obvious conclusion – no show!

But, as we have seen, there are so many technology variables at the viewer’s end that simply smacking the computer (or whatever) on the top is unlikely to solve the problem. But the show must go on. So we must take a thorough look at the show stoppers confronting our viewers so we can correct the problem. Here are the most common things that can stop SCORM Content cold at the viewer’s end:

  • If the viewer is sitting at the end of an Internet or Intranet pipeline fast enough to deliver the content, it is still important that the device he is using has the memory and processing “horsepower” needed to run it. Help Desk personnel are a good resource if you are unsure whether or not the viewer’s hardware is capable of running the content. But be aware that sometimes the learner uses more than one device. For example, he may begin the course at home and resume it on another computer in his office.
  • There are many popular brands of Internet browsers easily available. Many learners are in the habit of using more than one. For example a learner may use the Company required browser at the office and a different browser at home. Browser security settings can vary from one to another and may be the reason why a course will run for one learner but not for another.
  • Internet Security is indeed our friend, but it can be a perplexing one at times. The most common place a user comes across it is their pop-up blocker. Most users are comfortable with how to use them. But, if a learner has not been on any new websites for some time, it may have been a while since it last popped up. So, when he launches a new course, he may not notice the blocker.
  • And lastly – never under estimate the importance of learner experience and capability. Your learners are experiencing a constant barrage of new and rapidly evolving technologies. For those new to the experience, even launching a simple text only course can present a challenge. And even your seasoned veterans are challenged to keep up with constantly changing situations. The courses, devices, and technologies they used last week may very well change by next week.


So, the key to making sure your learners actually get to view the course is to understand what might possibly be blocking them. That way when it happens, you’ll recognize it. And you’ll be able to help them out.

Reseller program for GyrusAim Learning Management Systems

Richmond, VA February 17, 2011. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) announced the launch of its Reseller program for GyrusAim, the company's popular learning management system, and related services. Gyrus Systems invites independent organizations and individual professionals to the program. With this program, Gyrus Systems aims to expand its reach to worldwide markets and customers in need of reliable eLearning solutions by offering GyrusAim and services to customers through its partners.

 

Gyrus Systems is expanding its network of strategic and business partners through the newly announced program which aims to attract both independent organizations in the business of offering learning / training / eLearning solutions and individual professionals who do not sell / offer / work on learning solutions but are aware of potential customers who need such solutions and can refer Gyrus Systems to those customers.

 

"We believe in strategic partnerships that share our vision, passion and energy. These strategic alliances will help Gyrus Systems and our partners to increase their business by offering a wider range of learning solutions to the customers. The core of our alliance with a partner is driven by mutual benefit and the cultivation of a long term relationship. It hinges on principles of trust, transparency, and mutual respect." says Viren Kapadia, President & CEO Gyrus Systems.

 

For more information about the reseller program please visit Gyrus Authorized Reseller program on Gyrus homepage.

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 400+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their operation more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

 

About GyrusAim

GyrusAim is the fourth generation Web-based Learning Management System(LMS) released by Gyrus and is by far the most powerful, flexible, and scalable system available to meet almost any training need for enterprise wide implementation. GyrusAim can be installed locally or hosted on Gyrus’s “On Demand” Cloud. GyrusAim support eLearning, Blended Learning, Class Room Learning and Virtual Learning with multilingual capability.

Virtual Learning Organizations

If you expect your people to multitask, why don’t you expect your organization to multitask also? Why bind yourself to a single organization structure?

You constantly group people in many different ways: by product lines, by job functions, by geography, by projects, by job grades, and by customers for example. Your LMS should provide the same flexibility.

Use the concept of Virtual Learning Organizations (VLO) to slice and dice your training in any way that you see fit. Compare training in east with training in the west; identify problems with management training; focus on product training for the new line being introduced next quarter; and create skill requirements for members of a new project, thus enhancing the staff members’ individual development plans.

With VLOs, you are not bound to install-time decisions for extracting useful information from your LMS. Create VLOs on the fly, use them and destroy them without affecting any training activity; or create permanent VLOs for permanent and comparative reporting or skills management power.

With VLOs, specific organizational requirements can be cascaded throughout any organizational hierarchy and customized at any level.

GyrusAim, the LMS by Gyrus, provides unlimited VLOs. Within each VLO, you have an unlimited number of organization units. You have an unlimited number of organization levels so that you can make your organizations as granular or as broad as you want.

Skill LMS – A Welcome Shift for Human Resources?

The key to competitiveness today is the company’s ability to manage and develop the knowledge and skills of their people using competency management system.  If David McClelland were alive today, he would be pleased to see remnants of his motivational needs theory as a recognized function of corporate HR, Training and Education departments. A pioneer in workplace motivational thinking, McClelland once argued that competency-based assessments and tests are better than traditional IQ and personality-based tests. He believed testing for competence is the best predictor for successful job performance. Would McClelland be pleased to see corporations spending more time and money on human capital? You bet he would.

If your organization is beginning to understand that Competency Management System  is central to workforce development, then it’s time to take the steps to create the foundation that will lead to better staffing practices, targeted learning initiatives, focused individual development plans, disaster planning, improved project teams, succession planning, and every other workforce management activity from hire to retire.

If you need help getting started, contact your Gyrus representative (www.gyrus.com).  We can help.

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“Defining Human Capital Management”

How Your E-learning can Disappear “Down the Tubes” – and Never be Seen Again

Do you remember that old song about the music going in one end of the trumpet and then going round and round ‘til it comes out here? Think of that song next time you take an online course.

Your online course content system is a lot like that trumpet. The course starts at one end – an LMS like GyrusAim for example, and then it goes round and round the Internet or your Intranet until it shows up on the learner’s screen. That can be a mighty long trip sometimes.

Just like in the song, each step needs to go right for your course content to work right. And the hardest part to see….is the part where your course goes “round and round”. Because that’s the Internet part and who’s ever actually seen the Internet? Your content just goes into one end of it and disappears until it eventually shows up at the other end.

So where does your course actually go? Another way to think of your content system is like a garden hose. The LMS is the spigot where the course starts and the learner’s computer is the nozzle where the course ends up. And in between is the Internet or “hose” which delivers your course from start to finish. If everything is working well, your content system performs as expected. But if the hose is kinked or has some holes drilled in it trouble is sure to follow.

If that happens your course isn’t going to work. But how can you diagnose the problem on something you can’t see? It’s easier to see the computer showing the course and the LMS starting it, but they might not be the cause of the problem.

True you cannot see it, but there are several important things you can check to see if there is an Internet problem.

The big factor for the Internet hose is bandwidth – that’s the amount of computer information your Internet connection can carry. Two major factors affect this. First is the amount of information to be transported and second is your course content system’s Internet (or Intranet) capacity to carry it. There are several things that can affect this.

Think of it as supply and demand.

The supply side is the capacity of your online course content system to deliver the course. In our analogy, this is represented by the hose itself. Find out if your learners will be using high speed connections such as cable modem or T-1. Your network administrator will know what options are available.

Demand means how much you’re trying to squeeze down the hose. The size of your course is an important factor. The larger the course, (measured in megabytes) the bigger the “hose” needed to carry it. A small course may be 5 megabytes and a large course may be 90 or even several hundred megabytes. Adding audio, video, and interaction can quickly swell the size of your course.

The other big demand factor is the number of learners taking the course simultaneously. There’s a big difference between 1 learner taking the course and 100 taking it at the same time.

Since you cannot see your course moving through the Internet “hose”, it’s necessary to test it in different scenarios in advance to make sure it can handle the load. To make sure that both “supply and demand” are balanced.

To do this test the course with different numbers of users at different times of day. If learners are going to access the course from various locations with different connection speeds, each location must be tested.

By putting your course through its paces before releasing it to your learners you can drastically reduce the chance of problems when it’s their turn to take the course.

Gyrus Systems Announces a Major New Release of Its GyrusAim Learning Management System

Richmond, VA September 15, 2010. Gyrus Systems, a Learning Management Systems (LMS) leader, announced the release of a major upgrade to its GyrusAim LMS today. Over the years, Gyrus has designed and implemented high quality, flexible Learning Management Systems for hundreds of satisfied customers. GyrusAim, is the new web based LMS. GyrusAim leverages the latest technology innovations and includes full LMS along with Talent Management functionality in a single system.

 

“It’s our experience with our customers that has lead to so many important product innovations in this release.” says Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “Our goal is to offer them 2 to 3 upgrades per year every year ensuring them a constantly growing list of capabilities and improvements to the system.”

 

Among the many enhancements several are worthy of special note:

  • Students and Managers can more easily manage their own training schedules with an enhanced on screen Training Calendar which includes dates, times and locations of all classes.
  • Training Administrators and Coordinators productivity is greatly improved through the introduction of new elements such as “Breadcrumbs”, improved data filters, and additional onscreen class details.
  • Students and Managers can more effectively manage their Individual Development Plans(IDP) with details describing tasks, training, and testing options needed to acquire skills.
  • Improved Competency Management flexibility by quickly assigning competency requirements and acquisitions to individuals or groups.
  • Improved Resource Management for Instructors, Locations, and training equipment when scheduled for non-training related events.

 

“Gyrus constantly strives to add practical, useful improvements to GyrusAim,” says Mr. Kapadia. The Training Industry is always changing and improving. As a vendor of quality Learning Management Systems, it is our responsibility to make sure we keep getting better too, so we can support them with a product which is both easy to use and capable of meeting their demanding and evolving needs.”

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 400+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their Training Departments more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.gyrus.com.

Gyrus Systems enhances LMS solution with new content partner ComplianceOnline

Richmond, VA July 15, 2010. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) today announced an agreement with ComplianceOnline leading portal and online community for governance, risk, compliance and quality.

 

“ComplianceOnline” content offering will enable our customers to get the best practices, training, products and tools on corporate governance, risk management, regulatory compliance and quality management.

 

“We are excited to have ComplianceOnline as our partner in offering best practices content library and training programs,” said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “ComplianceOnline is the trusted source for worldwide professionals seeking relevant content.”

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 400+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their function more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Henrico, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/. About ComplianceOnline ComplianceOnline is the largest online community for compliance professionals where burning issues, new ideas, and best practices are shared and discussed. Regulations and Standards Trained On: Banking and Financial Services, Biotechnology, Clinical Research, FDA Compliance, Green Compliance, HIPAA Compliance, HR Compliance, Laboratory Compliance, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Quality and ISO 9000 Compliance, Risk Management, SEC Compliance. For more information, please visit http://www.complianceonline.com. 

Gyrus Systems Relocates its Corporate Headquarters

Richmond, VA June 07, 2010. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) industry, relocated its corporate headquarter from Richmond, VA to nearby Henrico, VA on June 6, 2010.

 

“We’re committed to making Gyrus Systems an even better place to work for our employees, while preparing for an important and aggressive growth phase,” said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “Also, the move is to ensure that Gyrus’ facility provides an environment which supports the company’s effort to provide our customers with the finest learning management products and services.”

 

Effective immediately Gyrus Systems new address is:

Gyrus Systems

5400 Glenside Drive, Suite B

Henrico, VA 23228

 

All other forms of communication including staff e-mail addresses, the Gyrus website www.gyrus.com, and company phone numbers – 888-GO-Gyrus and 804-320-1414 remains unchanged.

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems’ unique GyrusAim Learning Management System helps customers develop continuous employee development programs managed at the level of the individual employee. Since 1987, 400+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work helping Training Departments function more efficiently, productively, and a become a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Henrico, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.gyrus.com

Gyrus Systems adds Sales and Marketing Executive to its Management Team

Richmond, VA June 07, 2010. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management Systems (LMS) announced today that it has hired Michael Monahan as Director of Sales and Marketing.

 

“We are excited to have Michael on board, as he shares our enthusiasm for product excellence, unparalleled customer service and strong team building,” said Viren Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “Michael will undoubtedly enable us to continue to drive sales excellence in the training industry and foster financial growth.”

 

Mike Monahan, former Senior Vice President of Operations for Oakwood Homes Corporation, has joined Gyrus Systems in their sales and marketing department. Gyrus is one of the nation’s premier innovators of Learning Management Systems software for worldwide customers. Mr. Monahan was employed by IBM in their data processing sales division after graduation from the University of Richmond – School of Business. He later joined Oakwood Homes as a regional Sales Director. During his sales and field management days he set sales records for homes sold that have stood the test of time for over 26 years. Promoted to the corporate headquarters to share his skills, he developed the Oakwood University system in 4 cities across the USA and drove sales from $200 million to just under $4 billion. He launched Oakwood’s Satellite Based Training Module, viewed by over 525 model centers nationwide once a week.

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 400+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their function more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Henrico, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.gyrus.com/.

Gyrus Systems Launches New Website

Richmond, VA April 21, 2010. Gyrus Systems, a leader in the Learning Management (LMS) industry, launched its new website www.gyrus.com today to commemorate its 22nd anniversary. Over the years, Gyrus has designed and implemented high quality, flexible learning management products for hundreds of satisfied customers. The new website also focuses on our latest product GyrusAim, our new web based LMS. GyrusAim leverage latest technology innovation by delivering full functionality in a single system.

 

“It’s our relationships with our customers that have made us successful. So, this year, we celebrate more than just a 22nd anniversary; we celebrate our partnership with our clients,” says Mr. Kapadia, President and CEO of Gyrus Systems. “The goal of this new website is to provide valuable education and knowledge to present and future clients to help them make better decisions when choosing an LMS.”

 

More than a celebration, gyrus.com highlights the following features:

  • The Gyrus Systems Benefits Analysis Calculator is a unique and interactive tool which helps clients compute the value created by an LMS and justify its use. This exciting feature will be highlighted in more detail in a future press release.
  • The unique Knowledge Center taps into Gyrus’ many years of industry experience and provides a wealth of free information including whitepapers, blogs, and case studies.
  • The services and support of Gyrus are now more accessible on the website, offering live chat, social media connections, support on demand, and collaboration tools.
  • Gyrus has made it a high priority to focus on the specific industries that we service. Visitors can get industry specific materials which highlight business challenges and experience with learning management.

 

“Over the years, we have collaborated with clients across a wide range of industries to find practical and innovative solutions for their Enterprise Learning Management challenges. And we’ve been honored to develop deep and lasting relationships with many of our clients. We are pleased to share the benefits of that experience with all visitors to our new website” says Mr. Kapadia.

 

About Gyrus

Gyrus Systems is the one-stop solution for the efficient management of any size training program. Since 1987, 400+ companies worldwide have put Gyrus Systems’ learning management technologies to work making their function more efficient, more productive, and a greater contributor to the success of their organization. The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.gyrus.com.

Are Academic Achievements Indicators of Workforce Performance Successes?

How important are academic achievements in predicting workforce performance? The general thinking that good students will be good workers goes along these lines:

  • If the student cares enough to work for good grades, he or she will work hard as an employee.
  • The student has the general aptitude to understand what is needed in this profession.
  • The student has the general background to be successful in this profession

While these are valid arguments, there are other considerations for a student's academic performance, such as:
Personal factors–Perhaps the student has many personal conflicts with jobs, family (e.g., newborn baby), and environmental (having to study in a loud, distracting place).
Social factors–Perhaps the student gave up a social life to have academic success. While that is honorable and noble, will such a person make a good employee in a highly social environment?
Personal motives–Was the driving force behind the academic success an unbearable parent, for example? Will that same force be present in the work environment? Did the student learn for the right reason or just to alleviate another problem?
Poor Student–Some people, I am convinced, are just poor students. But that does not make them poor or even marginal employees. Some people just do not thrive in a classroom environment but do in a work environment.
I worked on an IT project several years ago with a group of seven or eight academically-successful people. One older lady in the group did not have the college degrees that the rest of us had. She even had limited technical skills and was used on the project as a technical writer. But she had a way about her that brought out the best of everyone on the team, even though she was not the project manager. I remember watching her interact with the group, thinking, that if we were to name an MVP for the project team, it would be this lady; even though she made minimal technical contributions.

Blended Learning

The days of learning being solely instructor led are gone forever. Today we have multiple sources of learning, even with the same content.

The best way to learn a particular piece of content depends on the time, the place, the learner, and the urgency. Blended Learning may be a video, an online course, or an instructor-led course. The key is to have the proper content available in the best form to suit the learner at that time. Course content has advanced to the use of multiple media within the same course. Courses now combine eLearning, video, instructor-led, and both hard and soft document learning objects leading to a complex matrix that must be assembled and managed.

Your LMS should handle all of this for you.

The core is a learning object. A learning object is the smallest information nugget and is designed to provide the learner with one skill at one level. A learning object never has multiple skills and never has multiple levels for one skill. A learning object has one medium, such as eLearning, instructor-led, and video. Courses then, are a collection of learning objects. A course on Microsoft Excel would contain several learning objects for Excel fundamentals, Excel pivot tables, and Excel macros for example. This then becomes the agenda for the Excel course.

Using learning objects inside of a course adds some interesting and useful options. For example, the GyrusAim learning management system allows for drop-ins to take a part of a course. Instead of making a learner sit through five learning objects as part of a course, he could attend only the learning object that applies to the skill that he needs to acquire. This reduces the burden on the learner, the instructor, and the work flow as the training lessens the worker’s time away from work.

A learning object can have a prerequisite. The prerequisite is not for a course or even another learning object however. The prerequisite for a learning object is a particular proficiency in a skill. A learning object is not concerned with how the learner acquired the skill, just that there is a certain expectation of what the skill proficiency of the learner is before attending the learning object. This makes the learning more effective, not just for the learner, but also for the other learners if it is an instructor-led learning object.

Build Conflict Management Training In Your Organization

Training magazine published an article by Margery Weinstein on Conquering Conflict. Being the contrarian that I am, let me present another side to this discussion.

Conflict management training does not mean “conflict avoidance”. Any organization that tries to eliminate conflict is robbing itself of creativity, free thinking, and even teamwork.Is it bad to have production and sales at odds with each other? If one is too dominate, you lose the balance between these two functions that is necessary for the company to have healthy growth. If production decides what to make, when to make it, and the quality, then sales is stuck with trying to sell whatever comes off the production line. If sales is selling whatever they can without regard to production considerations, then you lose the efficiency of operation that is necessary to make the sale profitable. You actually want these two functions to fight for and defend their own interests for the betterment of the organization.
Conflict or Harmony

This does not mean that we want conflict over harmony; the end result should be a more harmonious atmosphere because now you have two functions who have to listen to and understand the position of the other. But by simply removing the conflict between the two, you miss that important interaction.Look at some of the most successful organizations and you will see conflict is built-in. It provides the balance necessary to have the optimal outcome. A president without a congress to control the president’s actions would be a dictator. A congress with both Republicans and Democrats provides a give-and-take that makes our laws better, not worse. (You may disagree with me on that one, but work with me anyway.)In my own house, my wife and I disagree over how to raise the children. If either one of us had our way all the time, our children would be too strong in one area and too weak in another. So together we give and take to the betterment of our children. The disagreements become the right blend of constraints and freedoms for our children.In my own company, a key performance indicator (KPI) is accounts receivable as a measurement of recent sales. A high number indicates that we have high recent sales. So sometimes I ask my sales manager why our accounts receivable number is so low. Then I walk down the hall and ask my collections manager why the accounts receivable number is so high because that means we are not collecting payments. I want both of them pushing and pulling over that number for different reasons.Sure, conflicts should be avoided if they are detrimental to the success of the organizations. Successful companies however, understand the value of building conflict into an organization.

Don’t Ignore Instructor Led Training

Instructor Led Training is still the preferred venue of many learning organizations.

Even though eLearning and adaptive learning methodologies seem to have grabbed the headlines in learning organizations for the past ten years, the old style of training, viz., instructor led training has not gone away. Recent surveys even show that its use is increasing.
With the eLearning abandonment rate hovering around 80%, it often fails to deliver on its promise of being an effective training medium. Instructor led training is still the preferred venue of choice for many learning organizations.
The GyrusAim learning management system (LMS) does not forget the tedious processes that are required for a training department to be effective. GyrusAim simplifies the typical tasks associated with delivering a successful instructor-led training event: tasks such as scheduling, conflict checking, enrollments, cancellations, and notifications.

  • GyrusAim goes further than most learning management systems though. It provides block scheduling so that you can schedule multiple instances of a class based upon a schedule, yet giving full control over the entire course schedule.
  • GyrusAim provides for drop-in enrollments so that learners just get the training that they lack.
  • GyrusAim provides for online evaluations and assessments along with the reporting that makes it valuable to gather these statistics.
  • GyrusAim handles scheduling across multiple time zones so that a 10AM distance learning class in New York shows up as a 9AM class in Chicago.
  • GyrusAim handles self-reported training so that employee training outside the company can be recorded. They are not assigned to skills, but are useful for documentation purposes.
  • GyrusAim will automatically enroll the next learner when a class slot opens.
  • GyrusAim provides extensive resource tracking of everything from donuts to documents to computers, classrooms, and instructors.

Individual Development Plans

A well-run individual development plan system requires sophisticated automation because not only do the needs of each employee change depending on their own career objectives, but the needs of their jobs and organizations change also.

Developing individual development plans for employees is one of those things that makes so much sense, but the details makes its implementation almost impossible.

Individual development plans take the concept that each employee has a different way to be developed. This could be because of job title, organization needs, any associated certifications or licenses, projects, and other requirements. It is difficult enough to do for a handful of employees, but seemingly impossible for hundreds or thousands of employees.

A well-run individual development plan system requires sophisticated automation because not only do the needs of each employee change depending on their own career objectives, but the needs of their jobs and organizations change also.   GyrusAim helps manage the individual development plan processes.

The alternative is to use boilerplate training which says that everyone with this job title requires the same training. Doesn't that sound so 1990ish?