Learning to catchup in a world that won’t wait (Part 3) – ​Human Augmented Learning

One of the biggest myths that we buy into in today’s world of rapid technological change is that somehow, somewhere, and at some time in the future, technology will miraculously solve all, or at the very least, most of our problems. In reality, technology has proven itself to be a double-edged sword. Yes, Artificial Intelligence

Learning to catchup in a world that won’t wait (Part 2)- Don’t head for safety – breathe, explore, renew

In last week’s (Sink or Swim?) article, we looked at the 4 Broad Trends in the World of Work and how these trends are resulting in 5 Key Skill Development Imperatives (Accelerated / Agile / Continuous / Connected / Impactful) for organizations big and small. All of this is good and dandy, but in the

Learning to catch up in a world that won’t wait!

4 transformational trends are impacting the workforce like never before. The key to professional survival and growth for the workforce will depend on this one crucial skill. But first, a little about me. I have been lucky to be part of Sify (pronounced: /siː fiː/) – one of the earliest eLearning companies – anywhere. In

Overlooking Partner Training Enablement capabilities & features

By Stephen Nunn (SumTotal), Indresh Chauhan (Sify), KC Rajkumar (Sify) The success of more and more organizations is based on the collaborative partnerships with their extended partners such as distributors, resellers, franchisees, agents, and joint venture partners – and even the general public and government officials. How much should this question be factored into evaluating

Making learning serious – often, too serious!

By Stephen Nunn (SumTotal), Indresh Chauhan (Sify), KC Rajkumar (Sify) Another largely overlooked, but important consideration, is not evaluating for “fun” features like gamification, leaderboards, badges, social communities, etc. You need to move away from focusing on the LMS simply being a compliance tracking tool. Gamification and social communities, for example, can go a long

Not asking questions about various internal use cases

By Stephen Nunn (SumTotal), Indresh Chauhan (Sify), KC Rajkumar (Sify) No matter what the size of your organization, in all likelihood, it is made up of various departments and divisions – each may have various use cases to consider with respect to onboarding and training. Why is it important to consider internal use cases? And

Leaving the evaluation solely to either the IT or Business teams

By Stephen Nunn (SumTotal), Indresh Chauhan (Sify), KC Rajkumar (Sify) Evaluating and selecting a learning platform or learning management system (LMS) can be challenging, especially if it is something new to you. Even when you want to update or replace an existing system, your perspectives and expectations may be prejudiced by your prior experiences. For

Replacement Planning to Deal with Disruption

With the current disruptive environment in which we find ourselves, companies have had to identify ways to support their teams by reacting and implementing solutions as quickly as possible. Now, the question is, what are companies doing to put fail-safes in place if future disruptions occur? Succession Planning vs. Replacement Planning It’s common for organizations

What’s Immersive, Engaging and has Tech All Over?

If you’ve clicked on the title, you’re clearly someone who is curious. Maybe you’re the pharma sales trainer tasked with being innovative, including finding new ways to transform boring things – like power point slides as part of your sales training – into interactive learning opportunities. Perhaps you’re trying to maximize ROI on your staff

Create Virtual Training for Any Field

You’d be surprised how many nuts and bolts are involved in creating online courses: web hosting, video and content creation, hosting, apps, quiz and survey tools, the list goes on. Online training providers take care of all these so you can focus on what matters: building an engaging training program for your learners. There are

Globalizing Training for a Remote Workforce

Training can be delivered across borders swiftly and bring your courses to life in every chosen language, with the same level of quality training across the world. Here we show you how learning content can be “globalized” through localization and translation for your remote and global workforce. Localization Developing learning content that is consistent and

Content Design and Development for Virtual Training

For content design and development services there is a range that includes the following: Technical Writing Invaluable to enhancing the content and usability of your learning projects, our technical writer’s design and develop comprehensive materials that go above and beyond traditional techniques and provide an attractive and multifunctional user-interface. Technical writers put together training materials,

Modernize Advanced and High-Tech Curricula

For high-tech curriculums, training leaders need to address the new needs of their employees for digital, remote, self-paced content in addition to the traditional instructor-led, in-person courses. “Meeting the learner” has now become a term reflecting a corporate necessity. In a perfect world, Subject-Matter-Experts could easily transform their knowledge and the classroom instruction to engaging,

Why You Should Hire People Development Consultants

In the current economic environment, it is important that businesses find ways to invest in employee learning and development as their business adjust to new conditions and continue to grow. Choosing to use experienced consultants in people development and human capital management will allow businesses the ability to continue growing, rather than simply attempting to

Transforming your Existing Training Content to Virtual Training

You can transform your existing learning content into virtual learning in different ways, considering your program needs and budget. For instance, you can convert your Instructor-Led-Training (ILT) to virtual ILT or to rapid computer-based training. Here are a few options for converting your current learning material for your remote learners: Instructor-Led-Training to Computer-Based Training ILT

How to Quickly Implement Learning Platforms

Learning Management System (LMS) software are most commonly used to deploy and track online learning or training.  Existing assets can be uploaded to the LMS, making it easy for remote learners to access. In some situations, the LMS may also have integrated eLearning authoring tools that allow you, without additional software, to develop new online

Demonstrating The Possibilities of New Training Technology for Energy at OTC 2019

As Offshore energy professionals from around the world attended the 2019 Offshore Technology Conference—the 50th anniversary—at NRG Park, to gain insights from global experts and colleagues, Sify eLearning was a proud exhibitor.  The show was a huge success for as we connected with new partners in the energy industry, exploring ideas on the exciting changing

Virtual Reality Technology Is Revolutionizing Oil and Gas Training

When many people hear the words “virtual reality (VR)” or “augmented reality (AR),” they think of video games and perhaps flight simulators. I will use VR to describe training with these technologies, although VR and AR are slightly different. In AR, virtual elements are superimposed on a real background, while in VR, a totally synthetic

E-Learning Is Vital For Today’s Financial Professionals…Here’s Why

Perhaps more than any other industry in today’s economy, the financial services sector is becoming more and more complex.  And this trend shows no signs of slowing down…quite the contrary.  From algorithmic trading to the tangled (and growing) thicket of government regulations, financial services professionals have more to contend with today than at any point

Online Learning Systems can Build Inter-Team Communication for Tech Companies

Consider a tech company, a software enterprise or a mobile app business with departments for marketing, sales and teams of developers, all trying to communicate their needs and ideas to each other in ways that help put the best products on the market as fast as possible. In this scenario, what do you do when

Sify Featured in IndustryWeek and American Machinist

Back in mid-September 2018, Sify Technologies attended IMTS 2018 (the International Manufacturing Technology Show) in Chicago. It was an incredible time, and we were able to introduce CEOs, IT directors, and many others to the power and engagement of eLearning through AR and VR. While we were there, we invited journalist John Hitch of IndustryWeek

Pushing the Boundaries of Technology’s Use in Manufacturing

The single largest expo related to manufacturing technology in North America just concluded – IMTS 2018 (International Manufacturing Technology Show) was a huge success by any standards. The 33rd edition of the show brought nearly 130,000 people together with over 2,500 exhibitors in the heart of the Windy City. And Sify Technologies was proud to

More Than a Formality: Continuing Medical Education and Physician Success

Like many other professions, doctors are required to undergo a certain number of continuing medical education (CME) credit hours per year in order to maintain their licensure. For many physicians, this seems an onerous burden, one that requires them to take time out of their practice, or even out of their personal lives, in order

Sify eLearning Wins the Gold 2018 Brandon Hall Excellence Award

Sify eLearning Wins Gold at the 2018 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Awards for Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Management and HR and Sales Performance Awards. Sify eLearning, a leader in innovative custom learning solutions, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold award for excellence in the Best Unique or

The Future of Manufacturing: Innovative Approaches to Change Management

Change occurs in all industries. It might be swift, such as the reactions of many employers to the rollout of the ACA. It might be slow, such as the reaction of most industries to the advent of 3D printing. In all cases, though, change occurs and it demands recognition eventually. Failure to handle change appropriately

Effective Leadership Development Programs

Overview A variety of recent studies have shown that U.S. corporate executives have grave concerns about their companies’ ability to meet today’s leadership needs. After years of grappling with how to boost employee engagement and retention, improve management, and build a meaningful culture, they have come to the realization that leadership development programs are essential

Training Examples for Media Companies

The media and entertainment industry faces unique challenges today as consumer consumption habits and preferences shift. More and more, consumers are demanding a just-in-time consumption model, as opposed to the conventional broadcast model followed by media and entertainment companies in the past. Add to that the fact that consumers are no longer willing to pay

The 5 HR Challenges Today’s Accounting Firms Must Overcome

Like all other companies, accounting firms face a wide range of challenges, particularly when it comes to the people that actually make up the business. Hiring, training, managing, and growing your in-house talent is a vital consideration, and it’s becoming more and more complicated as time goes by. Today, accounting firms face a wide range

Building a Better Workforce: How Energy Companies Can Succeed in a Changing World

Energy-sector businesses have a wide range of challenges with which they must contend. The demand for cleaner energy, the growth of renewables, OPEC cuts, increased US production, an increase in severe weather that threatens oil, gas, and electric infrastructures (Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are prime examples) … those are just the tip of the

Our Top Tweets and Quotes from CEdMA 2018

Sify eLearning had the honor of sponsoring the Spring 2018 CEdMA Training Leadership Conference. The conference addressed the growing shift towards the Software as a Service model, that for many has had a profound impact on the world of customer education. At the conference discussions revolved around how the Subscription World impacts customer education. Some

eLearning Solutions to Mitigate Unconscious Hiring Bias

The Hiring Bias In study after study, the hiring process has been proven biased and unfair, with sexism, racism, ageism, and other inherently extraneous factors playing a malevolent role. Instead of skills or experience-based recruiting, it is often the case that interviewees get the nod for reasons that have little to do with the attributes

Mitigate Crisis in Healthcare Staffing with Training and Advancement

The Squeeze Is On: Healthcare Staffing at Crisis Levels It’s not enough that medical centers are smarting from fewer privately insured patients, higher labor costs, and cuts in government spending, the ongoing epidemic in staff shortage is producing a choke hold, particularly on the larger hospitals. The nursing segment of the healthcare workforce for instance,

How Socially Responsible Companies Are Wooing Millennials

Who would have imagined, only a decade or two ago, that our workplace would turn into such a mammoth multi-cultural and multi-generational environment? And who would have thought, upon seeing that storm rushing at us from the distance, that Millennials would by 2020 evolve into half of all employees worldwide? It’s all true: The Pew

Epic Lessons Trainers Can Derive from The Force

Do or do not. There is no try: Like the Chinese book, The I Ching, that everyone simply had to read in the “free-thinking” era of the sixties and seventies, the lessons that can be drawn from Star Wars are astronomical in both number and importance. Not that the I Ching or Star Wars were

Our Work Rebooted Summit Top Tweets and Quotes – The Future of Work is Now

 How will our work change in the future? What will it mean for us and our workforce? How will we and our people develop and learn? – Indresh Chauhan These are just some of the questions answered in the Work Rebooted Summit, held in San Francisco from 11th to 13th February 2018. It revolved around

Sify Plainspeak: SME Interviews with Ed Lugo of ARG and Indresh Chauhan of Sify, Part 3

Part 3 (Continued) Indresh:   Given the fact that you’ve been involved with manufacturing for so long, if you look at your most recent experiences on how the workforce is trained and knowledge is disseminated, what do you think has changed and what has remained the same? Ed:   After the advent of PowerPoint, I don’t think

Sify Plainspeak: SME Interviews with Ed Lugo of ARG and Indresh Chauhan of Sify, Part 2

Part 2 (Continued) Indresh:   When you came in, you were 21, young, probably didn’t know a whole lot about what manufacturing was about. How were you trained? Ed:   A lot of the training was done by word of mouth, tribal knowledge that was passed down from senior operators or technicians to the individuals that were

Sify Plainspeak: SME Interviews with Ed Lugo of ARG and Indresh Chauhan of Sify, Part 1

Sify Plainspeak – An Interview Series with a Horse (as in, from the “horse’s mouth”) that, true to its name, speaks to real experts who have solved real problems in the real world – not the “armchair” variety who’s mouth lingo-laced bromides make you scratch your head and say – “Eh, what did they just

14 Learning and Development Lessons from Stranger Things

Stranger Things, Netflix’s hit series, taps into our inner nerd, our 80’s fan, and educates us on education. Just wrapping its second season, here are some L&D lessons to be learned…. Lesson 1:  See things ‘Upside Down’ Sometimes we all need to change our perception of what we deem as reality, because there’s an ‘Upside

Having Logistics and Infrastructure in Place Ensures a Smooth Transition to Day 1

Previously, I spoke about how supporting deliverables, such as organizational change management (OCM), training, and hands-on activities are pivotal for successful project implementation. I also touched on how if they aren’t delivered correctly in a timely manner, they hold little value for the intended audience. It’s like preparing a three-course meal for guests at home

What are the Benefits of Experiential Training for New Applications?

Earlier, I wrote about creating application-based real-life scenarios for hands-on practice for the end users as part of their training program. Let me list out some of the benefits that the end users and the organization are bound to realize due to these use cases or scenarios being available as part of the training. The

Practice Makes Perfect: Ensuring End-Users Master New Applications by Day 1

As your organization is migrating to a new application, you’ve planned to train your employees, the end-users, on using this application – no doubt a wise decision! Training undoubtedly educates users about the application’s interface, its different modules and uses, and the new workflows to be followed. Unfortunately, merely imparting information about the application as

The Symbiosis of Training Development and Organizational Change Management

Training development is symbiotic with OCM when analyzing the stakeholders, audience (end users) profile, and the existing processes and applications in the organization’s ecosystem that the current users work with. Once the Instructional Designers developing the training analyze and gather the requirements, they identify the terminal objectives and performance outcomes of the training. The Instructional

Including Application-based “Use Cases” or “Real-Life Scenarios” as Part of Training for Day 1 Readiness

In a previous article, I highlighted how important it is for the end-users to receive adequate hands on experience with the new application before the Go-Live date. But the question arises – how do they go about getting that much-needed practice? Will the theoretical training sessions be good enough for them to feel independent and

Considering The Human Factor in the Failure of Enterprise Software Projects

Enterprise software projects can fail for many different reasons. Whether the reasons are budget, time, business disruptions or abandonment, studies done across different countries over the past 15 years show that nearly all of those reasons can be tied back to human factors. The likelihood of success is directly correlated to how prepared you are,

The “Road Trip” to successful IT projects

The “Road Trip” to successful IT projects relies on having all the resources in place. This means that the car, the map and directions are taken care of even before you set out on the road. This is the metaphor used by the article below, “More than half of IT projects still failing.” Here, the

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A Visionary Blended Learning Platform to Reinforce Proactive Behaviors for A Global Media Giant.

Hybrid, mixed-mode courses combine the benefits of traditional classroom learning with integrated eLearning content. Its benefits include blending teaching methods that combine online digital media with traditional classroom methods, making the best use of the physical presence of both teacher and learner. Our implementation for a global media company has helped learners achieve a greater

What if your Logistics and Infrastructure aren’t Day-1 Ready?

Regular communications with stakeholders, stakeholder analysis, training communications, training the end users, and facilitating for their hands-on practice are all important towards making people Day-1 Ready. You may have budgeted for and implemented all supporting activities that I listed in my previous articles (OCM, training, hands on activities, training environment set up). However, these supporting

The Cure to the Biggest Organizational Pain When Facing Change

OK, so at this point you must be wondering what the cure to the biggest pain is, which an organization faces when undergoing significant change. The pain that I’m talking about, is ‘making people day-1 ready‘; and the cure can be applied universally—not just for organizational change but for any people-related issues that occur in organizations—and

Are Your Application End-Users not Prepared for Day 1? Here are the Risks…

So, with the upcoming application migration in mind, you decide to include the Organizational Change Management (OCM) process as part of the project implementation tasks. You realize that the OCM process will play a critical role, especially when it comes to communicating with stakeholders regarding the project scope and outcomes. But, have you thought of

Benefits of Organizational Change Management for Day-1 Readiness

In my earlier article, I spoke of setting up an Organizational Change Management (OCM) process as an essential part of application migration and implementation projects. OCM helps bring about smooth transitions and change in the work culture and environment. Its main goal, among others, is to reduce resistance to change and bring everyone involved on

Organizational Change Management during Project Implementation

Sometimes during a project implementation, various important aspects of the project may get overlooked or may not be given due attention. The application implementation team in an organization would work diligently to ensure that the Go-Live date is met, but they may miss out on some critical tasks that should be performed in parallel with

Avoid the Common Pitfalls of Enterprise Technology Before the Go-Live Date

Imagine that in your organization, an application migration is underway and the Go-Live date is approaching. But there has been little-to-no formal communication with the end-users about this upcoming change! Your workforce is only learning through the grapevine about the new application environment. So naturally they’re confused about their role going forward. They’re not sure

Make it or Break It: 8 Questions to Determine if Your Team is Day 1 Ready for its New IT Project

Consider this scenario: Your organization is coping with great operational change. As part of a process-optimization drive, your entire organization is in overhaul and overdrive. It’s adopting new processes and workflows. It’s migrating to a new enterprise-wide application from multiple versions used previously, as part of day-to-day operations. The Go-Live date has been identified and

4 Dimensions to Avoid the ‘Black Swan’ of New IT Projects

50% of new and large IT implementations fail, massively blowing their budgets, according to a 2012 McKinsey-Oxford study. While large IT projects are becoming pivotal to the success of organizations, tech projects are not only getting larger, and touching virtually every part of the organization, but they’re also posing risks to the very existence of

A Responsive Philosophy to eLearning Platforms

If your mobile training is not already responsive, you may soon be playing catch-up, because the next big thing is already right around the corner. There is a large impetus to create responsive mLearning platforms to deliver training, undoubtedly because of its accessibility and the fact that technologies have become an integrated part of our

Responsive eLearning Design and Development

Responsive Design: How it all began In 2012, Google released a report on the emerging use of multiple devices, which stated that 90% of our daily media interactions are screen-based, with our online time primarily spread between four devices—television, desktop PCs/laptops, tablets, and Smartphones. Computing trends are changing at a breakneck speed. A report by

Key Benefits of 3D Interactive Apps for Retail and Merchandising

We’ve touched on how the Manufacturing and Healthcare industries benefit from 3D Interactive Apps to build the right training for employees, and ultimately the right business value for companies. Many industries reap the benefits 3D offers from 3D Modeling, Content & Simulation, Social & Collaborative opportunities and Information Intelligence. Here we highlight key benefits for

5 Training Pains for Growing Companies and How to Solve Them with 3D Interactive Apps

Training managers, we feel your pain! Below we lay out 5 training pains for growing companies and how to solve them with 3D interactive apps: New Age, New Learners: 3D appeals to new-age learners. Courses and demos can integrate interactive videos, diagrams, infographics, and PDFs in 3D. Interaction with objects and surroundings can even be

7 Reasons Blended Learning Works for Today’s iGeneration

Our lives have been reshaped by the pervasive adoption of mobile devices and it is clear ‘digital immigrants’ and ‘digital natives’ have reaped the many benefits that smart technology offers. Here are 7 reasons why blended learning works for today’s new workforce: They learn differently.  Exposure to our interactive, rapid-response, multi-media environment has altered the brain

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An Instructional Designer’s Approach to Holistic Blended Learning

“As an instructional designer, I’m a big fan of Blended Learning because various content types provide for more holistic and enriched ongoing learning. In the design of engaging learning solutions, the blended approach improves the overall learning experience for continuous learning via diverse mediums. As an innovative concept, Blended Learning is the tool that allows us

Infographic on The Blended Learning Matrix

“There are different technologies to learn from, multiple opportunities to learn through different mediums depending on situation and needs. In today’s workforce we like to learn with different mediums. The objective of an integrated blended learning approach is to provide learning using multi-modal and multi-faceted learning experiences that make training effective and engaging for learners.

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‘The Only Guide You’ll Need to Finding the Perfect eLearning Partner.’

The Only Guide You’ll Need to Find the Perfect eLearning Partner As you’re running the training for your business, you receive an ambitious requirement way that drives you to seek out a training partner. Perhaps it is a compliance requirement that needs the global workforce of several thousand to complete a certification in 6 months.