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Why would anybody spend a ton of money training employees if there’s no way to actually prove it works?
Many would answer, “I wouldn’t.” But that’s the wrong question.
Can you quantify the benefit of your elementary, middle or secondary school education? Probably not.
Would you say, “I’m not going to buy a six-figure education for my kid to go to college unless I can prove it’ll get her a six-figure job”? Not likely.
The reason is that we know, thanks to numerous studies, that education is good for people and is correlated to higher incomes.
Well, workplace learning is good for people, too. Most of us would agree that, broadly speaking, when employees are trained and developed effectively, they perform better and are more promotable.
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Microsoft is creating a new training and development center in Vancouver B.C., focused largely on Office, Bing, Skype, and MSN, and that could eventually create 400 new jobs.
The center, which the company is calling the “Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre” will open late next year in the Pacific Centre shopping mall, above a Nordstrom, in downtown Vancouver.
Microsoft will be spending $90 million a year on the center, with the bulk of that money going toward the lease and employee salaries and benefits.
Microsoft plans to hire the first of its Centre employees this summer.
The center will focus mainly on training people who will go into research and development for Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group. That group is responsible for Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer, Lync, Skype, Bing, Bing Apps, MSN and Microsoft’s Advertising platforms.
Microsoft already has a sizeable presence in Vancouver, with more than 300 employees working largely in game and entertainment development there. To see the full story click link below…
New Products and Services (Jan/Feb 2014)
>> Versal, an interactive Software-as-a- Service course creation and publishing platform, released the first open beta of Versal for Teams, a new turnkey solution for organizations to manage the creation and publishing of courses in a group setting.
>> Mylo Solutions launched MyloTEAM, a platform for managing and monetizing training and education programs. The cloud-based solution simplifies the publishing of online course catalogs and class descriptions; delivers a turnkey solution for managing faculty and instructors; and integrates with Salesforce to support sales and customer relationship management (CRM) initiatives.
>> SAP introduced work patterns in its SAP Jam. The pre-built collaborative processes combine expertise, content, and best practices with real-time business data and applications. SAP Jam work patterns bring together data from across the organization to help employees make decisions, receive onboarding information in one place, find mentors, and get automatic recommendations on who to connect with for a particular project.
>> Enterprise IT cloud company ServiceNow announced ServiceNow HR Service Automation, a new application that makes it easier for organizations to automate HR case management through an online storefront.
>> Online training provider Tortal Training launched a new business concept that helps businesses offer a larger assortment of pre-developed courses to their employees at a lower cost. The new courses, available through Tortal’s Out Of The Box Solutions, are designed for both the corporate sector and franchise industry and do not require customization. The courses focus on marketing and sales, management, technology and franchising.