Hot Topics from The Show Front

The last day is winding down at ASTD’s San Diego Expo. Some reoccuring themes of budget cuts, globalization and vendor dissatisfaction still lingers. However, the show is definitely larger than previous years, and many attendees are seeking solutions actively.

Hot topics surround competency, compliance and collaboration. The key drivers are pressing performance issues, tighter staffing and budgets.

>> One source reported that 23% of employees surveyed missunderstand a crucial aspect of their job, resulting in greater risk and lower profitability. The solution? An appropriate assessment of skills and a development program to fill the gaps. This is especially vital in the compliance area where violations are extremely costly to an organization.

>> Attendees are voicing the need to efficiently and effectively deploy content to global and diverse audiences. In our informal survey, about 25-30% of our visitors are "new" to e-learning and searching for assistance. Many say "I was directed to develop our e-learning program." LMS and virtual classrooms are the top solutions sought.

See this issue’s "Editor’s Pick," for products that turned our heads. The last day is winding down at ASTD’s San Diego Expo. Some reoccuring themes of budget cuts, globalization and vendor dissatisfaction still lingers. However, the show is definitely larger than previous years, and many attendees are seeking solutions actively.

Hot topics surround competency, compliance and collaboration. The key drivers are pressing performance issues, tighter staffing and budgets.

>> One source reported that 23% of employees surveyed missunderstand a crucial aspect of their job, resulting in greater risk and lower profitability. The solution? An appropriate assessment of skills and a development program to fill the gaps. This is especially vital in the compliance area where violations are extremely costly to an organization.

>> Attendees are voicing the need to efficiently and effectively deploy content to global and diverse audiences. In our informal survey, about 25-30% of our visitors are "new" to e-learning and searching for assistance. Many say "I was directed to develop our e-learning program." LMS and virtual classrooms are the top solutions sought.

See this issue’s "Editor’s Pick," for products that turned our heads.

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