The Towards Maturity Benchmark Study is a result of a unique industry collaboration.
It would not be possible without the contributions of:
- Towards Maturity Ambassadors (below) make this study
possible as they share a passion for ensuring that independent
advice is freely available to all.
- Towards Maturity Supporters who ensure that the study
remains current and vendor neutral
Towards Maturity Ambassador Programme
Our aim as a not-for-profit organisation is to provide independent practical research in the application of learning innovation to support organisations looking to accelerate performance.We refresh this Benchmark Study on an annual basis thanks to the support of our Ambassadors from across the industry.
Our Ambassadors support the annual Benchmark Research and the identification and dissemination of good practice case studies. They work together as Ambassadors for change, identifying and improving good practice, raising awareness and driving the whole industry forward. Ambassadors sign up to and share Towards Maturity’s vision and values:
• Encouraging learning innovation that directly impacts results in the workplace
• Building on, acknowledging and contributing to collective good practice
• Supporting the learning and education of others
• Building transparent, trusted and open relationships with those we work with
• Encouraging excellence from within
• Celebrating success
The following organisations are our Founding Ambassadors for the 2012-13 report
- LINE Communications
- The Corporate eLearning Consortium
- The Charity Learning Consortium
We are also pleased to welcome the following ambassadors:
- CERTPOINT Systems
- Acteon (formerly Information Transfer)
- Kallidus (formerly e2train)
- Upside Learning
- IMC (UK) Learning Ltd
- City & Guilds
- Raytheon Professional Services
Find out more about our ambassadors, what they do and how to keep in touch below:
Next generation learning expert Brightwave believes that organisations need forward-thinking learning partners who develop solutions that change with their business. Brightwave makes design decisions to meet business goals and place the learner experience at the centre of every project, from onboarding through to major business transformation.
Charles Gould, Brightwave's managing director: "We are delighted to become a Founding Ambassador for an organisation whose values chime so well with our own in the pursuit of raising the bar for learning innovation, best practice and business impact."
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Jonathan Satchell, CEO. "We’re delighted to continue to support Towards Maturity as a Founding Ambassador. Their initiatives are important in building relationships, encouraging trust and raising standards within the industry.''
Mahesh Ram, Executive Vice President of Product Development, Office of the CEO: “We are honoured to be a founding member of Towards Maturity’s Ambassador Program. GlobalEnglish’s vision is to provide unprecedented success for global enterprises and professionals. Toward Maturity’s Benchmark study provides a thorough analysis of the learning technologies and programs that drive innovation, productivity and performance. This research helps us inform our clients about best practices and trends, and also enables us to deliver the best possible solutions and services to the marketplace.“
Steve Ash, Sales and Marketing Director of LINE Communications: "LINE has an ongoing commitment to help our clients become more efficient and competitive by delivering innovative learning and communications solutions. We are proud to be Founding Ambassadors for a programme which provides such compelling evidence of the impact our industry continues to make."
Martin Baker, MD of The Corporate eLearning Consortium: “I’m proud to support Towards Maturity’s work, which is unique in identifying the most effective way to harness learning technologies. Technology-led solutions are increasingly a critical part of a blended approach to Learning, Talent and Management Development, it’s essential for businesses to know what works, and what doesn’t – especially as there is greater recognition than ever before that improving skills has a direct result on business results.
Ed Cohen, CTO, SuccessFactors: “Learning and development have a significant impact on improving the engagement, loyalty and productivity of the workforce. It’s also a pivotal time for learning technologies, as social, video and mobile platforms change the way we all find and consume information, both personally and professionally. As a leader and innovator in learning and talent management, SuccessFactors is proud to support the work of Towards Maturity in bringing independent research and advice on learning technology to a broad range of organisations so that they can mature in their use of learning technologies and increase the impact of learning technology across the organisation.”
Vicky Jones, Managing Director of REDTRAY: "As a provider of blended learning solutions, REDTRAY is proud to support the Towards Maturity Ambassador Programme and the important benchmark research they carry out across the full spectrum of learning and development. We are experiencing fast-paced and exciting times when it comes to learning technologies and the work Towards Maturity does is incredibly valuable to organisations."
Martin Baker, CEO of the Charity Learning Consortium: "I think that collaboration will be the buzz word of the decade, not just in learning and development. I'm delighted to see more cooperation in the eLearning industry and the ambassador programme is a great example of where we can make a real difference, by supporting Towards Maturity and the invaluable work that it does."
CERTPOINT Systems delivers business impact through its award winning CERTPOINTVLS™ global learning platform and its advanced mobile delivery and social learning functionality. Clients include L’Oréal, Honda, Stanley, Black & Decker, Toyota, Sun International. Gartner rates CERTPOINT as forward thinking and visionary, Brandon Hall reports mobile sales enablement platform K-Tango as one-to-watch. 2012 has seen CERTPOINT land two Silvers at the prestigious Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards … best results of a learning program and best sales and marketing program for the extended enterprise.
Maria van Vlodrop, General Manager, CERTPOINT Europe: "CERTPOINT is proud to play a role in helping raise the awareness of companies that are successfully using learning technology to improve their business results. We encourage our customers to benchmark with other companies with the view to learn how to further improve their own performance. As such, having access to independent benchmarking studies from Towards Maturity will further contribute to collective good practice and further drive our industry forward."
Speexx provides the blended solutions that make online language training really work. The world’s leading brands and over 7 million users trust in Speexx to address their business communication needs.
Armin Hopp, President, Speexx said: “At Speexx, we provide global online language training services that help to improve the business communication skills of language learners around the world. Our mission is to set the standard for excellence and innovation in web-based language training and online tutoring services. That’s why we want to see exactly where we stand in today’s competitive market. We met Towards Maturity and knew immediately that we wanted to be part of their impressive research as we share the same high standards and goals. We are thrilled to stand behind Towards Maturity and we’re looking forward to what will surely be a successful cooperation.”
Inspired by innovation, Fusion is determined to bring about real change to the people and organisations it works with.
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An award-winning company delivering bespoke communication and learning solutions that make a difference for people and organisations.
Owen Rose, Managing Partner, Acteon LLP: ''Acteon is dedicated to delivering outstanding learning solutions for our clients. We share the commitment of Towards Maturity to spreading best practice and embedding learning technologies at the heart of enterprise, and so we’re delighted to have the opportunity to support the Ambassador Programme’
learndirect use technology to transform lives and businesses through learning, having helped 3m+ people to date get the skills they need for work.
Head of Service Offer and Marketing, learndirect:‘At learndirect we know from our experience of working with a range of employers that the use of online learning portals and flexible online learning assets are really effective in helping to upskill staff. However, these benefits are not always well understood which is why we see varying levels uptake and implementation. We’re really excited to be supporting the Towards Maturity Benchmarking Study as we believe it will help to pinpoint and respond to the e-learning deployment challenges facing employers:”
Toolwire is a leading Learning Solutions provider by bringing learning to life through immersive, real world hands-on experiences.
John Valencia, President and CEO of Toolwire: "We are delighted to be associated with Towards Maturity. Toolwire has an immersive ‘learning by doing’ approach to develop productive skilled people and we believe that having a research organisation dedicated to identifying great practices that align with proven outcomes will surely accelerate the innovation and adoption of new learning technologies in the marketplace."
Kallidus' CEO, Rob Caul,"Kallidus (previously e2train) has been closely involved with Towards Maturity for some time and is now delighted to join the ambassador group – we value independent evidence and are passionate about sharing good practice.”
Ron Edwards, Head of Virtual Online Learning for QA: “We strive to be the best – in the content we deliver and the way we deliver it and we’re fully committed to best practice across our whole organisation. The Towards Maturity Ambassador Programme is a great way for us to demonstrate our support for learning innovation that drives workplace performance."
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Upside Learning is one of the world’s leading learning technology solutions companies. For over 8 years, it has been helping organizations to improve performance through its wide-range of learning solutions that include UpsideLMS, Upside2Go, Custom Learning Solutions (including Mobile Learning Solutions) and Catalog Courses. Today it helps 150+ clients in over 13 countries to manage their learning effectively and easily.
Amit Garg – Founder Director said: "Upside Learning helps organisations perform better by effective use of learning technologies. We continually innovate our products and services to stay relevant and competitive. We’ve been impressed by the industry benchmark reports from Towards Maturity, which effectively help organizations to identify and adopt best practices in workplace learning. As an Ambassador, we are proud to support Towards Maturity in its initiatives."
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IMC is recognised as one of the few companies in Europe which can provide award winning in-house products and services across the complete e-learning spectrum. Since 1996 we have grown into an international provider of e-learning technology and services with products covering learning & talent management systems, content authoring tools and bespoke content.
Gareth Walters: Sales and Marketing Director of IMC (UK) Learning Ltd. “The work of Towards Maturity is not only laudable: it is necessary. Despite all the advances being made in learning innovation, sustained and continuous research is vital to shine a spotlight on the cumulative best practice experiences of an increasing number of organisations who are both leading the way and joining in the provision of online learning. As an Ambassador, IMC is convinced that the work we are helping to support will have a lasting impact on the ability of innovations in our industry to find a self-evident place in the future make up of successful strategies for effective learning design and delivery.”
Market leader in learning solutions, Redware are revolutionising the way people do business through learning management systems with a difference. Designed to get the most out of the user experience, their platforms empower organisations to learn in a way that’s flexible and creates engaging learning journeys.
Andre Wigley, Redware’s CEO: “The Towards Maturity benchmarking study is both invaluable and crucial to our industry. We are at the forefront of a market which is changing business globally and being a part of this research is fundamental to the success of our solutions.
Our aim is to help people and organisations develop their skills for personal and economic growth. We do this by developing relevant qualifications that are recognised and respected by employers all over the world. We also pioneer the most up-to-date delivery and assessment methods, and further the skills agenda in the UK and worldwide.
Raytheon Professional Services is a leader in global learning solutions and training outsourcing. With over 1,000 professionals we help leading organisations in more than 90 countries and 27 languages reinvent the way they deliver training across the global enterprise.
Piet-Jan Van Gerwen, Business Development Director EMEA of Raytheon Professional Services: "For almost 80 years RPS has been helping clients across the globe meet their critical objectives by designing, implementing and managing efficient training solutions that align employees, customers and partners to key goals and business objectives. As a leader and innovator in learning, we are proud to support the work of Towards Maturity and share its passion for helping organisations to improve the impact of learning technologies at work."
Follow on Twitter: @RaytheonRPS
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The independent 2012-13 Towards Maturity Benchmark is made possible thanks to the support of our Ambassadors: