New Partnerships and Alliances (Jan/Feb 2014)

The latest training industry mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and more.

>> Cloud-based animated video production platform GoAnimate announced a new integration with e-learning software provider Lectora. This integration enables GoAnimate videos to be published directly to Lectora Online.

>> Kaplan Test Prep and Web and mobile design and development firm thoughtbot partnered to launch a software developer bootcamp for individuals interested in becoming professional Ruby on Rails Web developers. The initial bootcamp will use curriculum informed by Kaplan’s proprietary learning science and assessment insights and delivered by thoughtbot experts.

>> Global Knowledge, a leader in IT and business training, announced its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver the curriculum of authorized AWS training courses. The rolebased AWS courses are designed around the three primary roles that comprise engineering teams delivering cloud-based solutions: solutions architect, sysops administrator, and developer.

>> Zapoint, Inc., launched the next generation of SkillsMapper, which combines career pathing technology with learning and assessment content from Kelley Executive Partners, the executive education arm of Indiana University’s The Kelley School of Business. SkillsMapper offers preloaded, bite-sized Master’s level training courses that are broken into five different disciplines: Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Supply Chain, and HR Management.

>> Data analytics firm Sentinel Applied Analytics selected Intellinote, a solution that combines intelligent notes with social collaboration. Intellinote enables Sentinel to easily access a historical library of resumes in the cloud to quickly identify potential candidates for future positions. Sentinel employees also are using Intellinote as a collaboration tool for special projects and training exercises across teams.

Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training Top 100 and Emerging Training Leaders.