New Products & Services – Nov/Dec 2014

The latest products and services launching in the training industry.

  • Black Box Corporation, a technology solutions provider dedicated to helping customers design, build, manage, and secure their IT infrastructure, expanded its portfolio of storage and charging solutions for mobile devices with a new “pay-as-you-grow” stackable locker system. These highly configurable, secure, and stackable lockers can accommodate standard 19-inch rack IT equipment in addition to all sizes of tablets and other mobile devices.
  • Acuity Coaching, a UK-based global managed coaching company, launched Acuity Global Development (AGD) in North America. It will support the delivery of a flexible suite of services, focusing on change management, talent development assessment, and executive development in addition to coaching.
  • BetterWorks unveiled its enterprise goals platform, designed to help businesses engage, empower, and cross-functionally align their workforces. The company also announced a $15.5 million Series A round of funding led by John Doerr and Bing Gordon of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, with participation from Joe Lonsdale from Formation 8, and seed funding from AME Cloud Ventures and Pejman Mar Ventures. The BetterWorks platform is inspired by the OKR model (Objectives and Key Results) that Doerr pioneered at Intel and implemented early on at Google.
  • Talent management software company HRsoft released its High Impact Talent Management System, a suite of cloud-based software-as-service solutions designed to increase employee engagement and retention. The suite includes six cloud-based modules for the entire talent management cycle, including recruitment, compensation management, performance management, rewards communication, and HR content management.
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.