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November 12, 2018 - No Comments!

KNOLSKAPE Named 2018 Global Top Gamification Company

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Raleigh, NC – October 25, 2018 – Training Industry today announced that KNOLSKAPE has been selected for inclusion in the Training Industry Top 20 list for the Gamification sector of the learning and development market. Training Industry, the leading research and information resource for corporate learning leaders, prepares Training Industry Top 20 and Training Industry Watch List reports on critical sectors of the training marketplace, to better inform professionals about the best and most innovative providers of training services and technologies.

View the 2018 Top 20 Gamification Companies

“The companies named on the Top 20 Gamification Companies list are selected after an assessment of their gamification features and capabilities; the innovativeness of their offerings; and an evaluation of their scope, size and growth potential,” said Ken Taylor, president of Training Industry, Inc. “KNOLSKAPE qualified to be included as an industry leader based on the effectiveness of its client work in the past year, the extent of its geographic reach and the breadth of its client portfolio for gamification.”

“KNOLSKAPE has developed gamified learning solutions to help businesses manage digital disruption, especially as it affects human resources and human capital development,” said Danielle Draewell, market research analyst at Training Industry, Inc. “Our analysis of KNOLSKAPE found it to be among the leaders of the Gamification space in the corporate training industry.”

The Training Industry Top 20 list and the Training Industry Watch List for the Gamification sector, with brief company profiles and links to contact the listed companies, can be found at trainingindustry.com.

October 22, 2018 - No Comments!

KNOLSKAPE is now GDPR compliant

KNOLSKAPE is now GDPR compliant

Bengaluru India, Monday, October 22, 2018: KNOLSKAPE, an end-to-end learning and assessment platform for accelerated employee development is a deemed GDPR complaint company for client data collection, analysis and protection. KNOLSKAPE is one of the early adopters of GDPR compliance outside the European Union. All KNOLSKAPE learning and talent assessment platforms and products are now GDPR compliant.

Keeping customer and regulatory requirements in mind, KNOLSKAPE employed a specialized risk and compliance consulting company to help accelerate the conformity to GDPR guidelines for all critical processes and functions encompassing – Human Resource Management, Finance & Legal, Product Development, Infrastructure, Instructional Design & Content Management, Customer Success & Facilitation, Sales, Solution Consulting & Marketing.

Commenting on successfully completing the compliance, Rajiv Jayaraman, CEO and Co-founder, KNOLSKAPE said “KNOLSKAPE has significantly expanded its global delivery capability to cover all continents. Therefore, securing GDPR compliance to continue serving our growing customer base has been an organizational priority. We are very pleased with our efforts to ensure the necessary process changes to adhere to the regulation.

Irrespective of the size of the company, The European Union drafted the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) mandate to be followed by any organization catering to a resident or citizen of the European Union. It applies to the following cases-

  •        A company employing residents or citizens of European nations.
  •        A client is a resident, citizen or registered company of the European Union
  •        The company’s client employs citizen or residents of EU.

Source: This Week India

October 12, 2018 - No Comments!

L&D function not yet viewed as a strategic arm: Report

L&D function not yet viewed as a strategic arm: Report

A latest research by KNOLSKAPE throws light on the state of L&D in India, APAC and UAE and reveals that while 70% of L&D and talent leaders may ensure alignment of their L&D plan with firm strategy, mission and vision, only 65% of leaders believe their learning strategy is agile.

The learning and assessment platform, KNOLSKAPE has unveiled its recent report on L&D titled, “Bridging the Outcome Gap” for India, APAC and UAE and has made some interesting revelations. While 78 percent of respondents believe that their Learning and Development (L&D) plan is in line with their business strategy, only 56 percent of respondents agree that the L&D function is viewed as a strategic arm of their organization.

The report also reflects on the scalability of L&D solutions and emphasizes the importance of measuring L&D ROI.

Here are a few insights from the report:

L&D strategy: Alignment and scalability

The study gauged the intent of aligning learning needs to business requirements and found that over 70 percent of L&D and talent leaders may ensure alignment of their L&D plan with firm strategy, mission and vision, and help in syncing with the annual plan. Further, 75 percent of respondents agreed that L&D planning happens concurrently with the annual planning cycle. However, despite putting so much effort on planning, only 65 percent of leaders believe their learning strategy is agile and adaptive to changes in the external environment.

Is L&D considered a top strategic priority?

While skilling should be the key focus area in the rapidly changing business environment, L&D still misses to be in the top priority list for organizations. Only 56 percent of the professionals agree that the L&D function is viewed as a strategic arm of their organization and not merely a cost-center.

As per another interesting insight, the majority of the respondents (86 percent) said that when the Training Need Analysis (TNA) is crafted, inputs of key business stakeholders are taken into consideration. However, only 65 percent of them believe that leaders in their firm understand how training delivers intended business outcomes.

The link between learning interventions and performance

59 percent of the leaders feel that learning interventions at their organization help employees fulfill their current KPIs.

How are organizations calculating L&D ROI?

While up to 65 percent of professionals agree to utilize the 70-20-10 approach to learning, only 17% of respondents utilize up to level 4 (results) of Kirkpatrick’s model for learning impact assessment. Additionally, about 60 percent of formal learning in organizations is still facilitated through classroom learning or web-ex.

How capable are the L&D teams?

L&D professionals need to be equipped and trained in business nuances which can help them align business objectives with training needs of an organization. However, the report shows a gap. While 67 percent of the respondents agree that their L&D team can anticipate the training required to meet the future demands, only 44 percent of respondents feel the L&D team can state the financial performance of their company.

To be able to deliver a well-aligned business strategy, the L&D team needs to build its own capabilities and get familiar with the business nuances and the changing demands. The more aware the L&D teams, the more relevant the learning interventions may become.

Source: People Matters

September 26, 2018 - No Comments!

KNOLSKAPE, CII-SNCEL partner to launch First Time Manager Program

KNOLSKAPE, CII-SNCEL partner to launch First Time Manager Program

Learners will develop sufficient knowledge, comprehend, practice and apply the competencies they are expected to display as managers. 

KNOLSKAPE, an end-to-end learning and assessment platform for accelerated employee development has partnered with CII to train first time managers.

As individuals progress in their careers, the shift from a team member to a team leader brings not just more responsibility, but a need for change in the way one manages different stakeholders. The First Time Manager Program by CII, powered by KNOLSKAPE, aims to help high potential employees to take on leadership roles, address challenges and worries during the transition, and preparing new managers for a smooth passage into their new role, helping them get off to a good start.

At the end of this program, learners will develop sufficient knowledge, comprehend, practice and apply the competencies they are expected to display as managers.

The pilot batch of the program launched on 6th September, 2018 at the CII – Suresh Neotia Centre of Excellence for Leadership in Kolkata with 20 participants from organizations such as PACCAR Industries, Narayana Hrudalaya, Voith Paper Technology (India) Private Limited, and Imerys Steelcasting india Pvt. Ltd. The four-month-long program, designed and delivered by KNOLSKAPE, is a combination of simulation-driven classroom sessions to be held in Kolkata and MCQ-based assessments addressing 8 competencies:
•       Master class 1: Influencing and Collaboration.
•       Master class 2: People Acumen, managing performance and coaching.
•       Master class 3: Managerial Communication and contextual leadership.
•       Master class 4: Building trust and relationship.

KNOLSKAPE will deploy its AktivLearn gamified learning and assessment platform for the four-month managerial training certificate program. The program will culminate in a graduation ceremony where learners will be awarded certificates to mark their readiness as managers.

Commenting on their partnership with KNOLSKAPE, Indrani Kar, Head – CII-Suresh Neotia Centre of Excellence for Leadership said “With the core purpose to serve as a facilitator for development of leadership skills, attributes and business processes within organization and the ecosystem through education, training, knowledge creation/dissemination, the CII-SNCEL has partnered with KNOLSKAPE to embark on a unique program for First Time Managers. This program is designed to support managerial capability building by focusing on skills necessary to graduate from an individual contributor to a team leader towards driving high performance. The program will also equip debutant managers with all the real-life skills necessary for managing the new age fluid team structures.”

Co-curating the managerial certificate program with CII, Rajiv Jayaraman, CEO and Co-founder KNOLSKAPE said “Our partnership with CII is a great forum to arm first time managers with collaborative managerial competencies and people skills. Through the platform we look forward to address and fulfill the skill gap for our first-time managers.”

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August 29, 2018 - No Comments!

KNOLSKAPE Expands to North America

KNOLSKAPE expands to North America

KNOLSKAPE continues its global expansion with the opening of a new office in Houston, Texas in North America. With its local presence in North America, it will help KNOLSKAPE to accelerate its expansion in the local market.

KNOLSKAPE an end-to-end learning and assessment platform for accelerated employee development continues its global expansion with the opening of a new office in Houston, Texas in North America. With its local presence in North America, it will help KNOLSKAPE to accelerate its expansion in the local market. As a natural progression, the new base in Houston would enable KNOLSKAPE to serve the American Fortune 500 companies that work with KNOLSKAPE via their India and Asia Pacific offices. Houston, Texas was chosen as an ideal location for the new office because it is the second largest economy in the country and is said to be the third highest number of headquarters to Fortune 500 companies, of which 19 of them are based in Houston. Also being almost in the centre of Southern USA, it allows easy access to several states around the country, along with Mexico, which are home to several of KNOLSKAPE’s prospects.

The office in Houston will be headed by Ritish Reddy, who in the recent past has spearheaded KNOLSKAPE’s successful expansion in the APAC region from its offices in Singapore and Malaysia. KNOLSKAPE is looking to repeat the same success and will expand the office to include experienced resources across consulting, facilitation, sales and customer service.

Organizations across the globe are attempting to create impactful learning experiences for their employees. Realizing this global need, KNOLSKAPE not only continues to challenge the boundaries on how people want to learn, but also what they want to learn. The company’s expansion into the US seeks to provide America-based consulting, program management and customer support services to help organizations prepare their workforce for the digital age.

“Commencing our American operations is an extremely significant milestone for us. We are highly enthusiastic to be able to offer our talent transformation products and services to cater to existing and new customers”, says Rajiv Jayaraman Founder and CEO of KNOLSKAPE.  He further added that “Research and projections about the US learning market clearly indicate a huge demand from American organizations for new age, impactful digital learning solutions. KNOLSKAPE promises to help organizations accelerate capability development in this era of increased business demands, compressed timelines and rapidly changing learning profiles.”

Earlier this year KNOLSKPAE announced it expanding to the APAC market by opening its third office in Malaysia. The other two offices being in Singapore and India. With the launch of its North America market – KNOLSKAPE is a 120+ strong team with offices in Singapore, India, Malaysia, and USA serving a rapidly growing global client base across industries such as banking and finance, consulting, IT, FMCG, retail, manufacturing, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, engineering, auto, government and academia.

 

Source: BWPeople Business World

July 30, 2018 - No Comments!

KNOLSKAPE unveils insights from the Digital Readiness Study

KNOLSKAPE unveils the industry-wide report that assesses the digital readiness of organizations from the perspective of strategy, capabilities and culture

The report comprises insights from studying strategy, capabilities and culture of Digital Organizations

Key Findings

  • 85% of leaders surveyed believe their mission/ vision/ strategy is aligned with the digital world.66% of the respondents agreed that HR in their respective organizations have goals mapped to measure the success of digital strategy.
  • HR professionals in the study recognized that with customer experience getting a leg up with digitalization, employee experience cannot fall too far behind. 77%organizations have cross-functional teams accountable for crafting employee experience or employee journeys.
  • There is a gap between digital intent and execution. Only 40% of organizations agree to having all the necessary digital infrastructure (apps, tools etc) that will enable fulfillment of their organization’s mission and vision.
  • Digital learning and leadership can hypercharge capability building. 60%Of the respondents believe that their leaders adopt a more collaborative leadership style over a command-and-control style.
  • Risk-taking at the top doesn’t percolate down below. Digital native start-ups are more likely to encourage a ‘fail-fast learn-fast’ culture.

The study was conducted by way of structured interviews with thirty talent transformation leaders in India including Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs), talent management heads, Heads of learning, Leadership & Development professionals and thought leaders. The research assesses Digital strategy, Digital capabilities and Digital culture for 15 industry verticals.

KNOLSKAPE, an end-to-end learning and assessment platform for accelerated employee development unveiled the digital readiness research “Ears to the Ground.” The digital readiness research from KNOLSKAPE gauges digital preparedness of organizations in India. The study was conducted by way of structured interviews with thirty talent transformation leaders in India including Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs), talent management heads, Heads of learning, Leadership & Development professionals and thought leaders. The research assesses Digital strategy, Digital capabilities and Digital culture for 15 industry verticals.

Abstract from the report:

In sync with the business agenda for the digital age, the research aligns the responses to the following key assets of digital transformation-

  • Digital Strategy
  • Digital Capabilities
  • Digital Culture

Insights for Digital Strategy-

While in the industrial era, the focus was on leveraging economies of scale, in the digital era, there is an equal emphasis on augmenting downstream product strategies by unlocking digitally enabled new experiences for the end customer. The surveyed organizations were high in intent for aligning organizational strategy and execution around digital. 85% of leaders surveyed believe their mission/ vision/strategy is aligned with the digital world.

Digital adoption is unique for each industry type

When it comes to digital adoption, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach for all industries. While defining their downstream strategy, organizations may take the marketing, services, or product route as the seat for digital strategy. Some examples include: FMCG firms are carving out their digital strategies to empower marketing and branding teams. Banks and NBFCs are carving out digital-first product strategies to cater to the demanding needs of the digital savvy millennial consumer.

Mapping HR goals with an organization’s digital strategy-

  • 66% Of respondents agree that HR in their organization has clear and quantifiable goals for measuring the success of digital strategy.
  • 60% of the respondents routinely hire digital-savvy talent for critical functions within the organization.

While Digitization adheres to converting something from the physical domain into its digital equivalent
in the virtual world; Digitalization in HR involves leveraging technology to create exceptional candidate experience, embrace data agility to unlock new value.77% of the surveyed organizations have teams accountable for crafting employee journeys.

Insights to build Digital Capabilities

In large high-growth organizations, the organizational structure may be optimized for agility and efficiency, but not necessarily to enable collaboration.

  • Enabling collaboration: While 62% of leaders believe their organizational structures promote cross-functional collaboration, they believe a lot more can be done to enable collaborative work further.

o Organizations typically enable collaboration by way of projects that are executed by Cross-Functional Teams (CFTs).

o The problem is particularly amplified for conglomerates that may have empowered individual business leaders who execute with speed, but may struggle to enable synergy between different lines of businesses.

  • Hiring for digital: Firms recognize the need to hire digitally-savvy talent, and 60% of organizations surveyed say they are routinely doing so for critical functions.
  • Gap between intent and execution:

Access to digital infrastructure

40% of the organizations have access to digital infrastructure (apps, tools, analytics engines) to fulfill their organization’s digital vision.

Design Thinking

37% of firms adhere to frequent usage of design thinking principles in daily work; however wide-scale adoption of design principles for problem-solving is still some time away.

Real time data sharing

62% of respondents believe data is shared across business units for real-time decision making.

 

Agile way of working

62% of organizations follow agile practices for product or service development

Digital Learning and leadership is key to capability building-

A digital savvy leadership style complemented with a collaborative, supportive and entrusting leadership style is more conducive to a large scale digital adoption, vis-à-vis a purely directive and autocratic leadership style. 63 % of the respondents felt that they have digital savvy leaders who proactively execute digital strategy. 90% of the remaining 37% respondents hail from traditional industries such as manufacturing and infrastructure.

Insights to build Digital Culture

The last leg of the research, captures the voice of the respondents in support of building a culture that normalizes failure. Embracing smart experiments is characteristic of a culture that innovates at break-neck speed befitting the digital era.

Risk taking is restricted to the Top Management

Most organizations believe that measured risk-taking at the top is a regular feature, as it helps them stay relevant in a competitive marketplace. However, this does not automatically translate into a culture where risk-taking and smart failures are the norm at the execution level.

40% of the organizations believe that they have a culture that encourages smart failures. Digital native start-ups are more likely to encourage a ‘fail fast and learn fast’ culture.

Commenting on the inaugural digital readiness report, Rajiv Jayaraman, CEO KNOLSKAPE said  The report highlights the need to build momentum in sync with the fourth industrial revolution. Building digital execution capabilities in line with strategic initiatives is imperative for businesses to leap into the new and the next. In the coming years, agility will not only be characteristic of digital native start-ups but of traditional conglomerates as well. As data drives the new age millennial customer experience, organizations will also begin to reimagine and reengineer the employee experience.”

About the Research

The in-house research was commissioned by KNOLSKAPE’s Centre of Expertise (CoE) from May- June 2018. For the in-depth study, team KNOLSKAPE interviewed thirty talent transformation leaders in India – CHROs, talent management heads, Heads of Learning, Leadership Development professionals hailing from 15 key industry verticals.

Sample metrics for the research-

o The largest organization in the research sample has approx. 200,000 employees whereas the smallest has about 300.

o The average age of the surveyed organizations is 27 years.

o 63% of organizations in the sample are publicly traded entities whereas the rest are privately held

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July 25, 2018 - No Comments!

KNOLSKAPE unveils Kognitix, a next-gen Game-based assessment solution

KNOLSKAPE, unveils Kognitix, the next-gen neuroscience-based Games suite for cognitive assessments. This new inclusion into KNOLSKAPE’s Virtual Assessment solutions is a fun and an engaging way to hire talent as well as manage and assess the existing workforce without compromising on the robustness of traditional assessments.

Leading researchers in the field of neuroscience and cognitive psychology have time and again established the link between cognitive abilities & high-performance on the job. Cognitive abilities refer to the capacity to perform higher mental processes, like reasoning, thinking, learning, problem-solving, paying attention, etc. And in the age of Digital BLUR™ where digitization and digitalization are challenging the traditional way of accomplishing tasks in a rigid manner, it is imperative for the fluid workforce to stimulate their cognitive skills. The games under the Kognitix assessment suite assess a host of key cognitive abilities & traits that are critical to steer past the digital age, like Risk Appetite, Mental Agility, Attention, Speed, Response Inhibition, Cognitive Flexibility, Memory, Problem Solving & Decision Making, Planning, etc.

KNOLSKAPE unveils Kognitix,a next-gen Game-based assessment solution

The games under the Kognitix assessment suite assess a host of key cognitive abilities & traits that are critical to steering past the digital age, like Risk Appetite, Mental Agility, Attention, Speed, Response Inhibition, Cognitive Flexibility, Memory, Problem Solving & Decision Making, Planning.

Kognitix games are designed to be highly engaging and enable peak candidate performance in a stress-free environment. Each game is short (about 5 mins of gameplay), is super-lightweight (under 5 MB in size) and can be played across various devices – be it a laptop or tablet or mobile handset. A short gameplay session captures multiple data points and provides a rich candidate profile report instantly. These games are based on neuroscience research & experiments that have been carried out in institutions and sociology labs over the last few decades and it has been developed ground up in Bangalore. To develop the games, KNOLSKAPE works with its in-house Industrial-Organizational Psychologists and global consultants.

Commenting on the need to integrate gamification in assessment tools Vijay Kalangi, Co-Founder, and Chief Technology Officer, KNOLSKAPE said “Employing gamified assessment tools for talent management and talent acquisition not only help in identifying key skills of an employee but can also positively impact employee behavior. The neuroscience-based digital games are devoid of any human biases, helping the employee to weigh his strengths and weaknesses in a stress-free environment.”

Source: BWPeople Business World

June 28, 2018 - No Comments!

Knolskape launches Centre of Expertise to bring cutting-edge insights to HR fraternity and businesses

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KNOLSKAPE, an end-to-end learning and assessment platform for accelerated employee development, is pleased to announce the launch of its ‘Centre of Expertise’ (CoE)

The CoE aims to undertake original, region-specific and global research spanning topics at the intersection of digital technology, learning, leadership and organizational culture. The foundation of the CoE is KNOLSKAPE’s decade-long experience and expertise in solving business, HR, L&D, and learner challenges for over 300 clients spanning across 22 countries.

Spearheaded by Subramanian S. Kalpathi, Sr. Director at KNOLSKAPE and author of ‘The Millennials: Exploring the World of the Largest Living Generation’, the CoE will focus on producing leading-edge insights on high impact areas for business, talent and HR communities, by way of both primary and secondary research. According to Subramanian, “We believe that by collaborating with stakeholders in the talent fraternity, and by building on the expertise that we at KNOLSKAPE continue to develop as we grow, we can truly generate insights that are strategic, timely and relevant, helping shape talent strategies for our clients.”

Rajiv Jayaraman, Founder and CEO of KNOLSKAPE, added: “From our interactions with industry leaders, partnerships with our clients, and internal best practices, we gain vast amounts of incredible insights. With the CoE, we hope to be at the forefront of applied research, and help organizations address their biggest challenges with respect to technology, talent strategy, leadership and culture.”

Source: BWPeople Business World

May 30, 2018 - No Comments!

KNOLSKAPE and CrossKnowledge announce partnership for enhanced employee development experience

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Learning is no longer a centralized function within organizations. Employees are highly involved in their own developmental journeys. To provide an unmatched experience to learners, we are thrilled to partner with CrossKnowledge

KNOLSKAPE, an end-to-end learning and assessment platform for accelerated employee development is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with CrossKnowledge, a global leader in digital learning solutions, serving over 12 million users in 130 countries. The partnership offers organizations new-age learning technologies coupled with best-in-class e-learning solutions leading to enhanced employee engagement and accelerated development.

As organizations face new challenges in engaging their multi-generational workforce, motivating learners, and measuring ROI on their employee development initiatives, companies across the globe are increasingly realizing the need to rethink their learning and development strategies and modes of delivery to cater to the specific learning needs of their employees. Realizing this need, KNOLSKAPE and CrossKnowledge(a Wiley Brand) aim to provide organizations with advanced learning content blended with new-age, experiential technologies such as simulations and gamification, for increased engagement and accelerated development.

According to Rajiv Jayaraman, Founder & CEO of KNOLSKAPE, “Learning is no longer a centralized function within organizations. Employees are highly involved in their own developmental journeys. To provide an unmatched experience to learners, we are thrilled to partner with CrossKnowledge – a multi-awarded company that provides cutting-edge digital learning solutions and has a great reputation in the learning management space.”

This partnership will also reinforce CrossKnowledge’s entry into the Indian learning market. According to Frederic Fouquet, International Partner Network Director, “We at CrossKnowledge are proud to be part of the learning journey of many employees and leaders entering the KNOLSKAPE Learning programs.”

Source: BWPeople Business World