Why learning and development should be every organisation’s priority post-pandemic

Jul 10, 2020
  • people
  • SAP
  • augmented reality
  • virtual reality

The shift to digital learning was already on many businesses’ agendas as the world of learning and development (L&D) embraced the transition of traditional training techniques to technology-enabled learning. Despite having adopted such strategies, the brutal onslaught of the COVID-19 global pandemic turbocharged the transition, plunging countless businesses into the brave new world of remote working overnight.

These conditions have left classroom training on pause, with leaders firefighting to upload content online. Platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and YouTube have proven indispensable, with Zoom’s usage rocketing from 10 million to 300 million daily meeting participants within four months.

The pandemic has also provided a unique platform for augmented and virtual realities. These technologies inadvertently reinforce social distancing as they allow for individuals and teams to connect virtually. The potential rise of this novel phenomenon is certainly something for L&D professionals to keep under close surveillance when considering future demand for trainers.

The flip-side to this feeding-frenzy in digital learning is the risk that content is rushed and not fully considered, diminishing the quality of content and leaving learners with a suboptimal experience. The reality is that online learning is more complex than conducting webinars over Zoom – if you’re going to 'go digital' why not track training needs, create automated assignments and speed-up reporting?

Why is it time to invest in SAP SuccessFactors Learning Management System?

While the 'new normal' of social distancing has disrupted everyone’s personal and working lives, it also presents a golden opportunity for L&D professionals to gain insight into the challenges and rewards of distance learning. What is clear, is that now, more than ever, learning is critical for the workforce. Not only for those furloughed who can use this valuable downtime to upskill themselves and prepare for return to work, but also for employees who are overloaded and need to stay up-to-date with the demands of their evolving industry. 

Leaders must take time to actively seek novel solutions available on the market in order to keep an isolated workforce energised, focussed and attuned to their customers' expectations.

Just as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to enervate growth in some industries, an inverse boom in the adoption of cloud-based Learning Management Systems is expected to reveal growth byUSD 12.48 billion during 2020-2024.

SAP SuccessFactors is an integrated, cloud-based HR software that helps you unleash the full potential of your people while driving results across your business. The solution suite has the capability to integrate a Learning Management System with Core HR modules, Performance Management and People Analytics. There are a number of significant advantages inherent in its cloud-base:

Time reducing 

Launching SAP SuccessFactors LMS will be faster and more effective than hosting it on your own servers, which involves installation and testing in-house. You will have access to established and innovative systems, freeing up resources to go-live in no time.

Cost saving

The implementation of SAP SuccessFactors LMS does not require expensive hardware or internal software experts – everything is provided online. This may be particularly helpful for small and mid-sized businesses that lack skilled staff and expertise in managing operations. The provision of off-site support, aided by delaware as your implementation partner, circumvents the need to invest in a specialised team to manage your digital learning.

Ease of Access

Access your LMS anytime and anywhere on a desktop, tablet or mobile. SAP SuccessFactors offers a flexible system with the agility to customise your platform, catering to the needs of your learners and L&D team.

Hassle-free upgrades

Forget the maintenance of outdated in-house learning systems. With SAP SuccessFactors, you’ll have continuous innovation and non-disruptive upgrades, with access to product strategy Road Maps, offering you the peace-of-mind to focus on what really matters.

Why learning and development should be every organisation’s priority post-pandemic 

Source: Example of SAP SuccessFactors LMS

Why learning and development should be every organisation’s priority post-pandemic

Source: Example of manager view in SAP SuccessFactors LMS

How can delaware support your new learning vision?

We have expertise across a wide variety of industries, helping mid-sized companies to global enterprises achieve their journey to success. Most recently, we remotely delivered the SAP SuccessFactors LMS for a Testing Laboratory company within 10 weeks at the start of the pandemic.

As your implementation partner we work hand in hand with you to transform the way you manage learning:

  • Give your workforce direct access to learning content – controlled with approvals where needed
  • Keep track of everybody’s learning activities and learning plans as well as providing managers with live access to their team’s learning
  • Qualify and certify your employees through automated learning assignments, based on a vast array of criteria
  • Upload any learning content you already have, and connect to multiple external learning sources
  • Promote blended, self-paced and supervised learning activities
  • Gain insights and make better decisions on your learning with over 90 standard reports and create custom reports if needed via the SuccessFactors Report Designer
  • Enhance employee collaboration and productivity with SAP JAM. The tool promotes user generated content through learning rooms and social networks all available on mobile too. Find out more in this recent blog.

Why learning and development should be every organisation’s priority post-pandemic

Source: SAP, Example of SAP JAM Collaboration with Learning

Talk to us

If you are interested in finding out more about creating a new learning culture with SAP SuccessFactors, please reach out Beth John or visit our SAP SuccessFactors page for more information.

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