Program Director, Learning Strategy & Credentials

By Alexander Ziegler on 22 June 2017

Offering Management in IBM Training

Offering Management in IBM It is not a long time ago that IBM established a new practice in IBM: The Offering Manager. While IBM was successful with the old role of Product Managers the new role is matching IBMs Digital Transition. Instead of long and complex processes the Offering Manager is moving forward fast. His […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 15 March 2017

Skills Gap: 2015, 2016,…

Learning from the history I completed yesterday a short learning snipped around Digital Transformation. While working through this a link to an article came up from Gartner from 2015. The article highlighted, that already in 2015 65% of CIOs believed, that there is a talent crisis. I was surprised. I remember I heard and read […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 9 March 2017

What is counting more than the words of our Clients?

30-day-Social-Digital-Challenge and Story Telling There is currently inside IBM the “30-day-Social-Digital-Challenge” going on. This means there is a short learning session every day around good practices and ideas. Finally the expectation is to learn more around Social Media for everybody. I started to listen in yesterday finally for the first time after a short vacation, […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 8 February 2017

I’m part of Generation C

Generation C, X, Y, Z I think I understood the differentiation of Generation X, Y, Baby Boomers, Millennials. – Now you do not know what Generation C is? I read about “Gen C” in a Bog Post and learnt this means “Connected Consumer”. Referring to this I felt directly in love with this definition. Why? […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 23 January 2017

Easily Modernize Applications to Stay Competitive – shouldn’t we speak about Training instead?

Yesterday, I found  an interesting article around “Easily Modernize Applications to Stay Competitive”. When I was reading the article I learned a lot about what could be done and got some good advice. I felt comfortable with the guy who wrote the article. But suddenly I was thinking: He is giving kind of good training, […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 13 January 2017

Quality training with ultimate flexibility: Statistics 2016 and what they tell you for you 2017 Learning Approach

I would like to share two statistics about satisfaction with Digital Learning:  And two quotes from students: “Having access to high quality lectures and lab exercises on demand is amazing. I don’t have the ability to take enough time off from work to take classes like this in person, so having them available as a […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 11 January 2017

Why Self-Directed Learning Matters in Today’s Cloud-Focused World

As technology continues to shift more and more to the cloud, the mentality of those in charge of dispersing training funds could be following in the same direction. In the past, spending a week away from the office for training may have been the most viable and possibly the only option. Now times are changing […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 4 January 2017

Use Storytelling when developping eLearning – and implement what is already a success for CMOs

As IBMer we started some years ago to discover that storytelling is a very valuable approach in various areas, from Management to Sales and Marketing. I was now surprised to find multiple articles around this, including an article around eLearning and the value of Storytelling for learners – and on the other hand an interesting […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 28 December 2016

Quality training with ultimate flexibility

You need effective training on your timeline. Studies show watching a video doesn’t always transfer needed skills alone – that’s why Globalknowledge, one of IBMs Global Training Partners, combined the best features of instructor-led training with the best of self-paced. This new delivery format provides the same world-class training quality as a traditional classroom with the flexibility […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 12 December 2016

Old but still up-to-date: Learning strategy— an investment in the future

When surfing the web another day I sumbled accross an old (old = dated from 2005) article from Jay Cross. He created at that time a paper around Learning Strategy, and I got reminded that I liked this article when it was fresh and new, and even in our times of lots of changes this […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 17 November 2016

Successful Mainframe Skills – Global Training Providers expand training offerings and reach with new programs

Successful Skills Global Training Providers expand training offerings and reach with new programs IBM in July 2013 introducing five Global Training Providers to sell, deliver and customize the training developed by IBM. There were lots of motivations behind this decision, including extending the reach from a country view, educational options and adapting to the fast-changing […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 18 October 2016

Millenials + Gen X: Are Learning Differences between Generations A Myth?

Compared to differences between generations there are probably few questions in learning and development where people have expressed so many different opinions. Where does that leave learning and development professionals when it comes to figuring out what matters in designing workplace training? Linda Warren summarized in a good article the University Studies dealing with this […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 14 October 2016

Skills are amongst 3 top priorities for CIO

Overall it seems we’re having a positive outlook for the overall IT Training Market: According to IBMs CIO Study CIOs “focusing on three goals, in particular: enhancing their organizations’ intelligence and insight, digitizing the front office and strengthening the IT department’s skills”. The study also reveals many more details around the areas to focus on: […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 22 September 2016

Millennials prefer face-to-face contact when it comes to acquiring new work-related knowledge and skills

I’m currently trying to collect facts around IBMs position in developing the IBM Training and Skills offerings, and stumbled across an interesting study from IBM around Millennials. There are lots of interesting facts in the study, but the most interesting one for me is around how Millennials want to learn:“No question about it, Millennials are […]

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By Alexander Ziegler on 12 August 2016

IBMs Global Training Partners shifting focus to Digital Learning: Global Knowledge

One of our Training Partners is currently pushing fast forward into the space of Digital Learning, continuing to lead in the market the trends in Learning. Global Knowledge states in their recent announcement  “While instructor-led experiences remain relevant to companies and employees alike, IDC’s market forecast for IT Education Services shows an increase in digital […]

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