Epignosis and OpenSesame Announce Online Content Partnership

OpenSesame-Logo-2010registeredEpignosis Ltd., creator of eFront LMS and TalentLMS, and OpenSesame are proud to announce a new partnership to connect eFront’s LMS customers to more than 22,000 online training courses through the OpenSesame marketplace.

About OpenSesame:

Based in Portland, Oregon, OpenSesame is the world’s largest marketplace for buying and selling online training courses. Buyers browse online training courses in a wide variety of subjects from workplace safety to business skills, to purchase courses that can be used online, by email or in any learning management system.

Benefits:

Epignosis’s partnership with OpenSesame streamlines the talent development process by enabling customers to easily find and deploy online training courses to meet the needs of their workforce. Customers will be able to offer online training courses in a variety of  subjects—business skills, compliance, safety, technology and more—for immediate deployment through the eFront and TalentLMS.

“We are thrilled with the added value this cooperation can bring to our customers. A vast base of courses on almost any subject imaginable and readily available within eFront and TalentLMS is a win-win-win offering for Epignosis, OpenSesame and our clients,” said Founder and CTO of Epignosis, Athanasios Papagelis, about the new partnership.

For more please see the recent Press Release.

Partner story: FusedLearning

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with eFront partner FusedLearning. FusedLearning is a learning solutions provider that offers technology and services in learning management and mobile education – and FusedLearning has partnered with Epignosis and eFront Learning to offer comprehensive online learning business solutions.

With eFront, FusedLearning is able to provide organizations in the United States access to a LMS that addresses vital training requirements for small, medium and large organizations and educational institutions that is easy to use and yet provides access to IT staff to tailor the LMS to their organizations needs.

“Prior to teaming up with eFront, we reviewed over 5 other top LMS companies and none had the ease-of-use, flexibility and growth capabilities that eFront provides out of the box.”

To read more check out our Partner story on Slideshare:

LEARNTEC 2013 – Partner wins award for eFront!

Once again eFront and partner CLICK&LEARN were at LEARNTEC 29-31 Jan, one of Europe’s leading International Trade Fairs for Vocational Education, Learning and IT.

What’s more Checkpoint eLearning together with the Goethe University Frankfurt asked again 47 companies of the German-speaking market about their satisfaction with eLearning products and suppliers and as a result eFront partner CLICK&LEARN was awarded with the trophy “Supplier of the Year” in the category “Learning Management Systems” for eFront!

Check out the eLearningCHECK report (in German) for more!

Customer story: An International Maritime University & eFront for education

When the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University -DEOL Office conducted a study on different open-source LMS solutions to deliver education to a wide range of students around the globe – eFront came out on top. They decided that in terms of cost savings and ease of use and control, eFront was the best tool to use in engaging online distance learning.

Here’s what they had to say about implementing eFront:

“Among LMS solutions, eFront takes the lead in terms of integration with the corporate and educational environment. The overall implementation of the JBLFMU – ODL was successful and delivered on time and with beneficial results. The primary benefit is that all online courses provided by the school can now be delivered and accessed by all concerned. Instructors are now more adept at developing digital course content and have learned how to set, mark and record student progress online.” They added, “eFront is professionally supported and designed to last. It is always reliable because someone is regularly available on hand if something does go wrong.”

For more on this customer story, and the successful implementation of eFront for education, check this out!

Partner story: SDMS Ltd UK

Founded in 1990, SDMS Ltd is a specialist solutions provider (and one of the UK’s leading providers) for enterprise level personnel, recruitment and staff development management systems.

Why did they choose eFront?

SDMS Founder and Managing Director David Stevens explained,

”There are several criteria about working with other companies.  The first consideration is: do they have a product which compliments and extends what you have, and can you contribute to what they’re doing?  And the second consideration is: how easy is it to work with that other company? We chose eFront because we could answer yes to all of these criteria.”

SDMS and eFront have partnered up to provide good value online training especially to small-medium sized organizations. If you’d like to know more please check out the case study on Slideshare!

 

Customer stories: Lenzing

Background

Lenzing AG is a global market leader in the production of man-made cellulose fibers with headquarters in Austria, production sites in all major markets as well as a worldwide network of sales and marketing offices. Lenzing is the leading supplier in many business-to-business markets and supplies the global textile and nonwovens industry. The portfolio ranges from dissolving pulp, standard and specialty cellulose fibers to high-quality plastic polymer products and engineering services.

The project and its challenges

The challenge was to train over 4000 employees worldwide in a short time frame. To train them in a formal learning course wasn’t feasible and would have been a logistical nightmare which required enormous resources. Moreover, Lenzing had to

  • have an overview of which content was out of date and had to be reviewed, and
  • control the launch of the content and who passed courses.

How did eFront help?

For Lenzing AG, the fast provision of work-instructions and trainings, as well as the capability to receive daily reports on the employee’s level of knowledge was the reason they chose the eFront LMS.

eFront presented a powerful and complete Learning Management-System solution. The complete organizational structure of Lenzing AG, including the departments and cost units are displayed in eFront and this whole database is updated daily through an import-interface.

Today, Lenzing trains and instructs more than 3000 employees worldwide on more than 70 online-trainings on security aspects and production issues. The broadening of the range of trainings is planned for HR-subjects as well as the continuous enhancement of the system.

What were the benefits of using eFront?

According to Lenzing, they benefitted most from the following:

  • the enormous saving of time, costs and resources
  • up to date and standardized trainings and reports on it
  • a sustainable and scalable form of training
  • the central management of all processes

“We are really pleased. The fast and straightforward support concerning modifications and enhancements is very important for Lenzing AG.”

To view the case study please check it out on Slideshare:

Partner stories: the latest on CLICK&LEARN, our Austrian partner

eFront’s Austrian partner, CLICK&LEARN, has just come out with a new website (which we think looks pretty fab!), and have put together a wonderful animated video on eFront (What is eFront? – or, Was ist eFront? In German) that we’d like to share with you! And even if your German is rusty the animation is still great and gets the concept across:

A little background on our partner, CLICK&LEARN:

CLICK&LEARN was founded in 1998, is based in Linz, Austria, and is known within the EU for its innovative methods in implementing knowledge-based training programs and learning solutions with state-of-the-art technology. Please check out their website for more on their offerings and especially their new addition – the Talent LMS (for English click here!)

To read an interview with CLICK&LEARN and learn more about what they’ve achieved through their involvement with eFront please check this blog post!

SDMS Ltd & Epignosis Release Face-to-Face Training Module for eFront

Leading UK Staff Development and Personnel Solutions provider, SDMS Ltd, together with Epignosis, the developer of eFront®, recently announced the release of a new classroom module to complement the already extensive functionality of eFront® its award winning e-Learning platform. Source: original PR July 2, 2012.

Leading Staff Development and Personnel Solution provider, SDMS Ltd, have announced a strategic partnership with Epignosis, the developer of eFront Enterprise® its award winning e-Learning platform.

The Classroom Training Module of eFront is designed to enable Training Managers and Administrators to plan and deliver face-to-face and classroom training courses and address the day-to-day operational tasks of training administration. With eFront’s e-Learning course features, it allows you to deliver all forms of training from traditional classroom based courses, through conferences, team development, on the job workplace training, workshops to e-Learning courses, providing a total blended training management system.

With the increasing need of organisations to take advantage of e-Learning but at the same time combine this with the more traditional ways of delivering training and employee development, the module provides learning managers with a set of tools to plan, deliver, administer and monitor classroom or work based courses of all kinds.

The module allows managers and administrators to:

• Plan, set up and define classroom training courses;
• Specify the skills and qualifications the course leads to;
• Define course prerequisites to ensure students are qualified to make the best of the course;
• Assign course organisers and providers;
• Schedule the training events with dates times and venues;
• Assign trainers to events;
• Schedule the rooms and resources for the events;
• Approve applications or nominations from students;
• Upload training materials for use in the course;
• Set a price to be charged for attending the course;
• Record attendance and course participation;
• Email course approvals and rejections;
• A utilities and configuration Module.

The module also provides student level access for students to view face-to-face training courses on offer within the business and to apply to attend them. Students can view their complete training history of courses alongside the e-Learning profile.

An extensive set of pre-defined reports is provided to allow administrators and managers track and report on what training has been done, by whom and with what outcomes

The module also provides student level access for students to view face-to-face training courses on offer within the business and to apply to attend them. Students can view their complete training history of courses alongside the e-Learning profile.

David Stevens, Founder and Managing Director, SDMS Ltd:

“In developing the classroom training module of eFront we have sought to build on and incorporate into the module design the lessons we have learned from working with training administrators for some 20 or more years. Our approach all along has been to learn from our users and reflect the need for a practical solution to day-to-day training administration problems by developing SDMS systems to provide them. In developing the Classroom training module we have sought to distil these into a design that complements and extends the functionality of eFront to benefit from these lessons. We are committed to the long term development, extension and support of the classroom module and offer to partners and users a wide range of bespoke development and support for it.”

Dr. Athanasios Papagelis, Founder and CTO of eFront:

“SDMS, our UK-based partner, brings a vast wealth of experience to the management of educational resources. This extension is a great accomplishment on two fronts. First of all it is the most complete and extensive extension of eFront to date. Secondly, it brings real, measurable value to current and future eFront customers.”

 

Partner stories: an interview with CLICK&LEARN, our Austrian partner

It feels good to have good partners, and certainly CLICK&LEARN is one of them. A company which was founded in 1998 and based in Linz, Austria, CLICK&LEARN is known within the EU for its innovative methods in implementing knowledge-based training programs and learning solutions with state-of-the-art technology. Recently eFront interviewed Roland Kaimberger, CLICK&LEARN’s General Manager, on how partnering with eFront has helped the organization with its business objectives.

eFront: Please tell us a little about your organization

Roland Kaimberger: CLICK&LEARN specializes in designing and developing web-based training and eLearning solutions for staff development and knowledge sharing. Our web-based training and eLearning solutions are customized according to the needs of: international staff training, distributed groups of learners and/or experts, multilingual and/or multimedia based learning content, web based content sharing or knowledge exchange, blended training programs and distance education. Our clients include SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) as well as large and public organizations.

eFront: How did eFront address CLICK&LEARN’S business objectives?

Roland Kaimberger:  We were looking for a lean LMS with long term potential and we found that in eFront. Previously we used different LMS’ depending on our customer’s requirements. Now, with eFront, we can offer our customers one LMS which is customized according to  their needs, is very usable and includes premium functionality like talent management.

“We chose the award-winning eFront LMS as the most optimal solution for our customers”

eFront: What were the most common project challenges when implementing eFront for customers and how were they overcome?

Roland Kaimberger:  eFront helped solve the most common project challenges for us for example, by simplifying multiple course mapping, offering flexible course scenarios and multi-tenancy capability. But most importantly, eFront offered enterprise features (such as branch management, skills management, jobs management, etc.) making it an affordable, high value and robust enterprise solution for our clients.

eFront: So why did CLICK&LEARN choose eFront over other LMS’ in the market?

Roland Kaimberger:  Primarily what was important to our organization was meeting our client’s needs for a reasonably priced solution that was suitable for medium enterprises. eFront offered everything we needed together with enterprise functionality and a lot of customization options – meaning that our client’s get everything they require in the one LMS. Also, eFront is SCORM certified, and is well known for its extensible architecture and wide range of modules that extends its functionality. Lastly I would have to mention its excellent usability – it is a very intuitive software.

We are also continually impressed with eFront’s fast and ongoing support. So kudos to the eFront team (editor’s note: for more on eFront’s support check this post)

eFront: So if you don’t mind us asking, which clients of yours are now using eFront?

Roland Kaimberger:  We have a number of high-profile organizations now using eFront’s LMS, the most prominent being EDUCATION GROUP, ENGEL Austria, Lenzing AG, MIBA, voestalpine, LENZING (LEADER FIBER INNOVATION), C+C Pfeiffer, Tips, Smurfit Kappa, Nettingsdorfer, Wirtschaftsverlag and u.v.m.

“The company ENGEL uses eFront as e-learning and knowledge platform since 2010 and the staff encouragement is consistently positive. Thus, at present there are globally more than 2200 people involved in the e-learning platform and part of the worldwide ENGEL competence management. The eFront application and the prompt product support allow us to efficiently implement our demands in training and knowledge management of the company ENGEL.”  ~ Dr. Wolfgang Maresch, MBA (ENGEL Austria GmbH) – Director of Training Services

eFront: What has been achieved through your involvement with eFront?

Roland Kaimberger:  We are very proud of the two gold medals we were awarded at LearnTec 2012, a leading international trade fair for learning technologies. One of those awards was the “provider of the year 2012” in the category ‘Learning Management System’ representing eFront, and the other was in the category ‘Customized Content Creation’.

eFront: That’s great! Thank you so much for your time!

For more on the LearnTec awards check this post. If you are interested in joining eFront’s partner/reseller network please visit http://www.efrontlearning.net/partners  or contact us directly!