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Friday, March 1, 2013

We’re still people-centric, L&D professionals claim

L&D professionals have confirmed they are first and foremost 'people people', rather than 'technology' people, though they recognise the power of technology in the business mix.

This was the feedback from senior professionals across Europe who came together for the recent iVentiv Talent Management Executive Knowledge Exchange in Cologne, Germany.

The attendees at the event, which included specialists from organisations such as Coca-Cola, KLM and Deutsche Telekom, said they appreciated the place of technology to enable them to reach out to a wide audience in a global market, but were suspicious of seeing technology as a panacea or using technology for technology's sake.

At the event in Cologne, LINE hosted one of the sessions, titled Technology Enabled Futures - In Three Parts

The session addressed the fact that we live in a world full of complexity and flux. There are many ways to teach and communicate with our employees, partners and customers and it is becoming increasingly difficult to decide what works best. Our businesses need clear organisational strategies that can take the different channels and technologies and weave them into a coherent way forward that brings about real change.

The session explored what technologies and learning channels should be considered, what challenges might be faced, as well as how to make the most of modern technology to create learning and communication blends that are truly transformative for business.

The session was structured around three parts:

1. What's in the mix?

2. What are the challenges we face?

3. How to make it work

Andrew Joly, LINE's design director, who hosted the session, said: "The workshop was both exciting and challenging and the questions came thick and fast. It was an excellent reminder that technology is only as good as the organisational challenges it can solve.

"Fortunately, LINE's credo that technology should be weaved into a larger, people-centred learning and communications architectures designed to meet specific business challenges resonated well with the participants."

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