Earlier this year we announced Skillsoft’s collaboration with IBM, a leader in big data technology, to mine our rich customer base’s usage data and co-invent new customer experience analytics which are expected to make their way into the Skillsoft offerings.
As part of this collaboration, we are excited to reveal new capabilities that leverage the power of big data in enterprise learning. Since the start of this engagement, the collaboration has begun testing a new engagement algorithm and recommendation engine against Skillsoft’s 60,000 learning assets and millions of learner interactions. The current phase of the program has produced algorithms to predict optimal engagement times, a content recommendation engine and a visualization framework to provide the foundation of a next-generation adaptive learning solution. I will present the initial results of this work to attendees next week at the 2014 Global Skillsoft Perspectives learning industry event. A video highlighting the collaboration is scheduled to premiere at the event, and be subsequently released to the Skillsoft YouTube channel and corporate website.
We are excited by the early capabilities we are developing with IBM. We’re building a powerful new big data engine that will enable us to optimize learning experiences and uncover new learning patterns that can be applied immediately so that the system is continually improving. This is the perfect application of big data – harness it and apply it to improve individual and organizational performance.