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Unicorn LMS is #1 for Financial Services, and #3 globally!

After what can only be described as a fantastic Learning Technologies show this month, we’re also delighted to announce that Unicorn LMS has been ranked third in the world – and top overall for financial services for the third successive year. The news comes as Craig Weiss releases his latest Top 50 LMS Report for 2017.

Bronze LMS 2017 from Craig Weiss for Unicorn LMSThe much-anticipated annual report analyses more than 1,000 LMSs from across world and looks at each system’s niche assets to rank the best of the best.

It’s been a big 12 months for Unicorn LMS, which has not only undergone a name change from SkillsServe but has also again upped the ante, particularly in terms of usability and mobile integration, as acknowledged by Weiss in unveiling his report.

“The name is changing from SkillsServe and the product stayed the same. Wait, scratch that, it has gotten way better,” he said.

“A new UI/UX makes a huge difference for this very strong system for compliance / regulatory (regardless of your vertical). If you are in financial services mind you, this is a system you should be looking at.”

The report also singles out the newest addition to Unicorn LMS’ compatible app suite, Minds-I, for special attention, with Weiss describing it as “by far the coolest thing I’ve seen this year”.

Minds-i learning reinforcement app from Unicorn

Minds-i harnesses the power of informal learning by enabling firms to take the best of the web and expertly curate content on topics of their choice to encourage the learner to explore. Learning becomes self-directed, user driven and personal while its just-in-time micro-bite content makes learning relevant in a real world context.

Unicorn LMS, which is set to get its official re-launch this April, first featured in the Top 50 LMSs Report top five in 2015 and has moved up a place each year since while holding on to the best financial services LMS throughout that time too.

Peter Phillips, Unicorn CEO, said: We are honoured to have been ranked number one in the world for our sector for the third year in succession.

The improvement in our overall global ranking to a new high of #3 in 2017 reflects Unicorn’s commitment to continued investment in improving our LMS, to anticipate and meet the developing needs of our customers.

I would also like to congratulate the other LMS products in Craig’s top 3, Growth Engineering and eLogic, both of which are outstanding solutions in their chosen markets. It is particularly pleasing to see two UK companies in the top three!”

NEWS: Unicorn Signs Up For Awards Headline Sponsorship

lt_awards_logo1_resizedUnicorn have renewed our headline sponsorship of the Learning Technologies Awards in 2016 and we are delighted to be back!

“The Learning Technologies Awards are without doubt the most prestigious and respected in our sector and their continued growth mirrors that of the learning technology industry itself,” said CEO, Peter Phillips.

“Unicorn has seen many ups and downs in our 29 years, but I can’t recall a time when the potential for technology to enhance and transform workplace learning was greater.

peterp_headshot“The infrastructure is now here to integrate formal and informal learning, with personalised learning support, learning games, collaborative learning and just in time reinforcement, combined with high quality analytics. Unicorn will be at the forefront of this revolution as will many of our fellow sponsors and the Learning Technologies Award winners.”

Unicorn’s learning solutions are marked by outstanding creativity, reliability and security. Our enterprise LMS, SkillsServe, continues to be ranked global #1 for the financial sector, and sits at the heart of a unique compliance and CPD solution that delivers the highest quality learning to organisations across a range of industries.

Our partnership with multi award-winning games studio Amuzo has also changed the way custom content can be delivered, and has facilitated some of the most original and innovative learning games, Apps and business simulations on the market.

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Unicorn has a proud track record at the Learning Technologies Awards – formerly the elearning Awards – winning, amongst other awards, eLearning Designer of the Year (Sam Yates), Outstanding Learning Company, Outstanding Achievement (Henry Phillips) and eLearning Development Company of the Year in the past five years.

With over 25 years’ experience in the L&D space, Unicorn continues to challenge learners and training managers alike to reimagine the corporate learning experience. Find out more about the awards at www.learningtechnologiesawards.co.uk

Top 10 Highs Of Unicorn’s Record Year

Unicorn smashed through the £6m sales mark for the first time ever in the last financial year (2015-16), a new record in any 12-month period and £1m up on our previous financial year best. These are our top 10 highlights of our record-breaking year (in no particular order)…

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1 SkillsServe ranked the World’s top LMS for financial services (again)

You’ve probably heard of Craig Weiss? He’s widely considered to be the most influential person in eLearning in the world. Every year Craig produces his Global Top 50 LMSs Report and for the second year running, in January 2016, our learning and performance platform, SkillsServe, was recognised as the world’s best in our field.

dean_collage_med2 Unicorns who completed The Big Issue Foundation ‘Big London Night Walk’…

…in addition to the number of other Unicorns who did amazing stuff supported by our Fundraising Team. This included Dean, Tai, Katrina and Simon all completing multiple distance and endurance running challenges raising money for The MS Society, Macmillan Cancer Support, Macmillan Caring Locally and The Samaritans, while Sam and Xiomara pounded the capital’s streets in the wee hours in their quest for The Big Issue Foundation.

3 Million+ course activities were completed on SkillsServe

Off the shelf courses, user-generated content and eCreator courses, CPD recording, Training and Competency (T&C), on-the-go learning and Apps, you name it and SkillsServe has probably helped the financial services industry achieve it.

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4 the position SkillsServe moved up to in the overall LMS global rankings

You know Craig Weiss’ LMS report we just mentioned? As well as maintaining top spot for financial services, SkillsServe also moved up a place overall from fifth in 2015 to fourth this year. In the report Craig said: “New User Interface, expansive features. I love that they have a CPD mobile app. Regulatory is strong which is a must since their target vertical is Financial Services. An overall, top tier performer.”

NSASECTOR_Logo_Col3D_CMYK(9) [Converted] [Converted]5 the number of key areas Unicorn was assessed to receive Service Excellence accreditation from the National Skills Academy for Financial Services

This means Unicorn has demonstrated its dedication to high-quality, professional customer service and commitment to consistent improvement in service and staff training. With Helpdesk now 11 strong, 4,000 more calls were dealt with last year compared to 2014. This is reflected in an SLA of over 95% between March 2015 and March 2016. Already in 2016 Helpdesk have dealt with more calls month-on-month than 2015. What does this mean? Quicker and more effective issue resolution for our clients and happy customers ☺

6 Million – the company’s sales for the first time ever

It was looking good at the end of the calendar year, when we reported sales exceeded £5.6m ($8.5m), but we are delighted to report continuing strong organic growth in our core business streams, culminating in sales crashing through the £6m for the first time.

logo_116ISO 27001 – our information security standards certified at the highest level again

We first received ISO certification in 2011, but 2015 saw Unicorn transition to the new ISO27001:2013 standard from the previous ISO27001:2005 benchmark. The new standard reflects the changing demands of IS security in the face of challenges that didn’t exist in 2005. To maintain ISO27001 certification requires monthly security audits and an annual British Standards Institution (BSI) assessment.

peterp_headshot8 where Unicorn Training CEO and founder, Peter Phillips, is ranked in the Top 10 of the UK’s most influential people in corporate eLearning

Now in its seventh year, the 2016 annual lists of the ‘Top 10’ most influential people in the corporate eLearning sector – in the World, North America, Europe, the UK and Asia-Pacific – saw Peter break into the top 10 for the first time ever as one of four debutants in the UK rankings.

9% higher knowledge retention in those trained via video games…

…according to a University of Colorado Denver Business School study (2010). This is a snippet from our 2016 White Paper ‘The Future of Game-based Learning’ (produced with our games partners, Amuzo). Games are still BIG news in learning and, in its first year, this partnership has helped clients, existing and prospective, really understand games aren’t just fun they’re effective and it’s mobile technology shaping this.

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10 (+1) the number of our commercial, trade and professional industry partners

These relationships are invaluable in underlining Unicorn’s long-standing position as the solutions provider trusted by the financial services industry. As regulation tightens, having our partners’ expertise in helping inform the direction of the learning and supporting the development of appropriate learning tools, makes Unicorn the only credible choice. A great example is the work we’re doing with FSTP and the BBA to develop ComplianceServe in response to the FCA’s Accountability Regime for banks, building societies, credit unions and designated investment firms.

Top 5 Things We Learned From Our Spring Client Forum

CivIhQSXIAA7bWI.jpg-largeYesterday we welcomed some 60 guests from across L&D, Training T&C and Compliance to the Oval for our 2016 Unicorn Spring Client Day.

But what particularly tasty morsels did we all leave to chew on? Here’s a quick look at 5 things we learned…

1) You don’t need to be Walt Disney to include animation in your learning

With an A3 pad, a few Sharpie markers, an iPhone recording on a two-second time lapse, a tripod and a fairly simple bit of editing software it was demonstrated how it was possible to bring a learning storyboard to life through simple hand drawn animation.

Animation can bring a different, often less polished and more ‘authentic’ feel, to a scene you’re trying to set, perhaps as an intro at the start of a learning programme or induction.

Using hand drawn imagery and limiting text to the use of a few key words, the pictures creates an instant, meaningful connection with the viewer and will linger much longer in the mind than being forced to read a 1,000 word flat text document explaining the same thing. Why PDF it when you can animate it instead? Your learners will thank you we’re sure 🙂

2) How many ‘mobile moments’ do you have in a day?

Apps were a big discussion point. There was a very apparent appetite to give learners ever increasing flexibility in taking ownership of their own learning and mobile technology was seen as the answer.

Fortunately we agree! This is why we’ve introduced our SkillsServe app in addition to the CPD app and the forthcoming Learning Lounge app.

Mike Hawkyard, Amuzo Games MD, explained how our day is now made up of mobile moments and that society’s behaviour in this country is now to pull your phone out of pocket for 2-3 mins at a time, all the time.

Mike Hawkyard shows us our daily mobile moments

Mike Hawkyard shows us our daily mobile moments

People tend not to sit there for 30 minutes using their phone so when your learner is sat on a train or bus faced with so much choice as to which app they are going to open how do you make sure it’s yours? Mobile learning app games, embedded with one core message, can be a very powerful solution.

3) The best learning games are when games are the learning

Everyone knows games and gamification are probably the the hottest issue in learning right now but understandably the fear of the unknown still remains, especially in the financial sector. You don’t want your learners playing car racing games all day when they should be working, do you?

Peter Phillips, Unicorn CEO, showed examples of how game principles can really enhance engagement in learning but, critically, how you stop them tipping into the distraction zone.

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Peter said one of the really important things about getting best out of games for learning is that the learning IS the game. The very best learning games have the game and learning the same thing. Using a matrix with ‘learning’ on the vertical axis and ‘engagement’ along the bottom he showed that where you get great learning and great engagement you get great learning games.

Have you read our ‘The Future of Game-based Learning’ white paper? Download it here now.

4) Client feedback helps drive platform development 

Ok it sounds all a bit fluffy but we genuinely couldn’t keep evolving SkillsServe in the way that keeps it at the forefront of learning and development delivery if you didn’t tell us what you think, good and bad.

As Mark Jones, Unicorn Commercial Director, highlighted as he ran through the ‘what’s new’ and ‘what’s coming’ bits, many of the features that have been developed or are in development have come about because as a sector you’ve told us you want them.

You can read the full list at our live Client Day blog here – Unicorn Spring Client Day – but if we tell you graphical reporting and an MI dashboard, multi-language reports, diagnostic tools and a SkillsServe app are all recent additions, you can get the sense of the kind of stuff we’re talking about. Stuff that really makes a difference to your everyday working practices.

Don’t forget the SkillsServe blog where all the latest updates and roadmaps are posted – SkillsServe blog

Commercial Director, Mark Jones

Commercial Director, Mark Jones

5) The 21st Century still hasn’t arrived in some firms

We get super excited about all the cool ways new technologies can help us to deliver more effective, engaging learning experiences, but client day served as a timely reminder there is still a huge discrepancy in what some firms are able to deliver that others aren’t.

Whether it’s down mindsets, IT or a combination of both, while some firms can’t wait to bring the latest in learning technologies to their employees others have a reticence to step outside of the traditional. Despite the compelling evidence for the use of video in learning, for example, even getting that allowed is a battle some are still yet to win.

We know there are dedicated people in L&D, T&C and compliance working to educate and inform key individuals further up their company food chain as to what’s possible and how it can impact, but for many this remains a delicate, softly softly approach sometimes involving whole cultural change.

In the meantime we have to keep delivering what they need in the way they need it too.

BLOG: Unicorn Spring Client Day – Follow It Here…

Unicorn Spring Client Forum – live blog

Morning all! Welcome everyone to the live updates from our Unicorn Spring Client Day – we will be blogging across the presentations and breakout sessions to bring you all the hot topics and latest discussions all things learning solutions and Unicorn-y. Here’s a taste of what’s in store…

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And we’re underway…

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Mark Jones welcomes delegates to the Oval.

First up is Laura Hooper providing an introduction to content development.

Laura provides an overview of all the teams that contribute to content development within Unicorn and how many hats they wear.

The creative process involves

  • information gathering…who are learners, what are trying to achieve, tech and budget requirements, what trying to achieve
  • “If you can’t describe it simply you don’t understand it well enough”- Einstein

Working more and more closely with platform development – crossover.

Pathways use to combine content and platform together in SkillsServe.

Using relevant relatory case studies all linked to leaderboard.

Katrina (Senior Digital Designer) is talking about how hand drawn animations can be used in learning

Here’s an example of the showreel….

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Using storyboards to present to clients.

‘Filming’ – take photos of flat images to create film.

Now it’s over the room to try…

Everyone has been given a script….From the floor asking people to brainstorm what ideas could relate to key words from the script. Camera set up to film every 2 secs as delegates come up to the front to replicate their artwork…et voila!

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Use a piece of software called Premier to pop images into software so can cut over and narrate over it to produce a short video.

2 minute video – from scripting to day to produce storyboard and 2 days for digital design.

How can you tell if it works? Feedback – short animations people will watch a video up to 6mins, but if know it’s up to that long will stop earlier rather than keep on. Use them at the start of a training module – to get you engaged and interested and also more in refresher based learning.

Learning pathway with all in and might throw something like this out at some point during year to overcome the forgetting curve. Also with compliance more likely to be happy to use a 3min video than the thought of a doing a course. Included as a part of a programme of learning, including in some of our current OTS courses.

Upstairs with Laura now to go through how to create eLearning…

Evaluating needs to teach someone to make tea…

This is Robert the Robot. He doesn’t know how to make tea at the moment. We’re going to teach him. Hopefully.

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What key information does Robert the Robot need? For e.g.: Is English first language, refreshing knowledge or learning topic etc.

  • What does he already know? Don’t assume knowledge.
  • List images / bullet points of what is required.
  • How to fill the kettle?
  • How to achieve boiling water?
  • Where does the water come from?
  • When it’s ready?
  • Where does the power to fuel the boiling come from? Gas? Electricity
  • Brewing time.

Broken down into ‘Required’ and ‘Additional’ info.

How do you handle this info once got it?

Required first and additional learning often dealt with using a menu so they can go off and find out themselves.

  1. What should the learning cover?
  2. What are key learning objectives?
  3. Target audience requirements?

Provide knowledge and then interactive learning – go through the process – and then get feedback at end.

Bringing the learning to life…can be an app, linear eLearning, game etc, drag and drop but telling a story.

SkillsServe Update from Mark Jones

Update from last client day

  • New ‘Find learning’ UI and pathway builder
  • Diagnostic assessments – massive increase in it compliance teams love it
  • SkillsServe app – July next release of update
  • Responsive design

Key recent projects

  • new improved CPD interface – updated design, filter by CPD status, group activities by development need, single reflective statement for group activities, allocate CPD level
  • multi language report – have seen a bit of increase
  • activity ratings and feedback – rating content done, prompted to rate on activity completion, provide supporting feedback, view and edit own activity rating via training plan, view all users activity rating in catalogue
  • graphical reporting and MI dashboard – it’s here! Charts, select chart type, run diagnostics by team/pathway/individual employee level

What’s coming up next – common theme of UI

  • create discussion groups linked to activities
  • acesses discussions directly from your training plan
  • foster peer to peer collaboration
  • edit existing rules as requirements evolve
  • refine the overall UI
  • Event management enhancements
  • T&C and Performance Management enhancements
  • Self service system email management – enable/disable email as required. edit and preview text for all system emails

Applying ‘self service’ principles across other areas of features. All updates are and full details on the roadmap are at http://blog.skillsserve.com  – updates/functions not turned on by default so speak to your RM if you see something that you think you might like turned on.

Now lunch! See you back here soon…

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Game time! With Peter Phillips…

Why the arrival of Gen Y are driving the use of games in learning.

Quick fire games – simple, fast feedback, adaptive, social, leaderboards.

Few months ago Unicorn invested in Amuzo – the use of games is a really important and valuable trend that really can improve learning. Games provide a different way of looking at the world – move along the ‘engagement’ aspect very quickly, instructional designers will go up the ‘learning’ axis.

How do you get into the square where get great learning and great engagement = great learning games.

Peter is now showing 3 examples of learning games have developed with clients and Amuzo and judging where they sit on the engagement/learning matrix.

Simulations – we’ve been building simulations for 25yrs but largely done in classrooms. Now developing some of these online for global markets.

One of things really important about getting best out of games for learning is that learning is the game. The very best games have the game and learning the same thing.

Apps – new SkillServe, ComplianceServe, My Learning Lounge, app/game (induction in style of quickfire short games, leaderboards etc)

Issue of selling game into corp – buyers aren’t Gen Y and sceptical about staff sitting round playing car games but can limit number of times. Being able to play it one or more times a day makes you eager to keep playing as encourage you to keep you coming back and carrying out whatever call to action the games company wants you to do.

Mike Hawkyard (Amuzo MD) on how you would use apps to aid learning.

Using example of using a game to encourage Gen Y to start pension planning – YAWN!!!!!

What’s the simple message?

Taking a huge complicated book and changing it into one core message and make that starting point then drip-feed in rest so everytime play a little bit more learn a bit more (watch this video to get more time to beat your friend), accepting they weren’t going to take it first time and using the addictiveness of games to generate a final call to action / outcome.

Retention is 27%  using mobile.

Mobile moments – behaviour is you pull your phone out of pocket 2-3 mins at a time, all the time. Tend not to sit there for 30mins. When sat on bus which app are you going open as so much choice? How you make your app the one are going to open.

Engagement Theory – making them come back again and again and again.

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Swipe but don’t make swipes aligned to mouse clicks make it part of the experience. Game involves the device is more engaging – moving things about to keep the momentum going in a ‘mobile moment’.

Team motivation or individual glory?

  • individual progress and compare to friends
  • ‘clan’ creation – team v team
  • mini leagues of strangers
  • picking a side
  • all contributing to a common cause – no winner

What is best way to deliver this because the minute it doesn’t work is minute it fails.

Points mean prizes?

Complete eLearning, get certificate, hit points totals, random user selection, top players – when is it bad to give a prize? Deadline. Most of these things are doing for fun, shouldn’t be doing it for that reason. Don’t want to create a reward but give people a reason to stop playing it when you’re actually trying to incentivise them so think it through.

Levelling up

No-one wants to start at the beginning – show are learning and getting better is a really powerful motivator.

Add randomness to your learning so people look forward to what they might get when they don’t know what’s coming. The principle behind this is Skinner Boxes. Look it up!

Peter on designing learning games now…

My Learning Lounge – using video content management system to host ‘taster’ videos, quizzes, polls based on this RTE app

Clydesdale Bank case study – content curation

Started project with Unicorn in April 2015. Launched My Learning system in October last year.

Making sure colleagues in business understood wasn’t like for like replacement of previous LMS – much more self development and career/professional development and also going to contain compliance content but at back end of messaging. Wanted it to be about helping them get to their chosen destination and putting the employee in the driving seat.

Engaged employees before launch – regular project updates to give glimpses of what was going to look like, went on roadshow to give people a hands-on experience, great feedback and set on really positive footing for full launch.

Since gone live hosted over 100,000 pieces of content.

Purchased ComplianceServe content in build up to SMR/Accountability in March – being able to customise us meant were able to engage some of stakeholders.

Everything learning orientated movie here so people are used to searching for content etc. Business already creating content – things like assessments, starting to use eCreator, learning pathways and assigning to own people and using managers to drive learning not be centrally driven.

All messaging and strategy has to come through learning so everyone has same consistent voice across the whole business.

Has self-service.

Good balance between compliance and self development.

Digitisation business is going to be a massive part of bank’s future success.

And that’s all folks! End of another HUGELY thought provoking client day. Thanks to everyone who made it along, we hope you learned as much as we have and feel as positive about some of the cool stuff coming up that we do.

Safe travels home.

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It’s just not cricket…Well, nope it’s not because tomorrow the thwack of leather on willow will be replaced by coos of amazement as the Unicorn Spring Client Day 2016 returns The Kia Oval in Surrey.

Crowds pack into the Kia Oval for the Unicorn Spring Client Day (probably)

Crowds pack into the Kia Oval for the Unicorn Spring Client Day (probably)

We will be live blogging on this very page throughout the day as guest speakers and our own super clever Unicorns will be delivering an insightful day around all things engagement, learning design, content development, apps, games and simulations not to mention updates on what’s new in our learning and development platform, SkillsServe.

So even if you can’t make it we will make sure you don’t feel left out. You will also be able to follow everything on Twitter too at @unicorntraining and #UTGClientForum.

See y’all back here tomorrow from 10am 😉

 

 

NEWS: AXELOS And Unicorn Partner In New Cyber Awareness Learning Launch

Unicorn and AXELOS RESILIA working together to improve workforce behaviours through innovative cyber awareness learning

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AXELOS has launched a comprehensive new suite of cyber awareness learning, in partnership with Unicorn, to meet the challenging demands all organisations face in managing their vulnerabilities to growing cyber risks.

Nick Wilding, Head of Cyber Resilience at AXELOS Global Best Practice, has laid down the gauntlet to firms in their fight against cyber crime, insisting, “Whatever you’re doing to improve cyber resilience and raising awareness, skills and insight amongst all your staff, you can never do enough.”

Upwards of 90% of successful security breaches are regularly being attributed to human error, regardless of a person’s role or responsibility. As organisations regularly evolve and adapt their technical security controls throughout the year so they need to be providing engaging, regular and easy to understand learning that will help to embed and sustain more resilient behaviours with all their staff.

Resilia_logoAXELOS is a joint venture between the UK Government and Capita plc.

Its RESILIA cyber resilience best practice portfolio puts staff at the heart of an organisation’s cyber resilience strategy and gives companies the confidence to recognise, respond to and recover from cyber attacks effectively. The portfolio includes certified training, all staff awareness learning, leadership development and a maturity assessment tool. The RESILIA cyber awareness learning modules are hosted on Unicorn’s award-winning learning and development platform, SkillsServe.

Typically if companies have carried out any information security awareness training, staff have been put through an uninspiring annual eLearning course, which has little or no impact on embedding good cyber resilient behaviours within the workforce. But Nick believes organisations cannot continue to rely on this ‘compliance-based’ approach to cyber awareness if they are going to successfully manage their ever-changing cyber risks.

He said: “Every individual within an organisation can be a target. No one is immune so everyone has a critical role to play in protecting their organisations most valuable and sensitive information.

“Providing your staff with engaging and innovative learning programmes to promote genuine cultural change and understanding is critical. The learning should be ongoing and regular, short and practical, adaptive and personalised with the option to learn inside and out of work hours.

RESILIA’s new cyber awareness learning modules include games, simulations, animations, videos, eLearning, posters, plus refresher learning and ‘up-front’ tests to meet the demand for both operational efficiency and learning effectiveness.”

Mark Jones, Commercial Director at Unicorn Training, added: “The cyber resilience module is designed to suit all individuals regardless of their preferred learning style or when and how they like to undertake their learning, with SkillsServe supporting 24/7 mobile just-in-time learning at the point of need.

“This approach gets to the heart of cyber resilience – enabling all staff to take personal responsibility for better protecting their employer’s most valuable and precious information.”

SkillsServe is the World’s top ranked LMS for financial services and fourth overall in the learning industry-renowned 2016 Top 50 Global LMSs Report. For more information visit www.unicorntraining.com/off-the-shelf-content/cyber-resilience/

News: SkillsServe Up To 4th in Top 50 LMS Report

SS_ReferenceSite_MacJust when we had calmed down from discovering our SkillsServe learning and performance platform has been ranked as the World’s top LMS for financial services for the second year running, it was confirmed SkillsServe has also gone up a place in the 2016 rankings to FOURTH overall!

As he unveiled his prestigious, annual Top 50 LMSs Report 2016 last week, leading global eLearning analyst and consultant, Craig Weiss, said of SkillsServe: “Congrats to Unicorn Training #4 LMS 4 2016 – who knew a LMS geared towards Financial Services could be so modern & robust? Wait, you just did!”

Last year SkillsServe made the top five for the first time ever, but the same dedication to evolving the platform over the past 18 months, which saw it consolidate its position as the top platform for financial services, has also kept it ahead of the pack in the overall field too.

SS_Login_2015Over the past year Unicorn has launched its SkillsServe App, introduced powerful diagnostic tools, made major improvements to the platform design, including visual reporting, brand new catalogue and content management, activity ratings and feedback, and is rolling out multiple languages.

Peter Phillips, Unicorn CEO, said: “We had hoped to see the work that has gone into maintaining SkillsServe’s position as the top LMS for financial services would be reflected in the overall findings too so we are obviously absolutely delighted to have seen SkillsServe move up another position to fourth overall.

“Learning Technologies 2016 last week reminded us just how much competition is out there, with more and more companies looking to capitalise on the rapid hand-in-hand growth of technology in education. 

“But longevity, experience and trust are things that can’t be built overnight and we will not be resting on our laurels as we look to maintain our position at the forefront of LMS innovation and development over the next 12 months and beyond.”

At over 500 pgs, with 40+ carefully considered LMS profiles, featuring exclusive details and data, annual sales and Y2Y growth, plus lots, lots more, Weiss’  Top 50 LMS Report is considered the best authoritative and independent  guide for global LMS vendors. Weiss himself was again recently voted the most influential person in the corporate eLearning sector.

News: SkillServe Is World’s Top LMS for Financial Services Again – Report

skillsServeUnicorn Training’s SkillsServe learning and performance platform has been ranked as the World’s top LMS for financial services for the second year running.

The news was revealed on Twitter today (Wednesday 27 January) by leading global eLearning analyst and consultant, Craig Weiss, ahead of the scheduled release of his prestigious, annual Top 50 LMSs Report 2016 next week (due 4 February).

SkillsServe first hit the top spot in 2015 and Unicorn’s dedication to evolving the platform over the past 18 months has seen it consolidate its position.

New SkillsServe App has enhanced the platform this year

New SkillsServe App has enhanced the platform this year

Over the past year Unicorn has launched its SkillsServe App, introduced powerful diagnostic tools, made major improvements to the platform design, including visual reporting, brand new catalogue and content management, activity ratings and feedback, and is rolling out multiple languages.

Peter Phillips, Unicorn CEO, said: “Craig was again recently voted the most influential person in the corporate eLearning sector and he has a unique in-depth knowledge of the global LMS market and products. He is fiercely independent in his judgment, which is why his Top 50 report is so highly regarded in the industry.

“We are very proud to be ranked the Number One LMS for the financial sector for the second year running. We have an exciting roadmap of developments for 2016 as we do our best to retain the coveted top FS spot for the third successive year.”

SkillsServe-Learning-Management-System1Unicorn will be celebrating the release of the report at the Learning Technologies conference and exhibition at Olympia next week (3-4 February), where they will be on Stand P14 as well as hosting a games-themed coffee shop.

As well as discovering how Unicorn excels at mapping solutions to customer challenges, using a mix of platform, off-the-shelf, custom content and games, visitors will get the chance to review and chat about Unicorn and Amuzo’s new ‘The Future of Game-based Learning’ White Paper too.

Mike Hawkyard, Amuzo MD, will also be providing his award-winning insight into building games for learning in two free talks at 12.30pm on both days as part of the exhibition’s extensive seminar programme.

Can’t wait until Learning Technologies? Download your copy of ‘The Future of Game-based Learning’ now!

For more information about Unicorn Training visit www.unicorntraining.com and to come and see us at Learning Technologies 2016 – register for free entry to the Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills 2016 exhibitions and seminars at www.learningtechnologies.co.uk 

BLOG: Are You Safe From Cyber Criminals? Probably Not As Safe As You Think…

MJ_Colour_Cropped_medAs Dido Harding, TalkTalk CEO, described cybercrime as “the crime of our generation,” Unicorn’s Mark Jones talks cyber resilience ahead of Learning Technologies 2016.

Tucked away in the Chancellor’s 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement before Christmas was a little, but not insignificant nugget, that would have been missed by most commentators.

The government is committing £1.9bn by 2020 to support a comprehensive programme of cyber security prevention measures.

Recent high profile cases, including TalkTalk and VTech, have again highlighted how the cost of cyber security breaches is rising dramatically. Yet too often technology is still seen as the solution, when in reality it’s regularly reported upwards of 90% of successful breaches are down to human error.

In the wake of their breach, Dido Harding, TalkTalk CEO, described cybercrime as “the crime of our generation,” and moves like the Government’s budget pledge merely serve to reinforce her view.

RESILIA-Cyber-Resilience-Best-PracticeLast summer, we partnered with AXELOS – a joint venture between the UK Government and Capita plc – to help raise awareness of the critical importance of staff engagement in countering the threat of cyber crime following the launch of AXELOS’s RESILIA Cyber Resilience Best Practice portfolio.

The aim was to provide a platform – SkillsServe – for RESILIA’s suite of cyber resilience learning modules to help address an issue that is infinitely more about people and training than computers and technology. Critically SkillsServe’s ISO 27001 security rating confirms its status as a secure portal, free of the vulnerabilities experienced by other open source, higher risk solutions, while SkillsServe’s position as the World’s top LMS for financial services adds further credibility the learning.

TCNews Jan 2016PW_cover_medIn this month’s T-C News, Unicorn’s Commercial Director Mark Jones analyses how effective and engaging training can help firms better manage their ever-changing cyber risks.

Backed by the expert insight of Nick Wilding, Head of Cyber Resilience, AXELOS Global Best Practice, Mark observes how “no matter what you’re doing to improve cyber resilience and raising the awareness, skills and insight amongst all your staff you can never do enough,” before concluding, “The impact of not engaging all your people is too great a risk to take for most – are you ready to make a change?”

You can read the full article by downloading the January edition of T-C News here (password required).

Meanwhile if you want to learn more about getting your staff up to speed with cyber resilience come and see us at Learning Technologies 2016 conference and exhibition, at Olympia, London on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 February, where Unicorn will be on Stand P14. Register for free entry to the Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills 2016 exhibitions and seminars at www.learningtechnologies.co.uk

NEWS: Unicorn Training Announces Record Year

peterp_headshotUnicorn Training, one of the UK’s longest established and most respected online learning companies, has reported record sales and growth of a third in 2015.

Unicorn sales have exceeded £5.6m (US$8.5m), a 33% rise on 2014, in this calendar year, with more new customers won than ever before as well as the company achieving double-digit growth in recurrent revenue from a loyal customer base.

In 2015 Unicorn’s online learning and performance platform, SkillsServe, was ranked the world’s number one LMS for financial services and fifth overall, and Unicorn will be marking its record year on Stand P14 at the Learning Technologies 2016 conference and exhibition at Olympia on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 February.

Peter Phillips, Unicorn co-founder and CEO, said: “Over the past 12 months we have seen sustained growth in demand across all our main activities; platform, bespoke content development and our off-the-shelf compliance library.

“This is particularly true in our core sector, financial services, where demand for high quality regulatory and compliance training, together with increased awareness of the risks of cybercrime, are being driven by rigorous, new UK regulatory standards.”

Unicorn is uniquely positioned to offer turnkey solutions, combining SkillsServe’s sector-leading features with relevant and up-to-date content and outstanding instructional design, backed by long-standing partnerships with such industry bodies as the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the British Bankers Association (BBA).

In addition, having acquired a strategic stake in the world class games studio, Amuzo, at the end of last year, Unicorn is also able to meet the growing demand for mobile just-in-time learning, serious games and on-demand video content.

Peter added: “Looking ahead to 2016, I believe this robust and scalable business model will continue to generate strong growth in our core business.

“Add to this the exciting new opportunities opened up through our partnership with Amuzo and for a company whose purpose for over 25 years has been to provide great learning experiences through the innovative use of technology, these are exciting times.”

For more information about Unicorn Training visit www.unicorntraining.com and to come and see us at Learning Technologies 2016 register for free entry to the Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills 2016 exhibitions and seminars at www.learningtechnologies.co.uk