New talent expansion platform to encourage self-directed learning

Skillsoft, a global leader in learning and talent management, today announced the general availability of SumTotal’s latest Talent Expansion® suite, designed to optimise individual and organisational performance by helping customers build workplace cultures that promote continuous, self-directed learning and development

This release builds on Skillsoft’s previous release and features deeper, tighter integration of Skillsoft content with SumTotal’s Talent Expansion platform and solutions to deliver a more streamlined, hyper-personalised user experience.

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Senior Vice President of Products and Technology Humair Ghauri said: “SumTotal’s latest Talent Expansion suite empowers managers, individuals and business leaders to simplify their approach to professional development and career progression. We’re bringing together talent analytics, individualised skill and competency gap insight, and the ability to identify and map development needs against career aspirations — all within an intuitive, modern interface.

The newest enhancements to the Talent Expansion applications support customers on their journey as a self-developing organisationby seamlessly connecting people to the learning and curated content that makes development plans meaningful and actionable.”

With engagement and culture cited as the most important priority for HR, according to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2015 report, organisations must build an enticing, consumer-inspired workplace experience that will increase employee motivation, productivity and retention.

According to the report: “Organisations that create a culture defined by meaningful work, deep employee engagement, job and organisational fit, and strong leadership are outperforming their peers and will likely beat their competition in attracting top talent.”

SumTotal’s Talent Expansion suite helps organisations transform employee engagement into organisational performance by embedding personalised content and development opportunities directly into talent workflows.

This release lays the foundation for future generations of the SumTotal platform that will aid organisations in moving their organisations forward by supporting technology-enabled self-development. Dozens of pivotal enhancements and a personalised, consumer-grade experience allow learning to occur naturally and contextually as part of the daily flow of work. 

Major release enhancements include:

  • Position Fit – This new feature helps employees maximise performance within their role by providing information on skills, learning and competencies within the context of the expectations of their current position in a single view. The Position Fit feature provides actionable insight that prepares both managers and individuals to identify meaningful development opportunities that can close competency gaps and advance employees in their career.


  • A streamlined learner experience makes it easier for employees to identify, prioritise and launch learning while staying productive. The new one-click registration capability allows learners to quickly review and enrol in all courses in a curriculum and provides the flexibility to interact individually with each component. Mobile push notifications make it easy for people to stay on top of the learning they need with enhanced visibility into learning assignments. Additionally, a configurable digest notification provides a simple overview of all assigned, expired, decertified, due and overdue activities in one consolidated email.


  • New SumTotal Foundation framework supports the rapid development of new, compelling user interfaces that can easily be branded, empowering organisations to present a highly engaging talent management experience.  New visual progress dials enable users at all levels of the organisation to easily see the status of talent management initiatives. The SumTotal Foundation ensures that organisations can deliver an experience that seamlessly blends talent management processes and learning experiences and functions across a range of devices and platforms while conforming to common industry accessibility standards.


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