Microsoft ISV strikes education platform deal with Westpac
- 01 November, 2016 10:05
Janison wins Excellence in Industry and Platform Innovation Award at the 2016 Microsoft Australia Partner Awards (MAPA)
Australian independent software vendor, Janison, has launched a cloud-based enterprise learning solution, with Westpac deploying the platform to over 35,000 employees.
Hosted on the Microsoft Azure cloud, Janison Academy, is available internationally as a one-stop digital enterprise learning solution, following deals with global learning content providers such as Wiley, Skillsoft and S4K.
According to the Coffs Harbour-based ISV, this means learning programmes can swiftly be curated with additional specialist content integrated on request.
Leveraging Azure machine learning and Power BI, along with gamification techniques, the platform identifies how individuals react to both content and format, and can customise a learning programme at the individual level to optimise results.
“In an era of digital transformation, ensuring that staff are equipped with the smarts they need to fulfil their role is an absolute imperative,” Janison CEO, Tom Richardson, said.
“But traditional sage-on-stage classroom training models are limited in terms of their scope and flexibility.”
Richardson said the Janison Academy can - “for less than the cost of a coffee a day” - deliver every employee access to an online learning environment, a full library of content customised for the organisation and programmes personalised for individual learners.
“Importantly the online solution can be accessed anytime, from any device providing always-on-learning,” he explained.
“No longer confined to the classroom, users can choose when and how to learn using a flexible and highly responsive system that holds content tailored specifically for their needs.”
The latest move by Janison - which took out the Excellence in Industry and Platform Innovation Award at the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards in September - is reflective of the channel’s push into creating specialised cloud solutions for niche markets, as the rise of the ISV continues across the country.
“Take Westpac as a good example,” Richardson said. “They can now provide a personalised learning experience for 35,000 people at a fraction of the cost of traditional face to face learning.”
For Richardson, the resulting learner engagement pays dividends for employers, while the ability to tailor courses for individuals streamlines and optimises learning management for enterprises.
“Our staff are now enabled to take the next step in their learning journey,” Westpac group head capability, enterprise HR strategy and services, Gayle Piek, added.
In addition, Janison provides a single source of learning, along with curated and targeted content focussed on the specific needs of individual employees.
“It’s very much using the analytics and the smarts to zero-in on the learning areas that are needed,” Richardson added.
“Instead of deploying a scattergun approach to training and education which can be costly and ineffective, Janison Academy pinpoints where learning intervention is required to deliver relevant and high impact content.”
Richardson said that hosting the platform on Microsoft Azure, and the tight integration with Microsoft solutions such as Office 365 and Yammer, helps delivers a “rich authoring and collaboration platform”, enabling content for the .NET based Janison platform to be “easily created and integrated”.
This approach will, according to Richardson, revolutionise enterprise learning over the coming four years.
“I think there’s going to be a huge change in the way that we learn - it will be much more personalised and much smarter,” he added.