To Buy or Build Survey

by | Jul 14, 2008 | Resources

The Towards Maturity research http://www.towardsmaturity.org/article/2007/02/06/towards-maturity-technology-boosts-workplace-skill/ published in February 2007 included interviews with more than 200 organisations across all sectors as well as 1,000 individuals

 It represented one of the most comprehensive studies to date into technology-based learning in the business environment. The study highlighted how organisations use and benefit from different types of e-learning, identifies critical success factors for e-learning success, and considers future trends.The study found that e-learning is used to support training in a wide range of skills, including communications, leadership and management, foreign language training,

IT (both for technology professionals and those who use IT in their day to day jobs), health and safety and a wide range of company specific programmes.  The Towards Maturity research told us that 8 in 10 employers said e-learning provides a uniquely accessible, flexible and cost-effective method of delivering training. It also allows organisations to respond rapidly to changing business needs with appropriate skills development, and increases morale and professional confidence among employees.

While the Towards Maturity team continue to undertake ongoing research into the characteristics of maturing organisations in their use of technology in learning, further evidence that supports our findings comes from a survey conducted between November 2006 and January 2007 by Bourne Training (now part of Red Tray). They surveyed 109 organisations on the topic of whether organisations prefer to develop e-learning solutions in-house or contract out to 3rd parties.

The survey was entitled ‘To Buy or Build’ With the backdrop of ‘Context is King’ the survey found that there is a maturing use of e-learning in organisations combined with a greater understanding and appreciation of what benefits e-learning can offer. While there is an unquestionable trends towards organisations develop e-learning in-house with the adoption of Rapid Development tools, in maturing organisations, it is not an ‘either/or’ but both! The evidence that e-learning is here to stay (86%) is overwhelming, and as organisations mature in their use of e-learning they become much more discerning. Nige HowarthTowards Maturity NB: ‘To Buy or Build Survey’ used with the kind permission of Bourne Training

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