Maximizing Your LMS: Part 1 — Doing More with Less

Even though economic pressures have eased in many areas, organizations are still trying to cut back and do more with less. We are — and should be — striving to become leaner and more efficient....


Transmedia Storytelling in Training

One of the latest trends in training and development is a return to storytelling. Over the past few years, storytelling has begun to permeate the corporate training world and the business world in...


Regulatory Compliance for Learning and Talent Management Systems — Part 10: System and Operational

Continued from previous post. Standards and regulations often require specific operational and security checks. A requirement in 21 CFR 11 states that a system should "detect and report in an...


Regulatory Compliance for Learning and Talent Management Systems — Part 9: Reporting & Generating Copies

Continued from previous post. Until recently, generating printed copies of records or data was often critical to compliance with industry standards or legislation. In 21 CFR 11 it states that to be...


Regulatory Compliance for Learning and Talent Management Systems — Part 8: Revision Controls

Continued from previous post. Some regulations require revision controls for electronic records to ensure that "record changes shall not obscure previously recorded information" (21 CFR 11). This is...


Regulatory Compliance for Learning and Talent Management Systems — Part 7: Verification & Validation

Continued from previous post. Most regulatory standards also require that audit trails of key information be maintained. "Use of secure, computer-generated, time-stamped audit trails to independently...


Regulatory Compliance for Learning and Talent Management Systems — Part 6: System Access

Continued from previous post. A significant component of most standards is controlled access to electronic records. Regulatory bodies want assurances that only authorized users can access and make...


Regulatory Compliance for Learning and Talent Management Systems — Part 5: The Standards

Continued from previous post. Essentially, the concerns about using electronic records are that records can be lost in a system crash, the data can become corrupt or modifications can be made without...


Regulatory Compliance for Learning and Talent Management Systems — Part 4: Bodies that Adopt and Administer Standards

Continued from previous post. Some standards organizations are not actually involved in the development of standards but simply administer the standards created by others. Many national standards...


Regulatory Compliance for Learning and Talent Management Systems — Part 3: Bodies that Develop Standards

Continued from previous post. There are a variety of regulatory bodies issuing rules that could apply to the records in a learning management system. The International Organization for Standardization...


Regulatory Compliance for Learning and Talent Management Systems — Part 2: Electronic Records Management

Continued from previous post. While compliance with regulations is dependent on internal policies and procedures, the computer systems and the software that runs on them must provide the means to...


Regulatory Compliance for Learning and Talent Management Systems — Part 1: Introduction

Today's business environment is an increasingly complex maze of rules and regulations. Legislation and standards are in place or being proposed for almost all aspects of business and industry....


Twenty Years and Counting Part 3: Growing a Company and a Product Line

Continued from previous post: Twenty Years and Counting Part 2 Over the next 10 years, Justin continued to grow the company, moving to larger offices twice. Relationships with value-added resellers...


Twenty Years and Counting Part 2: TrainingPartner

Continued from previous post: Twenty Years and Counting Part 1 Over the first few years, Justin and his partner, software wiz kid Brett Watters, developed TrainingPartner into a fully functional...


Twenty Years and Counting Part 1: Inception

Justin Hearn co-founded GeoMetrix Data Systems back in 1992 with a vision. Twenty years later, the company — and his vision for it — is still strong. When Justin started GeoMetrix, he brought...