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Employee skill can be built by a number of ways such as on-the-job and off-the-job training, workshops, on-campus and off-campus courses, compliance training, induction, coaching, mentoring and sponsored outside study. The last of these is the least expensive and most effective method of getting your employees’ learning and development under way, otherwise known as conferences.

It is the organization’s responsibility to ensure the employee is equipped with the necessary knowledge and skill to meet its strategic and operational goals. Conferences go a long way in shaping the employee skill set in the mould that the organization requires, thus they help maximizing the potential of human capital. Experts from across the globe impart knowledge that will help stay up-to-the-minute on the current trends in their field of expertise. L&D is gaining traction and more and more organizations now need their HR to keep abreast of the all latest developments in this ever-growing area of learning and development. No better way to carry this out than sponsoring your HR for top conferences around the globe. So let’s look at the top eighteen conferences to look forward to in 2017.

Of a whole plethora of reasons to invest in learning and development conferences, here are a few of the most prominent ones:

  • Learn how the best enterprises train their employees and help them develop into invaluable assets
  • Improves work culture
  • Enhances talent management and succession planning
  • Expedites employee learning and therefore he/she shows more interest
  • Helps develop employee’s career


1.    ATD TechKnowledge®

Where: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV (USA)
When: January 11-13, 2017


  • Estimated turnout of 1500 learning professionals
  • The power of ATD at its very best, brings you in touch with the technically astute learning professions who have a wealth of experience that you get to network with.
2.    iLearning Forum Paris, France

Where: Paris, France
When: January 24 – January 25, 2017


  • The most important European reference n°1 event in France
  • Gathering of 5000 e-learning professionals, training, human resources and talent management worldwide from more than 40 countries 100 exhibitors as a place of exchange between the worlds of training, education and digital, converging towards an ever more innovative practical learning
3.Training 2017 Conference & Expo

Where: San Diego, California, USA
When: January 30 – February 1, 2017


  • Best value for money in skill building content
    Industry’s leading train-the-trainer event
    Covers every aspect of online and instructor-led training
4.    INTED 2017-11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference

Where: Valencia, Spain
When: March 6-8, 2017


11th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference,
One of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector.
Brings together more than 700 experts from 80 countries, each year.

5.    Adobe eLearning Summit 

Where: Washington D.C
When: 19-23 Mar 2017


Primarily meant for leading lights of the eLearning industry, Adobe experts and consumers
Promotes researchers and best practices to be followed in the industry to help take eLearning authoring to new heights
Broad and exhaustive discussions on latest developments, current pain points and potential advancements in the foreseeable future of eLearning technologies.

6.    HR Tech World

Where: London, UK
When: 21-22 March, 2017


Attendees range from CEOs to prominent figures in HR of leaders and leaders-to-be, alongside top investors and media
Estimated turnout: 10000+ attendees
Discussions on where technology is guiding the future of work
Helps you navigate the changes and possibilities interwoven with HR and technology

7.    National HR Summit

Where: Sydney, Australia
When: 29-30 March 2017


Estimated turnout: 1000+ delegates
Main agenda: Top People Management issues the industry faces today
Unparalleled chance to liaise with fellow HR folks in two days of knowledge sharing

8.    CLO Symposium

Where: Florida, USA
When: April 24-26, 2017


Focuses on learning as a function of action and value
Delves into the power and unharnessed potential of learning that boosts business performance

9.    ATD 2017 International Conference & Exposition

Where: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV (USA)
When: May 21-24, 2017


Estimated turnout of 10,500+attendees
No larger conference in this field, offering a whole array of choices of professional development.
Exclusive access to ATD 2017 Bookstore.
Learn and interact directly with experts of global repute.
Liaise with employees of organizations such as Apple, Amazon, Mobil, LEGO, Exxon Lockheed Martin, among many more.

10.  HCIL Annual Symposium

Where: University of Maryland, College Park, USA
When: May 27, 2017


HCIL’s 34th Annual Symposium
Brings to light the cutting-edge research being conducted in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab
Provides an understanding of how the needs and dreams of people can be reflected in our future technologies

11.  Hr Tech World

Where : San Francisco
When : June 14-16 2017


In 2017, the appetite for the Greatest HR Shows on Earth will scale to 3 locations – London, San Francisco and Amsterdam.
Great line up of speakers and industry leaders
Apprixmately 4000-7000 people expected.

12.  Bank Trainers Conference 2017

Where: San Diego, CA, USA
When: June 13-15, 2017


Nation’s Fastest Growing and Exclusive Conference and Expo for Bank and Credit Union Trainers!
Brings together trainers, from all over the country, for a three-day event each year.
Estimated number of audience is 200

13.  SHRM17

When: June 18-21, 2017


Meet the experts
Acquire new skills and stay up-to-the-minute
Get recertified
Interact and share ideas with new merchants and suppliers
Liaise with fellow HR folks from across the globe

14.  Focus On Learning 2017 Conference & Expo

Where: San Diego, CA, USA
When: June 20 – 22, 2017


North America’s only conference dedicated to trending hot topics that are changing the future of learning
Targets the technologies that are transforming our approaches to training.

15.  2017 Realities 360 Conference

Where: San Jose, CA, USA
When:  July 26 – 28, 2017


The Enhanced Realities Conference dedicated to exploring the opportunities presented by virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality technologies.
Learning and performance professionals get hands-on opportunities to encounter these technologies and engage in discussions that put those experiences into the context of learning and performance.


Where: Florida, USA
When: October 2-3, 2017


Focuses on the theme of innovation and the currency of innovation which is talent
Emphasis is on talent management
The aim is to further the use of learning and development and encourage its use in other spheres of talent management: performance management, succession planning, workplace culture, among others.

17.  HR Technology Conference & Expo

Where: Las Vegas, USA
When: 10-13 October 2017


Focused agenda to discuss the benefits to be derived from technological advancement in eLearning by businesses, not the nitty-gritty of technology.
Explores the current trends: The Cloud, SaaS, mobile, social, video, analytics, Big Data, MOOCs and gamification.
The world’s largest Expo of HR technology products and services

18.  DevLearn 2017 Conference & Expo

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)
When: October 25 – 27, 2017


North America’s leading event focused on learning technologies.
An excellent chance to build and polish your knowledge and skills if you are responsible for or engaged in the use of learning technologies in your organization
A comprehensive discussion covering the latest and the most critical topics and problems the industry is fraught with.
Tools, ideas, best practices and strategies for all professionals

19. Adobe Learning Summit 2017

Where: Las Vegas Oct 24, 2017
When: October 24, 2017


Marquee event for Adobe attended by 500 plus elearning professionals, industry leaders and who is who in the elearning field.
Great tracks and sessions if you want to understand Adobe Learning platform and authoring solutions

20.  Learning 2017 

Where: Orlando, Florida (USA)
When: October 25 – 27, 2017


Each spring, the entire eLearning community gathers to learn about latest eLearning technologies
Caters to learning professionals involved in the development, design, manage mentor distribution of technology-based training
Proven learning solutions that teach you how to combine the new and cutting-edge with the traditional strategies and tools

Taking onboard, the new employees, a few years back, was a long-drawn-out and monotonous exercise for the HR teams.  The new recruits too, found it unexciting as in those days, all those numerous compliance and legal documents and benefit and tax forms which had to be manually filled in.

Onboarding Software

Today, onboarding solutions can accelerate this process, allowing the fresh hires to complete these formalities in much quicker time. Current generation of onboarding tools offer powerful features to automate the entire list of activities associated with onboarding the new employees, making the administrative work simpler for the hiring manager. Communication between the new recruit and the employer can start much before the date the resource reports to office.

Onboarding solution, more often than not is one of the modules of HR Suites to manage the entire range of HR functions.  Some of the other modules that make up a HR Suite are applicant tracking, succession planning, payroll, learning management, and performance management modules. And, if it is a standalone onboarding software, then integration should be available with all major HR management systems in the market.

Digital form filling has significantly pruned the process time. As said by Jonathan Ferrar, vice president of Smarter Workforce at IBM, a client who used IBM Kenexa Onboard on the Cloud program could do it in 15 minutes flat as opposed to 60 minutes. “. Employee engagement gets better for the new recruits, then, can start on their job related training much sooner.

Why should you streamline your onboarding process

  • Start engaging your new hires right on the day they send in their job acceptance mail.
  • Get rid of inaccuracy and inconsistency.
  • Reduce the enormity of onboarding tasks for both the new resource and HR.
  • Eliminate duplication.
  • Create a good impression on the fresh hire and it is likely to stay with him right through his/her time with you.
  • Track the status of forms and information requirements of HR.
  • Track the training and other programs of new hire.
  • Improve process visibility to the new hire, HR and others.
  • Guide the new resource to get productive in quicker time.
  • Coordinate new worker needs across multiple departments.
  • Ensure compliance with business rules and mandatory government regulations.
Beyond the paperwork

In some onboarding solutions, there are features to create personalized portals for a new hire. Besides the forms to be filled in, they may include information on the shortest route they can take from home to workplace, directions to cafeteria in workplace and what they can order for lunch in there. You would definitely be pleasantly surprised if you found a message posted by the company’s top executive welcoming you onboard.


The onboarding procedure is to be so designed that conversion of a candidate into a productive employee is fast and yet, smooth. These tools, put to correct use, can help the organization track the candidate’s progress in that training period and understand his/her further training needs.

Connect the new with the old

Would it not be excellent if the onboarding solution had the option to connect the new recruit with his/her colleagues and let them collaborate on business social networks? IBM’s Ferrar says, “When you are new to an organization, you don’t know anyone. By building social collaboration into the onboarding process, the new employee has the opportunity to meet more people than just the ones sitting in the same location as them. This leads to higher engagement.”

Purpose of an onboarding software

One should not implement this software to reduce just the administrative burden. Instead one must take a strategic view of things – how do we use it from an engagement or a retention point of view? Will you use this over the course of your employees’ full lifecycle with you or just once when they step into your office the first time?

A new user should find it easy to interact and engage.  A disappointing session on a day as important as the first one at work may well, decide the employee’s length of service with you. Given that an onboarding software can be employed across various industries, the buyer must judge accurately whether the software can be configured to the unique needs of his/her business.


Top HR Onboarding Systems
Top HR Onboarding Systems

Comparison of Top 5 Onboarding Products

1.    IBM Kenexa from IBM

IBM offers an array of technologies which play in the HR market. Most products of the company are cross-functional platforms for social business and powerful HR solutions. Building and maintaining a smarter workforce can significantly affect your end results. IBM talent management products help put together and retain a talented team by spotting and retaining employees with skills while getting the best efforts from their current workforce.

2.    Initiafy

Initiafy offers an online induction system to ensure pre-induction of workers, permanent, temporary or contract in a consistent manner before they arrive for work. One of the founders, Currid says, “Instead of arriving at the job not knowing what to expect and with little, if any, knowledge of their employer’s culture, we believed we could create a process that meant they arrived feeling confident, safe and ready to begin work. What we’ve developed does that, with the added bonus of giving the employer verifiable information on the certified skills and qualifications of each new staff member.”This startup was founded in April 2012 at Ireland.

3.    Total Talent Management fromPeopleFluent

PeopleFluent is a leading human capital management software vendor providing the same as service on cloud. PeopleFluent’s end-to-end talent management suite provides a comprehensive platform for recruiting and vendor management, performance, compensation, learning, succession, as well as workforce planning and diversity. Combine all this with embedded social collaboration, video and analytics and you get PeopleFluent Mirror Suite for Talent Management. The company was founded in 2010 and works from its headquarters in USA.

4.    Saba Cloud from SABA

Saba is an important global player offering cloud solutions for talent management. Saba solutions are based on the Saba Cloud platform, a scalable, sound, and secure architecture.Saba has been in the talent management industry for more than 16 years. Saba Cloud platform was recently upgraded with the latest technology and its talent management solution too underwent a major rebuild. Their headquarters are in USA and they have offices in more than 8 countries.

5.    Kin WorkplaceSolutions

Kin HR was originally designed in 2012 to help get smart employees into the company with streamlined onboarding. Kin HR offers several features such as a robust employee directory, performance goals for your organization, and much more. It is a great tool for keeping track of your employees, keeping your company in alignment, and doing employee onboarding.

So, which is the right one for my business?

What we have tried to do here is to identify the multiple factors that businesses, successful with their implementations have considered for evaluation of onboarding tools. We have also tried to rank them based on the functionalities, ease of use and platforms that they can work on. Evaluation based on the above discussed points may alone not help you conclude on a right product. While these factors should definitely be part of your evaluation, you should also see if the tool can adapt to your current methods of running the operations in total. You should also take a look at applications that address the specific needs of industries or businesses, atypical.





There is no doubt that social media has become a gigantic part of our lives. We cannot imagine what it would be like to live a life where social networking sites do not have the same impact as they do on us today. Statistics show that the number of people of all age groups using social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram keeps increasing every day. And wherever the people go, the marketers must follow close behind.

It has become necessary to involve a social media marketing scheme in your business’s marketing campaign in order to become a frontrunner amongst the competition and take your business to the next level. Taking the help of a social media marketing or management software is the easiest path you can choose as a small business. But who should you go with as there are at least a hundred or more software platforms you can commit to for this purpose? Do not worry. We have sorted out 5 of the best social media marketing software in recent times and by the end of this piece, you will know for certain which one to choose.


Zoho Social is one of the major social media marketing software available in the market and rightly so. The interface is the easiest yet arranged in a manner that you can view your entire business with a single glance at your dashboard. It also gives you the freedom to collaborate with team members on the software, making the process easier. One of its few cons includes the inability to manage two accounts of the same social site at once.


While Adobe Social is one of the leading software, it is not necessarily the best. It is not suitable for bigger businesses and corporations and provides analytics that lack deeper meaning. But Adobe Social has all the features that a leading social media management software should have  and boasts a number of unparallelled features such as the ability to view all social media dashboards at once in one place.


The reason behind the popularity of Sprout Social is that it is fun, colorful, and innovative as any other software. You can connect to multiple platforms at once and receive carefully customized reports. While they always keep updating and improving on the existing features, there are limitations on what you can do within the connected applications.


Buffer allows you to create content, post it, collaborate with your team mates for better results and work process, and schedule posts for automatic publication. It is pretty straightforward and simplistic, in all senses. So if you are looking for a social media marketing software that can provide you with a detailed analysis of the performance of your online campaign, then Buffer is not the one for you.


Hootsuite is also one of the bigger names in the market in this regard. It is complex, filled with never seen before features and facility. But this complexity in function does not make it any difficult to use. You can also receive analytics of your performance and check where you need to improve. The interface is a little difficult to figure out due to all the features but once done, it is a pleasure to use.


While it takes a bit of time to figure out, Hootsuite may be classified as the best of the lot as once learned properly, it can become a great asset in expanding your small business to a large enterprise.





Current-age business practices are characterized by competitiveness, creativity, and advertising campaigns that display higher focus and depths of research. Given that innumerable businesses and products now pack the online sphere, a brand must execute product presentation and marketing that truly stands out due to its originality, and how loudly it resonates with a target audience.

Most online businesses are driven by metrics and analytics that clearly represent the preferences and patterns of any intended audience. It is for this reason that content marketing has picked up pace and speed as of late. A staggering 70% of Internet users in the United States shopped online in 2015, and these rising numbers have made the speed, ease of access, and appeal of content marketing software all the more heightened.

Content marketing is essentially defined as a business or marketing practice that produces and distributes content that is both relevant and valuable for a clearly defined and analyzed target audience. The purpose of this practice is to attract, obtain, and engage intended audiences. Hence the theory behind content marketing aims to both acquire newer audiences, and keep existing ones engaged.

Online businesses now exist as viable sources of income, and larger retailers and companies deal in billions with revenue generated online. Keeping these developments in mind, it then becomes necessary to compare and evaluate the best content marketing software currently available, and guide individuals and businesses on how to select the correct software for themselves.


  1. ClearVoice

Effective content marketing practices would ideally aim to attract and engage target audiences without directly pitching products and services. This places the importance of the content in the marketing practice at the forefront. With software like ClearVoice, the system itself is primed to place the content before robotic marketing gimmicks, and provides a smooth and sound platform for content marketers and creators alike.

ClearVoice quite easily tops the list since it is best described as a comprehensive content marketing eco-system. The remarkably efficient and flexible software is paired with a community and marketplace that is capable of hosting content creators, employers, and publishers alike. For content creators, the marketplace offers a range of areas and entities to contribute for. The community aspect aids content producers in forging stronger freelance relationships and networking contacts.

For the businesses operating via this medium, ClearVoice offers metrics and services that allow any brand to study consumer patterns, opinion influencers, and trending topics. The community and marketplace conjoin to connect employers with suitable content creators that are able to meet their deadlines, budget, and demands.

What sets ClearVoice apart from other software is how the comprehensive eco-system is packed into one place, and is easily accessible for all the elements that help in making any content marketing campaign a success.


  1. HubSpot

A favorite for businesses looking to engage in a thorough content marketing campaign, HubSpot provides all the support and tools one would require in order to create and publish relevant content. Like ClearVoice, the software offers analytics and metrics to better understand a target audience’s preferences and biases. The social media analytics in particular assist marketers in studying audience patterns online, and publish content directly onto social media platforms and accounts. This feature in particular makes the publishing aspect of the marketing efforts markedly more seamless, and publishers are able to pinpoint which social networking platform to exactly target with the help of the analytics services.

HubSpot also boasts a reliable customer support system, and is a solid option for businesses looking to market independently.

  1. Outbrain

This alternative is specifically for marketers that have managed to produce the correct content, but are not sure where exactly to publish it and begin the process. This is particularly true for smaller businesses that are new to the sphere of content marketing; despite the hours poured into creating SEO-optimized content, crunching metrics and analyzing data, a marketer would be lost were it not for software like Outbrain.

Outbrain is a simple yet effective platform which features and recommends content. Though other software may be limited to articles and blog posts, Outbrain offers the added advantage of being able to host video and infographics as well. If a marketer is able to pay for it, the platform even offers an additional service of hiking up audience views and clicks as suggested or recommended content.

  1. TrackMaven

Though ClearVoice and HubSpot both offer added features to assist content marketers in producing thoroughly-researched content, TrackMaven proves to be the go-to for marketers and businesses looking to create effective content. The software provides all the information and insight required to help marketers make informed decisions about topics they wish to pursue, and how and where to publish their content. With 24/7 available live customer support, TrackMaven is a great option for marketers wishing to enter the market fully prepared.

  1. BuzzSumo

This software is another lucrative option for content marketers, and it hinges solely on providing analytics related to social media platforms. Much like TrackMaven, though fully focused on social media metrics, BuzzSumo provides content creators and publishers the necessary information needed to market content. The software recommends which social networking platforms are the most lucrative and frequented by a specific audience, and which social may carry more influencers and opinion-leaders. BuzzSumo advises on how to title and format content to appeal to specific social media audiences, so that published content garners the most attention and views.


Choosing the best software fit depends on a content marketing campaign’s individual and unique requirements. A business, for example, may prioritize budgeting and pricing. In this case they may look into software which provides free one-month trials, or services at competitive rates.

Others may wish to rely heavily on a marketplace of professional content creators, in which case they may take to options such as ClearVoice. The bottom-line whittles down to what a publisher is looking for. Hence, it is best to evaluate the needs and aims of a business before taking on a content marketing campaign. Does your campaign rely more on social media and related metrics? Is self-creating content a viable option?

Conclusively, Hubspot and ClearVoice provides the best software alternative, as it packs various essential aspects onto a singular platform. Depending on individual requirements, the other four options may place second or third, though ClearVoice evidently delivers all the essential tools a content marketer needs.