Towards Maturity Benchmark 2011/12 Preliminary Findings

Here’s a link to the Towards Maturity Benchmark 2011/12 Preliminary findings.

Some highlights that jumped out for me:

72% of organisations believe that learning technologies will help them respond faster to changing business conditions. For example: by increasing the sharing of good practice and to support organisational change.

In house social networks are not rising as fast as expected, however 41% are using 3rd party social networks in L&D. (up from 11% in 2010) However this growth may be due to experimentation.

The top barrier to adoption of learning technologies is the skills, knowledge and confidence to adopt new ways of learning.

Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2011

A list and commentary here from Gartner on the top ten strategic technologies for 2011.

They include; Cloud computing, mobile applications and media tablets and video.

I found it interesting how they have categorised social communications and collaboration technologies which is also on the list as follows

Social Networking: social profile management such as Facebook, LinkedIn

Social Collaboration: such as wikis, blogs, collaborative office

Social publishing: “technologies that assist communities in pooling individual content into a usable and community accessible content repository” such as YouTube and Flikr

Social Feedback: “gaining feedback and opinion from the community on specific items” such as  Del.icio.us, YouTube and Amazon

I wonder what’s missing?

“Gartner predicts that by 2016, social technologies will be integrated with most business applications. Companies should bring together their social CRM, internal communications and collaboration, and public social site initiatives into a coordinated strategy”