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Absorb LMS Selected as “Top 20 Learning Portal Company” for 2013

October 16, 2013 Leave a comment

2013Top20LearningPortals162x162Blatant Media, creators of the Absorb LMS (Learning Management System), has been selected as a “2013 Top 20 Learning Portal Company” by TrainingIndustry.com for the fourth year in row. Blatant Media is one of the few vendors that has been awarded a place on the list each year since the program started in 2010.

Calgary, Alberta (PRWEB) October 16, 2013: Staff at Blatant Media Corp., creators of the award-winning Absorb LMS, are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a place on TrainingIndustry.com’s annual list of “Top 20 Learning Portal Companies.”

Selection of this year’s Top 20 Learning Portal Companies list was based on the following criteria:

  • Breadth of functionality and capabilities
  • Commitment to the corporate training market
  • Industry visibility, innovation and impact
  • Number and strength of clients
  • Geographic reach

“Our Top 20 Learning Portal Companies list represents the companies that support the administration and delivery of learning content. These innovative companies integrate an array of technologies into their portals to support engagement, and bring a deep set of industry experience,” said Ken Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of Training Industry, Inc.

“These companies use a variety of strategies to ensure content is easily accessible to the learner. There is also a strong focus on improving the ease of use through simple, innovative platforms and interfaces,” said Doug Harward, Chief Executive Officer of Training Industry, Inc.

“The LMS landscape, and the vendors on this list, have changed a lot over 4 years so we are particularly proud to have been selected each year since the program began in 2010,” said Mike Eggermont, co-founder of Blatant Media.

About Blatant Media Corporation

More than 1,000,000 learners use Absorb LMS every day in over 1,000 companies globally. Among the list of international clients are Oakley, Adobe Software Systems, Dannon, Dale Carnegie, American Medical Systems, EVOCO, University of Indiana, Zoll Medical, Shortel, Websense, , the United States Anti-Doping Association and many others.

The creator of Absorb LMS, Blatant Media Corporation is a learning technology company that leverages the power of technology to provide training management solutions for clients throughout the world. The company is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. http://www.absorblms.com, (403) 520-2595.

Media Contact

Dan Medakovic
V.P. Learning Solutions
Dan.medakovic(at)absorblms(dot)com

Absorb LMS Named One of the 99 Top Tools for Online Teaching

May 30, 2013 1 comment

Top5OnlineColleges.org, a research and advisory services site focused on learning and development in the online higher education world, has just named Absorb LMS one of the 99 Top Tools for Online Teaching. This list includes resources in the following three categories:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • Teaching Tools & Technologies
    • Learning Management Systems
    • Journals & Blogs

We’re particularly proud to be listed 42nd on this list. Fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will recall that 42 is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

We don’t know if Absorb LMS is the answer to everything, but offering solid learning management is at least a start.

Blatant^ Named a 2013 Bersin & Associates WhatWorks® Award Winner for Delivering Innovation

March 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Bersin & Associates WhatWorks® AwardCALGARY, ALBERTA– (Mar 28th, 2013) – Bersin by Deloitte, a leading provider of research-based membership programs in human resources (HR), talent and learning, have announced that Blatant Media Corporation (blatant^) has been named a 2013 WhatWorks® Award Winner in the area of Delivering Innovation.

Winners were chosen by Bersin & Associates from hundreds of applicants and include industry leaders in business processes, consulting, financial services, food products, government, hospitality, information technology, insurance, media and software. Bersin & Associates conducted the awards program in cooperation with Human Resource Executive® magazine.

Blatant^ was recognized a winner for the development of Absorb LMS’s innovative, HTML5-based, learning management system user interface, which responds and adapts to different hardware platforms. This technology allows learners to access content such as courses and learning events on traditional computers, tablets such as iPads, and phones.

“We’re thrilled to add a Bersin & Associates award to our trophy shelf,” said blatant^ co-founder, Mike Eggermont.

This is the 13th award and accolade bestowed on blatant^ since 2008.

About Bersin by Deloitte

Bersin by Deloitte delivers research-based people strategies designed to help leaders and their organizations in their efforts to deliver exceptional business performance. The company’s WhatWorks® membership gives Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 HR professionals the information and tools they need to design and implement leading practice solutions, benchmark against others, develop their staff, and select and implement systems. A piece of Bersin by Deloitte research is downloaded on average approximately every minute during the business day. More than 5,000 organizations worldwide use our research and consulting to guide their HR, talent and learning strategies. For more information, please visit www.deloitte.com/bersin or www.bersin.com.

About Blatant^ and Absorb LMS

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Blatant Media Corporation is an e-learning company that leverages the power of technology to enable learning for clients throughout the world. The company’s multi- award-winning learning management system, Absorb LMS, is used by more than a million learners in organizations throughout the world. Organizations currently using Absorb LMS include Adobe Software Systems, American Medical Systems , Dannon, New York University, Oakley, the United States Anti-Doping Association, and more than 500 others.

Media Contact

Richard Nantel
VP, Enterprise Learning Solutions
Absorb LMS | a blatant^ solution
(403) 277-4856
Richard.Nantel AT AbsorbLMS DOT com

 

The Evolution of the Absorb LMS: An Update

March 6, 2013 Leave a comment

dan suitIf you’ve spoken to our staff or visited our website or blog recently, you may have noticed 3 things:

1. Absorb LMS has a fancy new look and feel!
2. We are no longer talking about Smartlab
3. We are now talking about something called “Mercury”

Absorb LMS is rapidly evolving, right along with the entire learning technology industry. The rise of mobile learning, and specifically, the success of the Apple iPad and iPhones, have created new challenges – and new opportunities – to rethink how we deliver online learning.

It’s been more than 10 years since blatant^ was founded on the principle of building a better Learning Management System. Over time, we have added many new features, mostly at the request of clients and sometimes because we’ve anticipated what’s to come and tried to lead the market in that direction. We’ve always aimed to implement these new features so that they will be both useful and easy to use. We also try to ensure that we maintain a high-level of design standards. The user experience is tantamount.

A few years ago (a lifetime, in the technology arena) and as part of this ongoing product evolution, we created a completely custom platform that sat “on top of” Absorb LMS. It provided some of our clients with a completely custom HTML5 interface, and added some additional functionality to support increased marketing, learner messaging and learner engagement requirements. This platform – Smartlab – also ran on iPads (where the old Absorb FLASH interface would not) and it offered all of the Absorb functions plus some new features and widgets: FAQ, Quick Polls, Twitter Feed, News Feed, Rotating Banner Ads and Contests. All of which could be targeted at specific groups of users with the standard drop-down audience filters that Absorb provides for course and resource targeting.

For the clients that adopted Smartlab, this was great. For a while. We all learned some things and thought long and hard about how we could make Smartlab even better.

What we learned:
1. HTML 5 is great for iPads but an IDEAL user interface should scale in size and layout regardless of the size and type of device that the learner is using.
2. Custom is great, until you want to change it. Then it can get expensive and time consuming.
3. Custom does not like upgrades. Having a custom anything kind of defeats the purpose of the SaaS model, where all users get all new features at the same time.
4. Custom can get very expensive and requires tons of planning and review work. If many people are involved in the decision making process, this can drag on for some time.

How we improved it:
1. We took the best features of Smartlab (Polls, FAQ, Contents, News, Twitter, Banners) and made them available to all of our Absorb users (current and future).
2. We renamed this ‘Absorb Mercury Edition’. Smartlab was a weird name anyway, and besides, it was still 95% powered by the core Absorb LMS.
3. We changed the entire product to have a slick new “responsive design” that detects and adjust its layout depending on the size and orientation of the browser/device being used.
4. We dropped the design fees for the (formerly Smartlab) Mercury options by over 80% and eliminated 6 months of project management effort.
5. We recognized that only some of our clients would be interested in Mercury’s bells and whistles and so made it available as an easy add-on module that can be purchased and turned on at any time.

Our clients think this is great. Whether they upgrade to the new Absorb Mercury Edition or simply migrate to the new Absorb LMS responsive interface, they will still benefit from complete cross-platform/mobile support in a beautiful user interface. In other words, you don’t need to use Mercury to take advantage of the adaptive features in the new learner interface – this is now standard to the Absorb platform.

So to recap, Smartlab has been improved and renamed Absorb Mercury Edition (or “Mercury”, for short); the price and implementation time were reduced dramatically, and Absorb now scales perfectly across different types of desktop computers and mobile devices, thanks to the new responsive design.

Since it is part of the core Absorb LMS platform, Mercury also gets regularly updated as part of our standard development cycle. And for clients that want or need a custom interface, we still offer that service too, and at a much lower cost due to the new Absorb Mercury Edition architecture.

It’s an interesting and dynamic time in the learning technology industry, and we’re excited and inspired by all the change.

Thank You From the Blatant^ Mo Bros and Mo Sista

November 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Many if not all of the Blatant Media Mo Bros will tomorrow be shaving off their facial hair. Mo Sista Danielle Roberts will, sadly, be peeling off her moustache. On behalf of everyone on the Blatant^ Movember team, thank you very much for your generosity.

Special thanks as well go to our Team Captain, Michael Ferster. Creating a Blatant^ Movember team was Michael’s idea. Also, in an effort to restore some grooming decency in the office, Blatant^ matched all donations,  bringing our total so far to $3475. (It’s not too late to make a donation.)

As promised, here are the before and after photos:

Al Kinnear Al Kinnear
Al Kinnear
Bryan Harrigan Bryan Harrigan
Bryan Harrigan
Danielle Roberts Danielle Roberts
Danielle Roberts
Don Landry Don Landry
Don Landry
Ethan Millard Ethan Millard
Ethan Millard
Michael Ferster Michael Ferster
Michael Ferster (Team Captain)
Monte Rattray Monte Rattray
Monte Rattray
Richard Nantel Richard Nantel
Richard Nantel
Troyden Fissell Troyden Fissell
Troyden Fissell

Meet the Blatant Mo Bros (and One Mo Sista)

November 9, 2012 2 comments

It’s the time of the year when Gillette, Schick, and other producers  of men’s razors likely experience a drop in revenue. In November, men throughout the world reduce or abandon altogether their shaving to raise awareness and money for men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.

In support of this worthy cause, Blatant Media has formed a Movember team.

“Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate.”

In less than ten years, this important initiative has raised more than $850,000 million.

We’re now in the second week of November so all of us—with the exception of Mo Sista Danielle Roberts—are at the stage where our faces could be used to scour dirty pots and pans. Animals and small children run away when we enter a room. Needless to say, no one dares kiss us.

In three weeks, we all, (with the exception of Danielle), hope to resemble Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp . You’ll be the judges. We’ll be posting before and after photos of team members at the end of the month.

Until then, we hope you’ll support this great cause. Donations can be made here: http://ca.movember.com/team/536633/

Movember stats:

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Welcome to the New Absorb LMS Customers We Can’t Name (and Those Below That We Can!)

November 8, 2012 Leave a comment

As is typical, a number of our new clients have asked that we not announce them publicly on this Blog and on our Web site’s client list. These customers include:

  • Departments in large organizations that already have an `official’ learning management system (LMS) that doesn’t do what the department needs. These departments need to keep their use of Absorb LMS below the radar.
  • Commercial training providers that wish to keep their use of Absorb LMS a secret and competitive advantage.
  • One major well-known global retailer—who’s name you would recognize, and it’s totally killing us not to name who it is—that has a policy of not allowing suppliers to name them as a client until they have worked together for one full year. Fair enough.

We welcome these unnamed clients.

The following organizations, which span a multitude of industries, HAVE, however, given us the green light to let the world know they’ve become Absorb LMS customers. We’re thrilled to welcome them.

AgLeader Technology —For almost two decades, Ag Leader has been a leader and driving force behind precision agriculture innovation, making farming more efficient and profitable. Find out more at http://www.agleader.com

Barium Springs—Founded in 1891, Barium Springs, a non-profit organization, provides family services to residents of North Carolina. Find out more at http://bariumsprings.org

Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant—Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant brews a wide variety of ales and lagers and has restaurants located in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Find out more at http://brewsters.ca

Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance—Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance is a world leader in security, sharing, and communicating situational awareness in challenging environments, from urban environments to the digital battlefield. Find out more at http://www.cobham.com/about-cobham/aerospace-and-security/about-us/tactical-communications-and-surveillance.aspx

Dole Fresh Vegetables—Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., a subsidiary of Dole Food Company Inc., produces and markets fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. It also offers packaged foods, such as salads, as well as frozen fruits. Find out more at http://www.dole.com

EMRlogic Logic Systems—EMRlogic, founded in 2005, is dedicated to providing practice management and electronic health records application software products to ophthalmologists and optometrists. Find out more at http://www.emrlogic.com

ERMC—ERMC is a multi-discipline, facilities services company headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. ERMC currently serves a wide variety of industries such as retail shopping centers, food processing, aviation, manufacturing, transportation, and commercial office and property management. Find out more at http://ermc2.com

Gran Tierra— Gran Tierra Energy Inc. is an international oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Calgary, Canada. Find out more at http://www.grantierra.com

Mortgage Research Center, Veteran’s United—Veterans United Home Loans is the United State’s largest provider of VA Loans — dedicated to making the American dream of homeownership a reality for those who so bravely served. Find out more at http://www.veteransunited.com

Newhall Klein, Inc. —Since 1989, Newhall Klein has produced design and marketing solutions that have helped their business partners successfully build and reinforce their market positions. Find out more at http://www.newhallklein.com

Nova Medical Centers—Nova Medical Centers is the fastest growing 100% occupational medicine service provider in the industry. Find out more at https://www.n-o-v-a.com

Openbet—OpenBet is the market leader in providing software for the betting and online gaming industry. Find out more at http://www.openbet.com

Our365—Our365 and its divisions encourage expectant mothers through pregnancy and through beautiful photography capture those special days of anticipation, then meet these new mothers at the hospital to take the newborn’s first portrait. Find out more at http://www.our365.com

Palantir Solutions—Palantir Solutions is a leading, global provider of Integrated, Dynamic Planning Software and Services to upstream oil and gas companies. Find out more at http://www.palantirsolutions.com

Rockfish Learning Management (Stormwater USA)—Stormwater USA was created to provide industry professionals with an accessible stormwater training program to meet the growing demand for NPDES training. Find out more at http://www.stormwaterusa.com

Synapsii, LLC—Synapsii is a Women’s Business Enterprise founded in 2012. The company is currently working with medical practices, focusing on education delivered to patients at the appropriate time in their care continuum, by leveraging the latest in technology. Find out more at http://www.synapsii.com/

TXI— TXI is a leading supplier of cement, aggregate and ready-mix concrete building materials. Find out more at http://www.txi.com/

Xcel Testing Solutions LLC— Over 25 million students have successfully passed standardized assessment exams by utilizing Excel Testing Solutions research-based learning approach. Find out more at http://xceltesting.com