Why compromise?

Howarth, Nige
April 2004
IT Training;Apr2004, p66
Trade Publication
Customized learning is all very well for basic demands, argues. But if one truly want to tailor training to employees' needs, bespoke is the way forward. In every walk of life, whatever buy can be customized— kitchens, fashion, gardens, jewelry, meals and holidays. The perfect solution can be tailored to our specific requirements, and willingly pay that little bit extra to feel special. A customized suit, on the other hand, would have been a compromise of shortened sleeves, tweaked lapels and changed vents, all on an existing suit. Therefore, the vendor community feels justified in featuring its customization capabilities with great gusto and energy. Learning and development budgets are, as always, under pressure. But it's easier to retain or grow budget when the resulting solution is tightly tied to critical internal projects and applications, and when the business contribution is clear. E-learning grew from a practical reality, the necessity to provide cost-effective skills, when and where they needed them.


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