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Tara O’Sullivan (3 Posts)

Tara O’Sullivan

In her role as Chief Creative Officer for Skillsoft, Tara ensures that everything we do at Skillsoft and especially our digital technology strategy, presents our brand, our voice and our vision consistently and authoritatively. Tara has extensive experience in using product marketing, branding and driving strategic growth. Tara oversees the content production business and corporate marketing. Tara has over 23 years' experience in B2B technology marketing including leadership positions in Oracle, IONA Technologies, SAS and TES Global. She has a MA in International Marketing from University College Dublin.

May 19, 2017

2017 APAC Perspectives


When we were deciding the theme for this year’s conference we talked to both our customers and our team to try and get a sense of what’s ‘hot’ right now – what are the issues and the topics the industry is buzzing about.

Turns out we are all looking to the future and there is a sense of curiosity and anxiety around it, what it will bring, what organizational learning will look like and what the worker of the future will expect from their employer.

This led us to ‘Step into the Future of Learning and Talent’ as our theme and it is one we think is particularly relevant given how consumer-led content, technology, gamification, virtual reality and Gen Z are dramatically changing the way we approach learning and talent today.

So, what can you expect at APAC Perspectives on June 1?

We will be hearing from several our customers including the National Disability Services (NDS), Australia’s peak body for non-government disability service organisations, who represent more than 1100 non-government service providers who will discuss how they are using our platform to enable them to offer training capabilities to all their members.

I am looking forward to hearing what Michael McQueen, named in 2015 Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, has to say about emerging trends shaping society and culture and how it impacts business decisions.

And finally, there will, as usual, be plenty of opportunities for you to network with your peers and learning professionals from the region. Our team of learning experts will also be  on hand to demo our new technology, show off our new content and offer their expertise to help you answer your most pressing questions.

Register, here.

May 15, 2017

Join Us at the 2017 India Perspectives


Stepping into the Future of Learning and Talent is the theme of our 2017 Perspectives conference this year.

What does that mean and why did we choose it?

Arguably, it could mean many things. But for us, as the leading provider of eLearning, we feel it is our duty to ensure our customers are prepared. Now while we can’t prepare you for absolutely everything, we can prepare you for the future workplace, the future worker, the future learner.

Let me assure you that the future looks different. Change is happening on every front: from consumer-led content and personalised technology, to gamification, virtual reality, and the arrival of Gen Z.

It is a future that will present people working in L&D and talent management with challenges, but challenges that can be easily met – if you’re prepared.

To ensure you are prepared, we’ve put together an agenda that encompasses all these areas and is filled with expert thought and insight into not only what to expect, but how to meet these expectations.

For starters, our Executive Chairman, Bill Donoghue, will give an overview of the changes we have made to our content, systems, and platforms over the past 12 months and how we plan to continue this growth in the future.

He will be followed by Apratim Purakayastha (AP), our CTO, who will discuss in greater detail our technology. Potoula Chresomales, SVP Product, will unveil Percipio, our new and exciting learning experience, while Bill Docherty, SVP Product, will talk everyone through the new SumTotal Future Roadmap.

Then, we will have a panel discussion moderated by Melissa Ries, VP & GM, APAC on Is Your Talent Future Ready and include Damodar Padhi, VP & Global Head – L&D, TCS, and Prithvi Shergill, ex-CHRO, HCL.

Lastly, from Skillsoft I’ll give you quick overview on all the fabulous new content we have completed and what else will soon be making its way to your systems.

Next, we’ll turn the day over to three of our customers – Tata Communications, Landmark Group, and Sun Pharma to show case their success stories.

Ester Martinez, Editor-in-Chief of People Matters will then host a lively and energetic debate on looking at the organizational learning with two lenses – HR and Business. This will be followed by the Keynote Address by Ashish Vidyarthi, National Award Winning Actor, Speaker, and Founder of AVID MINER.

To end, we will announce the winners of our 2017 India Innovation Awards.

We look forward to see you at 2017 India Perspectives on Thursday, May 18 at The Oberoi Mumbai.

Join us. Register here!

May 1, 2017

Step into the Future of Learning and Talent at EMEA Perspectives


“Planning is bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it now.”
- Alan Lakein

I am a huge fan of planning, and yes, I admit it might be some sort of control issue thing, but I will say this – it has served me very well in my career. You need to keep thinking and looking to the future if you want to thrive in business, and personally actually. Call it strategy or long term vision, it means the same. It means you are prepared, and that means success.

That we have chosen to focus on planning for the future of talent and learning for this year’s EMEA Perspectives makes me very happy. I want to see organisations thinking about the next “big thing” or the next generation of technology, especially when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR), and how it continues to revolutionize the workplace.

After all, no one wants to be blind-sided, or be left behind. Gen Z has just entered the workforce and technology is evolving faster than ever. We, as people, are changing too. We have different expectations around our career goals, our work-life balance, but at the same time, we are demanding more of our learning opportunities.

With our theme and focus on the Future of Talent and Learning this year, as well as many speakers talking on this topic, you will get to experience our brand new state of the market learning platform – Percipio – and see our new Platinum Skillsoft Courses. We will also showcase the latest release of our fully integrated SumTotal Talent, Learn, and Workforce Management suite 17.1 and our exciting 2017 roadmap for SumTotal featuring market leading social and mobile functionality.

As well as hearing from us, you’ll hear from thought leaders and customers:

  • David Wilson of Fosway Group will unveil the results of an extensive research project on the talent and learning landscape across EMEA. The insights and data this study will tell us what workplace learning looks like today, fundamental information needed when planning how it will look tomorrow.
  • The Future of Work with Felix Mitchell from Instant Impact, the awarding-winning graduate recruitment agency, who will hold a panel discussion on Millennials in the workplace.
  • Laura Overton, Founder and Managing Director of Towards Maturity, will reveal how best-in-class organisations are delivering improved performance through learning innovation.

I look forward to seeing you in London on May 16th.

Check out of the agenda and you can register, here.

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