imc AG continues its expansion in the USA
Germany’s imc AG expands North America business with new location on U.S. East Coast
Saarbruecken, February 2023
At the start of this year, imc announced the opening of an additional international location -- on the east coast of the USA. The new location continues the Saarbruecken, Germany-based e-learning provider’s growth trend of the past few years and further expands its global presence.
It will enable imc to provide its existing customers in North America with a more personal experience. It will also allow the company to base support people for new customers directly in the American market.
For Christian Wachter, Chair of the Executive Board of imc AG, the new location is a logical next step. “We already have a lot of customers and partners in the USA,” he said. “We know our product portfolio is a good fit for the American market, so we felt it was important to establish another location to take our activities there to the next level.”
Wachter also likes his company’s chances of sourcing suitably qualified staff locally: “We won’t have to start from scratch, because we’ve already managed to find high-calibre candidates for a number of positions locally. The US labour market offers a lot of talent for us. I am looking forward to having a strong, growing local team, and hence to the new energy and fresh ideas that team is certain to bring to our entire organisation.”
Prof. Dr. August-Wilhelm Scheer, the founder and president of the supervisory board of the Scheer Group, of which imc is part, supports imc’s growth initiative in the USA. “For the Scheer organisation, 2023 is all about growth on the North American continent,” he said. “imc AG will now join Scheer GmbH in establishing an important new branch office on the U.S. East Coast.
The USA is a highly attractive market for imc AG because it is both a major crossroads for global companies and the world’s biggest market for e-learning products. I have no doubt that imc AG, being a leading e-learning specialist, will do extremely well there.”
2023 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems: imc achieves Strategic Challenger Position
Independent HR analyst, Fosway Group, has presented its latest study on learning systems. The imc Learning Suite is listed as a Strategic Challenger and demonstrates a high level of sophistication and scope.
Saarbruecken, February, 2023
Europe’s leading HR analyst Fosway Group has published its latest study on learning systems. The imc AG is listed with their Learning Management System imc Learning Suite (ILS) as a Strategic Challenger for the first time.
According to Fosway Group, Strategic Challengers offer higher potential solutions, and have greater capabilities in terms of their depth and breadth than most other solutions in the market. These solutions are able to handle the complex needs of large, enterprise customers.
"The continued digital transformation of learning is being driven by rapidly evolving organisational requirements," said David Wilson, CEO, Fosway Group. "Congratulations to imc for moving into Strategic Challenger position on this year's Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems. This reflects the company’s focus on innovation to meet the changing needs of large, complex customers."
Christian Wachter, CEO of imc, is pleased with the top ranking:
"Being recognized as a Core Leader for Learning Systems in the Fosway 9-Grid™ with our LMS is of course another incentive.
The strategic enhancements in the areas of Learner Experience, User Generated Content and Learning Analytics will certainly help to improve the product's potential and continue on the path to becoming a Strategic Leader."
2022 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems
imc receives TISAX® security label
Since this year imc AG carries the TISAX® (Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange) label. TISAX® is an information security assessment which concerns a large part of the suppliers and service providers of the German automotive manufacturers and their subsidiaries.
Saarbruecken, January 2023
imc has successfully completed the TISAX audit to facilitate the exchange of information and data with customers in the automotive industry and to ensure their security. Every company that receives sensitive information from customers, such as VW, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Daimler or their subsidiaries, must in practice be certified according to TISAX. Thus, TISAX has become a relevant competitive factor.
Roman Muth, Director Cloud Solutions & Architecture, is pleased that imc's efforts in the field of information security are now visible at a glance: "The TISAX label offers us the opportunity to compare our security standards with our customers quickly and easily from now on. The good preliminary work that my team has done in this area has contributed significantly to our ability to meet the requirements of the Information Security Assessment (ISA)."
The Information Security Assessment (ISA) is a set of requirements for information security based on key aspects of the international standard ISO/IEC 27001. It is used by companies both for internal purposes and for audits of suppliers and service providers who process sensitive information from their respective houses.
Improve your company success with Learning Analytics
The new add-on for the imc Learning Suite allows to make the success of professional development measurable and visible. This has a direct impact on the success of the company.
Making the success of continuing education visible and measurable has always been a concern for Learning and Development managers. Budget managers primarily see one thing: a high invest. However, how much training employees actually receive and to what extent it contributes to the company's goals and business success has been a matter of speculation until now.
This is exactly where the new Learning Analytics add-on for the imc Learning Suite comes in. Learning analytics applies logic and mathematics to learning data to gain insights that enable faster and better decisions to improve learning outcomes. In doing so, the add-on helps organisations measure the effectiveness of their training and development programmes. Through data-driven insights, leaders can identify skills gaps and understand how employees engage with learning materials.
This sound data can greatly assist in making decisions regarding a company's training strategy and can directly contribute to the company's success. It can also lead to better workplace performance, higher employee satisfaction and a better ROI on training investments.
imc receives "Family-friendly company" quality seal
For the past ten years, saaris e.V., the government of the Saarland and the Saarland Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) have been honouring companies that make a special, credible and authentic commitment to the compatibility of family and career. This now also includes imc.
Saarbruecken, January 2023
imc has successfully completed the certification process to become a family-friendly employer. Project manager Ursula Kuningham of the "Servicestelle Leben und Arbeiten" (saaris e.V.) presented the corresponding "Family-friendly company" certificate in Saarbrücken on 12 January 2023.
For Sarah Pitzius, Human Resources Officer at imc, several aspects were decisive for the quick certification: "Firstly, our really flexible, hybrid working time model, which is particularly well received by parents," explains Pitzius. "In addition, we offer the possibility to work part-time during or even after parental leave - an offer that is very well received and is also used by fathers. In general, the proportion of fathers who take parental leave for longer than two months is steadily increasing, which we expressly welcome."
Saarland-wide, around 200 companies have been successfully advised and certified since 2013. Those who want the seal can apply to the responsible IHK "Servicetelle Leben und Arbeiten" at saaris e.V. and will be evaluated by them on five criteria: Flexibility of working hours, organisation and location; care for children, parental leave and re-entry; compatibility of work and care; communication and information; service and support offers. After two years, there is the possibility of re-certification.
imc receives eLearning Award for “Adaptive Learning”
The eLearning Journal has awarded imc with the eLearning Award 2023 in the category "adaptive learning". From more than 300 submissions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the jury of the eLearning Journal awards innovative projects with showcase character in more than 50 categories.
Saarbruecken, January 2023
In the category "adaptive learning", the "Digit@l Fitness Check" was awarded, which imc developed together with a German car manufacturer to motivate and empower all employees to participate and actively shape the digital transformation.
The Digit@l Fitness Check is a responsive, quiz-based digital learning module with the aim of arousing interest, motivating, imparting basic knowledge on topics of digitization and providing individual orientation on which learning opportunities are most relevant for an employee. To this end, the learning module uses a specially developed scoring system that provides learners with individual learning recommendations based on their answers. In this way, users can receive targeted and individualized training in line with their learning needs.
Since the training is aimed at all employees, the prior knowledge of the learners varies greatly. One of the challenges for the experts was therefore to anticipate and compensate for the possible overload with the large selection of offers. "The feedback shows that the learners are enthusiastic about the novel form of knowledge preparation," explains Sven R. Becker, Board Member of imc. "The deliberately provocative implementation of a „Fitness Challenge“ fits very well with the client's corporate culture and was particularly well received by younger target groups."
For the 13th time, the eLearning Journal 2022 jury will present the eLearning AWARD. With over 300 project submissions, the interest in the eLearning AWARD was unbroken. In the end, state-of-the-art projects prevailed in 50 categories. If you would like to learn more about the awards, please take a look here.
Read everything about this award winning project here.
imc wins silver at Brandon Hall Award for "imc Express" authoring tool
The Brandon Hall Group, the leading provider of excellence in Human Capital Management, has announced the winners of the "Excellence in Technology Awards 2022". The authoring tool imc Express won in the category "Best Advance in Content Authoring Technology".
Saarbruecken, December 2022
imc Express can be used without prior knowledge or app installation and with any end device. The extensive tool kit of design templates, image databases, surveys and much more offers a high degree of flexibility. The possibility of different output formats such as text or audio, as well as the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in Express, also help to achieve maximum productivity. Among other things, content can be translated by the software into almost any language in the world at the touch of a button.
The decisive factor for the development of this intelligent authoring tool was the ever-increasing demand for user-generated content in corporate learning - learning content created by employees themselves. The vision: with this software, everyone - from trainees to managers to factory workers - should be able to digitize knowledge quickly and easily and make it available to others.
The Brandon Hall awards were judged by an international panel of industry experts based on value to the business, technological innovation, unique differentiators, technical functionality and measurable results.
Brandon Hall Group is a research and analyst firm, with more than 10,000 clients globally and nearly 30 years of delivering research-based solutions that empower excellence in organizations around the world through research and tools each and every day. More about the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards
imc and CSL honored at "LearnX Awards" in Australia
The Australian training institute LearnX has honored imc and its partner, CSL, with the Diamond Award in the category "Best Learning and Talent Development – Ethical Training" at the "LearnX Awards" in Australia. Every year, the global awards highlight great projects and solutions from around the world that deliver best-practice learning and business value.
Saarbruecken, November 2022
CSL Limited is a global specialty biotechnology company that researches, develops, manufactures, and markets products to treat and prevent serious human medical conditions.
As a life-sciences based organization and an ASX listed company, ethical training is critical.
CSL required a digital training that met their expectation of their global audience and accessible to all employees across from different backgrounds and job roles. For this reason, imc alongside CSL, created the “Making Good Decisions” tool eLearning module.
This is the fifth year in a row that imc is honored at the LearnX Awards.
The LearnX Live Awards is an international award program that presents awards in several areas of talent management to companies, educational institutions as well as public institutions. Each year, the program recognizes outstanding projects and solutions that serve as best practices and create business value. The award program has been around since 2008. If you would like to learn more about the LearnX Awards, feel free to check it out here.
WirtschaftsWoche honors imc as best e-learning provider for the third time in a row
The German magazine WirtschaftsWoche has published a ranking of digi-tal education providers. In first place among the best e-learning providers once again: imc Learning.
Saarbruecken, October 2022
With the ranking "Best Digital Education Providers", the German magazine "WirtschaftsWoche" is once again dedicated to the digital education market in Germany this year. In the category "e-learning providers", imc once again achieved 1st place.
Christian Wachter, spokesman for imc's board, is delighted about the renewed award and states: "Digital education and further training have gained enormously in importance in recent years. The shortage of skilled workers, which affects almost all industries, as well as the requirements for companies and organizations in the New Work context will continue to increase the demand for high-quality digital training solutions in the coming years.
We will therefore continue to invest in product innovations in order to continue to support our customers as a reliable partner with the latest technology and state-of-the-art content solutions in the future."
For the ranking, market research institute ServiceValue obtained more than 10,000 user assessments of 111 providers.
imc is ranked as a Top 20 Company for Learning Management Systems (LMS)
Training Industry has selected imc for their list "2022 Learning Management Systems (LMS) Top 20 Company"
Training Industry, the most trusted source of information on the business of learning, has published the latest list of top vendors for learning management systmes (LMS). This annual list is designed to help buy-side organisations in their search for the right training partners. As only German company, imc made it on this year's list of "2022 Learning Management Systems (LMS) Top 20 Company".
Training Industry's goal with these list is to offer a better orientation on the LMS market. Besides a rising number of providers, tools are becoming more complex and more and more features are added. Therefore, the Training Industry continuously monitors the training marketplace, looking for the best providers of LMSs that offer a strong and diverse set of features and analytics.
The selection of this year’s Top LMS Companies List was based on the following criteria:
- Breadth, quality and advancement of features, capabilities and analytics
- Industry visibility, innovation and impact in the learning technologies training market
- Client and user representation
- Business performance and growth
“This year’s Top 20 LMS companies are evolving into a one-stop-shop for all learning technology-related needs. With a focus on program management and learner-focused capabilities, these companies are continuously advancing the learning technologies market,” said Jessica Schue, market research analyst at Training Industry, Inc. “Through innovative features such as artificial intelligence (AI), personalization, interactive content, analytics and more, these companies are able to provide learners and learning administrators with a fully equipped platform.”
All 2022 Top Learning Management System (LMS) Companies can be found here.
If you would like to find out more about our LMS, check here for further information about imc Learning Suite.