Following on from my last post about the CIPD show, a couple of interesting things from the show floor that (I think) were new to me:
I used Zoho apps years ago when they were as well developed as any SAAS solution (guess they would inevitably be called ‘cloud apps’ now). This included their rather excellent database tool (Forms I think) that allowed for my team, at the time, to create what was (effectively) an institutional digital repository for past exam papers. Now this was limited in functionality, compared to what you might get with, say, a full library management system tool, but it did the job of record keeping with a searchable interface for end users. So it was interesting to see Zoho ShowTime being advertised at the show.
ShowTime seems like a really interesting attempt to combine presenter elements (Slideshare-esque sharing/presentation), audience interaction (a busy market place considering the remaining audience response system market players, mobile orientated like Socrative, virtual tools like Blackboard Collaborate that can be used in f-2-f too, etc.) and, of course, data and analytics.
Certainly something to try next time I do a presentation and a shame I missed out at my conference presentation last week.
I have some history with LCMS projects so it was interesting to see a new player on the exhibition floor. Ixxus is, seemingly, a well developed product moving into the learning market (presumably with the likes of Xyleme and Exact in their sites) from a publishing background.
For big content authoring teams it certainly seems to offer a lot – although the tool as a way to “move away from monolithic courses…toward, flexible, personalized and ‘bitesize’ content” is a bit of a hard sell given the challenge many organisations would face in moving towards a CMS approach. However, certainly interesting to see a player I was not aware of in this space.