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focus on e-Learning at the Softworld HR & Payroll Annual Forum

e-Learning is revolutionising the HR world, whilst at the same time adding increased pressure on to those companies not yet implementing such a programme. e-Learning can add major benefits to an organisation, but careful consideration and planning is needed by businesses to ensure that they invest in the right software. Softworld has created a dedicated masterclass at the forthcoming Softworld HR & Payroll Annual Forum (17 – 18 October 2001, NEC, Birmingham) to examine this issue in more depth with a working example from NCR Corporation (1).

John Newton, Learning Design and Development Manager at NCR will lead the session entitled: “e-Learning – the new challenges faced’. The case-study session will look at NCR’s own e-Learning programme which takes the form of a ‘virtual campus’ comprising 3,600 courses conducted in 17 different languages, accessible to employees through the company intranet at any time.

Although not all of the training at NCR takes place via the web, in 2000 NCR employees completed 70,000 courses, over a quarter of which had a web component. In his session, Newton will take a look at how e-Learning can deliver support for staff. He will also discuss the technology infrastructure needed to support an e-Learning programme, and look at the latest technology available. As well as highlighting the value of such technology, Newton will suggest ways in which to measure its effectiveness.

“The e-Learning strategy that we have implemented at NCR has made a great difference to our business - delivering higher availability of training, improving the learning environment and better meeting the learning needs of our people” says Newton. “Employees can now readily access development tools such as curriculum maps and build personalised training programmes on-line via NCR University, our any-time any- where learning portal. Furthermore, with a high proportion of learning content available on line we can truly satisfy training requirements on-demand, as and when the need arises.”

“The session will use a case-study approach to take a behind the scenes look at the learning portal that has won awards and some of the e-Learning content that NCR is deploying. The aim is to give delegates a practical look at what is possible through e-Learning and how it can be achieved - without any of the hype".

In March 2001, NCR was named the No. 2 training organisation by Training magazine in the USA, and NCR University was also selected as a winner of the Web Business 50/50 Award in 2000.

The session is one of a number of educational masterclasses running throughout the event, designed to help delegates examine their existing systems as well as considering new strategic frameworks, with impartial advice from leading consultancies, such as KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and key blue-chip companies. Sessions cover issues like employee self-service, payroll legislative changes, integration, selection and implementing software.

This year the event runs alongside Softworld Accounting & Finance - Europe’s leading software and e-Business event for the accounting and finance profession.

Pre-registered visitors will also receive a free copy of the Softworld Buyers Guide to HR & Payroll systems which is invaluable in helping to research the right business software. The guide contains white papers, case studies, opinion pieces and comprehensive corporate and product profiles for all of the exhibiting companies.

For more information or to pre-register, please visit: or telephone: 07000 763 896.


Notes to Editor

1. About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in providing Relationship TechnologyTM solutions to customers worldwide. NCR's Relationship Technology solutions include the Teradata® database and analytical applications such as customer relationship management (CRM) and demand chain management, store automation systems and automated teller machines (ATMs). The company's business solutions are built on the foundation of its long-established industry knowledge and consulting expertise, value-adding software, global customer support services, a complete line of consumable and media products, and leading edge hardware technology. NCR employs 33,300 in more than 100 countries, and is a component stock of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. More information about NCR and its solutions may be found at

2. Softworld events are dedicated to software and e-Business solutions. With a ten year history and a dedicated research team, its organisers have developed a detailed understanding of the market, enabling them to assist business and IT professionals in the software buying process.

Forthcoming events include:

Softworld Accounting & Finance 17 – 18 October 2001, Birmingham NEC.

Softworld HR & Payroll Forum 17 – 18 October 2001, Birmingham NEC.

Softworld HR & Payroll 6 – 7 February 2002, ExCeL, London.

Softworld Accounting & Finance 6 – 7 March, Olympia, London.

Softworld Supply Chain 13 – 14 March, Birmingham NEC.

3. Imark Communications is an international business-to-business marketing company specialising in the production of highly focused events for the Information Technology and Telecommunications industries. In addition to event production, Imark offers a full spectrum of integrated marketing services to assist companies producing their own events. Imark has offices in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, which annually produce approximately 100 events in nine countries.

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