Training Industry Magazine - November/December 2018 - 58

CLOSING
D E A L S
DEMONSTRATING THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPLIANCE
AND DIVERSITY TRAINING, LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES
GROUP ACQUISITION SPINS OFF NEW BRAND
BY TARYN OESCH

From the #MeToo movement to
Starbucks' closing its stores for an
afternoon of anti-bias training, the
past year has brought to the fore the
importance of inclusive workplaces. In
fact, compliance training and diversity
and inclusion (D&I) are more important
than ever as risk mitigation practices.
Jonathan Satchell, chief executive of
LTG, doesn't believe that the importance
of this issue is going to diminish in the
coming years. After acquiring talent
management
software
company
PeopleFluent in June, LTG launched

THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT
BUSINESS BENEFITS TO HAVING
A DIVERSE WORKFORCE.

PeopleFluent's Workplace Compliance
and Diversity (WCAD) division as a
separate brand in the LTG portfolio, to
be named Affirmity and launched in
November.
"We looked at that business," Satchell
says, "and it's simply marvelous." It has
"a lot of consulting and intellectual
prowess, a really respected research
faculty," and insufficient marketing
behind it. By launching it as its own
business, LTG will improve its go-tomarket capabilities beyond the success
it's already seen.
Beyond government requirements to
demonstrate diversity, a wide body of
research supports the idea that there
are significant business benefits to

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having a diverse workforce and inclusive
organizational culture. Affirmity offers
software that captures data about the
workforce and consultants who interpret
that data and make recommendations
to improve diversity and comply with
regulations. Combined with Eukleia, an
LTG company that creates compliance
training content, LTG now offers a full
spectrum of compliance training and
consulting products services.
This focus on D&I also demonstrates the
increased focus LTG is placing on the
U.S. market, where, Satchell says, "it's
high-growth, it's high-quality," and there
are many "great companies." He says that
PeopleFluent has about one-quarter
of the affirmative action market in the
U.S., and while the U.K. doesn't have "the
same stringent legislation in our markets
on reporting," he believes that D&I will
become more important there, and in
the rest of Europe, as well as the U.S.

merger of LMS company NetDimensions
with PeopleFluent) is strategic. "Talent
management and learning management
are incredibly closely aligned," he says.
"They are symbiotic with each other. And
what we didn't want to do was ... just rely
on some form of cross-selling to achieve
results between those two businesses."
NetDimensions' management team was
"a year ahead" of PeopleFluent in terms
of the post-acquisition transformation,
so LTG hopes that they will be able to
help PeopleFluent's management team
through this change.
"Now we have a single sales force
with different [specialties]," he adds.
Customers have the option of two LMSs,
as well as the rest of PeopleFluent's
suite of products, and the management
teams are working on integrating these
products for "a very harmonized" user
experience.

With the acquisition of PeopleFluent, LTG
rounded out a portfolio that now covers
an entire employee life cycle, from
talent acquisition and onboarding to
talent management and development.
Compliance is an important part of
that life cycle, especially as diversity
and inclusion become more and
more important for risk management,
compliance and even public relations.
Satchell says LTG will also be rolling out
a new brand for vendor management
services, which also comes out of
PeopleFluent.

Satchell says that when LTG came
to market in 2013, its goal was "to
consolidate the corporate learning
industry." Since then, the company
has rapidly progressed toward that
goal and expanded it to include other
aspects of talent. "We have all of the
financial firepower to make further
acquisitions," he says, "and they can
be in a more significant size than the
$150 million we spent on acquiring
PeopleFluent six months ago." As long
as the opportunities to acquire strong
talent companies exist, it seems, LTG will
continue to consolidate the market.

Satchell says the way LTG has merged
and spun off new and existing brands
(for instance, it recently announced the

Taryn Oesch is the managing editor of
digital content at Training Industry, Inc.
Email Taryn.


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