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Maverick Solutions will be exhibiting at several events in 2018.  Here are a few places you can meet us!

 

February 12 – CloudWorld – New York City

February 13-15 – Modern Finance Experience – New York City

March 20-22 – HCM World – Dallas

March 25-28 – Higher Ed. User Group – Salt Lake City

June 11-14 – OHUG – Las Vegas

June 17 – 20 – Healthcare Industry User Group – Phoenix

October 28 – November 1 – Oracle Open World – San Francisco

 

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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We’re trying to do something a little different, I think.”

“That’s not our goal with this tool.”

“I know this may seem like an odd request, but is there a way we can change that?”

I must have said these words a dozen different times in a dozen different ways in May, as we spent a week sitting in a classroom to receive outside training on a new tool. Our instructor graciously rolled with it, doing her best to adapt the canned lessons on-the-fly as she tried to understand our goals and needs for the new tool. In the end, we walked away with a decent understanding of the concepts of the tool, and some documentation that was out of date by the end of the following week.

We recorded those initial training sessions for future reference. When a new team member joined us this fall, we glanced back through them quickly and determined that nearly everything we had covered that week was obsolete. In some cases, the tool no longer functioned the way it had at the time at the original training. In other cases, the training simply didn’t match the way we used the tool.

Was that training worthless? Not at all. It helped get us up and running, and allowed us to think through questions that we might not have thought about before, but were critical to using the tool successfully. But once that initial training was complete, we still had to address the dilemma of training for new team members and refresher training for team members who only needed to use the tool every few months.

We live in a world of Software as a Service (SaaS), and in many regards, that’s great news. Regular improvements, fixes, application of client feedback, and expansions of functionality can make your day. I love logging in and seeing that they’ve added a feature I’ve been hoping and asking for. But while it’s good news for the tool, it’s rough news for the training. Just as the tool evolves, the training must evolve too. Gone are the days of implementing new software, typing up some cheat sheets and job aids, distributing them to the team, and calling it done. In a SaaS world, “done” no longer exists—for the tool or for training. Fortunately for our team, we’re a training company, so creating and maintaining training materials is part of our daily life. For the rest of the world though, it might not be so straightforward. Organizations are left with the options of paying someone internally to keep tabs on the changes and maintain the training as those changes emerge, or work with a training partner who can help manage that maintenance.

Your turn: What is your strategy for onboarding new team members onto a tool? How important is it to have current training materials? What is your biggest struggle in managing and maintaining training materials?

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By Nicole Harrison, Curriculum Product Manager
This past weekend, I had an interesting experience that has had me thinking about software, the Internet, and the world we now live in. Granted, given my line of work, these ponderings are not new to me, but my work and lifestyle is exactly what made this particular experience so incongruous. I purchased a new computer, which is scheduled to arrive this afternoon. In preparation for the transition, I started transferring my files from my current computer onto an external hard drive so that I can move them onto the new computer when it arrives. As I began this process, there was an almost surreal feeling to it, and I thought, This is 2017. Why on earth am I manually transferring files like this?

 

The good news? I’m not spending hours evaluating which programs on my old computer need to be reinstalled on the new computer and which ones I can live without, and then rummaging around for old software disks. In fact, I’ll install relatively little on my new computer this time around, because many of the tools that I use, I access through a web browser. And the ones that I do have to install? In most cases, I’ll log into my account online, download the installation pack, and then sign into the tool with my account.

 

We live in a world where Software as a Service (SaaS) is rapidly becoming the expected norm for software, both at home and at work. According to a study done by BetterCloud in 2017, 73% of organizations predict that by 2020, nearly all of their business applications will be SaaS. I could dive into the pros and cons of this transition, but that’s not my focus for today. Today, I want to start thinking about this question:

What does the transition to SaaS mean for training?

 

I remember starting a job about fifteen years ago where I had to use a specific tool. I was handed a paper, somewhat worn around the edges, that walked me through how to use this tool. The steps on the paper, printed months before, matched the tool exactly. It was easy and straightforward.
I contrast this to the frustration I encountered about a year ago as I prepared to onboard a new team member. I was compiling some documentation for her and rolling my eyes because even though we had just created the documentation a couple of months before, most of it needed at least a little bit of tweaking to be accurate again.

 

SaaS is a double-edged sword; it constantly improves (at least in theory), is always offering you the ability to do more, and is able to respond to the needs of the client base. But there is no denying that ever-evolving tools make training a challenge. In the upcoming posts, I’m going to take a closer look at specific aspects of training, and examine how this transition to a SaaS world impacts our traditional methods of training.

Your turn: When was the last time you had to perform or take training on a SaaS tool? What worked well in that training? What made learning more difficult?

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When facing a massive system integration, your company has a certain group of people who are responsible for understanding how each system will be configured. You never have to worry about tracking the place from which you left  a course or keeping up with your progress on a particular course when you dive in and out of systems. Maverick Engage’s Profile feature keeps track of your learning progress and stores in one place all courses you have started.

As an everyday Core User in Oracle Cloud applications, you might know the transaction you are trying to complete, and you might remember performing that simulation in one of our Maverick Engage training courses, but perhaps you don’t remember where you found it. Maverick Engage’s search functionality allows you to search through keywords to find your transaction. For example, if you are an HR Consultant for your company, and you want to place a prospective employee into Pending Status, you could search for “Pending Worker,” and you will gain access to a few of simulations:

With Maverick’s Profile and Search functionalities, you can greatly enhance your learning experience with Oracle Cloud HCM, ERP and SCM applications.

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Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation today announced that Maverick Solutions, a division of GP Strategies and a leader in Oracle-related training and user-adoption services, has released an upgrade to their flagship product, Maverick Engage.

Maverick Engage is a subscription-based Oracle Cloud Training curriculum—a training solution covering both project teams and end users. Because the training is updated in real time to reflect new features added to Oracle’s Cloud software, clients should dramatically reduce training sustainment costs.

Maverick Engage features interactive and guided training simulations that allow users to learn within the Oracle Cloud software environment. Maverick’s methodology helps staff understand more quickly and more effectively why and how key tasks are performed, leading to a more confident and equipped workforce.

“We’ve developed a system that is effective for project team members and will accelerate user adoption at a fraction of traditional training costs,” said Fred Von Canon, founder of Maverick Solutions and Vice President of GP Strategies. “This training is unique in that it provides comprehensive training for both project-teams and end users. You get interactive job aids, quick reference guides, activities—the training assets learners are accustomed to. But the key is that these are constantly updated. As Oracle rolls out hundreds of updates per year, our subscribers will have continuously updated training material. It’s the training an Oracle Cloud client will need.”

Maverick Solutions will be offering demos of the new training offering at Oracle OpenWorld 17 in San Francisco from October 2–4, 2017. Some of the new features to Maverick Engage include a search tool, a complete front-end overhaul, multiple new learning/job aid outputs, and mobile responsiveness.

Since 1999, Maverick Solutions has been a leading provider of end-to-end Oracle-related training, specializing in both project-team training and end-user adoption services to help their clients maximize their investments in Oracle software. Along with their innovative subscription-based training, Maverick Solutions also provides on-site, private training. Maverick Solutions was acquired by GP Strategies in 2016.

For training inquiries or a listing of available courses, visit www.MaverickSolutions.net or call toll-free at 1-866-628-3742 (866-Maverick).

About GP Strategies

GP Strategies Corporation is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies’ solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. Additional information may be found at www.gpstrategies.com.

© 2017 GP Strategies Corporation. All rights reserved. GP Strategies and the GP Strategies logo design are trademarks of GP Strategies Corporation.

 

SOURCE GP Strategies Corporation

For further information: Derek Levandowski, dlevandowski@gpstrategies.com, 919-263-3850 or Jamie Coffey, Director, Communications, jcoffey@gpstrategies.com, (443) 255-3400

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Want to talk training? Maverick will be exhibiting at a few events over the next few months.

 

June 6-8 | OHUG (Oracle HCM Users Group)
Orlando, Florida (Booth 315)

 

June 18-20 | HIUG (Healthcare Industry User Group)
Orlando, Florida (Booth 203)

 

October 1-5 | Oracle OpenWorld
San Francisco, California (Booths 4401 & 2811)

 

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We will be attending several shows in 2017, and performing training workshops in many of them.  Below is a quick look at what’s in store for 2017:

 

HIMSS | Orlando, Florida | Orange County Convention Center | February 19-23

Maverick’s Healthcare Account Executive Ken Knutsen will be in attendance to meet with you about your training needs at one of the healthcare industry’s premiere IT events.  Click Here to contact Ken now and schedule a meeting.

 

HEUG Alliance 17 | Las Vegas | MGM | February 27-March 1

Maverick Solutions will be at booth 215 for this year’s higher education event.  Click here to schedule a meeting with Eric Cuka, Maverick’s Higher Education Account Executive.

Also, don’t miss our 60 minute OBIEE workshop:

Session 3685, Reporting and Business Intelligence by Mark Thompson
Tuesday, Feb 28 – 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  – Room 107

 

Collaborate | Las Vegas | Mandalay Bay | April 2-5

While Maverick will not be exhibiting at Collaborate this year, several of our instructors will be on-site to deliver workshops. Check out these workshops below:

Advanced Analytic Techniques in OBIEE 11g and 12c on Sunday April 2nd from 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Mark Thompson)

From Enterprise to Position (Basic Oracle Cloud HCM Configuration) on Sunday April 2nd from 8:30 am – 11:30 am (Jan Petreczko)

PUM, DPK, yaml, Puppet, Hiera and a bunch of other new stuff I need to understand on Sunday April 2nd from 8:30 am – 11:30 am (Tommy Cooksey)

Getting used to my new Fluid 8.55 Environment – Hands on Session on Sunday April 2nd 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Penny Smith)

 

 

Maverick is also planning on appearing at HEDW in Tuscon, AZ, HIUG in Orlando, and Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco.  Check back in 2017 for more details on those events!

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GP Strategies to Acquire Maverick Solutions

Expanding Cloud-Based Training Services in the Healthcare and Higher Education Sectors

 

Columbia, MD. September 19, 2016 Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement, subject to closing conditions, to acquire Maverick Solutions, a leading provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) product training services.

 

Maverick Solutions highlights:

  • Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Wake Forest, North Carolina
  • Platinum Partner with Oracle, providing support throughout the product lifecycle, specializing in both project-team training and end-user adoption services
  • Customer base includes healthcare, higher education, public sector and commercial clients
  • Offers training for both on-premise and Cloud-based Oracle ERP and Business Intelligence systems
  • Developed the industry’s first subscription-based (Training as a Service) offerings for Oracle Cloud products.

 

This acquisition will extend GP Strategies’ ability to deliver ERP systems training and user adoption services to its healthcare customer base and expand into the higher education sector. The transaction is expected to close on October 3rd. Completion of the acquisition is subject to customary conditions, including obtaining certain consents and agreements.

 

Fred Von Canon, Maverick Solutions’ Founder and President, stated, “I’m excited to be joining the GP Strategies team.  We’ve been trusted partners for years and I look forward to going to market now as one team.  Being a part of GP Strategies allows us a broader reach for our services; this is an exciting next step for Maverick Solutions.”

 

Scott Greenberg, GP Strategies’ Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The acquisition of Maverick will further enable GP Strategies to provide cloud-based ERP training services. We believe that Maverick’s services will be a strategic fit to our approximately 120 Global 500 customers. It is a great start to resume our acquisition strategy, which has been a part of GP Strategies’ past success.”

 

Additional information may be found at www.mavericksolutions.net.

 

About GP Strategies

GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies’ solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers.

 

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