Skills Management 2020 Feature Updates in Review

As things start to quieten down for the holiday period, we wanted to take the time to show you the amazing features that the Skills Base community has helped us create this year.

One evident observation across the industries and organizations that we deal with is clear focus on skills.

In June, we saw Microsoft launch a global initiative to help 25 million people improve their digital competencies. In August, we saw Google announce a ground-breaking new skills and certification initiative set to disrupt college degrees. And we have seen governments across the globe announcing major investments to enable the rapid transition to skill-led economies. What’s more, this transition has been accelerated by the COVID-driven shift to remote work.

It’s crystal clear that effective skill management is no longer a nice-to-have. Skills are now the atomic element of every business and every business’ skill management strategy. And that strategy needs to be more powerful, more efficient and more agile than spreadsheets or directories full of PDFs.

Over the last year, we’ve been fortunate enough to work closely with our growing, global customer base to improve their skills management experience. This means we’ve been able to provide a constantly improving cloud-based platform that puts employee skills at the heart of decision making.

We appreciate the input of the Skills Base community, and we’re excited to show you the amazing features that you’ve helped us create this year! Make sure to follow us on Linkedin and Twitter to stay updated on new features, case studies and news.

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Skills Inventory Updates for 2020

Improvements to your skills inventory and database

Your skills inventory (or skills database) is one of the most important parts of Skills Base. It’s where your skills data resides. This year we’ve focused on giving you more visibility into this data while enabling you to build additional relationships between the data and your people to help you make better-informed, faster decisions. Here is a quick sample of some of those improvements.

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Implemented the new Interactive Skills Matrix within the employee dashboard

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Added the ability to export your people directory

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Added the new "My Team" navigation menu item

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Added the option to set individual employee competency targets

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Added the ability to assign custom fields to skills data

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Added the ability to assign multiple roles to employees

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Added the ability to overwrite view permissions within the people finder

Do you need even stricter control over your data and who sees what in Skills Base? This update gives you even more options to build on your data security.
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Skills Assessment & audit Updates for 2020

Improvements to your skills audits and assessments

Auditing and assessing the competency of skills is key to any successful skills management approach. This is where the human element really comes in and you need everyone to be involved and motivated. This year we’ve focused on; a) giving you greater control to link assessment dates with your business needs, b) the ability to control who views and performs assessments, and c) we’ve given you the tools to prompt your team when assessments are due. And more…

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Improved the ability to customize the assessment requirements for employees and supervisors

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Added in overall comments to assessment history

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Added in the ability to export employee and supervisor assessments with comments

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Added in the ability to set fixed assessment dates

Better align the skills audit and assessment process with the cadence of your team and organization.
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Added the ability to notify employees via email to take self-assessments

Get your employees and teams assessed sooner by notifying them when their assessment is upcoming and due.
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Added the ability to perform partial assessments for employees via roles

Do you have employees that belong to different teams? This is a powerful new feature that works along side the new "multiple roles" feature and gives you the ability to better control skills audit outcomes.
Skills Reporting Updates for 2020

Improvements to your skills reporting

What good is data if you can’t do anything with it? We’ve worked hard to give you all the tools you need to make decisions within Skills Base, and extract the data you need to perform additional analysis. Whether it’s finding your skills gap, hiring, learning and development, investment planning, or project management, the Skills Data gives you the ability to make better-informed, data-driven decisions. Here are just some of this year’s improvements.

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Added direct links to the heat matrix & capability matrix reports from your dashboards

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Dashboard report links will now respect user's saved preferences

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Added new skills category level dashboards

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Added the ability to select multiple teams in the heat matrix report

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Added the new competency heat matrix report

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Added the ability to export team level data

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Added the ability to export skill assignment data

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Added the ability to export skill level targets

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Added the "last login" field to the report builder workflow

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Added the functionality to filter "report builder reports" by person

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Added the ability to export your Skills Matrix to Excel and .csv

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Added the option to edit saved reports

“With Skills Base we no longer see career development in a traditional vertical sense. Having the skills data readily available for anyone, staff can select roles they’re interested in and can progress towards them horizontally and diagonally, giving them a lot more freedom and control over their own career journey.’
Vodafone Case Study
Andy Hamilton
Training and Development Manager, Vodafone Retail NZ
Qualifications Updates for 2020

Improvements to your qualifications and certifications

Qualifications are an integral part of truly measuring employee competency. This year we’ve worked hard to embed a more robust qualification module within Skills Base (check out the knowledge base here). If you have any feedback or additions you were looking for, reach out and let us know but here are some enhancements you asked for and we delivered.

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Added the option to set expiry notifications for qualifications

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You can now add attachments to qualifications

Integrations & APi Updates for 2020

Improvements to your APIs, Integrations and SSO

Your skills management platform can’t sit in isolation. This is why Skills Base was built from the ground up with REST APIs and Single Sign On (SSO) connectors in mind. From HR Systems (HRIS), Project Management Tools, and Learning and Development platforms, we’re always interested to learn about the other tools you have in place so we can learn how to better integrate and make your experience with Skills Base better. 

Do you have a suggestion for a specific integration? Reach out and let us know.

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Added the ability to edit qualifications assignments via API

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Added the ability to update skill levels via the API

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Added the ability to trigger a workflow when when ratings are updated via the API

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You can now view the status of SSO certificates via the Skills Base UI

Infrastructure Updates for 2020

Improvements to the Skills Base global infrastructure

With customers around the world of varying sizes, and in many private and government organizations, we’ve put in a lot of effort this year to further enhance a safe, secure and globally scalable platform.

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Major Database Upgrades

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Major Global Infrastructure Upgrades

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Major Skills Base Deployment Process Upgrades

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Major Global Infrastructure Reporting Upgrades

What's else is new in 2020?

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Added new language preferences

You can now instantly change between German, English (UK) and English (US) within your profile options.
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Added the ability to filter columns within tables

You can now better understand your bulk data within Skills Base by filtering columns based on what you're looking for.
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Added the ability to change the default landing page for employees

Looking to improve your teams first time experience? Send them to the right page within Skills Base.
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Added opt-in functions for future Skills Base feature updates

Interested in staying up-to date with everything new in Skills Base for 2021? You can now opt in to our monthly feature updates from within your account settings.

Help us make Skills Base even better in 2021

We have some big plans for Skills Base in 2021. Make sure to stay in the loop by signing up to feature notifications, follow us on Linkedin and Twitter, and keep providing your feedback!

Enjoy the rest of the year and we look forward to 2021.

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