Posted on 6/30/2015 by Tom Smith.

Last week we uncovered some trends and problems in SAP training. Now let's look at what the future might look like:

1. Online training and eLearning costs less than traditional classroom training. First, the online version of training doesn’t need, well, a classroom. So, if your company doesn’t have an extra room to conduct training, more than likely the only solution would be to rent space. That costs money. Speaking specifically about using eLearning for training, no moderator or instructor is needed – they also cost money. You could also factor in travel expenses. To tie this all to the survey results – 24% of respondents cited budget as a major challenge in their training budget.

2. SAP training online results can be tracked. In other words, the investment a company makes into training can be more effectively tracked by using online and it can be measured per student for a better understanding of ROI. Think about the flip-side of this: Traditional classroom training really has nothing in place to do this, unless everyone in the class has their computers with them, all taking some version of online training together in a classroom setting. But, that seems counter to the real benefits and freedoms of online training. Why be in the classroom at all then?

3. Online and eLearning is more or less self-paced. Students can take their training when their time allows – at home, during lunch, on weekends even. Each person learns differently, at a different pace, and everyone’s workdays and weeks are different, so the freedom to train when a student is most comfortable can only help the results. Further, using this method, students do not need to leave their other or ‘real’ work behind while they train.

The question remains – in this year 2015, with all our increasing ability to do our jobs effectively from almost anywhere at any time using any number of gadgets, programs and platforms, why do we still hold tight to some of the more traditional, and possibly less effective, ways to do things?

When it comes to leisure items and hobbies like games, streaming media, and Thomas’ wired headphones, I think it’s a matter old habits die hard. And in that context, it’s fairly harmless and novel (I’m not giving up my wired ‘Symphonized NRG Premium Genuine Wood In-ear Noise-isolating Headphones with Mic’ any time soon).

But in business, a reluctance to try new ways, means and methods to success can hold you back, costing valuable time and money. And, the fact is, it really doesn’t have to be that way. There are options out there waiting for us all. Let’s go get them.

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Tom was the head of our Marketing team and was with Michael Management for over a year. Tom has extensive experience in gamification, Google Adwords, and Social Media activity.