New Delhi: The digital learning platforms of NIIT Limited, a global leader in Skills and Talent Development, has taken a giant leap as the company enters into an exclusive partnership with the leaders in Business Model Science OpenMatters to address the training of top management on Digital Transformation and Digital Leadership. Under this partnership, NIIT will bring the content and expertise developed by OpenMatters for Wharton’s SEI Center, Knowledge@Wharton, and Harvard Business Review (HBR) to the India, China and Emerging Markets to address the leadership and management needs of the CXO/VP/Middle Management community.
NIIT’s intention is to be the leader in Digital Training and Development for leaders and their organizations in India, China and Emerging Markets such as Indonesia, Vietnam, and Nigeria, as companies and their leaders struggle to survive and grow in today’s network and platform centric world dominated by new-age digital disruptor companies.
With a strong focus on becoming the leader in the Digital Learning World and to further accelerate NIIT’s own growth and profitability, the company has charted a two-pronged business strategy: First an Internal Initiative addressing the Digital Transformation of its entire business model to drive growth, value and profitability; and Second an External Initiative focusing on training and consulting of individual and corporate customers to enable them to succeed in the digital world
In a related move, NIIT has appointed Barry Libert, CEO of OpenMatters as the Digital Advisor to the NIIT Board. Barry Libert, is a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School and an author and columnist at HBR, K@W, Forbes and the WSJ. As an expert in Digital Leadership and Business Model Transformation, Barry has co-authored numerous books, articles, training materials, workbooks and faculty guides. Barry leads a team of experts who are continuously researching digital leadership and business models using machine learning and advanced text mining while exploring the underlying drivers of value and growth in the age of platforms and networks.
Commenting on this significant development, Mr Rahul Patwardhan, CEO NIIT Ltd., said, “This two tiered partnership is in line with our strategy to play a leadership role in the Digital Learning World, leveraging the exciting new age Digital Technologies that are impacting every industry and every company and their business model. First, we are delighted to have Barry Libert as a Digital board Advisor, whose valuable advice will help us build and execute a digital transformation roadmap for companies in India, China and Emerging Markets and our own company; and second, we are going to leverage the training materials developed for Wharton and HBR in the India, China and Emerging Markets”
NIIT’s current digital transformation initiatives StackRoute and DigiNxt focus on Digital Innovator training and Digital Developer training respectively. Now this new relationship with Barry Libert and OpenMatters will expand its digital offerings – Digital to Leaders, and allow NIIT to address the end to end needs of organizations and governments seeking to reskill their entire workforce from CXOs to frontline workers to succeed in the digital age.