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Explorance Launches General Availability of BlueML and Free Feedback Analytics

Explorance Launches General Availability of BlueML For HR Leaders

Explorance, a leading provider of People Insight Solutions, has announced the general availability of Explorance BlueML and a special free offer for the award-winning workforce and student sentiment analysis solution. BlueML, a prominent ML tool trained on employee and student answers, provides meaningful insights from enormous datasets of comments and feedback in minutes. Businesses and academic institutions can better understand employee and student needs and expectations, and take proactive steps to support a more satisfied, engaged, and well-trained workforce or student population. It is expected to eliminate time-consuming manual review and data organizing processes.

Explorance machine learning methods also reduce human bias in large data sets. MIT News reported that MIT and Harvard's researchers showed that training machine learning models on varied data sources minimize bias. BlueML categorizes thousands of staff and student feedback responses consistently, supporting this idea.

Samer Saab, Explorance Founder and CEO, said, "With BlueML, organizations can now bring to light the uncommon connections, and deep insights, about employees or students, that are otherwise, not easily accessible. With automated and intelligent analysis, the time and effort it takes to unlock data-driven decisions is significantly reduced, empowering organizations to act by evidence and not by assumption."

(Source - CISION PR Newswire)

  • Explorance BlueML for Employee Experience
    HR is becoming more strategic and may represent employees in boardroom discussions. HR can improve employee retention, engagement, and performance through data. The brave conversations that HR leaders have, informed by employee sentiment and organized by diverse workgroups, provide insights into decision-making.
  • Explorance BlueML for Student Experience
    The Student Experience Categorization Model helps academic leaders and administrators focus on student success.
    BlueML powers the complete educational experience of students viz: application, student life, learning, and alumni.

"The technology innovations that Explorance is coming out with are vitally important. Our research shows that most organizations (62%) do not have a strong understanding of the needs of their workforces, their skills, motivations or what they value – and don't value – in their employment. It is impossible to make great business and talent decisions without insights borne from people data. Many organizations are sitting on rich data that they don't have the expertise or tools to analyze. Solutions like Explorance BlueML can be a real game-changer," said Claude Werder, Senior VP and Principal Analyst at Brandon Hall Group.

(Source- CISION PR Newswire)

About Explorance

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Montreal, Explorance is an industry-leading provider of People Insight Solutions, which facilitates effective decision-making for businesses by gauging their employees' and students' requirements, expectations, abilities, knowledge and skills. Individual development and business adaptability can both benefit from an environment that encourages exploration since it speeds up the cycle from insight to action. They partner with 25% of the Fortune 100 and 25% of the top Higher Education institutions, including 8 of the world's top 10 business schools.

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