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CloudBooks - The Introduction of Analytic Instrumentation (xAPI)

     The CloudBooks TBM 'Total Business Management and Accounting Platform' is more than merely competitive
and current, with its clearly-superior universal access, multi-platform, multilingual and collaborative features.
Cloudware now raises the bar even higher as the first adopter in the industry of the very latest in experiential
user analytics instrumentation.*
This forward-looking innovation will offer customers enhanced evidence of compliance, options for procedural
supervision, and collection of actionable management data.
For the future, analytics of operations will also enable better management of staff development, task assistance and training requirements. Employees can be recognized for their expertise and diligence, and CEOs
will have more reassurance about day-to-day operations and focus on optimization.
Cloudware will gain insight into which pieces of the platform are being used, how frequently and how well they master the use of the modules that they engage with. This is
closely linked to the issue of training methods, and the effectiveness of that training, which is what xAPI was originally developed for therefore CloudBooks users can draw on a lot of
knowledge from the community about this.
In addition CloudBooks users should be able to draw close connections between product documentation (User Guide/ Programmer Guide/Compliance, etc.); Training materials and
User Experience, and compute suitable training intervention suggestions. This would be enhanced by proper xAPI instrumentation of the Document Manager.
Document Manager User data could support the monitoring of policy and operations initiatives, keeping track of the numerical data entered will give tremendous power to address issues, such as:
Most small businesses cannot grow because the owner thinks he has to do everything, and everything has to be his way of doing things.
xAPI could be used to hire employees that think more like the owner/manager.
xAPI could look at experience, give the interviewer a list of questions, and/or have the interviewer read and answer a few computer questions then let xAPI see how close a match to what is
xAPI could then be used to measure employee growth in helping the company as a potential manager and then compare it to the result numbers.
xAPI could be used to see where additional training is needed and verify the training program in place.
xAPI could also help set up a training program by identifying areas that need training.
The bottom line is that xAPI helps all of the company's employees be better prepared to be on the same page and work together to make the company more efficient and profitable. CloudBooks and xAPI
Starting from some proof of concept experiments Cloudware will be working to include xAPI instrumentation throughout the Total Business Management and Accounting platform. Statements will seek to incorporate
actor identity, GPS location information and timestamp as well as the appropriate verbs and nouns that describe the user interface and program interactions.
This will initially provide activity data in support of compliance and regulatory audits.
There will be a wealth of information available to Cloudware about how CloudBooks is actually being used, and how effective users are in operating the platform. For the
customer CloudBooks will be able to offer information about the way work is done -not just the final results of it. For owners, executives, and CPAs there may be great
potential to identify unusual or irregular activities, but also to examine the effect of policy or operational changes in more detail for optimization.
* CloudBooks is an adopter of the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL) Experience API specification (xAPI also known as 'TinCan').
CloudBooks by Cloudware, Inc.
Phone: (407) 442-0894

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Barrie Osborne is the Chairman of Cloudware Inc. and is the introductor of the xAPI into the CloudBooks programming products.

Posted on 2014-08-06, By: *

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