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Our Approach

Agile Methodology and Stakeholder Engagement 

Our mission is to change how learning technologies are developed, delivered and purchased. Our primary propositions of flexibility and cost leadership are underpinned by an open source technology strategy. Open source enables "demand-side innovation", which means we rely on engagement with our partners and subscribers to inform the technology needs of our customers. We do this through active community engagement, where new features and improvements are openly discussed, debated and refined as they are added to our backlog. Our community site is here.

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PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT THEMES


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 ENHANCED FUNDAMENTALS


The release of Totara Talent Experience Platform brought new products and technology to help manage learning and performance at scale. While we're always trying to bring new and improved experiences to our partners and subscribers, fundamental parts of Totara which are valued the most also require attention to provide all the freedoms Totara stands for.    

  • Upgrading and updating Totara core features means keeping the platform up to date with our partners' and subscribers' needs, which is an ongoing key focus.  


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CONNECTED PLATFORM


With the increasing need to operate efficiently in an environment that has numerous tools serving employees across multiple locations, there is a need to extend connectivity and improve the integration with these tools. 

  • Integration with content providers to enable all learning sources accessible from one system. 
  • Integration with communication tools such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom brings learning to the flow of work and facilitates day-to-day workflows.


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HIGHLY TRUSTED AND SCALABLE PLATFORM


One of the core principles of Totara is excellent performance at high scale and a range of contexts. Every Totara release goes through extensive performance, penetration and security testing to make sure that Totara performs for large-scale organizations and offers the security that our subscribers and partners trust. With more products on the Totara platform, we're undertaking a few initiatives to ensure the consistency in our software quality and support for increasingly  complicated installations and large-scale deployments. 

We will progressively expand the automated testing  coverage of the Totara Platform to ensure new releases can be deployed quickly with assured quality and performance.

ROADMAP

RELEASED: AVAILABLE NOW

COMING SOON: CANDIDATES FOR RELEASE IN TOTARA 14/15

UP NEXT: 

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TOTARA PERFORM NEW!

  • Read about - how Totara Perform can help boost workforce productivity
  • Learn how - to get the most out of Totara Perform with totara.academy

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TOTARA ENGAGE NEW!

  • Read about - how Totara Engage can help engage, unite and upskill your workforce
  • Learn how - to get the most out of Totara Engage with totara.academy

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TOTARA MOBILE NEW!

  • Learn how - to take learning on the go with totara.academy

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TOTARA LEARN 13

  • Learn about - latest features with Totara Learn, including:
    • Seminar Resource Management Improvements
    • Seminar Attendance Tracking Improvements

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TOTARA TXP  - SHARED SERVICES

  • Learn about - latest features in the Totara Talent Experience Platform, including:
    • Multitenancy
    • New Audience Rules
    • TXP Catalogue
    • Graphical Reporting Templates
    • Configurable User Profile
    • Evidence Bank Improvements
  • Learn about - latest improvements for making the Totara platform accessible and inclusive:
    • Improving accessibility for key user workflows
    • Enabling the creation of accessible content 




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VIRTUAL ROOM PROVIDERS

Ability to easily schedule and run virtual events within seminars

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APPROVAL WORKFLOWS

Enable approvals for external training requests

  • TL-29077 - Implement user facing approval workflow in progress
  • TL-29079 - Implement admin facing approval workflow builder in progress

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PERFORM ENHANCEMENTS

High use features of the Perform product that enable best in class Performance Management process

  • TL-25434 - Performance activity -aggregation question type 
  • TL-29163 - Performance activity - Review question and responses element 
  • TL-29145 - Enterprise Competency Improvements 

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NOTIFICATIONS

  • Centralized notification management in progress
  • Customizing automated messages 
  • Force delivery of notifications to specific channels

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ACCESSIBILITY & INCLUSION

Improve usability for users of all abilities 

  • TL-29070 - Ensure Totara is continually working to meet WCAG 2.1 Level AA Compliance
  • Empower users to create accessible content with guidance from documentation and academy content
  • Support accessible customizations with guidance and technical documentation

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APPROVAL WORKFLOWS

Enable approvals for external training requests

  • TL-29080 - Implement the ability to build custom forms in the interface for Approval Workflows

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PERFORM ENHANCEMENTS

High use features of the Perform product that enable best in class Performance Management process

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UX ENHANCEMENTS - PROGRAMS & CERTIFICATIONS

Modernize the learner experience for Programs and Certifications

  • TL-18900 - Improve the visual interface for Programs and Certifications

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LEARNING IN THE FLOW OF WORK

  • Publish a public Totara App for Microsoft Teams integration

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CONTENT PROVIDERS

  • LinkedIn Learning integration

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SCALABILITY

Initiatives to improve system performance at increasing volume and scale

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