We are honored to have had Ogletree Deakins as part of our Client Family for 12 years! Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the United States. It is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, and has offices across the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
We wanted to celebrate this milestone by sharing some insights on a couple of the challenges we’ve overcome together. The Team at Ogletree Deakins is led by Marcia Stokes, Director of Learning and Employee Development, and Carmen Jackson, Learning Manager.
Ogletree Deakins uses the TutorPro LMS (branded ODUniversity), has licenses for TutorPro Live Content Studio, and our LTC4 Assessments. Ogletree Deakins also has a subscription to the complete off-the-shelf courseware library. All of these tools support a firm culture of learning that serves Ogletree Deakins’ business goals.
One of the biggest periods of change and development in the past decade was the move, in 2012, from TutorPro’s previous Learning Management System (LMS) TutorEnterprise, to the current TutorPro LMS. During the migration, the Ogletree Deakins team took the opportunity to review their overall learning strategy. They decided to make a couple of changes, enabled by the new platform:
As the Ogletree Deakins team considered how to make best use of the TutorPro LMS, they realized that their existing learning strategy could be enhanced. The previous LMS had been a great hub for instructor-led training but hadn’t been fully exploited in terms of inspiring members of the firm to engage in other forms of learning. As Marcia and Carmen tackled the question of how to expand their program to a fully blended approach, they regularly called on TutorPro’s Client Success Team. As we don’t limit support hours we were regularly available with advice on strategy and best practices.
Given that the focus of the previous LMS had been timetabling and administrating instructor-led training, there had been an open approach to who had administrator access. At one point, this number was over 20. Marcia and Carmen realized that, with the new TutorPro LMS they could reduce the number of people with full administrator access, without preventing people from accessing limited functionality, strictly relevant to their role. This is because the TutorPro LMS has eight different administrator profiles ranging from usermanager (managers able to report on subordinates) to full administrator. The number of individuals with full administrator access is now under five. As a result, the management of ODUniversity is far more strategic, ensuring that all learning is driving one objective, supporting the firm’s ambitious business goals.
The team at Ogletree Deakins were early adopters of the LTC4 Core Competency assessments. They realized that, given the firm’s market-leading position it was important that Learning and Employee Development needed to be constantly seeking ways to keep the firm differentiated from the competition. LTC4 fitted the bill perfectly. The team launched a firm wide-campaign including roadshows for attorneys, staff, and LTC4 Happy Hours! The initial program was successful in exceeding the number of certification assessments passed by attorneys and staff, with attorneys up to senior partner level taking the tests.
There was, however, one frustration for the Ogletree Deakins team. Their initial assessment tool didn’t allow the candidate to be automatically awarded a positive score for any correct method of completing workflow (e.g. Ctrl+S and clicking File and then Save). When TutorPro became LTC4 Vendor Members in 2015, the Ogletree Deakins team reviewed TutorPro’s assessments for LTC4, developed with TutorPro’s unique and revolutionary Live Content Studio. They were excited to see that our solution would allow them to assess candidates for LTC4 Certification live, in application, on real workflow. We are glad to be helping them to continue to maintain their reputation for being a forward-looking, efficient, and client-focused firm
One aspect of the relationship that the team at Ogletree Deakins are most pleased with is a shared approach to client success. Ogletree Deakins is a firm not only driven by the needs of its clients, but also an organization that always adds value to the client relationship. At TutorPro we share the same values. This is why, when the Ogletree Deakins team competitively reviews our offering every two years we welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the return on investment that our solutions provide. We’re also not shy of any harder conversations – we can’t be a client-driven software firm if we are too coy to hear where things could be done differently!
“We really enjoy working with TutorPro. Their products and services are excellent and the fact they don’t count support hours means that we can call on them whenever we need. We also love that we can be honest with them. If something isn’t as we expect, or if we need a feature changed or added, we can have an honest and open conversation with them. This really makes a difference in such a long relationship.”
“It has been great getting to know the Ogletree Deakins team over the past decade, and it has been amazing to see how they’ve transformed learning for their firm. The team asking us to pitch to renew the contract in a competitive bid always inspires an interesting conversation, and ensures we never take this relationship for granted. We look forward to working with Marcia, Carmen, and the team for many more years.”