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The single best way for businesses to remain vital is to cultivate the people that power them.


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Gone are the days when education ended with college or graduate school. The world is changing fast and today's employees and businesses can no longer afford to rest on their laurels. And why would they want to? Opportunities for growth and innovation abound. 

The single best way for businesses to remain vital is to cultivate the people that power them. And the best way to do that is through a carefully crafted internal learning program, tailored to the company's specific needs, accessible across devices, and deeply responsive to employee feedback. Jon Iwata, IBM's senior VP of Marketing and Communications, explains how IBM built Think Academy to train its employees on emerging concepts and technologies like cloud computing and Big Data, and how essential Think Academy quickly became to IBM's continuing role as an industry leader. 

Unlike Think Academy, which was designed specifically by and for IBM, Big Think Edge is a learning platform that can be customized in scope, content, and delivery to the needs of any business, of any size. It teaches the skills and mindsets essential for ongoing innovation and success in the 21st century. 

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