Credly Wins Brandon Hall Silver Award for Leadership in Recognition Technology

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Digital credential pioneer earns prestigious honor for helping companies develop a culture of achievement and recognition.

Credly, the leading digital credential platform, announced today that they have won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Silver Award for the Best Advance in Rewards and Recognition Technology. The award recognizes Credly for their leadership in helping companies implement innovative learning and development programs with portable, verified, digital credentials and open badges.

“Companies increasingly use digital badges and credentials to develop a culture of ongoing growth and achievement, and to better match the skills resident in their workforce to organizational needs,” said Credly founder and CEO Jonathan Finkelstein. “We are honored that our platform has been recognized by Brandon Hall Group as an effective way to support and recognize employee learning and development.”

Digital credentials developed, shared, and issued through Credly’s platform provide companies with a secure, tamper-proof way of recognizing employee knowledge both internally and externally, and provide a valued reward for employees eager to communicate their skills. The credentials are verified by issuers as being evidence of a specific skill or competency, and are rich in data: viewing a badge on a user’s profile surfaces the underlying evidence for the skills and competencies that the user possesses, allowing individuals to show, as well as tell, what they know and can do. The credentials are also portable, allowing users to reap the benefits of their credentials in a wide variety of environments -- from social media networks to talent management systems. Companies are now hiring and promoting from within and are more effectively assembling project teams by searching for employees with verified skills and knowledge, rather than merely looking at job titles or department designations.

“Human capital management is evolving faster than at any time in its history, and it is powered by innovative technology developed and implemented by organizations big and small,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program. “The technology innovators who won Excellence Awards this year were focused on providing users with a better overall experience. That is what our research says employers want, and our award winners are leading the way.”

A panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon the following criteria:

  • Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
  • Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
  • Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?

About Credly

Credly is a leading digital credential service provider, helping the world recognize lifelong achievement with the most popular platforms for verifying, sharing and managing digital credentials and badges. The enterprise-class system allows organizations to officially verify skills and competencies; distribute portable and secure digital credentials and open badges; and gain actionable data and insights. Thousands of education institutions, industry associations, employers and workforce development programs use Credly to make achievements visible.

About Brandon Hall Group, Inc.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 25 years of delivering world class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is the most well-known and established research organization in the performance improvement industry. We conduct research that drives performance, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that Empowers Excellence Through Content, Collaboration and Community. Our members have access to research that helps them make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, combined with research-powered advisory services customized to their needs. (

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