Ottawa, Canada
Larry Paquette, Government Affairs Exec
Which of the following best describes your company?

Type of company (check all applicable)
  • Other

If other, please specify
Tech Skills Learning Platform

Area of Specialization
  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Big Data (Data Governance/Data Science & Analytics)
  • Cryptocurrency/Blockchain
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cloud/Infrastructure
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Mobile
  • SaaS (software as a service)
  • TMT (technology, media and telecommunications)

If other, please specify

Do you have a need for / interest in hiring a coop/intern student?

Describe your company's current technology and solutions
Pluralsight is an award-winning, enterprise technology skills platform that delivers a unified, personalized, and end-to-end learning experience for organizations across the globe. Through a subscription service, organizations are empowered to move at the speed of technology, increasing proficiency, innovation, and efficiency. Founded in 2004 and trusted by Fortune 500 companies along with academic institutions and government agencies, Pluralsight provides organizations with on-demand access to a digital ecosystem of technology skills tools, including adaptive skill tests, directed learning paths, over 7,000 expert-authored courses, and interactive projects. Pluralsight serves as a career catalyst, delivering hands-on, practical learning and performance support for the most in-demand and high growth technology careers.

Are you aware of any current government challenges or opportunities that would be addressed by using your technology solution? Or a future need you can identify?
Recent events have made "Work from Home" mandatory. As a result, demand for our platform has increased as departments scramble to provide online learning for their remote workers to reskill and upskill while teleworking. With assessments, learning paths and courses authored by industry experts, our platform helps businesses and individuals benchmark expertise across roles, speed up release cycles and build reliable, secure products and create progress through technology and develop the skills of tomorrow. Delivery is simply an email, access to our platform is available from any device, anywhere, anytime (or offline) and at scale. All you require is a web browser and video player. Further, no need to use your overtaxed department's network.

As the COVID crisis continues, please describe specific opportunities where your technology might support Canadian needs / government needs
Before the COVID crisis began, there was already a shift across across government and industry regarding driving innovation and developing digital skills for the future. This is exactly what we do at Pluralsight and why we are THE Technology Skills Learning Platform.

As the COVID cris escalated, tech leaders began looking for ways to keep their team's enabled and focused on aligning with their strategic goals. It is a unique and scary time, but with this current Work from Home environment, it has provided entire teams with the opportunity to engage in online learning, and develop their skills at scale.

Through our cloud-based Technology Skills Platform, our SaaS model makes it possible for tech leaders to develop technology skills at scale - quickly, predictably and reliably. And our platform enables access to anyone from anywhere on any device. With a massive network of technologists, over 7,000 courses and the ability to quantify impact and performance with analytics, Pluralsight helps technology leaders succeed in the digital age. We offer the only Technology Skills Platform that allows you to see what brilliance lies within your organization. Once you can objectively see what you have on a global scale, you’ll most likely identify gaps in your tech skills inventory and assign an intuitive and adaptive learning experience for each individual who is looking to upskill.

Further, Pluralsight recently announced a new experience on our platform called Conferences. With so many tech conferences being cancelled (or going virtual), we want to help by enabling anyone, anywhere to keep up with the latest technology and get inspired by watching some of the most in-demand tech conferences at no charge. In addition, conference organizers can host their conference content on our platform free of charge to enable them to reach wider audiences. We are also reaching out to our customer and partner communities and offering assistance with a free guide and courses on remote work and leading remote teams.

Do you have any final reflections or comments?
I strongly believe all of us tech leaders can stand tall in these trying times, not just at work but in our communities. I have every confidence that if we do this and remain committed to our vision, we will come out of this challenge stronger than ever.