We get asked all the time: “Hey, what’s the difference between Degreed and…” It’s not an easy question to answer with a few simple words. Some things you just have to see.
For starters, you have to see beyond the features. Airplanes have engines, wheels, and steering controls. Those are features. But that doesn’t mean you’d take your kids to school in one. Because that’s not what airplanes were designed to do, is it? You have to look past the features and focus on the purpose.
Software has purpose, too. What really matters is what the system is designed and engineered to do—and how well. Building features is easy. Putting them together thoughtfully, in a fluid, intuitive experience for users, is the hard part. Maybe that’s why 80% of the features in a typical software product are rarely or never used.
Read that last sentence one more time.
Experience is About Purpose, Not Features
Just because some HCM, LMS, content solution, collaboration tool, talent system, or even some other LXP has a skills taxonomy, aggregates content, curates pathways, assesses people’s strengths, or enables them to find new career opportunities, doesn’t mean your workforce will use it for any of those purposes.
That’s why, in most companies, 75% to 80% of workers don’t complete their HR system’s talent profile. It’s a common feature, and it’s valuable for the organization. But it’s rarely or never used by workers because there’s rarely (or never) enough value in the experience for them.
So the real answer to “Hey, what’s the difference between Degreed and…” is “it depends.” It depends on who you’re really focused on empowering —workers, managers, admins, or business leaders. And it depends on what exactly you’re trying to help them do — manage human capital and training processes, or build skills and careers.
Unlike the HCMs, LMSs, talent systems, content providers, collaboration tools, and LXPs who all say they do what Degreed does, we study how the workforce learns and grows their careers. In fact, we wrote the book on it (one of them, anyway).
And unlike the other guys, Degreed is the only learning or talent system that integrates skills insights with formal, informal, and collaborative development, as well as project, gig, and job opportunities. All in one simple, fluid, reimagined skill building and career development experience.
That’s Degreed’s purpose.
That’s also the best explanation we can give you. So if it’s still not clear how Degreed is different, watch our new product video and see for yourself. Then ask the other guys how they’re different from Degreed. Better yet, ask them to show you how they connect learning to skills, and skills to opportunities.
Here’s how we do it.
Meet the New Degreed
They may copy our features. But they can’t copy Degreed’s experience. See for yourself.