IKM and COI’s joint offering will include skills and knowledge tests alongside team and organisation effectiveness tools.

Melbourne, Australia – Friday, January 4, 2008 IKM, a leading provider of web-based employee and candidate knowledge measurement solutions and services, and The COI Group, a company specialising in business improvement software, today announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement that will allow joint solutions to be provided to mutual clients.IKM’s employment and employee tests are used by hundreds of blue chip organisations across the globe. Used for pre-screening candidates, skill audits, pre-training testing and certification, IKM’s tests provide a detailed analysis of a person’s strengths and weaknesses in the shortest possible time.

Available in most disciplines including IT, Sales, Project Management, Computer Skills, and Clerical, IKM’s tests provide granular insight for better HR decision-making as well as an opportunity to reduce associated costs.

The COI Group’s business improvement software includes applications for Employee Opinion Diagnostics, Employee Retention and Leadership Effectiveness. Used for strategy and planning, cultural and behaviour, and systems and process, The COI Group provides the ability to advance business performance and manage the progress over time.

Together, IKM and The COI Group provide an encompassing view of the status of employees to allow greater planning and development of HR initiatives. Applied for training, focus groups, change management, team development and overall business performance, this joint solution offers organisations the ability to improve the outcome of its programs and positively impact the bottom line.

Offering a combined client base of organisations such as ATO, Australian Defence forces, ATO, Toyota, 7-Eleven, Shell, BHP, Westpac, Reuters or Citibank, IKM and The COI Group will conduct internal information sessions throughout December, with market roll-out expected in January 2008 across Asia Pacific.

“IKM continues to build its extensive range of assessments and services to provide a complete knowledge measurement solution. We are delighted to be able to include The COI Group in our partnership network to further extend the breadth of our existing offering”, said Frank Palinkas, VP Asia Pacific Operations and Global Sales and Marketing.

About The COI Group

The COI Group started in the early 1990’s to help organisations, teams and leaders operate at their most effective.

We first became known through the development of a successful change and business improvement process called Profiling and our widely used 19 driver business effectiveness improvement model.

Profiling is based on a set of best practice guiding principles for effective change and business improvement. For example:

  • Any change or improvement initiative must be based on the best possible objective information about the issue – no hunches allowed!
  • Causal analysis is critical
  • do not move forward until all underlying causes are identified
  • never implement change to address symptoms
  • instead develop actions to address causes.
  • Effective change can only take place once employees fully support (note: they don’t necessarily need to agree) the developed business improvement initiative…and so on.For more information, contact us on www.coigroup.com

    About IKM

    IKM provides knowledge measurement solutions and services including web-based assessments, applications, and certification that allow you to enhance and optimize hiring, training, project staffing, skill-gap analysis, benchmarking, career development and certification.

    Known for its flagship solution IKM TeckChekTM, IKM’s professional range of solutions offers a unique assessment methodology to deliver the most cost efficient and effective way of measuring knowledge.

    IKM has a wide range of assessment and certification packages for all industries and disciplines, including IT, Project Management, Sales, ECDL/ICDL, MS Office, Clerical, Legal, Accounting, Retail, Nursing and Call Center.

    Used by corporations, IT Outsourcing companies, staffing agencies, training organizations and schools, IKM is a subsidiary of Krest LLC and is headquartered in the US, with offices and affiliations spanning the globe.

    IKM’s client base includes Keane, Compuware, Accenture HR, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, GE Capital, Lloyds TSB, Prudential, IBM, Siemens, Nortel and Reuters Software. For more information visit: www.IKMnet.com

    IKM Americas
    National Sales Director
    Mike Walsh
    Ph: +1 (262) 538-1914
    Email: [email protected] 
    IKM Europe
    VP European Operations
    Richard Newton
    Ph: +44 (0)20-8401-1188
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    IKM Australasia
    VP Asia Pacific Operations & Global Sales & Marketing
    Frank Palinkas
    Ph: +61 (3) 9580 1633
    Email: [email protected]
    IKM Africa
    VP of South Africa Operations
    Andrew Stark
    Ph: +27 11 798 5486
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