June 05, 2009 11:02 ET

VMG: Investment in Training Helps Companies Survive a Down Economy

New Strategic Consulting Service Formed to Maximize Corporate Training Impact

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 5, 2009) - Glenn Oclassen, Jr. and John Hathaway today announced the launch of VelocityMG, Inc. VMG provides strategic learning consulting services to business and learning leaders.

Corporate training, already considered a discretionary spend, becomes a target in a down economy. However, history shows us that companies that invest in their people during down times are the most likely to survive and even thrive. VMG helps companies invest smartly to maximize the impact of enterprise learning. "We know companies are under tremendous pressure to cut costs," says Glenn Oclassen, Jr., CEO of VMG, "but you can't do that indiscriminately. Corporate training can have a tremendous impact on performance, productivity and profits. VMG specializes in focusing the training spend to maximize that impact. Companies can significantly reduce costs without affecting results, if they do it right. In many cases, simply redirecting the investment can substantially improves results. And in some instances, small, targeted investments can drive quantifiable and impressive returns. VMG's goal is to help companies determine the best strategy for channeling their corporate learning investment to maximize business results."

After early success with their learning consultancy, OclassenHathaway, Oclassen and Hathaway brought on additional partners and re-branded their business to form VMG. "After years on both the buy-side and sell-side of the learning industry, John and I decided to build the strategic services we found critical to running a successful enterprise learning business. Now we've combined these with innovative and proven leaders from the corporate learning industry to help companies across the globe maximize the results from their learning investment," says Oclassen.

Unlike learning business outsourcing providers that look to take over the learning function, VMG focuses on developing actionable corporate learning strategy and setting clients up to successfully run their own learning businesses. "The team at VMG helped Juniper Networks successfully consolidate, align, refine and take to scale our approach to learning services markets and channels," says Edwin Castillo, Senior Director of Global Customer and Field Enablement for Juniper Networks. "VMG also helped us scale up, expand and simplify our entire content development process... and concurrently refined our approach to both training development and training delivery technologies."

VMG helps sharpen enterprise learning and development vision into cutting-edge strategy and devises a winning game plan that goes from the whiteboard all the way to execution at scale. VMG helps cut to the chase and put learning to work for the business.

About VMG:

VMG transforms corporate learning to a results-driven business through measured and strategic consulting services. VMG takes its name from the sailing term "velocity made good," which factors speed, direction and conditions to measure your true progress towards your goal. VMG helps you chart the smart course to achieve enterprise learning results. For more information, visit

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