BOSTON — Jan. 20, 2022 — O’Reilly, the premier source for insight-driven learning on technology and business, today announced that the company achieved 47.4% year-over-year sales growth in enterprise bookings, bringing overall sales growth across its enterprise learning solution to 17.5% in 2021. With well over 20 million people quitting their jobs in the second half of 2021, finding and retaining talent is becoming increasingly challenging. And nearly 90% of employees want training available anywhere and anytime they need it. As a result, enterprise organizations are prioritizing investments in learning and training.
O’Reilly’s ability to meet learners where they are contributed greatly to its success last year. O’Reilly significantly invested in live virtual events in the face of the pandemic in 2020, and the company continued to see record-breaking audiences for its online offerings in 2021 as members broadened their skills. Live online training events — including O’Reilly’s Superstream Series, a lineup of virtual conferences on the most important topics and emerging trends in technology — were well attended, attracting 1.1 million registrants. Hosting over 2,300 live events last year and regularly releasing new top-quality content has enabled O’Reilly to remain a source people trust to help them build valuable technical skills.
Along with live events, O’Reilly has added notable platform features to take learning a step further. O’Reilly Answers, which launched in late 2020, has proved to be a popular tool, helping several hundred thousand users find quick, contextually relevant solutions to problems that are holding them up on the job. With minimal disruption, members get the answers they need, when they need them, and get back to the task at hand, enabling them to focus on meaningful work that makes a real business impact. (On average, O’Reilly members say they save 1.2 hours a week — that’s approximately 1.5 weeks of productivity back each year.)
O’Reilly’s platform growth and registration numbers come on the heels of new and significant customer wins. The company has added Grubhub, Peloton, Intel, Honeywell, and others to its expansive client roster. O’Reilly is committed to providing the most relevant content to its enterprise customers, and the company has been widely recognized for its innovative solution. O’Reilly was named both a Top 20 Online Learning Library Company and a Top 20 IT Training Company by Training Industry and was honored with two Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards, for leadership during a crisis and for best technology innovation for a remote workforce.
“As we redefine the new normal of both our working and personal lives, O’Reilly is committed to helping enterprises future-proof their business, talent, and technology investments to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow,” said Laura Baldwin, president of O’Reilly. “Continuous learning and training sits at the heart of that mission, and it’s validating to see the significant investment enterprises are making in solutions like O’Reilly in order to upskill and reskill their teams.”
O’Reilly has long helped organizations connect with the knowledge workers who trust and value O’Reilly content as the go-to resources they need to succeed. But the new remote and hybrid working world and the decline of in-person events have forced businesses to adapt and rethink how they engage technical audiences for their services. A recent addition to O’Reilly’s range of sponsorship opportunities, virtual events have become an effective venue to drive brand awareness and lead generation. Companies like Google, Red Hat, Neo4j, Databricks, Dataiku, NGINX, Cockroach Labs have all sponsored O’Reilly content last year, driving a 40% year-over-year growth in media sales.
In addition to growing customers and sponsors, O’Reilly has been rapidly expanding its team. O’Reilly expects to grow its employee base by more than 20% in 2022, with job opportunities available across the globe. This means embracing new perspectives made possible only through hires with a wide range of experiences. O’Reilly promised to increase the percentage of workers from historically underrepresented groups in its talent pool from 30% to 40% by the end of 2021 — a goal the company was able to surpass. O’Reilly also rolled out its diversity & inclusion scholarship program, awarding 500 individuals a free membership to the O’Reilly learning platform for one year to help them stay ahead of today’s most important technology trends.
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