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Most common questions our clients had before saying “yes” to IYS

IYS Skills and Occupations Taxonomy or ISOT is the core engine of IYS. It’s a database of skills across industries and functions. In the simplest terms, skills taxonomy is like a menu card of skills (including knowledge, tools & technologies, activities, certifications, domain, behavioural skills, roles) you can pick to bring out a unique skills profile.

The ISOT aims to enable “profiling” (or mapping) of people and job skills. Correct skills profiling in a comprehensive manner and with standardized terminologies is essential for effective talent management and recruitment.

Our products are meant for organizations (irrespective of the size) in any industry.

OSM (Organization Skills Management), ESM (Employees Skills Management), and RSM (Recruitment Skills Management) are end to end skills management SAAS applications.

The whole point of offering these applications at subscription is to ensure you do not have to manage any software or hardware. That’s why these apps are hosted in the cloud. We can help you with setting up these powerful apps (it takes one day!)

Yes, the information from OSM can be used for any LMS. In fact, the data from OSM will help make your LMS even more useful, as you will have precise information on skills gaps and the employee’s training needs.

Yes, the OSM tool can be customized for organizations. However, a proper analysis of the extent of customization will only tell the scope.

Skills space poses several challenges. There are no well-defined contours in the skills space like we have in the geographical scope where we have continents, countries, states, districts, and cities.

Skills space covers a wide gamut of sub-areas, which are very diverse in nature. For example, it covers life sciences, sales & marketing, manual labour, writing, teaching, engineering, and so on.

 The skills space also has too many intricacies, such as how people write a skill may or may not be the same manner it is spoken. There are inconsistent relationships between skills and different ways of valuing proficiencies in different kinds of skills.

There are some form of skills ontology out there. Some companies have also created their own skills database. However, we need to consider whether they are a resource available to all, whether current, scaleable and dynamically enriched.

By skills, IYS refers to all the different elements that constitute talent, including knowledge, tools & technologies, behavioral skills, aptitude, certifications, activities, domain or context, and roles. 

ISOT  is a collective database of those skills. Skills Profiler is the UI that the users use to interact with the ISOT to search, select and rate proficiencies on skills for mapping of skills of people or jobs.

ISOT and Profiler are provided as API. You can develop the skills related application that could be recruitment system, learning management system, skills matching engines, AI in recruitment, HRIS, workforce deployment, and such.

Let’s say you want to know all employees who know different object-oriented programming languages that could be best suited to learn it. Obviously, some skills may be better suited than others as a springboard for learning complex programming languages. Here ISOT will help you sort out the best opportunities to prepare your software teams for your company’s future direction.

Without skill levels, it’s impossible to determine the difference between, say, a “Senior analyst” role that requires advanced software development skills versus a “Junior analyst” role that only requires a basic level of knowledge. If both roles just have “Software analyst” as a requirement, both roles will match equally. That’s not really useful as it would give the impression that a Junior analyst would match a Senior analyst role without having to close any skills gaps.

Pseudo skill ontology and taxonomies don’t work. If a system just imports skills from LinkedIn or loosely assembled lists, there would never be useful insights. Nothing that could help you transform your business.

ISOT helps you create a complete profile that includes job and employee skills. This includes technical skills, domain experience, role/ activities, behavioral skills, certification, knowledge, e.g.

It is constantly updated to stay abreast with the evolving skills space. ISOT has also established intuitive associations between clusters of skills with a common structure and normalization of acronyms that help create simple, precise data, which becomes useful for analytics.

No, you are never locked into a contract with IYS. We are committed to not tricking you into lengthy contracts. We have a 7-day trial, so trying it out is entirely risk-free. With a couple of clicks, you can export your data any time you need.

ISOT is quite exhaustive, with over one lac skills currently. IYS focuses on researching new skills, and we update on a daily basis to improve the overall coverage.

Bringing standardization in the terminology across the skills landscape is important. The aim is to ensure that all applications on skills start speaking the same language. We aim to remove the fundamental problems of repetition, such as a Programmer being referred by others as a Software Developer or Software Engineer (and thus bring efficiencies in the skills space, which is one of the most inefficient functional domains.)

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We also promise, committing this time is the most leveraged and valuable way to invest your energy (You can ask our long-term clients!)

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