Flying Cloud Solutions: Unraveling the Power of Gamification

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Josh Yavelberg, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Chief Solution Architect
Gamification is more than points, badges, and leaderboards,” begins Josh Yavelberg, Ph.D., Principal and Chief Solution Architect, Flying Cloud Solutions. Today, people across industries overuse the term gamification without realizing its true potential. The term’s exact definition is an ongoing debate even among people within the gamification space. Owing to this ambiguity, organizations remain limited to the basic mechanics of gamification such as points, badges, and leaderboards rather than tapping into its true potential as a design strategy.

Flying Cloud Solutions pioneers a different path here. They apply the broader design thinking approach capitalizing on strategies, including gamification to meet the desired outcomes that further an organization’s mission, vision, and values in measurable ways. The company’s innovative solutions are tailored to the needs of an organization owing to their flexibility, and strict adherence to a research-based approach, and experience in the gamification space.

“Flying Cloud Solutions focuses on making the best use of gamification’s potential. We look beyond the basic mechanics, and design the experience around what motivates the audience,” asserts Yavelberg. For Flying Cloud Solutions, the gamification strategy is about tying mechanics to motivators. Be it instructional designing or marketing, gamification is employed to efficiently meet mission objectives and the desired return on investment.
Flying Cloud Solutions also makes use of the latent power of gamification to obtain huge amounts of data through its processes and mechanics. For instance, the company effectively used the data collected through gamification mechanics to develop a strategy that increased the engagement of virtual conference attendees for one of their clients,Training Magazine Network. The social learning and networking platform had an existing system for hosting the virtual conference and a virtual space that assigned points and leaderboards to its users. The client wanted to increase their user engagement and involvement in the asynchronous discussions outside of the actual conference and training space. Flying Cloud Solutions analyzed the data gathered from the engagement in the client’s virtual space and re-strategized the gamification approach. They built an app on top of the existing platform and created an engagement economy where the users could use the points they earned to win prizes in order to further their engagement. The statistical analysis of the data proved that the new custom gamification system improved overall engagement.

Driven by many similar successes, Flying Cloud Solutions is rapidly growing. The company holds trusted tester certifications and is 508 compliant to serve its expanding clientele. Currently, they are developing unique non-linear user interfaces to navigate cardiology certification training; working with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity to develop racial toolkit training solutions for local state governments working toward racial justice; and continuing to investigate unique concepts that extend beyond the project scope as with designing a communication tool that will allow people to understand the concept of an inclusive racial dialogue that is unbiased “Our focus is to expand and remain creative to develop innovative, paradigm shifting, solutions for our clients,” concludes Yavelberg.

Company
Flying Cloud Solutions

Headquarters
Berryville, VA

Management
Josh Yavelberg, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Chief Solution Architect

Description
Flying Cloud Solutions applies the broader design thinking approach capitalizing on strategies, including gamification to meet the desired outcomes that further an organization’s mission, vision, and values in measurable ways. Its innovative solutions are tailored to the needs of an organization owing to their flexibility, and strict adherence to a research-based approach, and experience in the gamification space. For Flying Cloud Solutions, the gamification strategy is about tying mechanics to motivators. Be it instructional designing or marketing, gamification is employed to efficiently meet mission objectives and the desired return on investment.

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