The 2021 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards

January 3,2022

Online Trading Academy, a leader in innovative education and technology solutions for retail investors, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold award for excellence in the Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology category. Online Trading Academy’s win was announced on December 9, 2021. It is the only Financial Education Company to be honored with Gold in these awards.  The winners are listed at

Online Trading Academy has been investing in developing CliK since 2016, as a first-of-its-kind, all-in-one integrated education, analysis and trading platform for retail traders and investors.

CliK integrates OTA’s methodology and education, in the form of its trade planning, risk management foundations, rules, and step-by-step methodology. It is founded on the #1 rule for traders and investors, before you trade and invest, learn to manage your individual risk. OTA’s actionable financial education is integrated directly into CliK, when and where you need it. The only-in-CliK toolset includes proprietary analysis features which are an extension of OTA’s curriculum and provide the tools necessary to practice and build skill, evolve proficiency, and develop confidence.  It truly has become a hub of innovative learning experiences for students around the world. “Our mission of supporting every OTA student’s goals has driven CliK’s development and continues to forge its direction,” said Eyal Marmareli, Online Trading Academy Chief Technology Officer. “While the goal with CliK was not to win awards, we are certainly thankful and very pleased with this acknowledgement. Of course, the greatest ‘award’ is the incredible impact we’re making in the lives of our customers. CliK is just getting started, and we’re excited about what’s next; so stay tuned.”

“Technology has never been more critical for success in human capital management than it is today. We were thrilled to see many new innovations in all areas, but especially related to the future of work,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer and awards program head Rachel Cooke. “Thanks to the many innovations from our Excellence in Technology winners, organizations have many compelling options as they make important decisions on how to leverage technology to drive their people strategies.” “HCM solution providers must be experts and visionaries in technology, but they also must have the ability to anticipate the diverse needs of employers as they work to adapt to ongoing change,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said. “This requires a blend of curiosity, empathy and agility that is difficult to achieve. We have seen an extraordinary level of insight and creativity from our Excellence in Technology winners that has been exciting to see.” A panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon the following criteria:

  • Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
  • Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
  • Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?

About Online Trading Academy

Online Trading Academy (OTA) is a leader in financial education for people looking to build skills, evolve proficiency and develop confidence for trading and investing in the financial markets. OTA's proprietary and step-by-step Core Strategy methodology is designed to teach strategies to help traders and investors make smarter decisions aligned with their short-term and long-term financial goals. Students learn under the guidance of knowledgeable instructors, in an interactive classroom setting with extensive online education resources and a next-generation education, analysis, and trading platform called CliK. The courses are geared toward individual investors or traders, novice or experienced, who want to learn how to use similar tools and trading techniques as the professional traders on Wall Street. From a single location in Irvine, CA, Online Trading Academy is in its 24th year, has expanded to more than 40 worldwide education centers, has served over 80,000 students with access to lifelong education who have rated their satisfaction at 94.4% from more than 200,000 post-class exit surveys. It all starts with a free introductory class, which over 500,000 people have attended.

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group operates the largest and longest running awards program in Human Capital Management. As an independent HCM research and analyst firm they conduct studies in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management. These benchmark studies help organizations by providing strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results. Coupling the research studies with the best practice from the awards, Brandon Hall Group has helped more than 10,000 clients globally and more than 28 years of delivering worldclass research and advisory. At the core of our offerings is a membership program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. Membership enables executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with analyst advisory services which aim to put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient. Brandon Hall Group has also launched professional certifications for business and human capital management professionals to upskill themselves and gain credentials for career advancement. (



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