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    Cary, NC, March 14, 2014 - Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review, is scheduled to be the opening night keynote at the Training Industry Conference & Expo at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC from May 19-21, 2014. Think of the most frustrating, intractable or simply annoying problems you can imagine. Then, think about what technology is doing to fix them. That’s what MIT Technology does with its annual list of breakthrough technologies. Pontin presents the ten technologies, which, he believes, expand the scope of human possibilities and then opens the discussion on how this will impact the world of corporate training.  To learn more about Pontin’s keynote and the rest of the conference agenda, please click here. The conference theme is partnering for performance and the agenda provides multiple networking opportunities and informative learning sessions where training decision-makers can walk away with new partnerships and strategies to improve organizational performance. Workshop sessions provide actionable solutions that can be applied immediately to an organization’s learning initiatives. In addition, the 2014 Training Industry Conference & Expo’s size is strategically set to provide a real networking experience where industry experts, training executives and world-class speakers can connect to discuss organization training solutions. The action-packed agenda consists of quality speakers presenting on the following topics: Partnerships Trends Technologies Alignment & Measurement Strategy Leadership Register to connect, share and improve your performance by visiting www.TICE2014.com. About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is on helping dedicated business and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    ARLINGTON, Va., March 18, 2014 – Corporate Executive Board (CEB), the leading member-based advisory company, announced it has acquired KnowledgeAdvisors, the pioneer and leading provider of analytics solutions for talent development professionals, for approximately $52 million. By combining KnowledgeAdvisors' extensive learning benchmarks and analytics platform with CEB's insight, best practice and predictive analytics on talent acquisition, assessment and development, the company is uniquely positioned to help senior executives optimize investments that drive development ROI and ultimately corporate performance. Corporations spend an estimated $145 billion annually on training initiatives, but more than half of those dollars fail to result in tangible returns, with performance gains from learning investments estimated at less than 10 percent. The KnowledgeAdvisors Metrics that Matter® analytics platform with more than one billion comparative benchmarks, coupled with robust reporting and deep science around learning measurement methodology, allow Chief HR Officers and Chief Learning Officers to drive substantial returns on their massive investments in development and training. Talent-focused organizations already see immediate value in linking CEB's depth on what competencies drive performance with KnowledgeAdvisors' ability to measure the effectiveness of employee development.  "Being both a KnowledgeAdvisors and a CEB customer, we see powerful synergies coming to fruition for us.  For example, the pairing of CEB insights and KnowledgeAdvisors' analytic capabilities and learning benchmarks will be a powerful package for organizations like ours looking to make high-impact leadership development decisions in a data-driven manner," said Alex Brody, Head of Learning Analytics at Southern California Edison.   "We've long prescribed that companies must apply the same rigor to managing their people as they do their balance sheet, and making investments proven to build workforce competencies can have a material impact on bottom-line results," said Tom Monahan, CEB chairman and CEO. "This acquisition accelerates the groundbreaking work we have done to provide HR leaders withactionable solutions to measure the effectiveness of their development and talent management strategies, select and develop great teams, and build critical workforce skills." The acquisition of KnowledgeAdvisors extends CEB's investment in analytics that equip corporate leaders to apply rigor and discipline to talent investments for greater business return. This investment, along with the industry's most robust talent measurement platform, a strong slate of organically developed new products and the recent acquisition of Talent Neuron, solidifies CEB's leadership position in the emerging talent management space. "We're proud of the Metrics that Matter platform and the business value it allows our customers to derive when it comes to L&D investments" said Kent Barnett, KnowledgeAdvisors CEO. "We know that by aligning with CEB we'll be able to become an even more strategic partner to those organizations by more tightly linking outcomes to talent insight and best practice. We're excited to continue serving our more than 500 clients around the world and to introducing our analytics to the more than 16,000 senior executives in the CEB network." About CEB According to research by the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), the sales interaction itself is over 53 percent of what drives the customer loyalty required to sell more products, to sell at a higher margin, and to sell to customers more frequently. Across all behavior sets naturally appearing in this sales environment, only one type of sales professional is able to successfully drive the customer loyalty through creating more value for customers. This rep, The Sales Challenger(TM), is 4X more likely to be a high-performer in the complex selling environment. Sales Challenger(TM) is a comprehensive sales training program designed for the new and complex selling environment. Leading organizations are currently deploying this training program to: •Create a differentiated sales experience •Build critical skills to improve sales rep performance •Accelerate results by advancing coaching capabilities of managers •Sustain skill development over time to provide measurable ROI •Align marketing and sales to improve commercial outcomes

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    WALTHAM, Mass. — March 18, 2014 — Brainshark, Inc., the leader in cloud-based business presentations, today announced the launch of SlideShark Anywhere – extending key features and benefits of SlideShark to PC, Mac and Windows 8 tablet users. Previously available only on iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch), SlideShark now enables business professionals to instantly access, show and share up-to-date PowerPoints, and track presentation views and activity – whether they’re using their iOS device, computer or Windows 8 tablet. Available as part of the app’s business version, SlideShark Team Edition, SlideShark Anywhere maximizes SlideShark’s value for organizations whose sales teams and other presenters rely on multiple devices. Since its launch two years ago, SlideShark has met explosive demand, with corporate and individual users across 150+ countries, 2.5 million downloads, and 6 million decks and 180 million slides uploaded to the service. Organizations worldwide, including NASA, Nerium International, Delta Dental, Australia’s Nine Network and more, rely on the solution to address PowerPoint’s incompatibility on the iPad – enabling users to show and broadcast decks the way they’re meant to be seen, and distribute and manage presentations in the cloud. Businesses also use SlideShark Team Edition to provide centralized access to timely, approved content, and track presentation views and activity – including who’s watching content/when, and also who’s presenting it (which deck, time spent on each slide and more), providing otherwise unattainable insights into sales activities and content usage. Now, with SlideShark Anywhere, companies can give employees the flexibility to access approved presentations from one place and present them using the most convenient device at hand. And SlideShark’s extensive reporting – including data on shared and viewed content, decks presented, broadcast session attendees and more – is available, regardless of whether the presenter used a mobile device or computer. “Our corporate users have been eager to have SlideShark available on multiple devices, and we’re very pleased to provide this functionality via Web browser through SlideShark Anywhere,” said David Klein, Brainshark’s vice president of product management. “Now, SlideShark Team Edition users who don’t have iPads, along with those who use multiple devices – and want to use their iPad on the road and PC at their desk, for instance – can access SlideShark presentations from a single location and take advantage of the app’s presentation features, analytics and other benefits.” SlideShark Anywhere Features SlideShark Anywhere is accessible directly from the SlideShark.com content catalog for SlideShark Team Edition subscribers. PC, Mac and Windows 8 tablet users can: Access approved presentations from their Web browser (Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 and 11; Chrome; Firefox and Safari). Easily navigate slides using the intuitive, Web-based interface. Arrow buttons and/or mouse clicks advance animations and slides. Play presentations, full screen, during in-person meetings. A tray with slide thumbnails makes it easy to jump to previous or upcoming slides. Broadcast presentations live over the Web and invite others to follow along. When broadcasting to remote attendees, users can access a presenter’s view – with an animation counter for each slide, and collapsible sections for speaker notes, slide thumbnails and broadcast information. Presenters receive data on who attended and how long, and which decks and slides were shown. Easily switch between presenter view and full screen. Click to share presentations and track viewing activity to see, for example, when prospect interest is hot. Eliminate version control issues. When a presentation is updated, the latest copy is automatically pushed out to everyone with access to the deck – on any device. The new copy overrides the previous version, ensuring version control and message consistency. About Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark enables companies to improve productivity with cloud-based business presentation solutions for sales, marketing and training. With Brainshark’s easy-to-use solutions, customers transform static documents such as PowerPoints into dynamic, mobile-ready content that can be accessed quickly and viewed as on-demand video presentations or presented live – anytime, anywhere. They can also measure the effectiveness of their communications in ways never thought possible and use these insights to take action. Thousands of companies – including half of the Fortune 100 – and millions of individuals rely on Brainshark to increase the impact and reduce the cost of their business communications. Learn more at www.brainshark.com.

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    NASHUA, N.H., March 18, 2014 – Skillsoft Limited (“Skillsoft”), a pioneer in the field of technology-delivered learning with a long history of innovation and delivery of solutions for its customers worldwide, ranging from global enterprises, government, and education to mid-sized and small businesses, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its subsidiaries to funds managed by Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP (“Charterhouse”). Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. “We have experienced great success during our four year run with Berkshire Partners, Advent International and Bain Capital, and greatly appreciate the support and guidance they have provided to our team,” said Chuck Moran, CEO of Skillsoft. “We are excited to continue the journey with Charterhouse. We believe that our commitment, ability to execute and proven track record of success, coupled with the experience, enthusiasm and resources that will be contributed by Charterhouse, will provide us with new and exciting opportunities as we continue to deliver significant value to our customers and partners.” Skillsoft will continue to be headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and led by the current management team, including Moran as CEO. The closing of this transaction is subject to various conditions, including the expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Skillsoft,” said Frank van den Bosch, a partner of Charterhouse. “We see a tremendous future for Skillsoft and look forward to working with Chuck and the Skillsoft team to achieve our goals.” “On behalf of Berkshire Partners, Advent International and Bain Capital, I would like to thank Chuck Moran and the Skillsoft management team for their partnership over the past several years,” said Michael Ascione, Managing Director of Berkshire Partners. “During our collective ownership, Skillsoft has grown significantly and we believe that the Company is very well-positioned to continue to enhance its leadership position in the field of technology-delivered learning.” Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Skillsoft. Ropes & Gray LLP acted as legal counsel to Skillsoft. Barclays acted as exclusive financial advisor to Charterhouse. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett acted as legal counsel to Charterhouse. About Skillsoft Skillsoft is a pioneer in the field of learning with a long history of innovation. Skillsoft provides cloud based learning solutions for its customers worldwide, ranging from global enterprises, government, and education to mid-sized and small businesses. Skillsoft's customer support teams draw on a wealth of in-house experience and a comprehensive learning e-library to develop off-the-shelf and custom learning programs tailored to cost-effectively meet customer needs. Skillsoft's courses, books and videos have been developed by industry leading learning experts to ensure that they maximize business skills, performance, and talent development.

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    LONDON, U.K., March 18, 2014 — Totara Learning Management Solutions has announced a strategic partnership with Arrabiata in Germany, as part of its mission to spread the benefits of open source Learning Management Systems. Arrabiata is an innovative provider of education solutions, with offices in Munich and London; the company offers expertise in designing and deploying web projects to clients across a wide range of industry sectors such as media, government and retail, and range of prestigious clients including Bosch Siemens and the Bavarian State newspaper. “Today in Germany the elearning industry is growing fast with 237 million spent in 2008, its estimated to rise by 10 percent by 2016, and Arrabiata believes that the Totara LMS is very well placed to support this development,” said Managing Director Tobias Hauser. “Arrabiata is looking forward to deploying Totara in the market, especially within academic institutions, which are forecast to outspend corporate buyers by 2016.” “This partnership will offer a successful deployment of the digitization in school systems, public sector and corporate with a premium service,” said Andy Kirk, Totara’s Channel Partner Manager. “It is a fantastic opportunity for Totara to bring not only open source learning platforms, but eLearning and digital solutions to the market.” About Totara Totara Learning Solutions, backed by Kineo, Kineo Pacific and Catalyst IT, is a global alliance dedicated to fundamentally changing the nature of the LMS software market.  Totara is a packaged distribution of the open source platform, Moodle, and is available on a subscription basis which provides on-going support and enhancements. Totara can reduce a corporate enterprise's learning management costs significantly whilst providing some of the most advanced learning management functionality. Some organizations have made savings of more than 80 percent compared to proprietary systems. From a simple concept; that open source software, developed with an active community, can deliver real benefits in learning and development for corporate organizations, comes a big vision; to transform corporate learning. Totara users come from a wide variety of sectors, including finance, retail, energy, health, government and not-for-profit organizations. Customers range from small enterprises to large multi-national corporations with over 200,000 employees - a testament to Totara's robust versatility and scalability. Organizations throughout the world have chosen Totara as their eLearning platform. For more information visit: www.totaralms.com.

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    NAPLES, Italy, March 19, 2014 – Docebo, the global e-learning solutions provider, has published the results of its researches into the current worldwide e-learning market. Entitled ‘E-Learning Market Trends & Forecast 2014 - 2016’, the report aims to help any decision maker needing facts and figures, statements and arguments to prove to stakeholders the added value of e-learning initiatives. The report endorses the use of online learning technologies to: Keep workforces appraised of their job functions’ developing requirements, enabling them to make a positive impact within their organization and help that organization achieve its aims and goals Aid succession planning, helping workers to acquire the knowledge and skills to help them progress within their organization Allow organizations to keep training budgets under tighter control, develop and retain existing employees and reduce the costs related to external human resources recruitment, selection and on-boarding Ten highlights from the report are: Within the training industry, the e-learning sector – and all its subsectors (packaged content, platform, and authoring tools) - has grown consistently in recent years. There is universal agreement that the worldwide e-learning market will show fast and significant growth over the next three years. The worldwide market for self-paced e-learning, said to be $35.6b billion in 2011, is estimated to be growing, overall, at some 7.6 percent a year. According to recent regional studies, the Asian market is showing the highest annual growth rate, at 17.3 percent; followed by Eastern Europe, Africa, and Latin America at 16.9 percent, 15.2 percent, and 14.6 percent, respectively. The market for learning management systems (LMS) has exceeded growth predictions in recent years, currently being worth some $2.55 billion worldwide. Within the Cloud solutions universe - which is changing the way organizations, employees and partners interact and collaborate - Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is playing a major role and is helping to increase the size of the e-learning market Surveys show that SaaS brings: speed of implementation; savings on capital expenditures, and savings in terms of operational expenses. The corporate training market is among the most cyclical within the education industry. Since 2010, employers’ spending on training and the amount spent per employee have been declining. However, the corporate market related to outsourced services (net of all ancillary costs) has grown to reach 42 percent of total expenditure. With the inflow of an estimated $6 billion of venture capital over the past five years, e-learning is being driven not only by startup dot-com entrepreneurs but also by big corporations, for-profit spin-off ventures, as well as big and small universities. Docebo CEO Claudio Erba, Docebo’s said the the report shows that general budget constraints still appear to be the main driver towards using e-learning. However, e-learning is also an efficient and cost-effective solution when workers - especially those in organizations with a widely geographically distributed workforce - need to be brought up-to-speed quickly on relevant knowledge and skills, he added. “The current speed of change means that employees need to be trained continuously in order for companies to avoid the dangers of being out-thought and out-maneuvered by competitors,” he said. “We believe these training initiatives need to be monitored and managed via a consistent and reliable tracking system – which can cope with all the growing number of learning delivery devices now being used, in line with today’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. This system’s data can be stored, consulted and analyzed as required – being used for such things as management reports on productivity and for assessing individuals’ career advancement.” About Docebo Docebo is a disruptive Cloud E-Learning solutions provider that is revolutionizing the online training market with its Software as a Service Learning Management System. Established in 2005, Docebo has over 28,000 installations worldwide, and is sold in more than 65 countries around the world. The Docebo LMS offers an enterprise solution for mid-sized to large organizations. Customers benefit from Docebo solutions thanks to a scalable pricing model, a third party integration (via API), and reliable service available 24/7 to further enhance the user experience.

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    MUMBAI, India, March 19, 2014 —Tata Interactive Systems (TIS), the world’s leading developer of learning solutions today announced the release of a new white paper “Mapping ID to Performance Needs”. TIS has developed this white paper as part of its ongoing effort to resolve the learning-performance conundrum and provide alternative frameworks for practitioners to learn from. It is evident that the world of learning and performance—workplace, higher education, and individual—is undergoing a fundamental shift. To encourage and assist in this effort, TIS’ white paper on Instructional Design (ID) methodology reviews current models like Pervasive Learning, Flipped Learning, Evidence-based Learning, Adaptive Learning Systems, and 70:20:10, with a few case studies, and includes some specific Case Studies that demonstrate the optimal path to learning. In the paper, TIS says, “There has been a significant shift in corporate learning design to suit a new multi-generational workforce and address the need to streamline the learning function. With easy access to information via the internet and social media, longer working hours, and remote working, learners want instant gratification of training needs. At the same time, research shows that while 70% of workplace learning happens on the job, 20% is achieved through coaching and mentoring. In the light of these developments, an organization needs to have a collaborative learning framework, where learners generate content and learn from each other. Shorter, focused programs address the need for knowledge that’s relevant and also act as just-in-time performance support, over multiple devices (web, mobile, etc).” The white paper also focuses on TIS’ learning effectiveness evaluation framework called EAR – Evaluation, Analysis, and Revisit, and serves as a blueprint for the Learning and Development function in the current business environment. Several of TIS’ recommendations include: Given the effort spent on developing eLearning modules, there is a greater scrutiny on the performance improvement a module facilitates. It’s not enough to learn; the learning needs to translate to performance. Course design should be about a holistic approach including performance support tools; a much broader spectrum than a pure learning-oriented philosophy. Since the opportunity cost of an eLearning program is high, there should be a clear connect between the course and performance. About Tata Interactive Systems: Tata Interactive Systems (TIS), a part of the US$ 100 billion Tata group, is the world's leading developer of learning solutions. TIS's learning solutions are designed to enable organizational initiatives across industry verticals including Education; Government and Defense; Telecommunications and ICT; Pharmaceuticals and Health Care; Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance; Airlines, Transportation, Logistics, and Hospitality; Consumer Package Goods; and Manufacturing, Energy, and Construction. With a team of over 800 multi-disciplinary specialists, TIS creates 5000+ hours of learning content across 220+ concurrent projects every year. TIS's solutions have proven their effectiveness at more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, leading educational institutions, and government departments.

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    BRISTOL, U.K., March 21, 2014 – CM Group, a global leader in the field of innovative learning solutions comprising interactive eLearning and mobile learning, has confirmed providing the complete one-stop solution for large mobile learning rollouts. With the recent addition of full Windows 8 support alongside iOS and Android, CM Group’s Luminosity range of products now enables: Responsive HTML5 authoring tools to produce high quality, fully interactive, responsive learning content optimised for smartphones and tablets. Cloud based mobile learning platform, which supports Tin Can and serves multiple different types of learning and support assets to learners wherever they may be. Full range of BYOD native learning and corporate communications Apps for iOS, Android and Windows 8, enabling full offline learning and activity tracking. Tim Buff, Chief Learning Strategist at CM Group, said his company has now implemented these advanced solutions at scale in some of the largest companies in the world, proving the technology and the exciting educational benefits available with mobile learning. “With our in-house content creation capability, CM Group are able to populate the technical delivery solution with really excellent learning materials and job aids, or clients can use the authoring tools themselves to create their own content,” he said. CM Group has recently announced a number of mobile learning projects, which combine imaginative training solutions and ground breaking Luminosity technology. Buff added that his company has added Microsoft, RBS, QNB, Three, EE and many other leading, innovative organizations as customers for Luminosity products. “Our customers like the full end-to-end solution approach and the fact that this industry leading technology has been adopted by such big trusted organizations,” he said. About CM Group CM Group specializes in the design and creation of advanced learning solutions for large international organizations. Using Luminosity Studio, our advanced collaborative, rapid authoring software, we are the largest creator of bespoke HTML5 based eLearning courses in the UK. Our proven, end-to-end mobile learning solutions include responsive HTML5 content for tablet and smartphone consumption, cloud based hosting and delivery via the Luminosity Motion mobile learning platform, and the Luminosity Mentor range of BYOD Apps for offline consumption and tracking. Our clients include Microsoft, RBS, QNB, Virgin Trains, NHS, Three, MOD, BAE and many more leading organizations.

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    NEW YORK CITY, NY, March 24, 2014 – There are ten key trends helping to shape the current landscape of organizational training and development, according to research by AMA Enterprise, a division of American Management Association. “AMA has tracked a number of developments — some major, some minor — affecting T&D that must be understood as well as adapted to current market realities,” said Jennifer Jones, Director at AMA Enterprise, which provides organizations with assessment, measurement and tailored learning solutions. “For instance, workers are becoming much savvier when it comes to tapping into company leadership programs and external development opportunities. There’s also steady globalization, pressure for greater transparency and an expectation by senior management that these efforts pay off in some measurable way. Every development professional must be attuned to these trends.” The key trends identified by AMA Enterprise are: The definition of ‘leader’ is broadening. A majority of large organizations now consider individuals to be leaders based on their impact, not on their authority or position. Increasingly, a leader is viewed as “anyone, whether they manage others or not, who is a top-performer in their specific role.” Management faces a more risk-averse workforce. A growing proportion of the workforce has become risk-averse, probably due to the sluggish economy and weak job market. Management must assess its own responsibility for this phenomenon and determine if the organization really encourages initiative or risk taking. Demand for “Big Data” skills is growing sharply. A greater volume of information is now at the disposal of organizations today, but employees lack the analytical skills to deal with such complex data, and management is now pressed to provide the needed training. More organizations avoid the term “high potential”. There is a growing reluctance to call candidates for accelerated career development “high potential“. The term may suggest that other employees do not have much potential, which is not a healthy message to convey, either to them or to the organization. Selection for high potential programs is becoming more impartial. Companies now seek to make the application process for such programs more systematic and impartial. Anticipate greater transparency on performance criteria, changes in corporate strategy, more flexible career opportunities, and tighter high potential selection and management succession processes. Leadership programs are being retooled for globalization. Some companies have long had a global dimension to their development initiatives. But others find they must now play catch up or lose ground in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. The top competencies for global leadership development are change management, ability to influence and build coalitions, and critical thinking and problem solving. Many organizations find themselves ill-prepared for rising turnover. One-third of employers are concerned that employee turnover may rise as the job market improves, a 2013 AMA survey found. And many companies admit they are not ready to deal with the challenge and are seeking suitable solutions. Core skills are a renewed focus. Classic programs devoted to basic skills often suffered during the recession, taking a back seat to specialized modules that met immediate business challenges. There is now greater demand for programs that develop communications skills, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity, all of which aim to improve long-term employee productivity. More and more employees now seek entry into leadership programs. If the selection process for programs once had a low profile, ambitious individuals now volunteer themselves for any kind of leadership development offering. Organizations realize they must find ways to meet this growing demand. Growing focus on developing individual contributors. More than one in three organizations have stepped up efforts to develop individual contributors. So-called high potential candidates from the management ranks often get all the attention, while individual contributors hardly figure in development programs. Yet these are key constituents within every organization—core players who get things done despite having no direct management authority. Change has always been constant in the T&D sector, observed Jones. “Some change is obvious, but other change is less so. Development professionals must prepare and be able to respond to change in all its forms,” he said. About AMA Enterprise With more than 85 years’ experience and headquartered in New York, American Management Association is a global leader of comprehensive talent development. AMA Enterprise, a specialized division of AMA dedicated to building corporate and government solutions, transforms enterprise-wide talent to fuel a culture of innovation, high performance and optimal business results. 

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    Cary, NC – March 27, 2014 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2014 Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies Selection to this year's Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies List was based on the following criteria: • Industry visibility, innovation and impact • Capability to deliver multiple types of training services • Company size and growth potential  • Strength of clients • Geographic reach “The Top 20 Training Outsourcing companies leverage their broad expertise to provide quality training BPO services for their clients,” said Doug Harward, Chief Executive Officer, Training Industry, Inc. “We continue to see deals touching all process capability areas, with average deal size remaining low.” “This year’s Top 20 Companies offer an extensive range of training services and partnerships to support deals covering all regions globally,” said Ken Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Training Industry, Inc. “The companies showed continued growth in keys areas like program delivery and custom content development.” Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com.  View the 2014 Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is on helping dedicated business and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    NAPLES, Italy, March 31, 2014 – Docebo, the global e-learning solutions provider, announced an exclusive partnership with Birmingham, U.K.-based GuyKat Solutions Ltd. This is a key milestone in the growth plans of both businesses, with Docebo further establishing its presence in the UK market, and GuyKat deepening its solution offering to UK-based companies. Guy McEvoy, GuyKat’s Managing Director, said that his company is on the cusp of an explosion in the use of eLearning in the workplace. “All serious organizations invest in people but the reality is that classroom training is expensive and inefficient,” he said. “People see the benefit of adding eLearning but, too often, have been put off by poor quality content and the perceived costs of doing it well. We’re ripping up those perceptions.” He added that Docebo is the right product at the right time. “It’s a cloud-based SaaS solution and it combines ease-of-use with enterprise grade features at a fraction of the traditional cost,” McEvoy said. “The pricing model means that, while it’s already a ‘no-brainer’ for large organizations, we’re now making this type of capability affordable to the SME market. We’re privileged to bring this game-changer to the U.K. and Ireland.” Claudio Erba, CEO and Founder of Docebo, said his company is globally disrupting the e-learning market, by replacing the old ‘e-learning project’ legacy with a new, agile and affordable one. “This E-Learning service is accessible and, within minutes, can be tailored for both Mid-sized and Large Enterprises,” he said. “The partnership with GuyKat Solutions Ltd is an unprecedented opportunity for UK-based companies to access a comprehensive solution that offers a fully featured E-Learning Ecosystem.” About Docebo Docebo is a disruptive Cloud E-Learning solutions provider that is revolutionizing the online training market with its Software as a Service Learning Management System. Established in 2005, Docebo has over 28,000 installations worldwide, and is sold in more than 65 countries around the world. The Docebo LMS offers an enterprise solution for mid-sized to large organizations. Customers benefit from Docebo solutions thanks to a scalable pricing model, a third party integration (via API), and reliable service available 24/7 to further enhance the user experience.

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    TEMPE, AZ, April 2, 2014 – The new Maricopa Corporate College, part of Maricopa Community Colleges, has announced Marriott International as a client in its first year of existence. The move to start a corporate college, Maricopa’s leaders say, is a result of state budget cuts, forcing the two-year system to get more entrepreneurial. Corporate colleges cater to the training needs of companies, including recent hires and workers who need to learn new skills. Programs are typically non-credit and customized based on the employer’s needs. They can be online or in person, and taught either on a college campus or taken directly to a company. Some of the most common programs are in management training, English as a second language, information technology, advanced manufacturing and welding Read more about Maricopa’s success here. About Maricopa Community Colleges The Maricopa Community College system is one of the largest in the nation. We are: Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain (and SouthWest Skill Center), GateWay (and Maricopa Skill Center), Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain; the system also includes satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes Valley-wide. www.maricopa.edu.

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    MELBOURNE, Australia, April 2, 2014 — IMC, a digital learning provider, has taken a number of initiatives this year to further strengthen its commitment to the Australian market, while providing local organizations with a leading advantage when it comes to learning technology solutions. The visionary Learning Management and e-learning solutions company has seen its customer base grow steadily in Australia since arriving three years ago. It has recently expanded local operations, offering dedicated local support, training, implementation, solution design and consultancy services. Last month, the team expanded with several new passionate and highly skilled members who have been specifically chosen to support Australian customers. Australian customers can now benefit from IMC’s 15 years of experience, highly flexible and configurable solutions and best of breed user experience, whether it be on web or mobile, when choosing a Learning Management System. Further showing their commitment to the Australian market they have invested in building AVETMISS data capture and reporting ability organically into the system processes for Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) to painlessly do their necessary reporting to government for accredited trainings. IMC offers its solutions “in the cloud” along with Software-as-a-Service options that are hosted on-shore in secure Australian data centers, that ensure maximum performance, scalability and complete cost control, while ensuring no data leaves Australian borders. Regional Director, Russell Donders said it is an exciting time at IMC, both internationally and in Australia. “We are currently going through a wave of really major innovations with our products,” he said. “And, it is really satisfying helping Australian organizations stay ahead of the game when it comes to learning and developing their people”. About IMC: IMC is an international leading full-service provider for digital learning. The product and service portfolio ranges from bespoke e-learning content, authoring and publishing solutions to learning and talent management suites. Multimedia and video productions as well as business process guidance and compliance solutions are also an integral part of IMC´s offering. Worldwide, IMC´s all-embracing technologies and services support more than 1,000 companies, public institutions and educational establishments of all sizes and in all sectors in the planning, developing and implementing of mature HR development strategies. On the MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform www.opencourseworld.com, interested parties from students to managers benefit from free publically available academic teaching. The company has its headquarters in Saarbrücken, branches in Munich and Freiburg and subsidiaries in Australia (Melbourne), Great Britain (London), Austria (Graz), Romania (Sibiu) and Switzerland (Zurich). IMC is also represented with partner offices in numerous other countries.

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    DENVER, CO., April 2, 2014 — getAbstract, the world's largest provider of business book summaries, and Triple Creek, a leading provider of enterprise social learning and knowledge sharing software, have launched an integrated solution that will provide mutual customers with access to getAbstract’s business book summaries directly from Triple Creek’s social learning platform. Recommended getAbstract summaries will be featured for River social learning participants through River’s patent-pending matching algorithm based on such factors as the competencies they identify and the social learning engagements they are involved in. “Micro-learning is the wave of the future. People just don’t have time to sit through days of training or read hundreds of pages of a book. They need information and insights right now, so that they can immediately apply it to their jobs and in turn be more productive,” said Randy Emelo, president and CEO of Triple Creek. “Integrating getAbstract’s business book summaries directly into River offers people a great way to get the critical information and concepts they need while immersed in a River learning experience. Sharing with others about concepts they read and collaborating with peers on timely issues just reinforces the learning and helps them put concepts into action.” Sorting through the constant influx of new content is one of the biggest challenges of providing effective learning resources for teams. getAbstract makes it easy by putting thousands of new publications through a rigorous selection process and only summarizing the most relevant, useful knowledge. Each getAbstract summary is organized into a concise format that highlights the most important concepts and strategies from leading business books, TED talks and economic reports. Users can choose from over 10,000 summaries, in 7 languages, and they are available 24/7 on PCs and mobile devices. River, winner of a 2013 Gold Brandon Hall Excellence Award for Best Advance in Social Learning Technology, helps organizations expand meaningful learning through competency-centered learning engagements that have structure and goals connected to them. The matching algorithm in River makes smart recommendations to help participants connect with the right people, content and topical groups so that they get the most from their learning activities. Through this process, River provides participants with suggested getAbstract summaries that are relevant to their learning needs within the framework of River’s social learning experience, ultimately helping people put content into context. In the 2013 HCM Advisory Group “A Pulse on Social Learning” state of the industry report, researchers found that 63.9 percent of organizations are motivated to use social learning to support a culture of learning. They also report that 53.3 percent of organizations are using social learning to support communities of practice. The integrated solution between getAbstract and River can help companies achieve these outcomes. “Bringing expert business book summaries into the context of social learning elevates the power of both, and it can help companies support their employees in a dynamic way that lets them learn, connect, collaborate, and apply their new findings in much more meaningful and powerful ways,” said Michel Koopman, Chief Executive Officer at getAbstract, Inc. “This helps employees make informed and intelligent decisions that impact their daily work and the success of their company.” About Triple Creek Triple Creek is the market leader for enterprise knowledge sharing software. Since its inception, the company has helped hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies create and manage dynamic learning networks for broad cross-functional knowledge sharing and collaborative learning throughout their organizations. Their River enterprise social learning and knowledge sharing software has been recognized for excellence by industry research firms Bersin by Deloitte and the Brandon Hall Group. Used by companies such as Humana, Sodexo, McDonald’s, and AT&T, River helps companies create and facilitate dynamic learning networks for broad cross-functional knowledge sharing and collaborative learning across the enterprise. River meets a variety of knowledge sharing needs, such as learning groups, SME and peer-to-peer training, career development, on-the-job productivity, modern mentoring, peer coaching and more. Since connections are based on competencies and experience levels, River brings true learning and structure to employees’ engagements in a way that impacts their daily work lives — and in a way that no other software does. For more information, visit www.triplecreekriver.com. About getAbstract Founded in 1999, getAbstract is a leading online media company with a mission to help business professionals make better decisions and turn them and their companies into more successful entities by finding, expertly compressing and providing universal access to critical business knowledge in a format that can be quickly and easily absorbed. Millions of users worldwide subscribe to its on-demand compressed knowledge. Its solutions include a library of more than 10,000 getAbstract business book summaries, TED Talk briefs and compressed financial reports, available in text and audio format on popular platforms. Over one-third of Fortune 100 companies use getAbstract to help their employees to make more informed decisions and to drive business performance. For more information, please visit www.getabstract.com.

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    Cary, NC – April 3, 2014 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Training Outsourcing Companies Watch List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2014 Training Outsourcing Companies Watch List Selection to this year's Training Outsourcing Companies Watch List was based on the following criteria: • Industry visibility, innovation and impact • Capability to deliver multiple types of training services • Company size and growth potential  • Strength of clients • Geographic reach “The Training Outsourcing Watch List companies demonstrate the depth of the BPO services available to training organizations, and suggest continued market strength,” said Doug Harward, Chief Executive Officer, Training Industry, Inc. “This year’s Watch List showcases several new and interesting entrants to the market,” said Ken Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Training Industry, Inc. “The strength of the custom content development services, resourcing, and the ability to handle a comprehensive project set this group apart from other applicants.” Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com.  View the 2014 Training Outsourcing Companies Watch List About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is on helping dedicated business and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Seattle, WA, April 4, 2014 – NetDimensions announced today that Switzerland-based Uster Technologies, a global market leader in textile quality control, has chosen NetDimensions Talent Suite as Secure SaaS in order to provide training to its employees all over the world. NetDimensions, a global provider of performance, knowledge, and learning management systems, announced today that Switzerland-based Uster Technologies, a global market leader in textile quality control, has chosen NetDimensions Talent Suite as Secure SaaS in order to provide training to employees all over the world.  Uster Technologies is the premier quality reference point for textile producers worldwide. The company has over 60 years’ expertise in testing and monitoring solutions dedicated to the production of the finest fibers, yarns, and fabrics. Uster Technologies offers its clients know-how, industry expertise, and customer support – underpinned by an exclusive range of quality control instruments. “We were looking for a truly global company, which would be able to provide us with solutions that meet our specific requirements and help us improve our organizational performance,” explained Uster Technologies CEO Geoffrey Scott. “We evaluated several vendors and solutions, and in the end we chose NetDimensions, because it is a global company that could meet all our specific requirements and because it is well-known for their innovations on the mobile front.”  About Uster Technologies Ltd The Uster Group is the leading high-technology instrument manufacturer of products for quality measurement and certification for the textile industry. The Group provides testing and monitoring instruments, systems and services that allow optimisation of quality through each individual stage of textile production. This includes raw textile fibers, such as cotton or wool, all staple fiber and filament yarns, as well as downstream services to the final finished fabric.  About NetDimensions Established in 1999, NetDimensions is a global provider of performance, knowledge, and learning management systems. NetDimensions provides companies, government agencies and other organizations with talent management solutions to personalize learning, share knowledge, enhance performance, foster collaboration, and manage compliance programs for employees, customers, partners and suppliers. Recognized as one of the top-rated learning technology suppliers in overall customer satisfaction, NetDimensions has been chosen by leading organizations worldwide including ING, Cathay Pacific, Hunter Douglas, Chicago Police Department, Geely Automotive, Fugro Group, and Fresenius Medical Care.

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    COLUMBIA, Md., April 4, 2014 — Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation completed its previously announced acquisition of the Effective-People and Effective-Learning companies, leading providers of human capital management (HCM) solutions, including sales and support of the full SAP SuccessFactors Business Execution (BizX) Platform, eLearning and blended learning solutions, as well as recruitment and employee development services. Effective-People and Effective-Learning will operate as a part of GP Strategies' Learning Solutions group as of April 1, 2014. Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark since 1988, Effective-People and Effective-Learning have performed over 160 cross-platform HCM implementations in over 70 countries. Effective-People and Effective-Learning have HCM expertise and partnerships with industry leaders, including SAP and SumTotal. This acquisition will create a hub for support of HCM software and services throughout Europe, with global capabilities to support multilingual rollouts.  Scott Greenberg, GP Strategies' Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The addition of both Effective-People and Effective-Learning helps expand our position in the human capital management market and our global custom content development capabilities. Our combined strength will allow us to continue to scale to meet the growing needs of our customers." About GP Strategies GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies' solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. Additional information may be found at www.gpstrategies.com.

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    CARY, NC, April 7, 2014 –Training Industry, Inc. announced the launch of a new book addressing how to systematically maximize training’s value in today’s radically transformed business environments. “What Makes a Great Training Organization?”, a book co-authored by the company’s CEO Doug Harward and COO Ken Taylor, serves as an evidence-based practice guide helping focus efforts where they deliver the greatest value. Both experts spent seven years identifying and validating specific processes and practices associated with outstanding training organization performance. “This book is based on unprecedented research, and it helps you define priorities that tightly align with business goals and objectives,” said Taylor, who is responsible for business operations for Training Industry’s web media, publishing and marketing services. “It also helps you choose the best practices that can realistically be implemented to get results.” Harward added that the book identifies eight sets of training processes proven to drive the greatest sustainable performance improvements. “This book helps you build on what you already do well, while achieving excellence on the business metrics that matter most,” said Harward, an internationally-recognized leading strategist for training and outsourcing business models. Visit www.ftpress.com/trainingindustry for more information. About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Its focus is on helping dedicated business and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    NEW YORK, NY, April 8, 2014 – Learning technologies provider Epic has announced the official launch of a brand-new authoring tool called, gomo 2.0. gomo is the first software as a service (SaaS) authoring tool that allows users to create their own fully responsive and adaptive HTML5 e-learning. The tool publishes content that works automatically on desktops, smartphones and tablet devices. Managing Director Mike Alcock said that there is no authoring tool like gomo on the market, and it is constantly evolving and updating to meet the needs of its users. “We are delighted to be releasing gomo. Having shown the product at several exhibitions across the world,” he said. “It’s clear there’s a huge demand for an online authoring e-learning tool that creates truly responsive and adaptive HTML5 content.” Alcock added that too many legacy standalone desktop tools cannot cope with the modern multi-device world. “They still force users to create multiple versions of courses or just fail to deliver content to tablets or smartphones,” he said. “gomo solves all of these problems and, because it’s in the cloud, users can collaborate and start work straight away.” Individuals and teams can build, customize and publish their own e-learning programs, making this a budget-friendly tool for organizations of any size. gomo shares a position in the dynamic Learning Technologies Group (LTG) alongside e-learning experts Epic, who has played a pivotal role in contributing to the new authoring tool with 27 years of e-learning expertise. Epic’s specialist knowledge of mobile technology and multi-device learning design ensures that gomo benefits from a solid heritage and has best practice learning design at its forefront. About Epic Epic is a global provider of learning technologies, including bespoke e-learning, multi-device learning, mobile learning, platforms and learning consultancy. Epic is a subsidiary of the Learning Technologies Group PLC.

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    CARPINTERIA, Calif, April 8, 2014 – lynda.com, an online education company, today announced that it has acquired Compilr, a software coding and development environment that allows people to learn, write, compile and test code from their browser. The acquisition is part of lynda.com’s growth strategy and underscores its commitment to providing members with the best personal and professional development resources available. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of software developers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.” lynda.com has always been forward looking in providing course offerings that meet growing demand for a wide variety of skills in business, technology and creative. “The acquisition of Compilr reflects our dedication to providing members the best way to learn across a variety of segments, whether we build or buy to achieve those goals,” said Eric Robison, president and CEO of lynda.com. “We recognize the growing market demand for programming language instruction and are committed to providing a broad range of high-quality computer programming courses. This aligns with our learning philosophy and allows us to maintain and grow our market leadership.” Compilr’s learning environment will complement the lynda.com programming courses that have been a longtime staple in its online library. Compilr focuses on core programming languages that are the basis of modern web applications, smartphone and tablet applications. The interactive development environment supports more than a dozen of the top programming languages with technology and resources that cater to the needs of beginner and experienced programmers. Compilr becomes a service of lynda.com. About lynda.com lynda.com is an online education company that helps anyone learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. The company also provides German-, French- and Spanish-language content under the video2brain brand name.

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