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    Hong Kong; January 24, 2013 - NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY), a global provider of performance, knowledge, and learning management systems and an IBM PartnerWorld business partner, will showcase the NetDimensions Talent Suite at IBM Connect 2013 in Orlando, Florida. Jay Shaw, NetDimensions’ Managing Director and CEO, said: "We are delighted to announce that we have recently been approved as an independent software vendor partner by IBM and will be exhibiting at the IBM Connect conference later this month." The NetDimensions Talent Suite includes the following applications: NetDimensions Learning, an award-winning, multi-lingual Learning Management System. NetDimensions Exams, a powerful exam engine for high-stake assessments. NetDimensions Performance, a state-of-the-art Performance Management System. NetDimensions Analytics, a business intelligence application based on talent and HR data. NetDimensions Talent Suite relies on NetDimensions’ fully integrated, organically developed software platform that is available in 37 languages globally. The suite supports 21 CFR part 11 compliance requirements and it is available as both secure SaaS and on-premise deployment options. The NetDimensions Talent Suite applications are available as standalone solutions or can be integrated with social enterprise platforms such as IBM Connections. This is achieved via the NetDimensions SDK, a set of development tools and APIs that enables organizations to easily and securely integrate learning, knowledge, and performance management functionality into portal sites, external applications, or mobile devices. NetDimensions will also showcase the NetDimensions Talent Slate, an innovative mobile app specifically for the iPad and Android tablets that is based on an intuitive, search-based interface and allows both online and offline use. NetDimensions Talent Slate enables mobile learning and performance support at the point of need. IBM Connect delegates can learn more about NetDimensions’ solutions at pedestal A26 from January 27-31 at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.  About NetDimensions Established in 1999, NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY) 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 talent management industry's top-rated technology suppliers in overall customer satisfaction, NetDimensions has been chosen by leading organizations worldwide including ING, Cathay Pacific, Hunter Douglas, Chicago Police Department, Delphi Automotive, and Travelex. NetDimensions is ISO 9001 certified and NetDimensions hosted services are ISO 27001 certified. For more information, visit www.NetDimensions.com or follow @netdimensions on Twitter.  Media Contact Robert Torio Senior Marketing Manager +852 2122 4500 media@netdimensions.com

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    Epic, leaders in learning technologies and E-learning Company of the Year, announces a new partnership with Docebo, the successful and rapidly growing cloud-based LMS provider. Docebo will be joining Epic at Learning Technologies on Stand 56 where they will be demoing their popular Docebo Cloud and Docebo Premium platform products.  Epic’s learning platform service offering will be enhanced by Docebo’s true Software as a Service (SaaS) product, which offers a range of in-built features and reporting with a cost-effective price point. This cloud-based service features on-demand pricing so that organisations can subscribe instantly and launch in minutes, allowing immediate installation with the option of expanding usage over time.  “Docebo is globally disrupting the e-learning market by replacing the concept of a single sprawling LMS that is difficult (and expensive) to implement and maintain with an agile and affordable cloud-based service,” said Dale Solomon, Epic’s Commercial Director. “We’re excited about this new partnership with Docebo which allows us to offer an excellent product that we think our clients will embrace.”  As the primary UK partner of Docebo, Epic will support the learning platform delivery at every stage of the project from specification and development to integration and implementation, and even through to end-user support.  Visit Epic and Docebo on Stand 56 to learn more.  About Docebo: Docebo is a cloud-based e-learning solutions provider that is revolutionising the online training market with its Software as a Service (SaaS) Learning Management System. Both Docebo Cloud and Docebo Premium are designed for both SMBs and enterprises and offer an easy entry point thanks to a scalable pricing model. 

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    Standard CIP-004 requires that personnel having authorized cyber or authorized unescorted physical access to Critical Cyber Assets, including contractors and service vendors, have an appropriate level of personnel risk assessment, training, and security awareness. The awareness requirements indicates that the Responsible Entity shall establish, maintain, and document a security awareness program to ensure personnel having authorized cyber or authorized unescorted physical access receive on-going reinforcement in sound security practices. The program shall include security awareness reinforcement on at least a quarterly basis using mechanisms such as: Direct communications (e.g., emails, memos, computer based training, etc.); Indirect communications (e.g., posters, intranet, brochures, etc.); Management support and reinforcement (e.g., presentations, meetings, etc.). Global Training Solutions Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada has just released their new 2013 NERC CIP Security Awareness Poster Program, providing eye-catching communication solutions to satisfy the requirements of the CIP-004 R1 Compliance Standard for utilities, municipalities and cooperatives.  Each electronic poster contains security based topics informing employees on various elements of proper security practices to help increase awareness and adoption of compliance with current standards.  Global Training Solutions Inc.’s team works closely with your organization to customize each poster’s message to meet your specific requirements suited for your environment and culture.  Features  Branded with company logo Customizable to fit your environment and culture Interesting and informative presentation Full colour High resolution Alluring graphics Downloadable as a PDF Printable up to 11’ X 17” Monthly and quarterly subscriptions available   Benefits  Consistent message delivery to all employees Message accessible 24/7 via company intranet access Visible message can be displayed in high traffic areas in any office or plant environment Demonstrates commitment to security Year round awareness Eye catching to increase awareness and compliance with current standards Uniform and efficient presentation Helps increase widespread adoption of security practices within any organization  To request additional information, please send your e-mail requests to info@globaltrainingsolutions.ca or by calling 416-806-5777.  Also, please visit our website at:  www.globaltrainingsolutions.ca  Global Training Solutions Inc.P.O. Box 260673163 Winston Churchill Blvd.Mississauga , OntarioCanadaL5L 5W7   Tel. (416) 806-5777 Email: info@globaltrainingsolutions.ca Website: www.globaltrainingsolutions.ca

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    Harrisburg, PA and Hagerstown, MD – JPL and d’Vinci Interactive today announced that d’Vinci Interactive, a creative team that specializes in web and e-Learning development, has been acquired by JPL, an integrated and strategic marketing agency based in Harrisburg, PA. d’Vinci Interactive will maintain its identity and operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of JPL in its Hagerstown, MD location.  “At d’Vinci Interactive, our mission has always been to deliver great work, establish trusted relationships with our clients, and to build a positive and exciting work environment,” said Mason Scuderi, chief operating officer at d’Vinci Interactive. “We feel confident that this is the right move for our employees, our business and our clients as JPL shares similar values and has complementary capabilities.”  The acquisition will provide new capabilities for d’Vinci Interactive and enhance depth of expertise and resources for both companies. JPL provides clients with creative marketing, internal communications and learning solutions. JPL also has in depth media production and interactive development capabilities serving clients such as The Hershey Company, New Holland Agriculture and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. d’Vinci Interactive specializes in application development and e-Learning serving clients such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Park Service and the American Board of Pediatrics.  “We are excited to welcome d’Vinci Interactive to the JPL family,” said Luke Kempski, president at JPL. “Collectively, our experience in interactive development and e-Learning make us a powerful team. Through this partnership, we have additional resources and capabilities to serve a broader market of clients.”  As d’Vinci Interactive will remain independent, the location, employees and commitment to quality service will be unchanged. The same executive leadership and account teams will largely remain the same, with the addition of Luke Kempski, president at JPL, serving as CEO at d’Vinci Interactive. Luke will help drive the company’s growth strategy and align synergies between the two businesses.  For more information about the acquisition or to learn more about JPL or d’Vinci Interactive capabilities, please visit www.jplcreative.com or www.dvinci.com.  ###  About JPL: JPL crafts strategically inspired communications that connect with people and affect what they do. JPL is an integrated agency specializing in digital, B2B marketing and advertising, media production and internal communications. Founded in 1989, the firm services leading regional, national and global organizations. Learn more at www.JPLcreative.com. About d’Vinci Interactive: d’Vinci Interactive creates custom web, mobile and e-Learning applications that are secure, scalable, visually appealing, and intuitive. d’Vinci’s clients include the American Board of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health, the National Park Service, the Center on Congress at Indiana University, and many others. Since 1994, d’Vinci has served leading businesses, national associations and government agencies. Learn more at www.dvinci.com.

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    SAN FRANCISCO and SANTA MONICA, Calif., February 7, 2013 – Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), a leading cloud solutions provider, and Appirio, a global services provider and one of the largest human capital management (HCM) technology consultancies, today announced they have formed a strategic global relationship. Appirio will become a preferred service provider for Cornerstone’s cloud-based talent management solutions. The teaming of the two companies also allows Appirio to broaden its existing talent management solution.  “Cloud, mobile and social technologies have changed everything, especially the way employees find jobs, engage in the workplace and grow in their careers,” said Chris Barbin, CEO of Appirio. “Few get this as well as Cornerstone, which has created and continues to evolve its solutions with these shifts in mind. Cornerstone is a perfect complement to our existing HCM capabilities and will be a great addition to partnerships we currently have in place with leading cloud companies.”  As a preferred service provider, Appirio will work with Cornerstone’s clients and prospects to design and deliver a comprehensive and highly impactful talent and learning management solution. These capabilities will become part of Appirio’s broader HCM portfolio, which help organizations move people-based processes such as recruiting, onboarding, core HR, performance management, learning management and employee engagement from tactical to transformational.  Cornerstone can now tap into Appirio’s team of global experts, along with the company’s integrated Cloud Enablement Suite and its fast-growing CloudSpokes developer community, to extend Cornerstone’s solutions and services. Appirio will provide full service offerings including strategy consulting, governance and process design, project management, deployment and integration, and content creation.  “Appirio’s experience in helping more than 500 enterprises apply cloud technology in innovative ways, through their work with companies like salesforce.com, Workday and Google, makes teaming with them great for both Cornerstone and our clients,” said Adam Miller, founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. “Talent management has become an increasingly essential component of empowering the new workforce. By managing people strategies in the cloud, organizations are better positioned to effectively meet the ever-changing needs of the global workforce.”  According to research from IDC, the worldwide HCM market is forecasted to reach $11 billion in 2016.1 According to Lisa Rowan, program director, HR, learning and talent strategies for IDC, “Despite economic uncertainty in various parts of the world, human capital management investments have remained strong, driven in large part by SaaS and next-generation talent management software solutions. More organizations are migrating to integrated, cloud-based solutions that allow them to gain a global view into their workforces, evenly apply talent management efforts, streamline operations and achieve more with their current resources.”  Useful Links: ●      Listen to “The Changing Face of HR Technology” webinar from Jason Averbook, Chief Business Innovation Officer at Appirio ●      Read commentary on the new relationship from Appirio and Cornerstone  About Appirio Appirio is a global services provider who uses crowdsourcing and cloud, social and mobile technology to help enterprises reimagine their business and become more agile. Appirio brings together technology expertise with a deep understanding of the way people work, and the nearly limitless skills of a crowdsourcing community of 70,000+ developers, to help enterprises transform relationships with their customers, partners and workforce. Appirio has worked with more than 500 enterprises, including organizations like Facebook, Intuit, Japan Post Network, L'Oreal, McGraw-Hill, NetApp, The Four Seasons, and Virgin America.  The company is backed by Sequoia Capital, GGV Capital and General Atlantic.  About Cornerstone OnDemand Cornerstone OnDemand is a leading global provider of comprehensive learning and talent management solutions. We enable organizations to meet the challenges they face in empowering their people and maximizing the productivity of their human capital. Our integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution consists of the Cornerstone Recruiting Cloud, the Cornerstone Performance Cloud, the Cornerstone Learning Cloud and the Cornerstone Extended Enterprise Cloud. Our clients use our solution to source and recruit top talent, develop employees throughout their careers, engage employees effectively, improve business execution, cultivate future leaders, and integrate with their external networks of customers, vendors and distributors. We currently empower over 10.3 million users across 186 countries and in 38 languages. www.csod.com # # #  Cornerstone® and Cornerstone OnDemand® are registered trademarks of Cornerstone OnDemand Inc.   IDC, “Worldwide Human Capital Management Applications 2012-2016 Forecast: Market Continues Strong,” May 2012

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    ELKRIDGE, Md., Feb. 12, 2013-- Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) announces the release of Seven Prompts: Actions for Leading and Learning, authored by Mike Koper, Senior Projects Specialist and thought leader for GP Strategies.  Seven Prompts: Actions for Leading and Learning is a collection of Koper's "seven" articles focused on considerations and suggestions that will help readers recognize opportunities to improve workforce performance. Focus areas discussed in the eBook include the following: Seven Self-Identifying Prompts for Tomorrow's Global Leader  Seven Critical Prompts to Avoid Management Missteps Seven Timely Prompts for Global Leaders to Manage Functional Teams Seven Prompts to Elevate Intellectual Horsepower  Seven Critical Prompts for Problem-Solving Reports  Seven Listening Prompts for Tomorrow's Growth Leaders  Seven Clarification Prompts for Transformation Into Leadership Success To learn more, or to view a copy, visit: http://bit.ly/Wq5R0X. About GP Strategies GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical 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. © 2013 GP Strategies Corporation. All rights reserved. GP Strategies and the GP Strategies logo design are trademarks of GP Strategies Corporation. SOURCE GP Strategies Corporation For further information: Jamie Coffey, Director, Communications, +1-443-255-3400, jcoffey@gpstrategies.com

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    SANTA MONICA, Calif., February 12, 2013 – Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based talent management software solutions, today announced the availability of Cornerstone for Salesforce on the Salesforce Platform, the world’s leading cloud platform for social and mobile business applications. Cornerstone for Salesforce embeds learning management directly into the Salesforce Platform, so that clients can tailor training programs for their sales and service organizations to provide seamless access to sales enablement and just-in-time training from within Salesforce. Comment on the News ·         “Cornerstone continues to innovate to ensure our clients have the most advanced learning and talent management solutions in the market to manage the evolving needs of today’s global workforce,” said Adam Miller, founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. “Cornerstone for Salesforce provides our clients with a superior way to increase sales effectiveness, by providing training at the time of need. As a long-time salesforce.com client, we are pleased to collaborate with salesforce.com and leverage our learning and talent management expertise to deliver next-generation cloud solutions.” ·         “The future of enterprise apps is social, mobile and connected,” said Ron Huddleston, senior vice president, ISV & Channel, salesforce.com. “Companies such as Cornerstone OnDemand are leveraging the power of the Salesforce Platform to give customers the tools they need to accelerate customer success in the social era.” ·         "Cornerstone OnDemand is embracing the future of work by addressing real-time learning and training within valued business applications such as Salesforce," said Yvette Cameron, Vice President and Principal Analyst for Constellation Research. "By combining the power of the Salesforce platform and Cornerstone's learning management expertise, Cornerstone for Salesforce provides the opportunity for organizations to maximize their CRM investment while creating a more dynamic, social learning culture." Increase Productivity and Boost the Top Line with Social and Mobile Cloud Technologies Leading companies including LinkedIn, Box and Medtronic rely on Cornerstone for Salesforce to deliver essential knowledge and training for their products and services to employees and external collaborators worldwide. With more than 10 million subscribers using its award-winning learning and talent management SaaS solution, Cornerstone understands the value of leveraging social, mobile and cloud technologies to support modern workforces. Tapping into the power of the Salesforce Platform allows Cornerstone to embed training, development and knowledge-sharing into the way salespeople work on a daily basis. In turn, this helps organizations maximize their existing salesforce.com investment and drive new levels of sales efficiency and productivity. Product Key Features Accessible via Web browser and on any mobile device, Cornerstone for Salesforce capabilities include: ·         Traditional e-Learning, with the ability to create powerful and tailored instructor-led and virtual training, as well as host, manage, track and analyze training programs. ·         Just-in-time training, offering access to real-time information when and where it is needed and building triggers that prescriptively launch training based on change in status or activity. ·         Development plans that enable continuous improvement of sales organizations by identifying skills gaps and prescribing ongoing training. ·         Certifications and compliance that captures sales and partner knowledge and ensures compliance standards are met. ·         Social learning that allows users to collaborate and share experiences that can help to better enable and prepare the sales force. In addition to the Salesforce Sales Cloud, Cornerstone for Salesforce is fully compatible with other popular Salesforce applications. Cornerstone for Salesforce integrates with Salesforce Chatter to complement formal training programs with social learning opportunities, allowing customers to collaborate, share knowledge and recognize achievements. Cornerstone for Salesforce also complements Salesforce Work.com by aligning sales coaching, goal setting, sales motivation and performance management with learning and development.Salesforce Service Cloud users can use Cornerstone for Salesforce to efficiently educate service and training teams and to help ensure superior customer service. And Salesforce Customer/Partner Portal users can leverage the application to accelerate customer and partner proficiency – and in turn reduce support costs.  For more information about Cornerstone OnDemand, visit www.csod.com. To follow Cornerstone on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/cornerstoneinc. To follow Cornerstone OnDemand on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/csodcommunity.   About the Salesforce Platform and the AppExchange The Salesforce Platform is the world’s most trusted and comprehensive cloud platform for building social and mobile cloud apps. It powers Salesforce CRM, more than 2.3 million custom apps built by customers and more than 1,700 apps developed by partners in its ecosystem. Social apps for business built on the Salesforce Platform can be easily distributed and marketed through salesforce.com’s AppExchange. About Cornerstone OnDemand Cornerstone OnDemand [NASDAQ: CSOD] is a leading global provider of comprehensive learning and talent management solutions. We enable organizations to meet the challenges they face in empowering their people and maximizing the productivity of their human capital. Our integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution consists of the Cornerstone Recruiting Cloud, the Cornerstone Performance Cloud, the Cornerstone Learning Cloud and the Cornerstone Extended Enterprise Cloud. Our clients use our solution to source and recruit top talent, develop employees throughout their careers, engage employees effectively, improve business execution, cultivate future leaders, and integrate with their external networks of customers, vendors and distributors. We currently empower over 10.3 million users across 186 countries and in 38 languages. # # #

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    Hagerstown, MD – Educators, students and others have a new iPad/iPhone app to help them better understand the terms and concepts around genetic research. Working closely with Dr. Jeff Witherly at the National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), d’Vinci Interactive recently developed the Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms HD app that is now available for free on the iTunes App Store.  The Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms features more than 250 common genetic terms pronounced and explained by leading scientists and professionals. The explanations are easy to understand and feature illustrations and animations that bring them to life. Users of the app can also take the “Test Your Gene IQ” quiz. Each quiz randomly pulls definitions and challenges users to select the correct term from a list. By taking quizzes, students can master the terms and prepare for exams. The app also helps students cite a term from the Glossary in a research paper.  “We’re excited to see students use the Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms on the iPad,” says Mason Scuderi, d’Vinci’s chief operating officer. “We’re hoping this tool will engage more students and researchers in the exciting developments and applications of human genomics.”  The Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms is one of many mobile learning applications developed by d’Vinci Interactive for its clients. To view additional information and download the app, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/talking-glossary-genetics/id596245582?mt=8.   About d’Vinci Interactive: d’Vinci Interactive creates websites, web and mobile applications and e-Learning experiences for education and training purposes. Since 1994, the Maryland based firm has served leading businesses, educational institutions and government agencies. d’Vinci is a wholly owned subsidiary of JPL, a Pennsylvania based integrated, strategic communications agency.  

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    Capita to acquire Northgate Managed Services Limited from Northgate Information Solutions for an enterprise value of £65 million. This comprises £22 million payable in cash consideration and, in addition, the assumption by Capita of a pension deficit of £17m net of tax relief and finance leases for equipment used in the business of £26 million. Northgate Managed Services (NMS) provides cloud-based, infrastructure solutions and specialist managed services to public, private and third sector businesses. NMS made a pro forma operating profit for its financial year to 30 April 2012 of £10 million on a turnover of £141.6 million.  Commenting on the acquisition, Paul Pindar, Chief Executive of Capita plc, said: “As the pressure mounts for businesses to gain efficiency, technology has a growing role to play. By combining NMS’s managed IT services with Capita’s complementary business process and IT outsourcing capabilities, Capita will enhance its offering to clients and enable them to transform the way they do business.” Headquartered in Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland, NMS has approximately 1,000 employees and a local IT services delivery centre. Completion of the transaction is subject to approvals from the necessary parties. Separate divisions to NMS are being retained by Northgate Information Solutions.  

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    lynda.com, an online learning company, today announced its acquisition of video2brain, GmbH, a European-based online video training company that specializes in German-, French-, Spanish- and English-language courses. lynda.com announced this acquisition less than one month after the news of its $103 million growth equity investment that positioned it for expanded opportunities in technology, content and international expansion. “This acquisition is an investment in our future as we see a huge growth opportunity in new and emerging markets that demand multi-lingual educational content,” said Eric Robison, lynda.com president and CEO. “We have long envisioned the company providing content in multiple languages. The two options were to organically grow that capability from scratch, or find a company aligned with our culture and business model. What video2brain has built in 11 years is impressive and we are fortunate to welcome their employees, members, partners and authors to lynda.com.” Now a branded division of lynda.com with a team of more than 60 people, video2brain provides an extensive multi-lingual library of 1,700 video courses covering many of the same categories as lynda.com. Based in Graz, Austria, the video2brain brand has over 400,000 subscribers who purchase access to the library either through individual and multi-user subscriptions, or through DVD and single-course downloads. “Having video2brain become part of lynda.com creates a powerful fulfillment of some of our company’s most strategic goals,” said Lynda Weinman, co-founder and Executive Chair of lynda.com. “We welcome the video2brain staff into our family and I am confident in our ability to create an impact on education–and on people’s lives–with more reach, momentum and relevance than ever before.” “Since I founded the company, our mission and passion has been to create a great worldwide learning experience,” said Gerhard Koren, who founded video2brain and will remain with lynda.com as a strategic advisor for international markets. “By becoming a part of the lynda.com family, we can bring to bear what’s great about both companies so that our shared vision of online education is closer to being realized.” Founded in 1995, lynda.com provides software, technology, creative and business skills training to more than two million people worldwide through its comprehensive library of over 87,000 high-quality instructional videos taught by 250 recognized industry experts. In 2012, the company earned more than $100 million in revenue. video2brain, founded in 2002, has also successfully delivered outstanding instructional content created by industry experts in multi language online course libraries and on DVD. About lynda.com: lynda.com is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, more than two million people have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts and filmed at the company’s 12-acre, state-of-the-art campus in Carpinteria, California. The company also provides German-, French-, and Spanish-language content under the video2brain brand name. Founded in 1995 and incorporated in 1997, lynda.com is led by co-founders Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin and president and CEO Eric Robison. Learn more about the lynda.com story at www.lynda.com/press and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lynda.

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    Scottsdale, AZ – February 13, 2013: Michaels & Associates recently launched another release of the Percolate LMS™ that makes building a simple quiz and survey a “no-brainer.”  “The Quiz Builder was the next logical step in our LMS development process and we find it complements the other features available in the Percolate LMS nicely.” said Sherry Michaels, President of Michaels & Associates. “Now you can add a scored quiz or basic survey to your custom course content with no programming skills required. We’ve had a number of people ask for this easy-to-use feature, and we’re happy to accommodate their request.”  For details on how to create a simple quiz or survey using the Quiz Builder within Percolate, there is an online tutorial available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/KV8eXUnro74.    About Percolate LMS™ ─ It’s Just that Simple Based on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, the Percolate LMS leverages the web and eliminates the need to install software on a company network. Accounts begin with a 30-day trial at no charge. Percolate offers flexibility with four monthly subscription plans. Plans start at $99/month for 25 active users and increase to $1499/month for 2000 active users, with custom plans for companies with more than 2000 active users. When signing up for a monthly subscription, account holders will continue using Percolate as they have from the first day. There is no need to start over.  For more information, go to www.percolatelms.com.   About Michaels & Associates Docntrain, Ltd. As a full-service custom training content development company, Michaels & Associates consultants have earned their stripes building e-learning for their clients' LMSs since 1998. Michaels & Associates believes in effective, instructionally sound training that improves employee performance. All projects are learner focused to ensure maximum learning retention and on the job performance. Working collaboratively with clients, Michaels & Associates ensures their training materials fit the time, budget and demands of business.  Specialties include: Online Training, Instructor-Led Training (ILT), Web-Based Training (WBT), Mobile Learning, E-learning, Learner Certainty Assessments (LCA), Blended Learning, Percolate Learning Management System (LMS), Online Help, Technical Writing  For more information, go to www.mnalearning.com.    Michaels & Associates strongly believes in providing the best value LMS coupled with top-notch support so you can try, buy and succeed in days, not months. Set up your free, no-hassle Percolate LMS account today. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how simple tracking learning can be.

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    ELKRIDGE, Md., Feb. 26, 2013 -- Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) today reported financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2012. Overview of Fourth Quarter 2012 Results: Revenue of $106.0 million for fourth quarter of 2012, up $12.1 million or 13% compared to $93.9 million for fourth quarter of 2011 Operating income of $10.2 million for fourth quarter of 2012, up $2.0 million or 24% compared to $8.2 million for fourth quarter of 2011 EBITDA of $12.4 million, up $2.1 million or 21% for fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $10.3 million for fourth quarter of 2011 Cash flow from operations of $8.3 million for fourth quarter of 2012, up $2.7 million or 47%  compared to $5.6 million for fourth quarter of 2011 The Company's revenue increased 13% or $12.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. The revenue growth was driven by previously completed acquisitions combined with strong organic growth. The Learning Solutions, Sandy Training & Marketing and Energy Services segments achieved double-digit organic revenue growth during the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 due to increased training services for several new and existing customers. Operating income increased 24% or $2.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2012 primarily due to a $3.2 million increase in gross profit which was largely attributable to organic revenue growth. Net income was $6.1 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $5.9 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011. The fourth quarter 2011 results include a $0.9 million, or $0.05 per share, income tax benefit due to the reduction of a tax liability. Excluding this item, diluted earnings per share increased $0.06 during the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company achieved record revenue of $401.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, resulting in a 21% overall increase and 10% organic growth over 2011.  Operating income increased 28% or $7.7 million in 2012 to $35.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. Net income was $22.7 million, or $1.18 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to $17.9 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2011. "GP Strategies achieved record results for 2012, with strong organic growth and contributions from acquired businesses continuing in the fourth quarter," commented Scott N. Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer of GP Strategies. "Our free cash flow of approximately $22.8 million in 2012 enabled us to continue to make strategic acquisitions while maintaining a strong balance sheet. By our acquisition of BlessingWhite, we strengthened our ability to deliver comprehensive leadership and professional development services to customers on a global basis. We anticipate continued investment in our global platform in 2013." Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights As of December 31, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $7.8 million compared to $4.2 million as of December 31, 2011. The Company had no short-term borrowings or long-term debt outstanding and had $50 million of available borrowings under its line of credit as of December 31, 2012. Cash provided by operating activities was $25.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to $16.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. During the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012, the Company repurchased 127,000 and 180,000 shares, respectively, of its common stock in the open market for approximately $2.5 million and $3.4 million, respectively, in cash. Investor Call The Company has scheduled an investor conference call for 10:00 a.m. ET on February 26, 2013. In addition to prepared remarks from management, there will be a question and answer session on the call. The dial-in numbers for the live conference call are 800-750-5849 or 212-231-2919, using conference ID number 21650133. A telephone replay of the call will also be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. on February 26th, until 12:00 p.m. on March 12th. To listen to the replay, dial 800-633-8284 or 402-977-9140, using conference ID number 21650133. Presentation of Non-GAAP Information This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization). The Company believes this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors in evaluating the Company's results. This measure should be considered in addition to, and not as a replacement for, or superior to, either net income, as an indicator of the Company's operating performance, or cash flow, as a measure of the Company's liquidity. In addition, because EBITDA may not be calculated identically by all companies, the presentation here may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. For a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most comparable GAAP equivalent, see the Non-GAAP Reconciliation – EBITDA, along with related footnotes, below. 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. Forward-Looking Statements We make statements in this press release that are considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements are not guarantees of our future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause our actual performance or achievements to be materially different from those we project. For a full discussion of these risks, uncertainties and factors, we encourage you to read our documents on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in our periodic reports under the forward-looking statements and risk factors sections. Except as required by law, we do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. TABLES FOLLOW GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) Quarter ended Year ended December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 2012 2011 Revenue $105,985 $ 93,892 $401,572 $333,167 Cost of revenue 86,560 77,626 329,601 276,533   Gross profit 19,425 16,266 71,971 56,634 Selling, general and administrative expenses 9,280 8,037 35,500 30,249 Gain on reversal of deferred rent liability - - - 1,041 Gain (loss) on change in fair value of contingent consideration, net   74   11   (789)   517 Operating income 10,219 8,240 35,682 27,943 Interest expense 94 60 269 209 Other income 127 159 389 657    Income before income tax expense 10,252 8,339 35,802 28,391 Income tax expense 4,115 2,399 13,114 10,531    Net income $   6,137 $   5,940 $  22,688 $ 17,860   Basic weighted average shares outstanding   19,083   18,778   18,956   18,766 Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 19,333 19,050 19,275 19,010   Per common share data:   Basic earnings per share $    0.32 $    0.32 $     1.20 $     0.95   Diluted earnings per share $    0.32 $    0.31 $     1.18 $     0.94 Other data:   EBITDA (1) $   12,397 $   10,257 $   44,042 $   34,787 (1)    The term EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company believes is useful to investors in evaluating its results. For a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most comparable GAAP equivalent, see the Non-GAAP Reconciliation – EBITDA, along with related footnotes, below.   GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION (In thousands) (Unaudited) Quarter ended Year ended December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 2012 2011 Revenue by segment: Learning Solutions $ 46,119 $  35,729 $161,455 $130,392 Professional & Technical Services 19,953 23,755 87,844 85,285 Sandy Training & Marketing 19,160 15,303 70,243 54,604 Performance Readiness Solutions (2) 12,984 13,183 55,794 40,079 Energy Services 7,769 5,922 26,236 22,807 Total revenue $ 105,985 $  93,892 $401,572 $333,167 Gross profit by segment: Learning Solutions $  8,902 $  6,628 $  31,355 $  22,325 Professional & Technical Services 3,158 3,874 13,194 14,279 Sandy Training & Marketing 3,172 2,545 10,954 8,116 Performance Readiness Solutions (2) 1,724 1,198 7,762 4,662 Energy Services 2,469 2,021 8,706 7,252 Total gross profit $  19,425 $  16,266 $ 71,971 $ 56,634 Operating income by segment: Learning Solutions $  4,538 $  3,391 $  16,487 $  9,700 Professional & Technical Services 1,536 2,044 5,717 7,526 Sandy Training & Marketing 1,611 1,213 4,897 3,018 Performance Readiness Solutions (2) 541 (51) 2,548 601 Energy Services 1,919 1,632 6,822 5,540 Gain on reversal of deferred rent liability - - - 1,041 Gain (loss) on change in fair value of contingent consideration, net   74   11   (789)   517 Total operating income $  10,219 $  8,240 $  35,682 $  27,943 Supplemental Cash Flow Information: Net cash provided by operating activities $  8,312 $  5,638 $  25,312 $  16,199 Capital expenditures (381) (1,578) (2,536) (3,975) Free cash flow $  7,931 $  4,060 $ 22,776 $  12,224 (2)    Formerly called the RWD segment.   GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Non-GAAP Reconciliation – EBITDA (3) (In thousands) (Unaudited)   Quarter ended   Year ended December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 2012 2011 Net income (4) $  6,137 $  5,940 $ 22,688 $  17,860 Interest expense 94 60 269 209 Income tax expense 4,115 2,399 13,114 10,531 Depreciation and amortization 2,051 1,858 7,971 6,187 EBITDA $  12,397 $  10,257 $ 44,042 $ 34,787 (3)    Earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) is a widely used non-GAAP financial measure of operating performance. It is presented as supplemental information that the Company believes is useful to investors to evaluate its results because it excludes certain items that are not directly related to the Company's core operating performance. EBITDA is calculated by adding back to net income interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA should not be considered as substitutes either for net income, as an indicator of the Company's operating performance, or for cash flow, as a measure of the Company's liquidity. In addition, because EBITDA may not be calculated identically by all companies, the presentation here may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. (4)    Net income includes the following infrequently occurring or acquisition-related amounts: Income tax benefits of $1,602,000 in the third quarter of 2012 and $891,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011 on the reductions of uncertain tax position liabilities. Net gain of $74,000 and net loss of $789,000, on the change in fair value of contingent consideration for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012, respectively, for which no income tax benefit is recognized, compared to net gains of $11,000 and $517,000 for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011, respectively.   GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Dollars in thousands) December 31, 2012 2011 Current assets:    Cash and cash equivalents $     7,761 $       4,151    Accounts and other receivables 83,597 67,134    Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts   16,979   15,576    Prepaid expenses and other current assets 10,143 8,863       Total current assets 118,480 95,724 Property, plant and equipment, net 5,511 5,562 Goodwill and other intangibles, net 118,693 108,460 Other assets 1,750 1,830       Total assets $ 244,434 $   211,576 Current liabilities:    Accounts payable and accrued expenses $   47,457 $     42,500    Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts       21,877   17,266       Total current liabilities 69,334 59,766 Other noncurrent liabilities 7,763 8,416       Total liabilities 77,097 68,182 Total stockholders' equity 167,337 143,394       Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 244,434 $   211,576   © 2013 GP Strategies Corporation. All rights reserved. GP Strategies and the GP Strategies logo design are trademarks of GP Strategies Corporation.

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    March 5, 2013—Provo, UT— Slacking co-workers cause a quarter of their hard-working colleagues to put in four to six more hours of work each week, according to new research from the New York Times best-selling authors of Crucial Confrontations.  The online survey of 549 people found that goodwill isn’t the only victim in this situation—productivity, satisfaction and quality also suffer. In fact, four out of five say the quality of their work declines when they have to pick up their co-workers’ slack—a huge potential blow to the bottom line when you consider that 93 percent have a co-worker who doesn’t do his or her fair share.  With such a great toll on resources, what do the majority of employees do when faced with slacking co-workers? Unfortunately, not much. The study shows that only 10 percent speak up and hold their underperforming colleagues accountable to their bad behavior.  The top five reasons employees list for biting their tongues: They don’t believe what they say will make a difference They don’t want to undermine the working relationship It’s not their place They fear retaliation They don’t know how to approach the conversation  Joseph Grenny, co-author of Crucial Confrontations, says employees often avoid holding others accountable for bad behavior due to fear of the potential risks of speaking up, while failing to consider the risks of not speaking up.  “Those who are best at holding their colleagues accountable realize that if they don’t share their concerns with a slacking co-worker, they will have to live with the consequences that result from holding back their informed opinions, such as low productivity, lost revenue and strained relationships,” says Grenny.  Grenny says when we fail in our attempts to hold others accountable, it’s often because we rely on ineffective strategies such as couching, relying on nonverbal cues, passing the buck or asking others to read our mind.  Grenny offers five tips for candidly and respectfully holding co-workers accountable for bad behavior:  Suspend judgments and get curious. Perhaps your co-worker is unaware of the effects of his or her actions. Enter the conversation as a curious friend rather than an angry co‐worker. Make it safe. Don’t start by diving into the issue. Establish safety by letting your co-worker know you respect him or her and reminding him or her of the mutual goals you share. Share facts and describe the gap. Start with the facts of the issue and strip out accusatory, judgmental and inflammatory language. Then, describe the gap between what was expected and what was delivered. Tentatively share concerns. Having laid out the facts, tell your co-worker why you’re concerned. Help your co-worker see the natural consequences of his or her actions. Invite dialogue. Next, ask if he or she sees the problem differently. If you are open to hearing others’ points of view, they’ll be more open to yours.  To view an entertaining video about slacking co-workers and access an online game to test your accountability skills, visit www.vitalsmarts.com/unaccountables. About VitalSmarts: An innovator in corporate training and organizational performance, VitalSmarts is home to multiple training offerings, including the award-winning Crucial Conversations®, Crucial Confrontations®, Influencer®, and Change Anything™ Training. Each course improves key organizational outcomes by focusing on high-leverage skills and behavior-change strategies. The Company also has four New York Times best-selling books: Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, Influencer, and Change Anything. VitalSmarts has consulted with more than 300 of the Fortune 500 companies, trained more than 800,000 people worldwide and been named by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in America for eight consecutive years. www.vitalsmarts.com

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    Naples, 21/02 - Docebo, a global Cloud E-Learning solution provider, released today the WordPress “open source” integration plug-in for its Docebo Cloud E-Learning platform.  This App allows organizations around the globe to transform their WordPress websites into the next generation E-Learning portals, as it gives the opportunity to interface the Docebo E-Learning platform with any WordPress installation.  Thanks to this integration, the WordPress site owners can import their WP users into the Docebo Learning Management System, and also enable a WordPress widget to easily show to users the courses they are enrolled in within the Docebo platform.  This free plug-in can be added by the WordPress administration area, or can be downloaded from the www.docebo.com website.  Executive Quote: “Docebo is globally disrupting the E-Learning market, by consistently innovating its product offerings with new releases such as the unique Docebo App Marketplace” says Claudio Erba - CEO & Founder of Docebo. “We have released this WordPress plug-in under the Open Source license because we believe in WordPress developers contribution to the Open community, and we want to give them the opportunity to work on this plug-in  to help us improving the Docebo E-Learning experience by a WordPress user standpoint”.  About Docebo: With its technology, Docebo is a global E-Learning solution provider with customer operations and partners in 29 countries, that is consistently expanding its international presence and doubling users on quarterly base. Docebo enables companies of all sizes to plan, deliver and certify online and classroom training activities leveraging the Amazon Content Distribution Network (CDN). The main products (Docebo Cloud and Docebo Premium) are designed for both SMBs (Small and Medium businesses) and Enterprises.

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    ELKRIDGE, Md., March 1, 2013-- Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is pleased to announce the publication of the third edition of Leading Out Loud by thought leader and business partner, Terry Pearce, and the accompanying Leadership Development Program updated by GP Strategies' BlessingWhite division. Originally published in 1995, Leading Out Loud was prescient of the challenges executives would face in a networked, socially empowered world in which all leaders operate under the microscope. In this new and revised edition, Pearce explains how the events of recent years, including the information revolution, worldwide focus on terrorism, and the revelation of corporate scandals, have significantly increased the importance of  leadership communication to build loyalty in organizations. In close collaboration with Pearce, BlessingWhite created a leadership development experience that provides leaders with principles and a framework (a Personal Leadership Communication Guide) and the skills to help leaders inspire others to willingly take action to effect change. Pearce examines the distinctions of leadership communication and the role it plays in helping leaders drive results while also building an inspired, purposeful culture. Thousands of leaders from world-class organizations have benefited from Pearce's teachings thanks to the book and the companion leadership program. Now, with over two decades of experience teaching the program and a new third edition, Pearce and BlessingWhite have revisited the leadership experience and the accompanying best practices to remain absolutely current with today's leadership communication challenges. Chris Brunone, Head of the Leadership Practice for GP Strategies' BlessingWhite division, stated, "Leaders are an organization's most powerful tool in driving positive change. The impact that Terry's work has had on helping leaders engage others in creating the future has been one of the most practical and fulfilling aspects of our work. Terry has truly challenged all of us to bring more of who we are to our work. He  demands that the reader or the participant in the program develop a clear sense of purpose of what he or she is here to do." To learn more about the Leading Out Loud companion leadership program, visit: http://www.blessingwhite.com/lol. 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. © 2013 GP Strategies Corporation. All rights reserved. GP Strategies and the GP Strategies logo design are trademarks of GP Strategies Corporation.

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    Hong Kong; March 1, 2013 - NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY), a global provider of performance, knowledge, and learning management systems, announces today that it has acquired the assets, goodwill and business of eHealthcareIT for a total consideration of approximately US$3.5m. The acquisition is in line with NetDimensions’ strategy to become a premier global provider for talent management solutions for highly-regulated industries. Founded in 2004, eHealthcareIT specializes in providing e-learning and compliance solutions to the U.S. healthcare market. eHealthcareIT's solutions comprise of specialized healthcare training content that is delivered via the NetDimensions Talent Suite to clients ranging from multiple hospital organizations with over 20,000 employees to single standalone hospitals. eHealthcareIT solutions help address Corporate, HIPAA, and Joint Commission compliance requirements. The company has been a leading partner & reseller of the NetDimensions Talent Suite platform during the last six years. The eHealthcareIT business will immediately become NetDimensions Healthcare, a dedicated division of NetDimensions Holdings that will provide talent, learning, and compliance management solutions specifically to the U.S. & international healthcare market. Ken Wright, founder & CEO of eHealthcareIT, will stay on with the new combined company and become President of NetDimensions Healthcare. The healthcare industry in the U.S. is currently undergoing tremendous change. Healthcare reform is driving up demand for healthcare services and is changing the way in which healthcare institutions operate, with a renewed focus on clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and organizational efficiency. These same dynamics can be found in the International healthcare market, for example, recent events in the UK have prompted the government to commit to improved training for nurses and healthcare assistants and to appoint a new Chief Inspector of Hospitals to ensure compliance with standards of care. In this landscape, the role of learning & talent management is becoming critical in order to enable healthcare organizations to address current skills shortages and align their workforce with regulatory changes. Ken Wright, founder and CEO of eHealthcareIT, commented: “NetDimensions top quadrant learning and talent management solutions deliver technologies vastly superior to traditional healthcare-focused learning solution vendors. This merger will bring forward an exciting organic and integrated solution set geared toward the learning, talent, and compliance management needs of healthcare entities, their staff, contractors, vendors, patients, and the community they serve.” Matthew Chaloner, NetDimensions CFO, commented: “The acquisition of eHealthcareIT is giving us a very strong foothold into the US healthcare market and a great opportunity to grow this business very quickly at a global scale by leveraging our worldwide presence, established sales force, and expanding product portfolio. We have been working closely with the eHealthcareIT team for over 6 years and we are confident we will be able to integrate their business within NetDimensions at a rapid pace.”  About NetDimensions Established in 1999, NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY) 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 talent management industry's top-rated technology suppliers in overall customer satisfaction, NetDimensions has been chosen by leading organizations worldwide including ING, Cathay Pacific, Hunter Douglas, Chicago Police Department, Delphi Automotive, and Travelex. NetDimensions is ISO 9001 certified and NetDimensions hosted services are ISO 27001 certified. For more information, visit www.NetDimensions.com or follow @netdimensions on Twitter.

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    SAN FRANCISCO--Feb 28, 2013 - WCG, an integrated communications firm that is part of the W2O Group network of companies, today announced its acquisition of Partners for Medical Education, Inc. (PME), which will deepen and expand the company's direct-to-patient advocacy and education offerings for its healthcare clients. No financial terms were disclosed. Led by Sharron Ames, a 30-year integrated marketing expert with a particular focus on digital and e-marketing strategies, PME delivers best-in-class patient programs and educational materials for people living with rare diseases, chronic illnesses and life-threatening conditions. From impactful, transformative live events and webcasts that harness the power of authentic peer-to-peer communication to integrated clinical trial education programs that maximize recruitment outcomes, PME has transformed the lives of patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. “As patients become more empowered to proactively manage their diagnosis and disease, it's increasingly important to reach them through the right channels with relevant information and support,” said Diane Weiser, healthcare practice lead at WCG. “We're excited to combine the power of WCG's analytics, Word of Mouth Marketing and digital technology expertise with Sharron and her team's deep understanding of the patient journey to create valuable patient education experiences on behalf of our clients.” Ames has more than two decades of experience in direct marketing, medical communications and education working with the top 20 pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Her passion for her job and fresh, results-oriented approach to client challenges has resulted in successful initiatives for companies large and small. Her expertise includes complicated multi-stakeholder patient and professional education initiatives, product expansion in established and new markets, and strategy development behind some 100 healthcare websites. Rounding out PME's senior team are Allison Solomon in San Francisco and Jamie Machala in Austin. Solomon brings more than a dozen years of experience in integrated marketing management, including strategy, tactical implementation, analysis and business development. For eight years, she has focused on multichannel marketing for biotechnology companies with a particular emphasis on digital channel development and engagement. Machala has a true passion for patient advocacy programs and has created and launched patient education channels and lasting content for a number of chronic illnesses, including multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and asthma. “Joining the W2O family is a natural evolution for our clients and the patients we work with,” said Ames, now a managing director at WCG. “Patient advocates are critical influencers in the healthcare continuum and now we can more effectively partner with them as storytellers to inform and enhance the lives of other patients and caregivers. We also look forward to enriching our clients' business with a 360 approach to patient programming that cost-effectively and directly address many of their increasingly complex international marketing, sales, access and reimbursement challenges.” About W2O Group Founded and led by Chairman and CEO Jim Weiss, W2O Group is an independent network of complementary marketing, communications, research and development firms focused on integrated business solutions to drive change and growth through “pragmatic disruption” for the world's leading brands and organizations. W2O Group serves clients through a network of firms – WCG, Twist, W2O Digital, W2O Ventures and BrewLife – through offices in San Francisco, New York, Austin, Los Angeles and London. For more information on W2O, please visit http://w2ogroup.com.

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    February 19, 2013--Total Training Network (TTN), a leading Learning Management System (LMS) and online training provider, officially announced today the release of the new Élan Enterprise Learning Platform. After nearly two years in development, the Élan system was designed to accommodate the changing and growing needs of TTN's larger customers and more sophisticated users. Throughout the design and development process, TTN received input from hundreds of customers around the globe regarding the new learning platform. "Our team developed this system from the ground up starting with a sophisticated proprietary database design," said TTN President, Jerry Cox. "We then built the entire system around a social layer, which connects everything. Because all users can share all knowledge, it's really a Social Learning Management System." The Élan system provides maximum flexibility to accommodate even the most complex organizational structures. It also provides unprecedented on-screen flexibility of all functionality using definable and movable "gadgets." The intuitive system includes an easy-to-use reporting tool, which can provide thousands of measurements and performance reports. Additional features of the Élan system:  Integration with company-specific social networking tools Unprecedented customization options Over 1,000 standard report options and unlimited flexibility in custom reporting Content authoring capabilities for quizzes, coursework, surveys, etc. Full globalization support   TTN released their first LMS, called the TTNLearning Legacy LMS, in 2001. That system continues to be supported and used by companies of all sizes around the world.  Contacts  TTN Public Relations marketing@ttnlearning.com Robin Morgan, Linnihan Foy Advertising 612-238-3007 robin@linnihanfoy.com   About Total Training Network Since 1995, Total Training Network has helped clients improve, grow and achieve company and employee goals using e-learning, in-house training and mobile-based training courses. TTN's LMS uses full-motion video streaming with interactive learning for maximum results. Their course offerings cover a vast array of subjects including sales, management, team building, human resources, marketing, computer, and safety. Their corporate headquarters is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information, visit www.ttnlearning.com.

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    Herndon, VA – March 5, 2013 – The Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, a leader in executive education, announced today the launch of the Welch Way online leadership and management training program, available through Udemy’s massive open online course (MOOC) platform.  Designed for corporate and individual users, Welch Way offers uniquely engaging and interactive self-paced courses that teach the proven leadership and management skills developed by legendary business leader Jack Welch.  Welch was Chairman and CEO of General Electric for 21 years and for the past decade has been an active adviser to dozens of companies of all types and sizes, including many in the digital arena.  His management philosophy is practiced at thousands of companies worldwide and studied in most renowned MBA programs.  He is the founder of the Jack Welch Management Institute and is deeply involved in the creation of the Welch Way curriculum. The Welch Way online leadership and management training program launched today brings together practical, relevant business skills and tools that will allow leaders at all levels of business to set their mission and values, galvanize their teams, and swiftly deliver improved  results.  The program’s learning process comes via a flexible platform, available for either computer or mobile devices, that includes tools and dashboards for ease of use.  Through the new Welch Way program, employers now have an online learning system available to easily and economically help them close their leadership skills gap, cultivate more effective managers, and develop talent-rich environments. “This new Welch Way system gets right at what it takes to win for a company – improving the knowledge and skills of your people,” Jack Welch said yesterday.  “To stay competitive, you’ve got to get every brain in the game. This course does that – and more efficiently than any method I’ve ever seen. It’s a great way to get everyone in your organization on the same page and moving in the same direction with renewed energy and commitment.” According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) 2012 Global Talent Management Survey, business skills topped the list of development priorities for the upcoming year, with leadership development also a key goal.  Furthermore, according to a recent survey by the ROI Institute, only 8 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs believe that current training solutions demonstrate a business impact.  The design of Welch Way aims to address both of these areas. “In a world awash with content, Welch Way stands above other curricula because of its significantly advanced approach to workforce training and the fact that it is based on years-long experience with meeting leadership development needs at all levels of business,” said Dennis Yang, President and Chief Operating Officer of Udemy. “We know that learning happens on the job, not just in classrooms.  The flexible and dynamic learning experience we are providing with the Welch Way is perfectly suited to the unique needs of corporate users and individual participants, who can consult with an on-demand team of experts from the Jack Welch Management Institute to ensure a personalized experience.” The first Welch Way course, Leadership in Action, covers topics of urgent import, including: Putting your mission in action Creating a culture of differentiation Knowing how to hire great people Developing candor and trust Making tough calls, and Rewarding risk the right way. Courses in the areas of managing change, strategy development, team leadership, and career management, will be released in the near future.  Each course offers 10 hours of content and contains four core components: video lectures by Jack Welch, an in-depth self-assessment tool to establish baseline understanding and course expectations, robust learning materials such as written lectures and insightful commentary from the Dean of the Jack Welch Management Institute, Danny Szpiro, Ph.D., and an actionable playbook with downloadable materials.  Online corporate training programs have traditionally been slow to fully leverage advanced technology and the latest in effective learning methodologies.  Employee learning programs also have been built around rigid theories and linear responses to corporate scenarios – a mismatch against the complexity and pace of today’s ever-accelerating business environment. “Having a simple and effective program to immediately improve business results is what our clients kept asking us to create,” said Dean Sippel, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Jack Welch Management Institute. “We set out to solve this big problem in the best way, and this program hits a home run in battle-tested management principles, practical curriculum, application to improving operating performance, and the best of MOOC innovation and interactivity.”  Welch Way courses are available to individual users for $500 each.  Corporate pricing plans are available.  For more information or to register for the training, visit www.welchway.com. # # # About The Jack Welch Management InstituteThe core mission of the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University is to provide students and organizations with the proven methodologies, immediately actionable practices, and respected credentials needed to win in the most demanding global business environments. By teaching the performance and people-driven management canon of Jack Welch and other renowned business leaders, the Jack Welch Management Institute prepares Executive MBA and Executive Certificate program graduates to transform their companies and careers. For more information, please visit http://jackwelch.strayer.edu. About Strayer UniversityStrayer University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been in operation since 1892. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, human resource management, education, health services administration, public administration, management and criminal justice to working adult students at 100 campuses in 24 states and Washington, D.C., as well as worldwide via the Internet. Strayer University also offers an executive MBA online through its Jack Welch Management Institute. 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     February 26, 2013--Winners in the Seventh Annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service, an international competition recognizing excellence in disciplines that are vital to business success, were unveiled last night at a gala ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada. Delta Air Lines and CubeSmart won three Gold Stevie Awards each, more than any other organization in the competition. Winners of two Gold Stevie Awards are AllClear ID, Capital One Bank, the United Kingdom’s EE, Kohl’s Department Stores, Marsh U.S. Consumer, OppenheimerFunds, PetRays, Richardson, VIZIO, and VMware. A complete list of all Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards by category is available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/Sales. Winners in the fourth annual People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Customer Service, as determined by more than 211,000 public votes, were also awarded at the event to organizations including Constant Contact, Portugal Telecom, India’s TATA Motors Ltd., and Germany’s Zalando. The presentations were recorded and will be broadcast by the Business TalkRadio Network (http://www.BusinessTalkRadio.net) at 8:00 pm ET on Wednesday, February 27. The awards are presented by the Stevie Awards, which organizes several of the world’s leading business award shows including the prestigious International Business Awards. More than 360 professionals from around the world attended the event. More than 1,100 entries from organizations worldwide were submitted to this year’s competition, an increase of 10% over 2012. Finalists were determined by the average scores of 120 professionals worldwide, acting as preliminary judges. Entries were considered in 30 categories for customer service professionals, including Contact Center of the Year, Award for Innovation in Customer Service, and Customer Service Department of the Year; 41 categories for sales and business development professionals, ranging from Senior Sales Executive of the Year to Sales Training or Coaching Program of the Year to Sales Department of the Year of the Year; and categories to recognize new products and services and solution providers. More than 140 members of eight specialized judging committees determined the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging. About The Stevie Awards The Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com, and follow the Stevie Awards on Twitter @TheStevieAwards. Sponsors and supporters of the 7th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service include the Business TalkRadio Network, PrintingforLess.com,and ValueSelling Associates.

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