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    Downers Grove, IL− June 23, 2015− Becker Professional Education, a global leader in professional education and a part of DeVry Education Group, announced the latest updates to its CPA Exam Review materials. The enhancements include updates to its Audit and Regulation exam review courses to better prepare students for success on the CPA Exam. In addition, Becker’s Final Review study tool has been redesigned to make the last hours of study leading up to the exam easier, more effective and more engaging. “Becker strives to have its content mirror the CPA Exam so there are no surprises on exam day,” said Angie Brown, director of accounting curriculum at Becker Professional Education. “Our new Final Review course — built with proprietary interactive e-book software technology — can provide that boost to help solidify students’ knowledge and build their mental endurance for exam day, regardless of whether they’re first-time test takers or retaking an exam section.” The updated CPA Exam Review course covers: SSARS No. 21, Statement of Standards for Accounting and Review Services 2015 tax law Revisions to IRS Circular 230 Becker’s new Final Review, a complement to the CPA Exam Review course, now includes: All-new lectures delivered in short snippets to optimize study time Materials organized to focus on topics most likely to be tested on the exam Questions tightly aligned with lectures to reinforce understanding of key concepts A full suite of integrated learning tools for note-taking, highlighting, searching, etc. 40 hours of video lectures Over 850 multiple-choice questions More than 120 task-based simulations In addition, students can now supplement with: 1,400 flashcards Additional multiple-choice questions for select topics Becker has a dedicated team of nearly 100 curriculum and subject matter experts who focus on developing the most up-to-date and relevant course materials. Their work means that students who prepare with Becker pass the CPA Exam at double the rate of non-Becker candidates*. In fact, since 2005, over 90 percent of all Elijah Watt Sells Award winners — the nation’s top scorers on the CPA Exam — have prepared with Becker’s CPA Exam Review. About Becker Professional Education Becker Professional Education, a part of DeVry Education Group is a global leader in professional education serving the accounting, project management and healthcare professions. Nearly half a million professionals have prepared to advance their careers through its CPA Exam Review, ACCA® Courses, CMA® Exam Review, PMP® Exam Review, USMLE® Review, and Continuing Professional Education courses. Throughout its more than 50-year history, Becker has earned a strong track record of student success through world-class teaching, curriculum and learning tools that enable its students to develop the knowledge and performance skills necessary to stay ahead in an ever-changing business world. *Becker Professional Education students pass at double the rate of all CPA Exam candidates who did not take a Becker course, based on averages of AICPA-published pass rates. Data verified by an independent third-party research firm.

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    Farmington Hills, MI− June 24, 2015− Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is partnering with Skillsoft to offer online workforce training courses to help public libraries sharpen the skills of today's workforce and those entering the workforce, and support local economic development. During the most recent economic downturn, more than 30 million people reported using library computers for employment or career information, making the public library a perfect venue for education, upskilling and career development resources. "Libraries already play a strong role in supporting learning and workforce development opportunities, and by partnering with Gale to offer Skillsoft courses, they'll provide training that addresses key workplace skills desired by employers – which can open up a world of possibilities for library patrons," said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. "This new addition to Gale's suite of online learning solutions, enables public libraries to solidify their role as education hubs within their communities." Through this partnership, Gale provides public libraries access to approximately 250 courses on business, management and computer application skills, including Microsoft Office training. Courses are online, on demand and self-paced. Users can access them anywhere, anytime and on a variety of devices. Courses include interactive practice, assessment and scoring, and users can earn course completion certificates when finished. Business courses focus on practical skills like professional effectiveness, management/leadership, marketing, customer-facing skills, business communication, accounting, finance and human resources. Computer and technology training covers desktop application courses to assist Microsoft Office users, beginner through advanced, with Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access. A pioneer in the field of online learning with over 19 million users today, Skillsoft delivers highly-effective content through innovative technology. Skillsoft courses are developed by subject and online learning experts.   About Cengage Learning and Gale Cengage Learning is a leading educational content and technology company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is a global provider of research resources for libraries and businesses for more than 60 years. Gale is passionate about supporting the continued innovation and evolution of libraries by providing the content, tools, and services libraries need to promote information discovery, enable learning, and support economic, cultural, and intellectual growth in their communities.

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    Sebastopol, CA− June 24, 2015− Safari, the leading global platform for technology and business learning, announced today the purchase of the assets of Popforms, a creator of courses and tools supporting technical leaders looking to advance in their careers. With this transaction, Safari acquires all of Popforms' original content including its website, courses, videos, newsletters and interactive exercises. The acquisition of Popforms underscores Safari's ongoing commitment to supporting the complete career arc of technology and business professionals. As the world's largest online subscription library of video training courses and books for professionals, Safari connects the work of leading technology and business experts with more than 1.7 million individuals at many of the world's most innovative companies like Apple, Tesla and Google. Founded in 2013 by Kate Matsudaira, Popforms has been transforming leadership training by focusing on the unique characteristics of early career technical managers. With over 50 percent of millennials having already moved into management positions, Popforms fills an important niche with its engaging, lightweight, and digestible learning offerings. Popforms' popular "Leadership Sparks" deliver focused, bite-sized courses on the skills every manager must master, including productivity, public speaking, stress management, communication and negotiation skills--all tailored to the needs of busy professionals who need to learn as they go. Popforms was most recently named by Business Insider and Product Hunt as one of the country's "best women-founded startups." "Safari is a great resource for building not only leadership skills, but a huge range of resources for building your career," said Matsudaira. "Having been a content partner with them for the past year, it's exciting to watch the ways Popforms content will pair with other best-known works in the field." "We've known Kate and admired the Popforms approach for some time," said Andrew Savikas, CEO of Safari. "Especially their approach to helping self-starters and new leaders take charge of their careers with bite-sized and actionable tools. At Safari, we believe everyone deserves a remarkable career, and we're thrilled to be adding this set of tools to help our users get there."   About Safari Safari is the premier, mobile-friendly, online learning library for technology and business professionals. More than 200 publishers and training providers contribute over 30,000 books, instructional videos, audiobooks, and conference talks to the library. Headquartered in Sebastopol, California with offices in Boston and Arizona, Safari is a wholly-owned subsidiary of O'Reilly Media. 

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    Bangalore, India− June 25, 2015− Simplilearn, a leading global tech-ed company announced a $10 million deal to acquire Market Motive, a pioneering Silicon Valley-based digital marketing training company. The merged company, which has already helped more than 400,000 professionals in over 150 countries see $4 billion worth of pay raises, is turning its attention to an expanded presence in the U.S. where it can offer a turnkey solution to working professionals and college graduates who are trying to advance their careers. With the acquisition of Market Motive, Simplilearn, which already has an impressive catalog of over 250 online courses across industries and functions, augments its offerings in the booming digital marketing field -- where the global digital advertising spend is projected to reach $278 billion in 2019 -- with courses in social media marketing, digital advertising web analytics and marketing automation. Market Motive will continue to operate as an independent arm of Simplilearn with co-founder Michael Stebbins staying on as CEO along with his entire team. Michael will also join Simplilearn as the Chief Innovation Officer and work alongside the company’s Director of U.S operations, Prashant Parmar in strengthening Simplilearn’s presence further in North America.  “Our focus continues to providing a wide range of short term certification-based courses that have a direct impact on the learners’ career,” said Krishna Kumar, founder and CEO of Simplilearn. “The digital marketing ecosystem is at the tipping point and this is the right time for us to expand our products in this hot segment. We are impressed with Market Motive’s enriched content and domain expertise backed by industry experts apart from their approach towards online training, which fits strongly with our business strategy. We are excited about this opportunity to help and drive profitable growth, thus further enhancing value for Market Motive’s and Simplilearn’s customers.”   Based in Silicon Valley, Market Motive was co-founded in 2007 by Michael Stebbins, John Marshall and Avinash Kaushik. It builds curriculum that trains professionals on digital marketing. It also has delivered web-based certification programs to Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Home Depot, Dell, Ogilvy, Federal Express and JP Morgan Chase, and education institutes like Duke University, Benedictine University and Concordia University. The courses and certification provide authoritative cross training in SEO, web analytics, social media marketing, conversion optimization, mobile marketing, PPC advertising, and content marketing. “Market Motive set out to change the way the world learns digital marketing, and we've achieved this in many ways. Seeing how Simplilearn has scaled in helping 400,000+ people get certified and boost their careers and pay is nothing short of astounding,” said Michael Stebbins, co-founder and CEO of Market Motive. “We look forward to providing an even higher level of service, an ever-expanding list of certifications, and an enhanced customer experience through improved video delivery, user experience, and customer support. As a hiring manager, I see the need for short-term certification to put knowledgeable workers in higher-paying roles. Degree or not, the economic value of these courses is huge and it is rewarding to see lives changed through the training.”   In April 2015, Simplilearn raised $15 million in Series C funding led by Mayfield, with participation from Kalaari Capital and Helion Venture Partners to expand rapidly in the U.S and other primary markets. “Digital Marketing is a key growth strategy for most organizations today and is driving the demand for certified professionals across the industry. Short term online courses that position the participant as an expert are the future of professional education,” says Navin Chaddha, managing director of Mayfield. “Market Motive adds a fast-growing online marketing training vertical to Simplilearn as they meet a demand for e-learning expected to exceed $169 billion by 2018.” As a destination for certification training courses, Simplilearn caters to professionals across industries and functions. It offers 250+ courses, led by more than 2,000 qualified trainers and has over 40 global accreditations. It is a first choice destination for professionals seeking certification training for a range of sought after courses from Advanced Cloud Computing to Six Sigma to Big Data. With the addition of Market Motive, it has enhanced its course catalogue with analytics, online and digital marketing.  About Simplilearn As a destination for certification training courses, Simplilearn caters to professionals across industries and functions. With a large India-based back office that operates 24/7, Simplilearn provides unmatched customer experience, which handholds a customer – right from enrolling into an online course to getting Industry-recognized certificate in hand. With courses spanning vendors, industries and platforms, Simplilearn offers training for everything from Advanced Cloud Computing to Six Sigma.  About Market Motive:  Market Motive builds curriculum that trains people how to do digital marketing. The courses and certification provide authoritative cross training in SEO, web analytics, social media marketing, conversion optimization, mobile marketing, PPC advertising, and content marketing. The curriculum is used by higher education institutions like Duke University, Benedictine University, and hundreds of other institutions to supplement their classroom training, and to enhance their Continuing Education catalogs. Large agencies, media companies, and Fortune 1000 Enterprise customers work with Market Motive for customized team training programs, training their in-house marketing teams, as well as sales teams who sell advertising and marketing services.

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    Westborough, MA – June 17, 2015 - The Training Associates (TTA), the largest provider of training talent and solutions, recently announced the promotion of Jim Moore to vice president of finance. In his new role, Moore will provide overall direction and leadership for all of TTA’s financial activities. “During his term as director of finance, Jim has done an excellent job articulating the company's financial position and direction and his insight will be invaluable as we continue to grow and expand our business," said Maria Melfa, president and CEO of The Training Associates.   ABOUT THE TRAINING ASSOCIATES Founded in 1994, The Training Associates is the largest, most recognized provider of on-demand learning and development talent and solutions. TTA's talent offerings feature over 25,000 L&D resources specializing in adult learning for all technologies and business/soft skills. Our services include our ability to undertake and manage projects of any size or scope related to the design, development, and delivery of training.  

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    Salt Lake City, UT− June 29, 2015− Instructure, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company and creator of the Canvas learning management system (LMS), announced it is building momentum in K-12 schools, with large districts and consortiums of districts across the U.S. selecting Canvas as their LMS of choice. Canvas offers schools a flexible platform that works with different types of pedagogical models and easily integrates with most digital tools and resources K-12 teachers use. In addition to being user-friendly, districts are opting to use Canvas to support students' college readiness, due to its prevalence in higher education institutions. Over the past few months, Washington state schools, Texas Region 11 and the state of North Carolina have all conducted thorough evaluations and selected Canvas as their preferred LMS. "Traditional learning management systems often get in the way of teachers, who are working hard enough as it is," said Mitch Benson, vice president of K-12 at Instructure. "Systems rarely work well together and often don't prepare students for the experience they'll have in college. In contrast, Canvas is an easy-to-use platform that works for students and teachers across the K-12 and higher education spectrum." Instructure recently partnered with WSIPC to bring Canvas to the K-12 schools they represent throughout the state of Washington and other western states, which includes 280 school districts and nearly 730,000 students in more than 1,500 schools. Some of the WSIPC schools include Bethel, Edmonds, Ferndale, Franklin Pierce, Highline, Renton, Snohomish and Vancouver. In addition to being widely used by K-12 schools in Washington, Canvas is used by the University of Washington and a consortium of 34 colleges under the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. "After completing a review of the top 10 LMSs in a rubric-based evaluation, Canvas was the clear solution for us because of its unmatched focus and support on student learning outcomes," said Brooke Trisler, director of Instructional Technology at RentonSchool District, a WSIPC member district. "We chose Canvas in part because it is flexible enough to fit both our current and future needs, and it is the same system other post-secondary institutions in Washington are using." In addition to WSIPC, Texas ESC Region 11 and the state of North Carolina have selected Canvas as their official LMS. In Texas, the system will be rolled out in ten counties and will serve more than 550,000 students and 65,000 educators across 77 districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In North Carolina, the state is working with more than 200 school districts on plans to use Canvas. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, which services more than 145,000 learners, is an early adopter of Canvas. "We are very excited that our state of North Carolina added Canvas to the Home Base suite of technology tools. Having a learning management system will provide much needed synergy," said Dr. Valerie Truesdale, chief technology, personalization and engagement officer at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. About Instructure Instructure, Inc. is the software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximize the potential of people through technology, Instructure enables organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver, and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of teachers and learners at more than 1,200 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world.  

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    Saarbrücken, Germany− June 29, 2015− IMC AG has made a commitment to continuously develop its products and provide its customers with the most innovative and efficient systems available. With the Innovation Pack 5, the full-service provider for digital learning is offering an update for three of its products to the market: the learning management system − Learning Suite, the e-learning authoring software − Content Studio and the electronic performance support system − Process Guide. Acting entirely in its customers’ interests, IMC has focused this release on two major subjects currently causing a stir in the corporate world: compliance and on‑the-job training. However, this release also contains many other features geared at improving the efficiency of e-learning in your company. Easy compliance training for compliance officers If you are responsible for the implementation and safeguarding of compliance measures in your company, you will know how important legally compliant actions are in compliance critical situations. Your responsibilities include the distribution of relevant content, differentiation of the target groups, control and generation of reports for various goals and much more. These tasks can take up a lot of time − but not when you’re using the Compliance Portal by IMC. In next to no time, you can create your own compliance training, specify target groups and generate regular reports on the compliance of your employees. All these features will help you to efficiently implement an integrated compliance management system within your company. The reports, which are fully configurable depending on the objective, can be generated in a few clicks in a clear graphic layout. The new version of our electronic performance support system, IMC Process Guide, also deals with the topic of compliance in detail. For example, you can make new employees aware of current company e-mail guidelines as they are actually writing a business e-mail and you can also ask for confirmation they have received this instruction. Confirmations, rejections and any deviations from standard process are automatically logged and made available in compliance reports. If users have questions, they can directly contact the compliance officer via the Process Guide comments function. Structured support of everyday work thanks to on-the-job training The “on-the-job training” feature of IMC’s learning management system, the IMC Learning Suite, offers an efficient and clearly organised work structure. The module supports all mentor training scenarios where experienced employees share their knowledge with new colleagues. Whether apprenticeships, initial trainings, coaching or other scenarios, the module maps all learning processes into a structured and clear overview and standardises them. Thanks to the graphically appealing checklist and display of the learning progress, employees can see their tasks and their progress in the course at a glance. With just one click the supervisor can assess whether the task has been completed by the employees as well as see their relevant data. All data are stored centrally in the system and can be viewed by anyone from any terminal device. Whether you are a compliance officer, supervisor or trainee, thanks to our responsive design, you can work just as easily on your smartphone or tablet as on your desktop computer. Other new features of the IMC Learning Suite, at a glance PayPal integration now makes it possible to purchase media via your tablet or smartphone: when ready to pay you are quickly and securely forwarded to the PayPal website! Thanks to new intelligent technology, hacked smartphones and tablets can be identified and blocked for e-learning use in your company. In order to minimise possible misuse of the data, an additional access code or login details may be requested. Our “google-like” Smart Search ensures a seamless search by immediately displaying the results according to the classification! User generated content as the focus of the development The latest IMC Content Studio updates make it even easier for users to generate content. With the modern screen-recording tool, employees can create content at the click of a button and then distribute these, for example, via the cloud. In addition to screen recordings, voice and web cam recordings are also available. Thanks to the ability to simultaneously record the different media, this feature can be applied in a wide range of applications.   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 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.                                                                                

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    Larkspur, CA – June 30, 2015 – Corporate Visions, Inc., the leading marketing and sales messaging, content and skills training company, announced the launch of Power Insights™, a new product designed to help companies develop original insights-based research for use in demand generation campaigns and sales conversations. As insights-based selling approaches become more popular, this new service will help companies generate and support their distinct point of view using defensible, exclusive industry research and supporting data. The launch of Power Insights is a direct response to recent survey findings from Corporate Visions that polled 400 B2B industry professionals on their use of “insights” to shape marketing messages and sales conversations. The results found that “visionary” insights – which focus on positioning the company as a sage-like expert that defines both unconsidered and emerging needs in the market – were regarded as the most effective types of insights-based selling content. Shockingly, however, visionary insights were at the bottom of the list of content types these respondents are actually currently producing or feel comfortable creating. With Power Insights, companies will be able to develop interesting and counterintuitive market data points and then interpret that information in a way that helps prospects see the need to change. When used in tandem with Corporate Visions’ Power Positioning messaging and tools development services, companies can not only develop their own visionary insights, but also turn them into marketing campaigns and sales enablement content that breaks the status quo bias and differentiates their solution from the competition. “One interesting finding in our research is that many companies frequently use third-party data from analysts and similar sources to support their insights, but the information isn’t regarded as differentiating or powerful enough," said Tim Riesterer, chief strategy and marketing officer for Corporate Visions. "This is largely because everyone in the industry can reference those same data points. To combat this, you must create differentiated messaging that delivers an unexpected urgency and compels your prospects to make a change. The new Power Insights product helps you develop the exclusive data points that support your distinct, provocative message and then turns them into legitimate insights from your company, instead of simply regurgitating the publicly available facts like the rest of the industry.”   About Corporate Visions, Inc. Corporate Visions is a leading marketing and sales messaging, content, and skills training company that helps global B2B companies create more sales opportunities, win more deals and increase sales profitability by improving the online and sales-led conversations companies have with customers.

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    Nashua, NH− June 30, 2015− Skillsoft, a global leader in learning and talent management, today unveiled an accredited, college-level professional development certification program through Patten University, an award-winning online higher education institution. The Professional Essentials certificate, a combination of Skillsoft’s award-winning business content and Patten’s integrative assessments, focuses on helping working adults develop and expand critical skills necessary for advancing in their careers. “There is clear evidence that a traditional college degree pays off in the long run, but increasing college costs, student debt burdens and the inability to achieve immediate ROI are causing working professionals to consider alternative options for achieving their educational and vocational goals,” said John Ambrose, senior vice president of strategy and corporate development at Skillsoft. “By offering an accredited education program through Patten University, Skillsoft can help our customers support their employees in developing the skills they need to advance their careers while also cultivating an evergreen source of talent for the organization.” Research shows that over the last seven years, the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded grew by 18 percent, whereas the number of competency-focused certificates awarded was up by more than 40 percent. The partnership between Skillsoft and Patten University helps meet the rising demand for flexible, accessible, accredited learning programs that allow students to immediately apply newly-acquired knowledge and offers organizations an effective way to support their employees to build skills and improve performance. The nine credit unit Professional Essentials certificate program includes three Patten University college courses – Professional Business Skills, Business Communication, and Interpersonal Development for the Workplace – comprised of content from Skillsoft’s award-winning content solutions. The courses have been curated to align to the core competencies required to thrive in a professional environment, including communication, team building, problem solving and strategic planning. Employees of Skillsoft customers who have already completed the business library content in the Professional Essentials program can obtain the certificate, and may also apply that coursework toward an academic degree through Patten University. “Patten University’s certificates programs expand the university’s offerings beyond its core undergraduate and graduate degree programs and represent a real game changer for organizations and their employees, who can now pursue even more flexible paths to further their education and complete credentials that employers value. Forward-thinking companies can drive organizational performance and employee loyalty by investing in the continuous education of their talent,” said Dr. Thomas Stewart, president at Patten University. “This new partnership with Skillsoft demonstrates Patten University’s commitment to providing working adults with an innovative opportunity to receive a quality and accessible post-secondary education.” Recognized for its affordable tuition model, Patten University will also offer employees of Skillsoft customers a discounted tuition rate of $299 per month for its associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs. Skillsoft customers have exclusive access to this certification program and can enroll their employees today.   About Skillsoft  Skillsoft is a pioneer in the fields of learning and talent management 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, flexible delivery platforms 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. Skillsoft currently serves over 6,000 customers and more than 19,000,000 learners around the world.

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    Solihull, England− July 2, 2015− Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies is pleased to announce it has joined CDP as the first accredited UK Education and Training Partner for 2015. Having been a consultancy partner since 2013, GP Strategies will now support CDP further in its mission towards creating a sustainable global economy by providing organizations with training and learning programs to implement and support their carbon management, climate impact and environmental strategies. GP Strategies has vast experience and an in-depth understanding of market pressures, supply chain dynamics and corporate management. This places them in a unique position to be able to help organizations in the development and implementation of sustainability policies and procedures, providing full training needs analysis, design, delivery, implementation and assessment. "We are delighted to welcome GP Strategies on board as an accredited provider of education and training services in the UK. CDP has long recognized the importance of high quality greenhouse gas and carbon management training for businesses trying to reduce their emissions and help prevent dangerous climate change,” said Marcus Norton, chief partnerships officer at CDP. “GP Strategies has an excellent range of both face-to-face and e-learning training solutions for all organizations." For over a decade CDP has worked with companies to drive action towards a more sustainable world. According to the latest research by CDP there are significant benefits and opportunities for companies who disclose their climate impact – with savings of over £33 billion ($53 billion USD) seen by organizations worldwide. Training and education around this helps support and develop strategies to encourage and support businesses to reduce vulnerability. "The influence of stakeholder pressures is on the rise, giving organizations a more urgent need to assess their environmental practices," states Mark Miller, learning solutions director for GP Strategies. "We have hands on experience implementing training programs to support sustainable business practices and are looking forward to working with organizations aligned with CDP to provide training to support and drive this forward."   About CDP  CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 822 institutional investors with assets of US$95 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions. About GP Strategies GP Strategies is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, e-learning 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 Global 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. 

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    Framingham, MA & London, UK− July 09, 2015− RAIN Group, a global sales training and performance improvement company, has announced that it has expanded its operations in EMEA with a new office in London. Mike Jones, a highly skilled sales trainer and consultant, has been named practice director of its operations in the United Kingdom and Ireland. "I am thrilled to be a part of the RAIN Group team,” Jones said. "I have been running a consulting and sales training company for 11 years and in that time I have never encountered a firm with such a devotion to excellence and such responsiveness as the team here. The RAIN Group Center for Sales Research and online resources are also a huge benefit to me and my clients, and I am proud to carry the flag in UK and Ireland." Jones has more than 28 years of experience in sales and has held senior sales and marketing roles at Ernst & Young, Zurich Financial Services, St James's Place Capital, and Tite & Lewis. In 2004, he started his own sales consulting and sales training company in London, and has worked with some of the most well-known firms across the UK and Ireland, including Deloitte, BDO, Squire Patton Boggs, Towers Watson, Baker Tilly, DLA Piper, and dozens of others. Jones also provides business development coaching for consultants, lawyers, accountants, and other sales professionals. "It's great to have Mike on board,” said John Doerr, president of RAIN Group and bestselling author of “Insight Selling.” “His entrepreneurial spirit and sales training experience are not only an asset to our team, but also to the success of our clients. He brings a wealth of knowledge about complex sales, particularly in the professional services sector, and is crucial to our expansion in EMEA.” The London office is one of five global RAIN Group offices. Headquartered in the greater Boston, MA area, other office locations include Geneva, Sydney, Mumbai, and Johannesburg. RAIN Group continues to expand both domestically and abroad.

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    CARY, NC, July 9, 2015 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Top 20 Workforce Development Companies List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2015 Top 20 Workforce Development Companies Selection to this year's Top 20 Workforce Development Companies List was based on the following criteria: Industry visibility, innovation and impact Capability to develop and deliver customized corporate training services Company size and growth potential Depth and breadth of subject matter expertise Organization size and growth potential Quality of clients Geographic reach “The workforce development segment continues to adapt to meet ever-changing development needs within organizations.” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry Inc. “These companies continue to provide effective ways of improving workforce performance across all industries.” “The 2015 Top 20 Workforce Development providers are some of the strongest in the industry,” said Doug Harward, chief executive officer, Training Industry, Inc. “The companies selected are remarkable leaders in providing curriculum development, consulting and certification for corporate workforce development needs.” Email info@trainingindustry.com for thoughts or feedback regarding the list. View the 2015 Top 20 Workforce Development Companies   About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is to help dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Columbia, MD− July 14, 2015− Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation and Catalyst, a leading nonprofit membership organization dedicated to creating more inclusive workplaces, announced the launch of a new organizational leadership development learning program, Leading With Inclusion, to help build inclusive leadership capabilities at all levels of a company. BlessingWhite, a division of GP Strategies, will utilize its instructional design expertise to assist Catalyst in designing the courses and will also act as the exclusive distributor of these programs to corporations. "Catalyst research shows that inclusion has the potential to unlock the innovation that will drive companies forward," said Deborah Gillis, president and CEO of Catalyst. "Catalyst is honored to have GP Strategies join us in our commitment to creating workforces where talented women and men around the world have equal opportunity to advance and lead, and where inclusive behaviors like empowerment, accountability, courage and humility are recognized as essential leadership qualities. Through our work with GP Strategies, more individuals will be able to tap into our expertise and solutions, benefiting both employees and their companies." "We believe we can make a positive impact on individuals and organizations through an informed, pragmatic, and deliberate focus on inclusion in the workplace. Our customers believe this as well," stated Chris Rice, head of the BlessingWhite division. "Catalyst provides us the research and behaviors to make this a reality. Together we are co-designing a solution that is unique in its depth and its perspective." Organizations can access the initial course program modules today. The full suite of inclusive leadership development solutions will be completed in 2016 in alliance with Catalyst. About Catalyst Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to creating more inclusive workplaces where employees representing every dimension of diversity can thrive. With offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia and Japan, and more than 800 member organizations, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information and advice about creating inclusive workplaces. About GP Strategies GP Strategies Corporation is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, e-learning 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.

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    Toronto, Canada−July 15, 2015− Global Knowledge Canada has been honored in three of Microsoft's annual award categories for its work in teaching homeless youth valuable digital and computer programming skills at Toronto's Covenant House. Global Knowledge was named Microsoft's 2015 YouthSpark Citizenship Partner of the Year from a global field of top Microsoft partners. Global Knowledge was also recognized as the winner of the Canadian IMPACT Digital Literacy Award (submitted in conjunction with CCI Learning) and as a finalist for the Canadian IMPACT Community and Citizenship Award. The awards were presented at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, Florida, on July 12. Winners were chosen from more than 2,300 entrants from 108 countries worldwide. “I am very proud of the work our team members have been doing with Covenant House and homeless youth in Toronto,” said Scott Williams, president of Global Knowledge Canada. “We are very committed to the community that we serve, and we see that same commitment in Microsoft. It’s very gratifying to see our work recognized by Microsoft in this way.” With the goal of increasing digital literacy in mobile application and web development, Global Knowledge worked with CCI Learning, another Microsoft partner, to provide Microsoft Technology Associate courses as an introductory program to Covenant House youth. “We are thrilled that Global Knowledge is receiving this much-deserved recognition for the great work they are doing with our youth and our community,” said Bruce Rivers, executive director at Covenant House. “By teaching our kids practical digital literacy skills, Global Knowledge is helping them build more productive, independent futures. We look forward to continuing our partnership with this exceptional organization as we provide more training opportunities for our youth.” Global Knowledge has also provided training in basic computer skills, communication skills and customer service skills for Covenant House youth as part of a pre-employment program throughout 2014 and 2015. About Global Knowledge Global Knowledge is the world's leading learning services and professional development solutions provider. We deliver learning solutions to support customers as they adapt to key business transformations and technological advancements that drive the way that organizations around the world differentiate themselves and thrive. Our learning programs, whether designed for a global organization or an individual professional, help businesses close skills gaps and foster an environment of continuous talent development. Founded in 1995, Global Knowledge employs more than 1,300 people worldwide and is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina. About Covenant House As Canada's largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House Toronto provides 24/7 crisis shelter and transitional housing on-site and in the community along with comprehensive services, including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance and job training to almost 3,000 youth annually. To do all this, the agency relies on donors for about 80 percent of its $21.8 million annual operating budget.

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    Seattle, WA− July 15, 2015− A clear disconnect is occurring at organizations across the U.S. when it comes to employee satisfaction, according to a new study released by Fierce, Inc. The survey found that four out of five employees believe a toxic employee is extremely debilitating to team morale, while the same number agreed that their organizations are somewhat or extremely tolerant of these individuals. The survey conducted this spring of over 500 employees aimed to re-examine the way employees and individuals handle toxic employees and the effects they have on organizations. Three years after Fierce initially conducted the toxic employee survey, 41 percent of respondents still cite a negative attitude as the most detrimental trait an employee can have, trumping blaming others (11 percent), gossiping (10 percent), and laziness (6 percent), while 32 percent feel passive aggressiveness causes the most toxicity in an organization. The impact a toxic employee can impart within a company is extreme, and for most, the negative outweighs the good; 88 percent of employees believe a special talent or skill infrequently compensates for the negative impact of a toxic employee. While it is clear employees feel strongly that keeping negative employees around is in most cases not worth it, only 40 percent of managers would fire a negative employee. "There is a clear disconnect between an employee's stance on toxic colleagues, and how they perceive their leadership is handling these troublesome individuals," said Susan Scott, founder and CEO of Fierce, Inc. "Most of us spend a large percentage of our lives in the office, and our colleagues impact our lives significantly. When those individuals bring us down, it plays a huge role in how well we are able, and willing, to do our jobs. Organizations need to act quickly and efficiently when toxic employees rear their ugly heads, not only for the individuals affected, but for the overall health of the business." There are a number of reasons employees can become toxic, and it is important to get to the root cause of their negativity. Some possibilities can include: Feeling undervalued. Employees who feel disposable, commoditized or who don't understand their role within an organization often hold on to negative energy. No one wants to feel undervalued in such an important aspect of their lives, which can show up in a foul mood. Lack of recognition. Asking for the best of someone and giving them nothing in return, except perhaps a paycheck, can be demeaning. If an employee feels they are not being recognized sufficiently, over time they are likely to become bitter, which can turn toxic quickly. Interpersonal conflict. The survey found that over half of employees argue with their co-workers at least once a month. Not resolving these conflicts, which are inevitable, can leave an employee with feelings of helplessness and futility. Once the reason behind the toxicity is identified, Fierce recommends moving forward by communicating with everyone in the organization. Creating a culture of recognition is key to employees' happiness, which in turn will result in fewer toxic employees. If and when a toxic individual does appear, it is critical to confront the behavior head on, and if necessary, cut the cord. "There are always going to be individuals who can't move past their issues for one reason or another, or can't get out of the victim mindset," said Scott. "When this occurs, set your organization free and terminate the relationship. It may seem hard at first if their work is solid, however the havoc they are having on the organization as a whole isn't worth an individual's contribution in most cases."   About Fierce Fierce, Inc. is an award-winning leadership development and training company that drives results for business and education by improving workplace communication. Fierce creates authentic, energizing, and rewarding connections with colleagues and customers through skillful conversations that lead to successful outcomes and measurable ROI. Tailored to any organization, Fierce principles and methods translate across the globe, ensure individual and collective success, and develop skills that are practical, easy-to-learn and can be applied immediately. Fierce's programs have been successfully implemented at blue-chip companies, non-profits, and educational organizations worldwide, including Ernst & Young, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, CARE, and Crate & Barrel. Fierce has received numerous industry and business accolades.

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    Austin, TX & Columbia, MD− July 16, 2015− Bloomfire and GP Strategies Corporation announced a global partnership agreement to bring Bloomfire’s innovative, cloud-based knowledge management system to organizations across the world. The joint solution will further GP Strategies' efforts to provide the expertise and skills employees need to help their organizations perform at their peak. GP Strategies is a leading global learning, leadership, and performance consulting provider, serving clients in multiple industries. The company’s decision to leverage Bloomfire as a go-to technology for cloud-based knowledge management will allow GP Strategies' clients to offer employees extended collaboration and online access options for critical learning services. "We are committed to helping our customers achieve organizational excellence by providing flexible, customized learning and development solutions that are linked to business outcomes,” said Deborah Ung, senior vice president of GP Strategies. “Bloomfire helps us achieve this goal by rapidly enabling workers to access our content easily through multiple channels and formats in a way that suits their lifestyles. Another key benefit of the Bloomfire technology is that it creates a social environment that encourages employee collaboration and sharing of tribal knowledge, which improves engagement with our training programs and ultimately makes them more effective." Bloomfire’s award-winning knowledge management system is a flexible, easy-to-use solution that connects employees, partners and customers to the applications and information they need to get their jobs done. With Bloomfire, collaboration happens in the flow of work—from sales and marketing to service and support to employee onboarding and training—through integration with existing tools and processes, including Salesforce, Box, Google Apps, Dropbox and LinkedIn. "GP Strategies has demonstrated its leadership in the training industry through more than 40 years of solving organizations' business challenges and helping them attain ultimate performance results,” said Trey Tramonte, president and CEO of Bloomfire. “This partnership with such a respected training company significantly expands Bloomfire's global footprint through multiple industries. Our joint solution is a perfect combination of GP Strategies' robust training services and Bloomfire's social knowledge network software, helping organizations provide their employees a full learning suite in a collaborative, intuitive environment." With this agreement, GP Strategies becomes a key member of the Bloomfire Global Partner Program. The program is designed to facilitate Bloomfire's expansion beyond North America at the local, regional and global level, as well as in targeted markets that include e-learning, sales enablement and customer service. GP Strategies operates globally with offices in the United Kingdom, Middle East, Asia and the Americas. About Bloomfire Bloomfire exists to organize knowledge and expertise, and make it accessible and shareable with the people that need it most. Our easy-to-use, elegant social knowledge network software is used by thousands of employees at leading companies for social learning, customer service, and sales and marketing alignment. With Bloomfire, collaboration is easier, work gets done more efficiently, and employees and customers are more satisfied. Bloomfire is headquartered in downtown Austin, Texas. About GP Strategies GP Strategies Corporation is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, e-learning 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. 

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    Austin, TX−July 15, 2015− With its continued focus on innovative technology, ITC Partners Fund invests in Schoox, an e-learning platform experiencing explosive growth as a modern day learning management system (LMS). In this latest fund round, Schoox also named Campbell “Cam” B. Lanier III as chairman of the board. “In today’s digital marketplace, traditional training methodologies are inefficient and outdated,” said Campbell B. Lanier, III, chairman of the board. “Our team looked at almost every LMS out there and Schoox was the only LMS that built their entire architecture and user experience around mobile. It allows companies to easily build training academies with online courses and exams in minutes and use any type of training material from video, pdf to SCORM and deliver it on any device.” Schoox currently has delivered more than 2 million video lessons, including 13,000 video lectures in a single day. With the current growth rate, a new user joins Schoox every minute. “ITC Partners Fund understood we were not just building another LMS, but we were building a LMS with a comprehensive social learning, knowledge sharing, content and talent management platform,” said Lefteris Ntouanoglou, CEO of Schoox. “With our open API design and the end user experience in mind, we have delivered everything the corporate and franchise customer has been wanting for years.” Schoox was designed to have the easiest user interface so any individual and any type of business could get started immediately. However, the mobile, social, and reporting features with the scalability that large corporations and franchise organizations like Newk’s Eatery, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, TAG Mobile and Rimlogistics demanded as customers is what is driving Schoox’s exceptional growth.   About Schoox  Schoox is a global e-learning software solutions company providing training platforms for small businesses, corporations and franchises specializing in restaurant and retail industries. Redefining learning management systems, Schoox’s highly intuitive, social, mobile interface has delivered over two million video courses and serves businesses and users in over 20 countries. About ITC Partners Fund  ITC Partners Fund is a venture fund targeting privately held companies pursuing a diverse range of opportunities in technology, communications and digital growth. With a century-long legacy of innovation, ITC Partners Fund pursues innovative entrepreneurs with unique ideas, strong management teams, and a proven track record.

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    July 20, 2015− SumTotal Systems, LLC, a Skillsoft company and a leading provider of next-generation HR solutions, announced that it has appointed Peter Kokkinos as Vice President of Asia Pacific (APAC) Sales. With over 20 years experience working in the human resources and learning and development sector, primarily in sales and business expansion, Kokkinos has been appointed to build awareness of SumTotal in APAC and grow the customer base. SumTotal, a global provider of HR software, helps organizations grow and develop their people into the talent they need for tomorrow’s business challenges. SumTotal goes beyond traditional talent management and HCM applications, delivering contextual and pervasive information and actions that improves employee performance in real time. Kokkinos’ appointment is just one of many investments the company is making in the APAC region, both in terms of people and infrastructure. The company currently has a team across APAC, with half of those based in Australia and New Zealand. Kokkinos aims to double the size of team in the next 12 to 24 months, with a particular focus on the Asian markets. “I see a lot of opportunity in Australia and New Zealand, China and the Philippines, especially because companies in these countries are really starting to build a base on human capital, said Kokkinos. “As they continue to do business in and with developed markets, they are keen to implement best-practice HR systems that have been tried and tested by successful global companies. SumTotal in uniquely positioned to help these businesses. Our game-changing ‘Self-Developing Organization,’ a progressive, employee-centric approach to accelerating talent, leverages the fully-integrated capabilities of Skillsoft and SumTotal solutions and helps organizations build a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Having worked at Skillsoft for 16 years, I am confident in the commitment to SumTotal and the APAC region. I think there are huge growth opportunities for the business here,” he added. John Ambrose, senior vice president, strategy and corporate development said, “I’ve worked with Peter for a number of years and am very confident in his ability to grow the business. His expertise in the sector and cultural understanding of the various markets makes him the perfect candidate to take our business forward in the region.” Before joining SumTotal, Kokkinos was the senior director of Desire2Learn APAC, where he helped to support business development. Prior to this he worked at Skillsoft for 16 years in several roles.   About SumTotal Systems SumTotal Systems, LLC, a Skillsoft company and a leading provider of integrated HR solutions, is increasing the performance of some of the world’s most successful organizations including AstraZeneca, Amway and Seagate. SumTotal’s people-focused Talent Expansion® applications, available on premise and in the Cloud, enable contextual, just-in-time development designed to help organizations discover, develop and unleash the hidden potential within their workforce and business ecosystem. 

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    Little Falls, MN− July 21, 2015− Atomic Learning, education’s trusted training leader, has announced its acquisition of Versifit Technologies, a leading provider of data warehousing and analytic reporting platforms in education. The company’s solutions will allow teachers to efficiently track student progress and selectively target professional learning, ultimately improving K-12 and higher education instruction. With the addition of Versifit and its flagship educational improvement system Edvantage, Atomic Learning will be able to further support education leaders who seek to revolutionize teaching and learning, connecting their data points to actionable tools for decision-making. Combined with Atomic Learning's vast collection of e-learning resources, Versifit’s data tools can be strategically linked to professional training to improve educational outcomes. “We’ve been thinking about how data is becoming a driving force in education,” said Lisa Barnett, CEO of Atomic Learning. “This led us to Versifit, one of the leaders in data warehousing, data analytics and data-driven decision dashboards. Together, we’re going to help educators unleash the power of data to truly personalize learning and drive even greater and more relevant outcomes.” Founded in 1998, Versifit helps school districts manage, track and apply data in the classroom. Four state education agencies and more than 700 school districts leverage Versifit’s data and analysis tools to better inform instructional practices. With Edvantage, key stakeholders including superintendents, principals, teachers, IT staff and counselors can measure student progress through an easy-to-use dashboard. The platform can track performance data in a breadth of areas such as Common Core achievement and college and career readiness.    About Atomic Learning  Founded by educators, Atomic Learning knows education and is proud to provide millions of learners with high-quality digital resources. Atomic Learning helps learners through change and believe in guiding learners from awkward to awesome by connecting the dots between learning and life. Atomic Learning strives to always look for how to create “ah-ha” moments for learners through powerful data analytics and professional learning. About Versifit Technologies Versifit Technologies designs products and services to transform their clients’ capacity to manage and use data to guide meaningful decisions in education. Versifit Technologies empowers IT departments to control all aspects of data integration with field-tested and state of the art technology, forward thinking licensing, and flexible support and consulting services. Most importantly, Versifit Technologies supports educators, principals, and administration with high-quality and easy to use reporting and analytic tools.

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    July 22, 2015−The International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE) has chosen the Docebo Cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Enterprise learning management system (LMS) to help it train its hotline analysts around the globe in the core skills that are required in order to operate a hotline effectively.  Based in Amsterdam, in The Netherlands, INHOPE is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) developing, coordinating and representing 51 Internet hotlines in 45 countries worldwide. It deals with illegal content online and is committed to stamping out child sexual abuse from the Internet. INHOPE Hotlines offer the public a way of anonymously reporting Internet material, including child sexual abuse material, which they suspect to be illegal. The hotline ensures that the matter is investigated and, if found to be illegal, the information will be passed to the relevant Law Enforcement Agency and, in many cases, the Internet Service Provider hosting the content. Having used classroom-delivered training to develop its Analysts’ core skills - a mix of procedural, technical and operational skills - INHOPE wanted to make its learning materials available online, to allow its Analysts anywhere around the world to access them at any time in a secure environment. It realized that it needed an LMS to manage and monitor this whole process.  Denton Howard, INHOPE’s training manager, explained that, in searching for the most appropriate LMS, INHOPE examined a number of competing products. “We created a dummy training course, tested it on all the platforms and found that Docebo was the platform that was the closest match to all our requirements,” said Howard. Initially, Howard built the learning modules in-house and said that he found uploading and structuring the modules straightforward. “The Docebo platform allowed us to structure the learning modules in a straightforward and logical order using a very intuitive user interface,” Howard said. “It allowed for ordering and timing to be changed as required to ensure the learning flowed.” According to Howard, “The Docebo platform has enabled INHOPE to deploy vitally needed training across the globe on a 24 / 7 basis - enabling the skills base of a geographically diverse organization to improve dramatically. In addition, it is helping INHOPE not only to fulfill its mission in combatting online Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) but also to improve the impact of its activities all around the world.” “Using the Docebo platform has made things that were very difficult, very straightforward,” he added. “The not-so-obvious benefit has been the boost in their confidence levels that access to these online learning materials has given our INHOPE hotline analysts. We can tell, from our various measures of operating performance that being able to access these learning materials is giving our analysts increasing confidence in their own ability. When people get self-belief, it’s amazing what they can achieve.” About INHOPE Based in Amsterdam, in The Netherlands, the International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE) is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) developing, coordinating and representing 51 internet hotlines in 45 countries worldwide. It deals with illegal content online and is committed to stamping out child sexual abuse from the Internet. INHOPE hotlines offer the public a way of anonymously reporting Internet material, including child sexual abuse material, which they suspect to be illegal. The hotline ensures that the matter is investigated and, if found to be illegal, the information will be passed to the relevant Law Enforcement Agency and, in many cases, the Internet Service Provider hosting the content. About Docebo Docebo’s Cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Enterprise learning management system (LMS) is sold in more than 80 countries. Established in 2005, Docebo has over 28,000 installations and 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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