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    Cary, NC− July 22, 2015− Global Knowledge, the world's leading learning services and professional development solutions provider, has been honored with Microsoft’s 2015 YouthSpark Citizen Partner of the Year Award and Microsoft’s Partner of the Year Finalist Award for excellence in IT training and public service. Both awards recognize Global Knowledge for its innovative training programs and commitment to helping individuals and teams acquire the technical knowledge and capabilities to be competitive in the marketplace today and in the future, regardless of their socioeconomic status or learning style. Through the “Learn to Code” pilot program, Global Knowledge provided Toronto-based homeless teens and young adults with valuable coding, programming and other fundamental computer skills to improve their job readiness and career outlooks. The winning YouthSpark program was a partnership between Global Knowledge, CCI Learning and Covenant House, the largest privately funded homeless youth charity in the Americas. Students were also able to take Microsoft Technology Associate classes and a pre-employment workshop covering Microsoft Word, Excel and OneNote to learn resume-building and other professional communication and analysis skills. “Addressing the IT skills gap takes out-of-the box thinking,” said Brian Branson, CEO and president, Global Knowledge. “This ongoing basic computer literacy program enables us to start empowering the next generation of Web developers and opens up the digital world to an untapped resource: disenfranchised young adults. These students have the ability to transform their lives and the IT industry with these new skills.” While the YouthSpark Citizenship award recognizes Global Knowledge as a company that prepares young people with 21st century skills, the Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year Finalist Award honors learning providers who deploy cutting-edge practices and create innovative training solutions. Global Knowledge worked with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Navy to train personnel on Microsoft applications, including System Center, Exchange Server, Windows Server, SQL Server, Windows Client and SharePoint Server. Students were provided additional assistance outside of class with unlimited access to online mentors and indexed, searchable video recordings of their sessions. Such a wide range of post-class learning tools is rare within the training industry. Global Knowledge is the only company to provide 12 months of post-class Microsoft training exclusives. “Learning isn’t a one-time event,” said Michael Fox, SVP, Enterprise Solutions for Global Knowledge. “We feel students should have the ability to go back to their course recordings and lab environments so they can perfect their newfound skills. Mentoring support and class retakes also ensure an individual has all the easily accessible tools they need to succeed.” 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.

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    Paris, France− July 23, 2015− CrossKnowledge, leader in digital learning solutions, announced today the launch of its new mobile application "Learn." Combining CrossKnowledge's training expertise with mobile technology, this new app is unique in how it allows learners to manage multiple content streams both online and offline, and across devices. Available on Apple's App Store starting in July 2015 for iPads and iPhones, Learn will be soon available for Android devices.   "Contrary to applications currently available on the market, CrossKnowledge's app was designed to accompany learners throughout their entire day,” said Steve Fiehl, chief innovation officer at CrossKnowledge. “We took into account learning practices and behaviors to create a completely integrated learning experience that is fully optimized to a smartphone, tablet, and a computer.” Learn was developed as an answer to new training needs in a more mobile context. Businesses can optimize training times with a cross-device approach that provides true learning continuity. Conceptually designed with mobility in mind, Learn focuses all of CrossKnowledge's expertise in education to become a training companion that follows learners everywhere on their smartphones or tablets. Learn works with any type of content, whether developed by CrossKnowledge, trade-specific content developed by customers, or any other type of smartphone-compatible content. For faster business adoption, the application can also be customized using each customer's mobile university colors. "All content is provided within the customer's brand universe," said Fiehl. “Content used by employees is directly synchronized and logs are consolidated in the CrossKnowledge Learning Suite for better training program management.” Businesses adopting CrossKnowledge's approach can provide each employee the same level of convivial training, but adapted to their individual needs.  Also, with free access to content, they can explore other topics and subjects and share it with others in their learning community. One typical scenario imagined by CrossKnowledge's developers starts with employees connecting to the app to discover their new training program. On their way to work, they watch offline videos on their smartphones without wasting time. Once at work, connected and online, their progress synchronizes automatically. During the day, they can access tips and advice to help them before decision-making meetings. In the evening, they surf on their tablets to find this week's selection or other content recommended by their peers. They can comment, share, and learn from each other. The explosion of mobile technology has fundamentally modified how we learn and how we consume. By opening up physical access to training, mobile devices created new learning opportunities. As a result there are increasingly more potential learning ecosystems for mobile workers, whether at work, on trips, between two meetings or at the end of the day. About CrossKnowledge: CrossKnowledge is one of the world's leading distance learning providers. Our solutions are full SaaS, cloud-based and built on exclusive learning technologies. We create our content with some of the most sought after experts in the world, and provide a range of accompanying services. CrossKnowledge's solutions enable fast workforce empowerment and global strategic alignment, guaranteeing a unique learning experience for the individual and a real return on investment for the organization.

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    Washington− July 24, 2015− Blackboard Inc. announced a partnership with Skillsoft, a global learning content provider, to enable direct delivery of high-quality content to professional learners via Blackboard's industry-leading teaching and learning platform. The partnership will allow Blackboard to offer learners and instructors access to Skillsoft's vast library of rich professional training and certification content including IT certification, compliance, risk mitigation, sales performance, talent management, HR, and skills development for professionals, faculty and students.    "Learning never stops," said Jay Bhatt, Blackboard's president and CEO. "From K-12 into higher education, and beyond into professional environments, learning happens throughout our entire lives – and we know that. By pairing with Skillsoft's rich content library, we hope to enrich and enhance lifelong learning by helping to meet the needs of today's professional learners."   About Blackboard Inc.  Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. We challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them. In partnership with our customers and partners in higher education and K-12 as well as corporations and government agencies around the world, our mission is to help every learner achieve their full potential by inspiring a passion for lifelong learning. About Skillsoft  Skillsoft is a pioneer in the fields of learning and talent management with a long history of innovation, providing cloud-based learning solutions for more than 6,000 customers and 19 million learners around the world. Drawing on a wealth of in-house experience, flexible delivery platforms and a comprehensive learning library, Skillsoft's customer support teams develop off-the-shelf and custom learning programs tailored to cost-effectively meet customer needs. Skillsoft's courses, books and videos have been developed by industry leading learning experts to ensure that they maximize business skills, performance, and talent development. 

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    Herndon, VA− July 28, 2015− Meridian Knowledge Solutions, a leading learning technology provider, announced the recent appointment of Wanda Budzinski as vice president of quality assurance and operations and Dave Dvorznak as vice president of customer success. These strategic hires will help Meridian scale to meet the growing demands of its world-class customer base and to accelerate growth into key new markets. Budzinski and Dvorznak's appointments is on the heels of Meridian's recent investment in its leadership team. In January 2015, the company announced the hire of Jeff Kristick, as president of Meridian. These hires are part of Meridian's broader growth strategy to focus on the learning market and deliver outstanding solutions that help customers drive revenue with their learning business. Budzinski is a 20-year veteran of the software development industry. As vice president of quality assurance and operations, Budzinski will oversee the quality assurance functions, and also the company's IT operations team. She brings deep understanding of the software development industry, and a passion for implementing quality process improvements and measurement controls. Her experience evaluating and purchasing necessary tools and overall communications, internally and externally, will be instrumental in Meridian's strategy. Dvorznak brings more than a decade of experience developing high-value customer relationships in the human capital industry. As vice president of customer success, Dvorznak will spearhead the implementation and integration of Meridian's advanced learning offerings and services. His success in building teams focused on customer service and delivery excellence, combined with his product development expertise, industry perspective, and deep understanding of what drives customer success will prove invaluable. "In today's business environment, the quality of the product and overall customer success is more important than closing a sale,” said Jeff Kristick, president of Meridian. “Vendors must continually prove themselves by offering an effortless support experience, helping customers reap the benefits of their solution, and taking steps to build long-term customer relationships. That requires a world-class, customer-focused organization, and Meridian is investing in the resources to make that happen. Both Wanda and Dave's drive and expertise will help us to accelerate our already fast momentum, continue to exceed the expectations of our customers, and take the company to new heights." "As part of our ongoing investment in leadership to complement our current team, we are delighted to have these two industry veterans spearheading Meridian's quality and customer success initiatives," said Jonna Ward, CEO of Meridian. "They both have incredible backgrounds that make them the ideal leaders for taking our learning management solutions to the next level for our clients."   About Meridian Knowledge Solutions: Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC, is the leading provider of enterprise, web-based learning management software. Meridian's powerful yet easy-to-use solutions are leveraged by organizations dedicated to building world-class learning enterprises inspired and focused on delivering exceptional results. With over 10 million users worldwide, Meridian offers a flexible, best-of-breed learning management system that gives organizations and users alike a seamless, integrated experience, all while strengthening the bottom line. Recognized as a leading learning management system by top industry analysts, Meridian's software is being used by some of the world's largest, most successful organizations, including Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Meridian believes learning is first, learning is yours, and learning is without limits. The company is headquartered in Herndon, VA. 

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    New York, NY− July 29, 2015− Grovo, a learning ecosystem for the 21st century workforce, announced several notable new clients who have contributed to the company’s rapid expansion of annual recurring revenue - 7x growth over Q2 2014 - solidifying its reputation as a disruptive force in the $130 billion corporate training industry. Grovo added 200 clients to its roster in the first half of 2015 including Major League Baseball, Mercer, Return Path, Compass, Chop’t Creative Salad Company, and the Kansas City Chiefs.  The adoption of Grovo’s SaaS-based platform and microlearning content by these businesses confirms that organizations are ready to embrace a dramatically rewired approach to learning and development. “We’re excited to work hand-in-hand with these esteemed companies to engage their talent, drive performance gains, and create meaningful cultures of learning within their organizations,” said Jeff Fernandez, co-found and CEO at Grovo. “Our growth reflects that better learning in the workplace has never been more important, thanks to an influx of new technology, a highly competitive labor market, and an increasingly millennial workforce. Grovo meets these challenges head on, by reinventing how people learn at work.” Grovo’s rapid growth has been driven by a three-pronged approach to deliver effective learning for the enterprise: a frictionless platform, bite-sized video content, and high-touch service focused on developing sustainable learning cultures. As a testament to its growth, Grovo recently hit a milestone 3 million microlearning video lessons assigned by clients to employees through its platform. More than 2.5 million of those lessons were delivered in the first six months of 2015, signaling rapid adoption. Some of the most popular Grovo learning tracks watched in 2015 have included Using Google Drive & Apps, Email Communication & Efficiency, Boost Productivity at Work, Attention Management Fundamentals, and Transitioning to the Cloud. “Today, people are primed to expect short bursts of entertainment and information, thanks to the rise of sites like YouTube and Buzzfeed,” said Alex Khurgin, director of learning at Grovo. “Grovo delivers educational content in a way that matches employees’ current workflow and expectations. It makes a huge impact on the learner experience, skill retention, and overall employee happiness.” Grovo’s microlearning method -- 60-second videos followed by short quizzes -- is scientifically designed to engage today’s attention-starved, information-overloaded employees. The company’s in-house team of instructional designers, animators and producers has developed an on-demand library of over 5,000 microlearning lessons covering everything from digital skills like Salesforce and Slack to professional topics like leadership, innovation and compliance. As part of its focus on the enterprise, Grovo also announced it has appointed Silicon Valley veteran and enterprise sales expert Kirk Bowman to its Board of Directors. Currently a Venture Partner at Accel Partners, Bowman teaches at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and serves on the board of various other private companies including Atlassian, Code 42, Sookasa, Gainsight, and Semmle.   About Grovo Grovo is a better way to learn at work. The SaaS-based learning ecosystem empowers businesses with the technology and content to align, educate and inspire their teams. From onboarding to professional development, Grovo's 60-second microlearning videos teach everything 21st century employees need, delivered on a platform that learners and trainers love. Founded in 2010, Grovo was recently recognized as the "Best Place to Work in NY Tech" by Internet Week. Its award-winning microlearning content has been recognized by Chief Learning Officer and Training Industry Magazine. The company has raised venture financing from Accel Partners, Greg Waldorf, Costanoa Venture Capital, SoftTech VC, Lerer Ventures and Red Swan Ventures.

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    Chapel Hill, NC− July 30, 2015− VIF International Education, a global education partner of K-12 schools and districts, announced that the organization has partnered with A+ Schools to provide globally themed arts-integrated professional development to teachers through the VIF Learning Center. The A+ Schools Program was established in 1995 by the Kenan Institute for the Arts and is now administered by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The program’s goal is to help schools build enhanced, arts-integrated learning opportunities for all students. By doing so, students in A+ Schools develop innovative ways of thinking, learning and presenting information they’ve acquired. “Both VIF and A+ have years of experience incorporating global and arts into instruction,” said Anamaria Knight, VIF’s director of curriculum and instructional design. “It’s powerful that these two organizations with such long histories of working in education can come together to create a unique partnership that will benefit both students and teachers.” The partnership will foster teachers’ ongoing professional development as they discover how to enhance global learning while seamlessly promoting the arts across different subjects. On Aug. 4, Knight will join A+ Teaching Fellow Carrie Wagner to present on global learning through the arts at A+ Schools’ upcoming 20th anniversary conference. In the first A+ Schools professional development module in VIF’s Learning Center, teachers will explore how to inspire global inquiry by introducing various art forms - dance, drama, music and visual arts - and how art’s common vocabulary provides a basis for global learning. This challenges educators to discover how the arts can enhance global learning in their classrooms. Upon completion of the module, teachers will earn the Global Arts digital badge, which can be shared with principals, colleagues and peers around the world through online portfolios. The VIF Learning Center features professional development, digital badging, curricular resources and a social community of more than 13,000 educators around the world. About VIF International Education  VIF International Education partners with districts and schools to develop global-ready teachers and students. Educators use VIF’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and cultural exchange programs to create engaging learning environments that integrate technology, cultural literacy and other 21st century skills into classroom instruction. VIF is a certified B Corp and ‘Best for the World’ honoree headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. About the A + Schools Program  The A+ Schools Program is a whole school reform model that views the arts as fundamental to how teachers teach and students learn in all subjects. A+ Schools use the arts as a catalyst for creating connections and making schools engaging, meaningful and enjoyable places to teach and learn. There are 46 A+ schools in N.C. 

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    Utrecgt, The Netherlands− August 5, 2015− WCC Smart Search & Match, a leading provider of high performance search and match software, announced its strategic partnership with technology and consulting corporation IBM. The partnership involves the integration of WCC's software platform ELISE with the IBM Social Program Management Employment solution. WCC and IBM will work closely together developing the market for these solutions. IBM's Social Program Management Employment solution encompasses advanced information technology, analytics and systems to focus on optimizing the key employment processes: applying for benefits and services, identifying people at high risk of unemployment and underemployment, finding potential employers and employees, and building the skills for now and the future. Enhancing these key processes improves the citizens' quality of life. WCC's part in the IBM solutions focuses on job matching and making sure people get the benefits they are entitled to. A good social benefits system and support getting a sustainable job is crucial for social stability in any society and enables people without a job to make the transition back to, or up the labor market gracefully.  WCC's software platform ELISE and its extensive expertise in this field helps to find the right job for the person and vice versa in a smarter way, increasing both the efficiency and the effectiveness of the job placement process. For those who are dependent on entitlements, WCC's ELISE will identify the right entitlement for the right person, preventing fraud on one hand and, through IBM Social Program Management, delivering benefits to those in need on the other. With an ever-changing society, making sure that the skills and competences remain up to date is important. WCC's ELISE can identify the gap people have with the labor market and give advice on suitable education and training in order to close that gap. Integrating into IBM Outcome Management allows people to build a plan to close the gap and track progress towards their goal. About WCC  Founded in 1996, WCC specializes in developing and implementing software solutions based on its unique smart search and match software for organizations in the private and public sector with high-performance functional and technical requirements. WCC's software platform ELISE is used by the world's leading staffing and recruitment agencies, the largest and most innovative public employment services, and public safety agencies including border control, law enforcement, and motor vehicle licensing. 

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    August 6, 2015− Unsworth Global Logistics (UGL) is leading the freight industry in training and development and has now been recognized across all business sectors by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), scooping the runner-up award for Training and Development at the London Business Awards 2015 held at the Pullman Hotel last week. The certificate was presented to Directors Charles and Richard Hogg of UGL by sponsors SOS Digital Communications in recognition of the work the company has done in developing and continually investing in unique training and development opportunities from which employees at all levels can benefit. “We invest a lot of time and effort in ensuring our staff training and development program is of high quality and relevant to our operations,” said Charles Hogg, commercial director at Unsworth. “We strongly believe that it’s our responsibility to invest in our staff and ensure that they have the opportunities to succeed. It’s an honor to rank so highly against such impressive entries, especially within the small business community.”

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    Armonk, NY − August 11, 2015− IBM and Hootsuite announced plans to integrate several of their respective cloud and social technologies as well as expertise, to provide Hootsuite clients a fast and reliable social experience. Hootsuite will migrate its popular App Directory to IBM Cloud's Infrastructure as a Service, SoftLayer. The Hootsuite App Directory is a collection of extensions and applications that business professionals add to their Hootsuite dashboard to create custom views of the social outlets and metrics most important to them. To provide reliability and speed for a global customer base, Hootsuite requires high-performance computing on a platform that is both stable and scalable. By running App Directory on the IBM Cloud, Hootsuite will be able to provide clients a dedicated, scalable infrastructure with an easy-to-use toolkit for provisioning and management. IBM Cloud also provides data resiliency, data privacy and data localization, a key consideration for international customers who want the option to keep their data in country. In addition, Hootsuite can rapidly roll out new features and functions to customers and ensure fast, reliable response times. "IBM Cloud offers high performance, granular control and flexibility,” said Aaron Budge, vice president of operations and IT at Hootsuite. “When you couple that with its globally integrated footprint, we will have the ability to move data between data centers efficiently which will provide resiliency, flexibility and control. We have had a great relationship with IBM for more than two years and are excited about expanding our relationship with new product integrations and the ability to leverage IBM technology." Fueling New Skills for Social Analytics IBM and Hootsuite are also joining forces on an upcoming university program that pairs IBM's Academic Initiative with Hootsuite's Higher Education Program, melding analytics and cloud training with professional social media skill development. As part of the program, classrooms enrolled in IBM's Academic Initiative will have access to Hootsuite's Higher Education Program, which provides professors and their students with three months of free access to Hootsuite's leading social media education resources and courseware. The IBM Academic Initiative is a no-charge program that provides over 8000 university faculty access to technology and expertise worldwide.  Faculty members receive 12 months access to a Bluemix trial for their use and up to six months access for students. Both faculty and student accounts are renewable and do not require a credit card. The program helps faculty teach market-ready skills to students. To date, Hootsuite has made an impact in more than 300 universities with its higher education program. By combining IBM Cloud technology with Hootsuite's social media solutions students will gain the opportunity to increase their technical skill set as well as showcase their social media expertise. "The partnership between IBM and Hootsuite will blend analytics and social technologies to provide students and professionals the skills they need for social marketing," said Randy Hlavac, a lecturer at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and a member of IBM's Academic Initiative. "Utilizing IBM Cloud and Analytic solutions, students are able to gain deep market knowledge. The Hootsuite tools will utilize this insight and allow students to test messaging immediately and deliver the most engaging content globally."   Advancing Cloud and Social Innovations The migration of App Directory to IBM Cloud and the joint university program are the latest collaborative efforts between IBM and Hootsuite. Recently, Hootsuite, integrated IBM Silverpop into App Directory, allowing marketers and social media managers to gain insights into the behavior of individuals who interact with their brand through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. This complements the existing integration into IBM Connections, enabling users to marry internal and external social behavior. In addition, IBM will leverage Hootsuite exclusively to socially promote more than two dozen hackathons in 2016, as part of the Eighth Global Hackathon Series to take place globally throughout the year. The series will reach 10,000 developers, designers and entrepreneurs, connecting the world's most vibrant communities of code creators to drive open innovation for products, platforms and brands. These events will showcase how Bluemix and Watson technologies are impacting various industries, including healthcare, travel, food and emergency responsiveness. "IBM and Hootsuite continue to work together to drive the integration of social and cloud to empower clients with the ability to make data-driven decisions quickly and easily," said Sandy Carter, general manager, Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, IBM. Hootsuite will move its App Directory to IBM Cloud in the fourth quarter of 2015. About IBM Cloud IBM Cloud offers the industry's largest portfolio of software, services, datacenter solutions and consulting for private, public and hybrid cloud environments. IBM is helping organizations large and small adopt, manage, scale and benefit from open cloud technologies.

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    CARY, NC, Aug. 13, 2015 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Top 20 Learning Portal 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 Learning Portal Companies Selection to this year's Top 20 Learning Portal Companies List was based on the following criteria: Breadth of functionality and capabilities Commitment to the corporate training market Industry visibility, innovation and impact Number and strength of clients Geographic reach “The 2015 Top 20 Learning Portal Companies List showcases companies that understand how critical the underlying learning technology is to the support of high quality learning in the corporate context,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc. “The companies selected have the platforms required not only to effectively deliver, curate and administer great programs, but also measure the impact of the training.” “The organizations on the Top 20 Learning Portal Companies List are committed to creating enhanced learning environments for employee training,” said Doug Harward, chief executive officer, Training Industry, Inc. “Whether you are looking for a fully customized learning system or an off-the-shelf platform, these organizations have the ability to meet the needs of your organization.” Email info@trainingindustry.com for thoughts or feedback regarding the list. View the 2015 Top 20 Learning Portal Companies   About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is on helping dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Larkspur, CA− August 13, 2015− Corporate Visions, Inc., the leading marketing and sales messaging, content and skills training company, announced the results of a survey focused on sales pitch effectiveness. Polling more than 450 business-to-business (B2B) marketers and salespeople, the results revealed the challenges organizations face when it comes to differentiating against the competition, along with the types of pitch approaches that are believed to be the most unique and effective in closing more deals. Most notably, the data uncovered that although nearly 41.5 percent of companies believe leading off a sales pitch with an “unconsidered need” – or a potential missed opportunity prospects or customers didn’t know they had – would differentiate them from the competition, only 13.8 percent of companies actually take this approach. Further supporting this data, only 17.6 percent of respondents feel their pitches are truly different from the competition, while a more substantial 47.7 percent felt their pitches are not focused on the right messages, making them a commodity. “There’s a striking contradiction between what marketers and salespeople believe is the most effective pitch approach and what they actually do,” said Tim Riesterer, chief strategy and marketing officer for Corporate Visions. “It just goes to show you how hard it is to differentiate your story.” Here is a detailed look at the survey results: Respondents were asked what type of pitch they believe would be perceived as the most unique or different from most competitive pitches: 3 percent – Respond to known customer needs and then share company credentials. 23.7 percent – Respond to known customer needs but then introduce unique, “value-added” capabilities. 31.8 percent – Respond first to known customer needs, then introduce an “unconsidered need” or potential missed opportunity they didn’t know they had. 41.5 percent – Start by introducing an “unconsidered need,” and then respond to their originally identified needs. Respondents were also asked which of the following sales pitches most accurately resembles their company’s actual customer presentations: 10.1 percent – Respond to identified needs of customers and then share company credentials. 46.7 percent – Respond to the identified needs of customers, then introduce unique, “value-added” capabilities. 29.5 percent – Respond first to the identified needs of customers, then introduce an “unconsidered need.” 13.8 percent – Start by introducing an “unconsidered need,” and then respond to their previously identified needs. “More than 86 percent of companies create pitches that are different than what the largest percentage believe are the most effective," said Riesterer. "It’s a bit alarming to be aware of a better strategy – but not to use it. We’ve found through our own scientific research that introducing an ‘unconsidered need’ first in a sales conversation increases messaging effectiveness and has a positive impact on attitude and choice. Both marketers and salespeople must take this approach to content and conversations if they want to successfully stand out with prospects and customers and increase their sales pipelines.”   About Corporate Visions, Inc. Corporate Visions is a leading marketing and sales messaging, tools, and skills company that helps global B2B companies create more sales opportunities, win more deals and increase sales profitability by improving the conversations salespeople have with customers. Companies engage Corporate Visions to help in three key areas: Developing compelling messages to break the status quo, differentiating their solution, justifying a purchase decision and protecting margins; Deploying that message through tools and visual stories to enable salespeople to engage multiple decision-makers across the buying cycle; and Delivering sales skills training that helps salespeople confidently use these messages and tools to create, elevate and capture more value in their customer conversations.

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    Columbia, MD− August 19, 2015− Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation announced it has certified its first 11 learning professionals in Training Industry, Inc.’s Certified Professional in Training Management (CPTM) program. With a focus on strategic alignment between training initiatives and business goals, the CPTM program provides the knowledge and tools to manage a high-performance training organization. Designed for future learning leaders, CPTM candidates have the opportunity to gain insight on the core competencies and best practices of great training organizations. “This learning opportunity gives our employees a deeper understanding of best practices for organizational learning management and helps us refine solutions that most effectively address our customer’s needs,” said Doug Sharp, president of GP Strategies. “We have always valued the perspective and insight provided by Training Industry, Inc. Although organizations are often unique in their learning challenges, particularly as related to their business objectives, this course provides common language, competencies, and methods important for any proficient Learning Leader.” The CPTM program offers a blended learning experience consisting of online training modules, social learning, a team-based simulation practicum and a final exam. Upon successful completion, CPTM graduates have the opportunity to join a network of like-minded learning and development professionals to solicit ideas about improving business performance and share personal experiences. “We’re proud of our longstanding relationship with GP Strategies and are honored that their team saw the value in our program and our desire to enable CPTM graduates to ‘Lead the Change’ in corporate learning and development,” said Doug Harward, chief executive officer, Training Industry, Inc. “The CPTM certification not only provides up-and-coming training leaders with the tools to drive business results, but also the support and guidance of an elite network of learning and development professionals.” About Training Industry TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. The organization’s focus is on helping dedicated business and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning. Visit CPTM for more information. About GP Strategies GP Strategies Corporation is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies’ solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. Additional information may be found at www.gpstrategies.com.

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    Singapore− Aug. 19, 2015− A new report on m-learning has been released by Skillsoft, a global leader in learning and talent management. The State of Mobile Learning in Asia Pacific highlights key insights into the availability of and preferences for m-learning, as well as challenges and concerns which impact the implementation of mobile learning in Asia Pacific organizations. The State of Mobile Learning in Asia Pacific: How mobile is shaping cloud-based learning reveals gaps in the learning and development landscape in the region and identifies ways in which organizations can utilize m-learning to address these challenges. The regional study collected 545 responses from decision makers (individuals who manage a budget within an organization for human resources or learning & development) and learners (individuals who do not manage human resources or Learning & Development budgets and receive training in any form) across 16 countries and territories in APAC. Strong Growth for M-Learning in Asia Pacific "Skillsoft's report indicates that there is strong growth for m-learning in Asia Pacific, with two thirds of decision makers having already adopted or having plans to adopt m-learning," said Glenn Nott, vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific,Skillsoft. "With the uptake of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in 72 percent of organizations in the region, there is an enormous opportunity to adapt, shape and align m-learning programs to learners' needs and organizational goals." One key finding revealed that learners prefer to be involved in the design of skill development programs created for them, with 63 percent of the respondents who are adopters and users indicating that they have been involved in some aspect of m-learning development or planning. Organizations should consult their learners in the training and development planning process to ensure that learning is targeted, relevant, and engaging, while aligned with business objectives. M-Learning Benefits Outweigh the Costs Respondents who currently have access to m-learning believe that the benefits outweigh the costs. The top benefit cited by more than three-quarters of both decision makers and learners was an improvement in efficiency at both the organizational and personal level. Investments in m-learning proved to yield tangible returns, with improvement in business results ranked as the second most common organizational benefit after adopting m-learning. According to the report, topics that have the most unmet demand were skill training and best practices for enhancing productivity. Leadership development and training topped the list of desired m-learning content that employees (55 percent of users and potential users) want access to on mobile devices but only one-third of organizations surveyed currently offer training on Leadership. Organizations must shift their focus to leadership development and training of current employees across all levels in order to build an internal leadership pipeline. Mobile users want a full, rich learning experience on-the-go, and on devices that are easy to use and empower them to be more productive and efficient. Skillsoft's study identified that interactive and visual formats are most effective for m-learning (indicated by 64 percent of the users and potential users) and that 66 percent of such users desired learning and development programs that can be assessed on demand and in sessions lasting not more than an hour. Additionally, smartphones were ranked as the most preferred device with "ease of use" being the most common factor for mobile learning device selection. Organizations that have yet to adopt m-learning as part of their learning and development cited additional operating costs (56 percent), security and infrastructure concerns as key inhibitors. "Organizations must consider the hidden cost of inaction. The cost benefits of making learning and development more accessible to the workforce, which drive increased productivity, efficiency and build a competitive edge, outweigh the inhibiting concerns," Mr. Nott said. M-Learning Transforms Training Development The report indicates that out of all the respondents who have access to m-learning, more than half (57 percent) believe that m-learning makes learning resources more accessible, and 46 percent of respondents believe that m-learning is a good mechanism to infuse learning into employees' daily workflow. The report findings demonstrate how organizations have the opportunity to transform the way they deliver training and development through content, formats and session lengths that resonates with and engages their learners, resulting in a greater return on investment and proves that organizations that leverage mobile learning successfully achieve greater employee and organizational effectiveness and business impact.   About the Report Few global studies have provided insights into the Asia Pacific landscape when it comes to m-learning trends. The report seeks to better identify and understand the availability of and preferences for m-learning and the concerns and challenges that impact the implementation of m-learning in organizations. Over 545 decision makers and learners from 16 countries in the Asia Pacific region were surveyed. This study collected responses from Senior Managers and key Decision Makers in charge of department budgets and learning/training in organizations across the Asia Pacific region. The study also surveyed Learners who have access to learning programs within their organization to gain a broader perspective on views and applications of learning, and specifically, mobile learning. Decision Makers and Learners were then further classified depending on whether their organizations had adopted mobile learning, intended to implement mobile learning, or did not have plans to launch mobile learning.                                                                                           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.  

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    San Jose, CA− August 19, 2015− Adobe announced the introduction of Adobe Captivate Prime, a new self-service Learning Management System (LMS) that enables learning professionals to easily and efficiently setup, deliver and track any form of learning. This new cloud-based offering – which complements Adobe’s range of eLearning tools, including Adobe Captivate 9(also launched today) – enables specialists in learning and development, training and corporate human resources departments to take charge of the learning environments they manage and boost impact by developing skill-based learning programs. According to Frost & Sullivan customer surveys, over half of organizations that have already deployed LMS solutions intend to replace their existing systems, as technology and business needs evolve. Additionally, unsatisfied customers are looking to switch vendors rather than upgrade their existing solution. “We are aware of the challenges that organizations face today in rolling out learning programs and keeping employees engaged,” said Matt Thompson, executive vice president, Worldwide Field Operations at Adobe. “Captivate Prime is designed to make the learning management process intuitive, quick and easy to roll out, so users no longer feel IT dependent. The learner-first approach helps build a culture where employees don’t dodge learning, but embrace it.” “Technology, data and automation have completely changed the way companies go to market. This rapid pace of change has created an urgent need for new training and education to give our marketing staff command of the latest tools and technology,” said Stephan Beringer, CEO of VivaKi (VOS). “VivaKi is uniquely placed to deliver learning platforms to Publicis Groupe, and we partnered with the Adobe Captivate Prime team to build a truly dynamic and bespoke learning experience that can be easily scaled around the world. The Adobe collaboration has resulted in what we believe to be the first, most interactive and intuitive programmatic certification process available.” In addition to providing ease-of-use and end-to-end learning management, Captivate Prime helps organizations: Offer a stimulating learner experience: The new Fluidic Player provides learners with a unified playback experience for virtually any kind of content, so they can seamlessly play videos and access PDFs, PPTs, DOCX, SCORM and AICC-compliant packages, all without having to download plugins – minimizing latency. Fluidic Player also allows learners to bookmark or add explanatory notes at any point in their content, which they can quickly reference later. Establish a learning culture and deliver impact with gamification: Enable learners to view their progress within a personal dashboard that indicates courses completed or pending, recommended courses, skills attained, badges received and information on activities that can earn them more badges and points. The dashboard also launches a leaderboard where learners can compare their performance against peers. Additionally, the dashboard recognizes and rewards learners when they exhibit qualities such as initiative and involvement, or when they achieve specific learning milestones. Deliver mobile learning even when offline: Now learners can resume learning even when they are offline. The Adobe Captivate Prime app downloads learning content onto a tablet, makes it available for offline access and auto syncs when the learner is back online. Maximize learning impact: Achieve business goals faster by developing new skills and closing skill gaps. Organizations can now get actionable insights by tracking all online, offline and certification training taught to their employees or external partners. Introducing Adobe Captivate 9 Adobe Captivate 9 drives responsive eLearning forward by empowering trainers, educators and instructional designers to rapidly create virtually any kind of e-learning content for both desktops and mobile devices. Captivate 9 now extends authoring capabilities to mobile devices through the all-new storyboarding app Adobe Captivate Draft*. When used in tandem with Captivate 9, Captivate Draft automates the process of converting ideas into storyboards complete with more complex eLearning elements, such as content and question slides and branching logic. Once done, simply import the storyboard from the app into Captivate 9 and continue building your eLearning course. Courses created in Captivate 9 can be enhanced using SVG graphics or by selecting content from a new library of more than 25,000 exclusive eLearning assets, such as games, interactions, scenarios, characters and more. To achieve complex outcomes, course designers can incorporate multi-state objects and responsive motion effects, without any programming. Once a course is ready for distribution, users can take advantage of single-click publishing to Captivate Prime, delivering a superior learning experience for learners while maintaining control of the learning environment.

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    Boston, MA− August 25, 2015− Cengage Learning has expanded its partnership with the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) to offer its 24,000 members access to a custom portal that provides online courses, professional development and career transition assistance. The portal enables ACTE members – career and technical educators in high schools, technical schools, community colleges and four-year institutions – to access valuable online resources that they can use for their own personal development or for their students. "We're excited to grow our relationship with ACTE to offer this complete suite of online learning solutions for their members," said Dawn Gerrain, senior vice president, Cengage Learning. "Career and technical education is an important part of the economy and vital to closing the skills gap. Access to high quality career training and career assistance programs for students and instructors is a must." The custom ACTE online resources portal that Cengage Learning has developed has four main components, including: Online Courses: 350+ instructor-led soft skills and professional skills online courses covering healthcare, business, IT, leadership, teaching, accounting and project management. Career Training Programs:  100+ career training programs for pharmacy technician, medical transcription, project management, paralegal, six sigma, medical coding and billing, and A+ Certification. Courses are accredited through local community colleges and institutions, and students receive a certificate upon completion. TeamUP: Cengage Learning's professional development portal that provides online workshops on topics such as integrating technology into courses, online teaching and more. Cengage Learning/TeamUP have been accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Career Transitions: an online tool to help job-seekers find employment. Individuals start by assessing their career interests and exploring career paths, and get assistance with resume and cover letter building, interview simulations and job search help. "This one-of-a-kind portal is going to expand the scope of professional development offerings that are so critical for CTE," said LeAnn Wilson, executive director, ACTE. "CTE professionals know that to best serve their students, they must stay on the cutting edge of their field by continuously building their knowledge and skills. I thank our partners at Cengage for making this new opportunity possible.   About Cengage Learning Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Boston, MA with an office hub located in San Francisco, CA. Cengage Learning employees reside in nearly 40 different countries with company sales in more than 125 countries around the world.  

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    Palo Alto, CA− August 26, 2015− Hinted, a people analytics app, has launched and is available in the Apple App Store. This new social network mobile application enables small teams or individuals to provide peers with semi-anonymous feedback. The tool is gamified and sessions last under a minute. The app is used for hiring, team composition and learning and development decisions. Hinted is the first app to use verified, unbiased feedback to inform people decisions within organizations. Army Green Beret Veteran and Stanford Business School Alum, Erik Wittreich, sought to change how professionals are recruited after he struggled to find a job in high tech after graduate school.  “My military experience didn’t easily translate into the tech world so I wanted to be recruited based off cultural fit,” said co-founder Wittreich. “By accurately cataloging our user’s professional attributes, or soft skills, Hinted is able to recommend people decisions for HR and management.” Hinted collects feedback for individuals and teams on leadership, management, communications and inter-personal skills. They help individuals increase awareness on competencies where they excel as well as where they could make improvement.  “Our company is forever linked to unbiased feedback,” said co-founder Randy Sternke. “We’ve figured out a way to make the exchange of feedback quick, painless, and actionable.” Additionally, the data allows management to make team-based decisions by diversifying composition based on competency and by correlating the data against existing measures of success. Hinted has figured out a clever way to reduce the burden of collecting feedback.  In just three minutes of interacting with the app, Hinted is able to build compelling profiles for its users. This is a fairly low-weight ask when compared to the cumbersome performance evaluation tools in use at most companies. According to Douglas Stone, author of “Thanks for the Feedback,” 825 million work hours are spent each year preparing for and engaging in annual reviews.  The Hinted App is available for download on iPhone and iPad for free.

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    Nashua, NH− August 26, 2015− Skillsoft, a global leader in learning and talent management, today announced that its latest Skillsoft Learning App is now available for Android and iOS devices, supporting growing customer and user demand for access to mobile learning. Leveraging Skillsoft’s patented multi-modal search and curation capabilities, the Skillsoft Learning App simplifies the content discovery experience by proactively recommending videos, books, audiobooks and summaries based on an individual user’s interests. The release of the Skillsoft Learning App on both Android and iOS, which together represent more than 95 percent of the global market share for smartphones, significantly expands the ability of Skillsoft and its customers to extend mobile learning across a broad and diverse range of employees and learners. “In today’s increasingly digital workplace, employees are demanding more flexibility than ever before in terms of the tools and technologies they expect and require, including the ability to access work on their mobile devices,” said Tim Hildreth, vice president of product management at Skillsoft. “While employers recognize the need to embrace mobile in the workplace, they are hamstrung when trying to balance security and support for multiple devices with the benefits to employees and the organization. Skillsoft’s turnkey learning app is a win-win for both organizations and employees. Not only are we helping customers expand access to anytime, anywhere learning, we’re also making it convenient for employees to proactively build the skills and knowledge they need - whether at the airport, Starbucks or at a remote work site – to improve their performance and ultimately advance their careers.” Nearly half of the adult population owns smartphones and by 2020, that figure will increase to 80 percent. Although the user demand for mobile delivery of digital content continues to skyrocket, recent Bersin by Deloitte research shows that only 10 percent of organizations currently support mobile technology for their learning programs. According to the study, “given the proliferation of smartphones in use today, this percentage seems underwhelming. Yet in our follow-up interviews with respondents to our user survey, many of the HR leaders would indeed welcome increased mobile use – if the HR solutions they have supported mobile applications.” Skillsoft’s Learning App mitigates HR leaders’ concerns regarding technology support and enables organizations to provide a consumer-grade experience and deliver the right content to employees on their devices, wherever they are working. “As a large global organization we strive to make development a part of employees’ daily lives by providing learning content in smaller chunks of information and offering reinforcement at different intervals to transfer and preserve knowledge gain, leading to improved job performance,” said Debbie Collins, director of MyLearning and university information systems at Capgemini. “Using the Skillsoft Learning App we’re able to execute on that vision by delivering a seamless, easily accessible experience across our learning management system and employees’ mobile devices so that learning occurs when and where people need it most.” Upon launching the app, users are prompted to identify topics of interest and the app actively pushes individualized content recommendations to the user. When new content is available that matches those interests, they are automatically updated in that individual’s home screen. Full-text search across all content allows learners to drill into specific focus areas and facilitates real-time performance support by making it easy for learners to find the specific content they need at that moment. The app functions stand-alone or as a companion to existing learning systems to help customers build a comprehensive learning eco-system capable of delivering the right training at the right time to each individual learner. Skillsoft will continue to enhance its mobile user experience and functionality, including additional optimizations for tablets, to ensure seamless access to content from the most popular mobile devices and operating systems. Future learning app innovation will focus on hyper-personalizing the user experience, leveraging the adaptive capabilities the company has been developing with IBM Research to harness the power of big data in enterprise learning and development. 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.

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    CARY, NC, Aug. 27, 2015 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Learning Portal Companies Watch List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2015 Learning Portal Companies Watch List Selection to this year's Learning Portal Companies Watch List was based on the following criteria: New and innovative service Unique approach to delivering learning solutions Commitment to improving learning through technology Quality of initial clients “This year’s Learning Portal Companies Watch List features a group of learning technology companies that can be the foundation of a custom learning solution,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc. “The companies selected have the potential to become leaders in the learning technologies market through their innovation and understanding of adult learning and development.” “Learning portal solutions have made significant technological advancements over the past few years,” said Doug Harward, chief executive officer, Training Industry, Inc. “The companies chosen for this year’s Watch List are options when looking for a platform to be at the heart of your next learning initiative.” Email info@trainingindustry.com for thoughts or feedback regarding the list. View the 2015 Learning Portal Companies Watch List   About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is on helping dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Cary, NC – September 4, 2015− Training Industry, Inc., the global leading resource for training professionals responsible for improving organizational performance, has launched its free mobile app to deliver the latest TrainingIndustry.com content to iOS and Android devices. The Training Industry app gives users convenient access to thought leadership articles and blogs, research reports, webinars and our in-depth, searchable wiki and taxonomy tools for on-the-go reference. “In 2013, approximately 11 percent of the total visitors to TrainingIndustry.com accessed the site through a mobile device,” said Ken Taylor, president of Training Industry, Inc. “Since then, we’ve seen dramatic growth in our mobile user traffic to almost 18 percent last year. The new app allows users to receive notifications the instant new content is published, keeping them up to speed with what’s going on in the Training Industry.”  In response to the increasing number of users consuming content through mobile devices and mobile users visiting TrainingIndustry.com, the new app will improve user-experience by optimizing mobile display content and increasing accessibility to Training Industry resources. The newly released Training Industry app is now available via the iTunes store and Google Play. Download the app: iOS: /ios-application.aspx Android: /android-application.aspx About Training Industry 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. Media Contacts: Amanda Longo, alongo@trainingindustry or 919.917.4789

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    September 8, 2015− Docebo is making it easier for organizations to manage their CRM and LMS shared data efficiently. It is doing this by releasing the Salesforce integration for its cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Enterprise learning management system (LMS). “Today, organizations are investigating and then initiating business software integration,” said Claudio Erba, Docebo’s CEO and founder. “Allowing an organization’s CRM system and its LMS to work in tandem on the same data not only results in a valuable sales-related asset but it is also, potentially, of huge strategic benefit. Currently only available for the Enterprise Edition of the Docebo LMS, integrating Salesforce with the LMS enables users to synchronize courses, products, catalogs and contacts. This ensures that the data in both systems is automatically aligned, with no need for manual intervention. Also included is granular course completion tracking, along with the ability for users to create custom reports, as well as an analytical dashboard for monitoring and tracking sales performance. In addition, a Single-Sign-On feature makes it easier for users to access both the learning management and CRM systems using the same credentials. “The integration between Docebo and Salesforce increases the value of companies’ Salesforce investment by improving employee, sales and partner channel performance,” said Alessio Artuffo, Docebo’s U.S. based chief operating officer. “It enables accounts, users and courses as well as sales orders and product catalogs to be automatically synchronized and managed in just a few clicks.” 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 and reliable service available 24/7 to further enhance the user experience. 

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