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    CARY, NC − November 20, 2015 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Top 20 IT Training Companies List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of IT training. View the 2015 Top 20 IT Training Companies Selection to this year's Top 20 IT Training Companies List was based on the following criteria: Leadership and innovation in IT training Breadth of IT training and delivery methods offered Company size and growth potential Quality and number of clients/users Geographic reach Awards, recognition and competitive differentiation “Our Top 20 IT Training Companies are all excellent examples of organizations that provide training programs on new technologies in a continuously evolving space,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry Inc. “While the segment itself has shown relatively slow growth, these organizations stand out covering all critical topics in engaging and effective ways.” “The 2015 Top 20 list demonstrates the strength of training providers in the technology segment,” said Doug Harward, chief executive officer, Training Industry Inc. “The IT training market has seen significant growth in demand for online virtual classes, and these providers continue to adjust to the needs of their clients.” Email info@trainingindustry.com for thoughts or feedback regarding the list. View the 2015 Top 20 IT Training 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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    Course Merchant have released a new learner management, analytics and communications system for Moodle and Totara. CourseCRM is a custom build of SuiteCRM and is designed specifically for the e-Learning industry. It extracts learner and course data from Moodle and Totara, including gradebook data, quiz scores, course attendance, certificates, contact details, accounts, courses, modules and categories. Once in the CRM, this data can be manipulated and managed in a variety of ways that are much harder with the LMS itself. Custom reports show which learners are failing in their studies and tutors or admins can contact them from within CourseCRM to offer them assistance. Scheduled custom reports can be auto-emailed to key stakeholders at scheduled intervals. Campaigns can be set up that contact those who have completed their courses and invite them to enrol on further study. It has all the usual features of a fully-fledged CRM as well: marketing (targets, leads, prospects, accounts), time management and scheduling (calendar, task, event and call tracking) and financial (quotes, contracts and invoices). CourseCRM can also connect to ecommerce systems for the management of course sale data. It then gives a detailed overview of the whole course sales and management process. Data captured from ecommerce systems can include course sale, course payment, discount data, payment methods, tax, payment status, etc. This data is all stored under a contact record for easy access. CourseCRM has been tested and evaluated in live e-learning programs by Course Merchant customers including the American Nurses’ Association which has 3.4 million learners. It has proved robust and scalable. It can be purchased as a standalone system on a monthly or annual hosted basis. “I’m pleased we have got CourseCRM to market because it’s a really useful system,” said Richard Standen, founder and managing director of Course Merchant. “Basically it liberates learner data from the LMS. CourseCRM is a custom product that brings the power and flexibility of a leading CRM solution to online course managers in a way that directly addresses their needs. We have built special modules into it like Course Attendance, Course Module and Quiz Grades which capture gradebook data from the LMS and allow a full range of reporting, analytics and communications capabilities. It puts the business and management side of online courses on a more solid footing.” About Connected Shopping Ltd. Connected Shopping Ltd is a UK company supplying software and services to support the sale of courses online. With a UK-based development team, the company now has over 300 clients worldwide, including universities, museums, government agencies and companies in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and across Europe.

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    November 29, 2015 - Course Merchant have released a new learner management, analytics and communications system for Moodle and Totara. CourseCRM is a custom build of SuiteCRM and is designed specifically for the e-Learning industry. It extracts learner and course data from Moodle and Totara, including gradebook data, quiz scores, course attendance, certificates, contact details, accounts, courses, modules and categories. Once in the CRM, this data can be manipulated and managed in a variety of ways that are much harder with the LMS itself. Custom reports show which learners are failing in their studies and tutors or admins can contact them from within CourseCRM to offer them assistance. Scheduled custom reports can be auto-emailed to key stakeholders at scheduled intervals. Campaigns can be set up that contact those who have completed their courses and invite them to enrol on further study. It has all the usual features of a fully-fledged CRM as well: marketing (targets, leads, prospects, accounts), time management and scheduling (calendar, task, event and call tracking) and financial (quotes, contracts and invoices). CourseCRM can also connect to ecommerce systems for the management of course sale data. It then gives a detailed overview of the whole course sales and management process. Data captured from ecommerce systems can include course sale, course payment, discount data, payment methods, tax, payment status, etc. This data is all stored under a contact record for easy access. CourseCRM has been tested and evaluated in live e-learning programs by Course Merchant customers including the American Nurses’ Association which has 3.4 million learners. It has proved robust and scalable. It can be purchased as a standalone system on a monthly or annual hosted basis. “I’m pleased we have got CourseCRM to market because it’s a really useful system,” said Richard Standen, founder and managing director of Course Merchant. “Basically it liberates learner data from the LMS. CourseCRM is a custom product that brings the power and flexibility of a leading CRM solution to online course managers in a way that directly addresses their needs. We have built special modules into it like Course Attendance, Course Module and Quiz Grades which capture gradebook data from the LMS and allow a full range of reporting, analytics and communications capabilities. It puts the business and management side of online courses on a more solid footing.”

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    Aberdeen, UK − November 23, 2015 − People Factor Consultants Ltd (PFC), specialist in both technical and non-technical workplace safety and performance, has launched a unique, portable version of its high fidelity power distribution simulator. The only one of its kind, the portable simulator was also designed by and commissioned to PFC and will play a fundamental role in the Aberdeen-based training company’s ability to take electrical safety training abroad. “This new, portable version resembling our main simulator based in Aberdeen, includes a custom designed portable generator control panel and touch screen technology,” said Brian Crichton, technical director. "Whilst a previous software-based version existed, this new technology offers the user a hands-on experience when controlling the generation system on the simulator, and provides a far more realistic interaction whilst replicating the way in which electrical systems are controlled on modern installations.” This advanced version of the original simulator now allows PFC to broaden the scope of safety training that can be delivered globally. “At a time when the industry’s focus is shifting from the North Sea, it is vital that we can deliver the best possible electrical safety training anywhere in the world,” said Crichton. “The advanced portable simulator has already been utilised for several projects in Angola and our ability to use simulator-based exercises ensures our training courses are highly interactive whilst offering the crucial combination of technical and non-technical skills.” As suppliers to a substantial number of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, PFC offers a portfolio of 15 technical and non-technical training courses, many of which are City & Guilds-accredited, as well as providing tailored training and consultancy services to high hazard industries on a worldwide basis. PFC leads the way in ensuring that all industries comprehend the importance of complementary technical and non-technical skills training.   About People Factor Consultants Established in Aberdeen in 2005, People Factor Consultants specialises in workplace safety and performance, providing technical and non-technical consultancy and training that addresses current and future needs across a range of high hazard industries, primarily in the oil and gas sector. PFC offers a range of highly interactive, (electrical/instrument/telecommunications) courses, in addition to its range of non-technical, Human Factors training and consultancy services. Several technical courses are exclusive to PFC, utilising its unique high fidelity power distribution simulator and offering a level of training which is predicted to become industry standard. PFC has earned the reputation as foremost provider of holistic safety-related training and consultancy across the global oil and gas industry, ensuring that all industries comprehend the importance of complementary technical and non-technical skills training.

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    Detroit, MI – November 24, 2015 − Emotional intelligence is a key component of effective leadership. In fact, emotional intelligence has recently been recognized as more important than many of the essential skills of management including IQ. Companies run by executives lacking well developed emotional intelligence skills are likely to lag behind, sometimes far behind, competitors run by more enlightened individuals, said Patrick T. Barone, a founder of the Michigan Psychodrama Center (MPC). Because of the importance of this skill, early in 2016 the MPC, located in Birmingham, Michigan, will offer emotional intelligence training to Michigan CEOs and other business executives. Psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy utilize various tools which are unequaled in their ability to teach emotional intelligence (EI) to individuals, groups and organizations. While others teach EI to executives, what is unique about the Michigan Psychodrama Center is the combination of psychodrama and sociodrama, as well as the incorporation of the latest methods shown in research to enhance the resilience of people by building and integrating physical, emotional, cognitive and social acumen. While participants in the Center’s EI workshop will not be undergoing therapy as such, they will be involved in sociodrama, a type of role play where various group issues impacting business teams might be acted out. After this roll play and the various action sequences, group members at the workshop will share with one another how the sociodrama impacted them. “This opportunity assists members in integrating their intellectual and emotional learning and further deepens workshop participant’s attachment and empathy with one another, key components of emotional intelligence.” said co-founder Dr. Elizabeth Corby. Dr. Corby and Mr. Barone have both previously worked with business owners, CEOs and other executives in organizations of all sizes. The Michigan Psychodrama Center is dedicated to providing unique workshops, education and training in psychodrama, sociometry, sociodrama and bibliodrama methods and techniques. The Center will also provide business consulting, addiction support groups and training for those wishing to become certified practitioners in psychodrama. Additionally, the Center will provide workshops related to the application of psychodrama and sociodrama to the practice of law, particularly as that relates to courtroom litigation.  

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    Saarbrücken, Germany − November 30, 2015 − Earlier this month, representatives from Singapore’s Work Development Agency (WDA) met with Christian Wachter, spokesman of the IMC board of directors, and board member Dr. Tobias Blickle to agree upon the joint delivery of the TOLS project (Total Online Learning Solution) and to set the next project milestones. WDA and especially the Lifelong Learning Institute subdivision are the driving forces behind this project, which aims to maintain and to boost the employability of the country’s workforce by implementing a holistic blended learning strategy. Therefore they would like to create a centralized multi-client platform, which will include all of the digital learning material provided by any local training provider. “TOLS will cover a wide range of contents and it will become the central hub of e-learning in Singapore”, said Wachter. Additionally, existing face-to-face courses will be enhanced with different e-learning contents. This will help the teaching environment of the city state in developing towards a more holistic learning approach with online and offline learning complementing each other. Documenting all training and further education activities in a central platform is a vital requirement for a comprehensive Learning Record Store, which represents the second pillar of the TOLS concept, next to the content library. In an international tender, IMC managed to win the contract against large, international syndicates. The decision in favor of the Saarbrücken-based full service provider was not only taken due to its encompassing consulting approach, which spans from project planning to marketing and roll-out. IMC convinced WDA in addition with the design of an evaluation concept to assess TOLS’s overall success which consequently covers all project phases. The different training providers will use the IMC Learning Suite, IMC’s award-winning learning management system, to upload and to distribute their course content. The system will use the analytics function integrated into the Learning Suite to provide users with tailored suggestions on additional courses and an education and career path for each individual user. About IMC IMC is a leading full-service provider of learning technologies and e-learning content. In addition to the award-winning learning and talent management system, IMC Learning Suite, the innovative Electronic Performance Support System (EPSS), IMC Process Guide, and the intuitively usable authoring software IMC Content Studio, IMC offers creators of digital content the free cloud service IMC Teach. Moreover, customized and standardized learning contents are part of the IMC portfolio.

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    November 30, 2015 − Silent Edge, a Tunbridge Wells based company specializing in measuring and transforming performance of organizational talent announced a global reseller agreement and partnership with Richardson, a 30 year old global sales training and effectiveness company. After starting Silent Edge 13 years ago and focusing on improving sales performance, Russell Ward, CEO, has expanded the business to offer the evidence-based assessment and coaching technology to a global audience by working with organizations whose clients need to improve sales, sales management capability and coaching to increase revenue/profit growth or market share. This partnership will offer the ability to measure and improve the capability of talent for any sales role, in any organization globally.  “I am delighted to be working with Richardson, a global leader in developing sales talent," said Ward. "By working collaboratively we will offer the ability to identify capability, empowering managers to coach their teams and sustain the training programs that Richardson deliver using a combination of a proven methodology and cloud technology. Not only will it ensure consistency in the sales and coaching process but it will evidence that coaching is taking place. This unique offering will provide leaders within global organizations with the evidence-based data they need to make sustainable decisions for each stage of the sales talent lifecycle. This, combined with the expertise and consultative ability of Richardson, provides a powerful solution for sales teams globally.” “Here at Richardson, we believe that sales managers are key to driving success in any behavior change initiative," said John Elsey, CEO and president of Richardson. "Partnering with Silent Edge will allow us to provide a valuable technology to our clients, permitting them to establish consistency and insight into the coaching activities that are taking place within their sales organization. We are extremely excited to get our partnership started.  About Silent Edge Silent Edge is a sales consulting and software company based in Tunbridge Wells, UK. With a proven sales methodology and cloud-based technology they enable clients to improve organizational performance.  Silent Edge's Belief Platform is used to evaluate individual skills, knowledge, and behaviors, creating an evidence-based, objective view of capability that shows precisely where development is needed. Their certification and licensing model allows clients to take control of their development programs and secures buy-in at all levels from the C-suite to the frontline sales operation. Silent Edge gives organizations smart insight on the capability of their sales people and a sales methodology that will enable them to drive behavioral change. This, combined with coaching empowers people to take ownership of development, ensuring transformation in performance is a sustainable reality. About Richardson Richardson is a global sales training and sales force effectiveness company. We have over 30 years of experience creating customized sales training solutions that build organizational ability and improve individual skill necessary to grow profitable sales. Our approach is highly collaborative, with a focus on enabling the right sales activity and effective customer dialogues. To help you achieve your goals, we partner with you to develop a culture of continuous learning to help drive improved organization performance. We partner with some of the largest and most sophisticated companies in the world providing an emphasis on developing the necessary skills and talent to execute in the sales process and drive achieve organization results.

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    Waterloo, Ontario − November 17, 2015 − Axonify, an innovator in the corporate learning space, announced that it has evolved its award-winning e-learning solution to a full-scale Employee Knowledge Platform designed to help corporations solve the growing employee knowledge crisis. More than ever before, employees are overwhelmed with what they need to know on the job—across every functional area. Traditional training technologies simply check a completion box rather than help employees build and retain knowledge for the long term. The consequence is that they lack the knowledge they need to take the right actions at work—resulting in lost sales revenue, poor leadership performance, increased safety incidents and more—all significant costs to the business. Axonify is the only Employee Knowledge Platform that pushes beyond the boundaries of traditional e-learning offerings. Built with the fundamentals of brain science, adaptive learning, microlearning and gamification at its core, the Axonify platform has been enhanced with sophisticated knowledge-on-demand performance support capabilities, coaching and mentoring support, as well as transformational behavior and business impact measurement capabilities—never before seen in a learning solution. The platform now offers everything an organization needs to ensure employees have the knowledge they require, assess if employees are applying what they've learned on the job, and measure the bottom-line impact. "Our platform makes employees smarter so that they can perform better," says Carol Leaman, CEO of Axonify. "It's no longer just about having a way to deliver content more effectively to a large group of people. With Axonify, every one of our customers can ensure their employees get the individual knowledge they need, right at the point they need it. We sustain it, grow it, allow them to share it, capture how they apply it and we measure the outcomes. Axonify is transforming corporate knowledge itself—going way beyond just e-learning." Support for this direction comes from progressive world leaders like Walmart, John Hancock, Toyota and Bloomingdale's, who are turning to Axonify to dramatically increase employee knowledge in a way that's engaging, easy and effective. "Axonify is giving us the ability to educate associates, and demonstrate changes in behavior to really make a safe environment," says Chad McIntosh, vice president of Loss Prevention and Risk Management at Bloomingdale's "We've had a lot of success with the program and, in the process, it has saved our organization $2.2 million this past year alone." New product capabilities strengthen Axonify's existing trail blazing innovations that surpass the expectations and needs of the market. The new capabilities include: Microlearning: Designed to deliver short, daily bursts of learning to drive sustained knowledge growth through a gamified interface. The system's proprietary adaptive capabilities automatically identify and close knowledge gaps. Knowledge-on-Demand: Provides knowledge at the exact moment an employee needs it. It builds a bridge between experts, learning professionals and employees to facilitate knowledge exchange and sharing. Influential Leadership/Coaching: Puts real insights into the hands of team managers and leaders, showing them exactly what their employees know and don't know and how this is impacting their performance on the job. Leaders access and review real-time individual and team analytics, identifying when coaching, mentoring and additional training is needed. Behavior Observations and Measurement Through to Business Results: Allows organizations to track and measure the impact of knowledge growth on employee behaviors and business results, whether it's an increase in sales or a reduction in safety incidents. Existing e-learning tools fail to drive sustained knowledge growth and improve employee and organizational performance. Whether organizations want to increase employee knowledge around safety procedures, product information, or customer service training, learning, retaining and applying essential information is necessary to drive performance, productivity and engagement. The Axonify Employee Knowledge Platform delivers on this need with its innovative approach. "Our mutual fund business has grown significantly over the past few years along with increasing product complexity," said Charles Rizzo, CFO/SVP for the John Hancock Group of Funds. "At the same time, our desire to enhance employee expertise in our funds focused the business on modernized training methods to enable our professional staff to learn and retain information while having fun doing it in a more complex business environment. Axonify has been a catalyst in our learning transformation efforts."   About Axonify Axonify is pushing beyond the boundaries of e-learning with the introduction of the world's first Employee Knowledge Platform. Powerhouse brands like Walmart, Toyota and Johnson & Johnson are leveraging the Axonify platform to fuel their employees with the knowledge they need to be successful on the job. Built with the fundamentals of brain science, adaptive learning, gamification, microlearning and knowledge-on-demand at its core, the award-winning Axonify Employee Knowledge Platform is proven to encourage employees to take the right actions—ultimately driving business outcomes that increase revenue or decrease expenses. Through its unique analytics and reporting capabilities, Axonify is the only solution that allows organizations to finally tie the impact of employee knowledge to behavior change to bottom line results. Axonify: Fuel your people + power your organization.

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    Nashua, NH – December 1, 2015 − Skillsoft, a global leader in learning and talent management, announced its new content user experience, which will allow learners to quickly navigate bite-sized learning content and access supporting activities to drive knowledge retention and increase the value of organizational learning programs. Recent research from Bersin by Deloitte suggests that workers only have one percent of their work week to dedicate to learning and development. In response to the increasing demand for quick, on-demand training opportunities, Skillsoft’s new easy-to-use course interface places content at the center of learning. Trusted video content is not only at the centerpiece of the new experience, but users can also access other available resources such as job aids, assessments, practice exercises or help from subject matter experts to reinforce and apply the learning. “In today’s always-on, digital workforce, users increasingly expect instant access to short video content for moment-of-need support to more formal programs, such as certification,” said Tim Hildreth, vice president of product management at Skillsoft. “But video alone, without supporting resources for the reinforcement and the application of the skills learned, isn’t enough. With this new interface, and leveraging Skillsoft’s extensive library of video-rich courses, we’re providing learners with easy access to crucial resources that we know are necessary for the knowledge to stick. The three to five minute action-oriented video topics are easily accessed and consumed when and where users need it most – on desktops, tablets or mobile devices.” In addition to its extensive library of expert-led courses in technical and digital skills topics, Skillsoft is now extending its new video format to cover business courses in a wide range of topics including personal and interpersonal communications, optimizing team performance, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and much more. Skillsoft’s additional videos, along with the new content experience, deliver a solution that helps organizations cultivate a highly competitive workforce, and drive innovation and growth. These enhancements to Skillsoft’s platform enable enterprises to deploy affordable, scalable solutions to deliver high-value learning programs. Seamless integration into other systems across an organization allows customers to produce actionable insights and information about their workforce to drive strategic decision-making and easily maintain compliance with regulatory requirements. 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 6,700 customers and more than 45,000,000 learners around the world.  

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    Chesterfield, MO – December 1, 2015 − On November 30, 2015, BizLibrary acquired AK Learning. The acquisition includes all of the assets of AK Learning including its current customers, intellectual property and products. Part of the acquisition is a collection of over 1,000 video lessons covering a range of important business and professional skills areas. Among the key content areas are human resources, project management, employment law, leadership and management. Another key product acquired is the BoosterLearn training reinforcement platform. This is a unique product designed to help employees retain and apply important lessons by applying scientific principles to employee training. Booster Learn delivers targeted pieces of content to employees at very specific intervals to dramatically increase learning retention. Boosters can be delivered for any training program to learners anytime on any device. “BizLibrary’s acquisition of AK Learning is a significant milestone for BizLibrary,” said Dean Pichee, president and founder of BizLibrary. “I am particularly pleased about what this acquisition means to our clients. We already sit at the very leading edge of the industry with our BizLibrary Collection of thousands of short, micro-learning videos. Our clients already realize results that are substantially better than our competitors. Now we’re adding more than 1,000 new video lessons and the BoosterLearn platform, creating an unequaled combination of video training content and technology that ensures employees learn, retain and apply the knowledge they need to improve their performance. Over the course of our 19 year history, we’ve grown at a very healthy rate, especially over the last four years. Adding the video lessons and platform from AK Learning puts BizLibrary in a position to accelerate our growth even faster, which will enable us to deliver an even more effective and exciting solution to our clients.” BizLibrary will continue to use the BoosterLearn product name. “When Dean and I met, I was pleased to meet a professional who shares my passion for delivering training that actually works and produces results,” said Art Kohn, president and founder of AK Learning. “As a researcher, I tried to develop products that are based on scientific principles of learning and retention. I am pleased that BizLibrary is going to continue develop these products because they bring a whole new level of expertise to what we’ve been doing, with scalable technology and business processes, so customers are going to benefit tremendously.”   About BizLibrary BizLibrary is a leading provider of online employee training and eLearning solutions. The BizLibrary Collection is our award-winning content collection, and contains thousands of online videos and eLearning courses covering every business training topic, including: business skills (including soft skills), leadership and management, sales and customer service, HR compliance training, IT, software, industry specific content, workplace safety and more. The BizLibrary Collection can be accessed online through BizLibrary's Learning Management System (LMS) or through any third-party LMS. Technology solutions include: BizLibrary’s Learning Portal, Content Management System, LMS, and BizLibrary Mobile App to help clients improve and manage employee learning across the entire organization.

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    Athens, GA− December 1, 2015− Docebo, a provider of cloud-based corporate learning management solutions, is pleased to announce that Klass Capital has partnered with management to acquire a controlling interest in the business. Klass acquired the shares of leading Italian venture capital firm Principia SGR and made an additional growth equity investment to support the company’s rapid growth. Docebo’s management continues to own a significant stake of the company. Docebo is regarded as one of the industry’s most flexible solutions for learning management and has been chosen by some of the world’s most respected companies. The company has been ranked in the world’s Top 10 for SaaS e-learning solutions providers and in the Top 3 for B2B LMSs. The Docebo platform is highly regarded for having an easy-to-use, modern interface, with a modular design that allows companies to extend and scale their solution according to their needs. Since Klass’ initial investment early this year, Docebo has accelerated its growth trajectory, as the company has experienced consistent triple digit growth and has been adding over ten enterprise customers per month. The company has become the partner of choice for leaders in the technology space including FreshBooks, Shopify, Zendesk and Optimizely, as well as for Fortune 500 companies Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and Petronas. “We continue to be impressed with how quickly Docebo has been able to scale internationally,” said Daniel Klass, managing partner of Klass Capital. “We also believe that Docebo is in a strong position to address the social and informal learning management needs that exist in the market.” “Organizations are beginning to understand that collaboration and informal learning are more effective than formal training methods,” said Claudio Erba, president and CEO of Docebo. “We have two new modules in private beta, Docebo Coach and Docebo Share, which cater to a more social way of learning and building knowledge across the organization.” Over the last year, Docebo has significantly increased their presence in North America and now have over 20 full-time employees in Atlanta. The company will continue to work closely with Klass to build out the North American team. “During our initial meetings, I was very impressed with the management team at Docebo, and over the last year they have consistently exceeded our expectations,” said Klass. “We are excited to have increased our ownership in Docebo and we look forward to working alongside them as theycontinue to scale their business.” About DoceboDocebo’s Cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) enterprise learning management system (LMS) is sold in more than 80 countries. Established in 2005, Docebo (Latin for “I will teach”) has more than 28,000 installations and offers an enterprise solution for mid-size 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. About Klass CapitalKlass is a growth equity firm established to provide expansion stage capital to high growth enterprise software businesses. The company’s target equity investment size is between $1 million and $20 million. Klass moves quickly, has a collaborative approach, and strongly believes in adding value to its partners. Klass has built a portfolio of 16 high growth enterprise software businesses.

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    December 4, 2015 − MOS – MindOnSite, creator of learning environment, signs a new partnership with Serious Factory, editor of immersive simulators for digital learning. Together, they deploy an integrated, innovative and fully customizable solution dedicated to the training of internal and external sales forces. Synergies of two digital learning leaders MOS creates a seamless, unified and complete learning experience through its ready-to-use and tailor-made learning portals. With this new partnership, the Swiss editor integrates Serious Factory’s innovative and digital learning content based on the principle of Gamification on its LMS platform. It thus consolidates its strategy of creating complete and customized learning environment. Serious Factory benefits from MOS’s Smart Learning Portal offering, pre-designed and ready-to-use learning spaces specifically designed to meet learning challenges of a business sector. The Smart Learning Portal for sales forces includes an engaging and customizable learning portal, already available catalogues of modules and consulting services.   About MindOnSite: MindOnSite assists you in implementing a comprehensive and customized learning environment, with innovative solutions and ready-to-use and custom-made learning portals. About Serious Factory: Serious Factory is a developer of innovative, educational solutions for training purposes (immersive simulators, serious games, digital solutions based on the principle of gamification…).

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    Chicago, IL − December 3, 2015 − MicroTek, the largest training room rental company in the country, has relocated its Chicago facility from the 5th floor to a larger space on the 9th floor of 230 W. Monroe, Chicago. The new 15,000 square foot facility features an updated, contemporary design, and is equipped with the latest training technology. “We’ve been in the 230 W. Monroe building since 1997 and are very happy with this location and all it provides to our clients and students. So we were excited at the opportunity to create a new, larger facility within the same building,” said Bill Taylor, vice president, MicroTek. “This new training center has been redesigned from floor to ceiling and is truly a showcase facility. It provides an inviting, comfortable space that will enhance the learning experience.” MicroTek partnered with EWP Architects to create a modern design incorporating an open grid ceiling, contemporary finishes and wood flooring. Natural lighting and light colors create a bright, invigorating environment that encourages learning. The facility holds 15 classrooms, able to accommodate a wide variety of class and meeting sizes. Select training rooms feature virtual training room technology making it easy for instructors to deliver effective training to both onsite and offsite participants through advanced video conferencing equipment. Meeting rooms offer flexible space and are equipped with high-speed internet and premium bandwidth to ensure uninterrupted learning sessions. Renovations are also scheduled for MicroTek’s Boston facility later this year and MicroTek will be opening new training and meeting room rental facilities in New York in 2017. The MicroTek Chicago facility is located at 230 W. Monroe, Suite 900, Chicago, IL.   ABOUT MICROTEK MicroTek is a leading provider of business training and meeting rooms, virtual training platforms and event management services. With an expansive national and global reach, MicroTek is equipped to manage and execute any sized training program—anywhere in the world. Our Next Generation Classroom suite of services include state-of-the-art business training and meeting facilities, virtual training rooms, virtual learning labs, and digital content management. We offer end-to-end support for large training rollouts including courseware fulfillment, scheduling and instructor deployment. MicroTek was named a Top Training Company for the seventh consecutive year by Trainingindustry.com.

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    Chicago, IL – December 4, 2015 − MicroTek, an industry leader in training room rentals and virtual delivery solutions, announces its Virtual Learning Labs offering may be combined with its Virtual Training Room to deliver a one-of-a-kind, hybrid learning experience. The two technologies allow the delivery of live, instructor-led technical or computer-based training equally to both in-class and remote learners simultaneously. “We are hearing a clear message from our customers that they want solutions that help expand their classroom, reduce cancelation rates, and increase training ROI,” said Hugh McCullen, president of MicroTek. “By using Virtual Training Room with Learning Labs, customers are afforded the flexibility of conducting live, instructor-led training events to more learners regardless of their physical proximity to the classroom. The implications of combining these two technologies is revolutionizing how computer labs are delivered, allowing more participants to experience mission-critical training around the world, with ease.” The combination of the two services provides a flexible solution to companies with learners dispersed in various geographic locations—helping cut travel costs and reduce class cancellations. MicroTek’s Virtual Learning Lab and Virtual Training Room utilize the most advanced technology to create an enhanced learning experience. The Virtual Learning Lab is a cloud-based environment that provides hands-on training for applications, complex computing, proof of concept, product demos and other computer-based learning events. Virtual Training Room is a two-way, HD video and audio video-conferencing system, connecting remote learners to live classroom training, allowing them to interact with the instructor, other students and the technical environment. The integration of these two products is completely unique in the marketplace, providing all the benefits of live, classroom learning to remote participants. “We are truly innovating training delivery with the combination of Virtual Learning Lab and Virtual Training Room,” said McCullen. “It’s a win-win-win for everyone. Training managers now have a solution that helps make programs more profitable and successful. Students have the flexibility to learn where it’s convenient to them without sacrificing the learning experience. And, trainers are afforded a unique instructional dynamic and ability to use engagement tools that enhance learning.” MicroTek Virtual Learning Lab and Virtual Training Room is offered in select facilities throughout the United States.   ABOUT MICROTEK MicroTek is a leading provider of business training and meeting rooms, virtual training platforms and event management services. With an expansive national and global reach, MicroTek is equipped to manage and execute any sized training program—anywhere in the world. Our Next Generation Classroom suite of services include state-of-the-art business training and meeting facilities, virtual training rooms, virtual learning labs, and digital content management. We offer end-to-end support for large training rollouts including courseware fulfillment, scheduling and instructor deployment. MicroTek was named a Top Training Company for the seventh consecutive year by Trainingindustry.com.

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    Columbia, MD − December 8, 2015 − Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation has been awarded a $29.6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide technical and professional support to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)/U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity Recovered Chemical Materiel Directorate (CMA-RCMD). The U.S. Army CMA-RCMD provides centralized management and direction to the DoD for the assessment and disposal of recovered chemical weapon material and other chemical disposal missions in a safe, environmentally sound and cost-effective manner.  The basic indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity umbrella contract scope of work is to provide lifecycle logistics services for mission critical equipment assets; operations and maintenance of the chemical demilitarization training facility (CDTF) and support facilities; and, technical training pertaining to CMA-RCMD missions. Additional task orders may be awarded for individually specified projects other than those included in the annual cost baseline during the period of performance.  The base contract is for five years from September 2015 to September 2020, with a possible five-year extension, and has a ceiling limit of $50 million.  "GP Strategies has been operating and maintaining the CDTF for the CMA for more than a quarter century, and we are elated to have the opportunity to extend our professional relationship with CMA-RCMD for another decade,” said Craig Seger, senior vice president of GP Strategies. “Our professional team is eager to assist the DoD/U.S. Army in achieving their mission success by ensuring that facilities and equipment assets coupled with the operational and maintenance skills accumulated by the U.S. Army and its performers are maintained in a constant state of performance readiness."   About GP Strategies Corporation GP Strategies (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies' solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior engineering, 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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    Salt Lake City, UT – December 10, 2015 − The Bridge team at Instructure, a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, announced the results of a study assessing what millennials and non-millennials value most in leadership at work. In contrast to widespread belief that millennials and older generations are fundamentally divided in their view of work, the nationwide study of more than 1,000 working employees and managers found that employees' expectations of leadership are timeless and defy intergenerational dynamics. "In our study we found that views of management are largely congruent across generations, with a few key exceptions," said Jeff Weber, senior vice president of people and places at Instructure. "At Instructure, we care about improving the health and effectiveness of companies, and these new insights can help facilitate engaging work environments and happier employees throughout the age spectrum. These findings can also catalyze the implementation of more pertinent corporate training to managers and employees focused on staff needs." According to the results, both millennials and non-millennials have higher opinions of the leaders with whom they work most closely, indicating that face time matters across generations. The study revealed 32 percent of both millennials and non-millennials think their direct supervisor performs very well, as opposed to 23 percent for senior management and 18 percent for C-suite executives. Additional findings of the survey include: Millennials and non-millennials alike value trustworthiness the most in a manager, with 59 percent of millennials and 73 percent of non-millennials dubbing it the most important quality. Millennials and non-millennials agree that managers are more effective in displaying industry knowledge and experience (42 percent say they are very effective) than they are at mentoring (25 percent say they are very effective) and utilizing all of employees' talents and abilities at work (23 percent say they are very effective). Millennials think leadership is less concerned about them. They also are less optimistic about the benefits of work. Only 23 percent of millennials strongly agree that management is concerned about them compared to 40 percent of non-millennials, and only 32 percent of millennials strongly agree that work is good for their mental health compared to 40 percent of non-millennials. Millennials and non-millennials share a cohesive vision about how leadership will change by 2020. Employees feel managers will 1. Delegate more assignments (most likely), 2. Empower their teams more, 3. Master more technical skills, 4. Develop better teaching capabilities and 5. Develop better gender sensitivity (least likely). These cross-generational priorities can be met with better training of managers, delivered by a modern learning management system accessible on-the-go or in the office, like Bridge, created by Instructure. The survey polled more than 1,000 employees across the United States to determine their attitudes about leadership, gender and training at work. The survey was conducted in October 2015 and had respondents in several industries, with an equal split of male and female respondents.   ABOUT INSTRUCTURE: Instructure, Inc. is a leading 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 created Canvas and Bridge to enable 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 1,600 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world.  

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    New York, NY − December 10, 2015 − Grovo, the next-generation learning solution for the enterprise, today announced a trio of new product features that arm learning and development teams with the data and tools to quickly scale effective learning programs throughout their organizations. With Grovo’s new User Management API, Events, and Powers capabilities, learning administrators can now coordinate diverse learning activities from a central hub to drive efficacy. The enhanced features were developed to support Grovo’s progressive clients, who are increasingly adopting blended and decentralized learning programs, as well as integrating learning throughout their HR technology stack to drive engagement. “Learning and development programs are being challenged to grow in scope and sophistication,” said Nick Narodny, co-founder of Grovo, who oversees the company’s engineering, product and design functions. “Grovo’s new product features make that possible by quickly enabling effective learning across departments. It gives L&D leaders the power to develop organization-wide cultures of learning.” RESTful API Grovo’s new RESTful API reduces administrative burden so clients can spend less time managing learning and more time improving it. It allows learning administrators to quickly synchronize user information, along with user performance and training data, across their entire learning ecosystem. The API is designed around best practices for security and standard data formats. With the RESTful API, companies can seamlessly integrate their Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) or Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) with Grovo. This makes the Grovo platform powerful enough to operate as a standalone learning solution and flexible enough to work alongside a company’s existing software to drive deeper learning engagement and better business results. Powers Learning and development’s role may have previously been siloed to content creation and distribution, but Grovo clients like DDB Worldwide are now moving toward facilitating learning across departments. The launch of Powers enables advanced user permissions to support these decentralized programs and empowers individual managers to train their teams. "With over 200 agencies around the globe, DDB is decentralizing its learning to put administrative power in the hands of individual departments, rather than just each agency’s Talent/HR person,” said Veronica Tucker, global talent development manager of DDB Worldwide. “With learning being managed at a more micro level, learning solutions can be better pinpointed. Individual team and department leads will be able to recommend, assign, and upload. This unlocks a huge amount of value.” With Powers, admins can give select users access to specific features within the Grovo platform. Managers and other team members can be granted the power to view reporting, assign training, create training, manage people, set powers, and view account settings. Events With Grovo’s new Events capabilities, it’s now simple to execute blended learning programs - mixing online and offline learning to reduce time to competence and achieve greater performance gains. Blended learning improves learning engagement by allowing in-person sessions to become interactive workshops, rather than simply function as lecture halls. Admins can now layer live development sessions within broader e-learning tracks on Grovo, or schedule and track attendance at standalone training events. Trainers can also assign pre- and post-event microlearning lessons to increase knowledge acquisition and improve skill building. These product additions boost the robust analytics, learning management and content authoring tools of Grovo’s platform. Combined with Grovo’s award-winning microlearning content and learning advisory support, companies get a holistic solution to elevate employee performance, attract talent and create job love. About Grovo Grovo is reinventing learning for today’s workforce. The next-generation learning solution combines beautiful technology, engaging content, and hands-on advisory support to drive better learning outcomes and better business results. From onboarding to leadership training, Grovo’s 60-second microlearning videos teach everything 21st century employees need on a platform that learners and trainers love. Founded in 2010, Grovo has delivered more than 5 million learning moments at organizations in over 190 countries. Its own culture of learning has earned the company recognition as a "Best Place to Work" by Entrepreneur Magazine, Crain’s, and Internet Week. Grovo has raised venture financing from Accel Partners, Greg Waldorf, Costanoa Venture Capital, SoftTech VC, Lerer Ventures and Red Swan Ventures.    

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    Redwood Shores, CA − December 11, 2015 − Saba, a global leader in cloud-based intelligent talent management solutions, announced that DencoHappel has selected Saba Cloud to deliver workforce learning and development, and support the organization's vision for training, engaging, developing their workforce. "We were looking for a learning and development platform that would ensure that our people would receive the best training and development, and be fully enabled to meet their potential," said Hans-Joachim Heinze, training department at DencoHappel. "Saba was the clear choice as their long history of learning management expertise, as well as their robust workforce analytics, which provide us a more meaningful way to link and measure employee's goals with business needs." Through a centralized and intelligent platform, Saba enables organizations to develop and deliver structured and targeted training, and drive employee development and engagement through collaborative social tools and learning mobility. The unique predictive analytics and self-learning capabilities of Saba's platform continually deliver the most applicable and valuable learning experiences to users, and offer program administrators a data-driven approach to program optimization, compliance and reporting. "Forward-thinking customers like DencoHappel understand the importance of connecting their learning programs to broader employee performance, development and retention goals," said Paige Newcombe, chief customer officer at Saba. "We are looking forward to supporting DencoHappel in their mission to engage and develop employee talent with Saba Cloud." About DencoHappel DencoHappel is a technology leader in air-treatment and conditioning systems, filtration equipment and process-air cooling. Premium brands are, for example. CAIRplus®, DENCO®, MultiMAXX®; Multi Flair® DencoHappel COM4®, Flex-Geko®, FireTex®, SepTex®, Sahara® and DELBAG® products. Based on more than 100 years of experience and its innovative strength DencoHappel has developed cutting-edge state of the art concepts and has continuously set new technological standards. With its broad variety of products variety all customer wishes can be accomplished. DencoHappel is headquartered in Herne, Germany. With manufacturing facilities in Germany, UK, Czech Republic, Turkey, China and India as well as sales organizations and distributors in more than 50 countries, the company has a truly global footprint. About Saba Saba delivers a cloud-based intelligent talent management solution used by leading organizations worldwide to hire, develop, engage and inspire their people. With machine learning at its core, Saba Cloud offers proactive, personalized recommendations on candidates, connections and content to help employees and businesses lead and succeed. It is purpose-built on a highly scalable platform that exceeds industry security and reliability standards. Saba has more than 31 million users and 2,200 customers across 195 countries and 37 languages.  

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    CARY, NC – December 11, 2015 − TrainingIndustry.com, the information resource for training leaders, has announced the 2015 IT Training Companies Watch List, as part of its mission to continually monitor and assess the training marketplace for the best providers of IT training. View the 2015 IT Training Companies Watch List Selection to the 2015 IT Training Companies Watch List was based on the following criteria: Leadership and innovation in IT training Breadth of IT training and delivery methods offered Company size and growth potential Quality and number of clients/users Geographic reach Awards, recognition and competitive differentiation                                                                                                                 “The companies represented on this year’s Watch List are diverse, ranging from coding bootcamps to traditional IT training,” said Ken Taylor, president of Training Industry, Inc. “These are organizations which have unique offerings that can help organizations or individuals build their IT skillset.” “We have seen an increase of entrants in the corporate IT training space, each with unique portfolios to help meet the needs of today’s IT learner,” said Doug Harward, CEO of Training Industry, Inc. “This year’s Watch List reflects the breadth of needed IT training in the market.” To contact Training Industry about the IT Training Companies Watch List, email info@trainingindustry.com. View the 2015 IT Training Companies Watch List   About Training Industry TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry, and publishes annual Top 20 and Watch List reports covering many sectors of interest to the corporate training function. 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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    New Delhi, India – December 15, 2015 − NIIT Institute for Finance, Banking and Insurance (IFBI), India's largest banking training institute, announced the launch of a two-month Certificate Program in Global Finance and Accounting: ‘FinVantage’ - a comprehensive fast track training program in accounts payable and accounts receivable. The program aims to provide skilled talent for the BPM industry all across India by identifying and equipping students with necessary skills for higher productivity and performance. Students will learn about international accounting standards, processes and terminologies and become competent in skills required for a career in global finance and accounting. Certificate Program in Global Finance and Accounting is an industry recognized program aligned to the Transactional F&A QP of NASSCOM. The BFSI vertical has been experiencing a robust growth year-on-year in the BPM industry. BFSI continues to be the largest vertical growing at a rapid rate of 20 percent per year. Therefore the need for qualified and skilled manpower, trained as per global standards is at an all-time high. Certificate Program in Global Finance and Accounting is imperative for the industry as it would create all-round professionals with good inter-personal and communication skills who are not only competent in finance and accounting, but also good at business etiquettes and other professional skills. After successful completion of the program, candidates will be awarded with a certificate and will be provided with 100 percent placement assistance. Over the last year NIIT IFBI has trained over 400 candidates in Finance and Accounting roles in BPM Industry. NIIT will leverage existing relationships with leading corporates for the same. “This is an era of globalization and we have been witnessing a growing demand for finance and accounting professionals trained as per international standards,” said Bimal Jain, president of IFBI. “Indian companies prefer to recruit those candidates who have an expertise in these international standards apart from their normal specialization in finance and accounting. We have therefore designed an exclusive ‘Certificate Program in Global Finance and Accounting’ to offer training as per international standards. The objective of this program is to create a sustainable, high-quality, cost-effective model to deliver trained resources for F&A and to build a talent pool for the BFSI and BPM industry.”    Commerce graduates with minimum 50 percent marks can apply for this program. Candidates should have basic understanding of Accounting and should possess good communication skill. About NIIT IFBI The Institute for Finance, Banking and Insurance (IFBI), India's largest banking training institute, was established in 2006 to meet the manpower challenges of multi-skilled and trained professionals in the fast evolving BFSI sector.   NIIT IFBI has placed over 35000 candidates across BFSI organisations and trained over 150,000 working professionals in India for the Banking and Financial Services Industry in the last eight years.

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