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    Redwood City, CA - November 16, 2016 - TalentSky, the first professional network to introduce a standardized skills language for employees and employers, announces skills-based advanced analytics with TalentSky Workforce Science. Going far beyond the concept of a standardized "skills library," TalentSky's Workforce Science also delivers universal proficiency definitions with data intelligence that grows with the network. TalentSky Workforce Science fuels dynamic, real-time skill proficiency data and actionable workforce insights for enterprise customers to make strategic talent-related decisions and close the skills gap that afflicts most organizations. The skills gap is the difference between the skill proficiencies available within an organization's workforce, and the skill proficiencies needed for that organization to succeed. The skills gap is widening at global, national, and organizational levels, and is a critical topic for executive leadership. Bersin by Deloitte's survey—Advancements in Leadership, Talent and Innovation (May 4, 2016)—revealed that 88 percent of CXOs believe the rapid pace at which technology and the markets are changing creates a skills gap at their companies. Nearly half of these same executives also feel the gap is not being adequately addressed (44 percent of CXOs). Since introducing TalentSky 1.0 in February 2016, the company and its lighthouse customers—which include top U.S. enterprises such as eBay, IBM, Target, Foot Locker, Coca-Cola, and SAP, among others—have been collaborating on how to optimize the approach to narrow the skills gap in each organization. TalentSky's investment in TalentSky Workforce Science demonstrates the company's commitment to help each customer solve its skills gap by providing highly valuable, constantly evolving skills-based data and insights. The resulting real-time visibility into skill supply and demand informs talent decisions including hiring, professional development, team building, and performance management.  "The current employment system is static and does not provide the real-time skill signaling needed by employers to manage their workforces. Line of Business and HR departments are struggling to identify the right talent to fuel business growth. The contract between employers and employees is being rewritten for a win-win: employees want and expect professional development to better support their employers' changing skills demands. Employers are calling for a data-driven approach to skills and skill proficiencies as the missing ingredient to actionable information on workforce performance," said Rick Devine, TalentSky's CEO and Founder. TalentSky Workforce Science encompasses the development of new data science capabilities, especially in advanced analytics utilizing TalentSky's proprietary algorithms. Through TalentSky Workforce Science, the enterprise professional network generates insights that, for the first time, can be applied to individualized hiring and development decisions, as well as inform large-scale company strategic talent planning and development. "TalentSky Workforce Science drives home the critical role of data and analysis for organizations to address their skills gap. The entire organization benefits from real time skill supply and demand visibility to transform their culture, improve performance, and focus leadership on workforce success for future growth," said Eva Sage-Gavin, former Vice Chair of Aspen Institute's Skills for America's Future Advisory Board and Senior Advisor for the Boston Consulting Group and G100 Network. Companies are increasingly looking for analytics-powered workforce planning, especially in the area of skills. In fact, according to Bersin by Deloitte, predictive analytics can help make the HR department more strategic to the business, using data to back up decisions. TalentSky applies advanced predictive analytics principles directly to the problem of the skills gap—one enterprise at a time.  TalentSky will introduce enhanced network features with its 2.0 release in first quarter, 2017. Companies interested in TalentSky can visit www.talentsky.com to learn more about becoming an enterprise customer or get started creating a skills-based Moment with a free personal account. About TalentSky, Inc.TalentSky (www.talentsky.com) is a disruptive online talent platform that bridges the skills gap for enterprises and organizations seeking greater workforce skill visibility. Bringing together Workforce Science with advanced analytics on skills and skill proficiencies delivered through an enterprise connected professional social media network, TalentSky provides employers opportunities for employee engagement, internal up-skilling, and insight into internal and external talent. Individual users are able to showcase their qualifications through skills, see how they stack up against roles at the companies they're interested in, while gaining insight into the skills they need to develop in order to be attractive to future opportunities. TalentSky is headquartered in Redwood City, CA.

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    San Francisco, CA - November 16, 2016 - NovoEd, creator of the most engaging online platform for the modern learner, announced today that former Blackboard Division President and serial entrepreneur Ed Millerhas joined the company as President & Chief Executive Officer. Miller brings over 25 years of industry experience. He previously spent 7 years at Blackboard as President of multiple businesses units.  He joined Blackboard with the acquisition of Xythos, the developer of the content repository used by hundreds of universities and corporations. As CEO he was responsible for leading Xythos' growth from pre-revenue through its acquisition and successful integration into Blackboard. "I'm delighted to join NovoEd at this exciting time," Miller said. "The best learning comes from hands-on, collaborative experiences, which traditionally have been limited to costly, in-person trainings.  With NovoEd, these programs can be delivered online and finally scale to reach entire organizations." NovoEd has seen explosive growth over the past two years and is expanding its offerings into corporate training and professional development. Founded at Stanford, NovoEd developed its technology to power experiential online programs with premier universities including Wharton, Princeton, UVA Darden, and Stanford.  Today's companies also need modern learning solutions, built for the mobile, social learner, especially with millennials becoming a significant part of the workforce. "The team has done an amazing job enabling customers, including IDEO, Comcast, and ING Bank to deliver innovative learning programs," said Greg Sands, Founding Partner of Costanoa Ventures.  "We are confident Ed has the right experience and proven leadership skills to guide NovoEd during this period of rapid growth." "I am looking forward to working alongside the talented NovoEd team as we enhance our offerings and enter our next phase of growth," Miller said. "Together, we will help organizations train leaders and develop professionals around the world with the best possible online learning experience." About NovoEd, Inc. NovoEd, Inc. offers the online platform for the modern learner.  Its social, collaboration, and mobile capabilities enable more engaging and effective learning experiences for employees, customers, and students. This makes it possible to teach high stakes skills at scale.  For more information, visit www.novoed.com.

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    Harrisburg, PA - November 16, 2016 - JPL Integrated Communications, Inc. announced today that it will merge JPL's learning solutions business into its d'Vinci Interactive subsidiary, creating a stronger market presence with expanded capabilities. d'Vinci develops custom learning experiences, educational websites and web and mobile applications for a different client base than JPL. The combined organization will primarily service corporations, government agencies, educational content providers and medical education organizations. d'Vinci will maintain its connection to JPL, integrating JPL's digital marketing, creative services and media production capabilities into custom learning solutions. The newly combined organization will include all 24 team members located in Hagerstown, MD and Harrisburg, PA. Both JPL and d'Vinci have been using learning technology to help clients improve quality and boost performance for more than 20 years. Clients include National Geographic, The Hershey Company, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and the National Park Service. "We're excited to combine the strengths of the two teams to bring greater value to our clients," said d'Vinci Chief Operating Officer Mason Scuderi. "We're already working together developing innovative, engaging and compatible learning solutions." "Since JPL acquired d'Vinci in 2013, the two organizations have worked together to create award-winning projects for PBS LearningMedia, Johns Hopkins HealthCare and the Administrative Office of the US Courts. This merger takes it to the next level, making us more competitive nationally and globally," said JPL President and d'Vinci CEO Luke Kempski. According to industry experts Bersin by Deloitte, organizations are investing billions worldwide in learning content development and technologies. For d'Vinci, this means growing opportunities to help clients leverage these investments to deliver extraordinary outcomes.  To learn more about the two organizations coming together, go to JPLLearning.com and dVinci.com. The new combined d'Vinci website will go live in early January 2017.

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    Dallas, TX - November 16, 2016 - National American University announced Tuesday that it has entered into a license agreement with RefactorU to utilize RefactorU's curriculum in an NAU intensive 10-week coding bootcamp to be offered at NAU's Lewisville campus located near Dallas, Texas. NAU plans to begin offering the program in January 2017. Since 1941, when it first opened its doors in Rapid City, South Dakota, National American University has been committed to offering its students training programs that fill needs in the community. The University, then known as National School of Business, initially offered business training programs that helped veterans refocus the skills they learned in the military to management and operations. Since then, NAU has continually expanded its courses to adapt to the changing needs of its students and the economy at-large, moving into fields like healthcare and information technology, and increasing the number of its campuses. This coding bootcamp, utilizing RefactorU's curriculum, is one of many degree and training opportunities afforded by the University to its students. More information about NAU's coding bootcamp may be attained by visiting bootcamp.national.edu. "Our success and our commitment to students are rooted in the belief that quality educational opportunities should exist for every person who desires them," says Dr. Ronald Shape, President and CEO of National American University. "National American University is thrilled to offer a program with RefactorU's highly respected curriculum." "RefactorU is delighted to work with National American University on this effort," said Sean Daken, Founder & CEO of RefactorU. "National American University's 75-year history of providing top-notch career education to thousands of students is laudable. RefactorU is honored to help National American University accelerate the learning and development of its current and future creatives, makers, and technologists." NAU offers certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in business, information technology, healthcare, and legal studies. During the past 75 years, NAU has grown to serve students at more than 30 locations offering courses in traditional, online, and hybrid formats, providing students increased flexibility to take classes at times and places convenient to their busy lifestyles. National American University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (800-621-7440 | hlcommission.org). For more information about degree programs, admissions, and financial aid opportunities, please visit www.national.edu.

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    Reston, VA - November 16, 2016 - Echo360 announced, today, the acquisition of online learning company Astute Technology, whose testing and certification platform allows organizations and institutions to evaluate user comprehension of video content and generate cloud-based certificates as users master new skills and competencies. With the integration of the Astute assessment and credentialing suite into the Echo360 video platform, faculty, institutional leaders, and continuing education providers will have access to an expanded set of tools to assess learning and measure student engagement. The acquisition reflects Echo360's ongoing innovation in video technology-transforming traditional lecture capture from passive infrastructure technology into collaborative communities of learning and insights.  "As institutions continue to invest heavily in video infrastructure and cloud-based technology, it's essential that those investments are tied to improving learning outcomes," said Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360. "The integration of Astute Technology assessment and analytics capabilities will help CIOs, institutional leaders, and training providers 'future proof' their video investment, allowing these new platforms to support the core objectives of teaching and learning." To date, over 3 million continuing education certificates have been awarded by non-profit, corporate, medical societies, and government healthcare organizations using Astute Technology's learning platform and certification solutions. Astute's focus on healthcare compliments the wide-adoption of Echo360 technology in academic fields like healthcare, science, and veterinary medicine, where student engagement is essential. The acquisition also provides continuing education providers with a robust platform to create meaningful learning experiences that are no longer confined to in-person training and conferences. Together, Echo360 and Astute Technology provides a comprehensive online learning platform that expands access to critical content for learners, gives instructors real-time insights into the student experience, and allows education providers to capture and share learning content from conferences and in-person trainings.  "The shift toward competency based learning and hiring is driving demand for much more granular insight into better evidence of what students learn, and how that learning translates into workforce relevant skills," said Jon Merril, CEO of Astute Technology. "Today's learners -- undergraduates and professionals -- increasingly need access to the right content, at the right time. Our experience in aligning content with dynamic assessments to measure comprehension, paired with Echo360's video platform, assembles critical elements to make use of video across complex organizations, and design digital learning experiences that drive learning outcomes." Backed by Steve Case's Revolution Growth, Echo360's technologies are used by over 3 million students in 11,000 classrooms at 750 schools across 30 countries. Through the Echo360 platform, faculty and instructors are able to tap into powerful learner analytics, generated as students review course content in advance of class, ask questions during class in an anonymous and risk-free way, and engage with instructors and peers anytime and anywhere. About Echo360:Echo360 believes that improved outcomes start with great moments in the classroom. Developed by educators, Echo360 helps instructors capture and extend those moments to improve student engagement before, during and after class. Through our academic video platform, students have 24/7 access to classroom discussion, presentation materials, and the lecture itself. We generate data that helps instructors and institutions identify problems early and take action. Today, Echo360 technologies are used by over 3 million students in 11,000 classrooms at 750 schools across 30 countries. Echo360 is backed by Revolution Growth led by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis and Donn Davis.

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    Vancouver, BC - November 17, 2016 - Technology provider Lambda Solutions announced today the release of Lambda Learning Solution, calling it the first enterprise software and services bundle to offer a comprehensive feature set for the global open source market. Available on a subscription basis for Moodle and Totara, the world's leading open source learning platforms, Lambda Learning Solution now comes bundled with Zoola Analytics, an LMS reporting product, plus custom branding, LMSCheckout, a full e-commerce solution, Salesforce.com integration, media streaming and storage capabilities, and training. “While the strength and innovation of the open source community keeps us at the forefront of e-learning, our customers are always helping us push that envelope even further,” said Stewart Rogers, Director of Product Management. “In many ways, Lambda Learning Solution is our customers' ultimate wishlist - we're excited to offer this fully integrated open source package, the first of its kind.” Lambda Learning Solution includes two new products - LMSCheckout, a secure e-commerce solution, and EnlightenCRM, which integrates Salesforce.com customer relationship management systems with Moodle and Totara LMS. Last year, Lambda released Zoola Analytics to the open source community, providing end user organizations and other LMS providers full-featured reporting and executive dashboard functionality. “Zoola immediately gave our customers' LMS teams actionable insights on learner activities and performance, and we were quickly able to extend this data-driven approach to e-learning by expanding the product set and integrating with LMSCheckout and Salesforce.com,” added Rogers. “This gave our customers a more complete view into the value of training and online learning, without losing the flexibility and security of open source technology.” Additional enhanced features include Digital Media Library, which enhances streaming media delivery capabilities of the LMS, and a configurable theme to match corporate branding and enhance the user experience. All Lambda Learning Solution plans also come with subscriptions to Learning Space, a blended learning environment consisting of Lambda training courses for course developers and LMS administrators. “Out of everything in Lambda Learning Solution, we think the update to the training we deliver is probably the real game-changer,” said Rogers. “As e-learning experts, giving our LMS-focused customers the training they need to support their e-learning growth across their own organizations is more important than any software we could ever sell.” Lambda will introduce Lambda Learning Solution this week at DevLearn, an elearning conference running November 16-18 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas (http://www.elearningguild.com/DevLearn) — visit Lambda Solutions at booth 336.

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    Pleasanton, CA - November 17, 2016 - Corporate Visions, the leading marketing and sales messaging, content and skills training company, today launched the Triple Threat™ Training System, the first complete, online sales skills training library designed to improve performance in the three most critical moments of truth in a sales cycle. Salespeople need to master three core "skills" to become a complete, top performer: 1) create enough pipeline opportunities to hit their number; 2) execute proposals by presenting a business case that passes muster with executive and financial buyers; 3) maintain profitability of deals despite increasing commoditization and pricing pressure.  "This is what we call the 'triple threat' of selling and sales performance," says Tim Riesterer, chief strategy and research officer at Corporate Visions. "In show business, performers are considered a 'triple threat' if they can sing, act and dance. In sales, the 'triple threat' performer excels at pipe, proposals and profits." The Triple Threat Training System is a virtual, modular version of Corporate Visions' proven successful classroom-based skills training programs, now available as a library of 10-15 minute training modules with dozens of shorter 60-90-second reinforcement videos. The product comes at a time when many companies are facing serious challenges around training access. Corporate Visions' State of the Conversation Report found that nearly 80 percent of companies are struggling to train the number of salespeople they want on the skills they need. Meanwhile, 65 percent of companies are increasing their investment in virtual training options while classroom training purchases remain flat. "The pressure to move skills training online is very real, with the biggest reason being that sales leaders are reluctant to take reps out of the field for scheduled training events," Riesterer said. "However, most training departments have viewed virtual training as an efficient alternative where they can deliver more training at lower cost. In the case of the Triple Threat, we've identified ways to also make it more effective." The Triple Threat Training System offers four ways to make virtual training more effective, not just more efficient: Performance-based training – This leverages sales system data to help companies identify salespeople who are struggling in the triple threat skills areas, such as those who are not creating enough pipeline; have too many stalled proposals; or are discounting to a number and leaking profits. Needs-based training – You can conduct a behavioral outcomes fluency assessment to identify strengths and weaknesses of salespeople and match that to specific competency modules that can be "kitted up" for a personalized learning journey. Situationally relevant training – Align specific skills training modules to each step of your sales process and present those online at each opportunity stage of your CRM, helping to reinforce a consistent sales process. Sales "play"-based training – As you launch products and promote go-to market strategies in sales "plays," you create the opportunity for embedded skills training, which gives salespeople the right messages, assets and tools for the particular sales play. To learn more about the Triple Threat™ Training System, check out the solution brief. About Corporate Visions Corporate Visions is a leading marketing and sales messaging, content, and skills training company. Global B2B companies come to us when they want to: Develop compelling messages to break the status quo and differentiate their solution; Deploy those messages in the field through demand generation and sales enablement content; and Deliver sales skills that help salespeople confidently use the messages and content to create, elevate and capture more value in their customer conversations.

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    Columbia, MD - November 17, 2016 - CommPartners, a leading provider of Learning Management Software, webcast, and livestream solutions and Higher Logic, the leader in cloud-based community platforms announce they will be collaborating to fully integrate community and online learning. Traditionally these two spheres have been presented as separate components. Through this new partnership, Higher Logic clients will now be able to access online courses directly within a community framework, further leveraging the relationship among participants and host organizations. CommPartners' clients will now benefit by having greater engagement through Higher Logic's community platform. "We have been talking for years about the need to bridge the divide between learning and community.  This partnership provides the opportunity for a true knowledge hub similar to how we participate within a classroom environment."  Richard Finstein, CEO, CommPartners CommPartners Elevate LMS will extend the value of Higher Logic Communities through simple and secure course access, centralized reporting of results, and simple setup and management. Elevate LMS is powering the Higher Logic Academy which will provide the company's clients with educational offerings and training. "Our partnership with CommPartners and Elevate LMS is a great opportunity to bring together the strength of online communities and social learning tools. Higher Logic and CommPartners already offer innovative services for any organization looking to improve engagement and connect people. We're excited to debut the new Higher Logic Academy alongside CommPartners as a premier online learning tool."  Mark Lowry, CRO, Higher Logic To learn more about CommPartners and Elevate LMS please contact Meghan Gowen at mgowen@commpartners.com or 443.539.4851. About Higher Logic Higher Logic is an industry leader in cloud-based community platforms. Organizations worldwide use Higher Logic to bring people all together, by giving their community a home where they can interact, share ideas, answer questions and stay connected. Learn more at www.higherlogic.com About CommPartners CommPartners is a leading provider of online education and event solutions. At the core of the company's solutions is our Elevate Learning Management System. Elevate is the only LMS with fully integrated and embedded webinar, livestream and multimedia software to support learning, how and when it occurs. The connection between live, peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges and traditional continuing education programs leads to improved learning outcomes, as well as increased participation within an organization's education offerings.  Learn more at www.commpartners.com

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    Portland, OR - November 17, 2016 - OpenSesame, the leader in on-demand elearning courses for the enterprise, today announced a new partnership with Learning Heroes to add their innovative business training courses to the OpenSesame marketplace.  As enterprise companies increasingly face challenges with training millennial and digital natives as well as reaching mobile, geographically dispersed learners, the need for more interactive, accessible content has grown exponentially. Recognized as a leader in microlearning, Learning Heroes challenges the traditional notion of business content with its short, animated elearning courses and engaging, mobile experience which are highly sought after in today's learning environments. "With more than 20,000 courses, OpenSesame constantly upgrades its content library to serve the evolving needs of our customers.  Because microlearning is in high demand, we are pleased to have Learning Heroes join our marketplace," said Spencer Thornton, Vice President of Content at OpenSesame. Learning Heroes courses are also included in OpenSesame Plus, the popular elearning subscription designed specifically for enterprise companies. OpenSesame Plus offers access to thousands of online courses from the world's leading content providers all in one place, so companies can avoid the traditional hassle of finding, evaluating and curating content from multiple vendors. With robust offerings in leadership and soft skills as well as technology and compliance training courses, OpenSesame Plus integrates with most of the major learning management systems (LMS) available in the market today, providing a seamless experience with minimal administration and maintenance. Tom Moore, Managing Director of Learning Heroes, noted: "We are delighted to be working with OpenSesame, a growing leader in the industry who is transforming how enterprise companies find and administer their eLearning programs. As Learning Heroes is similarly transforming the industry by expanding microlearning, it's a perfect match for us." To learn more about OpenSesame Plus visit: www.OpenSesame.com About Learning Heroes First they gave us the Beatles, then the Spice Girls and now the UK has given us Learning Heroes. Here to save the world from boring e-learning, Learning Heroes are producing short animated based e-learning. Their guiding principle is to only produce content which they would enjoy if they were the learner.  To learn more about Learning Heroes, visit www.LearningHeroes.com  About OpenSesame OpenSesame is the trusted provider of on-demand elearning courses for the enterprise.  Serving Global 2000 companies, OpenSesame delivers: The most flexible buying options to maximize training & development budgets The broadest catalog with 20,000+ courses from the world's leading publishers, updated constantly  Compatible with every Learning Management System (LMS) For more information visit www.OpenSesame.com or follow @OpenSesame on Twitter.

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    Raleigh, NC - November 18, 2016 - Training Industry, Inc. and Richardson have released a new research report investigating the alignment of sales competencies with L&D initiatives. The study, which included 228 companies, reveals several key findings, including: Customer needs are the most prominent focus of strategic planning on sales competencies. Only about 25 percent of salespeople are “always effective” at prospecting, closing and expanding sales opportunities. The largest sales competency gaps were found to be in the areas of targeting buyers, prospecting opportunities, knowing the market and understanding customer needs. The full report, “Aligning Sales Competencies in L&D,” can be downloaded here. “This study provides a better understanding of how companies are approaching sales competencies,” said Tom Whelan, Ph.D., Director of Corporate Research at Training Industry, Inc. “One of the most intriguing parts of this research were the findings that showed how competencies are valued relative to each other, and in turn how effectively they’re being developed. These results suggest that many companies are doing things right when it comes to sales competencies, though there is plenty of room yet to grow in terms of training effectiveness.” Ken Taylor, President of Training Industry, Inc., emphasized the changing nature of the sales cycle. “As the sales landscape has evolved, so have buyers,” said Taylor. “The results of this research support the idea that salespeople need to be able to engage with their customers at all stages of the sales cycle. The sales pipeline has more points of entry, and effective sales training has to prepare employees to navigate the entire continuum.” About Richardson Richardson is a global sales training and performance improvement company. We have more than 30 years of experience creating customized solutions that build organizational ability and improve individual skills necessary to grow profitable sales. We work with some of the largest and most sophisticated companies in the world, and we have won numerous awards. We create solutions that fit your unique culture and situation, helping you execute strategy through your sales force. Please visit us at www.richardson.com to learn more about how we help our clients deliver and sustain high-impact sales training solutions. About Training Industry, Inc. Training Industry, Inc. spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Training Industry, Inc. research captures the collective wisdom of learning professionals, revealing fresh data on trends and practices in the evolving training market. For additional information on Training Industry, Inc. research, email info@trainingindustry.com or visit www.trainingindustry.com.

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    Atlanta, GA - November 18, 2016 - Leadercast, which produces the world's largest one-day leadership event, Leadercast Live, has tapped Duane Cummings as its new CEO. Cummings is a co-founder of The Speakers Guild of America, the current CEO and founder of The Sensational Group LLC, and is a trusted advisor to organizations and individuals around the world regarding professional and personal leadership development. Cummings is an author, entrepreneur, coach, and consultant who speaks regularly on a range of topics that include leadership, communication, sales, and finding your purpose.  Cummings succeeds Keith Wilmot, who stepped down recently as CEO and will remain as a shareholder of Leadercast. "I'm passionate about the Leadercast brand and its mission to Build Leaders Worth Following," said Cummings. "I'm truly humbled and can't wait to serve the team as CEO, which to me means Constantly Elevating Others." "We are thrilled to have Duane as the new CEO of Leadercast," said Jeremie Kubicek, CEO of GiANT Worldwide and one of the founders of Leadercast. "His impact will be felt immediately and his vision for the company is remarkable. We are all extremely excited about the future of Leadercast." In addition, the company has recently added three new employees: Emily Boyle, Executive Vice President – Emily brings two decades of experience in sales, events, marketing, and management to her new role. Previously, Emily was with Atlanta Business Chronicle for 16 years as advertising director, managing the sales, marketing and events team for the nation's largest business journal. Anne Reich, Director of Event Operations – With nearly 20 years in the public relations and events industry, Anne Reich brings a wealth of knowledge and relationships from her career in Atlanta. Jon Thompson, Director, Leadercast Now – With 20 years in leadership and development design, strategy, and technology solutions, Jon brings an expertise for effectively structuring the Leadercast Now product offering as a powerful platform for both individual subscribers as well as organizations, with flexibility and scalability to fit easily within organizations' existing leadership development programs. Since 2010, Leadercast has been building Leaders Worth Following through its two main platforms: Leadercast Live, the world's largest one-day leadership event, with more than 100,000 attendees in 700+ locations and 20 countries, which will be held on May 5, 2017 in Atlanta; and Leadercast Now, a digital platform that offers hundreds of interviews with real leaders sharing their true stories, solutions and insights. Leadercast Now wraps up these world-class speakers' content into short, relevant videos and learning actions that members can access anywhere and any time. Leadercast plans to add events throughout 2017 and provide engaging opportunities for those who want more experiential leadership touch points.  In addition, the organization is expanding its subscription platform to offer customized enterprise solutions, tailored to support organizations' core values and competencies. For more details about Leadercast and its products and expansion, visit www.leadercast.com.

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    San Francisco, CA - November 17, 2016 - CodeFights announced today that it has raised $10 million in Series A funding, led by e.ventures. This sizeable round is a testament to CodeFights’ impressive growth and will fuel the company’s mission to transform the way the tech industry recruits by making it more meritocratic. CodeFights provides a free gamified educational tool that helps software engineers practice and improve their skills. CodeFights also works with top tier tech companies—including Uber, Dropbox, Asana and Quora—to help them find in-demand engineering talent through skill-based recruiting. CodeFights’ user base has grown by 10X since the company raised its seed round in April 2015 and revenue has doubled every month over the past four months. “Rarely do we find markets that are lacking as much transparency and are as fragmented as that of technical recruiting,” said Tom Gieselmann from e.ventures, who joined CodeFights’ board. “With CodeFights, we see a future in which people are provided opportunity based on their talents, rather than their educational or work backgrounds. As a global venture capital firm, CodeFights’ mission helps support our goal of assisting the development of international internet-enabled businesses.” CodeFights attracts hundreds of thousands of engineers from all around the world who are eager to challenge themselves, learn new skills and understand how they compare against the rest of the industry. As engineers interact with coding challenges on CodeFights, the platform objectively assesses their programming skills. This not only helps the players improve, but also enables those who are interested to be matched with better job opportunities. In the past 6 months, CodeFights has partnered with hundreds of companies to help them move from pedigree to skill-based recruiting. CodeFights follows a contingency recruiting model where companies use the platform for free until they make their first hire. Once they do, they pay CodeFights a referral fee equivalent to 15 percent of the hired candidate’s first year salary. “People like to believe that we live in a meritocracy, where individuals are valued based on their skills and abilities and not their titles, but the truth is, we do not,” said CodeFights founder and CEO Tigran Sloyan. “The brand of your school and workplace are really the only things that determine your place in the talent market. CodeFights is on a mission to change that by improving access to world class education and focusing on competency above all else in recruiting.” This groundbreaking approach has led CodeFights to break open opportunities for talented engineers with non-standard backgrounds, who wouldn’t otherwise have had access to them. For example, the company helped a transwoman named Jessica Janiuk from Des Moines, Iowa secure a job with a Datto in Boston. It also provided a leg up to James Johnston, a senior engineer from Chattanooga, Tennessee who recently joined Thumbtack in San Francisco. This $10 million in funding will enable CodeFights to enter the next phase of its growth. Other participants in this round include SV Angel, Felicis Ventures, A Capital and Granatus Ventures. Mathias Schilling, the co-founder and managing partner of e.ventures, and Charlie Songhurst, the former head of corporate strategy at Microsoft, will join the CodeFights Board of Directors. About CodeFights:CodeFights is a San Francisco based technology startup aiming to change the way we learn and measure professional skills. It applies core game mechanics to transform learning and honing skills like programming into a fun and addictive game while helping talented people from all backgrounds to find amazing new opportunities. About e.ventures:Founded in 1998 and built on a strong, shared culture of entrepreneurship, e.ventures is a leading early stage venture capital firm with global scale. The firm invests out of dedicated funds in six geographies and combines a global investment strategy and philosophy with local presence and insights. Focused exclusively at the intersection of consumer internet, media and mobile, e.ventures partners with visionary company founders to disrupt global markets and build category creating companies. Existing investments include Acorns, Farfetch, The RealReal, AppAnnie, Deposit Solutions, Segment, NGINX, When I Work, Munchery, Nativo and Azmo. Among our historical investments are innovators like Angie’s List, Groupon, Delicious, Sonos, Sapato, and AppFolio.

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    Orlando, FL - November 21, 2016 - Quantum3D Government Systems, a leading provider of training and simulation services for government applications, today announced the appointment of three new directors to its board: Brigadier General Stephen Seay (Ret.), John G. ("Jerry") Horvath, and Richard P. ("Rick") Boggs. Gen. Seay's career includes over 30 years in the U.S. Army, and served as the Program Executive Officer for the U.S. Army's Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) Office during 2000-2005. Jerry Horvathhas over 35 years of industry experience in Simulation and Training covering engineering, program management, and most recently as Senior Business Development Manager for Lockheed Martin. Rick Boggshas a distinguished career of technical leadership in Training Systems, including assignments as Chief Engineer for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Training System, Project Engineer for the U.S. Army's Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT), and most recently as Senior Fellow with Lockheed Martin's Global Training and Logistics division. "We're truly honored to have these accomplished leaders join our board," said Mike Pavloff, President, Quantum3D Government Systems. "With Gen. Seay's career Army experience, Jerry Horvath's expertise in government business development, and Rick Boggs' deep knowledge of all relevant training technologies, we are uniquely poised to target and deliver the most effective training solutions to all of our government customers." About Quantum3D Government SystemsQuantum3D Government Systems is a provider of services and complete training solutions tailored specifically for government customers, both U.S. and worldwide.  Quantum3D Government Systems draws from a wealth of past experience in delivering on programs to U.S. military organizations, and operates with a broad network of teaming partners to combine best-in-class technologies to solve any system-level challenge. Quantum3D Government Systems is headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Together with its sister company Quantum3D Inc., both are members of Quantum3D Group, a Delaware corporation which is in turn wholly owned by HAVELSAN, a major global software and systems provider based in Ankara, Turkey. For more information about Quantum3D Government Systems, please visit www.q3dgs.com. Quantum3D, and the Quantum3D logo are registered trademarks of Quantum3D Group. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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    Cincinnati, OH - November 22, 2016 - Trivantis® has added one-click publishing from Lectora® Online to Docebo’s learning management system (LMS). This new integration brings together the industry’s most powerful cloud-based authoring tool with Docebo, a leading LMS provider. “With this integration, Lectora Online users can now publish courses directly into Docebo,” said John Blackmon, Trivantis Chief Technology Officer and co-founder. “This provides a powerful reporting benefit to eLearning developers because they’re able to push custom name/value pairs using xAPI into Docebo for a vast range of reporting purposes.” Lectora Online is cloud-based, so it can be used by Windows, Mac, or Linux developers. It also has Responsive Course Design™, which empowers easy mobile authoring for any device. Now, one-click publishing to Docebo makes it even easier for eLearning teams to collaborate on any course and save time. “This new integration makes the experience of creating and delivering course content more seamless than ever before,” said Claudio Erba, Docebo's CEO and founder. “With the Lectora integration it's now faster and easier for our customers to populate their Docebo LMS with high-quality, personalized course content.” Docebo is a user-friendly, highly scalable learning management system that is relied upon by businesses to train their employees, partners, and customers. By providing a learner-centric platform that supports both informal and formal learning, Docebo empowers learning & development professionals to increase learner engagement and ultimately improve performance. To see the combined solution in action, sign up for a free trial of Lectora Online and Docebo at Trivantis.com/Docebo. About Trivantis Trivantis® empowers inspired learning with Lectora®, CourseMill®, and ReviewLink™ eLearning software. Since the company’s founding in 1999, Trivantis has been an innovative leader in the eLearning industry. The flagship product, Lectora, is the world’s leading eLearning authoring software with Responsive Course Design™ for easy mobile-friendly development. Responsive Couse Design provides a timesaving “design once, publish to all devices” approach to creating content that is essential for our multi-device world today. With Lectora, it’s easy for organizations to quickly create award-winning, engaging training for all devices. Trivantis’ solutions are offered in seven languages and used by large enterprises, Global 2000 companies, small and mid-sized businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions across the world. About Docebo Docebo is a global SaaS enterprise Learning Management System (LMS) used in more than 80 countries and offered in over 30 languages. Established in 2005, Docebo (Latin for “I will teach”) offers a learning ecosystem for companies and their employees, partners, and customers that is designed to increase performance and learning engagement. Docebo is a learner-centric technology, embraced for its ease of use, elegance, and ability to blend coaching with social and formal learning. Docebo provides a scalable pricing model and a robust set of integrations and APIs, paired with reliable support available 24/7. It’s no wonder that Docebo has been heralded by PCMag.com as “the best online learning platform for business on the market.”

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    Denver, CO - November 22, 2016 - True collaboration with the sales channel gives organizations a significant leg up on those that give channel sellers their marching orders and little or no attention afterward, according to a new channel sales study from CSO Insights, the research arm of Miller Heiman Group. In fact, organizations that help channel sellers with lead generation and provide consistent coaching can expect channel revenue goal achievement of more than 90 percent. This was one of the key findings from the CSO Insights 2016 Channel Sales Optimization Study, which was released to CSO Insights’ members today to help organizations maximize the performance of their sales channels. The report focuses on the current state of channel management and highlights the challenges facing channel sales professionals and provides insights into how to help this vital part of their sales team be more successful. “Channel sellers want to be viewed as part of the team, and when they are their performance improves and the impact they have on the organization greatly increases,” said Barry Trailer, chief research officer at CSO Insights. “Our goal is to help sales teams reach, and exceed, their revenue goals by optimizing how they partner with channel sellers. Sales organizations can use this report to identify and prioritize the channel management techniques proven to drive significant results.” Other key findings in the report that deal with increased collaboration between the organization and the channel include: 36 percent of respondents reported their top-tier partners are generating more than 70 percent of all channel revenues. The ability to assess partners’ pipelines is greatly enhanced with the use of Partner Relationship Management (PRM) applications. Higher levels of sales process implementation correspond with higher levels of sales achievement. The 2016 Channel Sales Optimization Study surveyed companies worldwide to collect information on more than 50 channel management effectiveness-related metrics. CSO Insights Research Members can immediately download the 2016 Channel Sales Optimization Study here. The report will be available to the open market on Jan. 16, 2017. To learn more about CSO Insights, visit www.csoinsights.com. About CSO Insights As the research arm of Miller Heiman Group, CSO Insights is dedicated to improving your organization’s performance and productivity. Our respected analysts provide sales leaders around the world with research, data, expertise, and best practices necessary for developing sustainable strategies that improve sales performance. Although we are part of Miller Heiman Group, our research is independent and uninfluenced by any organizations and companies we measure. Our benchmarking capabilities are the industry standard when it comes to delivering behavioral and operational insights for improved performance. They can also provide a holistic assessment of your organization’s selling and sales management effectiveness. For more information about CSO Insights, visit www.csoinsights.com. About Miller Heiman Group Miller Heiman Group has historically been recognized as one of the largest training companies in the world, but is quickly becoming one of the most prolific business solutions providers in sales and service performance. Built on legacy brands such as Miller Heiman, AchieveGlobal, Huthwaite, Impact Learning Systems, Channel Enablers and CSO Insights, Miller Heiman Group is backed by more than 150 years of experience and performance. Our Be Ready solutions offer more sales- and customer-service-based solutions than anyone in the industry, and empower people across the entire organization to perform at peak potential by bringing game-changing insight to sales performance and customer experience. This allows you to build and sustain a successful, customer-focused organization that drives profitable revenue and top-line growth on a global scale. To learn more, visit our website. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google+.

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    Palo Alto, CA - November 21, 2016 - Today at Global Citizen Festival India, HP announced a commitment to build and deploy 48 self-contained, Internet-enabled digital inclusion and learning labs aimed at driving digital literacy, education programming, entrepreneurship training, and other community services in rural India. The new program, called HP World on Wheels (WoW), is part of HP’s global initiative to create opportunities in underserved communities and empower people everywhere to build a better, more prosperous life. It also supports the Indian government’s Digital India initiative to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The program aims to reach 6,400 Indian villages, impacting more than 15 million people over the next six years. Each 20-seat, IT-enabled HP WoW digital inclusion and learning lab will be equipped with HP computing and printing equipment, such as HP Thin Clients, an HP Workstation, and an HP OfficeJet all-in-one printer, as well as software suites and e-learning tools, like HP Classroom Manager, HP LIFE and HP VideoBook. The classrooms will allow individuals to gain access to IT literacy programs and connect to different government programs.  “As we work to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere, we recognize that a big gap remains between those who have access, and those who don’t,” said Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, HP.  “We’re thrilled to take another step forward in helping bridge the divide with HP World on Wheels, bringing quality education, entrepreneurship training, and access to essential services to people right where they are.” The digital inclusion and learning labs are designed with leading technology to reduce emissions and maximize energy efficiency. Each mobile lab will be powered by 10 high-efficiency solar panels of 315 watts each, generating nearly 15 kilowatts of energy daily—which is almost 20 percent higher than the lab’s daily energy requirements. The vehicles that carry the labs are also BSIII compliant, emitting the least possible GH gases in their category, and use the least horsepower (120 HP) in their category making them more fuel efficient. HP’s World on Wheels builds on the company’s commitment to reinvent digital learning across the globe. As part of this initiative, HP and the HP Foundation collaborate with the United Nations and national non-profits to provide business, IT, and entrepreneurship training online and face-to-face in countries such as the United States, Myanmar, and Tunisia. In India, HP has deployed seven container-based “Future Classrooms” in rural areas. HP has also addressed the need for technology and connectivity in refugee camps by collaborating with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support Community Technology Access (CTA) centers in 26 countries. About HP HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com. © 2016 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

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    Atlanta, GA - November 23, 2016 - NIIT, a leading provider of managed training services has announced that its current managed training services contract with a global Pharmaceutical company headquartered in West London, UK has been extended for a further 4 years. The client is one of the world’s largest science-led healthcare companies that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer healthcare. With this extension, NIIT’s Corporate Learning Group will support a major L&D transformation initiative by the client as a strategic partner. NIIT’s services will focus on the company’s strategic transformation objectives of a centralized governance structure, improved delivery and business impact through curriculum optimization, vendor rationalization, and overall reduction in third party costs. This initiative covers a large, multi-million pound third party training spend for over 100,000 employees, across six business units, in more than 80 countries. “It is truly an honor for NIIT to be selected as a strategic partner and to have our services extended. We are completely focused on achieving our client’s strategic objectives of centralizing their L&D governance structure and providing greater value by optimizing and rationalizing third-party training spend while improving business impact and service delivery levels,” said Sapnesh Lalla, President, NIIT Corporate Learning Group. About NIIT Established in 1981, NIIT Limited, a global leader in Skills and Talent Development, offers multi-disciplinary learning management and training delivery solutions to corporations, institutions, and individuals in over 40 countries. NIIT has three main lines of business across the globe- Corporate Learning Group, Skills and Careers Group, and School Learning Group. NIIT’s Corporate Learning Group (CLG) offers Managed Training Services (MTS) to market-leading companies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Our comprehensive suite of Managed Training Services includes custom Curriculum Design and Content Development, Learning Administration, Learning Delivery, Strategic Sourcing, Learning Technology, and Advisory Services. With a team of some of the world’s finest learning professionals, NIIT is dedicated to helping customers increase the business value of learning and development (L&D). Built on the sound principles of ‘Running Training like a Business’, NIIT’s Managed Training Services and best-in-class training processes enable customers to align business goals with L&D, reduce costs, realize measurable value, benefit from rock-solid operations, and increase business impact.

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    Boulder, CO - November 28, 2016 - Coachmetrix continues to exceed expectations by surpassing 1,000 users since its launch last June. Proving that executive coaches and trainers are looking for a cloud-based coaching tool to optimize and measure their coaching impact, the app is in full swing and seeing a steady increase in users. Based on this trend, Coachmetrix’s founder and CEO Sal Silvester expects more than 3,000 users by year-one. "We’re getting a lot of great feedback and validation that coaches are hungry for a leadership development tool that gives them the structure to keep up with busy, tech-savvy coachees and the means to report relevant results and ROI," said Sal Silvester. “We built Coachmetrix for our team and leadership development programs so we know it works, but we never could have imagined that it would take off this fast," added Sal Silvester. Sparked from a desire to innovate traditional, off-line leadership development programs, Coachmetrix offers web-based technology to optimize and measure the impact leaders make on organizations. Coachmetrix is a powerful leadership development and coaching assessment tool that features online goal-setting and action-planning, but adds ongoing pulse feedback and individual progress metrics for more focused coaching sessions and measured results. Using Coachmetrix, executive coaches and trainers can easily deliver content specific to the coachee and manage all communication and progress right from the main dashboard. Coachees create a secure cloud-based action plan and designate supporters to provide ongoing pulse feedback and feedforward suggestions. Supporters' feedback ratings are graphed with coachees' self-assessment ratings for important input to 1-1 executive coaching sessions and tracking overall progress toward goals. Over time, these progress metrics provide a clear understanding of actual behavior changes that influence company culture and ultimately affect the bottom line. Coachmetrix is available immediately at coachmetrix.com. A free Coachmetrix account includes one coaching engagement. It could be for one coachee, an entire team, or a leadership development program. Customers who need more coaching engagements can upgrade for $59/month. Coachmetrix, a product from 5.12 Solutions Consulting Group, is the first of its kind to optimize and measure coaching impact. The cloud-based app is for anyone that coaches people to better business results. Free accounts and pricing options are available at coachmetrix.com. The company can be reached at support(at)coachmetrix(dot)com.

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    Waldorf, Germany - November 29, 2016 - SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced intelligent mentoring as part of the SAP® SuccessFactors® Succession & Development solution. The new offering helps increase employee engagement and retention by replacing the often manual, intensive and subjective administrative work around mentoring programs with a comprehensive, automated approach. This announcement was made at SuccessConnect®, taking place November 28–29 in Vienna. "HR professionals recognize mentoring as one of the most valuable things a company can provide to help employees reach their potential," said David Ludlow, group vice president of Solution Management at SAP SuccessFactors.* "With our new mentoring capabilities, we're helping to move from spreadsheets and instinct to intelligent mentor matching that automatically and effortlessly identifies good fits. This helps mentees get the coaching they need to develop successful careers, and mentors are able to refine their leadership skills. At SAP SuccessFactors, we're working with innovative organizations looking to transform career planning, better cultivate talent and drive organizational strength with lasting connections based on trust and development." While most organizations offer mentoring programs, they require intensive matching by HR professionals and can lack accountability and tracking. The new mentoring capabilities within SAP SuccessFactors Succession & Development can automatically and intelligently match mentors based on skills and competencies to help ensure mentoring is equitable and inclusive — creating an optimal match between mentor and mentee. Through a metrics-driven approach and planned real-time feedback surveys and reporting, HR can efficiently track progress and employee development. "A successful mentor-mentee relationship is critical for an employee's short- and long-term success, but it was difficult to find the right matches and track the success of our programs," said Jenny Dearborn, senior vice president and chief learning officer of SAP. "SAP participated in the mentoring beta program, and employee feedback has been very positive. The new mentoring functionality will assist us in innovating our employee development program, helping to create a better employee experience and providing results to track progress and success — all while helping to reduce the time and cost of HR supervisors manually assigning mentors." The new mentoring capabilities consider criteria such as skills, competencies and employee location during the matching process and provide immediate recommendations on ideal employee matches, helping to ensure all mentees are intelligently matched — quickly performing a task that often times takes up to three weeks when completed manually. Additionally, reporting and metrics dashboards help make it easier to track success, and tight integration with the SAP SuccessFactors Talent Management Suite and the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite allows mentoring to be included in onboarding, learning, succession and other talent management processes. With up-to-date data, direct access to employee profile or job role information, and dedicated collaboration space, HR is better equipped for seamless and continuous talent management. Mentoring as part of SAP SuccessFactors Succession & Development is now available as of the Q4 2016 release. You can learn more here. For more information, visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP SuccessFactors solutions on Twitter at @SuccessFactors and SAP at @sapnews.

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    Tysons Corner, VA - November 29, 2016 - Management Concepts Inc., the nation's premier provider of professional development, performance improvement, and human capital solutions for the public sector, today announced it has established a strategic partnership with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to support educational opportunities that are beneficial to the Defense Acquisition workforce. The purpose of the DAU partnership program is to provide opportunities to maximize academic accomplishments by receiving credit for DAU courses toward an undergraduate, graduate, or certificate program offered by a strategic partner. As part of the partnership, Management Concepts will allow DoD Acquisition Workforce members to transfer DAU American Council on Education (ACE) recommended courses for credit toward its professional certificate programs in the Program and Project Management areas, including: Agile Business Analysis and Requirements Management Program and Project Management IT Project Management Systems Engineering "Management Concepts has served the acquisition, technology, and logistics workforce for more than 40 years," said Stephen Maier, President of Management Concepts. "We are thrilled at the opportunity to do so through this partnership with DAU as well as through our ongoing commitment to providing the best training and human capital services to the Federal government." About Management Concepts Management Concepts is the nation's premier provider of professional development, performance improvement, and human capital solutions for the public sector. Since 1973, we've collaborated with and supported every major agency in the Federal government, thousands of state and local government offices, numerous non-profit organizations and universities, and hundreds of corporations; unleashing the potential of more than one million individuals and enhancing the performance of teams and organizations. Visit www.ManagementConcepts.com and follow us on Twitter @Mgmt_Concepts. About Defense Acquisition UniversityDAU provides certification training, mission assistance, and continuous learning courses for military and civilian acquisition personnel within the DoD. Its mission is to provide a global learning environment to develop qualified acquisition, requirements and contingency professionals who deliver and sustain effective and affordable warfighting capabilities.

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