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    Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - March 2, 2017 - Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), the national carrier of Malaysia, is all set to embark on its Evidence-Based Training (EBT) journey. The Airline announced that it has selected Peak Pacific to provide its product, ‘CLEAR’ to drive its EBT initiative. The move marks a major shift in the airline’s training direction, and also makes it one of the first airlines in the region to adopt a fully integrated EBT philosophy. The CLEAR Suite is the flagship software from Peak Pacific, the Hong Kong-based Learning & Technology provider that is a domain expert and leading provider of Aviation Learning solutions. According to MAB’s Chief Operations Officer, Captain Izham Ismail, “Malaysia Airlines have been looking for an EBT solution as part of our new strategy for pilot training. Peak Pacific is the right fit for us as they have systems built specifically for EBT. They also have a better understanding of our environment and training requirements. The EBT is a new training programme that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has been actively promoting in recent years.” He added, “Safety is of Malaysia Airlines’ utmost priority. The EBT is just one of our efforts to continuously enhance safety and we will be among the first in the region to invest and embark on this implementation of Baseline EBT.” Peak Pacific Founder & CEO, Kishor Mistry, said, “We are very pleased to add Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) to the growing list of customers taking up our EBT solution, which includes not only EBT, but also the Competency Based Training framework, hence providing customers with a total solution. The MAB team has put great emphasis on getting it right, by starting with an EBT Change Managed Program for Trainers, Admin and Management, plus a Train-the-Trainer program to ensure there is quality and consistency throughout the team and the project long term. The MAB project will include Digital (encrypted) Certificates to satisfy the Department of Civil Aviation of Malaysia (DCAM) requirements; hence making the transition from a paper/form based solution to a truly digital one.” Mr Mistry added, “The solution will include integration with existing MAB systems such as their HRMS, LMS and Rostering/Scheduling systems, to create a totally integrated technology driven training environment. This agreement is a significant milestone for Peak Pacific, and for MAB to become the leading legacy carrier in Malaysia to take up EBT using our “Clear” Suite. We look forward to working with Malaysian Airlines Berhad and the Department of Civil Aviation of Malaysia to implement a world class solution.” About Peak Pacific LimitedPeak Pacific is a global leader in providing Learning consultancy, products, solutions and professional services for the Aerospace, Transportation and Logistics industries, among other compliance verticals. With offices in Hong Kong, India, Singapore, UK, and partners in Europe and the USA, Peak Pacific is able to reach out to customers and provide a personal service. Peak Pacific is an ISO 2008:9001 certified company with over 30 years of management and solution experience in the aviation, learning and development space, consistently delivering high quality Learning products and solutions for satisfied customers around the world. About Malaysia Airlines:Malaysia Airlines is the national carrier of Malaysia, offering the best way to fly to, from and around Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines carries 40,000 guests daily on memorable journeys inspired by Malaysia’s diverse richness. Malaysia Airlines embodies the incredible diversity of Malaysia, capturing its rich traditions, cultures, cuisines and warm hospitality on board, while opening up more of Malaysia’s destinations than any other airline.Since September 2015, the airline has been owned and operated by Malaysia Airlines Berhad. Via our alliance with oneworld®, Malaysia Airlines offers superior connectivity with seamless journeys to 1,000 destinations across 150 plus countries, and access to over 650 airport lounges worldwide. Up to 90 destinations will be serviced across Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East via a new codeshare partnership with Emirates, signed in early 2016. For more information, please visit http://www.malaysiaairlines.com.

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    San Francisco, CA - March 2, 2017 - Degreed, the fast-growing company that has created an engaging, beautiful and intuitive way to empower and recognize all forms of professional and lifelong learning, today announced details of its partnership with CredSpark, a company that brings the power of formative assessment to corporate training. "CredSpark is assessing informal learning for a growing list of corporations including IBM, publishers such as Atlantic Media, and learning providers such as Degreed," said Lev Kaye, founder and CEO of CredSpark. "We're thrilled to have such a forward-thinking professional learning company as Degreed adopt CredSpark as their embedded assessment provider. Starting next month, Degreed's clients will be able to author and publish assessments from within the Degreed portal, using CredSpark's software." With the rise in informal learning opportunities comes the increasing need for a mechanism to assess how well learners are retaining their newfound knowledge. The partnership between Degreed and CredSpark provides an informal assessment tool that can help reinforce and crystalize individuals' informal learning efforts. Enterprise customers also can use the integrated solution to create knowledge checks to determine the effectiveness of their learning content. "Today's workers are learning every day, in a variety of ways, on and offline. In fact, more than 70 percent of workers we've surveyed say they learned something useful for their job from an article, a video or a book in the last 24 hours," said David Blake, CEO and co-founder of Degreed. "Strategic alliances with partners like CredSpark enable us to continue to introduce innovative learning technology solutions that inspire lifelong learning and result in the transformation of organizations' learning and development programs." Since its founding in 2012, Degreed has enabled individuals and organizations to find, track and recognize all their learning. Developed with the understanding that there is no single path to expertise, the Degreed platform enables users to set personal learning goals and expand their skill sets in their areas of interest. It also enables businesses to create learning objectives and pathways for their teams, while building a culture of consistent and continuous learning. About Degreed Degreed is an award-winning learning platform built for the way today's workers really build their expertise and grow their careers. Degreed integrates organizations' internal talent systems with the world's largest ecosystem of open learning resources -- over 3 million courses, videos, articles, books, podcasts and more from nearly 1,400 sources. As a result, organizations and their people can discover, share and track all their development, however and wherever they learn. Founded in 2012, Degreed is headquartered in San Francisco with additional offices in Salt Lake City and Amsterdam. Learn more about Degreed at: Website | Facebook | Google+ | YouTube | LinkedIn | Twitter About CredSparkCredSpark is the leading platform for informal professional assessment. CredSpark works with learning providers, publishers and brands to deliver engaging, targeted assessments to their audiences, which in turn uncover knowledge gaps, generate unique insights, and guide learners to additional resources.

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    Natick, MA - March 2, 2017 - Examity, the worldwide leader in proctoring and identity verification for online tests, today announced that it has secured a $21 million investment from University Ventures, an investment firm that backs entrepreneurs and institutions reimagining the future of higher education, and Inherent Group, an impact investment firm that supports companies addressing societal challenges. Examity will use the funds to expand its industry-leading online proctoring platform, which makes testing more efficient, secure, and convenient for higher education institutions and other organizations. The number of students taking college courses online has skyrocketed in the past decade, reaching nearly 6 million in 2016 in the United States alone. With more than a quarter of all U.S. students taking at least one course online, colleges and universities have driven demand for technology solutions that can ensure the quality and integrity of online programs. Market leader Examity partners with a diverse cross-section of public and private institutions, including Texas A&M, the University of Wisconsin, and Yale University, to implement sophisticated remote proctoring solutions that can be customized to meet the needs of individual institutions and programs. “For a rapidly growing number of students in higher education, online courses offer a complement to traditional pathways and degree programs,” said Michael London, President and CEO of Examity. “That makes it critically important for colleges and universities to ensure the security and reliability of online examinations. We look forward to expanding in collaboration with institutions around the country to support the success of their online courses and programs.” Examity’s unique approach, which allows institutions to offer real-time, twenty-four-hour proctoring services, is especially well-equipped to accommodate the flexible schedules of working adults and the fast-growing population of nontraditional learners. Its offerings can be easily integrated into Learning Management Systems and test delivery platforms, further streamlining the test administration process for faculty and students. “As online learning has moved from the periphery into the mainstream of higher education, institutional leaders are increasingly focused on the importance of making sure that the student of record is actually doing the work. Ensuring the integrity of online testing is critical to online credentials being recognized and valued on par with traditional approaches to learning,” said Troy Williams, Managing Director of University Ventures. “Examity is unique in offering institutions a range of options from automated to fully live proctoring, where the right solution can be easily selected for each assessment, whether it be high-stakes or more routine work. Their partnerships with the most forward-thinking institutions in the country have solidified the company’s role as a leader in secure proctoring. We are excited to work with Examity and their college and university partners to help ensure quality in online learning.” About Examity Examity was founded in 2013 to meet the needs of the growing number of online education and certification programs looking to ensure integrity. Examity provides a cost effective and flexible test integrity solution including live, recorded and automated solutions. Its proprietary keystroke identification technology, Examikey, provides an enhanced level of assurance for schools to determine the authenticity of test-takers. Since its founding four years ago, Examity has partnered with 150+ institutions and certification programs worldwide. For more information, visit Examity.com or follow the company on Twitter @examity. About University Ventures University Ventures (UV) is the only investment firm focused exclusively on the global higher education sector. UV pursues a differentiated strategy of 'innovation from within'. UV has the deepest respect for the missions and traditions of colleges and universities around the world and is confident that through innovation, these same institutions will be successful in fulfilling and expanding their missions. By partnering with top-tier universities and colleges and then strategically directing private capital to develop innovative programs of exceptional quality that address major economic and social needs, UV is setting new standards for student outcomes and advancing the development of the next generation of colleges and universities on a global scale. About Inherent Group   Inherent Group is an investment firm motivated by a belief in the power of business to address societal challenges. The firm invests in private and public companies whose products and services have positive impact and whose business processes display leading environmental, social, and governance practices. Inherent partners over the long-term with exceptional management teams to improve their businesses’ financial and non-financial sustainability.

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    New York, NY - March 6, 2017 - QA Mentor has established a new strategic NFR (Non Functional Requirements) division from a separate New York-based entity – QA EliteSouls, LLC. (http://www.qaelitesouls.com). It will operate under the umbrella of QA Mentor, Inc. and concentrate on providing educational & training services in the Performance Testing domain. This strategic move will allow QA EliteSouls, LLC. to provide corporate training, workshops, seminars, on-line training, and e-learning courses to corporate clients and individuals around the world. Ramya Ramalinga Moorthy, co-founder and newly appointed Chief Technical Officer of QA EliteSouls, LLC. will be heading this NFR Training & Education division. Ramya brings over 14 years of industry experience in Performance Engineering. She provided consulting and handled performance assessments for several Fortune 500 clients including Honeywell, Shell, ING, Logitech, Comcast, MetLife, JPMC, KPMG and others, solving technical problems and assuring their system for its performance, scalability, availability, & capacity. “We are very excited to have Ramya be part of our team with a strategic concentration around educational & training services” said Ruslan Desyatnikov, Founder & CEO of QA Mentor, Inc. "We are excited to share our first unique e-learning course in the Performance Testing domain officially launched today”, concluded Ruslan. “Transformation to Performance Engineers” e-learning course will teach the concepts involved in software performance testing through systematic steps that highlight the essentials in Performance testing in a tool agnostic way. Performance Academy (http://elearning.qaelitesouls.com) has launched and is expected to add more than seven e-learning courses around the performance testing / engineering areas this year. About QA Mentor QA Mentor, Inc. (http://www.qamentor.com) is a leading global QA services provider headquartered in New York and with eight different offices around the world. Established in 2010 with an aim to help organizations from various sectors improve their QA functions, QA Mentor proudly boasts of having a unique combination of 150+ offshore and onshore resources who work around the clock supporting all time zones. The company supports clients from startups to Fortune 500 organizations within nine different industries.

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    Irvine, CA - March 7, 2017 - Synoptek, leading global managed IT services provider and managed cloud-services firm, today announces the launch of a Cybersecurity Training and Testing service designed to train end users and change behaviors in an effort to reduce organizational risks. As part of this essential service, Synoptek's Cybersecurity advisors work closely with organizations to develop a comprehensive, custom-tailored training program that helps to establish a "human firewall." Synoptek's new Cybersecurity Training and Testing service is a concentrated effort toward mitigating the ongoing epidemic of unprecedented risks and threats to organizations' technology environments. Synoptek's aim is to reduce companies' exposure and minimize attack surfaces at an organizational level. This Cybersecurity Training and Testing service launch comes at an opportune time on the part of Synoptek, as companies are being targeted by ever-increasing social engineering schemes. "Our human protection solutions guard your employees against cybercrime with comprehensive internet security awareness training which conditions them to be wary of threat from Wi-Fi to the inbox," shares Miles Feinberg, VP of Service Development at Synoptek. "You could heavily invest in expensive cyber security products and your data systems could still remain vulnerable to persistent social engineering attacks." The Cybersecurity Training and Testing service comprises seven dynamic components in which organizations take part to lower risks and instill user resiliency. Baseline Testing—Synoptek initiates a statistical campaign to establish a per-user threat baseline. User Security Awareness Training—On-demand, interactive training and exercises expose major cyber threats, instill best practices, and help in adherence to security compliancy. Simulated Phishing Attacks—Real-time monthly email phishing attacks are instigated to inform and engage users and promote a desirable response. Simulated USB Drive Attacks—Users are presented with a highly pervasive threat vector in USB devices and instructed on the proper reaction. Ongoing Actionable Intelligence—Data is used for understanding security gaps, producing intelligence reporting, and implementing mitigation plans. Continuous Improvement—Ongoing simulations and training exercises sharpen employee responses and help to continually develop organizational antibodies to protect against cyber mercenaries. Synoptek's Managed Approach—Synoptek helps your organization overcome the challenges of establishing and maintaining an enterprise wide "human firewall." "By regularly training and testing employees on the latest threats, lessons will be learned and behavior can improve over time." From a broader perspective, Miles said, "that in addition to security awareness, there are complimentary Synoptek security solutions that provide defense in depth to comprehensively protect organizations." About Synoptek Synoptek offers IT consulting, managed services, cloud services, and on-premise IT management as well as 24/7 end user support for improving business results. With over 525 employees and more than 2,000 active customers in the United States and abroad, Synoptek provides comprehensive information technology management services and support. Synoptek leverages ITIL service management processes, customer-focused IT architecture, and operational excellence to deliver uninterrupted services demanded by today's market. Over the past four years, Synoptek has been consistently recognized for thought leadership and growth as confirmed by industry awards and recognition including a #4 Total-Service-Provider by MSPmentor in the World's Top Managed Service Providers in 2016, CRN's Elite 150 Managed Service Providers, and recognition on the Talkin' Cloud Top 100 Cloud Service Providers list for 2014, 2015, and 2016. For more information, visit www.synoptek.com.

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    Houston, TX - March 7, 2017 - ProBility Media Corp. (OTCQB: PBYA), an education technology company building the first full service training and career advancement brand for the skilled trades, has teamed up with GlobalSim Inc., a leading provider of simulators and training systems for a variety of industries including ports, construction and military throughout the world, to launch the VR Construction Crane Simulator. GlobalSim has developed a significant software library of virtual heavy equipment models and has installed over 200 simulation systems on 5 continents. GlobalSim has now taken that expertise to deliver high quality training to the mobile crane market through virtual reality. ProBility and GlobalSim have executed an exclusive agreement in which GlobalSim will provide the portable VR Construction Crane hardware and the eLearning software and ProBility will sell the product through its extensive sales channels in the United States and Canada. The GlobalSim VR simulator comes equipped with a headset that offers an unlimited field-of-view in a mixed reality setting, allowing for a completely immersive experience. The VR platform uses real equipment controls, joysticks and buttons so operators can become familiar with the actual equipment they will be using in the workplace. The simulator can be configured in a variety of different environments for any number of industries. GlobalSim's cutting edge VR simulation platform offers a training experience with superb realism at an affordable price when compared to traditional simulator systems. For more information on GlobalSim VR for construction, visit http://www.ProBilityVR.com "We are incredibly excited to be partnered with ProBility on the launch of one of the first portable virtual reality training methods for the crane industry," stated Jonathan McCurdy, Chief Executive Officer of GlobalSim. "What separates the GlobalSim VR platform from others on the market is the seamless integration of real-life controls and technology that allows operators to see their hands in the virtual environment. The result is a VR training product that provides an unparalleled amount of realism and still incorporates the GlobalSim training management system and simulation tools that are among the very best in the industry. Just as a commercial pilot learns to operate a complex aircraft in a simulator before ever flying an airplane, VR Construction Crane simulation technology can train a student to operate a crane, safely, efficiently and proficiently before ever turning on the engine. This dramatically increases the operators market value and offers not only an increased safety profile but a tremendous cost savings as well." "Providing high quality training to the $35 billion crane industry is paramount in our strategy of building our training and career advancement brand across multiple skilled trades," stated Noah Davis, President and Chief Operating Officer of ProBility. "We have recognized early that the crane industry is positioned for global growth and ProBility is positioned to deliver high quality training and eLearning to the hundreds of thousands of operators and potential operators in the industry. Providing virtual reality to the crane industry is just the first step in bringing a similar experience to many of the skilled trades. We look forward to building a long term relationship with GlobalSim and are excited to work together on additional products for different industries." Both ProBility and GlobalSim will be attending Con Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center from March 7ththrough 10th. About ProBility Media Corp. ProBility Media Corp. is an EdTEch company building the first full service training and career advancement brand for the skilled trades. Through its divisions Brown Technical Media Corp., Brown Technical Publications Inc., Brown Book Shop, Inc., National Electrical Wholesale Providers, and One Exam Prep, LLC, ProBility is executing a disruptive strategy of defragmenting the skilled trades training market place by offering high quality training courses and materials and preparing the workforce for excellence. ProBility services customers from the tradesman to the small business to the enterprise level corporation. For more information, visit http://www.ProBilityMedia.com About GlobalSim Inc. GlobalSim, Inc. is a privately held company based in Salt Lake City, Utah with a rich history in the simulation industry. The company was founded in the early nineteen-nineties by a group of talented engineers and computer software experts. GlobalSim designs, builds, installs, and maintains simulators and systems for a variety of industries, including ports, construction, and the military. The simulators range in size from small portable units to some of the largest simulators in the world. In 2016, GlobalSim initiated a management-buy-out and spun off from Kongsberg, its former parent company, to once again be an independent company.  Today GlobalSim continues to provide premier quality simulators and training systems to training organizations throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.globalsim.com

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    San Francisco, CA - March 7, 2017 - IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) today announced a global strategic partnership to deliver joint solutions designed to leverage artificial intelligence and enable companies to make smarter decisions, faster than ever before. With the partnership, IBM Watson, the leading AI platform for business, and Salesforce Einstein, AI that powers the world's #1 CRM, will seamlessly connect to enable an entirely new level of intelligent customer engagement across sales, service, marketing, commerce and more. IBM is also strategically investing in its Global Business Services capabilities for Salesforce with a new practice to help clients rapidly deploy the combined IBM Watson and Salesforce Einstein capabilities. The partnership will bring new insights from Watson directly into the Salesforce Intelligent Customer Success Platform, combining deep customer insights from Salesforce Einstein with Watson's structured and unstructured data across many sources and industries including weather, healthcare, financial services and retail. Together, Watson and Einstein will ingest, reason over and derive recommendations to accelerate decision making and drive greater customer success. Comments on the News:"Within a few years, every major decision—personal or business—will be made with the help of AI and cognitive technologies," said Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and chief executive officer, IBM. "This year we expect Watson will touch one billion people—through everything from oncology and retail to tax preparation and cars. Now, with today's announcement, the power of Watson will serve the millions of Salesforce and Einstein customers and developers to provide an unprecedented understanding of customers." "The combination of Einstein and Watson will make businesses smarter and our customers more successful," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, Salesforce. "I'm thrilled to form an alliance with IBM—no company's core values are as close to Salesforce's as IBM's. It's the best of both worlds." Salesforce and IBM will initially deliver the following: IBM Watson and Salesforce Einstein Integration: Integrating IBM Watson APIs into Salesforce will bring predictive insights from unstructured data, inside or outside an enterprise, together with predictive insights from customer data delivered by Salesforce Einstein to enable smarter, faster decisions across sales, service, marketing, commerce and more. For example, by combining local shopping patterns, weather and retail industry data from Watson with customer-specific shopping data and preferences from Salesforce Einstein, a retailer will be able to automatically send highly personalized and localized email campaigns to shoppers. IBM Weather Insights for Salesforce: The Weather Company, an IBM business, will power a new Lightning component on the Salesforce AppExchange to provide weather insights that inform customer interactions and business performance. For example, an insurance company will be able to pull local forecast data from IBM Weather into Salesforce, and automatically send safety and policy information to customers who are at risk of being impacted by severe weather events. IBM Application Integration Suite for Salesforce: Customers will be able to able to bring together on-premise enterprise and cloud data with specialized integration products for Salesforce, surfacing that data directly within the Salesforce Intelligent Customer Success Platform. For example, a wealth advisor will be able to unify client data, such as individual investments and risk profiles, with financial trends and public macroeconomic information from Application Integration Suite right within Salesforce to make smarter decisions for her customers. Bluewolf Dedicated Consulting Services and Expertise for Cognitive Solutions, Adding to IBM Strategic Services for Salesforce: Bluewolf, an IBM company, has formed a new practice to help clients rapidly deploy the combined IBM Watson and Salesforce Einstein capabilities. This new unit capitalizes on Bluewolf's over fifteen years of Salesforce implementations and their current portfolio of multiple Salesforce and Watson projects. Bluewolf will also develop new industry-specific accelerators used by enterprise clients to accelerate adoption of cognitive applications. As part of the partnership, IBM will deploy Salesforce Service Cloud across the company to transform its global product support services and gain a single, unified view of every IBM customer. Pricing and Availability The IBM Watson and Salesforce Einstein integration is expected to be available in the second half of 2017. Pricing will be announced at the time of general availability. IBM Weather Lightning Component on Salesforce AppExchange is expected to be available in the second half of 2017. Pricing will be announced at the time of general availability. Bluewolf, an IBM company, expects to offer new industry-focused Solution Accelerators at in the second half of 2017. Pricing will be announced at the time of general availability. IBM Application Integration Suite for Salesforce is expected to be available by the end of March 2017. Pricing will be announced at the time of general availability. About IBM Watson: Pioneering a New Era of Computing Watson represents a new era in computing called cognitive computing, where systems understand the world in a way more similar to humans: through senses, learning, and experience. Watson continuously learns from previous interactions, gaining in value and knowledge over time. With the help of Watson, organizations are harnessing the power of cognitive computing to transform industries, help professionals do their jobs better, and solve important challenges.  As part of IBM's strategy to accelerate the growth of cognitive computing, Watson is open to the world, allowing a growing community of developers, students, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts to easily tap into the most advanced and diverse cognitive computing platform available today. Watson solutions are being built, used and deployed in more than 45 countries and across 20 different industries. For more information on IBM Watson, visit: ibm.com/watson. Join the conversation at #ibmwatson. About SalesforceSalesforce, the world's #1 CRM and the Intelligence Customer Success Platform, empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way. For more information about Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), visit: www.salesforce.com.

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    Paris, France - March 7, 2017 - Coursera, the global leader in online education and learning, today announced growth of its enterprise platform Coursera for Business with a new set of customers in the European market. New customers include Air France KLM, Criteo, Gemalto, Booking.com, Unicredit and Telenor. Coursera for Business enables companies to utilize high-quality online learning content, created by 150 top universities, to address their rapidly-evolving workforce development needs. The adoption of Coursera for Business across leading European industry verticals underlines the growing trend among organizations toward embracing next-generation workforce development solutions. "The skills gap in France and throughout Europe requires urgent attention. Millions of people lack the skills they need to succeed in current and emerging jobs, and the gap is widening," said Rick Levin, CEO of Coursera. "Companies in this region are eager to work with us and our university partners to equip their employees with high demand skills needed to excel in today's economy." A scalable learning solution for the modern business Coursera has helped millions of learners worldwide succeed and grow in their careers. Coursera for Business builds on Coursera's unmatched technology platform and content foundation to deliver an enterprise learning solution that helps companies meet modern business challenges, including the rapid pace of technological changes across industries, the need to cater to a distributed workforce, and to align technical and business skills to long-term strategic goals. European companies benefit from powerful features of the platform including curated, in-depth content from top universities and institutions, reputable and stackable certifications, a robust and easy-to-use mobile platform, and centralized program management and progress tracking tools. Coursera is helping new European customers re-imagine their investment in Learning and Development in ways that future-proof their organizations, leading to higher productivity and a strategic talent development approach. "We are delighted to partner with Coursera in our digital transformation efforts and provide our managers with top quality content to prepare them for the jobs of today and tomorrow," said Anne Grejbine, VP of Training & Campus at Air France. "Gemalto is implementing a learning strategy that can keep pace with the transformation of our business and technology imperatives," said Christie Deydier, Head of Learning at Gemalto. "We are excited to partner with Coursera to provide our employees with a diverse selection of quality business and technical content, delivered through a platform that is well suited for self-directed learning." The need for continuous workplace learning and development has never been more apparent or widespread. In today's ever-shifting technology landscape, industry specific skills can go from relevant to obsolete in a short timespan. Companies are heavily investing in upskilling their workforces to stay competitive, and Western Europe alone now spends $8b on e-learning*. About Coursera:Coursera is an online education company that offers courses and learning experiences from the world's top universities and education institutions including Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, University of Virginia, HEC Paris, ESSEC, Sciences Po etc. Coursera has more than 24 million registered learners worldwide who can access over 2,000 courses and Specializations in dozens of topics including business, data, technology, social sciences, health and art. Coursera empowers learners around the world to achieve their career, educational and personal enrichment goals throughout their lives. Coursera is backed by leading venture capital firms such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, GSV Capital, International Finance Corporation, Laureate Education Inc. and Learn Capital. For more information on Coursera for Businesshttps://www.coursera.org/enterpriseCoursera Blog

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    Boston, MA - March 7, 2017 - Skillsoft, the global leader in eLearning, has been selected as an authorized content provider for the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) certification. CompTIA CSA+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that validates the skills required to combat malware and threats through the application of behavioral analytics. Skillsoft is the first eLearning provider to offer courses, books, videos, virtual instructor-led training, virtual practice labs, mentors, and other test preparation resources to provide the best certification preparation available for the new CompTIA CSA+ exam. The content is delivered through Skillsoft's new state-of-the-art learning platform, Percipio. “IT Certification is an increasingly competitive advantage for our customers - both for their businesses, as well as for attracting and retaining talent. Certification enables employees to showcase their understanding, knowledge, and expertise of a subject with demonstrable skills,” says Bill Donoghue, chairman and CEO, Skillsoft. “For nearly 20 years, we have invested substantially in our IT content. Our partnership with CompTIA helps IT professionals constantly update their skills to meet the changing needs of the organization, from on-the-job troubleshooting to the most pressing IT security concerns.” CompTIA CSA+ was created based on widespread and unprecedented demand from the public and private sectors for a certification that fills a gap in cybersecurity credentials and addresses the unique role of the cybersecurity analyst. “The security analyst’s job role is absolutely vital to the new data-driven and analytical approach that organizations are taking with cybersecurity,” said James Stanger, senior director, products, CompTIA. “We’re pleased to have Skillsoft joins us in this effort to train and certify cybersecurity professionals.” For more information on Skillsoft's offerings, visit: http://www.skillsoft.com/business-solutions/it-training.asp For more information on CompTIA CSA+, visit: https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/cybersecurity-analyst About SkillsoftSkillsoft is the global leader in eLearning. We train more professionals than any other company and we are trusted by the world's leading organizations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. At Skillsoft, our mission is to build beautiful technology and engaging content. Our 165,000+ courses, videos and books are accessed more than 130 million times every month, in 160 countries and 29 languages. With 100% cloud access, anytime, anywhere. www.skillsoft.com

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    Winston-Salem, NC - March 7, 2017 - BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) announced today the construction of a new home for The BB&T Leadership Institute, which provides leadership development programs for corporate executives, business owners, BB&T clients and education leaders. The 58,000-square-foot, approximately $34 million dollar facility will be built on a heavily wooded 11-acre site adjacent to the BB&T Triad Corporate Center on Airport Center Drive in Greensboro, N.C. The institute expects to begin operating in the new facility in early 2018. Featuring a rustic lodge ambience with extensive use of glass and an open floor plan to fully feature the scenic surroundings, the three-level facility will include meeting spaces, 48 guest rooms for overnight visitors and room for staff offices. Project architects sought to create a relaxing, comfortable environment where participants become receptive to the program's mission of exploration and self-discovery. "This new home for The BB&T Leadership Institute will allow us to expand our life-changing leadership development offerings," said Will Sutton, director of The BB&T Leadership Institute. "With its unique natural setting and the ability to offer overnight accommodations, this new facility will provide a truly immersive environment where emerging leaders can grow." Click here for a BB&T Leadership Institute infographic and hi-res photos of the new facility BB&T has invested in leadership development programs for its own associates since 1971. BB&T first connected with Farr Associates as a client in the early eighties and acquired the world-class organization in 1994. The BB&T Leadership Institute was established to give organizations a leadership development partner to help create dynamic and effective leaders, increase employee retention and improve the bottom line. During this time, the vast majority of BB&T's senior leaders have benefited greatly from their psychological approach to leadership development. The institute currently operates out of High Point, N.C. "This facility represents a major milestone for The BB&T Leadership Institute and underscores the value BB&T has placed on leadership development for nearly half a century," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kelly S. King. "We believe one of the best ways to improve our communities is through stronger leaders in all facets of society, and this new home will provide even greater opportunities for us to share all we've learned about leadership." One of the foundations of BB&T's leadership development expertise is offered through the Mastering Leadership Dynamics course. This flagship program can raise a leader's self-awareness, develop conscious leadership practices and improve skills critical to individual, team and organizational performance. Surveys show that ninety-seven percent of participants rank it as one of the most powerful and impactful experiences of their professional development. Building on its success in developing business leaders, the institute has customized a program to meet the specific leadership development needs of public school administrators at no cost to participants. Using an approach that combines face-to-face and virtual sessions with interim activities during a four-week period, this highly experiential program focuses on developing conscious leadership. School leaders learn how beliefs drive our behaviors and ultimately create the results we achieve. By offering overnight lodging, the new facility will eliminate the added cost of hotel accommodations for educators, making the specialized offering even more accessible and cost-effective for school systems. BB&T engaged architect CJMW of Winston-Salem to design the new facility and landscape architect Surface 678 of Durham to optimize use of the site, which is adjacent to a 7-acre pond. Frank L. Blum Construction of Winston-Salem is the general contractor. About The BB&T Leadership InstituteDuring the past half-century, The BB&T Leadership Institute, and its legacy firm Farr Associates, has developed and refined approaches to business leadership through collaborative work with clients in top companies throughout the United States. The BB&T Leadership Institute provides organizations with a leadership development partner that helps create dynamic and effective leaders, increase employee retention and improve the bottom line. Beginning with each client's specific goals and challenges, the institute's consultants identify the best approaches to address a company's needs and tailor offerings to individual executives, teams or both. Its offerings also include research, educational programs and consulting to help develop leaders in the education and nonprofit sectors. More information about The BB&T Leadership Institute can be found at BBTLeadershipInstitute.com. About BB&TBB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $219.3 billion in assets and market capitalization of $38.1 billion as of Dec. 31, 2016. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates 2,196 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others. BB&T also has been named one of the World's Strongest Banks by Bloomberg Markets magazine, one of the top three in the U.S. and in the top 15 globally. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at BBT.com.

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    Boston, MA and Austin, TX - March 6, 2017 - LearnLaunch Accelerator, the leading startup program personalized for edtech entrepreneurs, announced today that six of its companies, active in the education technology sector, closed on funding in the first month of 2017. These six firms illustrate an increased early stage investment in education technology, an industry that facilitates learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing technology. Edtech companies that raised Series A or seed stage investment include: Metro DC-based Knowledge to Practice raised $6.5 million in its Series A round, led by ReThink Education. Boston-based Authess raised a $2.2 million seed stage round led by EduLab. Chalk Talk, based in Boston, closed on a $2.0 million Series A round led by angel investor Ibrahim Haddad. Boston-based Kaymbu closed on a $1.5 million Series Seed round led by Reach Capital. Riipen, headquartered in Vancouver, closed a $1.0 million Series Seed round led by angel investor Mohamed Mansour. Pittsburgh-based Zulama closed the first $650,000 of a Series Seed round led by angel investor Jean Hammond. “Education continues to change, and having six of our Accelerator companies reach these milestones in late 2016 and early 2017 is a reason for encouragement,” said Jean Hammond, LearnLaunch Co-Founder. “LearnLaunch Accelerator companies are given a unique set of advantages,” said Liam Pisano, LearnLaunch Managing Director. “There are 35 edtech-focused companies housed on the LearnLaunch Campus, and we have more than 150 active mentors providing expertise and connections.  This edtech ecosystem supports entrepreneurs as they develop their business strategies, bringing value from day one of the LearnLaunch Accelerator program.” Knowledge to Practice, an edtech market leader delivering competency based, personalized learning had the largest raise of LearnLaunch Accelerator participants. "We knew our tailored continuing medical education products were uniquely meeting physicians' learning needs and preferences," said Mary Ellen Beliveau, M.Ed., CEO, Knowledge to Practice. "We decided to participate in LearnLaunch's Accelerator program to help us better define our go-to-market strategy. Broadening our GTM (go-to-market) strategy to include enterprise solutions enables us to leverage our data to serve critical needs of hospitals and healthcare systems.” The LearnLaunch Accelerator portfolio houses diversified strategies that are front and center trends in edtech today, including augmented reality, machine learning, big data, and the like. "There is broad consensus that we need to do a better job preparing learners and employees for success in a rapidly evolving workplace," noted Paul Crockett, CEO and co-founder of Authess. "Authess is using machine learning and data analytics for higher levels of assessment - to expose and measure the in-demand skills needed to thrive in today’s economy. This new funding allows us to accelerate development of our authoring framework and AI engine." Furthermore, LearnLaunch Accelerator company CEOs are finding new ways to benefit from the evolution of education by exploring new revenue models, innovative offerings, and taking a fresh look at antiquated business models.  “Schools traditionally teach to the curriculum, while test prep is typically offered by private tutors and after-school learning centers and only to those who can afford it,” said Chalk Talk founder and CEO Mohannad Arbaji. “Chalk Talk pioneered a new way to provide test prep that both improves student performance on their curriculum and increases standardized test scores at the same time. Using patent-pending technology, Chalk Talk's fully adaptive platform helps students achieve one of the highest average SAT, ACT, and SAT II score improvements on record. This new funding will increase our ability to reach more students across the globe.” “We’re excited that 2017 is off to a great start for our companies.  While recent macro statistics point to a slowdown in early stage investment in the edtech space, we’re confident the LearnLaunch Accelerator process is effectively preparing our companies for a successful fundraise,” said Pisano. “It’s an important show of support by the edtech investment community, and validation of the value of LearnLaunch’s Accelerator program and strategy.” About LearnLaunch Accelerator LearnLaunch Accelerator is the leading early stage edtech startup accelerator. LearnLaunch Accelerator provides the most promising education technology startups worldwide with up to $120,000 in seed funding, a personalized development plan, sector specific curriculum, and a network of industry focused mentors, intensive coaching and all the tools necessary to grow a successful edtech startup. It offers investors a diversified platform of early stage companies in the rapidly growing edtech sector. For more Information, visit www.learnlaunch.com/accelerator or follow us @LearnLaunchX. About LearnLaunchLearnLaunch is dedicated to connecting, supporting, and investing in the education technology ecosystem to drive innovation and transform learning. It offers a vibrant community, educational events, a collaborative co-working space, and a selective accelerator program to promote the growth of the edtech sector. LearnLaunch is based in Boston, a global education hub. Learn more about LearnLaunch Accelerator, Campus, and Institute at www.learnlaunch.com and follow LearnLaunch on Twitter at @learnlaunch.

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    Raleigh, NC – March 9, 2017 – Training Industry has announced its 2017 Sales Training Companies Watch List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2017 Sales Training Companies Watch List Selection to this year's Sales Training Companies Watch List was based on the following criteria: Innovative approach New or relaunched practices Targeted service offerings Quality of initial clients Solutions focused on specific market verticals “The 2017 Sales Training Companies Watch List captures up-and-coming and innovative sales training companies that are well positioned to meet the continually changing needs of sales training and the business,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc.  “We look forward to seeing how these organizations will continue to positively impact the training marketplace.” Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com. View the 2017 Sales Training Companies Watch List About Training Industry, Inc. Training Industry 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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  • 03/09/17--00:23: BLR Acquires Navis Learning
  • Brentwood, TN - March 8, 2017 - BLR®, a business unit of Simplify Compliance, has acquired Navis Learning, a provider of award-winning custom learning and development solutions. “Corporate learning and development continues to take on significantly greater importance. With this, training programs have become more complex. The addition of Navis Learning to BLR’s established training solutions allows us to serve the evolving needs of our audience by delivering a truly customized approach,” says Rafael Cardoso, President of BLR. Navis Learning brings a complete range of custom learning solutions to the acquisition, complementing the breadth of content offered through BLR’s existing TrainingToday platform. The unique Navis “D2D” learning development methodology aligns with BLR’s philosophy ensuring effective and efficiently-designed training, providing quick and measurable ROI for its business partnerships. “Listening to our customers and understanding the increasing importance they are placing on their corporate learning and development programs made this acquisition a natural fit for BLR,” said Dan Oswald, CEO of Simplify Compliance. David Gomes, former CEO of Navis Learning, will be taking a role on the BLR leadership team as Vice President, Learning and Development Solutions. “Joining the BLR team enables us to share our experience and expertise, expand our footprint, and offer additional custom learning solutions to our combined clients. I’m excited to continue our growth with the new team that resulted from this acquisition,” said Gomes. Through the Navis Learning acquisition, BLR will also welcome a team of instructional designers, eLearning developers, and seasoned trainers that will allow the company to continue to grow its results-based training solutions. About Simplify Compliance Simplify Compliance helps its customers learn, comply, and succeed by providing mission-critical regulatory and business information, analysis, and tools. Serving a range of industries, including financial services, healthcare, human capital management, and telecommunications, Simplify Compliance provides time-saving products and solutions that help U.S.-based businesses and their employees monitor compliance, optimize financial performance, and create and implement best practices. Simplify Compliance operates the Argosy Group, BLR, CCMI, and H3.Group business units. About BLR BLR (Business & Legal Resources) helps U.S. businesses simplify compliance with state and federal legal requirements. In-house experts and an exclusive attorney network provide comprehensive, reliable state-specific information for businesses in all 50 states. Award-winning products and solutions – including training programs, events, web portals, reports and subscription services – give businesses of all sizes and industries the best tools available at affordable prices. For more information on their offerings, visit http://www.BLR.com. About Navis Learning For almost two decades, Navis Learning has been a leading provider of customized learning and development solutions for a wide range of companies, ranging from small start-ups to large global organizations, across industries such as finance, life sciences, healthcare, high tech, manufacturing, and retail. Navis Learning takes pride in its unique ability to design and develop instructional products that are practical, effective, and created using best-in-class instructional design methods.

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    Washington, D.C. - March 8, 2017 - With its official launch slated for the Spring of 2017, The Avalon Institute, founded by USAF General John E. Michel (Ret.) and Matchbox Restaurants Founder Perry Jobe Smith is a 21st century leadership development firm that strives to empower organizations and individuals to connect at a deeper level and take command of their own growth. Central to this mission is the Avalon Institute’s “Roundtable Leadership Model™,” a combination of people-centric organizing models, coaching and education. Additional support and understanding is provided by cutting-edge neuroleadership assessments that show individuals and teams their true strengths as well as blind spots. The Institute’s proprietary methodology has proven remarkably successful in numerous engagements, including integrated programs with US Special Forces Command and Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, FL in addition to contracted engagements with the US Army, US Air Force, and numerous strategic partners in the private and government sectors. This spring, The Avalon Institute is proud to announce “Beyond Labels,” an ongoing series of workshops and engagements geared towards inspiring a multi-generational workforce. Focused predominantly on leveraging Millennials and their unique strengths as a generation, “Beyond Labels” is a guided co-creation space for business leaders seeking to enhance employee retention, engagement, and productivity. Facilitating the conversation are Avalon’s accomplished Millennial team members Chris Lum and Erin Matyus, who have combined their leadership experiences in business and athletics to support participants in reinvigorating their respective workplaces. For more information about Avalon’s Millennial engagement opportunities and services - including webinars, in-person workshops, and strategic support - please refer to The Avalon Institute's website under “Services.” The Avalon Institute is informed by the organization's deep seeded principles that emphasize values over rules, dynamic discourse, clarity of purpose, innovation and intentional leadership. The team of leaders takes on complex issues with the spirit of co-creation and the perseverance to overcome all challenges, and is always focused on delivering leadership values to all levels of an organization while supporting and standing with clients for the entire journey. For more information on the Avalon Institute, and for details on applying for Roundtable Leadership™ membership, visit http://www.avalonleadership.com or via direct email. For additional opportunities, visit the Avalon Institute’s sister entity Veteran Enabled Training and Technology Services (VETS) at http://www.vet2s.com. VETS is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business positioned to work with federal, state, and local governments, as well as business entities of any size

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    Hoa Sen, Vietnam and New Delhi, India - March 9, 2017 - NIIT, a global leader in skills and talent development, unveiled its first specialized IT center in Hoa Sen, Vietnam to create a talent pool for Digitalization of Vietnam. The center will deliver futuristic IT training programs to School pass outs, University students and working professionals under the LEAD (Learn, Enhance, Aspire, Deliver) methodology. NIIT will be delivering these programs through innovative blended learning process comprising both online and offline model which will give students flexibility of time & place. The specialized NIIT IT center is being launched in Ho Chi Minh City with state-of-the-art products, for a career in IT ranging from data science to networking to software engineering. The NIIT center will offer programs on technologies like Office 2013, Java 7, Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server 2012, ASP.net, MVC 4.5, HTML 5, JQuery, Java Script, Infrastructure Management to enable students to learn Office 2013, Windows Server 2012, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Microsoft Share Point 2013. Apart from these, various rapid employability and career enhancement programs will also be offered by NIIT. Key technologies acquired during the courses include tracks like 12C, MS Server 2012, Jelly Bean, Kit-Kat, Oracle, CCNA & CCNP, A+ & N+, Web Design & Development, Graphic Designing, MIS, and Project Management etc.Programs under Training.com- a multi-modal learning platform by NIIT, will be made available to help Individual, Corporates and Universities. With our thrust on curriculum development and regular faculty training, NIIT will offer the most sought after IT programs to the Vietnamese youth.Speaking on the occasion Prakash Menon, President, Global Skills and Careers Group, NIIT Ltd., remarked, "The world is going through an intensive phase of digital transformation. All existing industries and economies are being disrupted. Physical economy is being replaced by a digital economy. We have launched the specialized IT center in Hoa Sen to help Vietnam transform into a digital economy. With our keen understanding of the changing skills requirement of the industry, NIIT is committed to support Vietnam to create a talent pool to facilitate digitalization of the country.”Information technology has changed the way people work and the next ten years will be about transforming the businesses across all industry sectors. According to industry experts, digitally transformed organizations are 26% more profitable than their industry competitors. Global spending on digital transformation technologies is expected to cross $2.1 Trillion by 2019. By 2018, 35% of IT resources will be spent to support the creation of new digital revenue streams, and by 2020 almost 50% of IT budgets will be tied to digital transformation initiatives.NIIT is pioneering innovative delivery methods. Its new venture training.com multi-modal learning platform, a direct-to-device initiative for advanced career programs will make cutting-edge blended learning programs available to professionals in Vietnam in partnership with world’s leading universities and education institutes. The programs on Training.com are targeted at working professionals who want to take their careers to the next level by enhancing their knowledge of the latest business concepts. Sanjay Tickoo, Head, International Education Business (Emerging Markets), NIIT Ltd, said, “This is indeed a very proud moment for NIIT as we are at the threshold of a transformational change in the Digital Learning space, driven by upskilling and talent development requirements for Digitalization of Vietnam. Towards this we have launched Big Data, Java Enterprise Apps with DevOps and diginxt-MMS to help create a talent pool armed with futuristic skill-sets aligned to the industry needs. We look forward to further strengthening this initiative, by empowering more and more students in the coming years." Additionally, the not-for-profit NIIT University (NU) entered into a tie-up with Hoa Sen University (HSU), one of the leading private universities in Vietnam to empower the Vietnamese society with futuristic learning programs. To this end, NIIT Data Research Institute was set up at HSU as a step towards making cutting-edge education and training available to the masses. Under this tie-up, student exchange programs between NU and HCU will be organized regularly. The universities will work together to develop new programs that are aligned to the digital economy. Incubation center for collaborative projects between NU and HCU will also be set up.Speaking on the occasion Mr. Nguyen Thanh Duy, President Hoa Sen College said “I congratulate NIIT and our team on the launch of IT center and collaboration with NIIT University for establishment of Research Center in HSC Vietnam. Together we hope to transform Vietnam into a digital economy.”NIIT established its presence in Vietnam in the year 2000, becoming the first Indian IT enterprise to do so. Over the years, NIIT has been training skilled IT professionals for the Vietnam IT industry. With the support of its outstanding partners and institutions, it has trained more than 50,000 students in the country. NIIT has also been the winner of Vietnam’s ICT Gold Award for 7 years.NIIT.tv - a disruptive innovation of NIIT is yet another initiative to bridge the digital divide. NIIT.tv is an internet TV portal that can be accessed on a computer, tablet or smartphone anytime, anywhere. It is a democratic digital learning initiative, backed by NIIT’s strong Educational Technology framework launched in October 2015 with an aim to bring high-quality training from its classrooms to every digitally connected learner, for free, at any time, place and language of their choice. The platform has received an overwhelming response with a total of 636450+ users from over 175 Countries. In the initial phase, over 20 skill-based training programs in IT, Banking and Finance, Retail and Management were made available, which has now scaled up to 5860+ "live" as well as "on-demand" courses for various segments from school children to college students to working professionals for free. This has prompted NIIT to go beyond its programs and provide support in other areas of higher education through strategic tie-ups. About Hoa SenHoa Sen is a leading university in Vietnam; it is known for quality in education, training, and internationally recognized research for the community. It was one of the first private universities founded in Vietnam after this was legalized by the government. Its mission is "To contribute to the rapid, sustainable, and humane development of the Vietnamese and regional economy and society."About NIITNIIT is a leading Skills and Talent Development Corporation that is building a manpower pool for global industry requirements. The company, which was set up in 1981 to help the nascent IT industry overcome its human resource challenges, today ranks among the world’s leading training companies owing to its vast and comprehensive array of talent development programs. With a footprint across 40 nations, NIIT offers training and development solutions to Individuals, Enterprises and Institutions. 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. The Skills and Careers Group (SNC) delivers a diverse range of learning and talent development programs to millions of individual and corporate learners in areas including Digital Transformation, Banking, Finance & Insurance, Soft Skills, Business Process Excellence, Retail Sales Enablement, Management Education, Multi-Sectoral Vocational Skills, Digital Media Marketing, and new-age IT. As NIIT’s wholly owned subsidiary for its K-12 school learning initiative - MindChampion Learning Systems Limited (MLSL), provides futuristic NIIT nGuru range of learning solutions for schools comprising, interactive Classrooms with digital content, technology-driven Math Lab, IT Wizard programs and Quick School - an Education Resource Planning software. The Training.com learning platform is an NIIT initiative for advanced career programs, which are delivered live by industry experts in an immersive and interactive online mode, combining instructor-led classrooms with the convenience of accessing the training sessions from anywhere.As the Most Trusted Training Brand in India for 4th year in a row (Brand Trust Report, 2016), NIIT's learning and talent development solutions, continue to receive widespread recognition globally. NIIT has been named among the Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies for the past nine consecutive years by Training Industry, Inc. USA. Further, leading Indian ICT journal Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT the 'Top Training Company' award successively for the past 20 years, since the inception of this category. NIIT has also been featured as the 'Most Respected Education Company'- 2016 by leading financial magazine, Business World. NIIT.tv – a disruptive innovation by NIIT, won the prestigious award for 'Educational Technology, at the Indo-American Education Summit 2016. Visit us at: www.niit.comFollow us on: www.twitter.com/niitltd

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    Chicago, IL - February 21, 2017 - re:work training, a nonprofit that provides sales training and job placement, announced today that it will use LearnCore’s training and coaching platform to scale its impact. Beyond that, re:work will utilize pre-built training content provided by Jbarrows Consulting, owned and run by John Barrows. “John Barrows has long been a staple in the sales community. To be able to immediately access his digital content within LearnCore allows our candidates to learn remotely, which is hugely valuable. As we look to push more of our curriculum online, we’ll lean heavily on both LearnCore and Jbarrows,” said Harrison Horan, CEO and Founder of re:work. LearnCore, a SaaS platform that enables sales leaders to more efficiently train and measure their employees, continues to gain traction globally. By leveraging Jbarrows’ content, LearnCore now provides organizations with pre-built tools to help ramp new sales hires faster.  Additionally, sales leaders can use the video role play and coaching module to make sure that their sales teams can apply what they’ve learned throughout Jbarrows’ modules. "We are excited about this partnership to help re:work achieve its goal in building a Chicago tech scene that actually looks like Chicago,” shared Ryan Leavitt, the Chief Revenue Officer of LearnCore. “At LearnCore, we are proud of the impact we make to help companies improve sales effectiveness and with this partnership we can also make an impact in our community." Meanwhile, for companies using LearnCore, Jbarrows’ video training content and digital sales lessons allow individuals and teams to learn at their own pace while applying the training immediately to drive results. Having this content in LearnCore’s platform allows team to scale globally while ensuring consistency among reps, including Jbarrows Certification. Barrows, who himself has made a career out of sales, said “I’m a big believer that Sales is the best profession in the world when done right, and it leads to a career and lifestyle that provides freedom and options like no other. I’m excited to be working together with re:work and LearnCore to bring industry leading content together with a platform that will help kids realize their full potential in Sales and life.” “Ultimately, we want to connect top talent with the top companies to work for,” Horan added. “Knowing what you’re getting is critical for hiring employers, and the combination of LearnCore and JBarrows creates an easy way to provide consistency. About LearnCore: LearnCore is a leading training and coaching platform for sales and customer success teams. Companies use LearnCore to ensure their teams are certified and up to speed as the company, products and messaging continuously change. LearnCore's approach combines knowledge and skills through content, quizzing, and virtual role-playing for practice, coaching and socializing best practices. More at http://www.learncore.com. About Jbarrows Consulting: John Barrows currently provides sales training and consulting services to some of the world’s leading companies like Salesforce.com, Linkedin, Apttus, DropBox, Box and many others. His previous experiences span all aspects of Sales at every level from making 400 cold calls a week doing inside sales to running sales as a VP for his first start up and selling it to Staples. He’s an active sales professional who has learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work in Sales and loves sharing the tips and techniques he has found to have had an impact along the way. His main goal is to improve the overall education and quality of Sales by sharing ideas and techniques that work. About re:work training: re:work training is a Chicago-based nonprofit that trains and places sales candidates. Dedicated to underserved neighborhoods, re:work teaches applicable sales skills to ‘undiscovered youth’, then connects its candidates with the top employers in Chicago.

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    Boston, MA - March 10, 2017 - Illuminate, the Boston-based developer of innovative custom clinical sales training programs for the life science industry (www.illuminate.net), and CMR Institute, the leading provider of unbiased and relevant sales and leadership training for life science professionals (www.CMRinstitute.org), have announced a strategic alliance. The arrangement allows clients of either firm to access training solutions that are offered by both, vastly expanding choices in terms of content, budget, timeliness, and efficiency. “Pairing Illuminate’s custom training programs with CMR’s deep library of off-the-shelf training resources will provide clients of both firms with a tremendous array of training options,” says Shaun McMahon, President and Founder of Illuminate. “This also allows us to expand our services into fresh spaces including market access, managed care, leadership, and communication skills.” In turn, CMR can now offer its clients access to Illuminate’s customized programs and workshops. “CMR is excited to expand the learning solutions we offer to clients to also include custom developed training through our alliance with Illuminate,” says Michelle O’Connor, President and CEO of CMR Institute. “Our results-driven training consistently improves the performance and effectiveness of our clients’ sales teams, and this alliance will complement CMR’s broad library of resources, enabling full service solutions to our clients.” “Illuminate’s first priority is always customer satisfaction,” adds McMahon. “This dynamic partnership expands our ability to direct clients to their ideal training solution, whether that’s an original, customized program from Illuminate, or a time-tested approach offered by CMR Institute.” Sharon Lustig, Vice President of Client Solutions for CMR Institute adds, “Focusing on the ultimate goals of each client and the learners, we’ll determine together the best solution: custom, off-the-shelf, or some combination of both. CMR and Illuminate are committed to measurable results, supportive learning environments, and learning reinforcement.” About Illuminate With offices in Boston and San Francisco, Illuminate is a client-focused, fullservice training and development firm that specializes in delivering customizable sales training material for life science companies. Since 2004, we have worked to provide sales teams with custom learning solutions and complementary services designed to drive sales and deliver results. About CMR Institute Through our extensive blended learning library CMR helps pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostic professionals maximize market access, connect effectively with decision makers, and demonstrate the value of their products and services. Founded by a team of visionary physicians and healthcare companies in 1966, CMR Institute educates 12,000 professionals annually in 35 countries and provides services to more than 75 of the leading life science companies worldwide.

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    San Francisco, CA - March 14, 2017 - Degreed, the fast-growing company that has created an engaging, beautiful and intuitive way to empower and recognize all forms of professional and lifelong learning, today announced details of its partnership with Bridge by Instructure, a leading learning management system for businesses. Through this partnership, Bridge, Instructure's innovative and engaging e-learning solution, will be integrated with the Degreed platform, providing companies with enhanced visibility into all of the learning that takes place among their employees and enabling them to make better informed decisions about people's learning and career development. Employees gain easy access to the learning materials within the Bridge system, in addition to Degreed's library of more than 3 million courses, videos and articles from nearly 1,400 sources. The alliance also enables learning and development leaders to gain complete, real-time insights into employees' interests, preferences and developmental opportunities, while automatically tracking course completion and reflecting all activity on an individual's Degreed profile. "Bridge offers businesses an intuitive, easy-to-use solution to track and manage all of the learning that takes place within their organizations; but the reality today is that a great deal of learning happens outside the parameters of the business as well," said Melissa Loble, VP of Platform and Partnerships at Instructure. "Through our partnership with Degreed, our clients will benefit from an integrated approach to measuring the learning experienced by employees, in whatever form it takes. The result is a comprehensive approach to understanding the knowledge and skill set of their teams and the value they can deliver to the organization." "There is no single path to expertise, which is why Degreed enables L&D teams and individuals alike to discover, curate, share and track learning experiences from any source, in any format," commented David Blake, CEO and co-founder of Degreed. "By integrating Bridge and Degreed, organizations can measure both informal and formal learning activities, giving them deeper insight into workers' skills and expertise. We are pleased to partner with Instructure and help more companies inspire and recognize lifelong learning." About InstructureInstructure, 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 instructors and learners at more than 2,000 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world. Learn more about Canvas for higher ed and K-12, and Bridge for the corporate market, at www.Instructure.com. About Degreed Degreed is an award-winning learning platform built for the way today's workers really build their expertise and grow their careers. Degreed integrates organizations' internal talent systems with the world's largest ecosystem of open learning resources -- over 3 million courses, videos, articles, books, podcasts and more from nearly 1,400 sources. As a result, organizations and their people can discover, share and track all their development, however and wherever they learn. Founded in 2012, Degreed is headquartered in San Francisco with additional offices in Salt Lake City and Amsterdam. Learn more about Degreed at: Website | Facebook | Google+ | YouTube | LinkedIn | Twitter

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    Vancouver, BC and San Jose, CA - March 15, 2017 - Visier, provider of the leading people strategy platform, today announced it has closed $45 million in Series D financing. Sorenson Capital led the round and is joined by existing investors Foundation Capital, Summit Partners, and Adams Street Partners. This round brings Visier’s total funding to $94.5 million. Visier is credited with the innovation of applied business analytics — the next generation of business intelligence that finally delivers on the promise of data-driven decision making by answering business leaders’ questions in real time, from the cloud, with no dependency on technical resources. Watch the 1-minute video: reinventing business intelligence. The new capital will help fuel the company’s efforts to meet the ever growing demand for its people strategy platform, as well as to grow its international and partner ecosystems. Visier’s customers include the world’s most widely recognized brands, across a broad range of industries: today more than 100 blue chip enterprises have selected Visier, including many Global 2000 and Fortune 500 leaders. “Where others are struggling, Visier is thriving,” says John Schwarz, Visier’s CEO and Founder. “We are experiencing a tidal wave of demand because, instead of focusing on data tools and data scientists, Visier has focused on business leaders and on their important and ever changing and probing questions.” Schwarz continues, “Contrary to prevailing opinion, analytics isn’t about organizing or accessing data. Achieving dramatically improved business results through analytics is about answering the right questions, which then shape the business tactics — this is what drives better business outcomes. Visier was founded to meet this need. And our customers are realizing incredible results.” Read the blog post and ebook: Goodbye Tools. Hello Solutions. Since its last round of financing in June 2014, Visier has: Tripled the number of its enterprise customers Achieved a “best in class” net promoter score of 58 and annual renewal revenue rate over 100 percent Grown its annual recurring revenue by over 525 percent With a focus on disruptive technology companies, new investor Sorenson Capital brings to Visier its expertise in helping successful companies accelerate their growth to achieve a lasting market value. “Visier’s product-centered culture and market position are perfectly aligned with Sorenson Capital’s principled thesis of supporting leaders in transformative industries,’ says Rob Rueckert, Managing Director at Sorenson Capital, who joins Visier’s Board of Directors. “Like very few others, Visier has mastered the combination of profound domain expertise with cutting-edge analytics capabilities in the hands of business users.” Read Rob Rueckert’s blog post: Applying Domain Expertise to Big Data Analytics. About VisierOur curiosity, the desire to understand, is inseparable from what it means to be human. But, in the hype of big data analytics, we’ve forgotten that data does not equal knowledge. Visier was founded to focus on what matters: answering the right business questions, even the ones a person might not know to ask. Questions that shape business strategy, provide the impetus for taking action, and drive better business results. Visier is dedicated to transforming business analytics, to providing leaders with clear answers to critical business questions — out-of-the-box, without the hassle and cost of data management, statements of work, and long and risky development projects. Visier lets companies say goodbye to data quality problems, to complexity, to costly tools, to endless service fees, and to guesswork. A people strategy platform designed by domain experts for leaders, Visier lets leaders say hello to clarity, to confidence, to meaningful answers — and to better business performance. Say hello to Visier. Outsmart, outperform. For more information, visit http://www.visier.com.

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    Newcastle upon Tyne, England - March 16, 2017 - In a world first for the sector, EvaluAgent has unveiled a ground-breaking all-in-one software platform that is set to revolutionise how contact centres operate. The EvaluAgent Workforce Engagement Management (WEM) platform is the culmination of years of research and development by industry experts; all committed to providing the contact centre workforce with the tools they need to deliver a first-class customer experience (CX). This innovative cloud-based software solution is destined to improve customer experience by engaging and motivating front-line agents; and as a direct result raise the contact centre's ability to deliver the very best CX to millions of people across the planet. Created to meet the demand from growing numbers of increasingly desperate contact centres.  This far-reaching initiative is in direct response to demand from hundreds of contact centres who are plagued by churn, absenteeism and declining CX standards, and are now failing to meet rising customer expectations. Many contact centres have turned to digital channels in an attempt to find the answers, but have discovered, to their cost, that automation has its limits. The hard truth is that as technology makes contact centres more efficient, (by taking over the simplistic tasks), it will lead to a requirement for super agents; who will be needed both when technology is unable to solve complex challenges, and when it simply fails altogether. What this serves to demonstrate is that ultimately organisations will depend more on human creativity, not less. And while the rise of chatbots, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) services, web-based collaborative tools and their like is inevitable, EvaluAgent has set out a rock-solid case for investing in people to deliver the competitive advantage that today's organisations so desperately seek. "While automation will increasingly be unleashed on the public, it is agents with their people skills, creativity, and complex problem-solving abilities that are essential to delivering a first-class CX.  Even if a digital CX programme is successfully implemented, it will only serve to deliver  standardisation across the sector. How can an organisation gain competitive advantage  based on a first-rate CX when they all look and respond in the same way?" - Jaime Scott CEO, EvaluAgent Why Workforce Engagement Management is absolutely crucial to the success of CX.  It is now an inescapable requirement that contact centres introduce management and motivational tools that can nurture a new generation of super agent; engaged, informed, enthused and capable of delivering a first-class customer experience. Engagement isn't just about keeping people focused on their day-to-day workload. 21st-century engagement is a sense of organisational connection and relevance, it's an understanding of purpose, of contribution and the opportunity to learn and progress. Workforce Engagement Management is fast becoming an imperative for the future health, prosperity and even the very survival of many contact centres. Software created through science: the model that makes EvaluAgent's solution so radically different.  The EvaluAgent WEM platform is based on a new operating system, one that places the agent at the very heart of the contact centre and revolves around three elements: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. Together they provide the building blocks that lead directly to an increasingly capable, engaged and motivated workforce, all working together to deliver the very best customer experience. Building on this new model, the EvaluAgent WEM solution combines a range of software tools into a single platform; designed to capture both internal and external data across all interactions, and then provide agents and team leaders with access to timely, relevant and actionable information. It's this free-flowing, open approach that supports independent action, collaboration, aids learning, and improves skills; all of which are then reinforced by recognition and self-fulfilment. "Technology simply doesn't have all the answers. We need to learn how to collaborate with technology in ways that augment human skills so that they can take on higher-value, more fulfilling roles. The future lies in the ability to use technology to elevate, not eliminate, people." - Jonny Bradshaw - Business Development Director, EvaluAgent With agents and team leaders positioned firmly at the centre of the new model, the scene is set. The benefits will be seen through a reduction in absenteeism, lower churn, increased motivation and higher productivity. Most importantly, the EvaluAgent WEM platform provides the contact centre workforce with all the tools necessary to become super agents capable of delivering a truly first-class CX. For a more in-depth look at EvaluAgent's revolutionary WEM platform, interested parties can visit the dedicatedwebpage, download the manifesto or see it in action by requesting a demo. About EvaluAgent  Since its inception in 2012 EvaluAgent has been on a mission to help people in contact centres deliver an outstanding customer experience. This single-minded goal has resulted in the development of a range of software products which have attracted numerous big name clients including: Atos, CSC, NS&I, Cineworld, Invesco, Aon and BUPA Tech and Industry Awards  EvaluAgent's goal of transforming the contact centre industry has also been recognised by a wider audience. As a proud Northern tech firm, (based in Newcastle, Teeside and St Helens), EvaluAgent has won regional business accolades such as the Northern Stars and the GP Bullhound Northern Tech award, and more recently we've been recognised on the national scene with a TechMarketViews' coveted Little British Battler award.

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