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    Minneapolis - July 31, 2017 - Today, Plymouth-based company The Sales Board, Creator of Action Selling, announced the launch of their New Program: Customer Relationship Professional (CRP). Designed to align sales and service teams with a common customer communications language. CRPs will learn how to increase customer loyalty and generate dramatic gains in organic revenue using the Action Selling CRP process. Customer Relationship Professional (CRP) is a proven customer communications process for every customer interaction. This training program dramatically helps CRPs to differentiate their service and support solutions from the competition. This program teaches CRPs how to create relationships with customers who are not just satisfied but fiercely loyal. "Since 75% of customers who leave a supplier were either 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' when they left, this program creates customers who are stuck like glue to a company.  Whether you manage inside sales, customer service, technical support, marketing, or any other role that involves customer contact, Customer Relationship Professional (CRP) will sharpen communication skills and increase your teams' ability to create loyal customers - they stop shopping!" said Creator Duane Sparks. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: The purpose of every client conversation is to create loyalty. A simple communications process that everyone can use and master. The best way to consistently solve problems, provide information, make add-on sales, and refer clients. Fun, entertaining, and practical learning experience for all customer contact employees. Align sales and service and drive organic sales growth (3X). Certify CRPs to become the best consultants, orchestrators, and relationship builders. About The Sales Board and Action Selling - Since 1990, The Sales Board has provided the Top 20 Sales Training program, Action Selling to over 400,000 salespeople in over 3500 companies from virtually every industry. With 28 years of successful sales training experience, we are excited to launch Customer Relationship Professional (CRP). The complete training program to prepare, train, reinforce, assess, and certify customer relationship professionals. CRP was inspired by the book: Masters of Loyalty: How to turn your work force into a loyalty force, by Author, Duane Sparks.

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    New Delhi - August 1, 2017 - NIIT Ltd today announced that Mr. Sapnesh Lalla who has been leading NIIT’s Global Corporate Business, has assumed charge as the Chief Executive Officer of the company from August 1, 2017. As the CEO of NIIT, Sapnesh’s focus would be to drive forward strategies aligned to the requirements of the economy that is witnessing digital disruption. Welcoming Mr. Sapnesh Lalla as the CEO, Mr. Vijay Thadani, Vice Chairman & MD, NIIT Limited said, "We are delighted to have Sapnesh Lalla taking charge of the company at a time when our business transformation initiatives have started to yield results and the company is firmly back on a growth path. With his global experience and keen understanding of disruptions that the economy is currently undergoing, Sapnesh will be responsible for establishing NIIT as a leader in the digital learning space.” “Over the last three decades we have built a strong pipeline of leaders. Sapnesh has enjoyed a 25 year long tenure with a number of accomplishments including taking NIIT's Corporate Learning Group to new heights. I heartily congratulate Sapnesh and I am confident that his appointment will give a further thrust to the growth drive of NIIT,” added Mr. Thadani.  Sapnesh joined NIIT in 1992 as a Project Lead in the Learning Content Development team and has since held various management and leadership roles in product management, customer support, channel development, sales, and support functions. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Sapnesh served as the President of NIIT’s Global Corporate Business, which constitutes nearly seventy percent of NIIT’s total business. He led critical initiatives for the expansion of the company in North America and Europe including significant acquisitions like Cognitive Arts and Element K. Under his leadership, NIIT has grown to become a leading global learning outsourcing solutions provider with its Managed Training Services offering. “The world is going through a spate of very substantial disruptions. “Digital” is changing how we and our customers do and will do everything. The millennial workforce works and learns differently. Soon we will have an average lifespan of 100 years. Education and Training are the best known enablers of change. As I look ahead, I see a great opportunity for us to create new value for our customers and grow.” said Mr. Sapnesh Lalla, CEO, NIIT Limited. Sapnesh is an Electronics and Communications Engineer, and received his Executive Education at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. He was selected into the prestigious Managing Director’s Quality Club and has the distinction of receiving the coveted Global Leadership Award twice in 2001 and 2010. 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 & Careers Group and MindChampion Learning Systems Limited. NIIT's Corporate Learning Group (CLG) offers Managed Training Services (MTS) to market-leading companies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The Skills & 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 5th year in a row (Brand Trust Report, 2017), 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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    Miami, FL - July 20, 2017 - Ironhack, a coding/web design bootcamp with campuses in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, and Miami, has secured $3 million in its first round of funding.  The funding was led by Madrid-based JME Venture Capital, and will support Ironhack’s opening of new campuses across Latin America and Europe. “Ironhack has a very strong brand, which is made possible by its amazing culture and its founders’ exceptional operational strategy,” says José María Hernanz from JME Venture Capital.  “It also offers a superb product that helps its students to improve their prospects of getting hired as web developers or UX/UI professionals.  We rarely see all of these factors existing in a company at Ironhack’s stage, and we’re confident that the organization will continue to grow and to produce satisfied, well-trained graduates who are ready to bring their skills to the marketplace.” Ironhack was founded by Ariel Quinones and Gonzalo Manrique.  They opened their debut bootcamp in Madrid in 2013 and followed with a second campus in Barcelona in 2014.  After quickly becoming the most attended bootcamps in Spain, Ironhack expanded to Miami in 2015, where the company is co-headquartered and is the #1 student rated, full curriculum bootcamp in the market (according to bootcamp review site Course Report).  All three campuses were bootstrapped, and have achieved 100% organic revenue growth year over year.  In June 2017, Quinones and Manrique opened their newest campus in Paris.  In an effort to ensure a consistent, high quality educational experience for its students across all territories, Ironhack wholly owns and operates all of its campuses. “We’re very excited to have JME join us as our partners,” says Quinones.  “The moment that we first met them, we were impressed by their passion and understanding of what we’re building.  Their investment will allow us to accelerate our pace of expansion, improve our product and curriculum, and hire top talent as we continue build one of the world’s top tech schools.” About Ironhack With locations in Miami, Madrid, Barcelona, and a new campus in Paris, Ironhack is an immersive bootcamp that offers full time and part time courses in Web Development and UX/UI design. Since 2013, Ironhack has graduated over 500 students who are building their careers at South Florida companies such as Glip, EveryMundo, and Dycom Industries as well as global companies – including Google, Telefonica, and ProductHunt. Ironhack was ranked as Miami’s #1 student-rated full curriculum coding and design bootcamp by national rating site Course Report.

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    Minneapolis - August 2, 2017 - Branch Messenger, Inc. (Branch), the employee self-service platform that offers enterprises unprecedented access to their frontline workers at scale while also empowering hourly shift workers to manage their work lives in real-time, today announced the closing of more than $10 million in funding. The funding includes a recently closed $6.8 million Series A funding round. March Capital Partners led the round with participation from CrossCut, Techstars Ventures, Matchstick Ventures, and other investors. Branch will use the funds to rapidly build its team to drive enterprise partnerships and to expand the base of shift workers worldwide who are already experiencing the benefits of its platform, which is currently being tested at more than 100 Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) stores, distribution centers, and call centers across the country. Branch is free for employees and available as a mobile first application for iOS and Android users. By bridging the communication gap between hourly shift workers and the companies that employ them, Branch has experienced tremendous global growth in the last six months. Tens of thousands of hourly shift workers use the Branch app daily to control their schedules by easily swapping and picking up shifts, automatically transform paper schedules into digital calendars, and create workplace-specific messaging channels. Workers who use Branch can cover or pick up shifts within minutes as opposed to hours or days. Using Branch at a broad spectrum of companies, including Target, McDonald’s, and Walgreens, employees who have downloaded the company’s free app posted more than 2.5 million hours in available shifts on Branch over the last 12 months. “Branch was one of 10 inaugural companies to go through Target’s first retail accelerator,” said Pam Tomczik, vice president corporate development, Target Corporation. “The goal of the Target + Techstars Retail Accelerator is to help startups bring new products and experiences to retail. Branch was selected out of more than 550 companies spanning 45 countries because they brought a unique product that addressed a clear business need. We’re thrilled they’re continuing to grow.” Hundreds of leading enterprises across numerous industries, including FORTUNE 500 companies, are also now using Branch to quickly tap into an elastic on-demand workforce and extend the value of existing workforce management systems without the need for switching costs. In addition, Branch’s technology provides a seamless way to significantly reduce employee absenteeism, payroll costs, and management time. Its extensible architecture also enables an enterprise to deploy the platform across its entire organization regardless of size within days as opposed to months. “Branch’s ability to not only quickly create massive demand for its platform at the employee level but also partner with the companies where employees use the technology is incredibly impressive,” said Jim Armstrong, managing director, March Capital Partners. “March Capital aligns with companies that provide essential services to businesses, and we believe Branch is poised to transform communications between shift workers and enterprises everywhere. We’re excited to partner with the company as it continues to grow.” “We’ve seen the way technology can benefit retail in our various portfolio companies and we believe Branch can have a huge impact not only on retail enterprises, but also on those in other verticals as well,” said Brett Brewer, co-founder and managing director, CrossCut. “The company’s phenomenal growth to date indicates that it will become an indispensable part of employee/employer communications. In addition to our investment, we’re also keen to leverage our relationships to help Branch expand its reach.” “Branch exists to give unparalleled freedom and flexibility to shift workers and to enable enterprises to communicate with those workers in ways never before possible, and we’re gratified to have the support of such exceptional investors who share our vision,” said Atif Siddiqi, founder and chief executive officer, Branch Messenger. “This funding will allow us to quickly accelerate the growth of the team as we work to bring Branch to new users around the world.” About Branch Messenger Branch Messenger is the employee self-service platform that offers enterprises unprecedented access to their frontline workers at scale while also empowering hourly shift workers to manage their work lives in real-time. Created at leading technology incubator Idealab, Branch is a Target + Techstars portfolio company headquartered in Minneapolis with an office in Los Angeles. Branch Messenger is available for iOS and Android users. To learn more about Branch, please visit branchmessenger.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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    New York - August 2, 2017 - MTS Health Investors, LLC (“MTS”), the New York-based healthcare private equity firm, announced that funds managed by MTS have completed an investment in Accuity Delivery Systems LLC (“Accuity” or the “Company”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Accuity is a revenue cycle management business that provides clinical documentation improvement (CDI), coding and quality assurance and provider education services to its hospital clients. Accuity’s dedicated group of physicians, clinical documentation improvement specialists and coding professionals work directly with clients’ existing personnel to develop a robust CDI program that includes tailored physician-driven education and accuracy and compliance reporting and monitoring. Accuity is led by its Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eric Moskow, with whom MTS successfully partnered on a prior healthcare investment. Dr. Moskow commented, “We are excited to have MTS as a partner again as we continue to expand across new health systems and hospitals. MTS’s investment, coupled with their deep network of relationships in the healthcare market, will be incredibly valuable as we enter our next phase of growth.” “We are thrilled to be partnering again with Dr. Moskow and his management team,” said Alex Buzik, Managing Director with MTS. “The Accuity team has created a novel solution in an area of increasing focus for hospitals. We look forward to supporting the Company’s continued growth.” McDermott Will & Emery LLP acted as legal advisor to MTS and Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP acted as legal advisor to Accuity. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. About Accuity Delivery Systems Accuity Delivery Systems is a revenue cycle management business that provides clinical documentation improvement, coding and quality assurance and provider education services to its hospital clients. For more information please visit www.accds.com. About MTS MTS Health Investors, LLC (“MTS”) makes equity investments in companies that operate within the services sectors of the healthcare industry. We focus on companies with profitable business models and a demonstrated ability to deliver cost-effective solutions. MTS manages over $700 million in investments and is currently investing out of its fourth fund. We are based in New York City and invest in companies throughout the United States. For more information, please email us at MTSHealthInvestorsIR@mtspartners.com.

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    Needham, MA - August 1, 2017 - Allego, the leading mobile video sales learning platform, today announced record results for the first half of 2017, including both new customer acquisition and growth in business from existing customers that renew and expand their deployments. During the first half of 2017 Allego added a record number of new blue chip customers including AB (AllianceBernstein), ALKU and Resource Real Estate, Inc. Successful customers renewing and expanding their deployments include SAP and BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) among others. Altogether, Allego hits the mid-year mark with more than 50,000 global users across eight different industries. “Allego is fortunate to work with some of the world’s best sales and sales learning teams, and we are gratified that our focus on their success produced such strong first half results” said Yuchun Lee, CEO and co-founder of Allego. “Q2 was the best performing quarter in Allego’s history. We also introduced Allego v 4.3, with great new features for measuring training effectiveness, integrating new learning content, and keeping learning fun and engaging for salespeople.” QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS: Releases Allego 4.3 Allego’s latest release strengthens support for sales organizations’ needs across the full spectrum of learning – curriculum, reinforcement, and just-in-time learning. Allego 4.3 includes new tools to measure the value of training with greater precision and more accurately target training investments. It allows trainers and L&D professionals to share learning management system (LMS) content through Allego to more effectively reach Sales audiences. Allego 4.3 also strengthens sales rep engagement by showing how their knowledge and mastery stack up against peers with a newly designed home screen and expanded leaderboards. Better content search now empowers customers to facilitate self-directed learning with even greater effectiveness. Partnerships with Wilson Learning and Wholesaler Masterminds In May, Allego announced a partnership with Wilson Learning to offer customers a complete and continuous sales enablement solution. Under the partnership, Wilson Learning will make Allego’s platform available to customers and prospects seeking an automated, mobile-first approach to their sales learning capabilities, while Allego will offer its users a gateway to Wilson Learning’s extensive portfolio of learning solutions.   Allego also announced a partnership with Wholesaler Masterminds®, a provider of professional coaching and content for wholesalers and their leaders, that enables organizations in the financial services distribution community to access Wholesaler Masterminds’ proven practice management content, coaching techniques and best practices through the Allego platform. Additionally, Allego customers seeking to maximize the effectiveness of their sales learning content can work directly with Wholesaler Masterminds to strategize and create dynamic and relevant videos that successfully address skill gaps.   Sales Success Summit Draws Nearly 100 Allego Customers In June, Allego hosted the first annual Allego Sales Success Summit (S3), drawing nearly 100 members of the Allego community to strategize, share best practices and preview the Allego roadmap. At S3, Nuveen won the first annual Trailblazer Award, created to highlight new and innovative ways companies use Allego to transform sales enablement and training. Nuveen was selected based on its innovative use of Allego to quickly communicate breaking news and product updates to its sales team, train reps and onboard new hires faster, more effectively coach reps, and deliver on-demand investment strategy and market commentary to the sales teams so they have the freedom to learn on their own. Allego Captures Multiple Industry Awards In June, Allego was honored with two Customer Sales and Service World awards: a Gold in the Cloud Computing/SaaS Product or Service for Sales for v 3.7.1 and a Bronze in the Customer Service & Contact Center Department of the Year category. In February, Allego received two Silver Stevie® Awards in the categories of “Customer Service Department of the Year – Computer Software – Up to 100 Employees” and “Sales Training Product of the Year” at the eleventh annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service. About Allego Allego’s sales learning platform boosts sales performance by harnessing the power of mobile to transform enablement and training through video content sharing. With Allego’s mobile-first platform, organizations can create and curate the best content from the field and corporate office to better train and collaborate with distributed sales teams, without the time and expense typically associated with in-field coaching or on-site training. Users can easily access relevant, quality content, anytime, anywhere, allowing them to capture their best ideas, master their pitch and accelerate their performance. Tens of thousands of global users across a range of industries have adopted Allego to improve sales success. Explore further at www.allego.com.

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    Mission, KS - August 2, 2017 - As the learning and development industry evolves, SkillPath is positioning its leadership team to capitalize on growth opportunities in training today’s multi-generational workforce. This summer, SkillPath hired three new executives – Greg Furstner, Senior Vice President of Human Resources; Lee Harrison, Chief Information Officer; and Kara Cowie, Director of Corporate Communications. The company also promoted Abby Sitzmann to Vice President of Corporate Finance, rounding out a leadership team focused on enhancing SkillPath’s longtime position as a worldwide leader in public seminars and conferences, customized corporate training programs and e-learning for business professionals. “We are thrilled to add such experienced leaders to our team,” says Cameron Bishop, SkillPath President and CEO. Bishop was hired by the SkillPath Board of Directors in April. “We’re now ready to build upon SkillPath’s dominant position and brand recognition within the training industry, providing employees worldwide with the business skills and learning and development opportunities they need for success.” Furstner joined SkillPath after serving as Human Resources Director at Ceva Santé Animale and Managing Partner at Salezworks. In his 30-plus years of experience, Furstner has held a variety of HR leadership roles at companies like Freightquote, Cummins, Lockton, Primedia Business, JM Huber Corporation and Hallmark. Furstner was a captain and pilot in the U.S. Army, earning the Bronze Star and Air Medal for heroic and meritorious achievement. Harrison, a senior information technology executive with more than 25 years of experience, came to SkillPath from the Machine Learning startup Torch, where he was the Principal Consultant for the Machine Learning practice. He’s also served as Vice President of Technology and Chief Operating Officer at Silpada Designs, Chief Technology officer at StoreFinancial and Senior Director of Technology at Jack Henry and Associates. Cowie began her career as a reporter for The Kansas City Star and later partnered with local advertising agencies Barkley and Kuhn & Wittenborn on clients such as Krispy Kreme, Dairy Queen and Time Warner Cable. Cowie most recently served as a Communications Consultant at Lockton Companies. Sitzmann joined SkillPath in 2008 as a Senior Accountant and was promoted to Corporate Controller in 2013. Prior to her time at SkillPath, she served as an Accountant for Live Nation. About SkillPath SkillPath is a leading international provider of professional development seminars, conferences, onsite training programs and e-learning opportunities for business professionals. A division of Graceland University, SkillPath has 210 employees in Mission, Kan., as well as Liberty and Chillicothe, Mo. SkillPath provides customized onsite training programs, content and curriculum for thousands of companies, including Fortune 500 firms, government agencies, medical centers and universities. The company’s e-learning tool, Star12, provides online learning programs and webinars for tens of thousands of business professionals. SkillPath was launched in 1989 in Mission and is proud to have helped the careers of more than 10 million professionals worldwide. The For more information, visit www.skillpath.com.

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    London - August 3, 2017 - Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired marketing and sales capability consultancy Brand Learning, to help organizations drive sustained customer led growth by enhancing their marketing, sales, HR and leadership capabilities. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Brand Learning has a strong track record in helping more than 160 clients in over 60 countries across a broad range of industries with their customer strategies and vision, new operating models, process development, content, cultural change and learning programs. The acquisition strengthens Accenture’s ability to drive end-to-end marketing and sales transformation for clients by creating a seamless service spanning marketing and sales strategy, organizational design and industry-specific consulting. It will also link with the digital design and engagement capabilities of Accenture Interactive. Headquartered in London with regional offices in New York and Singapore, Brand Learning employs approximately 120 people globally. Its experienced, high level advisory team will be combined with Accenture’s Customer and Channels management consulting and industry experts. “More than 90 percent of CMOs say marketing will undergo fundamental change in the next five years, driven by analytics, digital and mobile technologies,” said Laura Gurski, senior managing director and head of Accenture’s Customer & Channels practice for consumer goods and services, retail, travel, life sciences, automotive and industrial industries. “With increasing digital innovation and personalized customer engagement, the marketing and sales functions are now seen as the key driver of top-line growth. Accenture’s acquisition of Brand Learning, with its impressive track record in building client capabilities in marketing and sales strategy and organization change will further enable us to help clients deliver more integrated customer experiences across the organization – to drive and manage that business growth.” “Accenture is a leading global force in digital transformation and it is very exciting that we are coming together and that our talented team will also help contribute to the development of deeper consulting capabilities within Accenture,” said Mhairi McEwan, executive president and co-founder of Brand Learning. “Being part of Accenture will allow our clients to benefit from a seamless service, building their marketing and sales capabilities to create the outstanding and connected customer experiences needed to drive growth.” Brand Learning has served leading organizations across consumer goods, retail, life sciences, automotive, resources and financial services industries and has capability experts in 16 countries. Brand Learning helped one retailer build its marketing capabilities and establish a common way of marketing in its Foods division, increasing its customer experience Net Promoter Score (NPS) by 14 percent in recent years. Work with a large consumer products company’s program for sales and commercial leaders focused on enhancing the capabilities of teams on the ground and building sales, commercial and leadership skills. Brand Learning brings a diverse workforce with a significant proportion of women in senior leadership positions, including its executive president and co-founder Mhairi McEwan and over 60 percent of its operating board. It has been awarded numerous industry excellence awards for both its client work and its pioneering family-friendly culture in servicing multinational brands. About AccentureAccenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 411,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

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    Boston - August 7, 2017 - Skillsoft, the global leader in corporate learning, has partnered with MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR) to curate the journal’s best leadership assets and deliver them to its 40 million users. This key collaboration kicks off a series of new, innovative content partnerships that will empower Skillsoft’s Leadership and Business Skills learners with professional training from the industry’s top experts. Organizations and their employees can now access this elite catalog of content to enhance professional development, upskill their workforce, and hone individual career paths. Presented through the highly engaging and intuitive Percipio platform, users will be able to access everything from MIT SMR’s general leadership articles, to Frontier articles that focus on the intersection of business management practice with technology, collaborative research reports, as well as webinars and videos. Content will be optimized for all devices and operating systems, and will be accessible via video, audio and written content for varied learner styles and needs. “Our Leadership content sets us apart from other corporate learning content providers. We provide the most diverse content catalog with an array of learning modalities. More importantly and unique to Skillsoft, we craft thoughtful learning paths and courses for users to follow,” said Bill Donoghue, Executive Chairman of the Skillsoft group. “Our partnership with MIT Sloan Management Review will supplement our own assets and underscore our commitment to building the most respected and up-to-date portfolio of Leadership training available.” Skillsoft will embed MIT SMR content within its core Business and video collections, and integrate content within its existing Leadership offerings, like Skillsoft Leadership Advantage, Continuous Leadership Journey and Women-in-Action. The partnership between Skillsoft and MIT SMR will provide organizations with engaging, on-demand corporate learning content that will groom, train and inspire management teams through a consumer-like interface (think Netflix or Amazon) that is designed to engage the learner. “We see a growing need for effective leadership training to address critical skill gaps in today’s organizations and help increase an organization’s ability to develop talent from within,” said Paul Michelman at MIT SMR. “This partnership gives our content a new vehicle for delivery within those organizations that believe training their internal talent is paramount to creating a competitive edge.” MIT Sloan Management Review is a pre-eminent platform and content leader that bridges the gap between academic research and daily practice. The Review keeps readers in tune with management trends and innovations. MIT SMR articles cover a wide range of topics relevant to management with a focus on areas such as Data & Analytics, Digital, Global, Innovation, Leadership, Marketing, Operations, Social Business, Strategies and Sustainability. For decades, MIT SMR has been a forum for business-management innovators from around the world to present their ideas and research. About Skillsoft Skillsoft is the global leader in corporate learning, providing the most engaging learner experience and high-quality content. We are trusted by the world's leading organizations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. Our mission is to build beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for today’s modern enterprise. Our 150,000+ multi-modal courses, videos, books and micro-learning modules are accessed more than 130 million times every month, in 160 countries and 29 languages. With 100% secure cloud access, from any device, whenever, wherever. www.skillsoft.com About MIT Sloan Management Review MIT Sloan Management Review leads the discourse among academic researchers, business executives, and other influential thought leaders about advances in management practice, especially those driven by technology, that are transforming how people lead and innovate. MIT SMR disseminates new management research and innovative ideas so that thoughtful executives can capitalize on the opportunities generated by rapid organizational, technological, and societal change. sloanreview.mit.edu/

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    Hong Kong - August 7, 2017 - Learning and Technology provider, Peak Pacific Limited, has acquired a majority interest in CavokSoft’s eTo (Electronic Training Objects) software product. The two companies signed a long-term business partnership agreement that will provide the Belgium-registered aviation software start-up access to Peak Pacific’s technology expertise and resources, and enable the eTo product to grow into a commercially viable product with a global customer base. The acquisition expands Peak Pacific’s technology products footprint in the aviation industry. Peak Pacific Founder & Group CEO, Kishor Mistry, said the agreement was part of the Group’s plan to strengthen its technology offerings in the Pilot Training software segment of the global aviation training market. “In this age of specialisation, business requirements of Flight Training departments are rapidly evolving from high-level generalised systems to niche, detailed processes. Much of this is evolving out of the new methods and approaches such as Evidence-Based Training (EBT). But to complement these new methods, there is a need for technology products to also evolve from the traditional enterprise-based model wherein new requirements are forced to fit into decades-old systems and technologies. “Peak Pacific is focused on building such technology and supporting entrepreneurs that meet such niche requirements in newer ways. Cavoksoft has a great product that has potential for global growth, and we are delighted to be a part of that growth. This acquisition gives us yet another strong business partner in Europe, and a fantastic new product for Pilot Training support that we can offer to our customers worldwide.” According to Alain Heddebaut, Founder of Cavoksoft, “Aircrafts and simulators have improved dramatically over the last 30 years. Training programs and regulations have also evolved significantly, especially with the recent introduction of EBT; however, if you consider the way training sessions are created, performed and assessed, very little has changed. “We designed eTo to address this gap – enabling instructors to efficiently manage the process of designing, deploying, and updating Simulator Training Programs. The partnership with Peak Pacific gives us the resources, technology, and business support to build our Minimum Viable Product into a world-class commercial offering. It will also enable us to offer a strong delivery and support infrastructure to our growing list of customers.” About CavokSoftCavokSoft was founded by two former airline captains. The company was created to support the validation of the eTo project after initial development. It provided a legal structure to cooperate with a number of airlines to test the product in real-life operations. This approach has been very effective in improving the software and making sure that it was suitable for a variety of operating environments. About Peak Pacific LimitedPeak Pacific is a global leader in providing Learning consultancy, products, solutions, and professional services for the Aerospace, Financial Services, Healthcare, Transportation, and Logistics industries, among other compliance verticals. With offices in Hong Kong, India, Singapore, UK, Germany, and partners in Europe and the USA, Peak Pacific is able to reach out to customers worldwide and provide a personal service. Peak Pacific is an ISO 9001: 2008 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 technology solutions for satisfied customers around the world.

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    Houston - August 7, 2017 - ProBility Media Corp. (OTCQB: PBYA), an EdTech company building the first full-service training and career advancement brand for the skilled trades, today announced that it has closed on the purchase of Cranbury International, an exporter of educational and training to international markets, located in Montpelier, Vermont. Cranbury International, established in 2010, sells training and educational materials to governmental institutions and private sector markets in Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Trinidad, and other international regions. The Company markets and represents approximately 40 major publishers in international markets. "We are very excited to close on this transaction and to now access all the positive opportunities and synergies that Cranbury brings to our organization," stated Evan Levine, Chairman and CEO of ProBility. "Not only did we acquire an established business which increases our product offerings, customer base and international footprint, but we now have a tremendous opportunity to introduce many of Cranbury's clientele to the e-learning and virtual reality training products that ProBility is becoming known for." Noah Davis, President and COO of ProBility, said, "This acquisition is a major step in our geographic expansion plan. Once again we have found a great suite of products with an attractive customer base which enhances our model. ProBility will continue to provide the same standards of quality that Cranbury delivered to their clients, while simultaneously introducing virtual reality and digital animation products that we believe will be adopted more and more going forward. This acquisition is truly a marriage of traditional learning with ed-tech and is another exciting milestone for ProBility and its shareholders." 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, W Marketing, One Exam Prep, LLC, ProBility Safety Academy, ProBility Immersive Technologies and its partnership with Globalsim Inc., 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.

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    London - August 8, 2017 - Global learning provider Demos Group has appointed Todd Turner of Hemsley Fraser as its Chief Executive Officer. He will retain his role as CEO of Hemsley Fraser, which is part of Weidong-Demos.  In his new position, Mr Turner will lead the operations of Demos Group and the transformation of the business to meet the changing requirements of global customers. In particular, he will be responsible for developing international customer relationships, coordinating new online business resources, developing new business models and enhancing the Group’s outsourcing services and expertise. Dai Shen, Director General of Demos Group, said: “We thank Todd for his dynamism, his efforts and his remarkable contribution since 2006 in developing Demos Group’s Anglo-American subsidiary Hemsley Fraser and the international business. His role now will be to re-develop our global offering, so that our multinational customers can benefit from truly transformative and integrated global learning.” Commenting on his appointment, Todd Turner said: “I look forward to my new responsibilities as CEO of Demos, and the opportunity to provide even stronger integration across our products and services. Hemsley Fraser’s operating model has been very successful and we credit that to having invested heavily in digital learning, interactive design technology and next-generation classroom environments. Demos Group is a well-known European learning and development brand and it is an exciting challenge to further expand the relationship between the two organizations. Our combined strengths in managed learning services, customized learning solutions, personalized in-house training programs, publicly-scheduled training courses and digital learning, will form the basis of an even stronger offering in the market.” Demos was acquired in 2016 by the Chinese group Weidong Cloud Education - one of the world’s leading online learning companies and a partner of UNESCO - which also acquired Brest Business School (BBS) in 2017. Mr Turner’s appointment follows two other changes which have been made to further develop Weidong Group’s operations in China and to promote the Weidong-Demos and BBS offering to the global vocational education market. Liw Kim Sen, Vice Chairman of Weidong Group’s board of directors, has been appointed as President of the Group’s Business Management Board of Europe, based in Paris. Dai Shen will take on the additional role of Weidong-Demos’ Vocational Education President. For further information, please visit www.hemsleyfraser.com Background notes: Founded in 1991, Hemsley Fraser provides training courses, digital and blended learning solutions and managed learning services that help to transform individuals, teams and organizations. Part of the Weidong-Demos global family, Hemsley Fraser delivers learning in over 90 countries. The company has been consistently ranked by global learning portal TrainingIndustry.com as one of the world’s Top 20 leadership training providers (since 2010), a Top 20 training outsourcing provider (since 2011) and as a Top 20 online learning library company (a new category introduced in 2017).

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    Needham, MA and Columbus, OH - August 8, 2017 - Allego, the leading mobile video sales learning platform, and Taylor Strategy Partners (TSP), a leader in talent acquisition, selection, development, and retention, today announced a strategic partnership that will bring Allego’s sales learning technology to TSP’s pharmaceutical customers through its “Sales Accelerator” platform. With this partnership, TSP customers will have access to a top-of-the-line sales training and enablement platform to help prepare sales reps for success during and after the critical drug launch period. TSP’s “Sales Accelerator” platform is a new, innovative and unique approach to assessing, recruiting, and hiring optimal sales talent, based on the science and study of work-related behaviors. This new approach fuses a systematic evaluation process, unique to every organization, with the scientific study of human behavior, ensuring that candidates’ skills meet the needs of the healthcare professionals they will serve. Allego’s mobile-first video sales learning platform will be bundled into the TSP “Sales Accelerator” offering to provide continuous learning solutions for sales reps, from the time they are hired and throughout the onboarding and training process. Mobile video learning has proven effective in helping companies reduce onboarding costs, accelerate ramp-up time for new hires, and increase win rates. Additionally, Allego provides reinforcement techniques that enable sales managers to track reps’ progress and determine where there might be knowledge gaps to address. “Historically, the launch trajectory for a new drug was set in the first six to nine months. In a global study, conducted in December of 2015, the trajectory is now set in the first 12 weeks,” says Deborah Schnell, Vice President and Managing Director, TSP. “Adding the Allego platform to our ‘Sales Accelerator’ platform, we can further ensure that our clients’ sales reps have access to the most relevant content and coaching needed to ramp up skills and excel in today’s highly competitive pharmaceutical marketplace.” “TSP is taking a disruptive approach to drug launch and we believe our mobile video sales learning platform will have a significant impact for its customers in the pharmaceutical space,” says Tim Kasida, strategic partnership executive, Allego. “Unlike traditional sales training practices, our mobile video approach enables reps to absorb content more easily, making them more consistent in their messaging and more confident in their delivery. These skills are clearly vital to the drug launch process and to the overall success of a pharmaceutical sales force.” About Taylor Strategy PartnersWe believe people are what drive a business forward, financially and culturally. That's why we work with clients to solve their challenges from a people perspective. For nearly half a century Taylor Strategy Partners has had a history of excellence in the people business. With our breadth of services in Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Sales Accelerator, Executive & Professional Search, and Consulting & Assessment and focus in healthcare and life sciences, we can personalize a solution that is right for your organization. For more information, please contact Nicole Plant, nplant@taylor-strategy.com or +1 614 543 8137 and visit www.taylor-strategy.com. About AllegoAllego’s sales learning platform boosts sales performance by harnessing the power of mobile to transform enablement and training through video content sharing. With Allego’s mobile-first platform, organizations can create and curate the best content from the field and corporate office to better train and collaborate with distributed sales teams, without the time and expense typically associated with in-field coaching or on-site training. Users can easily access relevant, quality content, anytime, anywhere, allowing them to capture their best ideas, master their pitch and accelerate their performance. Tens of thousands of global users across a range of industries have adopted Allego to improve sales success. Explore further at www.allego.com.

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    Milan - August 9, 2017 - Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”), a pan-European growth investor, announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Business School24 SpA (“Business School24” or the “Company”) the education and training unit of Il Sole 24 Ore S.p.A (“Il Sole”), Italy's leading business newspaper. Palamon will acquire 49% of the Company at an enterprise valuation of €80 million with a call option to acquire an additional 2% in May 2018.  The sale agreement has arrangements in place for Palamon to acquire additional equity with Il Sole agreeing to retain a minimum 20% strategic stake in the Company going forward. Business School24 is a leading player in the tertiary education segment in Italy and provides professionally-oriented education and training.  Established in 1991 as a business unit of Il Sole 24 Ore, the school has two headquarters in Milan and Rome and enrols more than 26,000 students a year onto its courses both in classrooms and online.  The Company differentiates itself by creating targeted courses focused on the real needs of business and employs highly experienced industry professionals to originate original content and deliver lessons.  Most courses incorporate an internship for the students, which presents a highly successful pathway to employment. Palamon’s investment stems from its ongoing thematic work in the education sector to identify businesses that benefit from a structural shift towards private education. Palamon previously invested in Cambridge Education Group, a pathway provider for foreign students to access western universities, which the Firm exited in 2013 for 14.5x return.  Palamon believes that Business School24 is ideally positioned to address the significant need for specialised vocational training among the Italian youth where unemployment currently stands at more than 30%. Commenting on the investment, Fabio Massimo Giuseppetti, partner of Palamon Capital Partners, said: “Business School24 is one of the most widely respected education brands in Italy and it is playing a key role in overcoming the structural disconnection between tertiary education and graduate employment. We are therefore delighted to be partnering with Il Sole 24 ORE to help accelerate growth in the provision of specialised vocational training and a pathway to the labour market for young Italians.  We look forward to working with the talented management team and building out the platform over the years to come.” Franco Moscetti, CEO of Il Sole 24 ORE added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Palamon to accelerate the expansion of our education services across offline and online channels.  Their track record in the education sector and understanding of the industry dynamics convinced us of their ability to successfully capture the market opportunity in Italy.” Business School24 is the sixth investment from Palamon’s latest fund, which closed above target on €402  million of commitments earlier this year.   Other investments include Italian leather accessories brand, Il  Bisonte; International payments provider Currencies Direct and global sock brand, Happy Socks.   Palamon uses a proactive thematic sourcing approach to find growth investments across the European lower mid-market and has to date invested more than €2.2 billion in 39 companies across 10 countries.

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    Greenville, SC - August 9, 2017 - Max Sacks International, a global leader in sales training, is pleased to announce the launch of a new global collaboration with Medpoint University, a division of Medpoint, LLC, a leading provider of quality, regulatory, and clinical consulting and training services. The new partnership will provide training for professionals seeking certifications in selling skills and sales management skills. The new initiative will tailor its training to meet the unique needs of individuals in the medical device, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and quality industries. “We are very excited to be partnering with Max Sacks International and its distribution channel”, said Medpoint CEO, Chuck Crumpton. “One of the challenges in the current competitive business environment is a lack of understanding by B2B sales people and their managers regarding the science and psychology of how people buy and why people buy. We are eager to combine our quality industry experience with Max Sacks to build a truly one-of-a-kind sales training program for this industry. Medpoint University’s sales training will fill the gap with a sales process – the Track Selling System™ – that has been field tested and proven effective for more than 50 years. Thousands of large corporations like IBM, Apple Computer, Milliken, Bank of America, as well as many smaller firms have utilized Track Selling globally. We recognize a need for continuing professional development during a lifetime career in sales. Our partnership is designed to take advantage of an improving selling economy and provide program participants with a successful method of selling from one of the most prestigious sales training providers in the world,” Chuck Crumpton added. Ron Holm, Sales Strategist and Senior Instructor for Max Sacks International and Medpoint liaison, explained further, “Building selling skills and sales tools to improve client results are time-tested hallmarks of our programs on the path to earning these valuable credentials.  We are excited about our new Medpoint partnership and the ability to offer our programs in a combination of public and in-house workshops as well as Value Proposition Selling tools. We believe that any company’s greatest asset is the undeveloped potential of its people and the Medpoint University will become an asset that has indispensable value for employers as well as employees.” Medpoint University’s new initiative provides direct classroom access to instructors, extending corporate clients and individual learner access to a variety of public and in-house training workshops and sales tools. About Max Sacks International: Founded in 1958, Max Sacks International with its Track Selling System consistently ranks among the world’s most effective and popular sales training institutions. Max Sacks International based its Track Selling program on the science and psychology of how people buy and why people buy. The company adapts each program to its client products, services, and sales cycles. More than 250,000 sales professionals have attended Track Selling workshops in 22 countries. According to a Pepperdine University Study, comparing before-and-after sales training results, typical graduates increased their sales an average of 30%. About Medpoint, LLC Medpoint is a global provider of expert consulting, permanent placement, and training services to clients in the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology industries. The company specializes in the areas of quality assurance, regulatory affairs, and clinical affairs.

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    Indianapolis - May 2, 2017 - Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, today announced that it plans to hire 10,000 American workers over the next two years. As part of this initiative, Infosys will open four new Technology and Innovation Hubs across the country focusing on cutting-edge technology areas, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, user experience, emerging digital technologies, cloud, and big data. These four hubs will not only have technology and innovation focus areas, but will closely serve clients in key industries such as financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, energy and more. The first hub, which will open in Indiana in August 2017, is expected to create 2,000 jobs by 2021 for American workers and will help boost Indiana’s economy. “Infosys is committed to hiring 10,000 American technology workers over the next two years to help invent and deliver the digital futures for our clients in the United States,” said Dr. Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys. “Learning and education, along with cultivating top local and global talent, have always been the core of what Infosys brings to clients; it is what makes us a leader in times of great change. In helping our clients improve their businesses and pursue new kinds of opportunities, we are really excited to bring innovation and education in a fundamental and massive way to American workers. New advances in technology – artificial intelligence, in particular – are radically transforming our world, and it is within our reach to learn these new technologies and to be the innovators and entrepreneurs who bring solutions based on these technologies to our clients in all industries.” “It's so good to welcome Infosys to Indiana, and to expand our growing tech ecosystem with the addition of their estimated 2,000 Hoosier jobs,” said Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb. “Indiana continues to put the tools in place, such as the Next Level Trust Fund and incentivizing direct flights, that allows us to attract and retain great companies like Infosys. In addition, our higher education institutions are producing a world class workforce, establishing Indiana as the innovation hub of the Midwest. I look forward to working with Infosys to elevate Indiana to the next level.” In filling these jobs, Infosys will hire experienced technology professionals and recent graduates from major universities, and local and community colleges, to create the talent pools for the future. To ensure that American workers are fully equipped to innovate and support clients in the rapid digitization of all industries and consistent with Infosys’ over 35 year-long commitment to the U.S., the company will institute training programs in key competencies such as user experience, cloud, artificial intelligence, big data and digital offerings, as well as core technology and computer science skills. This development comes as part of Infosys’ continued legacy of a three-decade long investment across the U.S. In just the last 3 years, Infosys has renewed this focus by setting up an innovation hub in Silicon Valley. A unique, open environment that encourages new ways of working, collaborating, thinking and delivering breakthrough next generation project to clients. Infosys pursues its mission of inspiring children, young adults and educators to become creators of technology through its charitable foundation, Infosys Foundation USA. Since 2015, more than 134,000 students, over 2,500 teachers and almost 2,500 schools across America have benefited from high quality computer science training and classroom equipment funded by Infosys Foundation USA. The Foundation also partners with organizations such as Code.org, CSTA and others to advance the skills development of millions of students. “Since joining Infosys nearly three years ago, it has been my personal endeavor to help us get much closer to our clients, to co-innovate with them, on their most important business problems,” added Dr. Sikka. “Having lived in the U.S. for nearly 30 years, and being a part of the incredible innovation here, I truly believe Infosys can help clients bring innovation more directly into their businesses, as they create and drive their digital transformations. We can achieve this by enhancing our ability to attract and recruit local top talent across the United States, by harnessing the global scale of Infosys, through software and platforms, and by educating and training people in the necessary skills.” About Infosys Ltd Infosys is a global leader in technology services and consulting. We enable clients in more than 50 countries to create and execute strategies for their digital transformation. From engineering to application development, knowledge management and business process management, we help our clients find the right problems to solve, and to solve these effectively. Our team of over 200,000 innovators, across the globe, is differentiated by the imagination, knowledge and experience, across industries and technologies, that we bring to every project we undertake. Visit www.infosys.com to see how Infosys (NYSE: INFY) can help your enterprise thrive in the digital age.

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    San Francisco and Atlanta - August 15, 2017 - SuccessHACKER, the leading Customer Success management consultancy for high-growth SaaS technology companies, today announced the industry’s first coaching program for Customer Success Managers. The 6-month, instructor-led, interactive program is designed to empower participants with the tools, knowledge and support network they need to build successful Customer Success careers. The company also announced the opening of its East Coast headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The new coaching program, SuccessCOACHING, covers 24 foundational topics organized in a series of weekly lessons. Each lesson introduces participants to a new focus area through content delivered in a variety of formats, from live webinars to group and private coaching sessions with experienced Customer Success executives. The program is offered in quarterly cohorts, limited to 50 students, and registration for the Fall 2017 intake is now open. According to research by the Association for Talent Development, professional coaching has tangible results. Coaching improves communication between managers and employees (69% of respondents), raises engagement (65%), enhances skills-to-performance transfer (63%), and stimulates productivity (61%). “This is an exciting time for Customer Success, as the booming subscription economy continues to drive an increased focus across many industries on delivering repeatable and predictable value to customers.” said Todd Eby, CEO and Founding Partner of SuccessHacker. “Companies are investing more than ever in their Customer Success organizations, creating an increasing demand for smart, well-trained Customer Success Managers. Our goal is to provide a high-quality coaching program to help CSMs set clearer personal and professional objectives, improve personal effectiveness and accelerate career growth.” The new company headquarters is located within the Atlanta Tech Village (ATV), the 4th largest tech hub in the United States and home to over 250 of the country’s most exciting tech startups. SuccessHacker General Partner, James Scott, has relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to Atlanta to support the company’s growing East Coast and European customer base. “Community is an important part of our mission at SuccessHacker,” said Scott. “We already host an online community of over 2,500 Customer Success professionals, the growth of which is accelerating as leaders and practitioners look to learn more about this new and fast-developing discipline. For this reason we’re excited to establish our formal East Coast operations in the epicenter of the burgeoning Atlanta tech community.” About SuccessHACKER SuccessHACKER is a Customer Success management consultancy that helps high growth technology companies increase customer lifetime value, lower customer acquisition costs and improve customer satisfaction by providing specialized consulting, recruiting, training and coaching services. Founded in 2016 by Todd Eby and Andrew Marks, with offices in San Francisco and Atlanta, SuccessHACKER also provides services for Customer Success leaders and individual practitioners, including a free online community (customersuccess.community) and an industry-first CSM Coaching program (successcoaching.co). For more information, visit successhacker.co or connect with SuccessHACKER on Twitter (@Success_Hacker), LinkedIn(linkedin.com/company/SuccessHacker), and Facebook (facebook.com/thesuccesshacker).

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    Westwood, MA - August 15, 2017 - PI Southeast, LLC, a subsidiary of The Predictive Index, an award-winning workforce assessment platform, today announced that it has acquired PI Atlanta, also known as Evans International, a management consulting firm and value-added PI reseller headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. As a PI Certified Partner since 1972, PI Atlanta offered human capital management consulting, training, and other professional services—including PI workforce assessment software and management workshops—to hundreds of companies across Florida and Atlanta. PI Atlanta was founded by the late Jack Evans, who passed the business down to his son, John Evans, in 1990. Together, they've helped hundreds of clients find success through use of psychometrics and assessments.  "Helping clients with PI has been the most rewarding thing in my life, and I hope they know that," said Evans.  "But, it's time for me to slow down and settle into retirement out west."  John also expressed his confidence in The Predictive Index team to help PI Atlanta's clients achieve their goals. PI Atlanta clients will now be directly managed by The Predictive Index. The Predictive Index has experienced rapid growth in recent years, and this marks the third Certified Partner the company has acquired in 2017.

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    Boston - August 16, 2017 - Arcusys, the global leader in digital learning solutions for Liferay, has announced a partnership with Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider in the United States. This collaboration enables Carahsoft to distribute Arcusys’ Valamis advanced learning management platform exclusively on Liferay to the US public sector market. Valamis is one of the most advanced learning management systems in the world, and it was included in Gartner's 2016 Market Guide for Corporate Learning Suites. Government entities will benefit from utilizing Valamis on Liferay to learn, develop and share information digitally. An open source learning solution, Valamis assists agencies in understanding and complying with large, comprehensive laws, regulations and security-related procedures, as well as employee competence management. “We are excited to expand our Arcusys and Liferay solutions portfolio with the addition of Valamis, and to make this integrated learning platform available to our government customers and reseller partners,” said Natalie Gregory, Vice President of Carahsoft’s Open Source Solutions team. “Arcusys has invested extensively in technology to streamline the user experience, enable compliance with a myriad of regulatory requirements, and automate the training/certification process for government agencies in a very cost-effective manner.”   Valamis empowers formal learning, social learning and informal learning that is independent of time, space and device. Additionally, the analytics produced by Valamis enable the customer to measure and analyze the efficiency and impact of the training programs, shorten the time to productivity, and find the best ways to train new skills “The partnership with Carahsoft is a significant step in entering highly competed US markets for us and will create new possibilities for both companies,” said Mika Kuikka, President of Arcusys Inc. “Together with Liferay, we will prepare the public and private sector organizations for the digital transformation of learning.” Arcusys’ Valamis platform and Liferay are available immediately via Carahsoft’s GSA Schedule No. GS-35F-0119Y. For more information, register for “Turning the Digital Transformation of Learning into an Agency's Competitive Advantage,” a webinar hosted by Carahsoft and Arcusys at 10am ET on Wednesday, August 30, 2017; meet the Valamis team at the Liferay North American Symposium in Austin, TX on October 16 and 17, 2017; or contact the Arcusys team at Carahsoft at 703-230-7451. About Arcusys Arcusys is an internationally growing IT company specialized in the digitalization of learning. The company's customers are large organizations in both private and public sectors. Arcusys has eight offices globally and is headquartered in Finland, the education capital of the world. For more information, please visit www.arcusys.com. About Valamis - Learning Experience Platform Valamis is an award-winning open source learning experience platform developed since 2010 by Arcusys. Valamis provides organizations a solution for turning the digital transformation of learning into a competitive advantage. Valamis enables social and informal learning, content authoring and management tools, learning measurement tools and other user experience capabilities using the Liferay platform. Valamis gives user an access to in-depth analytics on their learning process by supporting the xAPI standard, and includes a built-in Learning Record Store (LRS). The platform brings organizations a cost effective and flexible way to grow and manage their learning. For more information, please visit valamis.arcusys.com. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is the trusted government IT solutions provider. As a top-ranked GSA Schedule Contract holder, Carahsoft serves as the master government aggregator for many of its best-of-breed vendors, supporting an extensive ecosystem of manufacturers, resellers, and consulting partners committed to helping government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best possible value. The company's dedicated Solutions Divisions proactively market, sell and deliver a comprehensive suite of open source solutions as well as VMware, Symantec, EMC, Adobe, F5 Networks, HP, SAP, and Innovative and Intelligence products and services, among others. Carahsoft is consistently recognized by its partners as a top revenue producer, and is listed annually among the industry's fastest growing firms by CRN, Inc., Washington Technology, The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and SmartCEO.

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    San Jose, CA - August 16, 2017 - Automation Anywhere, the global leader in enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA), today announced the founding of Automation Anywhere University (AAU), an educational program aimed at training students and upskilling existing workers in RPA technology. Addressing the global need for further education in this field, the program consists of specialist training, onsite instructor led courses, an online eLearning portal and a certification and testing center, all to address the global need for more education in RPA. Certified students will be fully equipped to take advantage of the explosive growth of Digital Workforces, software bots that augment the human workforce. Recent findings from the Career Advisory Board cast a light on the growing technology skills gap – only 11 percent of organizations believe that colleges and universities are providing graduates with skills to fill the tech needs of their businesses and institutions. Among the technology fields experiencing rapid growth is RPA, a relatively new technology that, as a job title, didn't exist two years ago and now has hundreds of current job listings on LinkedIn. "We've always been very outspoken about the fact that automation only reaches its full potential when humans and bots work side by side. We are focused on advancing the adoption of RPA technology to benefit the human workforce," said Mihir Shukla, CEO and co-founder of Automation Anywhere. "With AAU, we're expanding beyond the training we provide partners and customers to help educate the existing workforce, and those soon to be entering the workforce, so they can become the future leaders at their companies." AAU is a training and certification program that drives RPA education by enabling students to develop a foundational knowledge of RPA technology combined with a specialization in Automation Anywhere software, one of the most widely deployed RPA solutions available today. At the end of the 30-hour training, students are expected to complete a written test, as well as a skills assessment in which they create their own bots. Students who successfully complete the course and pass both exams earn the designation of an Essentials Certified RPA Professional, signaling their proficiency with RPA to existing or prospective employers. To facilitate delivery of AAU, Automation Anywhere is partnering with educational institutions, including universities, adult education centers and extension programs. "CKSVIM Innovation Excellence Committee recognizes Robotic Process Automation as a key managerial skill for the future, and we recently held a ten-day Automation Anywhere University RPA training workshop and certification," said professor Dr. Rajesh Khajuria, director of SMJV's C. K. Shah Vijapurwala Institute of Management in India. "The course was a unique blend of theoretical concepts and hands-on experience on the Automation Anywhere Enterprise RPA tool, which bring immense value to the students as they prepare to be part of the workforce. I am confident these skills will add a lot of value to their employability in the future. We look forward to continuing to work with Automation Anywhere University and conducting more workshops in the future." "We have been running AAU for several months and are pleased to launch it broadly," said Kathleen Holmgren, Chief Officer, Future Workforce, at Automation Anywhere. "Our goal is to train and certify professionals ready to spearhead RPA initiatives across all industries. We believe AAU is a big step towards making these opportunities available to anyone interested in expanding their technology skillset." To date, AAU has trained more than 200 individuals with plans to have 2,000 individuals trained through AAU by the end of 2017. To learn more about Automation Anywhere University and for additional details on joining the program, visit here. Interact with Automation Anywhere Visit our website: www.automationanywhere.com Check out our monthly webinar series BotVisions: https://www.automationanywhere.com/company/webinars Follow us on Twitter: @AutomationAnywh Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/automation-anywhere About Automation AnywhereAutomation Anywhere delivers the most comprehensive enterprise-grade RPA platform with built-in cognitive solutions and analytics. Over 500 of the world's largest brands use the platform to manage and scale their business processes faster, with near-zero error rates, while dramatically reducing operational costs. Based on the belief that people who have more time to create, think and discover build great companies, Automation Anywhere has provided the world's best RPA and cognitive technology to leading financial services, BPO, healthcare, technology and insurance companies across more than 90 countries for over a decade. For additional information visit www.automationanywhere.com.

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