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    Raleigh, NC - August 17, 2017 - Training Industry has announced its Top 20 Training Delivery Companies List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2017 Top 20 Training Delivery Companies Selection to the 2017 Top 20 Training Delivery Companies List was based on the following criteria: Value of platform features and capabilities Quality of analytics and reporting Company size and growth potential Quality of clients Geographic and vertical reach “The Top 20 Training Delivery Companies List includes companies with robust virtual and digital training delivery platforms that enable organizations to provide dynamic, trackable and interactive content to employees at their point of need,” said Ken Taylor, president of Training Industry, Inc. “This list features a number of tenured training delivery experts and many emerging players in this ever-evolving market.” “The inaugural Top 20 Training Delivery Companies List is a resource for organizations that need a delivery partner with extensive knowledge of learning technologies and a strong set of features and capabilities to bring their training content to life,” said Doug Harward, CEO of Training Industry, Inc. “We’re pleased to add this sector to our Top Training Companies lists in recognition of the speed of change and breadth of options available to learning professionals from training delivery companies.” Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com. View the 2017 Top 20 Training Delivery Companies 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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    New York - August 16, 2017 - Grovo, the leader in microlearning and an innovator in workplace learning technology, today released the next generation of its microlearning platform, featuring a new suite of powerful tools that make it easy for organizations to quickly create and scale engaging, continuous, and effective learning across their workforce. Grovo's fully redesigned and expanded platform builds on the company's longstanding leadership in microlearning content and technology. The release comes at a critical time for the learning and development industry, with the Association for Talent Development finding 80% of organizations plan to invest in microlearning in the coming year. New features include: Immersive learning experience: A personalized learner home, full-screen lesson player, and thousands of microlearning lessons on cutting-edge topics make it easy for learners to build critical skills and behaviors, right in their workflow Agile, card-based lessons: Grovo's new lesson format combines video, gifs, text, quizzes and more into an engaging, self-paced experience and can be updated by trainers in real-time as information changes Intuitive microlearning creation: A brand new content creator provides authoring tools and templates that empower anyone across an organization to quickly and consistently create effective, media-rich microlearning lessons and customize any lesson in Grovo's award-winning, off-the-shelf library Intelligent admin tools: Grovo Campaigns, Groups, and Integrations empower L&D to deliver relevant, targeted lessons right at the moment of need – when motivation to learn and applicability of learning are highest – for maximum effectiveness Seamless integrations: An open API and out-of-the-box integrations allow Grovo to sync with existing HRIS and learning systems to amplify engagement and accelerate development Grovo's new platform was built in response to the growing demand for workplace learning solutions that can keep pace with today's rapid rate of change. According to recent research from Deloitte: 87% of executives believe their organizations are not learning fast enough to stay competitive 42% of millennials are likely to leave their employers because they're not learning fast enough Employees today only have 1% of their work week—about 24 minutes—for learning In a blog post published today, Grovo VP of Product Maksim Ovsyannikov wrote, "Employees, learning professionals, and organizations need tools that make learning even faster, more flexible, and more intuitive in order to keep pace. With our new platform, we've taken our microlearning philosophy even further, leaning into the toughest challenges facing L&D teams, and striving once again to reinvent what learning can do and be in today's fast-changing workplace." Since 2010, Grovo has helped organizations like PepsiCo, Chevron, Gap Inc., The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Magellan Health, and the National Basketball Association build skilled, agile, and adaptable workforces with its engaging, science-backed learning content and technology. Grovo's proprietary microlearning methodology — focused, bite-sized lessons delivered at the point of need — is proven to capture attention, motivate action, and make learning stick in the context of day-to-day work. "Grovo is like a secret weapon. The ability to easily create custom content while leveraging a robust off-the-shelf library offers endless opportunities to link microlearning to key learning initiatives and experiences. It enables our team to drive our L&D strategy forward," said Dan Leavitt, Director of Learning & Development, Gap Inc. New Partnerships with Cornerstone OnDemand, Namely, and Zenefits In conjunction with the release of its platform, Grovo also announced new strategic relationships with leading talent solutions Cornerstone OnDemand, Namely, and Zenefits. These inaugural partnerships will give thousands of businesses the opportunity to seamlessly integrate Grovo's microlearning content and technology into their existing HR systems to accelerate employee development and drive performance. Grovo's growth in partnerships and integrations, along with its open API, powers its ability to scale highly relevant learning to employees in the workflow and at the moment of need. "Today's leading companies are looking for new ways to help their employees learn," said Jason Corsello, SVP, Strategy & Corporate Development at Cornerstone OnDemand. "Whether to close specific skill gaps or to propel their career development, employees are hungry for fresh, modern and targeted content, which is why microlearning is gaining such adoption. Through our partnership with Grovo, we're excited to be able to offer even more of this bite-sized, engaging content." For More InformationSee Grovo's new platform: www.grovo.com/next-generation-microlearning-platform  Read Grovo CEO's blog post on the news: http://blog.grovo.com/note-grovo-new-ceo/  Join Grovo's growing team: www.grovo.com/careers About Grovo Grovo is redefining learning for today's rapidly changing workplace. The all-in-one microlearning platform combines intuitive technology with dynamic, bite-sized content to give companies the fastest, most engaging way to learn and train. Established in 2010 with offices in New York City and San Francisco, Grovo helps hundreds of forward-thinking organizations like PepsiCo, InterContinental Hotels Group, Magellan Health, and DDB Worldwide give their people the skills to thrive at work. Learn more at www.grovo.com.

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    Columbus, OH - August 17, 2017 - Weber, a frontline sales consultancy and marketing agency, and Braveheart, a sales performance and transformation firm, have combined their expertise in helping grow top-line sales with SalesAdvantage, built to help clients win the war for sales talent at all levels. “With the current market tight for quality salespeople, it is increasingly important for companies to avoid making costly hiring mistakes while helping ramp new sales hires and their leaders more efficiently,” said Gretchen Gordon, president of Braveheart. Weber Partner Tom Parry positioned the partnership as a natural extension of Weber’s mission to drive growth and increased profitability for clients through frontline sales performance. “One of the most difficult problems our clients face is hiring and on-boarding the right sales talent to produce an adequate ROI as quickly and efficiently as possible. This partnership provides a seamless process from hiring through continuous on-the-job training and development, including a track for sales management and leadership.” Braveheart’s approach to repeatable, predictive processes marries nicely with Weber’s highly customized approach with clients, said Parry. “We know that our clients will benefit from a more precise process on the front-end of hiring, which will enable Weber’s development programs to be even more effective in producing superior sales growth once they hit the frontlines.” Gordon added that Braveheart “has always wanted to provide more robust services to our clients, and with the two companies’ combined resources and the expertise that Weber brings to the table, we will be able to provide a fuller suite of services to solve our clients’ sales problems.” Headquarters for both Weber and Braveheart are in Columbus, Ohio. About Weber Associates Weber Associates blurs the line between marketing, sales and service consulting, and lead generation to help clients accelerate top-line growth. Weber focuses on the critical “moment of truth” – those frontline interactions that occur between companies, intermediary partners and customers - to find gaps and help re-engineer strategies, process, tactics and execution to fix them. Weber has worked shoulder to shoulder with clients to drive measurable, sustainable performance on the frontlines since 1985. About Braveheart Sales Performance Braveheart Sales Performance helps companies grow by transforming their sales teams, pipeline and processes. Braveheart provides comprehensive, customized solutions that turn any sales problem into an opportunity to accelerate sales – guaranteeing a return on investment. Braveheart follows a three-step process of Diagnose, Recommend and Transform and is an Objective Management Group Platinum Partner using its #1 ranked sales assessment tools in the first step of the process.

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    San Francisco - August 16, 2017 - SalesHood, the leading sales enablement platform, today announced the release of its Prescriptive, Just-In-Time Content Management System to help companies boost revenue results and sales productivity. SalesHood powers the entire lifecycle of sales enablement from training and onboarding to coaching and content to performance tracking. SalesHood’s prescriptive just-in-time content accompanies five new product enhancements to the SalesHood platform including Content Library, Sales Process Coach, Smart Search, Automated Tagging, and Content Analytics. “Curating and consuming sales content is not optimized. Salespeople spend too much time looking for content while marketing wonders what’s working,” says Elay Cohen, CEO, SalesHood. “By automating this painful process and prescribing teams with just-in-time content, SalesHood acts like a virtual sales coach to salespeople helping them close more deals, faster. Marketing can now also measure content effectiveness and deliver value to salespeople at every step of the sales process.” With SalesHood, sales and marketing teams work better together. Marketing publishes just-in-time content to salespeople knowing it will be viewed, used, and measured. Salespeople close more deals, faster by going to one place for learning, coaching, and content. "With SalesHood, our teams now only need one solution to access tools, training, and content to do their jobs, wherever they are,” John Hsieh, Vice President, Sales Enablement, DocuSign. Customers using SalesHood Content Management will benefit from: Content Library: Publish fully branded and customized content for sales teams in Folders and Subfolders making it easy and instructional for sales teams to find what they need. Teams access files, documents, win stories, sales tools, and pitch videos just-in-time from their mobile and web. Sales Process Coach: Access prescriptive, just-in-time content in context of deals to improve win rates and reduce sales cycle time. Content is tagged by sales stage, industry, product, segment, and custom attributes. The application is also available in Salesforce. Smart Search: Salespeople search for content using Natural Language Processing, spending more time selling with less time searching. Automated Tagging: Files, Documents, Folders, and, Videos are tagged, auto-tagged, and mass tagged to more efficiently prescribe proven best practices and just-in-time content. Content Analytics: Measure the effectiveness of content by getting visibility to views, downloads, likes, ratings, and feedback. Content is also mapped to deals to track the ROI of content. About SalesHood SalesHood helps companies accelerate sales productivity by improving knowledge, sharing content, tracking effectiveness and reinforcing best practices. We simplify and automate sales productivity using short videos, mobile, bite-sized content and social learning. We make it fun and efficient for teams to become more productive. SalesHood has more than 100 customers doubling win rates, increasing deal sizes, improving time to ramp, improving time to close and reducing churn. Join SalesHood today. For more information about SalesHood and a free trial, visit us at http://www.saleshood.com.

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    Farmingdale, NY and Palo Alto, CA - August 17, 2017 - EtQ, LLC (“EtQ” or the “Company”), a global leader in quality management system (QMS) and environmental, health, and safety (EHS) software announced today that it has been acquired by TCV, one of the largest technology focused growth equity firms. TCV brings significant experience in software buyouts, having partnered with many leading software companies, including IQMS, Seismic Micro-Technology (SMT), and Genesys. The investment represents EtQ’s first institutional investment since its founding in 1992 and will enable the company to accelerate its innovation efforts, enhance its product development, and expand its international operations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We selected TCV from many suitors as our first institutional investment partner given their long history of supporting leading technology companies to achieve their strategic objectives and reach their full potential,” said Glenn McCarty, CEO and co-founder of EtQ. “We sought a partner that would not only align with us on achieving our vision and advancing our innovation strategy, but also provide us with the experience, flexibility, and resources to accelerate our growth. TCV’s investment will allow EtQ to deepen and expand our mission of bringing best-in-class software solutions to our customers.” “We have tracked EtQ for several years and have been impressed with its flexible product offering, customer-centric approach, and consistent execution,” said Kapil Venkatachalam, General Partner at TCV. “We are excited to partner with Glenn and the EtQ team in building on its established leadership in the fast-growing QMS and EHS software sector.” “As regulations become more complex and the need to drive operational excellence grows, EtQ provides mission-critical solutions to its customers,” said Bob Burke, Venture Partner at TCV. “We are excited to build on the Company’s legacy of product innovation and contribute to the next phase of EtQ’s growth.” EtQ’s platform enables organizations to achieve best-in-class business processes and drive operational excellence. EtQ’s SaaS and on-premises software solutions enable organizations to adhere to regulatory and commercial standards, reduce their cost of quality, manage supplier relationships, and sustain their competitive advantage. EtQ pioneered a flexible product architecture that enables users to create and configure workflows and tools to supplement its out-of-the box functionality. “EtQ is one of the leading vendors in the QMS and EHS software spaces which LNS expects to be a $4.8B market,” said Matthew Littlefield, President and Principal Analyst at LNS Research. “The EtQ team has done a great job of leveraging cutting-edge technology to keep its platform modern, and the Company serves many Fortune 500 customers across multiple verticals, which is unique in this market.” “EtQ Reliance is a valued enterprise solution at Kimberly-Clark,” said Ben Bollenbacher, Director of Quality, Supplier Management, & EHS Capabilities at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. “With EtQ, we have been able to streamline and standardize our QMS, SQM, and EHS processes, create more visibility and control, and extend our business processes to our supply chain. EtQ is a platform that provides us with the flexibility and functionality to achieve global operational excellence, and we are grateful for their robust platform and support.” Evercore served as financial advisor to EtQ, and KeyBanc Capital Markets served as financial advisor to TCV. TCV’s investment in EtQ was funded from TCV IX, a growth equity fund with $2.5 billion of committed capital. About EtQ EtQ is the leading Quality, EHS, Operational Risk and Compliance management software provider for identifying, mitigating and preventing high-risk events through integration, automation and collaboration. At the core of EtQ’s framework is a compliance management platform that enables organizations to implement best-in-class compliance processes configured to meet their existing processes, create new compliance processes and automate and control their compliance ecosystem. EtQ was founded in 1992 and has main offices located in the U.S. and Europe. To learn more about EtQ and its various product offerings, visit http://www.etq.com or blog.etq.com. About TCV Founded in 1995, TCV provides capital to growth-stage private and public companies in the technology industry. TCV has invested over $9 billion in leading technology companies and has helped guide CEOs through more than 100 IPOs and strategic acquisitions. TCV’s software investments include Altiris, Ariba, ExactTarget, FinancialForce, Genesys, IQMS, OSIsoft, Sitecore, SMT, and Splunk. TCV is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with offices in New York and London. For more information about TCV, including a complete list of TCV investments, please visit http://www.tcv.com.

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    Research Triangle Park, NC - August 17, 2017 - Today Global Knowledge announced its acquisition of ctc TrainCanada, solidifying Global Knowledge’s position as the leading provider of IT training in Canada and around the world. With this acquisition Global Knowledge increases its broad portfolio of more than 2,500 courses to include training on desktop applications, and expands its presence to locations in 10 major cities across Canada. “This acquisition positions Global Knowledge to better meet the growing demand for companies and individuals looking to embrace skills transformation to meet the new market demands,” said Global Knowledge president and CEO Sean Dolan.  “Our Canadian customers now have access to the most comprehensive schedule and portfolio of courses and certifications, ranging from IT to business to leadership skills. We also have the capability to offer training based on our customers’ needs, from digital learning to virtual classrooms and traditional classroom instruction.” Global Knowledge Canada president Lawrence Franco added that workplace training is urgently needed in the age of digital disruption. “Technology is moving so quickly that attempting to hire for particular skill sets is a losing battle. Frankly, the skills that will be needed five years from now probably don’t exist yet. To keep pace, Canadian businesses have to get serious about training from within. The continued relevance of Canadian business is a mission we tak­­e very seriously at Global Knowledge.” About Global Knowledge  Global Knowledge is the worldwide leader in IT training and learning services. We empower organizations, teams and individuals with the skills and best practices necessary to leverage the technologies and competencies critical for sustained success and to create competitive advantages. With over 15 corporate offices around the world, our 1,500 employees are helping clients succeed in over 100 countries.

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    New York - August 21, 2017 - GamEffective today announced that it has joined the SAP® PartnerEdge® program as a partner that designs, develops and builds software integrated with SAP solutions. Through its participation in the program, it is now announcing the availability of its GamEffective for SAP SuccessFactors® Learning. The microlearning gamification platform provides customers with the ability to engage their learners daily, with microlearning, using gamification and feedback to drive high rates of engagement. The company has launched its GamEffective application on the SAP App Center. As an SAP partner, GamEffective developed its application leveraging tools and resources from SAP, including the SAP SuccessFactors Learning solution. “We see great importance in becoming an SAP partner,” said Gal Rimon, Founder and CEO of GamEffective. “Many learning and development organizations understand that the future of learning is evolving from course completion to continuous learning, with on-demand knowledge available to learners as they need it. Leaders in learning and development see great importance in driving learning and measuring knowledge growth, through a model of daily engagement with microlearning. They also would like to direct learning to learners, based on what learners actually do and on their real-time on-the-job performance. Gamification platforms enable just that, and content can be created for them. But they also need to connect to the organization’s underlying learning management system, or LMS, to ‘feed’ its content to users, and to both push and pull information into the LMS. The gamification platform serves as a ‘system of engagement’ on top of the LMS, which serves as a ‘system of record.’” GamEffective for SAP SuccessFactors Learning supercharges learning and onboarding by letting organizations easily author engaging and interactive microlearning content. The platform then uses industry-leading gamification to engage users with learning and measure learning and business outcomes. It results in daily learning interaction that is driven by the best gamification and real-time feedback there is. With its ability to tie into real-time performance metrics, GamEffective can tell who needs learning reinforcement, spaced learning or repetition and when, for personalized and effective learning – and then offer this learning, automatically. As an SAP partner in SAP PartnerEdge, GamEffective is empowered to build, market and sell software applications on top of market-leading technology platforms from SAP. The program provides the enablement tools, benefits and support to facilitate building high-quality, disruptive applications focused on specific business needs – quickly and cost-effectively. The program provides access to all relevant SAP technologies in one simplified framework under a single, global contract. To learn more, go to http://www.gameffective.com/about/partners/successfactors-gamification/ About GamEffective GamEffective is a leading workforce performance management company, helping companies engage employees to improve performance, motivation and learning. GamEffective supercharges performance and learning through personalized gamification and real-time feedback. The GamEffective platform can easily integrate with existing enterprise applications, providing a deep and effective gamification solution that significantly improves performance and is easily integrated into existing systems. GamEffective's innovative gamification workforce performance platform is used by leading multinationals. # # # SAP, SuccessFactors, PartnerEdge and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP SE (or an SAP affiliate company) in Germany and other countries. See http://www.sap.com/corporate-en/legal/copyright/index.epx for additional trademark information and notices. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.

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    San Francisco - August 10, 2017 - Ashley Munday has joined SweetRush to consolidate its offerings related to culture transformation, change management, and organizational development for clients. A renowned leader in the field, Ashley brings 12 years’ experience, including nearly six years at the Barrett Values Centre as Leader of Collaborative Strategies, working with corporations and communities to transform culture using the power of values. Ashley joins SweetRush as Director of Cultural and Organizational Transformation. The new position reinforces SweetRush’s focus on performance improvement and learning while emphasizing values-based culture, along with the appropriate application of change management, as a key to success in organizations. Ashley’s contributions will include working directly with clients on aligning culture with strategy, leadership development, employee engagement and performance, and other change-related programs. She also brings a network of talented practitioners to fulfill increasing needs for both project-based work and temporary talent to augment internal staff at SweetRush’s clients’ organizations. “Who in business today is not concerned with developing strong leaders, managing change, and developing a high-performing values-based culture? This work has been the driving passion of my career,” Ashley says. “It is a joy to now be part of SweetRush, a vibrant and caring organization that is positioned to impact employee performance and engagement in ways I haven’t seen from other firms. I’m blown away by the talent and the client relationships here. I’m energized to contribute my craft and believe this holistic approach—from top team alignment, to culture development, to eLearning, to communications deliverables—will be a game changer for our clients.” “We’re seeing a growing demand for communications and change management from our client partners and a clear opportunity to provide a new level of value by linking forward-thinking culture and change strategy with equally forward-thinking communications and learning solutions,” says Andrei Hedstrom, SweetRush’s CEO. “We are excited about this offering and believe that our key differentiators will be Ashley’s experience transforming cultures using progressive practices, combined with SweetRush’s proven ability to design and develop highly engaging training. Ashley is a real unicorn—she’s passionate about strategy and the big picture and loves rolling up her sleeves, too. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the team.” Ashley has facilitated culture and leadership development at small and large organizations, including a Fortune 500 consumer goods company, a health and wellness company, a leading art and design university, a global financial conglomerate, government agencies, and a supply chain management company. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, and South Africa’s The Star. She was interviewed by Deepak Chopra on his radio show after she served as a values advisor for the Icelandic national values assessment. A featured speaker at TEDx Hayward, Ashley’s presentation, titled “Applied Peace Innovation,” was sponsored by Stanford Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.  Ashley lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina, and adores hiking through tree-covered mountains with her husband and son. Learn more about Ashley and connect with her on LinkedIn. About SweetRush SweetRush’s focus on team culture and mastery of performance improvement is reflected in loyal clients, a near-zero turnover of teammates, a 16-year track record of success, and a remarkable portfolio. Our work with clients has earned us gold awards from our peers and high ranking on the top training industry lists. We are over 100 people strong and have been in business since 2001. Every day, we give thanks for the trust of our world-class clients. Our services include analysis and curriculum mapping, the creation of blended training products (including live and virtual classroom training and the gamut of custom-developed eLearning modalities), change management and culture strategy, and supplying top talent to augment our clients’ L&D teams.

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    Hong Kong - August 23, 2017 - Learning and Technology provider, Peak Pacific Limited, has signed a partnership agreement with Avion Training LLC to jointly develop and deliver e-Learning modules related to Human Trafficking Awareness Training, as well as offer blended training workshops and services. According to the United Nations and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT), more than 2 million people are victims of human trafficking every year. Globalisation -- the intense flux of people, information and stock -- creates great development opportunities, but also increases risks and chances of transnational organised crime. Peak Pacific Founder & Group CEO, Kishor Mistry, said: “The aviation industry played a significant role in making globalisation possible. Human traffickers have likewise taken advantage of air travel, which has made it much easier for them to move victims around the world. “Airport and airline employees need to know how to spot signs of cases of human trafficking. Peak Pacific’s partnership with Avion Training is a very important step toward educating cabin crew members and increasing awareness of human trafficking.” As part of its partnership, Peak Pacific and Avion Training will launch the first in a series of e-Learning modules on Human Trafficking Awareness at the Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS) in Singapore on August 29th-30th. “This course will help the cabin crew understand what Human Trafficking is, why and how it happens, and what signs to look for in potential human trafficking situations,” explained Mistry. Sherry Saehlenou, Principal of Avion Training and member of the Cabin Safety working group of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) added, “Flight crews are skilled observers and can be the frontline against this form of modern-day slavery. With the proper training they can play a critical role in detecting and reporting this injustice. “The course we developed with Peak Pacific also provides guidelines for cabin crew for recognising and reporting cases of suspected human trafficking incidents. I will also be continuing to stress the need for training in this area with airlines, cabin crew members, and regulatory authorities at the upcoming APATS convention.” Organised by the Halldale Group, APATS 2017 will be hosted in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands. Saehlenou’s session in the Cabin Crew Conference titled “Eyes Wide Shut: Are We Doing Enough to Combat One of the Most Serious Human Rights Violations in Today's World?” is scheduled at 2:00pm SGT on Tuesday, August 29th. Delegates at APATS can learn more about the human trafficking awareness e-Learning module, as well as other solutions and services provided by Peak Pacific and Avion Training at booth #519. About Avion Training LLCAvion Training LLC is a US-based consulting company, creating industry-leading training that addresses the needs of our clients. Avion Training offers curriculum development and training, specialising in Human Trafficking, cross-cultural communications, Human Factors, and Security. Avion Training’s Principal, Sherry Saehlenou, has been actively involved in aviation for over 39 years, as an international flight attendant/purser with Pan American World Airways and United Airlines. Working with United Airlines she was a major contributor to the implementation of cabin-defence security training programs for flight attendants post 9/11 and critical incident training. After working for the airline industry, Saehlenou was hired as a cabin-crew safety trainer and program developer for The Boeing Company before starting her own consulting company. 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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    Fort Collins, CO - August 22, 2017 - Career Solutions Group announced the official launch of a self-directed employee career development system called CareerWow. Designed as “career development in a box”, CareerWow is a tool conveniently available to employees and job seekers 24/7.  A unique tool, CareerWow helps individuals prepare for career growth conversations with their managers, develop career path options and prepare for new opportunities. Individuals are coached through specific modules that walk the user through various aspects of career focus, search and interview preparation. Developed via a Learning Management Systems (LMS) platform, users are able to access the tool from the convenience of their home or office. Completely private and confidential, users can choose what information, if any, they wish to share with their manager. According to Katy Piotrowski, CEO of Career Solutions Group “Users feel the system gives them a new perspective.”  During a recent pilot program, one user shared that she had been going through a career focus process for the past two years using career counseling and assessments, and after utilizing the CareerWow tool, she now feels she has better clarity and focus than ever before. “That’s a real win” said Piotrowski. Career Solutions Group believes the product is a game changer for employers and team member seeking growth and higher engagement in their jobs. During a soft launch, CareerWow has been utilized by hundreds of professionals with exciting results in various organizations such as Colorado State University, the City of Fort Collins, Larimer Workforce Center and several other forward thinking organizations. CareerWow is sold primarily to businesses and organizations for use by their employees or clients. Individual subscriptions are available on request. For more information, please contact Katy Piotrowski at Katy@CareerSolutionsGroup.net or 970-224-4042.

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    Austin, TX - August 24, 2017 - QuickStart, one of the most prominent names in the eLearning industry, is proud to announce the launch of its Cognitive Learning Platform (CLIPP). The platform is the first of its kind in the industry and is run with the help of a powerful AI. It provides a customized and personalized learning experience to IT professionals and organizations. The CLIPP will enable the learners to enter keywords of interest and their learning objectives, and will give instant access to relevant content like videos, eBooks, news articles, blogs and more. This unstructured content will be pulled from various third-party sources such as the web, their LMS, or intranet, and will be presented as structured learning objects with its sources. The CLIPP does not replace Learning Management Systems, it augments them. It enables Cognitive Content Curation for learning & development managers, enabling them to pull unstructured learning assets from multiple content sources and systems and curate a course to meet the desired learning objectives to provide personalized and customized learning for individuals and organizations. Fayyaz Shah, QuickStart’s Chief Product Officer, envisions positive feedback for the AI-powered cognitive learning platform. “Today’s learners learn, engage and retain content differently than before. By providing relevant curated content from diverse sources to augment and convert training into high impact learning helps us take that step of providing our customers with a personalized and customized learning experience.” In its current state, the CLIPP offers self-paced online courses and virtual instructor led courses in a library format, along with hands-on labs to simulate real life problems. It offers instructor and peer to peer mentoring, psychometrically based assessments to measure retention of vital information and grow the student’s skill set. Future road map releases of the CLIPP will include:  Predictive learner analytics Competency and experience gaps based on career requirements within specific industry or a role Ability to provide detailed requirements needed to manage and complete successful IT projects Custom learning pathways based on competencies and desired learning Training trends, statistics, and trackable growth based on job roles Progress graphics to help track growth Sophisticated recommendations based on prior learning experience, job role, and industry training trends IT professionals can gain access to the platform by enrolling in one of QuickStart’s individual courses or subscribing to its Learn Subscription or Master Subscription library. About QuickStart For 30 years, QuickStart has been known as a provider of premier IT technical and developer training and the industry’s only four-time Microsoft Gold Learning Partner. Today, QuickStart's mission is to help organizations transform IT project performance and career growth through cognitive learning platform and multi-mode training. https://www.quickstart.com

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    San Francisco - August 22, 2017 - CloudShare, a leading supplier of specialized cloud-based IT lab environments for software training, sales demos and PoCs (proof of concept), and development and testing, today announced the immediate availability of a new virtual machine (VM) import tool that makes migrating VMware and Oracle VirtualBox VMs to the cloud much easier and faster than before. Many organizations and cloud services still rely on file transfer protocol (FTP) to migrate VMs to the cloud. These uploads take hours to complete, and the process is not reliable. Errors are common, especially with large files, and there is typically no way to know whether an error has occurred until the lengthy upload process is complete. CloudShare’s new VM Import tool checks for potential errors immediately at the start of the process, enabling the vast majority of errors to be detected within two minutes instead of the hours of waiting that FTP-dependent methods require. Plus, if errors occur, CloudShare provides a unique auto-correct feature that users may accept or override. The entire process runs behind the scenes so users can keep working on other tasks until complete. The end result is a custom CloudShare template that includes initial networking, and which can easily be joined with existing pre-built CloudShare templates to create a complex environment in no time. Benefits of the new VM Import tool include: Faster and more reliable than FTP Automated error correction Intuitive process improves self-service capabilities, reducing demands on customers’ IT resources Multi-hypervisor support (VMware vSphere and Oracle VM VirtualBox) Easy migration of complex environments to the cloud without the need to re-architect or restructure on-premises applications “CloudShare makes it easy to recreate and scale extremely complex environments in the cloud, and with our new VM Import tool, we’ve made that task even easier,” said Michal Frenkel, director of product for CloudShare. “It’s yet another example of our ongoing work to simplify cloud. We like to say that, unlike general-purpose cloud companies, we provide our customers not with bricks and mortar, but rather with a completed house. As a result, people outside of the IT department can take full advantage of the cloud’s power for training, sales enablement and dev/test.” For more information on CloudShare and its new VM Import tool, please read our blog on the subject, here. About CloudShare Founded in 2007, CloudShare provides specialized virtual IT environments for training, DevOps, and demos & PoCs. By enabling the quick and easy sharing of real-world environments, regardless of complexity, our friendly turnkey solutions let enterprises benefit immediately from increased reach, responsiveness and scalability. CloudShare customers include many leading software and cybersecurity companies, such as Palo Alto Networks, Atlassian, ForgeRock, Sophos, Dell and HP. To learn more, visit www.cloudshare.com

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    Woodcliff Lake, NJ - August 25, 2017 - WalkMe and Veritas Prime today announced a strategic partnership to offer SuccessFactors customers a seamless way to increase user adoption of the SuccessFactors suite, allowing organizations to meet their Business Realization Challenges. The alignment of WalkMe's Digital Adoption Platform (DAP) and Veritas Prime's strength in implementing SuccessFactors, as well as support through their HelpMyCloud.com tool, creates a perfect blend for all SuccessFactors customers. Given the pace of HR technology in the cloud, this strategic partnership allows companies to quickly optimize their SuccessFactors implementation as well as operational use of the product, to ensure they are using the system as effectively as possible. Digital transformation today comes with many challenges that stem from digital disruption, where the nature of individual employee roles change to accommodate new technology. This new technology enables employees to fully adapt despite resistance to change. WalkMe's Digital Adoption Platform will help organizations execute implementation and adoption of SuccessFactors modules much more seamlessly when paired with Veritas Prime's deep SuccessFactors expertise and unique support offering through HelpMyCloud.com. "It is my pleasure to announce that WalkMe and Veritas Prime have formed a strategic partnership, which in turn will benefit our current and future SuccessFactors clients. As a SuccessFactors pure play partner, Veritas Prime consultants see many challenges clients are facing, which are rarely due to lack of functionality and more around how they adapt and adopt. What WalkMe has created is quite amazing and will have an integral place within our support process via our HelpMyCloud tool. This is truly a game changer for us," said Nicholas Begin, Managing Partner of Veritas Prime, LLC. For those who are interested in learning more about this partnership and the WalkMe product, please be sure to stop by the Veritas Prime booth #54, at SuccessConnect 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. About Veritas Prime Veritas Prime, based on its core values and principles, means "Truth and Excellence," and is dedicated to providing clients the best service. An SAP partner with SAP Recognized Expertise in cloud HR solutions, Veritas Prime is a top-notch consulting firm specializing in Human Capital Management technology and specifically SAP SuccessFactors solutions. Unique in their consultative approach, all Veritas Prime employees are trained in the core HR solution, SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, in addition to their specialty areas (i.e. Talent, Learning, etc.). In addition to running HCM implementations, Veritas Prime also specializes in other key areas within HCM technology, such as project advisory, product development and support through its unique tool, www.helpmycloud.com™. For more information about Veritas Prime, visit www.veritasprime.com. About WalkMe WalkMe the Digital Adoption Platform (DAP) that simplifies user experience and drives user action using insights, engagement and guidance capabilities. Today WalkMe's platform is used by over 1,000 enterprise customers and thousands of SMBs from various industries and verticals, including more than 25% of Fortune 500 companies. WalkMe has received 35 industry awards to date including Forbes Cloud100 World's Best Cloud Companies, Deloitte Fast 500 North America (Ranked #6 in the Software Industry #13 overall), and Gartner Cool Vendor.

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    Hong Kong - August 28, 2017 -The DiSTI Corporation, the world’s leading provider of Virtual 3D Maintenance Training Solutions (VMT), and Peak Pacific, a leading provider of online training solutions for the aviation industry, have announced a Strategic Partnership to provide Software as a Service (SaaS) based Virtual 3D Training solutions for the Commercial Airline Industry. According to Kishor Mistry, Peak Pacific Group CEO, “Peak Pacific has developed a leading edge SaaS platform for Competency / Evidence-Based Training (C/EBT) that we call CLEAR, which offers airlines an innovative training solution for Flight Operations, Cabin Crew, and Ground Staff training. This platform is currently used globally by some of the world’s leading flight academies and airlines. The DiSTI Corporation is the world leader in development of Virtual Maintenance Trainers focused on the Defense industry. By combining our capabilities we are offering a unique solution for the commercial airline industry that will be a real game changer.” The target customers for the new solutions include commercial passenger airlines, cargo carriers, and training companies. The CLEAR platform will offer a menu of training options targeted at procedural and maintenance applications. “Our in-depth knowledge of the airline training world and global reach will allow us to offer the DiSTI VMT solution alongside the broader products and services that Peak Pacific offers, hence providing real value to our customers and industry,” added Mistry. Joe Swinski, CEO of DiSTI adds, “Our military customers have been using 3D Virtual Training technology for years thus proving that the technology is viable for training applications. What has been holding airlines back is that their business model is different and they are challenged by the technology, skills, and infrastructure required for Virtual Training Solutions. By partnering with Peak Pacific we will leverage their decades of experience in delivering commercial training solutions with DiSTI’s experience in developing highly accurate and reliable training systems for aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin. “We can also take advantage of new technologies such as AppStream from Amazon Web Services to deliver high resolution 3D content through the internet and reduce the airlines’ need for expensive IT infrastructure upgrades. We can deliver high resolution training to virtual reality devices, large screen formats, the desktop, and even to individual mobile devices to meet airline specific requirements.” About DiSTI CorporationThe DiSTI Corporation is a leading provider of graphical user interface software and customised 3D virtual maintenance training solutions. Our flagship product, GL Studio, delivers advanced high-performance 3D user interfaces to the aerospace, automotive, medical, and training industries. Jaguar Land Rover, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin choose GL Studio for its performance, fidelity, and reliability in interface development and deployment. Whether for avionics, instrument clusters, infotainment systems, medical devices, or flight simulators, GL Studio exceeds the developers interface demands. DiSTI’s user interface technology also expands into 3D virtual maintenance training solutions. DiSTI’s VE Studio is a proven process and toolset for managing the development of complex virtual environments for use in 3D maintenance and task training applications. VE Studio manages the entire development process including requirements analysis, content development, automated software builds, and automated regression testing. 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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    Tralee, Ireland - August 29, 2017 - Global eLearning solutions company PulseLearning (www.PulseLearning.com) today announced Patrick (Pa) Fealy as CEO. Fealy, who joined PulseLearning in 2005, will succeed the company’s founder, Jim Breen, who moves into the role of Executive Chairman. Mr Fealy is currently SVP Finance and Operations at PulseLearning and will now lead the company’s award-winning business globally. He will report to the Board of PulseLearning.  As CEO, Fealy will have immediate responsibility for PulseLearning’s vision, strategy and operations. He has vast experience and expertise in the Learning industry, working with major multinational companies including BP, Riverbed, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Australia Post. Fealy worked on creating a risk management eLearning program for IHG that won a LearnX award for ‘Best New Technology Implementation’. “I am delighted that Pa has agreed to take on this new role to support the continuous evolution of our business. He demonstrates a great mix of thought and determination, leadership and vision, insight and pragmatism,” said PulseLearning’s founder, Jim Breen. “Our business delivers world-class learning solutions and has leading eLearning talent across multiple markets,” said Breen. “Pa is a highly respected figure across our business, exemplifies our culture and brings to the table a depth and breadth of experience for our Clients.” Fealy, a 12-year PulseLearning veteran, is based at the company’s headquarters in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He currently oversees the day-to-day running of global programs and is responsible for developing learning solutions to the highest standards of quality. Prior to PulseLearning, Patrick was a management accountant with Goblin Ltd, a Glen Dimplex company. He is a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. About PulseLearning: Established in 1999, PulseLearning’s international headquarters is located at Kerry Technology Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry, with subsidiaries in the US, Canada and Australia. The company has extensive experience in applying and customising eLearning solutions to match organisational needs and culture. PulseLearning has won many prestigious awards and in 2017 was featured on Training Industry’s List of ‘Top Companies to Watch’ and their Watch List for ‘Content Development Companies’. The company was also named a finalist in the All-Ireland Marketing Awards and was named in the Top 10 eLearning Content Development Companies by eLearning Industry for the past three years.

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    Toronto - August 28, 2017 - Docebo, the leading learning management platform for business, is helping businesses prepare for the future of work with the introduction of Docebo Perform to its award-winning platform.  With Docebo Perform, Human Resources and Learning & Development leaders are now empowered to address skill gaps in their organization and ensure they are equipped to execute on the company’s vision. “The fast pace of innovation today guarantees that the skills businesses and employees will need to succeed tomorrow are not the same as those needed today,” says Claudio Erba, Docebo CEO and founder. “Learning technology must enable businesses to navigate new opportunities and new business pressures, to get them to where they need to be in the future.” This view is supported by industry research. In Brandon Hall Group’s 2017 HCM Outlook, survey respondents stressed that “alignment between learning strategy and business goals” would be receiving the most attention of any area of learning and development over the next 12 months, with more than a third of respondents (36.1%) saying this alignment would receive “heavy attention.” However, existing approaches to ensuring a company’s workforce is trained to execute on its business goals are often expensive, time-consuming and resource-intensive. Docebo Perform offers a simpler, more efficient approach. “Docebo Perform allows companies to quickly and easily conduct evaluations and gap analysis, so they can identify what skills their workforce has and what skills they need,” explains Donato Mangialardo, Docebo’s Product Marketing Director. “The next step is suggesting training activities to fill those gaps and arm their workforce with necessary skills.” Leverage a World-Class Skills Catalog: Docebo Perform enables quick setup by allowing companies to leverage the European Commission’s ESCO catalog, providing access to more than 14,000 skills out of the box. Strengthen the Tie Between Learning and Performance: In order for people to perform at their best, they must possess the necessary skills. With Docebo Perform, managers can conduct gap analysis to determine where future training should focus in order to positively impact employee performance. Incorporate Formal and Informal (Social) Learning: Learning takes many different forms and is accomplished in many different ways, not solely through eLearning courses created by the L&D department. With this in mind, Docebo Perform factors in both formal and informal learning interventions. “If you want to know if your learning & development program is efficient and effective, you must create a strong link between learning and performance,” says Michael Rochelle, Brandon Hall Group Chief Strategy Officer. “Leveraging Docebo Perform could earn learning & development a seat at the strategic table.” Request a demo today to see Docebo Perform in action. About Docebo Docebo is a global enterprise learning management platform used in more than 80 countries and offered in over 30 languages. Established in 2005, Docebo (Latin for “I will teach”) offers a learning ecosystem for companies and their employees, partners and customers that is designed to increase performance and learning engagement. Docebo is a learner-centric technology, embraced for its ease of use, elegance and ability to blend coaching with social and formal learning. Docebo provides a scalable pricing model and a robust set of integrations and APIs, paired with reliable support available 24/7. It’s no wonder that Docebo has been heralded by PCMag.com as “the best online learning platform for business on the market.”

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    Malvern, PA - August 29, 2017 - HMP, a leading healthcare education and events company, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Imedex, a privately held global medical education company. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. With this combination, HMP strengthens its position as a foremost producer of healthcare events for the global healthcare community. The transaction marks a significant step for HMP in executing its "events first" strategy and expands the company's footprint in global markets and in the highly attractive healthcare verticals of oncology, hematology, and gastroenterology. "The acquisition of Imedex aligns perfectly with our strategy and represents an extremely important milestone in our vision as we aim to become the world's leading producer of healthcare events and education, with a focus on improving patient care," said Jeff Hennessy, chairman and CEO, HMP. "Imedex provides the perfect platform on which to expand our portfolio. I am enthusiastic about the Imedex leadership—Dan Lowrie and Chris Bolwell—joining our company and look forward to working with them to realize the considerable potential of the combined business." The Imedex portfolio includes three major medical meetings: World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer, the largest gastrointestinal cancer meeting in the world; Advances in IBD (AIBD), focused on professionals who treat and manage patients with inflammatory bowel diseases; and Lymphoma & Myeloma, an international congress on hematological malignancies. Following completion of the transaction, Imedex will become a fully owned subsidiary of HMP. Leadership will include Dan Lowrie, who will assume the title of president of Imedex, and Chris Bolwell, who will assume the title of executive vice president. The Imedex headquarters will remain in Alpharetta, GA. "This is an exciting new chapter for Imedex," said Dan Lowrie, CEO, Imedex. "This agreement represents a significant opportunity for Imedex to join a thriving and well-run organization like HMP, one that possesses incredible expertise in healthcare events and a deep commitment to education, and one that values our conferences, the relationships we have built with our learners, is enthusiastic about investing in our people and platforms, and is firmly committed to accelerating our growth." This is the second major acquisition for HMP this year. In February, the company announced it had acquired EMS World from Southcomm, which includes EMS World Expo, North America's largest EMT and paramedic event, named one of the 50 fastest growing trade shows by Trade Show Executive magazine. About HMPHMP is a multichannel leader in healthcare events and education, with a mission to improve patient care. The company produces accredited medical education events and clinically relevant, evidence-based content for the healthcare community across a range of therapeutic areas. Its brands include Consultant, the monthly, award-winning journal relied upon by primary care providers; Psych Congress, the largest independent mental health meeting in the U.S.; EMS World Expo, North America's largest EMT and paramedic event; and the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), the largest wound care meeting in the world. HMP is supported by its lead investor, Susquehanna Growth Equity, LLC (SGE). For more information, visit hmpholdings.com. About Imedex®Imedex® is an industry leader in the creation of independent, accredited medical education for healthcare professionals that improves patient care around the world. With an emphasis in oncology, hematology, and gastroenterology, the company develops high-quality scientific programming that translates the latest research into clinically relevant information. Imedex provides more than 50,000 e-learning experiences annually and since 2001, its live conferences have welcomed more than 100,000 attendees. The company operates in the United States, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit imedex.com.

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    Westborough, MA - August 30, 2017 - The Training Associates Corporation, the largest provider of learning and development talent and solutions, announced today that they recently initiated a CPTM development program for their internal, client-facing staff, with several employees already earning the CPTM credential. The Certified Professional in Training Management (CPTM) program, developed by Training Industry, Inc., enables candidates to learn how to use learning and development resources, processes and technology to identify needs, develop and deliver solutions, evaluate performance, and create strategic alignment. “I’ve attended a lot of training events and been exposed to diverse learning solutions over the course of my 15 year career,” said John Laverdure, CPTM, Senior Enterprise Solution Manager at The Training Associates. “This training exceeded any other training I’ve received in terms of practical experience and on-the-job application. The CPTM provides new and useful concepts along with a standardization of terminology that promotes more effective and efficient communication with industry peers.” “Providing professional development opportunities to our staff has always been a hallmark of our culture,” said Maria Melfa, President and CEO at The Training Associates. “I’m pleased that so many have elected to take advantage of this program and several more plan to go through the program in the upcoming months. This will be another huge differentiator for our organization as we continue our goal of crafting the best L&D solutions for our clients.” About The Training Associates Founded in 1994, The Training Associates is the largest, most recognized provider of on-demand learning and development talent and solutions. TTA’s talent offerings feature over 25,000 L&D resources specializing in adult learning for all technologies and business professional skills. Our services include our ability to undertake and manage projects of any size or scope related to the design, development, and delivery of training. To learn more about The Training Associates Corporation, visit www.TheTrainingAssociates.com. About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry, and publishes annual Top 20 and Watch List reports covering many sectors of interest to the corporate training function. Our focus is on helping dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning. To learn more about Training Industry, Inc., visit www.trainingindustry.com.

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    Paris and Brussels - August 31, 2017 - elium, the collaborative platform for knowledge-based organisations, announces the closing of a Series A funding round for €4 million. This fundraising effort is being led by Serena Capital in collaboration with S.R.I.W, a historical investor who has renewed its trust in elium (formerly known as Knowledge Plaza). elium aims to become a leader in the new “Knowledge Sharing Platforms” market, a new category of Enterprise Social Networks that complement teams-centred productivity platforms such as Slack and Facebook Workplace. The market size was around 4.5 billion $ in 2016 according to IDC (considered a conservative view) and estimated to double within 5 years. Artificial intelligence coming into the enterprise will be able to take full advantage of this inherently shareable and critical knowledge. From 2012 onwards, elium relied on a 100% Saas offer by subscription. It gradually conquered a few large French actors who took advantage of its resolutely cross-platform architecture, allowing advanced re-use of existing knowledge as well as very dynamic capture of new knowledge. This strength of the application naturally attracts not only companies whose competitiveness rests on sound knowledge management, but also organizations facing major processes transformation. With elium, these companies see the impact of information flows increase tenfold. Today, elium holds a stable market position thanks to international projects such as the ones carried out with Capgemini Consulting, Lafarge Holcim, MSL Group, the International Committee of the Red Cross, BNP Paribas, Oréal. European companies such as Touring Club Switzerland, Bouygues, InExtenso, EDF, Derbigum, SNCF have also been acquired and retained. These customers have enabled elium to clearly stand out from the competition by demonstrating that its solution can also grow in power on large corporate networks by avoiding the frictions encountered by traditional document management systems, paralyzed by governance constraints affecting individual files. This round of financing will provide elium with the opportunity to grow from 20 to 40 employees by the end of 2018, to increase the platform connectors, to have a UX/AI/data applied research structure, and to accelerate the platform deployment in Europe on three strategic vertical markets: service companies, transforming industries (electricity, transport, engineering) as well as administrations and NGOs. Indeed, they are all facing an acceleration of change covering economy and innovation at both global and local levels. elium gives them the capacity to facilitate critical information sharing (from internal and external sources) and to increase their overall performance through re-use of good business practices. In other words, reduce physical and digital silos for an accelerated change. For the past couple of years the Lecko consulting firm has analysed about thirty collaborative tools to put together the most complete benchmark in France. It positions elium in pole position on its "social knowledge" quadrant which brings critical legitimacy to elium. The platform’s new version is scheduled for autumn this year and will offer both simplicity for users and full functional coverage. It should comfort its customers along with Lecko that elium is keeping the right balance between the circulating information dynamism and stability. elium is preparing for GDPR and ISO 27000 certification. It is also getting ready to migrate to the excellent ENGIE datacentre based in Belgium. The entire user interface has been completely revised to be based on React, opening the door to excellent use in native mode. The API is now based on GraphQL which facilitates complete and sustainable integration. All these changes will accelerate innovation, as well as with the major market integrators and will bring a complete experience for users now connected in real-time. elium has found in Serena a strong partner for a lasting relationship. The operational support offered by the investment fund is already bearing fruit on commercial and marketing structuring. For Antoine Perdaens, CEO of elium: "Serena is a calm and responsive force. They have helped us to place even greater emphasis on our core markets, leverage our internal talents and give us key advice to increase our revenues." For Marc Fournier, Serena Capital partner: "We were seduced not only by their offer success but also by the team composition, it was a decisive factor in our investment choice. We are convinced that elium has its place among the world's key actors, the relevance of their architecture proving critical and inevitable in the face of the current digital transformation. " For the S.R.I.W.: "We have developed a true relationship of trust with the team. We are delighted to take part in this financing round, which will certainly contribute to the regional economic development, but especially to the start-up’s international reach. " About elium Founded by Antoine Perdaens, CEO, and three other co-founders in 2008, elium (formerly known as Knowledge Plaza) has succeeded in creating its own collaborative platform market centred on knowledge sharing, gaining large internal corporate networks deployment projects (intranets) against competitors such as Microsoft SharePoint, IBM Connections, and Jive Software. In 2013, elium acquired the Swiss competitor HyperWeek, positioned on corporate social networks and led by Raphaël Briner, now elium CMO and co-founder. The platform is used by global and distributed companies (BNP Paribas, Capgemini Consulting, CICR, EDF, MSLGroup, SNCF) as well as small and medium-sized service companies (Finaxim, JointheDots, Euranova, Siltea, etc.) About Serena Capital Created in 2008 by Marc Fournier, Philippe Hayat and Xavier Lorphelin, Serena Capital is a recognized investment structure in France and Europe with more than 250 million euros under management. Highly active in the innovation and digital market (Internet & Media, Mobile & Telecom, Software, Big Data, Electronics), the company invests up to 15 million euros in innovative and rapidly growing companies (AramisAuto, Augure, Lafourchette, Melty Group, Prestashop, SanteVet, Worldstores, etc.). About S.R.I.W S.R.I.W. Group (Société Régionale d'Investissement de Wallonie) contributes to the Belgian economy development by helping to finance Walloon companies development (Odoo, Bone Therapeutics, Acapela, Clue points, Proxistore). It takes part in their growth, alongside private investors, via loans as well as equity investments.

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    San Francisco - August 31, 2017 - Degreed, the world’s first career-long skills-building platform, today launched Degreed Skill Certification, a new solution that scores applicants’ existing skills across a wide spectrum of categories. In doing so, Degreed has created a new, standardized way for people and employers to measure and communicate career-relevant skills. As the world’s first system to certify any skill at any level, Degreed’s goal for this new tool is to close the current skills gap within the labor force by allowing people to clearly rate and share skills that may not be apparent from their formal education or resume, regardless of how they built those skills. “Degreed Skill Certification is a scalable, standardized way to rate and get recognized for the skills you have in whatever scrappy way you obtained them,” said David Blake, CEO of Degreed. “This should unlock opportunities in people’s lives because it will remove the lack of transparency between the education and labor markets.” Degreed’s proprietary, scientifically-backed technology ranks candidates’ expertise on a scale of one through eight, based on submitted evidence. Now Degreed Skill Certification is available for more than 1,500 of today’s best-paying, and most in-demand skill-sets, including UX design, leadership, photography, web development, project management, sales, data analytics, and creative writing as well as others like forestry and welding. Unlike other certification offerings on the market, Degreed Skill Certification is not a course or class, but rather an unbiased way to measure existing skills and human performance. Degreed’s proprietary certification process includes experts who review each application and determine which score a candidate will receive. This certification is not an online badge, behavioral assessment, or performance review system. It is a standardized way to review and assess all skills throughout all industries. “Credentialing skills is one of the most important issues in the job market today,” said Josh Bersin, Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte. “While there are many college degrees, certifications, and certificates to obtain, the half-life of skills is shrinking and we need ways to certify and re-certify skills as disciplines and technologies change. Offerings like Degreed, which dynamically assess skills based on a network of people and behaviors, can add tremendous value to individuals, hiring managers, and HR professionals around the world.” Over the past five years, Degreed has become an essential learning and development tool for millions of workers at hundreds of the world’s biggest and most progressive employers such as NASA JPL, MasterCard, Bank of America, Intel and Airbnb. In doing so, Degreed has become a trusted source for insights on employees’ skill sets. Degreed will leverage these relationships to help consumers who complete its new Skill Certification to generate career opportunities with its growing roster of clients and hiring partners. “A big part of the skills gap is a communications problem,” added Blake. “And the companies we work with are innovators. They’re not just pioneering new ways of learning; they’re also exploring novel, data-driven ways to recruit and mobilize people. We’re looking to build on our relationships as well as our data to better connect everyone to relevant, fulfilling career opportunities.” About Degreed Degreed is an award-winning learning platform built to help individuals and organizations develop, measure and share the skills they need – however they learn. Degreed integrates organizations' internal talent systems with the world's largest ecosystem of open learning resources — millions of courses, videos, articles, books, podcasts and more from thousands of sources. As a result, organizations and their people can discover, curate, share and track all their learning and 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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