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    Raleigh, NC - September 14, 2017 - Training Industry has announced its Top 20 Health and Safety Training 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 Health and Safety Training Companies Selection to the 2017 Top 20 Health and Safety Training Companies List was based on the following criteria: Breadth and diversity of health and safety training offerings Ability to deliver training in preferred modalities Company size and growth potential Geographic and vertical reach Quality of clients “The first annual Training Industry Top 20 Health and Safety Training Companies List includes the leading providers of regulatory and compliance training,” said Ken Taylor, president of Training Industry, Inc. “Organizations look to these companies to provide training to reduce occupational health and safety risk and to ensure their workforce is legally compliant.” “The creation of the Top 20 Health and Safety Companies List recognizes the significant role this sector occupies in the training industry,” said Doug Harward, CEO of Training Industry, Inc. “Learning solutions for compliance, health and safety continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of businesses.” Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com. View the 2017 Top 20 Health and Safety Training 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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    Evanston, IL - September 15, 2017 - Acquirent, the leaders in outsourced sales, announced today that it has acquired LeadJen, an Indianapolis, Indiana based B2B appointment setting and lead generation company. For over a decade, Acquirent has built world-class sales teams for its clients, which range from small start-ups to Fortune 500 organizations. Through its unique culture, Acquirent recruits, trains and manages its clients’ sales teams, delivering unparalleled results supported by the very latest in sales enablement technology. Since 2004, LeadJen has supported over 500 clients in diverse industries with database building, custom marketing campaigns and B2B appointment setting, twice earning the company recognition as an INC5000 fastest growing company. LeadJen specializes in delivering services to smaller organizations and the addition of the LeadJen solution to its portfolio of service offerings will enable Acquirent to deliver a best-in-class outsourced sales program to meet the business development needs of B2B organizations of all sizes, complexities and industries. “Acquirent is thrilled to acquire LeadJen, as we continue to expand our product and service offering”, said Joe Flanagan, CEO of Acquirent. “This acquisition is part of our five-year plan to invest in opportunities that will deepen or complete our capabilities in specific areas, including sales recruiting, marketing and data building services. Through LeadJen, Acquirent will also be able to offer our outsourced sales capabilities to smaller organizations who may not require the support of our entire solution, therefore expanding and diversifying our client base.” LeadJen will continue to operate from its Indianapolis headquarters under the name LeadJen, an Acquirent Company. LeadJen Founder and CEO, Bill Johnson, will step down from day-to-day management of the company. Jen Burdess, Vice President of Finance and Operations will remain in her current role, as will all of the LeadJen management team. Burdess has been with LeadJen since 2005 and has executive responsibility for the hiring, training and management of the company’s inside sales team. “First, we’d like to assure all our customers that there will be no disruption to service or support,” said Jen Burdess. “Beyond that, we anticipate that becoming an Acquirent Company will present our team with excellent growth opportunities and an ability to expand our product offering to our clients. Always the leader in lead generation, LeadJen will now have the ability to expand into a fully outsourced sales offering.” Acquirent Executive Vice President, Geoff Winthrop, will take the leadership helm as President of LeadJen. Also a founding member of Acquirent, Winthrop brings deep expertise in new business development, sales strategy and sales management to the LeadJen team. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with Jen Burdess, the rest of the LeadJen management group, and the team members who are producing for our clients, said Geoff Winthrop. “This acquisition is a real win-win for both organizations. Acquirent will reap the benefits of a product we tried to create in the past but that LeadJen has truly perfected, the art of part-time or project-based lead generation services. Through LeadJen, Acquirent will have the opportunity to test new-to-market products and strategies for our clients. And, as data has become and continues to be a crucial part of most sales organizations’ strategies, Acquirent clients’ will benefit from a more mature offering through LeadJen.” Flanagan, Winthrop and Burdess all find strong similarities between the cultures at Acquirent and LeadJen. Both organizations see transparency and the value of each individual contributor as core beliefs that will lead to a successful combined company, focused on the future, with an eye toward growth. About Acquirent: Acquirent (http://www.acquirent.com) is a leading provider of outsourced sales services for companies ranging from small startups to the Fortune 500. Pronounced Ac’-quire-nt, their name is a combination of the words “acquire” and “client.” They do three main things: they recruit, train, and manage their clients’ sales teams. In some instance their team is a strategic part of their clients’ sales infrastructure and in others they become their clients’ entire sales engine. The Acquirent sales teams are 100% dedicated to deliver a transparent and completely accountable solution while focusing on metrics, training, and the latest sales technology. To learn more about Acquirent, visit http://www.acquirent.com. About LeadJen: LeadJen is a B2B lead generation company that helps corporate sales and marketing teams drive more revenue and better understand their market. LeadJen’s scientific approach, proven methodologies and market intelligence drives revenue for clients in various industries including healthcare, manufacturing, retail, financial services, life sciences and high tech. Based in Indianapolis, LeadJen is a Mira Award winner, an Inc. 5000 company, an Indiana Company to Watch and has been recognized as a Top Workplace. More information is available at http://www.leadjen.com.

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    Research Triangle Park, NC - September 13, 2017 - Global Knowledge, the worldwide leader in IT and business skills training, is proud to announce the September 21 launch of its upgraded on-demand learning experience, the Global Knowledge Learning Platform, which is the result of extensive research and customer input. Created in response to market demand with over 100 courses and counting, the Global Knowledge Learning Platform helps individuals and enterprises upgrade existing skills, acquire new ones and address gaps. In conjunction with the launch, all who visit Global Knowledge’s website  on September 21 can register for one of the following free courses: Introduction to Cybersecurity The Business Analyst in an Agile Environment Linux on Azure: Up and Running Understanding the Cloud Business Application & Vendor Landscape Getting Started with Git Global Knowledge will offer a three-month digital subscription with each free course only on launch date. Conditions apply; visit course registration page for more information.  “As technology continues to evolve and skill gaps increase, Global Knowledge saw the opportunity to respond to resulting challenges through superior online training. Our upgraded learning platform provides a solution for organizations who are struggling to find qualified talent and need to train existing staff, and for individuals who seek to balance reskilling or upskilling with personal and professional demands,” says Kevin Pawsey, Global Vice President of Digital Learning at Global Knowledge. “Our Global Knowledge Learning Platform is about offering the best product to help companies take their employees from good to great.”’ 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 1,400 employees are helping clients succeed in over 100 countries. Resource Course registration page

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    Indianapolis - September 15, 2017 - Costello launches a sales deal management platform that helps sales reps consistently follow sales methodology, gives managers visibility into the quality of every deal and shows sales leaders what's working and what's not. Costello announced today it has secured $1 million in funding led by Dundee Venture Capital with participation from Elevate Ventures, M25 Group, and Service Provider Capital. Costello connects sales team members to close deals faster, reduce administrative tasks, and gain valuable insights. The company emerges as a premier tool to improve effectiveness during sales calls, create repeatable processes across sales teams, and empower managers with analytics to provide more valuable feedback to reps. “We worked collaboratively with over 50 sales leaders and professionals to solve the most important challenge faced by sales reps and leaders...execution,” said Costello Founder Frank Dale. “Before Costello, reps were forced to use ad-hoc tools like post-it notes and Google docs to guide sales conversations. Costello gives every sales rep a co-pilot for sales conversations, an analyst to improve performance, and an assistant to reduce admin burden.” Today’s Buyers Expect Higher Quality Yesterday’s sales approach will not close today’s buyers. As technology continues to evolve, consumers become more savvy and have higher expectations from salespeople. Consumers are busy; they have little time to waste. Nearly all buyers research software solutions on their own before ever contacting the company. Adweek reported 81 percent of buyers conduct online research before their first point of contact. Sales Processes Must Also Evolve As the buyers change their decision-making process, sales teams have aggressively adopted digital tools to keep up. Sales teams invest $12 billion annually in sales acceleration tech. These tools are primarily designed to increase activity volume. Reps are doing more at every stage of the sales process. They make more phone calls, send more emails and because of that they manage more deals. Reps are asked to increase both activity volume and manage more tasks, which makes their jobs more difficult. CRM systems we provide them with were not designed to help reps navigate sales conversations, create business cases and track multiple deals from start to close. As a result, reps turn use ad-hoc tools like post-it notes and Google Docs to help them navigate sales conversations. Ad-hoc tools inevitably lead to ad-hoc execution. According to CSO Insights less than 60% of reps hit quota, and the average sales team delivers only 82% of the company revenue plan. Inconsistent execution of the sales process is the primary reason reps and companies miss their targets. Inconsistency leads to longer sales cycles and fewer reps hitting quotas. Meanwhile, sales management has little to no visibility into how reps execute the sales process to properly coach, motivate and train their reps. Deal Management Software Need Emerging Sales teams must develop a new way of working to succeed. Sales tools have recently become a necessary strategic investment for companies to increase sales productivity and accelerate deals to close faster. Costello’s deal management platform aligns sales reps, managers and vice presidents to help everyone work together to close more deals. Ability for Sales Reps to Consistently Execute Methodology Costello provides sales reps with a platform to easily organize their process from pre-call research to post-call follow up. Integrating with Salesforce and Gmail, Costello customers can access CRM data and their calendar while managing each deal all within one system. Costello guides reps through your structured call flow to ask the right questions and follow a consistent agenda. After each call, sales reps can take immediate follow-up actions, access relevant marketing collateral and easily sync notes directly back to their CRM. Costello gives real-time suggestions and establishes winning habits that lead to better handoffs. “Costello allows us to control the conversations we have with potential buyers,” said Steven Shattuck, Chief Engagement Officer at Bloomerang. “It guides my team to ask the right questions at the right time. Our prospecting calls have transformed into better conversations that lead to faster closer rates.” Provides Managers with Powerful Insights Through Costello, sales managers have visibility into critical deal details to view how reps execute throughout the entire sales process, identify patterns and gaps and then create actionable deal quality information to better coach reps. Managers can turn tedious pipeline reviews into productive strategy sessions. Further, deal management platforms accelerate new rep training. Costello allows you to structure the process and leads reps through appropriate messaging for simplified onboarding. “Costello has been extremely beneficial in understanding why we are or are not moving prospects to closed won,” said Mavis Norwich, TINYpulse Sales Manager. “Costello makes me a better manager. It gives me insight into my reps day-to-day to coach more efficiently. We have measurable metrics and key information within one platform that enables us to pivot quickly based on actionable data.” Increase Pipeline Confidence Sales leaders can build confidence in their pipeline reports and sales forecasts with deal management software. With Costello, leadership can make data-driven decisions and replicate a winning sales process across the entire team. For more information on Costello or to see a demo, visit andcostello.com. About Costello Costello is a deal management platform that aligns sales reps, managers and VPs to work together to win more deals. We help sales reps consistently follow sales methodology, give managers visibility into the quality of every deal and shows sales leaders what's working and what's not. Visit andcostello.com to learn more.

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    Boston - September 18, 2017 - O'Reilly Media announces a significant expansion in its leadership team, adding key positions in product, engineering, and sales, as the company accelerates development of its Safari learning platform. "I'm incredibly excited to bring on these talented leaders," said O'Reilly President Laura Baldwin. "The company is in the midst of rapid growth, and they're exactly the team O'Reilly needs as we intensify our quest to create the learning infrastructure for the Next Economy." Based primarily in O'Reilly's downtown Boston office, the company's new executives include: Karen Hebert-Maccaro, Ph.D., joins O'Reilly as the company's first Chief Content Officer, with the mission of developing the learning resources on the Safari platform. She brings extensive experience in employee learning and development, most recently as Chief Learning Officer at athenahealth. Hebert-Maccaro has also been a faculty member and Dean in the management departments of Babson College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Mark Jacobs, O'Reilly's first Chief Revenue Officer, comes to the company with deep experience in sales leadership at tech- and data-focused SaaS companies including Marketo, Oracle, and PeopleSoft. Maria Manrique, Chief Financial Officer, has provided strategic financial leadership to startups and established companies alike, including Fidelity and Boston-based startups Toast and DataXu. Piyum Samaraweera, VP Product Management, has built innovative online products in media, finance, and cloud services companies. He was most recently at Constant Contact (now part of Endurance International Group), and has held senior product management positions at Sophos, Intuit, Thomson Reuters, and Carbonite. Freedom Dumlao, VP Engineering. Most recently Director of Engineering and Technology Strategy at IoT platform company Xively, Dumlao has worked in startups and enterprises across a variety of industries, including finance, technology, and video. Jeremy Brady, Digital Creative Director, has led design and user experience at companies and agencies around the globe. Brady comes to O'Reilly from HubSpot. Peter McHugh, VP New Business, joins O'Reilly from Oracle. His sales leadership career includes stints at HR SaaS firms Taleo and Learn.com. Theresa Horner, VP Academic Markets, has held digital-content leadership roles in companies including Sagence Learning, Scribd, NOOK, HarperCollins, and Microsoft. Craig Blum, Senior Director, Customer Success, previously lead Customer Success teams at LeveragePoint Innovations and Curata. The new leadership team will help O'Reilly meet the growing global demand from enterprises and individuals for solutions that help them acquire the skills they need in an increasingly digital world. They will be building on recent O'Reilly innovations including customized learning paths, courses that incorporate Jupyter notebooks, and instructor-led training to ensure that O'Reilly fulfills its mission, to spread the knowledge of innovators, with a platform optimized for today's learners and the skills required for the Next Economy. For more information, contact sara@oreilly.com. About O'Reilly For almost 40 years, O'Reilly Media has provided technology and business training, knowledge, and insight to help companies succeed. Our unique network of experts and innovators share their knowledge and expertise through the company's Safari training and learning platform and at O'Reilly conferences. As a SaaS learning platform, Safari delivers highly topical and comprehensive technology and business learning solutions to millions of users across enterprise, consumer, and university channels. For more information visit oreilly.com.

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    San Francisco - September 15, 2017 - Inkling, a leader in delivering smart, mission-critical information to the deskless worker, announced today it is partnering with CGS as part of its Preferred Partner Program. CGS is one of the world's leading outsourcing and business applications companies and is joining forces with Inkling to provide state-of-the-art learning and development services to large companies with distributed workforces. Through the partnership program, Inkling and CGS will provide solutions that help companies empower employees, standardize operations, and increase worker productivity. "Global enterprises are looking for better ways to engage, train and develop their employees," said Matt MacInnis, Founder and CEO of Inkling. "As a preferred service provider, CGS will deliver certified content production, design and project management services to meet the evolving needs of our customers." "We're excited to partner with Inkling to further enhance our best-in-class enterprise learning services," said Phil Friedman, President and CEO of CGS. "With Inkling's digital expertise and CGS's experience supporting more than 1 million learners globally, organizations worldwide will be able to benefit from our combined innovative learning delivery solutions." About the Inkling Preferred Partner ProgramInkling partners with organizations that provide complementary services and technology solutions to make sure customers get the most out of their Inkling investment. The Inkling Preferred Partner Program provides training and certification to service providers who provide content development services to Inkling customers. About CGSFor over 30 years, CGS has supported global enterprises, regional companies and government agencies with business applications, learning systems and outsourcing services to solve the fundamental business challenges they face.  Headquartered in New York City, CGS employs more than 7,500 professionals across North America, Latin America, Europe, The Middle East and Asia. About InklingInkling is on a mission to transform the way people work. It's innovative platform makes it easier and faster than ever to build content that is beautiful and interactive—unlike traditional, static PDFs, slides, and printed materials. Inkling is mobile-first, so deskless workers can easily access actionable information anytime, anywhere on any device. Inkling helps organizations empower their people to do their best work, every day. Founded in 2009 and backed by Sequoia Capital and Sapphire Ventures, Inkling is based in San Francisco. Learn more at www.inkling.com

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    Salt Lake City - September 18, 2017 - O.C. Tanner, the global leader in employee recognition and workplace culture, today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Accumulate Loyalty Services Limited, a leading Australian provider of employee recognition and incentive solutions. This acquisition will enable O.C. Tanner to better support its large multinational clients who have employees and operations in Australia, and further expands O.C. Tanner's existing global presence in the United States, Canada, Europe, Singapore and India. "This is a natural coming together of two industry leaders – deciding to join forces with Accumulate was an easy decision," said Dave Petersen, CEO of O.C. Tanner. "Our shared vision for helping clients engage their people, along with our similar company cultures makes this a very exciting opportunity." Accumulate's offerings complement O.C. Tanner's position as the worldwide leader in employee recognition and culture. A history of continuous investment and leadership in cutting-edge technology development allows O.C. Tanner to offer the industry's best suite of products and services. "Accumulate is the go-to recognition and incentive partner for ASX200 companies," said Alan Heyward, Managing Director at Accumulate. "We're thrilled to be joining the O.C. Tanner family - there's great strategic and cultural alignment, and we look forward to combining our respective strengths and knowledge to deliver leading solutions to our growing client base in Australia and internationally." The pending acquisition also provides an opportunity to bring the O.C. Tanner Institute, with its deep research and publishing capabilities, into the Australian market. The Institute provides insights and foresight into global industry trends surrounding employee engagement and culture, as well as future product development initiatives. As Accumulate becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of O.C. Tanner's global network, it will continue to deliver its distinguished products and services to its clients. Qantas, the previous owner of Accumulate, will continue its relationship with the company as its employee recognition client. In addition, O.C. Tanner's product suite will now be available for both multi-national clients and Australian clients. O.C. Tanner and Accumulate will begin their work of creating engaging workplace cultures together as the new relationship becomes official after the completion of the sale process on October 31, 2017. About O.C. TannerO.C. Tanner, the global leader in employee recognition and culture, helps thousands of top companies accomplish and appreciate great work. Twenty-five of the Fortune 100 Best Companies To Work For® use O.C. Tanner's cloud-based technology, tools, awards and services to engage talent, increase performance, drive goals and create great workplace cultures. For more information visit octanner.com.

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    Dublin, CA - September 18, 2017 - Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ:CALD), a global leader in cloud-based sales, marketing, learning and customer experience solutions, announced today that ADP selected Litmos Mobile Learning platform by CallidusCloud. The agreement was completed in the second quarter of 2017. Litmos Mobile Learning is a learning management system that allows users to package content into rich interactive courses that can be consumed on mobile devices. Reporting is provided to track the performance of learners, engagement with courses and effectiveness of training programs. Blog: www.calliduscloud.com/blogLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/calliduscloudFacebook: www.facebook.com/callidussoftwareTwitter: @calliduscloudWeb: www.calliduscloud.com About ADPADP is a comprehensive global provider of cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions that unite HR, payroll, talent, time, tax and benefits administration, and a leader in business outsourcing services, analytics and compliance expertise. ADP’s unmatched experience, deep insights, and cutting-edge technology have transformed human resources from a back-office administrative function to a strategic business advantage. About CallidusCloudCallidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ:CALD), doing business as CallidusCloud®, is the global leader in cloud-based sales, marketing, learning and customer experience solutions. CallidusCloud enables organizations to accelerate and maximize their lead to money process with a complete suite of solutions that identify the right leads, ensure proper territory and quota distribution, enable sales forces, automate configure price quote, and streamline sales compensation -- driving bigger deals, faster. Approximately 5,700 leading organizations, across all industries, rely on CallidusCloud to optimize the lead to money process to close more deals for more money in record time.

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    London - September 18, 2017 - EY today announces a series of new global talent programs designed to prepare its workforce and its business for the future of work, including LEAD, a new global model for career, development and performance. LEAD uses technology and innovative digital platforms and encourages real-time feedback across EY's global workforce of 250,000 people, so that people gain the insights they need to develop, grow their individual careers and prepare for the future of work. LEAD also eliminates the use of numeric ratings in the performance management process. Mark Weinberger, EY Global Chairman and CEO, says: "EY is called upon day in and day out to help businesses and governments solve their toughest challenges. Developing our people into complex problem-solvers and preparing them for the future of work is key to our organization's continued success. EY is transforming its approach to talent development with the introduction of LEAD and giving more people the opportunity to develop 'hot' skills, particularly as we use more complex data analytics and introduce robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). In particular, with LEAD our people will spend more time having constructive, forward-looking conversations to help them plan their careers and support continuous learning and development. It's those dialogues that often spark a great idea, unlock a solution or inspire someone to realize their potential." With LEAD, the emphasis shifts from retrospective performance evaluations and detailed written assessments, to real-time feedback and better conversations that focus on individual career journeys and long-term future aspirations. At the beginning of the year and at least every 90 days thereafter, EY people will meet with counselors to review ongoing feedback and have discussions that drive higher performance and greater individual development. Nancy Altobello, EY Global Vice Chair – Talent, says:            "At EY, each person's career journey is unique, and we want our people to be able to achieve the career they want, while also having the flexibility to take advantage of new and exciting opportunities along the way. LEAD will help our people gain the insights and cutting-edge skills, coaching and confidence they need to provide exceptional client service and direct their own careers." LEAD features a new digital personal dashboard that provides an intuitive way for EY people to view their feedback from teams, and track their progress in real-time. LEAD also uses a new gold standard of performance measurement, which focuses on how the individual can aspire to greater levels of achievement to become the best they can be. At the end of each year, EY people will receive individual summary reports showing a consolidated view of all performance feedback as well as an indication of how they performed in relation to their peers and against the gold standard. LEAD is part of the organization's broader effort to prepare its workforce, clients and business for the future of work by adapting its global business models, including its approach to talent development and recruitment. Embracing the gig economy To tap into the "gig economy" and people seeking more flexibility or short-term assignments, EY developed GigNow, an advanced technology platform that sources and matches qualified contractors with projects at EY and on-boards them quickly so they can begin making valuable contributions right away. With GigNow, the number of people working as contractors on short-term assignments at EY is expected to grow significantly over the next several years to supplement EY teams. Altobello says: "Building a workforce for the future means recognizing that the employer and employee model itself is changing; people are looking for more flexibility in the workplace and the pool of contractor workers around the world continues to expand. With GigNow's advanced technology platform and experienced recruiters, we're able to harness the best talent from around the world when and where we need it to build a more agile and flexible workforce model and scale our global talent base faster and more effectively than ever to serve clients." People contracted through GigNow will also benefit from EY's world-class learning, such as virtual courses from which they can earn valuable digital credentials for developing new skills. Jeff Wong, EY Global Chief Innovation Officer, says: "The trend of contract professionals demanding more flexibility to support new types of career paths is upending the way we find and engage talent. At EY, we see this as a strategic imperative to transform the way we attract the best talent for short-term assignments, especially during bursts of business activity. The launch of GigNow enables us to systematically engage the right talent, for the right opportunities at the right time." EY will expand the platform with AI capabilities toward the end of the year. GigNow is currently live in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, with discussions underway to launch in five more countries.  Expanding our recruiting sources EY is evolving its recruitment strategy to attract the best talent today, and anticipate the types of people and skills that will be needed to solve complex problems in the future. As EY continues to look at traditional sources for talent, it is also expanding its view to other sources and academic backgrounds such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students. The way people are working is changing given new business demands, technology and techniques, and these new sources of talent are adding to the experience and insights that EY teams need to deliver the best results for clients.   Altobello says: "We'll always need dynamic leaders with traditional business backgrounds and skills in accounting, finance and supply chain, for example. But we're also looking for candidates with domain knowledge gained from a wider array of sources, with skills such as cybersecurity and data analytics, and those who can analyse, innovate, think and act globally, regardless of their domain expertise or background." Earning credentials in future-focused skills As part of its overall approach to the future of work, EY is introducing a new program called EY Badges later this year. It will support its people in investing in their own careers by earning digital credentials in skills that differentiate them in the market, such as data analytics, AI, data transformation and information strategy. Individuals will earn EY Badges based on a consistent standard around the world. Badges are earned through world-class learning, fulfilling required experiences and making a contribution to the broader community – such as coaching colleagues, presenting to clients or publishing an article that educates others about an acquired skill. There will be four levels of distinction (bronze, silver, gold and platinum), with defined criteria to be met in learning, experiences and contribution to earn each badge. Prior experiences will also be considered for badging as talented people join EY. EY Badges builds on the organization's commitment to equip its workforce with the necessary skills to solve complex problems, lead the highest performing teams and stay relevant in a rapidly changing world. About EY EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities. EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com. This news release has been issued by EYGM Limited, a member of the global EY organization that also does not provide any services to clients.

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    Allen, TX - September 19, 2017 - Lead Liaison, a world-class sales and marketing solution provider, and Administrate, a cloud-based training management provider, have joined together to build an even better solution for their customers. Administrate offers a complete training management system, delivered from the cloud, that helps companies manage learners, increase course bookings, and deliver better training. Lead Liaison's http://www.leadliaison.com/products/marketing-automation/http://www.leadliaison.com/products/marketing-automation/ platform connects with Administrate to send qualified, nurtured leads directly into Administrate's platform. Lead Liaison’s marketing automation suite complements Administrate with a number of solutions to help track, qualify, distribute and convert more leads. This integration allows Administrate’s clients to reach potential buyers in more ways using emails, handwritten letters, postcards, text messages and more! Administrate’s clients will also benefit by being able to measure effectiveness of marketing and culminate sales-ready leads. “We believe training professionals are best served by a seamless training and administration experience, and integrations like these are key to that goal. Excellent marketing is critical for any training company, and we’re really excited about this integration that links Administrate with one of the leading marketing automation platforms in the world. Mutual customers will save time, scale their operations, and ultimately grow their business!” John Peebles, Chief Executive Officer at Administrate. The integration allows users to share qualified leads between the two platforms. It includes a “Sync to Administrate” action that can be used as a part of an automation inside of Lead Liaison, enabling qualified prospects to be pushed into Administrate as new opportunities. The “Sync to Administrate” action can also be used as a Fulfillment Action, to quickly sync new leads into Administrate following new conversions, such as a form fill; or, when a Prospect’s Lead Score rises above a predetermined value. "I've been privileged to work in close collaboration with our partners at Lead Liaison. Together, we have created a connector which gives Lead Liaison users the ability to quickly connect an Administrate account and to push qualified leads into the Sales Opportunity module of Administrate's CRM. We at Administrate are users of Lead Liaison's marketing automation solution and have seen first hand how this automation can save time and provide a smooth transition from your marketing to sales teams," said Troy Michels, Chief Product Officer at Administrate. To see more details about the integration, or to find how to implement these solutions with your company, visit Lead Liaison’s http://www.leadliaison.com/products/administrate-marketing-automation/http://www.leadliaison.com/products/administrate-marketing-automation/ About Administrate Administrate is one of Scotland’s fastest growing startups and serves hundreds of customers, thousands of users, and millions of students across six continents. In January 2016, Administrate was selected as one of the UK’s most promising startups for Tech City UK’s http://www.techcityuk.com/blog/2016/01/first-upscale-companies-chosen/http://www.techcityuk.com/blog/2016/01/first-upscale-companies-chosen/ accelerator program. In 2017 the company was selected as one of the “Top 20 Training Delivery Companies” in the world by TrainingIndustry.com. Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, the firm also has a USA office in Bozeman, Montana, and Middle East presence in Beirut, Lebanon. The company employs more than 60 people globally. About Lead LiaisonLead Liaison provides cloud-based sales and marketing automation solutions that helps businesses accelerate revenue by attracting, converting, closing and retaining more prospects. Filling a void in the small pool of marketing automation providers that focus on marketing-centric functionality, Lead Liaison gives equal focus to sales providing sophisticated visitor tracking and additional website engagement tools to boost sales effectiveness. Lead Liaison blends ease-of-use, a flexible business model, deep external integration, marketing across social, web, mobile, email and offline channels and powerful functionality, all specifically tailored for mid-sized businesses, into a single platform, called Revenue Generation Software®. Lead Liaison is headquartered in Allen, Texas, near Dallas. For more information, visit http://www.leadliaison.com or call 1-800-89-LEADS (895-3237).

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    Washington, D.C. - September 19, 2017 - Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced a new partnership with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the leading U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system. As part of the collaboration, JPL has implemented Blackboard Learn, the company's flagship learning management system (LMS), to support the growth and development of its employees. JPL has recently embarked on a journey to expand and improve the ways it delivers learning activities and encourages knowledge sharing. The Laboratory is in the process of moving from an instructor-led, physical environment to a learner-driven, online environment where knowledge is regularly transferred between employees, institutional knowledge is better retained, and JPL staff have greater choice in determining their learning path. In support of this goal, JPL has built a comprehensive learning online ecosystem where Blackboard Learn serves as a platform for structured knowledge exchange in an asynchronous environment.  The Laboratory has established role-based communities of practice within Blackboard's LMS, where senior technical experts serve as mentors and exchange ideas with colleagues who share a common area of technical expertise. Blackboard Learn will also be utilized to deliver technical onboarding for new employees, facilitate virtual classrooms, and curate technical documentation and reference materials that can be shared with employees on an ongoing basis.   "Blackboard is proud to be a part of NASA JPL's efforts to create a dynamic online learning environment that helps their employees share knowledge and learn from one other," said Alex Kissal, Vice President of Blackboard Government Solutions. "We look forward to continuing to work with their talented team to provide valuable and engaging online learning experiences for all JPL employees." "Blackboard provides the JPL team a flexible virtual environment to exchange ideas and concepts while retaining enough structure to archive and distribute the critical knowledge exchanged within the system," said Tony Gagliardo, Director of Technical Learning and Development at NASA JPL. "This structured yet flexible approach is acting as a catalyst to the formation of communities of practice and helping us to prepare our 2025 workforce." For more information about Blackboard's professional education services, visit www.blackboard.com/business. About Blackboard Inc.Our mission is to partner with the global education community to enable learner and institutional success, leveraging innovative technologies and services. With an unmatched understanding of the world of the learner, the most comprehensive student-success solutions, and the greatest capacity for innovation, Blackboard is education's partner in change. About NASA JPLJPL is the leading U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system, and has 19 spacecraft and 10 major instruments carrying out planetary, Earth science and space-based astronomy missions. Contact: Shawnee Cohn, (202) 303-9053, shawnee.cohn@blackboard.com

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    Pleasanton, CA - September 19, 2017 - Corporate Visions, the leading marketing and sales messaging, content and skills training company, is pioneering an interactive sales enablement "tool" designed to integrate marketing messaging, content assets, and sales coaching into a situational, just-in-time learning experience for B2B sales teams – without requiring you to buy any type of technology license. "There's all kinds of apps and whatnot in the marketing and sales technology 'stack' promising to help your salespeople succeed 'in the moment' across the different types of selling scenarios they face, but they are just empty shells waiting for you or your reps to put something useful into," said Tim Riesterer, Chief Strategy and Research Officer at Corporate Visions. "As a result, they've struggled to make this vision a reality for one big reason, and that's the content." Riesterer added: "Marketing messaging, content assets, and skills training and coaching need to be developed and deployed with an eye toward situational sales enablement, which is what we've developed and are providing with this no-user-license-required tool." Three trends happening right now are accelerating the convergence of marketing stories, content, and sales skills to make just-in-time learning a game-changer: Situational messaging frameworks – One-size-fits-all messaging is being replaced with tested and proven frameworks that are matched to the key moments in the customer lifecycle (why change/why you/why now/why stay/why pay). This means you must create situational messaging to match the psychology of the buyer and decision stage. Situational skills training – Stand-alone skills training over the course of days in classrooms is being replaced by short, compelling video-based skills coaching modules—aligned to the various selling scenarios your reps face across the buyers' journey. Meaning, salespeople can get smart, fast, moment-of-need coaching content matched to the selling scenario and available immediately, as opposed to waiting for their scheduled training class. Integrated, interactive online experiences – Expensive platforms, apps and other SaaS solutions that force you to pay a monthly per user charge are being replaced by interactive mobile experiences that combine your stories and skills into a single situational messaging and coaching service that doesn't require additional software and is intuitive enough that you don't need specialized training to use it. "Salespeople learn best when they're in a deficit, when they really need something—not when marketers decide it's time to issue a product launch and blast a bunch of messaging into the field, or when trainers decide to schedule an event," Riesterer said. "Salespeople also perform best when they don't have to deal with another piece of technology to get the messaging, content and skills at their fingertips, whenever and wherever they need them." To learn more about what it takes to bring situational learning to your sales team, check out this eBook, "Enabling the Just-in-Time Situational Learner." About Corporate Visions, Inc.Corporate Visions is a leading marketing and sales messaging, content, and skills training company. Global B2B companies come to us when they want to: Create Value – with messages, content and skills that break the status quo and differentiate your solutions from competitors Elevate Value – with messages, content and skills that build a more effective business case to justify executive decisions Capture Value – with messages, content and skills that maximize the profitability of each deal and customer lifetime value

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    Pune, India - September 20, 2017 - With 70% of on-the-go professionals estimated to take care of business on their personal mobile devices by the year 2018 (Gartner), the need for Mobile Learning has never been more evident than now. As an answer to organizations keen to adopt mLearning as a part of their corporate L&D strategy but unsure of a secured, scalable platform to do so, UpsideLMS has recently launched 'UpsideLMS Mobile', an Offline Mobile Learning app for iOS and Android.  The latest addition to UpsideLMS' robust learning solutions and products portfolio, 'UpsideLMS Mobile' enables learners to access training content in an offline mode, anytime and anywhere. This can be done by downloading the assigned training content in the form of Videos, Courses, and Reference Materials onto an Android smartphone or tablet, or an iPad or iPhone, when connected to the Internet, and viewing it (multiple times over too!) in a non-Internet-connected state too. UpsideLMS, a feature-rich and innovative Learning Management System, acts as the content management and delivery backend for UpsideLMS Mobile. A two-way synchronization between the UpsideLMS Mobile app and UpsideLMS ensures that all offline training activity is tracked, complete with syncing and updating of progress in the LMS (UpsideLMS), when back online. Key Features:• Wide Range of Content SupportedLearners can access (uploaded) Videos, Courses (SCORM 1.2 HTML 5) and Reference Materials (Documents, Presentations, Images) through the app.• Complete Security and PrivacyUpsideLMS Mobile encrypts all training content downloaded by users onto their devices using AES Data Encryption. Further, the content is available to users post authentication of their credentials on the UpsideLMS Mobile application.• Continuous, On-The-Go LearningLearners can take the assigned training while offline, with the progress being automatically tracked and synced with UpsideLMS when connected (back) to the Internet.• A Strong LMS BackendUpsideLMS Mobile has UpsideLMS, a robust Learning Management System with over a decade's legacy of innovation and best value as its backend. Now in its version 8.0, UpsideLMS is abundant in features and functionalities suited for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), large Enterprises, and Training Companies.Amit Gautam, Director - UpsideLMS and Co-founder - Upside Learning, said, "While we live in the age of G technologies, where 3G, 4G and even 5G have become a de facto expectation, Internet connectivity issues continue to be a reality. And when it's not the connectivity problem, it's the nature of the industry that demands a learning solution that works in offline mode too. UpsideLMS Mobile is an answer to these. With UpsideLMS as its backend and an app base, UpsideLMS Mobile will enable organizations to experience, deliver and manage Mobile Learning in its truest sense yet!"UpsideLMS Mobile can be downloaded on the Mac App Store at http://apple.co/2xuej8j or on Google Play Store at http://bit.ly/2fwg3nHInterested individuals can request for a demo of UpsideLMS Mobile ,visit website.

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    San Francisco - September 19, 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 that it has partnered with Administrate to enable software training organizations to increase efficiency with deep integration between the two solutions. CloudShare will be showcasing its integration with Administrate at LITE 2017, Edinburgh’s premier Edtech event, taking place on September 21 and 22 at the offices of Codebase, the UK’s largest technology incubator. Administrate, based in Edinburgh, provides cloud-based software training platforms used by blue-chip clients such as PwC and the University of York to enable them to manage online teaching programs. By integrating with CloudShare, training organizations can create an easily scalable, complex training environment in the cloud so that students can practice their skills in a no-risk atmosphere. The integration helps organizations save time and increase accuracy when synchronizing classes, students, and instructors. “At Administrate, our goal is to make training management simple, and when combined with CloudShare, it creates a seamless experience,” said John Peebles, CEO at Administrate. “Attendees at LITE 2017 will be able to see firsthand how our integrated solutions take care of the management and technical details so that training organizations can focus on what they do best: ensuring their students master important new skills.”“One of the primary applications for our solution is within the training industry, and our partnership with Administrate is a natural fit,” said Zvi Guterman, Founder and CEO of CloudShare. “We make the complex task of setting up and scaling a training environment simple. Together with Administrate, we enable training organizations to spend much less time on technical and administrative details so they can spend more time creating and providing high-quality programs for their students.” At the LITE event, Lee Berkman, Virtual Labs and Business Development expert for CloudShare and Troy Michels, Chief Product Officer for Administrate, will be co-presenting a session entitled, “A Day in the Life of a Highly Integrated Training Scenario”. Berkman will also present two other sessions on: “How to Boost Business with Virtual Training Labs” and “The Digital Nomad and Other Cases for Virtual Labs.”LITE 2017 is taking place on September 21-22 in Edinburgh, Scotland. For more information, please visit www.liteconf.com/ For more information on CloudShare, please visit www.cloudshare.comAbout CloudShareFounded 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.comCloudShare Headquarters351 California St. Suite 1600 San Francisco, CA 94104 USA

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    New York - September 19, 2017 - J.F. Lehman & Company ("J.F. Lehman"), a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on the maritime, defense and aerospace sectors, announced that its investment affiliate has sold its portfolio company, Doss Aviation ("Doss" or "the Company") to L3 Technologies, Inc. ("L3"). Doss is a leading provider of flight training and airfield support services to the U.S. Department of Defense. The Company is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado and serves its defense customers at many locations worldwide. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. "We've substantially strengthened the scope of our Company's operations in partnership with J.F. Lehman," said Mark Lester, CEO of Doss. "J.F. Lehman has been supportive of our efforts to enter new aviation training and airfield services markets and focus on operational excellence across all functional areas." Steve Brooks, Partner at J.F. Lehman, said, "The Doss team has done a tremendous job driving improvement within the business. We're proud of their accomplishments and believe the business represents a strong fit with its new owner's flight training and aviation support operations." BlackArch Partners served as financial advisors to J.F. Lehman and Jones Day provided lead legal counsel. Miller & Chevalier Chartered advised in relation to government contracts, international trade, and defense security compliance matters. About J.F. Lehman & Company, Inc. Founded in 1992, J.F. Lehman & Company is a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors. The firm has offices in New York and Washington. For more information about J.F. Lehman & Company, please visit www.jflpartners.com.

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    San Francisco - September 20, 2017 - Reflektive, the real-time performance management company, today announced new features designed to empower HR leaders, managers and employees for more agile roles to drive individual and team performance. New Real-time Requests, Request Feedback, Goal Alignment and OKR Measurement tools simplify ongoing performance improvement, giving people more control to achieve goals and advance in their careers. For HR teams, these tools reduce their administrative burden allowing them to take a more strategic role in the organization. Rather than spending most of their time collecting performance feedback, following-up on goal progress and performance reviews, and other administrative tasks, HR leaders can instead focus on leveraging the platform to make strategic decisions that help their organizations achieve business goals. The company has also launched new microlearning modules embedded throughout the Reflektive user-experience to guide both employees and administrators in fully leveraging every engagement opportunity and platform feature. A variety of educational content provides guidance on topics such as how to share positive feedback, give constructive criticism and prepare for 1-on-1 check-ins; this will be available to customers free-of-charge. In addition, following its recent SOC 2 security achievementannouncement, Reflektive received Privacy Shield certification that delivers an additional layer of security and peace of mind for customers worldwide. "Reflektive has been a meaningful solution for the entire WeddingWire team," said Emily Markmann, VP of People. "WeddingWire, with over 900 employees in 7 offices serving consumers in 15 countries, is the leading global marketplace connecting engaged couples with their event professionals. We eliminated our annual performance review to promote a culture of continuous feedback, reinforcing our commitment to transparency and focus on employee development. Reflektive's features facilitate an ideal cadence of communication between managers and employees, supporting our dedication to being a great place to work." Reflektive provides an industry-recognized performance management solution that combines comprehensive feedback and goal-oriented features within a single platform, seamlessly integrated into existing workflow tools such as Gmail, Slack and Outlook. The platform is designed to help companies cultivate responsive talent and foster organizational agility to innovate and execute in today's fast-paced, high-growth business environments. "We have been working with Reflektive for the past year and our engagement scores on employees receiving timely feedback have increased significantly," said Cheryl Kerrigan, VP of People, BlueCat. "Our two highest scores from the last survey we conducted are that employees understand how their work contributes to the overall strategy of BlueCat and that they have a clear understanding of company strategy. I attribute this to being able to utilize a technology platform like Reflektive to track objectives, communicate timely feedback, and give visibility across the organization to overall company strategy." To help companies elevate their innovation, employee success, and performance management strategies, Reflektive's new features, with general availability in Q4 calendar year 2017, include: Real-Time Request Feedback Real-Time Requests, giving managers a tool for collecting and aggregating comprehensive feedback from multiple sources on each member of their team. Through a uniquely seamless workflow that lets managers collect peer input about the professional development of their direct and indirect reports, Real-Time Requests help managers improve engagement and productivity and provide specialized coaching based on insights from sources beyond their own opinion. Peer input can be shared with the employee, or kept private, at the manager's discretion. Request Feedback, allowing employees to request actionable feedback on demand from managers or peers, creating psychological safety and eliminating the awkwardness around asking, "How am I doing?" Employees simply initiate a request for feedback regarding a recent project, event or other activity. All incoming feedback is logged to each employees' My Feedback page, creating a timely record of recognition and constructive feedback that can be reviewed during periodic check-ins and performance reviews. Goal Management Goal Alignment, for mapping employee's individual goals against team and company objectives, allowing employees to see exactly how their work contributes toward strategic goals and success. The system helps employees feel and be visually connected to the overall business strategy, which drives improved engagement and execution. At the same time, managers and executives can also understand progress on initiatives with full visibility into how individual contributors and teams are performing and responding to obstacles. Objectives and Key Results (OKR) Measurements, providing a simple, flexible way for companies that use the objectives and key results model to track progress measurements as a percentage, raw number or dollar value. Employees can see their progress at a granular level, encouraging regular updates and more accurate analysis of personal progress, while leaders can track overall team progress and identify early warnings of potential challenges. "Our core belief is that people, not companies, create value, and each of these capabilities are designed to put more power of value creation directly into the hands of each employee," said Reflektive CEO Rajeev Behera. "Reflektive empowers HR, employees and managers with tools needed to take a more agile role in their employment growth and success while at the same time enabling organizations to be more agile to market changes by creating a communication channel to quickly align employees to shifting business priorities." Related Resources Blog post: Create Organizational Agility to Drive Innovation and Growth [ https://blog.reflektive.com/hr-to-rh/?utm_source=comms&utm_medium=pr ] Blog post: Reflektive Releases Update to Make HR More Strategic [ https://blog.reflektive.com/reflektive-request-feedback/?utm_source=pm&utm_medium=pr ] Product Overview [ https://www.reflektive.com/products/?utm_source=pm&utm_medium=pr ] E-books, Webinars and Videos: [ https://www.reflektive.com/resources/?utm_source=pm&utm_medium=pr ] About Reflektive Reflektive is a leader in providing innovative, real-time performance management solutions for HR leaders and their agile organizations. Founded in 2014, Reflektive securely delivers Real-Time Feedback and Requests, Goal Management, Performance Reviews, and Check-Ins applications in the cloud for more than 300 clients worldwide including Comcast, MEC Global, Pinterest, Instacart, TED, Dollar Shave Club, Protective Life, and Nutanix. Based in San Francisco with funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Lightspeed Venture Partners, and recognition by Gartner in their 2017 Cool Vendors in Human Capital Management report, Reflektive's mission is to empower employee engagement, growth and success. Visit www.reflektive.com, follow @Reflektive.

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    Silicon Slopes, UT - September 20, 2017 - Pluralsight, the enterprise technology learning platform, today announced a new skills assessment and development suite that replaces traditional methods for assessing and benchmarking technology talent. The new suite, which includes Pluralsight IQ, advanced skills analytics, and advanced channels analytics, is designed to provide technology professionals and leaders with a fast, accurate, and affordable way to measure technology skills. The new suite uses machine learning and modern testing theory to significantly reduce the amount of time and cost usually dedicated to validating technology skills. Software engineers must re-develop their skills every 12 to 18 months to keep their skills from becoming antiquated, according to Deloitte. This fast pace of technological change makes it difficult for technologists and organizations to remain relevant and competitive. Pluralsight’s new skills assessment and development suite empowers individuals and enterprises to identify where their knowledge lies and to develop a plan for acquiring new or strengthening existing skill sets. “Pluralsight IQ is the most advanced assessment solution for technical skills in the market, and will be rapidly adopted by IT professionals to validate their technical expertise,” said Cushing Anderson, program vice president at IDC. "Learning only matters if it turns into skills that can be used on a project, to solve a problem or to build a product," said Aaron Skonnard, co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight. “We developed these new capabilities to give technology professionals and leaders real, quantified and actionable insights for developing the skills required to create world-changing products and solutions." The new suite includes: Pluralsight IQ — provides technology professionals with a free, easy and consistent way to measure and verify their current aptitude in a specific technology. Pluralsight skill assessments are now available to anyone for free. In as little as five minutes and 20 questions, technologists around the world can measure their current skill level and receive a verified Pluralsight IQ, which provides a quantified measure of their current skill proficiency, a timestamp that reflects the relevancy of their score and an easy way for them to showcase it. With plans to grow the collection, Pluralsight currently has 45 skill assessments available across a variety of subjects, including Angular, C#, JavaScript and Python. Advanced skills analytics — gives technology leaders unprecedented visibility into individual technologists’ skill sets and current levels of proficiency. With the release of Advanced skills analytics, CIOs, CTOs and technology leaders will gain a deep understanding of the technology skill sets of each member of their team. With insights into all the Pluralsight IQs for their teams, technology leaders will now be equipped to effectively assign technologists to projects where their strengths will create the most impact. Bypassing the manual, time-intensive and expensive process of traditional benchmarking—which results in a static output, CIOs will now have real-time skill data to inform their strategy and ensure their success. Advanced channels analytics — allows technology leaders to track the progress of each technologist’s skill development as it relates to strategic objectives. Advanced channels analytics allows technology leaders to see how each member of their team is progressing through the customized learning tracks they created. This information empowers CIOs and CTOs to help their teams acquire the mission-critical skills needed to meet strategic business objectives. It also helps them address skill gaps that may prevent the team from meeting their goals. “Traditional testing methods don’t work when it comes to measuring tech talent; they’re tedious, costly and quickly become obsolete,” said Nate Walkingshaw, chief experience officer at Pluralsight. “With Pluralsight IQ and our advanced analytics, we’ve built an assessment and development suite that will disrupt resumes, certifications, degrees and endorsements while providing a true understanding of the skills each individual possesses." More than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on Pluralsight to enable technology leaders and teams to keep up with the pace of technological change and deliver key innovations on time, on budget, and securely. Through its technology learning platform, Pluralsight makes it possible for technology leaders and their teams to learn directly from world-renowned industry experts on the most important trending topics, including cybersecurity, big data, cloud, and AI. For more information about Pluralsight, visit plurlasight.com.  About Pluralsight Pluralsight is an enterprise technology learning platform that delivers a unified, end-to-end learning experience for businesses across the globe. Through a subscription service, companies are empowered to move at the speed of technology, increasing proficiency, innovation and efficiency. Founded in 2004 and trusted by Fortune 500 companies, Pluralsight provides members with on-demand access to a digital ecosystem of learning tools, including adaptive skill tests, directed learning paths, expert-authored courses, interactive labs and live mentoring. For more information, visit pluralsight.com.

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    New York - September 20, 2017 - Coaching and culture builder Sayge, co-founded by CEO Jamie Bryan and Chief Coaching Officer Katie Stricker, announced its launch today. Designed to deliver "coaching for the rest of us," Sayge is headquartered in New York City and offers remote 1:1 coaching services to a global audience. Founded with the mission of transforming people's working lives by helping them to maximize their personal and professional potential, Sayge helps companies build employee-first cultures for happier, more engaged and more productive employees. "People demand more from their jobs today and companies recognize the need to respond to that," said Bryan. "Sayge strives to help companies adopt and execute on an employee-first mindset -- an approach that helps sets them apart in the war for talent. The companies we work with have already seen the positive impact that coaching has on employee engagement, productivity and retention -- and, ultimately, on their organization's bottom line." Sayge currently has 15 coaches who are working with more than 50 employees at eight companies, including Figliulo&Partners, Grace Blue and Tribal Worldwide. The company is developing its technology platform and has extended its services beyond the advertising and marketing industry as part of its continuing growth plans and ambition to coach more than 1,000 individuals in 2018. In addition to the belief that coaching should be accessible and affordable, the company understands that the right match between a coach and an individual coachee is critical and, as such, has developed a proprietary matching model to greatly increase the likelihood of success. "We said we wanted to create the best home for creative talent from the moment we opened our doors," said Judith Carr-Rodriguez, President and Founding Partner of Figliulo&Partners. "That's why we love Sayge -- it's a brand new way to keep investing in our people and our culture. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we are thrilled to be able to bring such an innovative solution to our people." Prior to co-founding Sayge, Bryan spent 13 years in leadership roles at some of the world's top agencies, including Ogilvy, DigitasLBi and Deep Focus. Over the course of his career, he has developed a passion for helping people grow and find fulfilment in their work. Stricker has worked across a range of industries, including entertainment, advertising, marketing and innovation over the last 15 years. Most recently, she coached company leaders, new managers and team members to implement new paths to success both professionally and personally. "We know that people increasingly value professional development, and that this is oftentimes more important to them than money," said Stricker. "Until now, coaching has been a premium benefit that has only been available to executives. Our goal with Sayge is to demystify and democratize coaching, and to make it a no brainer for every company to offer it to its employees at every level." About Sayge Sayge is a professional development and coaching company that's driven by the desire to help companies maximize their employees' personal and professional potential. We're demystifying and democratizing coaching -- making it easy for companies to give their employees ongoing access to their very own professional development coach. We believe that coaching should be accessible and affordable so that all of us (not just executives) can benefit from it. We know that the right client-coach match is especially critical, so we've built a proprietary matching engine and a deep bench of coaches to help us ensure the best possible match. Sayge's approach is designed around the people we work with, and we act as an extension of their teams. We know how important it is to prove the business impact and ROI of what we do, so we're uncommonly focused on providing detailed, robust reporting. To find out more, visit us at www.hellosayge.com.

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    San Francisco - September 20, 2017 - Praetorian Digital, Inc., the leading digital media company in the public safety and local government market, today announced it has acquired EVALS, the leader in tracking skills development and field training in fire departments and EMS organizations nationwide. EVALS will immediately be added to Praetorian’s online training portfolio, which includes the FireRescue1 Academy, PoliceOne Academy, EMS1 Academy, CorrectionsOne Academy and LocalGovU. The combination creates the first complete training management solution for public safety that combines online learning content, training workflow and training event management with skills development tracking. Departments and academies will be able to address the full spectrum of their training needs, from online course delivery and credential tracking to managing their field training with video accountability and mobile app-based forms and task books. EVALS will be immediately available to Praetorian’s online learning clients at a special rate through single sign-on (SSO) functionality, with further integration planned. EVALS customers will likewise have the option to add Praetorian content and LMS features. The acquisition also further enhances the depth of tools and services Praetorian offers first responders through its industry-leading news and information sites FireRescue1.com, EMS1.com, PoliceOne.com and CorrectionsOne.com – the top websites in the world for first responders, with more than 1.5 million members and 5 million online visitors per month. “Fire, EMS and Police departments nationwide have increasingly been requesting tools to manage and track their field training – a significant pain point that continues to be managed through paper-based solutions in many agencies. We are thrilled to expand our ability to meet their needs with the addition of EVALS to our platform,” said Alex Ford, CEO of Praetorian Digital. “Along with the EVALS team, we’re committed to delivering high-quality training tools and content that help departments and their personnel be fully prepared, better protect their communities, and come home safe.” Based in Sacramento, CA, EVALS was founded in 2013 by Captain Matt Cole of Sacramento Metro Fire to address the workflow and tracking challenges he was experiencing day-to-day delivering skills-based training at his department. He developed EVALS though a grassroots effort, bringing together many of the leading fire instructors in California and applying the latest concepts in software as a service (SaaS) and mobile technology. The result was a solution that enables instructors to set clear expectations, create supporting documentation, eliminate paper-based task books and more effectively measure performance in the field to maximize real-time training opportunities. Shortly after launch, EVALS was adopted by organizations outside of the fire service, including several in law enforcement, utilities, EMS and college education, who saw the benefit and the applicability of its features. “There is a huge skills gap that needs to be bridged in our country. Nowhere is this more critical than in public safety,” said Matt Cole, Co-Founder of EVALS. “By merging EVALS with the quality content and training management tools within Praetorian’s online training and media platforms, we’ll be able to provide a very unique training solution and take ‘Plan/Do/Reflect’ learning to the next level across multiple industries.” To learn more about the combined solution, please visit FireRescue1 Academy.com. About Praetorian Digital Praetorian Digital is the leading digital media company in the public safety and local government market, with a suite of properties dedicated to the distribution of trusted information that helps first responders and government officials better protect and serve their communities. We run a robust network of media sites dedicated to providing up to date news, analysis and training information, including PoliceOne.com, FireRescue1.com, EMS1.com, CorrectionsOne.com and EfficientGov.com. Praetorian Digital also has a thriving Online Learning division, which provides critical training to departments, agencies and other organizations via PoliceOneAcademy.com, FireRescue1Academy.com, EMS1Academy.com, CorrectionsOneAcademy.com and LocalGovU.com, with more Academies in the works for 2017 and beyond. Praetorian also operates a Grant Services division that works closely with departments and companies in the public safety and local government markets. To date, the division has assisted in more than $100 million in secured grant funding for departments. For more information on Praetorian Digital, visit www.praetoriandigital.com. About EVALS Founded in 2013, EVALS was developed out of necessity within the fire service when firefighter Matt Cole paired up with a longtime family friend, software developer Jake Toolson, to help develop a smarter training tool. They started with the idea that there is a better way to administer training in a more transparent and consistent fashion and built the EVALS software into a dynamic skills based Learning Management System. EVALS now works with hundreds of fire, EMS and police as well as public utilities. For more information on EVALS, visit www.EVALS.net

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    Reston, VA - September 19, 2017 - Meridian Knowledge Solutions, a leading learning management system (LMS) provider, and BizLibrary, a leading provider of online employee training solutions, today announce a new partnership. “Meridian’s partnership with BizLibrary allows us to provide Meridian LMS clients with highly-engaging learning experiences designed to the faster learning styles and preferences of the modern learner.” says Jonna Ward, CEO and President of Meridian Knowledge Solutions. BizLibrary’s award-winning, online video training library of over 7000 micro-video lessons covers topics important to businesses like HR compliance and business skills to workplace safety and software. “We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with Meridian and extend the reach of our award-winning content library,” says Dean Pichee, CEO of BizLibrary. “Our diverse library of short, video-based lessons covers the most important topics facing businesses today and is a key component in driving measurable business results.” About Meridian Knowledge Solutions:Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC, is the leading provider of enterprise, web-based learning management software. Meridian’s powerful yet easy-to-use solutions are leveraged by organizations dedicated to building world-class learning enterprises inspired and focused on delivering exceptional results. With over 7-million users worldwide, Meridian offers a flexible, best-of-breed learning management system that gives organizations and users alike a seamless, integrated experience, all while strengthening the bottom line. The company is headquartered in Reston, VA. For additional information about Meridian, visit www.MeridianKS.com. About BizLibrary: BizLibrary is a leading provider of online employee training solutions. The award-winning online training library contains over 7,000 micro-video lessons, video courses, interactive videos, and eLearning courses covering a wide variety of topic areas and includes additional support materials to further increase learning retention. BizLibrary’s learning technology platform is powerful and easy to use. All of its online training solutions are mobile-ready, allowing learners unlimited access to training content on any device, anytime and anywhere for true just-in-time learning. Engage your employees and drive business results by improving the way your employees learn with BizLibrary. Learn more about BizLibrary at www.bizlibrary.com.

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