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    CHICAGO, IL (December, 2013) – MicroTek, a leader in the delivery of training room rentals and customized training solutions, will make many holiday wishes come true this holiday season by participating in the post office’s “Letters to Santa” program. The company is incorporating the activity into their holiday party, which will be held on Friday, December 13th. MicroTek CEO, Don Slivensky, has taken part in the program over the past several years. “It’s heartbreaking to read the letters. When most children are asking for video games for Christmas, these kids are asking for clothes and shoes. It makes you realize how fortunate you are,” said Slivensky. To try and reach even more families, he decided to invite his employees to share in the experience with him. The holiday planning committee helped get everyone onboard, and since the announcement, 100 percent of corporate employees have signed-up to participate. “I am thrilled that we are going to be able to help so many more families this year and can’t thank my employees enough for their generosity,” said Slivensky.   On Thursday, December 5th, employees selected their children from a pile of letters that had been selected the day before. Everyone received $100 and will have a half day off to go buy gifts. During the holiday party, the MicroTek “elves” will wrap and ship their gifts to over 40 needy families. “Even though we won’t have as many frills this year, I know that this is going to be the greatest holiday party we have ever had!” said Slivensky. “I truly hope that by sharing our story, other companies will be inspired to incorporate charity events into their holiday events.” The United States Postal Service officially started the “Letters to Santa” program in 1912 when Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized postal employees and citizens to respond to letters that were addressed to Santa Claus. Since then, members of the public, charitable organizations and corporations have helped send millions of gifts to underprivileged families. To watch a video about this story, click here.  About MicroTek Since 1991, MicroTek has been committed to the customized delivery of high-quality and affordable training rollout and meeting planning solutions. As the industry's leading single-source facilities and logistics provider, we have helped train more than one million students in over 800 locations. By owning and operating 12 facilities throughout North America and having access to a network of 3,000 sites worldwide, we have the resources to host over 35,000 classroom days per year. With strategic partnerships in every sect of the training industry, MicroTek can also offer a variety of advanced services including courseware management, remote user access and on-site technology assistance. Our mission is to help clients orchestrate and successfully execute any sized training event, anywhere in the world. For additional information about MicroTek, please visit our website at www.mclabs.com or contact a member of our team at 630.719.0211.

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    CHICAGO, IL (November, 2013) – MicroTek is excited to announce that it will be an exhibitor sponsor of salesforce.com’s Dreamforce 2013 conference (www.dreamforce.com). The conference will be held November 18-21, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As the training industry's leading single-source facilities and logistics provider, MicroTek has been delivering salesforce.com courses for the past 10 years. By owning and operating 12 classroom facilities throughout North America and having access to a network of 3,000 additional sites worldwide, MicroTek has the resources to execute any type of salesforce.com training event, anywhere in the world.  “One of the steps of implementing Salesforce software throughout an organization involves initiating a company-wide training rollout. Depending on the size of your workforce, that can involve training hundreds of employees in multiple locations. Between booking training facilities and coordinating schedules, this can quickly turn into an overwhelming task,” said Kevin Hughes, director of sales and marketing, MicroTek. “That’s where we come in. MicroTek has the resources to successfully orchestrate every part of your training event, from start to finish.” Dreamforce 2013 is the world’s largest vendor technology conference, welcoming more than 120,000 registered attendees to experience the power of social and mobile cloud computing and connect with their customers in a whole new way. With more than 1,000 sessions and 350 cloud companies in the expo, attendees can participate in interactive sessions, hands-on training with cutting-edge technology, thousands of live demos and unparalleled networking. In addition, Dreamforce welcomes special guests Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg and Deepak Chopra. Dreamforce 2013 offers attendees everything they need to accelerate their customer company transformation in four days, under one roof. “Businesses around the world are turning to social and mobile cloud technologies to connect with their customers in entirely new ways,” said Doug Bewsher, chief marketing officer, salesforce.com. “Dreamforce attendees will experience firsthand how working with salesforce.com and partners like MicroTek can accelerate their transformation into customer companies.” Additional Information Register for Dreamforce: www.dreamforce.com Become a fan of Dreamforce on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dreamforce Follow @Dreamforce on Twitter: www.twitter.com/dreamforce About MicroTek Since 1991, MicroTek has been committed to the customized delivery of high-quality and affordable training rollout and meeting planning solutions. As the industry's leading single-source facilities and logistics provider, we have helped train more than one million students in over 800 locations. By owning and operating 12 facilities throughout North America and having access to a network of 3,000 sites worldwide, we have the resources to host over 35,000 classroom days per year. With strategic partnerships in every sect of the training industry, MicroTek can also offer a variety of advanced services including courseware management, remote user access and on-site technology assistance. Our mission is to help clients orchestrate and successfully execute any sized training event, anywhere in the world. For additional information about MicroTek, please visit our website at www.mclabs.com or contact a member of our team at 630.719.0211.

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    CHICAGO, IL (May, 2013) - TrainingIndustry.com recently announced the Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies of 2013 and MicroTek, a leader in the delivery of customized training solutions, is pleased to announce that they have been named to the list for the fifth year running! The Top 20 list recognizes the leading training outsourcing companies for their high quality services and comprehensive capabilities. All have demonstrated experience managing major BPO engagements, and they use their influence and expertise to advance the training industry."Once again, we are excited and humbled that Training Industry, Inc. included us on their list for the fifth year in a row. To be named among so many other prestigious companies is truly an honor," said Don Silvensky, CEO, MicroTek. "We always strive to meet the needs of our clients, and as our company continues to grow, we look forward to launching new and innovative services in the future." Selection to this year's Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies list was based on the following criteria: Industry visibility, innovation and impact Capability to deliver multiple types of training services Company size and growth potential Strength of clients Geographic reach "This year's Top 20 represents a top tier of training providers," said Doug Harward, Chief Executive Officer, TrainingIndustry.com. "These companies leverage their expertise and experience to not only better serve their clients, but to also further the training industry." ABOUT MICROTEK Since 1991, MicroTek has been committed to the customized delivery of high-quality and affordable training rollout and meeting planning solutions. As the industry's leading single-source facilities and logistics provider, we have helped train more than one million students in over 800 locations. By owning and operating 13 facilities throughout North America and having access to a network of 3,000 sites worldwide, we have the resources to host over 35,000 classroom days per year. With strategic partnerships in every sect of the training industry, MicroTek can also offer a variety of advanced services including courseware management, remote user access and on-site technology assistance. Our mission is to help clients orchestrate and successfully execute any sized training event, anywhere in the world. For additional information about MicroTek, please visit our website at www.mclabs.com or contact a member of our team at 630.719.0211.

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    CHICAGO, IL (March, 2013) - MicroTek, a leader in the delivery of training room rentals and customized training solutions, will be hosting a series of open houses this month to showcase its newly renovated classroom facilities in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia. The "March Madness" themed events will take place on Tuesday, March 19, and Wednesday, March 20, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Along with happy hour refreshments, guests will enjoy guided tours of the facilities, which include state-of-the-art classrooms, spacious café areas and student work stations. "Needless to say, we are extremely excited to introduce our new training centers to the business community in Washington, DC. With an expanded floor plan and an all new gigabit infrastructure, these locations will offer everything that our customers need to have an exceptional training experience," said Mark Clausen, MicroTek president. During the open house, the facilities' technical team will also be giving live demonstrations of MicroTek's "remote user access" feature, a function that allows students to virtually connect into a classroom from any location. "We want to bring our customers more training delivery options than ever before. By implementing remote user access features in all of our classrooms, we are accomplishing that." Both facilities, which are now open, boast a full-time hospitality staff, an around-the-clock technical support person, state-of-the-art computer labs and a full-range of guest amenities. "To see the project successfully completed gives me an enormous sense of pride. I hope everyone likes the facilities as much as we do," said Clausen. Everyone who attends the open house will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win three free classroom training days along with other great prizes. For more detailed information, please visit www.mclabs.com. ABOUT MICROTEK Since 1991, MicroTek has been committed to the customized delivery of high-quality and affordable training rollout and meeting planning solutions. As the industry's leading single-source facilities and logistics provider, we have helped train more than one million students in over 800 locations. By owning and operating 13 facilities throughout North America and having access to a network of 3,000 sites worldwide, we have the resources to host over 35,000 classroom days per year. With strategic partnerships in every sect of the training industry, MicroTek can also offer a variety of advanced services including courseware management, remote user access and on-site technology assistance. Our mission is to help clients orchestrate and successfully execute any sized training event, anywhere in the world. For additional information about MicroTek, please visit our website at www.mclabs.com or contact a member of our team at 630.719.0211.

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    Sylvania, Ohio, Feb. 28, 2014 – Root Inc., the strategy execution consulting company, today announced the availability of Root Compass® 2.0, the latest version of its manager development program. New developments include a greater focus on storytelling to effectively engage participants; enhanced visualization and data presentation; more rigorous action planning for greater post-training success; and a significantly enhanced overall look and feel. Managers have one of the toughest and most important roles in any organization. They must understand organizational goals/priorities and the strategy to achieve them; identify how their department fits into the overall picture; and coach, motivate, and inspire each team member to deliver on the strategy. Given those complexities, it’s critical to invest in their development.  Root Compass is solely focused on equipping managers with the right mindset and foundation for success in this difficult yet critical role – subsequently helping organizations build a network of very strong managers that are capable of driving successful teams and delivering on company strategy.  “The Root Compass program had the most remarkable participant feedback scores I’ve seen for any program in my 15 years of organizational development,” said Joe Marques, manager of organizational development and learning at University Hospitals. “The approach used – which was highly engaging and interactive, enabling our leaders to share their experiences and perspectives and learn from each other – was as important as the content. Months after going through the program, I continue to receive comments from leaders on the impact the experience had on them and their teams. We are excited to bring Root Compass to the rest of our organization.” Many organizations are shifting their attention and their training dollars to strengthen their managers.  Recent research conducted by the Kelton Group and sponsored by Root reveals that 70 percent of organizations cite growing manager skills among the top three business priorities for 2014, and it is a top priority for HR and training.    “Managers truly are the linchpins in every organization, and increasingly organizations are recognizing that and investing in their development,” said Alison Lazenby, Director of Manager Development and Root Compass at Root Inc. “Root Compass is designed to give managers the skills, tools, and knowledge to lead their teams to breakthrough results. The program focuses on real-world experiences, encourages peer-sharing, and has a very practical bias so that when managers leave, they have the confidence and conviction to put their new insights and skills into action immediately.” Root Compass 2.0 and Upgrades The Root Compass manager development program couples the importance of engaging and inspiring people with a set of core skills to deliver results through their teams. Content delivery is compelling, practical, and action-oriented. It uses a variety of solutions including Strategic Learning Map® modules, games, storytelling, videos, assessments, visual exercises, building blocks, role-playing, and journaling to keep the process fun and effective, delivering greater retention and practical application. It is designed for both new and seasoned managers, and focuses on connecting employees to the business strategy through better management.  The program begins with a brand-new 60-minute Strategic Learning Map module, the Manager’s Canyon, which sets important context and helps managers understand the impact they have on their teams and the business. Managers are introduced to three new Root Compass characters, who each struggle with different aspects of the job. The characters give managers permission to be truthful with themselves and other managers at the session, which drives conversations that are more authentic and insightful – ultimately evoking a stronger willingness to commit to change.  The Root Compass Framework then guides participants through the following components:  Know My Role – identify and embrace the role as a manager in the organization Know My Business – understand and articulate the company strategy Connect My Team – develop skills to connect the individual team members with the company’s purpose and strategy  Deliver Results – practice new competencies and create detailed action plans to deliver results through their team Additional new features include updated research data to aid comprehension and impact, extra content on methods for better delegation, expanded action-planning activities, and an updated look and feel with new imagery to knit the program together. Results and Feedback from Root Compass Participants The Root Compass program has already netted significant results for organizations. Here is a snapshot of results garnered after one company implemented the training and their managers put the learnings into play: Manager effectiveness increased 8 percent. Employee engagement improved by 9 percent. Customer loyalty index increased 10 percent. Turnover decreased 35 percent. Anecdotal feedback from course participants include: “Best and most practical training I have done at any company I’ve worked for.” “It was ‘clarifying’ and reminds us what we often forget to do: take care of our staff, not just our numbers.” “This course will help me build a stronger team and make me a stronger manager.” About Root Inc. Root is a strategy execution company that helps organizations engage their people as the catalyst and driver for change. Root does this by connecting people with complex strategies using creative and visual methods, transformative insights, and consulting know-how on strategy deployment and sustainment. With more than 20 years of capabilities developed from partnering with the world’s largest businesses, Root has created a proven framework that consistently achieves clarity, ownership, and results. Based in Sylvania, Ohio, Root has been recognized as a Great Place to Work for eight consecutive years. 

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    Wokingham, U.K., March 3, 2014 - Global Knowledge, the world's leading IT and business training provider was recently named winner of an IBM Choice Award for Global Training Provider of the Year. The IBM's Choice Awards recognize a select number of IBM Business Partners who exhibit IBM values in all client interactions and achieve common business goals and mutually significant business impact. The Choice Awards are given to business partners across a range of categories, recognizing their working relationships with clients and demonstrated skills in selling IBM solutions. "We'd like to congratulate Global Knowledge for being awarded a 2014 IBM Choice Award as Global Training Provider of the Year. Their industry expertise, demonstrated skills in selling IBM Training solutions and dedication to helping their clients achieve higher value does not go unnoticed," said Marc Dupaquier, general manager, IBM Global Business Partners. "We look forward to continuing to work with Global Knowledge to achieve common business goals with our combined training solutions and capabilities." "Earning the very first IBM Choice Award for Global Training Provider of the Year award is an outstanding honor," said Brian K. Branson, Global Knowledge president and CEO. "We strive to provide our customers with the best training experience and have been refining and enhancing our services, systems and support since 1995. This foundation and commitment to exceeding customer expectations, coupled with our agility to continually support advancing learning technologies and techniques, enabled us to deliver on our global commitment to IBM and its clients." Global Knowledge delivers comprehensive IBM Training worldwide, with courses that can be tailored to the specific needs of a team or organisation. The IBM Global Training Provider programme is a key component of IBM's Global Skills Initiative, which aims to provide clients with faster and greater return on investment by accelerating solutions deployment. Michael Fox, SVP, Enterprise Solutions for Global Knowledge, added, "Engaging a Business Partner like Global Knowledge, with nearly 20 years of expertise in delivering high-quality skills and certification programmes for clients around the world, enables IBM to focus on their core strengths of technology services and solutions while leveraging a Business Partner for industry- leading education solutions. IBM's clients will enjoy consistently unmatched training experiences through Global Knowledge. We are excited and honored to have so quickly achieved this recognition, and we look forward to our continued acceleration of IBM's clients' skills and successes." About Global Knowledge Global Knowledge is the worldwide leader in IT and business skills training. We deliver via training centers, private facilities, and the Internet, enabling our customers to choose when, where, and how they want to receive training programs and learning services. Our more than 1,500 courses span foundational and specialized training and certifications. Our core training is focused on Cisco, Microsoft, Avaya, VMware, Red Hat, business process improvement, and leadership development, and our IT courses include networking, programming, operating systems, security, and telephony. Our business skills courses feature project management, ITIL, people management, and business analysis. Founded in 1995, Global Knowledge employs more than 1,300 people worldwide and is headquartered in Cary, N.C. Canadian headquarters are in Toronto and EMEA headquarters are in London. The company is owned by New York-based investment firm MidOcean Partners.

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    Nashville, TN, March 3, 2014 – Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s global leader in building, enhancing and delivering e-learning content, today announced that it has acquired the assets of CourseSmart, a leading provider of digital textbooks in the higher education market. “We are pleased to make another investment in higher education and technology with the acquisition of CourseSmart,” said John Ingram, Chairman and CEO, Ingram Content Group. “By integrating the strengths of CourseSmart with Vital Source, we are creating an extensive global sales channel for publishers and bringing the best in digital learning technology and accessibility to the higher education community. We are strengthening our services in the higher education market and reinforcing our commitment to helping publishers, institutions, educators and students navigate the evolving landscape of digital learning and succeed by providing them with content in any format.” CourseSmart’s strengths in inventory, instructor sampling and analytics will be integrated with Vital Source’s reader platform and global, scalable distribution network. By combining the two organizations, Vital Source will offer the world’s largest digital content catalog and provide better digital content solutions for the higher education community.  "CourseSmart was founded by member publishers to improve the distribution of digital learning materials in higher education,” said Will Ethridge, Chairman of CourseSmart. “Since its founding, CourseSmart's innovative services have led the company to become a leading higher education platform for institutions, professors and students to discover, adopt and purchase course materials. By becoming one company, CourseSmart and Vital Source will be able to further accelerate the adoption of digital learning materials to these audiences, while providing more effective distribution and customer relationships for authors and publishers as well." CourseSmart was founded in 2007 by Macmillan, Cengage Learning, John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill Education and Pearson with a simple goal of providing instructors a better textbook evaluation service. The company has since expanded to become a leader in providing digital learning content to the higher education community. CourseSmart has millions of users around the world and offers access to over 90 percent of core higher education titles as e-textbooks along with the largest catalog of e-resources and digital course materials. “We have worked with Vital Source and CourseSmart, and both companies have added value to our digital learning environment, supporting our unique, competency-based learning model,” said Dr. Robert Mendenhall, President, Western Governors University. “We are encouraged by Ingram’s increased investment in higher education, and we expect the combination of CourseSmart and Vital Source to expand the availability and distribution of digital course materials and curriculums to institutions.” The company will offer a best-in-class digital content platform and will be committed to pioneering new technologies in areas like accessibility and analytics. It will provide more options for institutions, more inventory for faculty and course designers, and greater scalability for content creators and resellers. “We have tremendous respect for the work Sean Devine has done in leading CourseSmart,” said Shawn Morin, Chief Operating Officer, Ingram Content Group. “We are pleased that he has agreed to help us shepherd the transition process.” Customers of both CourseSmart and Vital Source will not experience any immediate changes to their service. All products and services will be maintained and supported until the full system integration occurs. Vital Source is the largest, most accessible digital content channel in the world. The VitalSource Bookshelf platform is the most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education with more than 4 million users across 6,000 campuses around the world. It uses the latest technology to enhance the learning experience through e-textbooks and digital education. Content from more than 500 of the world’s top academic publishers is available to VitalSource Bookshelf platform users, including those living with disabilities, on a variety of operating systems and devices. For more information about Vital Source Technologies, visit www.vitalsource.com. About Ingram Content GroupIngram Content Group Inc. is a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. Ingram provides books, music and media content to over 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 220 countries and territories. More than 30,000 publishers use Ingram’s fully integrated physical and digital distribution, logistics, and manufacturing solutions to access global consumer demand, and realize the full business potential of book content. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, Coutts Information Services, and ICG Ventures Inc. For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com About CourseSmartCourseSmart is a leading digital content services company and the only provider of digital course materials able to combine curriculum, content and delivery into a single solution. Founded in 2007, the San Mateo, Calif.–based company provides services to four business segments: online direct retail for students; indirect distribution of course materials to students through bookstores; online faculty textbook evaluation services; and institutional solutions for faculty and students that are integrated within campus technology ecosystems. CourseSmart improves the educational experience by offering all users, including those with print–related disabilities, anytime, anywhere access to the course content they need. With more than 90% of the same core titles offered by major print publishers, the company's eTextbooks can be purchased for up to 60% less than the cost of new print textbooks. 

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    Cary, NC, March 4, 2014 - Training Industry, Inc. is scheduled to hold its 2014 Training Industry Conference & Expo (TICE) at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC from May 19-21. TICE’s theme is partnering for performance, and the agenda provides multiple networking opportunities and informative learning sessions where training decision-makers can walk away with new partnerships and strategies to improve organizational performance. Workshop sessions provide actionable solutions that can be applied immediately to an organization’s learning initiatives. In addition, conference’s size is strategically set to provide a real networking experience where industry experts, training executives and world-class speakers can connect to discuss organizational training solutions. The action-packed agenda consists of quality speakers who are presenting on the following topics: Partnerships Trends Technologies Alignment & Measurement Strategy Leadership “This conference is always my favorite yearly event,” said an attendee from the Chrysler Academy, at last year’s conference. “Great networking, themes and topics. It was the best conference from start to finish.” Register to connect, share and improve your performance by visiting www.TICE2014.com About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is on helping dedicated business and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Cary, NC – Feb. 27, 2014 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Top 20 Sales 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 2014 Top 20 Sales Training Companies Selection to this year's Top 20 Sales Training Companies List was based on the following criteria: Industry recognition and impact on the sales training industry Innovation in the sales training market Company size and growth potential Breadth of service offering Strength of clients served Geographic reach “The Sales Training segment of the market continues to show strong growth and the introduction of new services, allowing companies to improve the impact of their sales organization with significant choice,” said Doug Harward, Chief Executive Officer, Training Industry, Inc. “Continued strength in this segment reflects both the level of innovation, and the introduction of new delivery and media types into the offerings of the top companies. We continue to believe that Sales Training is the segment leading the way in the areas of gamification and sustainability of the learning,” said Ken Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Training Industry, Inc. Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com.  View the 2014 Top 20 Sales Training Companies About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is on helping dedicated business and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Cary, NC – Feb. 27, 2014 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Top 20 Sales 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 2014 Top 20 Sales Training Companies Selection to this year's Top 20 Sales Training Companies List was based on the following criteria: Industry recognition and impact on the sales training industry Innovation in the sales training market Company size and growth potential Breadth of service offering Strength of clients served Geographic reach “The Sales Training segment of the market continues to show strong growth and the introduction of new services, allowing companies to improve the impact of their sales organization with significant choice,” said Doug Harward, Chief Executive Officer, Training Industry, Inc. “Continued strength in this segment reflects both the level of innovation, and the introduction of new delivery and media types into the offerings of the top companies. We continue to believe that Sales Training is the segment leading the way in the areas of gamification and sustainability of the learning,” said Ken Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Training Industry, Inc. Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com.  View the 2014 Top 20 Sales Training Companies About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is on helping dedicated business and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    Virginia Beach, VA, March 5, 2014 — DuPont Sustainable Solutions has released a new hazardous materials training program, Sulfuric Acid: Safe Handling, to help employees work safely with and around sulfuric acid.   The program discusses the physical properties of sulfuric acid as an oxidizer and corrosive, including appearance, grades, behaviors and reactive properties. The program identifies the personal protective equipment (PPE) employees must wear while working with sulfuric acid and lists PPE inspection and maintenance guidelines. Employees receive guidance on what to do before working with sulfuric acid and what first aid steps to take in the event of exposure. Sulfuric Acid: Safe Handling also cites safety precautions for working with storage tanks, pumps, and piping; describes how to manage spills and leaks; and explains how to unload sulfuric acid from tank trucks and rail cars. Sulfuric acid is a common component of many everyday products, but it also is a hazardous substance. Many employees encounter sulfuric acid on a daily basis and this program will help them understand how to work safely around it. This course is available as a DVD, streaming video and coming soon as an interactive, customizable online training course.   About DuPont DuPont Sustainable Solutions is a learning provider that empowers organizations to transform business results through the development of a safe, efficient, and capable workforce. Our experts will collaborate with you to understand your unique development needs and define key learning objectives. Then we’ll put our world-class production capabilities to work to create a tailored training solution designed to develop employee skills and align with your business goals. Let DuPont help you accelerate employee skills development and transform business performance through our real-world experience.

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    Totara Learning Solutions, a leader in a custom distribution of Moodle LMS for enterprises, has announced a strategic partnership with Fábrica de Cursos in Latin America. Fábrica de Cursos is a leading provider of education solution in Brazil, with offices in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; the company has more than 16 years of experience in the learning and courseware development business, and is aiming to grow the business and enhance their product offering. “Fábrica de Cursos belives that Brazil is growing fast and training of employees is increasingly under responsibility of corporations, and this partnership will push to deliver premium services to its corporate clients, and help them achieve their goals," said Sylvia Meireles, CEO & Founder of Fábrica de Cursos.  “Fábrica de Cursos strives to partner with global companies that can help us deliver the most innovative and creative solutions needed to solve our clients' biggest challenges, and Totara is definitely the best solution for management education in an integrated delivery for corporations.” About Totara Totara Learning Solutions, backed by Kineo, Kineo Pacific and Catalyst IT, is a global alliance dedicated to fundamentally changing the nature of the LMS software market.  Totara is a packaged distribution of the open source platform, Moodle, and is available on a subscription basis which provides on-going support and enhancements. Totara can reduce a corporate enterprise's learning management costs significantly whilst providing some of the most advanced learning management functionality. From a simple concept; that open source software has many advantages over proprietary or in-house development, comes a big vision; to transform corporate learning. Totara is delivering this vision though; • Driving down costs with zero license fees • Delivering peace of mind with commercial support • Offering a collaborative model of innovation • Making customization easy • Ensuring freedom from vendor lock-in  More than 150 organizations have already selected Totara LMS. These include large corporations with over 200,000 employees to small enterprises with less than 500 users. Totara LMS clients come from a variety of sectors, including finance, retail, energy, health, government and the not-for-profit sector.

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    Cary, NC – March 6, 2014 – TrainingIndustry.com has announced its Sales Training Companies Watch List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2014 Sales Training Companies Watch List Selection to this year's Sales Training Companies Watch List was based on the following criteria: Industry recognition and impact on the sales training industry Innovation in the sales training market Company size and growth potential Breadth of service offering Strength of clients served Geographic reach “In one of our most competitive segments of the market, these companies should be considered when making a Sales Training sourcing decision,” said Doug Harward, Chief Executive Officer, Training Industry, Inc. “This year’s Watch List showcases several companies making a strong push to be considered as key players in the evolution of the corporate sale training market,” said Ken Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Training Industry, Inc. Please provide any thoughts or feedback on this list by emailing info@trainingindustry.com.  View the 2014 Sales Training Companies Watch List About Training Industry, Inc. TrainingIndustry.com spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry. Our focus is on helping dedicated business and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    LARKSPUR, Calif. – March 5, 2014 – Corporate Visions, Inc., the leading marketing and sales messaging, tools and training company, today announced the next step in its global expansion plans with the addition of Eric Liao as managing director of the Asia-Pacific region and a new office in Shanghai, China. This expansion adds to the company’s existing presence in Hong Kong and partner offices in Japan and Australia. Eric Liao will lead the new Shanghai office and oversee the company’s international business development initiatives in the region. He brings 15 years of experience in skills training, content and course development, technical marketing and sales leadership. Liao has created and implemented successful sales management courses for Fortune 500 businesses, regional distributors and small enterprises. “Corporate Visions has delivered several messaging and training events in China and the Asia-Pacific region, and most of its programs are already translated into Mandarin,” said Liao. “I look forward to helping our global clients proactively expand their work into this region, as well as purposefully engaging the major companies whose headquarters are already here.” In 2013, Corporate Visions reported that its growth outside North America has been one of the fastest growing segments of its business and will continue to be a high growth opportunity into the foreseeable future. The China expansion comes after several other global expansions in the EMEA region in 2012 and 2013. Corporate Visions added offices in the U.K. and Austria to provide expanded local representation in the EMEA region, and the company has existing representation in Germany and Italy. “Our core approach and solutions are proven to be transportable across the globe. Corporate Visions messages, tools and skills are founded on proven buyer decision-making research, including brain science and behavioral economics,” said Corporate Visions CEO Joe Terry. “This transcends markets since each region and culture may not share the same selling practices, but the brain universally functions the same way.” Terry added: “Many of our existing global customers have operations in the Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions, so this makes expanding our presence with a local office in China the next logical step in our global strategy to continue to meet the needs of our customers, wherever they may be.” About Corporate Visions, Inc. Corporate Visions is a leading marketing and sales messaging, tools, and skills company that helps global B2B companies create more sales opportunities, win more deals and increase sales profitability by improving the conversations salespeople have with customers. Companies engage Corporate Visions to help in three key areas: Developing compelling messages to break the status quo, differentiating their solution, justifying a purchase decision and protecting margins; Deploying that message through tools and visual stories to enable salespeople to engage multiple decision-makers across the buying cycle; and Delivering sales skills training that helps salespeople confidently use these messages and tools to create, elevate and capture more value in their customer conversations. Corporate Visions helps clients such as ADP, Motorola, Philips, UPS, Cisco and others align marketing and sales with a repeatable approach for developing and delivering winning customer conversations. 

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    Orlando, Fl, March 11, 2014 — Totara LMS representatives are scheduled to help explore the current state of learning management systems at the Learning Solutions 2014 Conference in Orlando, Florida on March 19-20. The event is for training and learning professionals focused on the design, development, management, distribution of technology-based learning, performance support, and blended solutions. The Learning Solutions Conference features more than 100 sessions covering eLearning best practices, case studies, and emerging trends to help create more engaging and effective learning experiences. Co-located with Learning Solutions 2014, Ecosystem 2014 is focused exclusively on learning infrastructure systems and strategies and is designed for professionals who are responsible for managing learning and development and optimizing investments in employee development across their organization. The Learning Solutions Conference & Expo is an essential resource for thousands of eLearning practitioners who want to expand their skills and knowledge in content creation. The 2014 Edition will continue this track record and enhance the program offerings in the areas of most rapid change: mobile technology, the use of social media and new developments in standards. At the Ecosystem conference, Totara LMS will be involved in two sessions, the first one focuses on “Exploring the Current and Future of the Learning Management System,” with Jonathan Newman Vice President of Product Solutions as a Panelist. The panel explores the current state of the LMS and how this important technology is evolving to accommodate the expanding needs of organizations. Additionally, the panel responds to current questions such as: “Do we base this challenge upon limitations of the LMS technology?” And, “Are organizations not using the existing tools to their full capabilities?” The second session will be hosted by Willem Boom, Vice President Partner Solutions for Totara LMS and Jonathan Newman, Vice President of Product Solutions for Totara LMS.  This session gives an overview of successful implementations of open-source LMS solutions in corporations. Participants will hear about actual scenarios that help illustrate how to overcome any questions regarding open-source LMS offerings and how to implement them in an organization. They will examine key considerations in selecting and implementing an open-source LMS solution and learn how open-source functionality compares with that of proprietary solutions. About Totara Totara Learning Solutions, backed by Kineo, Kineo Pacific and Catalyst IT, is a global alliance dedicated to fundamentally changing the nature of the LMS software market.  Totara is a packaged distribution of the open source platform, Moodle, and is available on a subscription basis which provides on-going support and enhancements. Totara can reduce a corporate enterprise's learning management costs significantly whilst providing some of the most advanced learning management functionality. Some organisations have made savings of over 80% compared to proprietary systems. From a simple concept; that open source software, developed with an active community, can deliver real benefits in learning and development for corporate organizations, comes a big vision; to transform corporate learning. Totara is delivering this vision though; Driving down costs with zero license fees Delivering peace of mind with commercial support Collaborative model of innovation Making customisation easy Ensuring freedom from vendor lock in Totara users come from a wide variety of sectors, including finance, retail, energy, health, government and not-for-profit organizations. Customers range from small enterprises to large multi-national corporations with over 200,000 employees - a testament to Totara's robust versatility and scalability. Organizations throughout the world have chosen Totara as their eLearning platform.

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    Milford, Ohio, March 11, 2014 — Marshall Goldsmith and Bluepoint Leadership Development have formed an exclusive partnership to design and deliver high-impact leadership development workshops.  Drawn from a powerful combination of Marshall Goldsmith’s extraordinary approaches to leadership and coaching education and Bluepoint’s unparalleled curriculum design and workshop facilitation expertise, these workshops will challenge participants to abandon their outdated ideas on leadership and learn potent new practices that they can immediately use to inspire their teams and organizations to dramatically higher levels of performance. “Equipping the leader of the future is a very important topic for today’s organizations and I am thrilled to be partnering with an organization of Bluepoint’s stature in this endeavor,” said Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. “Bluepoint is well known for their demanding, highly-experiential workshops…I think this is a perfect fit.” The first project of this partnership will involve a two-day, open enrollment leadership workshop titled, “Breakout! Becoming the Leader of the Future Today which will be presented throughout 2014 in the following major North American cities: New York, Atlanta, Vancouver, Chicago, San Francisco and Phoenix”. “We are greatly honored to have been selected by Marshall to co-create a new genre of powerful, future-oriented leadership development programs,” Bluepoint President Gregg Thompson said. “These programs will provide managers from all sizes of organizations the opportunity to participate in very special, highly-experiential educational events that will prepare them for the challenges facing the next generation of leaders.” About Marshall Goldsmith Marshall Goldsmith was recognized as one of the top ten Most Influential Business Thinkers in the World and the top-ranked executive coach at the 2013 bi-annual Thinkers50 ceremony in London. He is a New York Times best-selling author having sold over two million books which have been translated into 30 languages and became bestsellers in 12 countries.  Dr. Goldsmith’s bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There is a Wall Street Journal #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. He has received numerous global professional acknowledgments and his work has been recognized by nearly every professional organization in his field. Dr. Goldsmith’s Ph.D. is from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. About Bluepoint Leadership Development Bluepoint has significantly advanced the art and science of leadership development through its demanding, highly-experiential workshops and intense coaching programs. Bluepoint-trained leaders have a distinct competitive advantage. They are highly-skilled coaches, communicators and innovators who see every conversation, every team meeting and every presentation as an opportunity to create extraordinary alignment, engagement and commitment. Bluepoint receives consistently high marks from individual leaders, small companies and large organizations, including some of the most respected companies in the world like American Express, Qualcomm, New York Life, Konica Minolta and Mayo Clinic. Bluepoint’s leadership programs set the gold standard in the industry today and have earned top accolades from Leadership Excellence Magazine, Bersin & Associates Learning Leaders, and TrainingIndustry.com.

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    WALTHAM, Mass. — March 12, 2014 — Brainshark, Inc., the leader in cloud-based business presentations, today announced it has launched Brainshark for Salesforce Work.com on Salesforce1 AppExchange, the world’s leading business apps marketplace. By integrating Brainshark with Work.com, salesforce.com’s sales performance management solution, companies can help their sales teams get trained faster and more effectively, engage better with prospects and monitor results in real-time – resulting in smarter follow-up, shorter sales cycles and improved sales performance. Built on the Salesforce1 Customer Platform – the new social, mobile and cloud customer platform designed to transform sales, service and marketing apps. “Companies are looking to transform the way they connect with customers, partners and employees to thrive in today’s connected world,” said Ron Huddleston, senior vice president, ISV & Channel, salesforce.com. “By leveraging the power of the Salesforce1 Customer Platform, Brainshark provides customers with the proven social, mobile and connected cloud technologies to accelerate business success.” Brainshark for Work.com Key Features Brainshark integrates with Work.com through the Salesforce Chatter profile. Once logged in, sales reps can, from a single screen: See what they need to learn. The course catalog is prominently featured and customized for each rep. It shows which Brainshark video-based courses they need to take, helping to streamline and accelerate onboarding. With Brainshark’s on-demand format, reps can get trained at their convenience, from their computers or mobile devices, without losing valuable time in the field. See how their content is doing. It’s easy for reps to monitor content effectiveness when sending Brainshark presentations from Salesforce. A graph and detailed chart with viewing history data show how and when prospects are engaging with content – so reps can pinpoint when interest is hot and take action. View featured presentations. Important communications – as designated, for example, by managers or sales operations – are pulled into a sidebar, for easy access and consumption. Make a talking business card. It’s simple for users to upload slides about themselves to Brainshark’s platform and add voice narration. These user-generated video presentations can be viewed by colleagues looking for relevant subject matter experts.  Click to create presentations. Authorized users can click a button to instantly access Brainshark’s rapid authoring environment. Brainshark makes it easy to turn static documents like PowerPoints into interactive and trackable video presentations for both prospecting and training purposes. Brainshark for Work.com is available in two offerings: Brainshark Learning for Work.com, which addresses sales training and onboarding needs, and Brainshark Enterprise for Work.com, encompassing functionality for sales training and onboarding, as well as external prospecting and social selling. About the Salesforce1 AppExchange The Salesforce1 AppExchange is the world’s leading business apps marketplace. With more than 2,000 partner apps and 2 million customer installs it is the most comprehensive source of social and mobile cloud apps for business. The Salesforce1 Customer Platform is the new social, mobile and cloud customer platform for building next generation apps, powering Salesforce CRM, and more than 3 million custom apps built by customers and partners. Apps built on the Salesforce1 Platform can be easily distributed and marketed through AppExchange. Salesforce, Salesforce1, AppExchange and others are among the trademarks of salesforce.com, inc. About Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark enables companies to improve productivity with cloud-based business presentation solutions for sales, marketing and training. With Brainshark’s easy-to-use solutions, customers transform static documents such as PowerPoints into dynamic, mobile-ready content that can be accessed quickly and viewed as on-demand video presentations or presented live – anytime, anywhere. They can also measure the effectiveness of their communications in ways never thought possible and use these insights to take action. Thousands of companies – including half of the Fortune 100 – and millions of individuals rely on Brainshark to increase the impact and reduce the cost of their business communications. Learn more at www.brainshark.com.

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    BURLINGTON, MA, March 12, 2014 - Qstream, developers of a mobile, game-based platform for managing sales team strengths, today announced significant enhancements to its award-winning solution. Updates to the secure, cloud-based software include a new "lightning round" delivery mode, expanded team competitions, sophisticated management reports, rebranded look and feel, and out-of-box localization in 10 languages. Developed at Harvard University, Qstream offers a powerfully simple -- and highly scalable -- approach to driving sales effectiveness. Unlike solutions that tether client conversations to rote presentations, Qstream equips sales reps for dynamic, value-added business conversations that drive revenue and keep pace with market change. Reps respond to simple, scenario-based Q&A challenges in just minutes a day using their mobile device. Push notifications and built-in game mechanics drive user engagement through the ease of use and positive competition that reps enjoy. Qstream is currently used by six of the world's top 10 pharmaceutical companies, and by industry leaders such as Oracle, Charles Schwab and SunGard, recently voted the #1 company to sell for by Selling Power magazine, as well as a growing network of industry solution providers who rely on Qstream to help transform their clients' enterprise sales teams. Based on brain science, Qstream is clinically proven in randomized trials to increase retention and durably change on-the-job behaviors. The platform's sophisticated analytics engine captures dozens of critical data points and instantly transforms them into actionable insights for sales managers, such as opportunities for tailored coaching. A robust tagging system allows management to view and blend data for more informed decision-making.  The new features further enhance the platform's capability for effectively onboarding new reps, supporting product launches, reinforcing new selling methods or regulatory compliance requirements with: Enhanced user experience, including the updated look and feel of Qstream's native mobile apps, user notifications, email interface, administration and content tools. Expanded game mechanics featuring monthly, rolling, and closest competitor leaderboards, and team-based competitions with thousands of optional user aliases to choose from. New delivery types, including convenient 'lightning rounds' for pushing a single set of challenges to users in quick succession -- ideal for identifying knowledge gaps prior to a product launch or sales meeting. New 'hold' features let users pause Qstreams during vacation periods or peak selling times so reps never miss a question. Advanced graphical reporting and dashboards featuring summary and drill-down reports for individual user or group status, engagement and performance. Social collaboration settings, including auto-published commenting, moderator-controlled publishing and private dropbox settings for Qstream's onboard answer blog. Localization in 10 languages for seamless multi-national deployments without the need for custom programming. API-based enterprise integration, including the ability to pass registration, performance and completion data to/from third-party systems and portals. "Sales reps are among the hardest constituencies to reach -- they're constantly on the go, always multi-tasking. Qstream delivered the ease and flexibility we needed to roll out and reinforce three separate initiatives to our U.S sales force rapidly," said Ryan Casey, manager of global curriculum design and development at American Medical Systems, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions. "With engagement levels greater than 90%, our reps are enjoying the team competitions as they prepare for situations they will encounter in the field -- from new product introductions to clinical findings and market segmentation. Our sales, marketing, and education teams are also benefiting from the real-time metrics we can access through Qstream's robust reporting functions." About Qstream To date, Qstream has delivered more than 200 million questions in ten languages to sales reps and others for new product launches, competitive threat management and response, and other strategic business initiatives tied to revenue generation. With nearly 65,000 registered users, Qstream's customers include some of the world's top brands in life sciences, technology and financial services. Visit Qstream.com, follow us on Twitter @Qstream or Facebook.com/Qstream.

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    United Kingdom, March 13, 2014 – Learning Pool, the fast growing e-learning company, has announced the latest release from its specialist mobile app division based in Belfast. Commissioned by Skills for Care, the employer-led workforce development body for adult social care in England, they’ve produced an app version of their document, ‘Choosing workforce learning – A guide for purchasers of learning and development in adult social care’.  Ryan Adams, Learning Pool’s Technical Architect said he was thrilled to have had the opportunity to produce this mobile app for Skills for Care. “The benefits of making this high quality guide available to social care professionals involved in L&D procurement are immense and will save time and money for all involved,” he said. Fazeela Hafejee, Standards Learning and Qualifications Project Manager, Skills for Care said that her organization has had a positive response to Choosing Workforce Learning as a PDF document. “We’re really excited that the app will enable people responsible for choosing learning to interact with the checklist, compare learning providers and make informed choices,” she said. The app helps social care employers identify the right learning for their organization and then go about finding and choosing the right learning providers.  Designed to be used as an aide-memoir during an interview with a potential Social Care learning provider, it provides a handy 10 step evaluation to help steer the conversation and capture the right information. It’s now available on iOS and Android devices. About Learning Pool Since its creation in 2006 by Mary McKenna and Paul McElvaney, Learning Pool has been making affordable and accessible learning achievable. The company delivers tailored online learning solutions that achieve measurable impact to over one million people in the UK. Learning Pool is focused on improving organizations and has saved its customers over £100 million to date. Its unique service provides customers with the support and tools to create, share and customize their training quickly and cost-effectively. Find out more at www.learningpool.com. 

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    London, England, March 14, 2014 — Learning technology provider Commelius Solutions launched a business transformation pack for companies wanting to prepare their staff for forthcoming IT changes. The MigrateEasy™ pack is made up of a selection of training courses focused on IT transition from one operating system (OS) or Microsoft Office suite, to a new version. Supported by CloudRooms™ live online learning technology, the pack makes it easy for companies to organise relevant training for their staff and prepare them for changes Microsoft are enforcing on businesses from April. Jon Shepstone, Commelius’ learning technology expert, said that he has been following articles about Microsoft migration, and has noticed that vast majority of them are concentrating on how to make the actual software upgrade on all business PCs as fast as possible, or the dangers of not upgrading. “But, there are no stories on how such move will impact the non-IT employees, who the next day will be faced with very different software on their machines,” he said. “I can only imagine the frustration they will experience trying to work with new Office or Windows which are very different from Office 2003 and Windows XP.” Commelius has launched a new training package so businesses can, in a hassle-free way, prepare their staff for that day when they come in to work and find out they finally have a different system on their computers, and so they know how to work with it. “This eliminates frustration, limit calls to help-desk, and contribute to employee productivity after the migration,” Shepstone said. The company launched the MigrateEasy pack as a part of its campaign aimed at giving IT and learning and development teams confidence in the upcoming Microsoft changes and opening their eyes to staff development opportunities streaming from the migration. About Commelius Solutions Commelius Solutions is one of Europe's leading providers of training and learning technologies to businesses worldwide, and the trusted partner of many FTSE 250 organisations. Their portfolio includes work with American Express, Hill Dickinson, Clifford Chance, CSC and DHL. The company uses a combination of different learning techniques such as e-learning and live online learning supported by the latest technology to ensure the most suitable and most effective training method for their clients. Their solutions empower organisations to develop the skills of its people so they can deliver on their business goals while increasing the value of training and reducing its cost. Commelius (formerly Redtray Solutions) has won numerous awards for their learning services including gold award for business transformation project for Royal Mail Group, gold for Most Innovative New Product or Tool with MyWorkSearch; and supported Hill Dickinson in winning Business project of the year and IT team of the year for their Red October project. For more information visit www.commelius.com.

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