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SkillSoft Named a Visionary in Leading Analyst Firm's Corporate Learning Systems Magic Quadrant

New SkillPort Release Advances Corporate Learning Delivers Blended Learning Assets with Improved Usability, Reporting Functions

NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SkillSoft, a leading SaaS provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses, today announced it has been positioned in the "Visionaries" quadrant in the Gartner Inc. Magic Quadrant for Corporate Learning Systems.* According to the report, "organizational needs have also evolved to emphasize improving business performance, boosting workers' performance and increasing operational efficiency." SkillSoft is helping to address this need with the latest version of its learning management system (LMS), SkillPort® 7.1 that blends learning assets, such as interactive case studies, gaming, simulations and full-motion video, with online courses in an easy to search portal to connect on-the-go workers with dynamic learning content.

Several corporate learning systems were evaluated by the report. Gartner positioned SkillSoft in the Visionaries quadrant based on "ability to execute" and "completeness of vision."

"We believe that Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Corporate Learning Systems confirms our position in the learning management and online learning content markets, and highlights our innovative approach to addressing today's corporate learning management challenges," said Lee Ritze, SkillSoft Sr. Vice President, Marketing "SkillSoft's customers are among the most advanced practitioners of corporate learning. Their input, which includes feedback from over 2,000 learning organizations, is critical to the ongoing enhancement and refinement of the SkillPort roadmap. With newly released and upcoming enhancements planned this year, we're confident that our customers and the industry at large will see continued innovation and tangible benefits from the expanded functionality of SkillPort."

A key advantage of SkillPort is its cloud based, turnkey implementation and streamlined management. Designed as an easy-to-use SaaS LMS for both administrators and learners, SkillPort is distinguished in the industry by its platform efficiency, intuitive user interface, rich library of multimodal content and ability to deliver an excellent learner experience. SkillPort also provides customization tools with SkillStudio and Dialogue Design that enable customers to adapt courses in a full range of off-the-shelf SkillSoft e-learning courseware.

In SkillSoft's latest software release, SkillPort 7.1, new improvements have been made to further advance the usability and reporting features of the platform. Deep linking to SkillPort assets provides learners easier access to locate resources and more ways to share engaging content. Users and administrators also benefit from enhanced notifications and reminders on pending tasks, while new reporting features allow organizations to better assess and track ongoing progress with new customizable reporting templates.

SkillSoft continues to invest aggressively in SkillPort, targeting areas to assist SkillPort's 2000+ customers to drive learning deeper into their organizations. During the second quarter, SkillPort 7.2 will release with SkillSoft's inGenius social learning layer allowing enterprise customers to securely empower their employees to find, create and share knowledge assets and expertise with their colleagues leveraging the extensive and trusted SkillSoft library of learning assets. Further capabilities targeted for the next 12 to 18 months include expanded support for mobile learning, instructor-led and blended training, compliance management and continued advancements to ease-of-use and learner engagement.

*Gartner, Inc., Magic Quadrant for Corporate Learning Systems, Jeff Freyermuth et al, March 24, 2011.

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2011 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About SkillSoft

SkillSoft is a leading SaaS provider of on-demand e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses. SkillSoft enables business organizations to maximize business performance through a combination of comprehensive e- learning content, online information resources, flexible learning technologies and support services. SkillSoft is on the web at www.skillsoft.com.

Content offerings include business, IT, desktop, compliance and consumer/SMB courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as Leadership Development Channel video products, KnowledgeCenter(TM) portals, virtual instructor-led training services and online mentoring services. SkillSoft's Books24x7(R) product offering includes access to more than 25,000 digitized IT and business books, as well as book summaries and executive reports. Technology offerings include the SkillPort(R) learning management system, Search-and-Learn(R), SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM), inGenius(R) and virtual classroom.

SkillSoft courseware content described herein is for information purposes only and is subject to change without notice. SkillSoft has no obligation or commitment to develop or deliver any future release, upgrade, feature, enhancement or function described in this press release except as specifically set forth in a written agreement.

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