In-depth report featuring IBM offers insight into achieving interactive learning experienceNASHUA, N.H., Apr 02, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading SaaS provider of
e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises,
government, education and small to medium-sized businesses, today
released an in-depth case study detailing how IBM Corporation was able
to achieve a more interactive, user-focused experience to help
organizations overcome the challenges of "siloed" training practices.
This case study focuses on best practices for integrating learning
into enterprise portals - a specialty strategy for SkillSoft.
SkillSoft also announced today (see accompanying press release -
Learning Portlets, a series of pre-built, standards-based components
that enable customers to easily embed SkillSoft learning assets and
functionality within their enterprise portals.
This 20-page report offers an unprecedented level of detail for
organizations to leverage when planning and developing their own
learning portal strategy. The authors share a detailed account of how
content can be personalized to meet the needs of individuals and also
discuss the most effective means for updating content without human
"The IBM Learning On-Demand Model embeds learning into the
workplace - where people carry out their daily activities as
individuals, members of teams and as part of an overall organization,"
said Kevin Coward, Manager, Learning Systems, IBM Learning. "Our
learning on-demand strategy is in lock step with our 'on demand'
business philosophy, which allows us to leverage an open,
standards-based infrastructure that integrates and automates business
"As e-learning increasingly becomes integral to the success of any
organization, company leaders need to implement best practices to make
the most of their learning resources," said Josh Bersin, president of
Bersin and Associates, the only research and advisory firm solely
focused on What Works(R) in enterprise learning and talent management.
"Companies like IBM are at the forefront of adopting new measures that
enhance knowledge retention and employee productivity. It is
beneficial to all that they are sharing lessons learned to aid other
companies in achieving business impact from e-learning."
Key tips in this detailed report include:
-- Learning should be delivered to the employee at the exact
moment of need within the context of the work task.
-- The quality of search can be improved by leveraging profile
data that describes the individual and context of their
-- Content can be automatically updated within a learning portal
using Internet syndication technologies and RSS feeds.
-- Removing financial barriers for departments is a key enabler
for making learning a "utility" for an organization.
-- Simple workflow guides are needed to govern which users can
recommend content for learning searches, reducing redundancy
"We're pleased that IBM has chosen to share its first-hand
experience undergoing a major transformation in online learning," said
John Ambrose, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Development
& Emerging Business for SkillSoft. "IBM has mastered the art of
on-demand learning through its role-relevant portal. Hearing the
company's perspectives on lessons learned and best practices honed
along the way should provide valuable insight to anyone looking to
make learning more relevant for their users."
To read the SkillSoft report in its entirely, please visit
SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) 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.
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 18,000 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) and virtual classroom.
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