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Leading Industry Research Report Highlights SkillSoft's Leadership Development Program as On-Point with Industry and Customer Demands

Bersin & Associates Research Bulletin Reports that SkillSoft's Evolving Portfolio Keeps Pace with the Changing Nature of Leadership Development

NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SkillSoft today announced the release of a new industry report from Bersin & Associates, the premier research and consulting firm dedicated to helping HR, talent and learning professionals drive business results. SkillSoft is a leading SaaS provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small-to-medium-sized businesses.

The report, "Next Generation Leadership Development: SkillSoft's Evolving Portfolio Exemplifies the Changing Nature of Leadership Programs," authored by David Mallon, vice president, Bersin & Associates and Laci Loew, senior analyst, Bersin & Associates, discusses the changing nature of today's leadership development programs. In the report, Bersin & Associates explores the evolution of blended formal and informal development programs, the importance of developing leaders at all levels and how SkillSoft's solutions address today's leadership development needs. Having flexible and blended development solutions such as SkillSoft's platform is essential when looking to step up to the evolving needs of today's leaders.

"As businesses evolve their approach to leadership development by matching the needs of the next generation of executives with business goals, it's important for learning vendors to deliver flexible, impactful tools for today's workplace," said David Mallon, vice president, Bersin & Associates. "We've found that SkillSoft's solutions are on-point with the evolving needs of the industry, offering an expanded portfolio of resources that includes social, on-demand, mobile, storytelling and other next generation methods. Such leadership development solutions go a long way to address development gaps for leaders at all levels and to arm them with 21st-century skills."

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The report also underscores the fact that the most effective value development experiences come from organizations that utilize a true blended, also known as a 70-20-10, approach of formal and informal development. More specifically, Bersin & Associate's research found that the most mature companies leveraged both formal and informal learning. Furthermore, companies with mature leadership development result in an increased business influence. Other key findings include:

To address the continuously changing nature of leadership development programs, SkillSoft's expanded portfolio offers development solutions that not only improve individual leader competence but also drive business performance.

"The SkillSoft portfolio addresses development gaps for leaders at all levels while keeping aligned with an organization's business goals," said Laci Loew, senior analyst, Bersin & Associates.

Examples of SkillSoft's leadership development solutions that cater to the mobile and global leader include online courseware, an on-demand library that includes several thousand titles that cover a variety of management and leadership topics; KnowledgeCenter's Business Impact and Challenge Series which allows leaders to virtually practice decision-making skills; 50 Lessons, an online video resource targeted for leaders at all levels featuring thought leaders such as Marshall Goldsmith, Gary Hamel, Clay Christensen, and others; Leadership Development Channel, also a live and on demand video resource designed to drive immediate results; and SkillSoft Leadership Advantage, an award-winning leadership skills training and development program that delivers learning solutions at every level in two hours or less, for easy integration into busy work schedules.

"The Bersin & Associates report highlights the realities of leadership development in today's on-the-go business world," said John Ambrose, senior vice president, strategy, corporate development and emerging business, SkillSoft.

To obtain a copy of this report, please visit: www.skillsoft.com/online/fy13/next-generation-leadership.

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 http://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 29,000 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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