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SkillSoft Named a 2007 Learning Leader by Bersin & Associates
for its KnowledgeCenters Portals

  
Leading Research Firm on Enterprise Learning and Talent Management Recognizes Innovative Learning Portals for Rapid Access to Key Learning Tools and Information

NASHUA, N.H., January 8, 2008 – 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 announced it was named a winner in the Bersin & Associates 2007 Learning Leaders Program.  SkillSoft’s KnowledgeCenter product line was named a winner in the Vendor Innovation category in the “Platform” segment.

SkillSoft currently offers 19 KnowledgeCenters, which are pre-packaged, user-friendly targeted learning portals that allow learners instant access to trusted, targeted content.  SkillSoft’s learning innovations have proven highly effective for mastering new skills.  For example, the Java Learning Center includes CodeJudger, offering one-click feedback on users’ Java program code created as part of the KnowledgeCenter Project Center tasks.  SkillSoft’s Business Impact Series features concise, scenario-based vignettes while its Challenge Series features interactive case studies designed to enable problem analysis and solution definition.

Bersin & Associates, the only research and advisory firm solely focused on what works in enterprise learning and talent management, recognized organizations which have developed and implemented effective and efficient approaches to employee learning and development, resulting in significant business improvement.  SkillSoft was honored for its performance, ease of use and breadth of content available to users.

“We are honored to be recognized by such a prestigious research firm as Bersin & Associates for our continued efforts to develop innovative and user-friendly technology that helps improve workforce skill sets, productivity and job satisfaction,” said John Ambrose, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Development and Emerging Business at SkillSoft.  “At SkillSoft, we are committed to meeting and exceeding our customers’ needs and constantly looking to improve and perfect our technology and are pleased to have this validated by being named a 2007 Learning Leader.”


Each KnowledgeCenter is a product of the SkillSoft Innovation Lab that includes material specifically chosen to help learners build knowledge around a targeted subject as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Assets include Books24x7; access to SkillSoft courseware, organized into Learning Roadmaps that make it easy for learners to locate the most appropriate courses; simulations (through SkillSim simulations, practice labs or the Project Center); expert mentoring services (for IT KnowledgeCenters and the PMI KnowledgeCenter); and, featured topic spotlights, refreshed regularly, to provide an in-depth focus on particular topical areas.

About SkillSoft

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. The Books24x7(R) division offers online access to more than 15,000 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.

About Bersin & Associates

Bersin & Associates is the only research and advisory services firm focused solely on research in enterprise learning and talent management. Bersin & Associates’ WhatWorks® research and research-based services are designed to deliver actionable direction and to help improve operational effectiveness and business impact.
 
Bersin & Associates research members gain access to a comprehensive library of best practices, case studies, benchmarks, and in-depth market analyses designed to guide professionals in making fast and confident decisions.  Research areas include planning and strategy, learning programs and delivery, talent management, technology and infrastructure, and measurement and analytics. Member benefits include in-depth advisory services, access to proprietary webcasts, on-site analyst visits, and strategic workshops.   For more information, go to www.bersin.com or call 561 455 0622.

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.

SkillSoft, the SkillSoft logo, SkillPort, Search-and-Learn, SkillChoice, Books24x7, ITPro, BusinessPro, OfficeEssentials, GovEssentials, EngineeringPro, FinancePro, AnalystPerspectives, ExecSummaries, ExecBlueprints, Express Guide and Dialogue are trademarks or registered trademarks of SkillSoft PLC in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners,
countries.

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Contacts:

 

Donna Keenan

Lisa Astor

SkillSoft

PAN Communications, Inc.

603.821.3211

978.474.1900

Donna_Keenan@SkillSoft.com

SkillSoft@pancomm.com