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SkillSoft, SumTotal and Eedo Partner to Ease Interoperability Issues for Customers

Partnership leverages web services and learning industry standards via OLSA to reduce costly proprietary integrations between content, learning management system and learning content management systems.

NASHUA, New Hampshire – (January 29, 2008) SkillSoft (NASDAQ:SKIL), SumTotal® Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUMT), and Eedo Knowledgeware announced today they are partnering to evolve standards to meet their customers needs, ensuring less costly integrations and richer solutions through SkillSoft’s Open Learning Services Architecture (OLSA).  OLSA is a web services-based, dynamic content solution for enterprise e-learning systems.
 
The partnership, comprised of a content provider, LMS and LCMS vendors (SkillSoft, SumTotal and Eedo, respectively), is working with the Aviation Industry CBT Committee (AICC). SkillSoft has offered OLSA APIs for submission to the AICC. The submission process is currently on-going.   

“We were pleased that SkillSoft and Eedo responded to our request to come up with a solution to solve the intensive integrations involved in connecting a content provider with our LMS and LCMS systems,” says Rick Rabideau, Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Learning Solutions for MetLife. “We anticipate that integrations using the OLSA standard will help improve the efficiency of our overall e-learning system as well as decrease development and distribution time for content.”

“As a result of SumTotal’s LMS support for SkillSoft’s OLSA technology, our learners can easily and seamlessly access the full range of dynamic and rich content that SkillSoft is known for and the system administration time is drastically reduced; benefits are felt in multiple areas of a learning department,” said MaryEm Musser, Director eLearning and Education Technologies from BDO Seidman “I now hold all of my vendors to the same level of experience on their integrations and customer service.”

“SumTotal is committed to providing our customers with a world class learning platform that can deliver content seamlessly and efficiently,” says Bill Docherty, Director of Product Management at SumTotal.  “We have worked in partnership with SkillSoft to deliver OLSA-based solutions to the benefit of dozens of mutual customers.  SumTotal is excited to join forces with SkillSoft and other industry providers to drive adoption of this standard.”

“Eedo is supporting OLSA as a standard because we heard our customers complaining about integration issues,” says John Hudson, President and CEO of Eedo Knowledgeware. “Any movement towards standardizing on web services is a step forward for our customers. As many LMS vendors will be supporting OLSA as a standard to make SkillSoft content interoperable with their LMS systems, it made sense to make the integration of our ForceTen LCMS interoperate as well.”

The following are the APIs that SkillSoft has offered to the AICC and that SumTotal and Eedo are supporting:

  • OLSA Asset Integration - allows an LMS to initialize and maintain over time a catalog of any kind of asset from a Content Hosting service. For example, AICC .au/.crs/.des/.ort files, SCORM PIFs, and potentially others.
  • OLSA On-Demand Communication – allows an LMS to retrieve progress-tracking data for any kind of asset from a Content Hosting service. This mechanism is progress-tracking-data-format neutral which means it can support formats like the new AICC CMI/XML and potentially others.

Join SkillSoft, SumTotal and Eedo for our upcoming webinar, “Get More Out of Your Learning Solution Investments”

Learn how leading content and LMS vendors EEDO and SumTotal are using standards-based SkillSoft Open Learning Services to offer richer learning content and related services to customers. Register now:
http://www.regform.com/skillsoft/event_details.php?webinar=24077

Details:
Date: March 5, 2008
Time: 12:00pm EST
Registration: http://www.regform.com/skillsoft/event_details.php?webinar=24077

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.

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,
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About SumTotal
SumTotal Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUMT) is a global provider of performance and learning management solutions.  SumTotal deploys mission-critical solutions designed to align goals, develop skills, assess performance, plan for succession and set compensation.  SumTotal’s solutions aim to accelerate performance and profits for more than 1,500 companies and governments of all sizes, including six of the world’s 10 biggest pharmaceutical makers, six of the 10 largest automotive companies in the world, four of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, three of the world’s top five airlines, five of the six largest U.S. commercial banks and two of the world’s top five specialty retailers.  Mountain View, Calif.-based SumTotal has offices across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.  For more information about SumTotal's products and services, visit www.sumtotalsystems.com.

About Eedo Knowledgeware
Eedo Knowledgeware is a leading provider of learning and knowledge systems to drive productivity and efficiency. Eedo offers a set of powerful, adaptable and easy-to-use tools for business people and learning experts, addressing practical knowledge management requirements including; learning content management, dynamic delivery, rapid authoring, assessment, knowledge sharing, performance support and indexing and search. Eedo's award-winning products are utilized in a broad range of industries and enterprises such as The Boeing Company, MetLife, Department of Work and Pensions, Internal Revenue Service, Agilent, Pfizer and Lufthansa. Eedo is privately held, with offices in the U.S.A., Canada, Germany, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. www.eedo.com

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Melonia M. da Gama
Director of Marketing
Eedo Knowledgeware
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Donna Keenan
PR Manager
SkillSoft
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