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Halogen and SkillSoft Team to Deliver Seamless Performance Based Learning Experience and Outstanding Value to Corporate Learning Centers

Organizations get 10 best-selling e-learning courses bundled with eLearning Manager and a brilliant 'right out of the box' user experience

Ottawa, ON, New Orleans, LA, SHRM Conference Booth 818 June 29, 2009 Market leader Halogen Software and e-learning provider SkillSoft (NASDAQ: SKIL) today announced that they will deliver 10 SkillSoft e-learning courses as a standard component of Halogen eLearning Manager™, providing outstanding value to corporate learning centers everywhere. In addition, organizations will benefit from the truly seamless user experience for performance-based e-learning.

"We know that for e-learning initiatives to be truly successful, they have to be easy to use and produce a measureable return in the areas they are targeting," said David Mallon, senior analyst, Bersin & Associates. "The Halogen and SkillSoft partnership gives users an experience in which the whole process is completely seamless the first we've seen of its kind. From assigning a development plan during the performance appraisal process, to registering for and completing courses, and signing off on learning activities, HR, learning leaders, managers and employees should find this closed loop experience to be extremely efficient and effective."

The combination of Halogen's performance-based approach to learning with SkillSoft's targeted and effective courseware helps organizations of all sizes get up and running quickly with e-learning - with no additional work required. All courses are fully integrated and pre-mapped to competencies in the Halogen library, eliminating tedious and time consuming tasks for training administrators. The tight integration also means users can select an appropriate development activity to address a particular skill gap, and even launch an e-learning course right within the employee's performance appraisal or development plan, without ever having to login to another system, or switch between user interfaces.

"We chose Halogen eLearning Manager because of the way it tightly links performance and developmental plans with learning," said Michael Schott, Vice President Human Resources, Swank Audio Visuals. "This will make it much easier for managers and team members to address career progression during their mid-year and annual reviews. In addition, the accessibility of the appropriate training resources from within the team member's appraisal section will be a viable tool for all. The SkillSoft courses will be a great addition to our learning portfolio."

The SkillSoft courses included with Halogen eLearning Manager have been specially selected and vetted by business experts to help develop key competencies. Industry-specific e-learning bundles have also been created for healthcare, professional services and financial services organizations. Customers will also be able to purchase additional SkillSoft courses that will map seamlessly into the application.

"The Halogen-SkillSoft integration provides organizations with an immediate way to derive value from their e-learning investments," said John Ambrose, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Development and Emerging Business, SkillSoft. "Learning is a critical component of any successful talent management strategy, and this combined offering levels many of the hurdles companies traditionally face."

"We work very hard to deliver exceptional value to our customers," said Donna Ronayne, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Halogen Software. "This partnership and the inclusion of valuable SkillSoft courseware with Halogen eLearning Manager is a perfect example of our commitment to deliver a world class customer experience."

About Halogen Software

Halogen Software is recognized as a market leader by industry analysts and is strongly endorsed by the thousands of HR professionals who use their Talent Management solutions. The company offers a complete suite of web-based products that automate, simplify and integrate performance appraisals, 360 degree feedback, compensation management, succession planning and learning management. Halogen's offering makes HR best-practices accessible to companies of all sizes and its healthcare, financial services and professional services specific suites meet the unique needs of these industries. Halogen is consistently recognized by the industry and its customers for its exceptional implementation and support services. Halogen was named a leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Employee performance Management Software in 2009 and has won multiple awards for its corporate leadership and product innovation, including HR Technology Product of the Year. For more information, visit www.halogensoftware.com.

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. SkillSoft's Books24x7(R) product offering includes access to more than 20,000 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.

Media Contacts:

SkillSoft:  
Donna Keenan 
PR Manager, SkillSoft 
T; 603-821-3211 
E: donna_keenan@skillsoft.com 

Halogen :
Maggie Patterson
PR Consultant, Halogen Software
T: 613-989-1866
E: mpatterson@ripnet.com