NASHUA, N.H., May 19, 2010 (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 announced the
winners of its Perspectives 2010 Industry Awards at its annual user
conference being held this week in Orlando. Winners are from a wide
range of industries and were honored for various learning programs, such
as Dunkin' Brands successful use of custom SkillSoft courses to provide
more efficient training and Fluor's creation of an online university for
The awards were judged by a panel of industry experts, including: Mollie
Lombardi and Kevin Martin of Aberdeen; Claire Schooley of Forrester
Research; Josh Bersin of Bersin & Associates; William Brandon of eLearning
Guild; Mike Prokopeak of CLO; Jerry Roche and Catherine Upton of Elearning!
Magazine; and Sally Hovis, SkillSoft's vice president of learning
2010 brings together learning professionals and practitioners across
business, government and academia to discuss best practices and trends
within the technology-enabled learning industry. SkillSoft annually
honors several companies for their notable efforts in e-learning,
recognizing innovative ideas and inspiring leaders who are helping to
transform the learning landscape.
"Each award recipient has been able to take their e-learning programs to
the next level, dramatically improving their organization's performance
with innovative technology solutions for enhanced workplace training and
education," said Jerry Nine, COO of SkillSoft. "We're excited to honor
the achievements of these innovative companies that have not only
established best-in-class learning environments, but also aligned
learning with their businesses' strategic priorities."
The Perspectives 2010 Industry Award Winners are:
- Learning in Emerging Business Achievement Award:Hitachi
Consulting Corporation, a global IT consulting company with deep
industry knowledge and technology experience, worked with SkillSoft's
custom development team to create a comprehensive online learning
program. Designed to keep its global staff updated on Hitachi
Consulting's proprietary project management methodology, the custom
online courseware gave employees the flexibility to participate
between client engagements and helped reduce overall training costs,
while ensuring consistent content and messaging was disseminated.
- Best Technical Training: Recognized in thisnew
Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)demonstrated the best
IT training solution with U-Learn, the Laboratory's branded online
learning center. LLNL, a premier applied science laboratory that is
part of the National Nuclear Security Administration within the
Department of Energy, leverages a suite of SkillSoft products to offer
multi-faceted and multi-modal learning resources to a dynamic
scientific and technical community. SkillSoft resources are at the
core of this blended learning approach, and coupled with the
Laboratory's instructor-led training activities, are integrated with
other modalities and are packaged and offered through U-Learn. The
program uses a variety of learning tools including knowledge centers,
Live Learning courses, instructor-led training, online courses, videos
and books, that provides a tailored and cost-effective learning
solution to meet strategic business initiatives such as Microsoft
Certifications, Six Sigma, and ITIL.
- Integrating Learning into the Life of the Enterprise: NASCOquickly built momentum for its learning program that started in
2006 and was first geared toward instructor-led courses - an often
costly investment. At that time, NASCO and SkillSoft partnered with
two core goals: shift NASCO's cultural expectations and understanding
of contemporary learning programs from a single-mode model to a rich,
blended model; and effectively scale learning to reach more people and
target more key jobs/skills, while delivering ROI. NASCO is honored
for implementing a just-in-time learning program using SkillSoft's
online courses, job aids, reference books and materials, simulations,
and SkillSoft's new social learning platform, inGenius.
- Custom Award: With more than 15,000 Dunkin' Donuts and
Baskin-Robbins franchised restaurants in 45 countries worldwide, Dunkin'
Brands is renowned for its leadership in the quick quality
category. Learning is a key focus to ensure consistency and Dunkin'
Brands is recognized for its efforts to develop an extensive
and comprehensive series of performance-based courses focused on crew
members, restaurant management and network trainers using SkillSoft KnowledgeCenters.
The custom online courses provide the ability to adjust course content
and format based on learners' results, and have therefore provided
significant cost savings and increased efficiencies.
- Public Sector Excellence in Learning: Designed to meet the
needs of today's armed forces, the U.S.
Army developed always-available online training courseware with
SkillSoft. Through this program, the Army now provides access to a
range of Web-based learning tools, including more than 5,000 courses
and more than 16,000 resources through Books24x7, to help our armed
forces better prepare and develop the skills needed to seek out job
opportunities following active duty.
- Learning Professional of the Year: Lynn Monkelien, Avnet's
vice president of learning and talent development, was recognized for
her vision and ability to develop an organization that is responsive,
agile, transparent, and accountable to the businesses and functions it
supports. Using an innovative approach to learning, she gained strong
support from Avnet's executive team and transformed the company's
approach to learning with a focus on the customer and process
- Program of the Year: Fluor,a FORTUNE 500 company that delivers engineering, procurement,
construction, maintenance, and project management services to clients
around the world, made training a focus since first implementing
SkillSoft courses in 1999. The value of these courses was further
leveraged with the formation of Fluor University in 2008. The
university utilizes SkillSoft's SkillPort
learning management system to further their learning initiatives and
deliver one-stop online training resources for employees.
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.
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assets such as Leadership Development Channel video products,
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and online mentoring services. SkillSoft's Books24x7(R) product offering
includes access to more than 25,000 digitized IT and business books, as
well as book summaries and executive reports. Technology offerings
include the SkillPort(R) learning management system,
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