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SkillSoft's Books24x7 ITPro Marks Ten Years of e-learning Excellence

Award-Winning Collection Enables IT Professionals to Stay Abreast of Hot Technology Trends over the Past Decade and into the Future

NASHUA, N.H., Nov 03, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading SaaS provider of on demand e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses, today announced that its Books24x7(R) ITPro(TM) collection has reached its 10th anniversary of commercial availability and continues to grow in popularity. Since its initial release, ITPro has grown from a focused set of IT-related books to a vast, award-winning collection of technical resources that now features more than 8,400 titles across 160 publishing imprints.

When it debuted in 1999, ITPro's most popular titles were reference resources related to HTML and XML, and today guides for ITIL v3 and project management top the list. Throughout the last decade, these key resources have continuously evolved to address current technology trends, giving millions of technical professionals worldwide the ability to leverage ITPro resources to solve mission-critical technology and business challenges.

"ITPro's increased user base, evolution and breadth over the past 10 years reflects the rapid and ever-changing nature of the technology marketplace," said John Ambrose, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Development & Emerging Business for SkillSoft. "IT professionals are constantly challenged to keep pace with the changing technology landscape. Over the past decade ITPro has become a 'go to' source for many to learn and apply new technologies to their jobs. Reflecting the shifts in the market, ITPro has evolved to satisfy the diverse needs of technical professionals at all levels - from IT architects, and developers, to systems administrators and CIOs."

"As a provider of IT staffing and consulting services, the on-demand, web-based availability of ITPro's resources have proved a valuable asset to both our consultants and solutions teams, as well as our own internal IT teams," said Ralph Kirkland, Vice President of Training at COMSYS. "In a time when IT is both rapidly evolving and increasingly viewed as a strategic asset within the organization, real time access to relevant and current knowledge offers incredible value. Our consultants and clients have realized tangible value as a result of this information."

Part of a series of more than sixteen Books24x7 collections, ITPro has assisted employees in building their technical skills, passing certification exams, enhancing learning, providing on demand answers to challenges and developing their careers. Books24x7 delivers a trusted information resource that truly supports workers in acquiring knowledge when it's needed. The goal of the ITPro collection, when originally launched, was to digitize reference books so they could be easily accessed and searchable through the Web. Today, ITPro is mobile accessible, deeply integrated into the learning programs of thousands of organizations, and boasts contributions from hundreds of publishers including McGraw-Hill Professional, John Wiley & Sons, and Microsoft Press.

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, and compliance courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as Leadership Development Channel(TM) 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 24,000 digitized IT and business books, as well as book summaries and executive reports. Technology offerings include the SkillPort(R) learning management system, Search & Learn(R), and SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM) 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 & -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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