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SkillSoft® and SumTotal® Systems Integrate Open Learning Services Architecture with TotalLMS™

SkillSoft's OLSA Enables Leading LMS Vendor to Simplify Integration of Learning Content and Services, Benefiting both Administrators and Learners

NASHUA, N.H., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SkillSoft® PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) a leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions, today announced that SumTotal® Systems (Nasdaq: SUMT), the largest provider of talent, learning and business performance solutions, has integrated SkillSoft's Open Learning Services Architecture (OLSA) with its award-winning TotalLMS™ system. OLSA, which is based on Web services technology and provides SkillSoft learning services to third-party Learning Management Systems (LMSs) wishing to integrate learning content and services, will enable SumTotal customers to simplify integration and provide employees with richer e-learning experiences. SkillSoft demonstrated the integration of OLSA with TotalLMS at TotalConnections 2006, SumTotal's annual user conference last week in San Jose, CA.

"Our goal for developing OLSA was to simplify and minimize the effort required to integrate SkillSoft products with existing technology architectures, including third-party LMSs," said Mark Townsend, SkillSoft's executive vice president of technology. "SumTotal's integration with OLSA is another major step forward in achieving this objective, and one that will greatly benefit our joint customers. Also, based on the rapid adoption we've experienced in recent months, SumTotal users will have a much more rewarding experience with our content."

TotalLMS is an enterprise-wide, globally scalable LMS that integrates with ERP, HRMS, CRM and other enterprise and legacy applications for managing learners, content and resources. As a result of the integration with OLSA, TotalLMS provides users with seamless access to a wide range of SkillSoft content, including Books24x7®, courseware, SkillSimulations, TestPreps, job aids, SkillBriefs and more. In addition, learners can access mentoring directly from within those courses supporting this service. Mentoring enables learners to chat live with SkillSoft subject matter experts and ask specific questions, providing them with valuable assistance and support as they work towards certifications.

In addition to catalog management services, SumTotal is the first LMS to integrate SkillSoft's value-added Search-and-Learn® technology. Search-and-Learn allows for more in-depth search of SkillSoft courseware and Books24x7, and merges search results with TotalLMS Search results into one screen. Online books and courseware are ranked by relevancy and can be selected for launch directly from the merged search screen.

SumTotal customers also have access to a Preview Button option, which enables a consistently available "free preview" link within TotalLMS that gives users access to selected SkillSoft learning content, including Books24x7, at no charge.

"Building OLSA integration into TotalLMS allows us to provide our customers with a variety of features, including Search-and-Learn, that directly impact productivity and the overall learning experience," said Jon Ciampi, vice president of marketing at SumTotal Systems. "We are excited to offer these new capabilities as part of our LMS and look forward to incorporating additional services and functionality as the partnership between SumTotal and SkillSoft deepens."

SkillSoft is the first major content provider in the corporate e-learning market to commit significant resources to delivering a service-oriented architecture that leverages existing learning system standards, XML and emerging Web services standards. SkillSoft's Open Learning Services are OLSA 1.0-supported Web services that seamlessly integrate multiple types of content resources and learning application services faster and more efficiently. In addition, Open Learning Services provides a means for organizations to deploy SkillSoft assets and support SkillSoft learning services through third-party systems, including TotalLMS.

To view a demonstration of SkillSoft's Open Learning Services Architecture (OLSA) integration with TotalLMS™ please visit: www.skillsoft.com/pr/sumtotal_olsa_demo

About SumTotal Systems, Inc.

SumTotal Systems (NASDAQ: SUMT) is the largest provider of talent, learning and business performance technologies and services. SumTotal deploys mission-critical solutions that align talent and knowledge with business goals to generate significant bottom-line results. With more than 17 million users worldwide, SumTotal has helped accelerate performance and profits for more than 1,500 of the world's best-known companies and government agencies including Accenture, Aetna, Cendant, DaimlerChrysler, Delta Air Lines, Harley-Davidson, Microsoft, Novartis, PNC Bank, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Bancorp, United Airlines, Vodafone, Wachovia and Wyeth. SumTotal has offices throughout the United States, in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Hyderabad, India. For more information about SumTotal's products and services, visit www.sumtotalsystems.com.

SumTotal and the SumTotal logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of SumTotal Systems, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States or other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Safe Harbor / Forward-Looking Statements

Information in this press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements represent SumTotal Systems' expectations or beliefs concerning future events. These statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance or events and are based on current expectations, estimates, beliefs, assumptions, goals and objectives, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from the results expressed or implied by these statements. Readers of this press release are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to: (i) the ability to successfully integrate and implement OLSA with TotalLMS, (ii) the ability to successfully address technological developments and standards and changing client needs; (iii) the ability to successfully expand product distribution and services offerings; and (iv) other events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in SumTotal Systems' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the annual report for fiscal year 2005 on Form 10-K filed March 28, 2006, the quarterly report for the quarter ended June 30, 2006, on Form 10-Q filed August 9, 2006, and Form 8-Ks. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of September 26, 2006, and SumTotal does not assume any obligation to update such statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release.

About SkillSoft

SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) is a leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses.  SkillSoft enables companies 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 SkillSim™ simulations, KnowledgeCenter™ portals and online mentoring services.  The Books24x7 ® division offers online access to more than 10,000 unabridged IT and business books in its Referenceware ® collections, as well as book summaries, executive reports and best practices. Technology offerings include the SkillPort ® learning management system, Search-and-Learn ®, SkillSoft ® Dialogue™ virtual classroom, SkillView ® competency management software and the Enterprise Learning Connection Suite™, a set of platform-neutral modules that can be used to create learning programs tailored to business needs.  

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, Ahead of the Learning Curve, SkillPort, Search-and-Learn, SkillChoice, Books24x7, Referenceware® , ITPro, BusinessPro, OfficeEssentials, GovEssentials, EngineeringPro, FinancePro, 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.

For additional information:

SumTotal
Bill Perry
Mobile: +1 614-975-7538
Office: +1 716-652-1762
bperry@sumtotalsystems.com

SkillSoft
Donna Keenan
Tel: +1-603-821-3211
Email: Donna_Keenan@SkillSoft.com

 
"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding SkillSoft Corporation's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.