NASHUA, N.H., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a
leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global
enterprises, government, education, and small to medium-sized businesses,
today announced that it has underwritten the development of a detailed
learning and development study by the Aberdeen Group. This richly detailed
report explores how organizations are turning human capital into a competitive
advantage through organizational learning and development.
"This new report provides a roadmap for companies looking to improve
productivity and alignment of the workforce by adopting best practices in
learning strategies," said John Ambrose, Senior Vice President of Strategy,
Corporate Development & Emerging Business for SkillSoft. "Readers will gain
valuable insight into the key steps to a successful development model."
For a complimentary copy of "Learning and Development: Aligning Workforce
with Business Objectives," visit
"Our research shows that learning and development is taking on a more
strategic role across the enterprise as organizations look toward human
capital as a means to establish competitive advantage," said Kevin Martin,
Research Director, Human Capital Management at Aberdeen Group. "Companies
that achieved Aberdeen's Best-in-Class status are not only targeting learning
and development efforts to key internal and external stakeholders, but also
are leveraging learning into critical pre- and post-hire initiatives in order
to maximize their ability to attract, retain and develop top talent."
Researchers at the Aberdeen Group surveyed and interviewed 687
organizations globally for the study. The Aberdeen Group found that those
businesses embracing a best-in-class training approach were 95 percent more
likely to improve customer satisfaction, 77 percent more likely to improve
employee performance, and 65 percent more likely to improve workforce
turnover. These organizations were characterized as those that had a learning
and development strategy that had buy-in and support from senior management
and was integrated with the organization's overall strategic plan; actively
promoted learning programs to those who can benefit from participating; and
had integrated learning with both performance management and assessments.
The paper explores issues such as competitive assessment, the necessary
shift toward learning and development, organizational capabilities, and
technology enablers. It further outlines step-by-step guidance for companies
in all stages of learning and development, from laggard to industry average to
best-in-class, as to how to spur necessary performance improvements.
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) virtual classroom, and
SkillView(R) competency management software.
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,
Donna Keenan Rebecca Parkhurst
SkillSoft PAN Communications, Inc.
SOURCE SkillSoft PLC
/CONTACT: Donna Keenan of SkillSoft, +1-603-821-3211,
Donna_Keenan@SkillSoft.com; or Rebecca Parkhurst of PAN Communications, Inc.
for SkillSoft, +1-978-474-1900, SkillSoft@pancomm.com /
/Web site: http://www.skillsoft.com
CO: SkillSoft PLC; Aberdeen Group
ST: New Hampshire
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