Düsseldorf, Germany — 25 September, 2008 — 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 its launch of three new German language Books24x7 collections.
Stefan Janssen, Managing Director SkillSoft Mainland Europe, located in Düsseldorf, Germany, describes the content of the new offering: "We have launched three German language online libraries that cover IT, Desktop and business topics." To achieve this, the company partners with publishers such as Microsoft Press Germany, PMI and gts Learning. Also included is the popular "For Dummies" series from John Wiley & Sons.
The online book collections has been launched with 79 titles, with a further 131 titles in development. As with all of the Book24x7 collections, the German book collections will continue to grow with the addition of both translated German books. The online collections, equipped with robust technology and intelligent navigation, is fully searchable. "Collaborative elements are also present as the system enables shared bookshelves, company folders, and recommendations", continued Mr. Janssen.
The Books24x7 German IT collection is a useful tool for information technology workers. For example, when IT consultants of a company are compiling an overview of software testing, they can consult key works on the subject very easily and quickly because the Books24x7 patented search capability helps to gain insights from several authors. The innovative technology searches every word of every page to deliver highly relevant results. The results display the most relevant titles with direct links to the most pertinent sections so users quickly get to just the information they need, when they need it.
Says Thomas Braun-Wiesholler, Publisher, Microsoft Press Germany: "In my opinion, the Books24x7 IT collection, with its excellent search and browsing capabilities, represents an ideal complementary offering to our wide range of printed books, which for 25 years has helped the IT Professional and Information worker alike to acquire new skills and realize the full potential of Microsoft's software products."
Using Books24x7, developers can access important information quicker and more cost efficiently. Instead of having to read a number of hard copy books which can easily cost between $60 – $100, Books24x7collections allow users to look at books that most companies would not have ready on hand, but are useful and add value just the same. In addition, hard copy technical books often go out of date very quickly. This is not a problem with Books24x7 content. With new releases, the online library gets updated regularly.
The German desktop collection can function as an online helpdesk for PC end-users, reducing requests to the actual helpdesk as well as the time spent on "trial-and-error", asking colleagues or searching the web. This helps achieve another goal, increased productivity. Finally, the third German Books24x7 collection is the "Complete Collection". In addition to all the IT and desktop titles of the other collections, this collection contains a number of useful business skills books.
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SkillSoft Germany, headquartered in Düsseldorf, is a division 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. 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.
SkillSoft Mainland Europe is active in the German speaking countries as well as Benelux with headquarters in Düsseldorf and offices in Buchholz near Hamburg, Munich, and Zurich.
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.
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