Certification Program Ensures
SkillSoft’s e-Learning Content Can Be Seamlessly
Launched, Managed, and Tracked Through the SAP
Nashua, NH – December 3, 2003 – SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of e-learning courseware and referenceware for business and IT professionals, today announced that its business and IT skills libraries, with a total of more than 4,000 courses in 15 languages, has been certified by SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) for seamless interoperability with the SAP Learning Solution enterprise platform. SkillSoft is the first content provider to achieve certification under SAP’s Content Interface Certification Program.
The certified interoperability of SkillSoft’s content with the SAP Learning Solution gives companies the ability to map specific courses to competency requirements, to associate learning activities and results with personal development plans, and to incorporate e-learning with classroom and other learning activities into blended curricula – without incremental implentation or customization costs. The SAP Learning Solution, launched last year, is a key component of mySAP Human Resources, the SAP’s comprehensive, enterprise-wide human capital management solution.
SAP certification, distinguished by the vendor’s right to use the tagline “SAP Certified Integration,” is based on a rigorous review and demonstration process for each type of course offered by a vendor. To ensure a consistent certification review process, each vendor applying for certification must follow standard test scripts for content integration developed by SAP, demonstrate the ability to import and run content in the live SAP Learning Solution authoring and learning management environments, pass assessment standards for SCORM 1.2 compliance, and create training and consulting support tools and processes.
Concurrent to the certification process, SkillSoft and T-Systems, a provider of IT services and solutions, have worked together to prepare for the implementation of a comprehensive learning solution for T-Mobile, a wireless service provider. The solution, which incorporates SkillSoft’s business and IT skills libraries, as well the SAP Learning Solution, is targeted for rollout within the next weeks. T-Systems and T-Mobile are subsidiaries of Deutsche Telekom AG, one of Europe’s largest telecommunications company and a global telecom leader.
“We’re very pleased to be the first learning content provider to achieve SAP integration certification,” said Chuck Moran, president and CEO of SkillSoft. “We understand the importance of certified interoperability to clients and thus have always placed great emphasis on establishing successful, working relationships with technology partners.”
“A key component to the success of the SAP certification partnership is the availability of dedicated support assistance to meet the needs of SAP’s global customer base,” said Juergen Theisen, general manager of SkillSoft Germany. “We’re pleased to be recognized as a trusted SAP partner for critical learning and human capital initiatives.”
SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software solutions. Through mySAP™ Business Suite, people in businesses around the globe are improving relationships with customers and partners, streamlining operations, and achieving significant efficiencies throughout their supply chains. The unique core processes of various industries, from aerospace to utilities, are supported effectively by SAP’s 23 industry solution portfolios. Today, more than 20,500 customers in over 120 countries run more than 67,500 installations of SAP® software. With subsidiaries in over 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol “SAP.” Additional information is at http://www.sap.com.
SkillSoft is a leading global provider of comprehensive e-learning content and software products for business and IT professionals. Multi-modal learning (MML) solutions support and enhance the speed and effectiveness of both formal and informal learning processes and integrate SkillSoft's in-depth courseware, learning management platform technology and support services.
SkillSoft focuses on a variety of IT, professional effectiveness and business topics that represent the critical skills required of employees in increasingly dynamic and complex work environments. SkillSoft partners with other technology leaders to develop sound, standardized content that delivers rich, comprehensive learning and performance support experiences.
Content offerings include SkillSoft’s Business
Skills Library and IT Skills and Certification
Library; Books24x7’s ITPro, BusinessPro,
and FinancePro Referenceware; and GoTrain’s
health and safety compliance courseware. For more
information, visit www.skillsoft.com.
SkillSoft, SkillPort, RolePlay, Search-and-Learn, e-Learning for the Knowledge Economy, NetUniversity, and Accelerated Path are trademarks and/or servicemarks of SkillSoft PLC. Books24x7.com and Referenceware are servicemarks of Books24x7, Inc. All brand names, trademarks, or registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.