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SkillSoft Introduces SkillView, a Competency Management Platform to Link Learning to Human Capital Management

Competency Management Software Acquired from Market-Proven Provider

NASHUA, N.H., March 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of content resources and complementary technologies for integrated enterprise learning, today announced its plan to introduce SkillView, a suite of products that will link learning programs to larger human capital goals through a robust competency management application. SkillView is designed to help businesses identify their employees' strengths and weaknesses, and then align their learning plans to most effectively address their individual needs.

SkillSoft will release two versions of the SkillView product -- SkillView and SkillView XL -- to meet the varying competency management needs of its customers. SkillView is designed for customers that would benefit from a turnkey, easy to implement solution. In addition to technology, SkillView includes a database of skill descriptions, job profiles and mappings to associated SkillSoft learning content, known as the SkillView Competency Model. Additionally, customers using SkillView can augment the model with their organization-specific jobs and skills.

SkillView XL adds extensions to the core SkillView capabilities for customers that desire total control over all data elements and access to extended functions. SkillView XL adds capabilities including 360 degree employee assessment, recruiting elements, skill weighting capabilities that add the dimension of importance to skills in a profile, employee resume posting and searching, employee free form posting and searching, and employee scheduling.

"Over the past year we've seen an increasing number of customers implementing programs around competencies," said Lee Ritze, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development for SkillSoft. "But unlike the competency programs of several years ago, these customers are now tending to take a simpler, more targeted approach. SkillView is designed to help them get their programs up and running quickly, with a minimum of IT or HR staff burden."

SkillSoft is currently targeting delivery of SkillView and SkillView XL in May, 2006.

SkillSoft acquired the entire SkillView application, which has been on the market in various releases since 1995. The SkillView software was extensively reengineered for Web deployment in 1999 and became Web-only software in 2001. SkillView founder Hank Riehl has joined SkillSoft as director, competency management solutions.

"SkillView has always been considered a top tier technical solution," said Riehl. "Now, with SkillSoft's investment behind it, we can move from niche to mainstream. We believe that the complete solution -- SkillPort LMS, the SkillView competency management platform, the SkillView competency model, SkillSoft curriculum and Books24x7 offerings -- combines into one of the most compelling human capital management value propositions available today."

A key differentiator of SkillView is its robust competency model. The SkillView Competency Model is a full set of data, enabling a company to get underway immediately with competency management. The model contains approximately 250 universal and IT-specific competencies, approximately 100 mainstream IT job titles profiled against those competencies, and the entire SkillSoft curriculum mapped to those competencies. Future releases will extend beyond the IT domain to include finance, sales, marketing, engineering, medical and other disciplines as market demands dictate.

A second key differentiator for the SkillView platform is its tight integration with SkillPort, SkillSoft's learning management system, enabling seamless pass-through between SkillView and SkillPort. Learners' training recommendations from SkillView are sent to SkillPort's MyPlan for ease of use. SkillSoft content can be launched directly from within SkillView, with SkillPort automatically tracking learner scoring and bookmarking information.

For more information about SkillView and SkillView XL, call 1-877-545-5763 or visit

About SkillSoft

SkillSoft is a leading provider of comprehensive e-learning content and technology products for business and IT professionals within global enterprises. SkillSoft's multi-modal learning solutions support and enhance the speed and effectiveness of both formal and informal learning processes and integrate SkillSoft's in-depth content resources, learning management system, virtual classroom technology and support services.

Content offerings include SkillSoft's business, IT, desktop and compliance courseware collections and BusinessPro(TM), ITPro(TM), OfficeEssentials(TM), FinancePro(TM), EngineeringPro(TM), GovEssentials(TM), ExecSummaries(TM) and ExecBlueprints(TM) collections from Books24x7(R). SkillSoft's complementary technologies include SkillPort(R), the company's learning management system with its powerful Search-and-Learn(TM) technology and premium add-on modules, and SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM) virtual classroom, a tool that allows customers to create and deliver effective blended learning programs using custom content and off-the-shelf learning resources. For more information, visit

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     Julie Ogilvie

     Ed Hadley
     PAN Communications


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