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Books24x7 Launches ExecBlueprints, a New Online Collection of In-Depth Perspectives and Best Practices Addressing Top Business Issues

More Than 150 Reports Authored by Industry Leaders for Industry Leaders Included in Newest Collection

NORWOOD, Mass., March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Books24x7(R), a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) and the developer of online Referenceware(R) for IT and business professionals, today announced the availability of ExecBlueprints(TM), an online collection of concise, topically-focused best practices on high-level business issues written specifically for senior executives, emerging leaders, high-potential employees and anyone supporting executive initiatives. ExecBlueprints are authored by top industry executives regarded as leaders and innovators in their fields.

ExecBlueprints provide easy-to-absorb practical information that gives executives a framework for taking near-term action on pressing business issues. Each report is 10 to 15 pages long and is co-authored by three to five top executives, helping to ensure a diversity of perspectives. ExecBlueprints are designed to succinctly convey key issues, metrics, lessons learned, milestones, timelines and action plans required for successful execution.

"ExecBlueprints are designed to give time-starved executives succinct, highly relevant information on specific business issues, trends and initiatives from recognized experts and fellow executives," said John Ambrose, general manager of Books24x7. "Executives are challenged daily to be knowledgeable on a range of complex issues in and outside of their disciplines. While they are bombarded by information, often information is too theoretical, irrelevant or overly technical to be helpful. ExecBlueprints is an entirely new content genre inspired by what busy executives tell us they want most: concise, action-oriented content that directly relates to issues at hand."

The collection currently includes more than 150 titles divided into the following five practice areas: management strategies, human capital strategies, sales and marketing strategies, technology strategies, and finance and legal strategies.

Books24x7's powerful search engine gives subscribers the ability to search the entire collection for keywords, company names, authors or any other criteria. Reports are viewable by industry and by job title. Individual reports can also be searched to quickly pinpoint facts or statistics. ExecBlueprints can be accessed online, printed or downloaded as PDFs for later viewing. Examples of titles in the collection include:

     * "Online Marketing Strategies Every Executive Should Know"
     * "CEO Best Practices: Staying One Step Ahead of the Competition"
     * "International Best Practices for Outsourcing"
     * "Sarbanes-Oxley and Governance: What Every Business Needs to Know"
     * "Nanotechnology: How Big Companies Are Using It"
     * "Benchmarking Your Sarbanes-Oxley Preparedness"
     * "Avoiding Legal Landmines in Manufacturing"
     * "Trends in CRM: How to Ensure Your Investment Pays Off"
     * "Corporate Ethics: The Ten Things Each of Your Employees Needs to Know"

ExecBlueprint authors include C-level executives from companies such as Time Warner, Sybase, Whirlpool, Citigroup, Travelocity, Sprint and Northrop Grumman.

"ExecBlueprints is a unique and valuable concept -- concisely capturing the key success factors from executive peers who have 'been there and done that,'" said Whitney Anderson, CEO of, a contributing author of the ExecBlueprint "CEO Meet CFO: Understanding The Relationship & Maximizing Results" and co-author of The Art of Retail (Aspatore, Inc., 2003). "In 15 minutes, you can know how three to five top executives handle an issue and execute accordingly," said Stephen S. Tang, former CEO of Millennium Cell and author of the ExecBlueprint "CEO Best Practices: Becoming More Profitable."

Organizations can license ExecBlueprints as a stand-alone collection by practice area or in conjunction with other Books24x7 collections, which include ExecSummaries(TM), BusinessPro(TM), ITPro(TM), FinancePro(TM), EngineeringPro(TM) and OfficeEssentials(TM). Subscriptions to ExecBlueprints are based on number of users, duration of contract and other collections licensed. For more information and for samples, visit, email or call 781-440-0550.

About Books24x7

Books24x7, a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC, offers subscription clients online access to more than 7,100 unabridged IT and business books, reports, and book summaries. Books24x7's patent-pending technology platform enables users to pinpoint business-critical information quickly by performing multi- tier, online searches of the company's Referenceware(R) collections: ExecBlueprints, ExecSummaries, ITPro, BusinessPro, FinancePro, EngineeringPro and OfficeEssentials.

Books24x7 helps bridge the gap between what employees know and what they need to know in hundreds of leading organizations, including Bank of America, CSC, Deloitte, EDS and Lockheed Martin. The company has relationships with more than 220 leading publishers, including AMACOM, Apress, ASTD, Harvard Business School Press, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press and John Wiley & Sons. For more information, visit

About SkillSoft

SkillSoft is a leading provider of comprehensive e-learning content and technology products for business and IT professionals within the Global 2000. 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 platform, virtual classroom technology and support services.

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