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SkillSoft and SumTotal Systems Co-Sponsor Senior Executive Panel on Learning Integration at TechLearn

Executives from, Dun & Bradstreet, Johnson & Johnson, NCR, Symbol Technologies, and Wachovia to Address Business and Technical Integration Issues and Best Practices; Industry Analyst Josh Bersin to Moderate

NASHUA, N.H., Nov 10, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of enterprise e-learning, and SumTotal Systems (Nasdaq: SUMT), the industry's largest provider of learning and business performance technologies, services and processes, today announced a senior executive panel discussion on learning technology integration, to be held on Monday, November 15, at the TechLearn conference in New York City. The panel discussion, to be moderated by industry analyst Josh Bersin, will be held from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis' Plymouth Room. The discussion will also be broadcast live on the web and recorded for later access and viewing.

Panel participants include: George Flanagan, manager, Learning Management Systems, Johnson & Johnson; Jim Bauman, director, NCR University Operations Ohio, NCR; Shafiq Hajee, director of Education Services, Symbol Technologies, Inc.; Karen Heilner, D&B University Sales Performance Support, Dun & Bradstreet; David Brady, systems analyst senior, HR Information Systems, Wachovia.

Panelists will address a wide range of topics during the discussion, such as the most common technologies involved in integration initiatives; the role of SCORM and other standards; integration project planning, execution, and budgeting; integration testing; and IT support and expertise typically required. All panelists have had direct involvement with at least one integration initiative within their organizations.

"As learning programs become more sophisticated and reach wider audiences, learning technology integration becomes increasingly important," said Bersin, founder and principal analyst for Bersin & Associates. "Research last year showed content integration and integration with HR systems to be the two biggest integration needs for those companies with LMSs. In 2005, we expect to see this list grow to include analytics, virtual classroom technology, assessment systems, and authoring tools."

SkillSoft and SumTotal Systems are strategic partners committed to working with clients to address integration challenges and to helping companies develop strategies for integrating learning into the enterprise. SkillSoft's content interoperability with SumTotal products is a key element of the companies' product strategies, with the mutual goal of ensuring seamless integration and efficient implementation, support and maintenance for clients worldwide.

Those interested in attending the panel discussion can register for TechLearn at Those interested in registering for the free webcast can go to

About SumTotal Systems

SumTotal Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUMT) is the business performance and learning technology industry's largest single provider of technologies, processes and services. Formed by the merger of industry pioneers Docent and Click2learn, the company is uniquely focused on helping organizations harness and manage mission-critical intellectual power to solve real-world business problems and produce significant bottom-line results. SumTotal has helped accelerate performance and profit for more than 674 of the world's best-known companies and federal and local government agencies, including Microsoft, Cingular Wireless, the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard, Vodafone, Lucent, Accenture, Cendant, Harley-Davidson, Wyeth, Wachovia and Dun & Bradstreet. SumTotal Systems is headquartered in Mountain View, CA, with offices throughout the United States, as well as in London, Paris, Heidelberg, Sydney, Tokyo and Hyderabad, India.

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.

Content offerings include SkillSoft's business and IT skills courseware collections; ITPro(TM), BusinessPro(TM), FinancePro(TM), EngineeringPro(TM), OfficeEssentials(TM), and ExecSummaries(TM) Referenceware(R) collections by Books24x7(R); and health and safety compliance courseware by GoTrain. SkillSoft's complementary technologies include SkillPort(R), the company's learning management platform with its powerful Search-and-Learn capabilities, and SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM), the company's newly introduced virtual classroom offering with associated tools for blended learning solutions. For more information, visit

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