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SkillSoft’s Perspectives User Conference Set for Washington, D.C.,
May 4 - 7

ROI of e-Learning, Continuous Learning Models, Content Integration, Performance Management on Agenda; Executives from NEC America, Cisco, ING U.S. Financial Services, Caterpillar, Unisys, Northrop Grumman Among Attendees

Nashua, NH – April 15, 2003 – SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of e-learning courseware and referenceware for business and IT professionals, is finalizing the agenda of its Perspectives user conference, an event open to all SkillSoft clients at the Hilton Washington, May 4 – 7, in Washington, D.C. Attendees will have access to keynotes and breakout presentations on a wide variety of topics – including ROI metrics, the relationship between performance management and learning, continuous, multi-modal learning strategies, and content integration. Customer presenters and panelists include learning executives from NEC America, ING U.S. Financial Services, Deloitte Touche, Primerica, Caterpillar, Compass Bank, U.S. Airforce, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of State, Unisys, Northrop Grumman, and TXU.

Attendees also can choose to participate in any one of four half-day workshops at no additional cost. The workshops, which will be held from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 7, will address the use of blended learning for formal and informal training needs, managing changes in learning cultures, developing practical and defendable ROI strategies, and marketing e-learning within an organization.

The conference will feature several keynote presentations, including:
· Senior IDC analyst Cushing Anderson will host a panel discussion on the measurement of training impact. Anderson, the program director of IDC’s Learning Services, was one of the first to focus on the emerging e-learning industry and has spearheaded research initiatives focused on corporate, IT, and government e-learning markets. Panelists include Tom Kelly, vice president of worldwide training for Cisco; Candy Haynes, associate CLO for Deloitte Consulting; and Steve Trehern, vice president of Unisys University.
· “Rethinking E-learning” will be delivered by Marc Rosenberg, an independent consultant and the author of E-Learning: Strategies for Delivering Knowledge in the Digital Age. Rosenberg’s presentation will discuss the factors required for program success, the potential impact of knowledge management, and the relationship between learning and business strategy.

The conference will feature several networking events, including a Potomac River cruise and a conference dinner. SkillSoft will announce the winners of annual awards recognizing top achievements in implementation, administration, leadership, and other categories at the dinner event.

“Perspectives is a conference where attendees can get in-depth information and best practices on topics that can help ensure the long-term success of learning initiatives,” said Candy Haynes, associate CLO for Deloitte Consulting. “And, it’s also an invaluable opportunity to talk with SkillSoft management -- not only to learn more about the company’s upcoming plans but to also offer direct feedback.”

The registration fee for Perspectives is $645, which includes all keynote and breakout sessions, all networking events, and registration for one half-day workshop. Government employees pay $525, and a one-day conference pass costs $225. For detailed registration, conference, and hotel information, visit

About SkillSoft
SkillSoft is a leading provider of e-learning courseware and referenceware for business and IT professionals. SkillSoft products and services are designed to accelerate the ability of today’s workforce to master the business and technology skills required for competitive success. The company has more thousands of corporate customers worldwide and more than 4.5 million licensed users.

SkillSoft focuses on meeting the comprehensive business skills and information technology learning needs of professionals in Global 5000 organizations through a comprehensive range of content-focused, e-learning solutions, including:

Business Skills Library: More than 1,900 courseware and simulation titles encompassing professional effectiveness, management/leadership, project management, sales & customer-facing skills, business strategy/operations, finance, human resources, safety/health and financial services industry. Courses feature strong visual design; a focus on instructional objectives at the application and analysis levels; learner interactivity and reinforcement through RolePlays, SkillSimulations, and case studies; and pre- and post-course assessments with prescriptive learning capabilities.

IT Skills and Certification Library: More than 1,800 course titles encompassing software development, operating systems and server technologies, Internet and network technologies, enterprise database systems, web design, and desktop computer skills. The IT library also supports more than 70 current certification exams.

ITPro, BusinessPro, and FinancePro Referenceware: More than 3,600 unabridged IT and business books and reports are available to online subscribers through SkillSoft’s subsidiary, Books24x7. A unique, patent-pending search engine gives subscribers the ability to perform multi-level searches.

SkillSoft customers include organizations such as: Siemens Business Services, Novell, American Red Cross, Fluor Corporation, Verizon, U.S. Army, Deloitte Consulting, Raytheon, IBM, Internal Revenue Service, Army National Guard, Qwest, Department of Transportation, and NEC America.

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 and Referenceware are servicemarks of Books24x7, Inc. All brand names, trademarks, or registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.