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Marconi switches e-learning provider to gain competitive advantage

Following an extensive evaluation of e-learning suppliers, SkillSoft has won a three-year contract to provide e-learning to Marconi Corporation’s global workforce

Nashua, NH – February 16, 2004 – Following an extensive evaluation of e-learning suppliers, SkillSoft has won a three-year contract to provide e-learning to Marconi Corporation’s global workforce.

Marconi Corporation has committed to a three-year expandable contract for 3,000 user licences after trialing SkillSoft’s MultiModal Learning solution (MML) - which combines Marconi’s own bespoke e-learning content with Skillsoft’s generic IT and business e-learning and Books24x7 referenceware. SkillSoft will deliver the learning in five languages via its portal – SkillPort 6.

Neil Grant, head of learning strategy at Marconi, said:

“Marconi is a major provider of communications and information technology solutions worldwide. We operate in a fast-changing environment so the skills of our people have to constantly evolve to keep pace. SkillSoft’s MML system offers a speedy and effective means of achieving this. The integrated search engine allows our employees to call up a specific topic - as and when the need arises - and access the latest related reference material, company specific data and e-learning courseware within a matter of seconds.
“Our challenge is to build close alignment with our business needs and take advantage of a learning solution that contributes to competitive advantage as well as being excellent value for our budget.”

Kevin Young, managing director of SkillSoft, added:

“We’re delighted that SkillSoft has been selected as Marconi’s preferred e-learning supplier. But successful implementation is just the beginning. The ongoing task is to help the company fully exploit the far-reaching benefits of MultiModal Learning. To assist in this, SkillSoft will be placing a full-time project manager at Marconi’s Coventry site who will work closely with the company to ensure best value across the enterprise.”

For further information about Marconi Corporation, contact:
Joe Kelly, vice president, public relations:
tel: +44 (0)20 7306 177
mob: +44 (0)7801 722931

For further information about SkillSoft, contact:
Louise Jaggs at TextOnTap
tel: +44 (0)1242 257770
mob: +44 (0)7712 011246

Notes to editors:

SkillSoft’s MultiModal learning solution installed at Marconi provides 3,000 users with access to:

  • SkillSoft’s full e-learning portfolio of IT and business e-learning comprising 300,000+ learning objects
  • Bespoke evaluation processes developed in conjunction with Marconi - incorporating evaluation forms in UK English, American English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Access to over 5,000 online books and reference materials via the ITPro, BusinessPro and OfficePro areas of Books24x7
  • Blended learning toolkits with supporting collateral material to help link online courses with related instructor-led training
  • Dummy test runs (Test Preps) for Marconi’s personnel to facilitate effective study and revision prior to taking technical IT exams
  • An option for Marconi to use SkillSoft’s course customisation toolkit to develop its own e-learning content using SkillSoft’s course engine.

About Marconi Corporation plc
Marconi Corporation plc is a global telecommunications equipment, services and solutions company. The Company's core business is the provision of innovative and reliable optical networks, broadband routing and switching and broadband access technologies and services. The Company's customer base includes many of the world's largest telecommunications operators.
The Company is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol MONI and on Nasdaq under the symbol MRCIY. Additional information about Marconi Corporation can be found at
Copyright (c) 2004 Marconi Corporation plc. All rights reserved. All brands or product names are trademarks of their respective holders.

This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to products, partners, customers, future growth and other matters. Please refer to the Form 20-F report, Form 10Q Reports and Form 8-K reports filed by Marconi Corporation plc with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements.

About SkillSoft plc ( - Nasdaq: SKIL):
SkillSoft is a major global supplier of integrated e-learning solutions which provide the workforces of corporate organisations with management, business, computer, information technology and personal skills.

SkillSoft focuses on generating tangible business results through both formal and informal learning processes (known as Multi-modal learning solutions or MML) – allowing people to access information, training modules, reference material and other resources at the point they really need it – i.e. when they are actually trying to complete a specific task during a working day.
SkillSoft’s customers includes major corporates and international organisations such as AT&T, FedEx, Hilton, Lloyds TSB, Nestle, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Royal Mail, Siemens, Telewest and Wolters Kluwer. The company works closely with a wide range of technology suppliers to ensure that its Multi-modal learning solutions can be seamlessly integrated into an organisation’s existing systems and software.

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 other brand names, trademarks, or registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

This release includes information that constitutes forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results encompassed within the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include difficulties in integrating the organisations of SmartForce and SkillSoft, competitive pressures, changes in customer demands or industry standards, adverse economic conditions, loss of key personnel, litigation and other matters disclosed under the heading "Future Operating Results" in SkillSoft's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2003, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking financial information provided by the Company in this press release represents the Company's estimates as of February 3, 2004. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's estimates to change. However, while the Company may elect to update this forward-looking financial information at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. This forward-looking information should not be relied upon as representing the Company's estimates of its future financial performance as of any date subsequent to the date of this release.