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SkillSoft Sponsors Perspectives User Conference

Presentations from NEC America, ING U.S. Financial Services, Caterpillar, and Other SkillSoft Customers to Highlight Agenda of Washington, D.C. Event

Nashua, NH – March 13, 2003 – SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL)
, a leading provider of e-learning courseware and referenceware for business and IT professionals, today announced its Perspectives user conference, a three-day event open to all SkillSoft clients at the Hilton Washington, May 4 – 7, in Washington, D.C. Attendees will have access to more than 25 presentations on a wide variety of topics – including ROI metrics, performance management, and the use of e-learning to address changing workforce demographics. Customer presenters include learning executives from NEC America, ING U.S. Financial Services, Baker Hughes, Primerica, Caterpillar, Compass Bank, American International Underwriters, 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 three keynote presentations. The first, hosted by senior IDC analyst Cushing Anderson, will be 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. The second keynote, titled “Rethinking E-learning,” will be delivered by Marc Rosenberg, senior director for DiamondCluster, a business strategy and solutions firm 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. Marilyn King, a human performance consultant and pentathlon Olympian, will deliver the conference’s final keynote.

The conference will include several networking events, including a Potomac River cruise and dinner with entertainment by the satirical group Capitol Steps. SkillSoft will also announce the winners of annual awards recognizing top achievements in implementation, administration, leadership, and other categories.

“This event is an invaluable peer-to-peer learning experience for us all,” said Jerry Nine, executive vice president of global sales and marketing for SkillSoft. “Since the focus of the conference is on customer presentations, attendees can learn from the first-hand experiences of colleagues and take away the best practices applicable to their own organizations.”

The early registration fee for Perspectives is $545, which includes all keynote and breakout sessions, all networking events, and registration for one half-day workshop. On April 1, the standard registration fee rises to $645. 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 currently has more than 2,800 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 1,600 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 2,800 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 40 certification programs.

ITPro and Business Pro Referenceware: More than 2,500 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: First Union, Clarica (Canada), Fluor Corporation, Verizon, U.S. Army, Deloitte Consulting, Raytheon, IBM, Internal Revenue Service, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Army National Guard, Dell Computers, Qwest, Department of Transportation, NEC America, British Telecom and Wells Fargo.

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SkillSoft, SkillPort, RolePlay, Search-and-Learn, Accelerated Path, and e-Learning for the Knowledge Economy are trademarks and/or servicemarks of SkillSoft Corporation. Referenceware is a servicemark of, Inc. All brand names, trademarks, or registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.