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Throw Back Thursday: The Impact of Steve Jobs

We receive so much valuable content
from our customers, partners and internal subject-matter experts. On Thursdays,
we thought it would be fun to do a “throw back” and bring back an older post
that was valuable to our audience. Today’s throw back is in remembrance of
Steve Jobs and his legacy.

Steve Jobs’ influence on Skillsoft
® Books24x7®

By Pam Boiros

As I use my iPhone® to read through all of the remembrances being
posted on the internet for Steve Jobs, I can’t help but reflect on the impact
he has had on me – not just personally, but professionally.

I look back on
the evolution of the Skillsoft Books24x7 product since I started 10+ years ago and I
see so much of Jobs’ impact on our product.  I see his boldness in us when
we were so proud to launch a one-of-its-kind product in 2000 – Skillsoft® Books24x7® ITPro™ – that had web capabilities not available in
other products.  I see his inspiration in our  social media layer – Skillsoft® inGenius® – which was designed to digitally connect
communities of users in an intuitive interface.  And his technical genius
continues to influence us as we design our next generation of products.

A search in the Skillsoft
Books24x7 ITPro and OfficeEssentials products with the term ‘iPhone’ and ‘iPad‘ returns no less than 200 titles.
These are full-text books being used by IT professionals and development
novices to master the skills of this widely popular technology.  It is not
a surprise that ‘iPhone’ and ‘iPad’ have become some of the most popular search
terms in our product in the past 12 to 18 months.

The Skillsoft® Books24x7® BusinessPro™ collection includes many titles that explore
Jobs’ management techniques and the business success of Apple.   This collection includes
full-text books on the presentation secrets, innovation secrets and iLeadership
of Steve Jobs.  When we recently added audio books to the collection
earlier this year, The Apple Way was one of the most popular titles
downloaded by our learners.   And we are very excited to be adding a
new biography about Steve in the very near future.

Yes, I have an
iPhone, iPad and iPod.  I tweet, text, IM and Facebook.  And like so
many others, my day-to-day routine has been profoundly influenced by the
visionary genius of Steve Jobs.

The recent
postings since Jobs’ death are comparing him to geniuses like John Lennon,
Michelangelo, Leonardo DaVinci and others.  Just as these people have left
their indelible mark on society – so too, will the legacy of Steve Jobs
influence many generations to come.  For this I am grateful.

I would love to
hear how Steve Jobs has influenced you – either personally or
professionally?  Share your thoughts with us!


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