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Merger mania in and around eLearning

The Learning Circuits

First, on Monday, WebEx buys intranets.com for $45M in cash ( details ) then today SumTotal buys Pathlore for $29M in cash ( details ) and $19M in stock. like stand-alone web meetings) in learning with WebEx+intranets.com and PGS+Netspoke while the fragmented LMS sub-industry is getting so much needed consolidation with SumTotal+Pathlore (and remember that SumTotal is the March 2004 merger of Docent and Click2learn). And then I hear that back on July 27 Premiere Global Services announced that it was buying Netspoke for $23.2M in cash ( details ). Anyway.

consolidation continues - BlackBoard + WebCT & more.

The Learning Circuits

And of course back in August we had WebEx buying Intranets.com and SumTotal (created out of Docent + Click2Learn) buying PathLore as I discussed in this post. BlackBoard $150M+ Saba $100M+ SumTotal $100M * strangely none of the investors like any of these deals as the stocks of the related companies have all dropped when they have announced their news. Wow, consolidation is running rampart in the eLearning space as everyone continues to merge or acquire. Look to your left and look to your right; easily one of those will not be around in six months.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

" In the mid 2000's a shakeout started and vendors segmented themselves into two categories: those that focused on global enterprises – (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and SAP) - and vendors which focused on the mid-market (Learn.com, GeoLearning, Blackboard, Certpoint, CornerstoneOnDemand, SilkRoad, NetDimensions, and others). Then came talent management.

One Version of the Future

The Learning Circuits

Some will be the vendors you know today - SumTotal , GeoLearning , SAS , Oracle , etc. Per Mindy B's request, here's my version of our future. I can elaborate a little now. As to a longer focus on workflow learning, we have several members of the LCB Blog Squad who are very involved in such efforts. I'll encourage them to post some of their thoughts. Jay Cross and Tony O'Driscoll laid out a more detailed vision of workflow learning in the February Training. Supervisors at all levels will be held responsible for the development of their employees. You asked who the vendors will be.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

" In the mid 2000's a shakeout started and vendors segmented themselves into two categories: those that focused on global enterprises – (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and SAP) - and vendors which focused on the mid-market (Learn.com, GeoLearning, Blackboard, Certpoint, CornerstoneOnDemand, SilkRoad, NetDimensions, and others). Then came talent management.

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

eLearning 24-7

Thus, your competition expands: Large size vendors such as Saba, Cornerstone On Demand, SumTotal, Taleo, SuccessFactors – recently acquired by SAP. Non compliant – i.e no SCORM, AICC or PENS – however, I am now seeing a few vendors offer PENS (created by AICC back in 2005, but slowly gaining traction). Every year, I identify five trends that I am seeing in the industry as a whole, and forecast on where they will be heading throughout the year. In 2011, I saw quite a few items that resonated. Here now are five trends and their respected forecasts. Brainstorming?

SMBs and Social Learning Technologies

Janet Clarey

The session was hosted by SumTotal Systems. References / Resources Used (additional to those linked to above): SumTotal, Harnessing the Power of Informal Learning Technology , White Paper. 2005). 36, No. 2, 2005, pp. 2005). 17th Biennial Conference of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, 2005. 2005). 17th Biennial Conference of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, 2005. 2005). 2005). Here are slides from the presentation I did yesterday. SMBs & Social Media (Sum Total). Action Plan.

Flying under the Radar SilkRoad raises $35M in Round C

Learning on the Leading Edge

Founded in 2005 with the intent to focus upon the SMB marketplace – SilkRoad has demonstrated consistent sustained growth over the years. Despite the recent acquisitions of Taleo by Oracle and SuccessFactors by SAP, the talent management software market is far from mature. portion of the funds will also be allocated towards the preparation for a potential 2012-2013 IPO.

Flying under the Radar SilkRoad raises $35M in Round C

Learning on the Leading Edge

Founded in 2005 with the intent to focus upon the SMB marketplace – SilkRoad has demonstrated consistent sustained growth over the years. Despite the recent acquisitions of Taleo by Oracle and SuccessFactors by SAP, the talent management software market is far from mature. portion of the funds will also be allocated towards the preparation for a potential 2012-2013 IPO.

Flying under the Radar SilkRoad raises $35M in Round C

Learning on the Leading Edge

Founded in 2005 with the intent to focus upon the SMB marketplace – SilkRoad has demonstrated consistent sustained growth over the years. Despite the recent acquisitions of Taleo by Oracle and SuccessFactors by SAP, the talent management software market is far from mature. portion of the funds will also be allocated towards the preparation for a potential 2012-2013 IPO.

eLearning Topics

Tony Karrer

Take a look at the companies: Saba (28) GeoLearning (17) SumTotal (22) Meridian (9) Cornerstone (19) You notice the counts are out of order (not descending). Seems so long ago. :) How about 2005 ? I've done a few posts in the past that take a look at the topics that are Hot Topics in Training. In each case, these are crude in that they look only at what terms people are using in a given content set. this would be down notable dropping topics: games, simulations, knowledge, interactive and blended Karyn Romeis commented: Hmm. have doubts about the validity of these data.

Blackboard Acquires ANGEL Learning - LMS Consolidation Continues

Learning on the Leading Edge

Announcements of new consolidation and/or partnerships are coming fast and furious: Two different firms are vying to purchase SumTotal. In 2005, Blackboard bought an even bigger competitor, WebCT, for $180-million. As we noted in the latest release of our industry study covering the LMS market, LMS and Learning Platforms 2009 , right now is a turbulent time for LMS providers. Saba and IBM have deepened their relationship , meaning IBM is now selling Saba as the learning & talent management portion of their own product offerings. " Who else is left to compete? David.

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Blackboard Acquires ANGEL Learning - LMS Consolidation Continues

Learning on the Leading Edge

Announcements of new consolidation and/or partnerships are coming fast and furious: Two different firms are vying to purchase SumTotal. In 2005, Blackboard bought an even bigger competitor, WebCT, for $180-million. As we noted in the latest release of our industry study covering the LMS market, LMS and Learning Platforms 2009 , right now is a turbulent time for LMS providers. Saba and IBM have deepened their relationship , meaning IBM is now selling Saba as the learning & talent management portion of their own product offerings. " Who else is left to compete? David.

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Blackboard Acquires ANGEL Learning - LMS Consolidation Continues

Learning on the Leading Edge

Announcements of new consolidation and/or partnerships are coming fast and furious: Two different firms are vying to purchase SumTotal. In 2005, Blackboard bought an even bigger competitor, WebCT, for $180-million. As we noted in the latest release of our industry study covering the LMS market, LMS and Learning Platforms 2009 , right now is a turbulent time for LMS providers. Saba and IBM have deepened their relationship , meaning IBM is now selling Saba as the learning & talent management portion of their own product offerings. " Who else is left to compete? David.

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Blackboard Acquires ANGEL Learning - LMS Consolidation Continues

Learning on the Leading Edge

Announcements of new consolidation and/or partnerships are coming fast and furious: Two different firms are vying to purchase SumTotal. In 2005, Blackboard bought an even bigger competitor, WebCT, for $180-million. As we noted in the latest release of our industry study covering the LMS market, LMS and Learning Platforms 2009 , right now is a turbulent time for LMS providers. Saba and IBM have deepened their relationship , meaning IBM is now selling Saba as the learning & talent management portion of their own product offerings. " Who else is left to compete? David.

Hot List - April 1, 2009 to April 11, 2009

Tony Karrer

The session was hosted by SumTotal Systems. Community Portals , April 3, 2009 Looking back at lessons learned from community portals (2005) I would say that the transactional portal is the only one that still makes any sense to me: Transactional: sites which are accessible, complete, thoughtful, and coherent; and with more than one type of on-line interaction (e.g. Coming back after a week of being mostly disconnected I'm woefully behind on email and even more so on my reading. So, here's the hot list for April 1 - April 11 via eLearning Learning. Focus on casual video games.