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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.

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.

Knowledge & Learning in the News - 4/16/05

Big Dog, Little Dog

Saba and SumTotal Systems showed a positive tendency. Knowledge management: Designing Knowledge-based Organization. The source of the crisis is coming from two different, yet related, sources. First, it is the transition of our society into a knowledge economy. The series of recent high-profile business fiascos including Enron, WorldCom, or Global Crossing, just to name a few, is not just a result of a moral hazard of a few individual executives or the lack of government regulations. Rather, it is a result of a fundamental shift that is taking place in society and the economy.

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.

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.