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Skillsoft buying SumTotal – My Take

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Like many of you, I was surprised to find out that Skillsoft is in the process of acquiring SumTotal. Here according to the documentation listed on the Skillsoft web site, is what they see as the real value of the SumTotal acquisition (text listed is actual wording on their document): Skillsoft and SumTotal provide highly complementary HR solutions. Combination of Skillsoft and SumTotal offers comprehensive, content-rich HR solutions. HR or Training or L&D (depending on the company)?  Getting back to Skillsoft and SumTotal. They are not. doubt it.

SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning

Kapp Notes

Today, SumTotal announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. The combined company represents the largest and most complete talent management provider in the industry supporting every industry and every market segment. Companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations rely on GeoLearning’s deep domain expertise to drive organizational performance. This acquisition combines SumTotal’s proven leadership in Talent Management with GeoLearning’s comprehensive learning solutions specifically in the Mid-market, Government, and Extended Enterprise market segments.

Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


He is also a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Carmen and a Freeman of the City of London. Examples include helping the US-based LMS provider, Pathlore, to be acquired by SumTotal Systems and helping the UK-based learning content producer, Skillchange Systems, to be acquired by Vega (which, itself, was later acquired by an Italian company). Bob: Interestingly, last month, I was speaking at an international conference in Croatia, organised by the food company, Podravka, on the subject of innovation in learning. THE INTERVIEW: 1. Learnnovators: Hi Bob. LCMSs.

GeoLearning Acquired by SumTotal: The mLearning Impact?

mLearning Trends

The enterprise learning market witnessed another big consolidation event today as SumTotal Systems announced it acquired GeoLearning thus further positioning SumTotal as the largest platform provider for LMS and talent management solutions in the industry. According to leading analyst Josh Bersin , the combined entity will grow SumTotal's "total market share to 12.5%.

Want to be successful at e-Learning? Don’t make the mistakes experts make!

Challenge to Learn

have to know about e-Learning, finance, management, marketing, sales, product development and more in order to manage all these developments in our company. But for most (if not all) of these fields we have a specialist in the company that is better than I am. Companies are not here forever. Here are the lessons learned. It is the same with choosing your e-Learning tooling.

Want to be successful at e-Learning? Don’t make the mistakes experts make!

Challenge to Learn

have to know about e-Learning, finance, management, marketing, sales, product development and more in order to manage all these developments in our company. But for most (if not all) of these fields we have a specialist in the company that is better than I am. Companies are not here forever. Here are the lessons learned. It is the same with choosing your e-Learning tooling.

So, We Talked to a Vendor About Learning Technology…

CLO Magazine

Of course, Tena Lyons, vice president for product marketing at SumTotal, works for a learning technology company, so she’d obviously have some pros to offer. For instance, you recently updated the SumTotal Talent Expansion Suite. For every tech gadget that saves time, money and eases stress, there are always a few more that seemingly do exactly the opposite.

LMS Decision Making Criteria B4 U Buy

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Working for a small company, mid-size, large, F100?  Enable our learners to take courses, content and share that content with others in our company – i.e. we want a learning community.   3. As someone who once worked at a tech company, the old phrase, “yeah it  is on our roadmap” was often used in order to entice someone to ideally buy.   Been there.  UI/UX.

B2B Top Five LMSs

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Company to Company. oh, and nice folks too. #5 – SumTotal Learn. But if you can and you want to decide between CoD, SF, Saba or SumTotal.  Go SumTotal.  If you want uber e-commerce and can deal with the subpar UI and some other challenges, then explore Cornerstone OnDemand. #4 LearnUpon. System is very affordable for what you get. #3 Docebo. I’ve talked highly about the company before and without ad naseum here, I will say that it is very strong in B2B.  Yep, people love lists. Yet, other times, the list carries value and benefit.  Uh, no.

Learning and the Flexible Workforce

CLO Magazine

based Penna PLC, an interim management, coaching and HR services company, said this popular economy is characterized by “people working on temporary assignments and moving transiently around the workforce, selling their project skills on a project-by-project basis.”. The perky names that Nunberg refers to describe companies like ride sharing company Uber and global homestay network Airbnb.

The Inevitable Fusion of Learning and Talent

CLO Magazine

Research from Deloitte University Press titled “Global Human Capital Trends 2015, Leading in the New World of Work” indicates the percentage of companies rating learning and development as a “very high” priority tripled in a year, yet organizational readiness is rapidly declining. Brent Colescott is director of business strategy and transformation, SumTotal, a Skillsoft company.

Tech Headlines for September 2014

ATD Learning Technologies

Tech headlines for September 2014 include: Skillsoft to Acquire SumTotal, Top 20 Portal Companies, Phablets Add VR, and Bersin Reports LMS Spending Grows More Than $2.5 Billion. Click here to read full version

When It Comes to Technology, All That Glitters Is Not Gold

CLO Magazine

Too often companies decide they need a new learning management system or invest in a new content development platform without first figuring out what business purpose it will serve — and whether learners will even use it. These companies also offer content curation as part of their learning management systems. These are heady days for learning leaders. In 2015 alone, more than $6.54

Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)

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identify the Big Dogs as SumTotal by Skillsoft (yes, that is the actual name),  Cornerstone OnDemand, Saba, SucessFactors and Oracle Taleo (although, I ask myself who is using this and if you still are why?). SumTotal by Skillsoft – the 2016 re-haul is a huge plus.  SumTotal by Skillsoft. NEO LMS is similar to Matrix, they say they are separate companies and yes, that is true, but the product is more than similar, I smell doppelganger here – reminds me how many people you run into that are duplicates of someone you know (or is it just me, that see’s it?).

Desperate Need to Reinvent the L&D professional in Australia – Online Forum

Learning Cafe

Jeevan has worked for EY, PWC, Boots, SumTotal and Upside. Offered the role of a onboarding program facilitator, Derek did not think twice before he said “yes” Since then he had polished his facilitation skills, moved into a Learning partner role and currently headed the Learning function for one the divisions of the insurance company. Panel. Questions for Discussion.

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ATD2015 Conference Post – Review

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Growth Engineering LMS – #1 in my Top 50 and their launch of Genie, their authoring tool which comes with the system, but can also be a stand alone. A few of the Top 50 LMS vendors in attendance:  Growth Engineering, ExpertusOne, eLogic Learning, Docebo, Administrate, SumTotal, NetDimensions, Litmos, LearnUpon, iSpring Online, Totara, Shift IQ, IMC-AG, Blackboard, D2L, Biz Library. Well hello there!  Back after a few grueling weeks first in Australia then in Orlando, speaking at ATD.  The book will be published in 2016. – what are you thinking – stuff. Pluses. Average.

Naming Names – LMS Mini Reviews

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The whole “non-traditional” push or more importantly, when a vendor says “traditional” implies that their system is not like Cornerstone, SumTotal, and alike.  For a company who generates extensive amounts of revenue – sales wise, the system itself seems to be missing some of that cash in terms of investment towards making it rock. SumTotal. SumTotal. And when I say mini, I mean mini – like maximum of three paragraphs.  What is happening with some better known vendors or those on my radar of up and coming will be equally presented.

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The Cornerstone Effect

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Nor is it about the company itself, rather it is about the effect the system has on the entire LMS industry. Similar thoughts are often associated with SumTotal (although they have vastly improved their UI, but they do see themselves at least from my take, and even through a Google search as a HCM, especially after the acquisition by Skillsoft), SuccessFactors, Oracle Learn, Saba, Kenexa and a few others. Cornerstone and some of the bigger name others including SumTotal, etc., buyers or those just following the space. The statements were eerily similar. Traditional.

Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

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within the company), B2B/B2C (external, i.e. clients, customers, etc.), Docebo, Axonify, Administrate, SumTotal, Cornerstone on Demand, Spoke by Unboxed Technology, Service Rocket, Saba, LearnUpon. Company name, Point of contact, website, email, social media, phone number, number of clients, number of individual users, up to top three verticals. It’s that time of the year, when research firms, industry firms, Fred your mailman and Judy the person who nags you each day you come into your office, announces their best of the best awards. And I’m along with them.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

Much of the investment was upfront and only the largest companies or companies with the most compliance risk exposure could afford an LMS. LMS companies (and many software companies) were top heavy, poorly run organizations and the strong gobbled up the weak.  A steady flurry of acquisitions disrupted customers’ lives but never the market as a whole.  SumTotal.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

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Pricing is mid-tier. #5 BizLibrary – Company College. SumTotal: Expensive system and what you are buying is name IMO. Saba: See SumTotal. Hello from sunny Los Angeles. Back again to bring this first in a series of rankings for the top ten learning management systems for 2013. As many of you will around know, these rankings are just the first in of series. That said, just as a reminder: Here is how these new rankings will work throughout 2013: Debut this month, update in July, final top 25 in Dec. 100% independent. No spin. You will never find it here. Pluses. Minuses.

E-Learning 24/7 Superhero Reader Edition: LRS Pros/Cons, Course design – what works

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While I have (continue to have) real concerns about privacy and security issues, if a person leaves your company/business/school/university and so forth and goes some other place that doesn’t have an LRS – where does their data record sit –  an LRS has potential. Next week:  Product Review of SumTotal Learn by Skillsoft . Take that Big Data! Well, it is now).

The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

Talented Learning

Trying to proactively dislodge Cornerstone, SumTotal, Saba, SuccessFactors or Oracle as a business model is a fool’s errand.  Among LMS specialists, differentiation tends to start with the target learning audience: employees, extended enterprise (customers, channel partners and other non-employees), academic institutions,   associations  or commercial training companies. Free Webinar.

Best of the Best – Extended Enterprise or multi-tenant LMSs

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You may have thought it only applies to large size companies with lots of employees. Just because a system lists itself as an extended enterprise does not mean it comes with multiple domains (which with some vendors includes customized) nor with multiple portals or my preferable term – “multi-tenant” You may see an “extended enterprise” which not only refers to the company’s employees, but also their customers and channel partners.  Or you may see an extended enterprise which focuses on the B2B, B2C or both. who are children. 501 to 1,500: SMB.

Courseware LMSs – Good or bad for the industry?

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One of my biggest irritants is how slow some course only providers are when it comes to cleaning up outdated or poorly designed courses.  I once recall a conversation I had with Skillsoft, before they purchased SumTotal. . You could be an individual buying the course or a set of courses OR you could be a company/business/school/etc. Enterprise companies and SMB). c. SumTotal Learn now includes a bundle of courses as part of your purchase. Y o u may be sitting right now with third party content in your LMS.  Maybe you purchased it via Open Sesame, or Skillsoft.

Presidential Politics, LMSs – The Cycle

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LMS Staff Turnover –  I would love to know this because it can tell a lot.  If it is a shrinking ship, the people will flee.  If the company is facing internal strife or turmoil, firings and layoffs.  Re-organization?  have no idea on what non-traditional actually means.  I can guess, and often see that it is the case, that when a vendor says this or a consumer does they are looking at the Cornerstone or SumTotal or similar.  . If you are like me, there sure has been a lot of vitriol spilled in this year’s US Election. Cycle A – Polling Political Style. Mercedes?  

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Top Ten Learning Management Systems – July Rankings

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Seriously, beyond me and honestly it hurts them. #5 Biz Library Company College – Another previous top ten ranking platform that “gets it”   The user interface is quite nice – on the end user side, and I love the video blocks capability on the front end (they were the first to do this from a LMS side – to my knowledge).  So, why aren’t they higher?

Make Your LMS Mobile Compatible in 4 Easy Ways

CommLab India

Therefore, you can customize the existing LMS native apps such as MOODLE , SumTotal, Cellcast, and others. Some companies develop LMSs based on HTML5 browser compatibility, as this doesn’t need a native app installation. Growing learner needs, training requirements, and busy work-life cycles– all these are prompting organizational training to go mobile. Let’s check them in detail. 1.

ASTD Webcast On New Mobile Learning Research

Upside Learning

The speakers at the webinar were Kevin Oakes (founder & CEO of i4CP, earlier founder of Click2Learn which was merged with Docent to form SumTotal) and John Polaschek (Sr. John agrees and highlights an emerging trend that companies are identifying use case for PCs, tablets, and mobiles separately to design and deliver appropriate content or information.

2016 LMS Market Trends, Observations and Predictions

Talented Learning

There is really only a handful of LMS vendors that specialize in the complexities of continuing education including Abila ,   eLogic Learning , WBT Systems , Digitec Interactive , WebCourseworks , EthosCE , Cornerstone , SumTotal , Saba and YM Learning.   #4 – Vacuum of Professional Service LMS Vendors. The 2016 LMS market is not what you think. This is big news.  Conclusion.

Perceptions and Factoids (LMS)

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If you have or are looking for an LMS, perhaps someone in your company or department has mentioned that this X vendor or Y vendor either isn’t known or they have never heard of them and thus it is better to go with a well-known vendor, because they must be better – I mean look at all the folks they have. It is a common misconception and one that can have and often does have negative results. Another zinger is the old some famous, everyone hates their LMS.  Yeah, yeah, I know. What does this really say?  The people involved in the daily goals of building a top tier program.  

PENS – Why your LMS and Authoring Tool Solution should include it

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For cloud based authoring tools there has been a larger acceptance of the value ,and a number of LMS companies have realized that this is a pretty easy (MUCH easier than SCORM) standard to implement ,and have moved beyond outdated approaches like “FTP” access. Paul Schneider in my opinion is one of the guru’s in the authoring tool industry. And now the interview. Bottom Line.


E-Learning Jargon: What you might think it is.well…

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LMS – Learning Management System, Learning System (which for some companies tries to spin it as something new and magical and not like the LMS). But SumTotal and alike do it as well. As many of you are aware the e-learning world is well known for its jargon.  In turn it is this jargon that can create confusion and misunderstanding not only for newbies into the space but also for hardened veterans. Gamification and Gaming. I am quite sure you have heard the term “gamification”   It is everywhere you look, at trade shows, in publications, on various net sites.

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

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One company even went so far as inviting me to speak on the topic to their L&D group. Great opportunities in education (K-12 and higher ed) and even with companies, although I see it more with mid size and large.  Thus, your competition expands: Large size vendors such as Saba, Cornerstone On Demand, SumTotal, Taleo, SuccessFactors – recently acquired by SAP. Thus the argument that companies plus 10,000 or even 50,000 all want TM/PM functionality, is ludicrous. In 2011, I saw quite a few items that resonated. ” The Future. #1. Brainstorming? Boring.