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SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning

Kapp Notes

Today, SumTotal announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. GeoLearning is the leading provider of managed services and on-demand learning management software. Founded in 1997, GeoLearning has a recognized history of innovation with comprehensive software products to address the needs across both employee development and extended enterprise. Companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations rely on GeoLearning’s deep domain expertise to drive organizational performance. Why is SumTotal acquiring GeoLearning? industry

SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning: LMS Market Consolidation Continues

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today another major shift takes place in the talent management systems market: SumTotal Systems announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. GeoLearning is a 10 year old company who really pioneered the SaaS or "managed services" model in learning. The acquisition of GeoLearning makes sense for several reasons.

SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning: LMS Market Consolidation Continues

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today another major shift takes place in the talent management systems market: SumTotal Systems announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. GeoLearning is a 10 year old company who really pioneered the SaaS or "managed services" model in learning. The acquisition of GeoLearning makes sense for several reasons.

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%.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

Initially developed as content delivery platforms, these early players (Learn.com and GeoLearning, for example) offered their platforms "on-demand," a phrase which is now called "in the cloud." SumTotal Systems acquired GeoLearning and a variety of other talent management companies and built an entire suite, including products for payroll and workforce management.

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

eLearning 24-7

After getting my PhD in Educational/Counseling psychology I went to work for a small startup, GeoLearning. When I was with GeoLearning, I worked with a 2-developer team and they finished and polished their implementation into Maestro (now SumTotal/Skillsoft Maestro) in less than 4 weeks of development time. In 2005, PENS was launched by AICC but did not initially gain wide acceptance.

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The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

Initially developed as content delivery platforms, these early players (Learn.com and GeoLearning, for example) offered their platforms "on-demand," a phrase which is now called "in the cloud." SumTotal Systems acquired GeoLearning and a variety of other talent management companies and built an entire suite, including products for payroll and workforce management.

The Talent Management Systems Market Surges Ahead

Learning on the Leading Edge

While many of the smaller fast-growing players were acquired (SuccessFactors, Taleo, Authoria, GeoLearning, Pathlore, and many more), there are still lots of innovative companies in the market. The market for corporate talent management software continues to surge forward. Our new research shows that this exciting market grew by 17% last year and is now over $5 billion in size. Not true.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

Initially developed as content delivery platforms, these early players (Learn.com and GeoLearning, for example) offered their platforms "on-demand," a phrase which is now called "in the cloud." SumTotal Systems acquired GeoLearning and a variety of other talent management companies and built an entire suite, including products for payroll and workforce management.

The Talent Management Systems Market Surges Ahead

Learning on the Leading Edge

While many of the smaller fast-growing players were acquired (SuccessFactors, Taleo, Authoria, GeoLearning, Pathlore, and many more), there are still lots of innovative companies in the market. The market for corporate talent management software continues to surge forward. Our new research shows that this exciting market grew by 17% last year and is now over $5 billion in size. Not true.

The Talent Management Systems Market Surges Ahead

Learning on the Leading Edge

While many of the smaller fast-growing players were acquired (SuccessFactors, Taleo, Authoria, GeoLearning, Pathlore, and many more), there are still lots of innovative companies in the market. The market for corporate talent management software continues to surge forward. Our new research shows that this exciting market grew by 17% last year and is now over $5 billion in size. Not true.

#HRTECH Learning Vendors Preview – Who to see and who to avoid

eLearning 24-7

SumTotal ruined IMO the GeoLearning LMS known as Maestro and will Skillsoft buying SumTotal, I wondered to myself whether this would be great or awful. Welcome, welcome all! To those from HR who are new to this blog, I give a high five. To those who have been constant readers, I give a high five with a low five to boot. And to those who are constant readers from all over the world and training, L&D and other professions, I give two high fives, four low fives and a bucket of joy. Why am I so happy?  It is HR Tech.  Seeing if the folks in the booths are interested in us, or themselves.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

iPad Cornerstone OnDemand Plateau Saba Augmented Reality Cloud Computing Analytics Mobile Learning GeoLearning Performance Support Outsource Low Cost iPhone Learning Theory Creative Commons Facebook Portal Learn.com Leadership eLearning Strategy Knowledge Management Voiceover Obviously, the Cornerstone OnDemand is because of the IPO. I'm hoping that others will join the effort. Video galore.

Free Webinar 11/8 - E-learning Trends: Learning & Talent Systems & Services

Take an e-Learning Break

You know them all: Bobby Yazdani of Saba Systems; Alan Todd of KnowledgePlanet/Mzinga, now CEO of Corporate University Xchange; and Frank Russell, the former CEO of GeoLearning, and now the CEO of Prositions. Tue, Nov 8, 2011 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CST This webinar will deal with the latest trends around Learning & Talent Systems and Services. They will share a portion of a clip from the ELCE show, where they asked the “founding fathers” of the LMS industry, “With the growing trend towards social and informal learning, what do you think the role of the LMS will be in the future.”

SumTotal Announces Acquisition of Accero and CyberShift

Learning on the Leading Edge

Over the years the company has acquired Click2Learn, Pathlore, GeoLearning, Mindsolve, Softscape, and now Accero and CyberShift.) Over the last two years, Vista has guided SumTotal through its acquisitions of Softscape and GeoLearning using its well-honed playbook. Research members can read our detailed bulletin on SumTotal and this acquisition tomorrow.). Integrating the Parts.

SumTotal Announces Acquisition of Accero and CyberShift

Learning on the Leading Edge

Over the years the company has acquired Click2Learn, Pathlore, GeoLearning, Mindsolve, Softscape, and now Accero and CyberShift.) Over the last two years, Vista has guided SumTotal through its acquisitions of Softscape and GeoLearning using its well-honed playbook. Research members can read our detailed bulletin on SumTotal and this acquisition tomorrow.). Integrating the Parts.

And the adventure continues…

eLearning Development

In terms of what I’ve seen lately, GeoLearning was the last product I looked at. My current research project of finding an LMS continues, albeit slowly. I’ve said before that my needs for an LMS are pretty simple - basic tracking, nothing fancy. All the systems I’ve looked at so far do more than I need and charge accordingly. Then last week some people who are starting up an internal training program came to me asking what I use to track online courses. have a homegrown LMS that sort of works for me, but definitely won’t work for them. We just have courses.

The Talent Management Systems Market Surges Ahead

Learning on the Leading Edge

While many of the smaller fast-growing players were acquired (SuccessFactors, Taleo, Authoria, GeoLearning, Pathlore, and many more), there are still lots of innovative companies in the market. The market for corporate talent management software continues to surge forward. Our new research shows that this exciting market grew by 17% last year and is now over $5 billion in size. Not true.

SuccessFactors Acquires Plateau: Accelerating a Global Powerhouse

Learning on the Leading Edge

The company evaluated the possible acquisition of GeoLearning (acquired by SumTotal Systems), Learn.com (acquired by Taleo), and others. A few months ago the company acquired Jambok, a small technology company with an excellent social learning solution - but still did not have a solid LMS strategy in place. While CornerstoneOnDemand, Learn.com, GeoLearning, and other LMS systems are enterprise capable, Plateau's functionality rivals Oracle and Saba for its global scalability - which enables SuccessFactors to compete directly in any enterprise LMS opportunity.

SuccessFactors Acquires Plateau: Accelerating a Global Powerhouse

Learning on the Leading Edge

The company evaluated the possible acquisition of GeoLearning (acquired by SumTotal Systems), Learn.com (acquired by Taleo), and others. A few months ago the company acquired Jambok, a small technology company with an excellent social learning solution - but still did not have a solid LMS strategy in place. While CornerstoneOnDemand, Learn.com, GeoLearning, and other LMS systems are enterprise capable, Plateau's functionality rivals Oracle and Saba for its global scalability - which enables SuccessFactors to compete directly in any enterprise LMS opportunity.

LMSs that kick ass: ElementK’s KnowledgeHub

Janet Clarey

GeoLearning. Probably just three years ago, if you said Element K I would have immediately thought about off-the-shelf courseware. However, Element K has made substantial, progressive improvements to their LMS, most recently by building custom integrations between Jive Clearspace and KnowledgeHub, Element K’s LMS. They announced this in October, 2008. Via email, I asked Sue Rodeman, VP., Platform Prod Management & Marketing, Element K about their social media capabilities. This is fueled by the various Web 2.0 Thanks to Sue, from a fellow upstate New Yorker! Generation21.

The Integration of Talent Management Systems Comes to Forefront

Learning on the Leading Edge

The talent management systems market has been under quite a bit of stress lately. In the last 90 days we have seen SAP's acquisition of SuccessFactors , followed by Oracle's acquisition of Taleo , and then the smaller Kenexa acquisition of Outstart and PeopleFluent acquisition of Strategia. What's going on? We are seeing three big trends play out here. 1. So we have entered a new world.

HR and Talent Software Vendors Get Into. Data Management

Learning on the Leading Edge

SumTotal, which has grown over the years through a combination of acquisitions (Click2learn, Docent, Pathlore, GeoLearning, Cybershift, Cyborg) and organic expansion, is now one of the largest LMS and talent management vendors in the market. Over the last few weeks we've been briefed on a whole series of announcements from HR software vendors focused on the somewhat arcane and technical area of "data management." " In this blog I'll highlight a few of these major announcements and give you a sense of why this is going on. Workday BigData Analytics. well you get it.

Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

SumTotal – As for their system as a whole, the new UI for the learning side – is a major improvement over what was previously their UI.  I also see them more as a HCM, with strength on talent/performance management.  On the Maestro side (formally GeoLearning), I don’t understand how they could have dropped the ball on the platform. There is nothing like interaction. Especially when it comes in the form of questions from readers of the blog and various followers on my social media channels. If this was a popularity contest, then sure they deserve it. Lots of potential.

ASTD TechKnowledge 2013, Day 2

eLearning 24-7

The interface you showed was similar in many ways to the old GeoLearning 3D look back in 2002 (which Geo eventually dumped – too bad). Wow, wasn’t that marching band fantastic? loved the lip synch of that tune. Okay, time for the 2nd half to begin, so let’s go right to the kickoff. As before, please excuse text line space funkiness – WordPress app on iPad. TOUCHDOWN. The product comes in two flavors – a simple and a more robust. focused on the more robust. Talk about a nice run to the end zone! FIRST DOWN. Adobe Presenter. So, what’s to like about it?

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

SumTotal is the combination of Click2Learn, Docent, Pathlore, GeoLearning, Mindsolve, and several other technology companies. A bang just went off in the corporate training and HR market. One of the largest training content company (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest and most pioneering learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). In some ways this is like the makers of peanut butter and jelly buying the bakers of bread. The whole "sandwich" now comes from the same company. One could call it "SkillTotal."). "). Synergies.

LMSs that kick ass - OutStart

Janet Clarey

GeoLearning. Another Friday and another LMS that kicks ass! This week’s featured system is OutStart. interviewed Jeff Whitney, Vice President of Marketing. By way of background, Jeff told me that OutStart has two flavors: Participate, their general social software solution and TrainingEdge.com, their SaaS solution which includes LMS, collaborative authoring, and social media specifically configured to support learning. OutStart acquired Participate Systems in November, 2005 and since then they’ve enhanced the system extensively and integrated it with their other learning solutions.

LMSs that kick ass: Learn.com

Janet Clarey

GeoLearning. This week on the Friday series, LMSs that kick ass , I’ m pleased to feature Learn.com ’s LearnCenter system. By way of background, Learn.com’s primary customer base is corporate universities and their total number of registered ‘learners’ is reported at over 2,000,000 worldwide at several hundred organizations. So, they’re one of the big players among commercial learning management systems. Additionally we know that connecting these disparate SME’s is critical to organizational congruency and growth sustainability. Generation21.

Related Terms

Tony Karrer

Here are some terms that are getting more attention the first couple weeks this month (December 2008) include Social Media , eLearning Activity , Mobile Learning , Yugma , Slideshare , SharePoint , Twitter , 100 Conversations , Mzinga , and GeoLearning. For example, I see GeoLearning relates to Learning Portals , Community of Practice, Mentoring , IntraLearn , Learnframe , ViewCentral , GeoMaestro , WBT Manager , WBT Systems , KnowledgeNet , Generation 21 , and GeoConnect. Let me know if you find interesting related terms as you go.

Kevin Oakes on the Rise and Fall of the LMS

Tony Karrer

Sitting in a fun presentation by Kevin Oakes at DevLearn on the Rise and Fall of the LMS. He pointed back to entry of various players in the market and particularly the enterprise vendors as opposed to pure-play vendors from articles five years ago. See: " Supplier Savvy: Will Enterprise Software Companies Take Over E-Learning? " " Enterprise Software Redux ," In terms of "The Fall" his main point was that LMS will lose out to broader spectrum solutions - particularly Talent Management / Human Capital Management. So, how can you get big? You go broader. His bottom line.

LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers

Tony Karrer

GeoLearning 6 6.27 GeoConnect GeoLearning 1 3.90 Update, Nov. You can get the abstract for the report and sign-up for a webinar on Sept. 26th on that same page. I was one of several authors who collaborated on the survey questions and wrote different sections of the report. The survey data itself I find to be pretty interesting and useful for some important aspects of selection.

2011 LMS Award Winners plus a quick note on m-learning

eLearning 24-7

This is the former GeoLearning Maestro solution, which is now listed as SumTotal Learning Maestro.  Initially I was going to provide a list of all my award winners including web conferening, stand alone mobile learning, etc., but after much consideration, decided this week to focus only on the LMS sector. Before announcing the winners, I have seen a trend regarding mobile learning, that can easily mislead folks. Mobile Learning. Two years ago there were some folks who believed that mobile learning where tools, etc. Here are the spins. Reality. It shows up in your browser. Their response?

Latest E-Learning Insight and News

eLearning 24-7

GeoLearning’s Maestro product is now called SumTotal Maestro. The Extended Enterprise blog post and directory will be visible this weekend. Well, a lot has been happening in the past three months, from SaaS driven to talent management to course authoring to name changes and everything in between.  Without further adieu, Talent Management/Performance Management (TM/PM). Three months ago, only a few systems had either integrated for no additional charge or for additional fees, a talent management/performance management feature set. Ahh, how things have changed. What do you do?

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

SumTotal is the combination of Click2Learn, Docent, Pathlore, GeoLearning, Mindsolve, and several other technology companies. A bang just went off in the corporate training and HR market. One of the largest training content companies (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). In some ways this is like the makers of peanut butter and jelly buying the bakers of bread. The whole "sandwich" now comes from the same company. One could call it "SkillTotal."). "). Scale brings value in many ways.

LMSs that kick ass: Mzinga

Janet Clarey

GeoLearning. It’s Friday yay! That means it’s time to feature another LMS that kicks ass! This is the seventh featured system in my Friday series highlighting LMSs that are doing innovative, kick-ass things with social media. Mzinga is the result of a merger between KnowledgePlanet and Shared Insights at the end of 2007. My first encounter with them was when they were still known as KnowledgePlanet. I was at a demo of their system at a company near where I live - an area that is not an easy destination to fly to. Kudos Jen (if you’re out there). Thanks Dave! Learn.com.

LMS News. Directory. Plus E-Learning Notes

eLearning 24-7

Exclusive Scoops on who is out at GeoLearning following the acquisition by SumTotal Systems – not presented anywhere on the net. A new year is upon us and thus it is time to re-visit the LMS market.  A lot of changes have already been happening in just a short time frame. Several vendors have left the space, a few have entered. New trends are starting to appear – and in these two cases, they are beneficial to consumers. Vendors are hearing us and are making changes. More multilingual options to their web sites, trials and social learning. LMS Directory. Not unusual. Bad News.

Hot Last Week

Tony Karrer

Report: Community Platforms Market Led by Jive Software and Telligent - ReadWriteWeb Hot Last Week Keywords eLearning Strategy Social Media Work Skills KnowledgeHub ScreenToaster Cooliris Quizmaker OnDemand Meridian Mzinga GeoLearning Saba Notes on the weekly hot last week. Using the same approach as Hot List , I've compiled. The posts come from the primary sources for this group. Other items come from other sources. Keywords are based on occurrences this week in addition to other social signals. Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.com