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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

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%.

Product Review: GeoLearning GeoMaestro

eLearning 24-7

GeoLearning’s GeoMaestro is a LMS that packs a wallop but at the same time has some features that provide limitations.  While the solution delivers more than enough for a LMS and the company gets “it&# for where the industry needs to go, GeoLearning has made some interesting decisions with GeoMaestro that to say the least is bewildering. What is really nice about GeoMaestro is that GeoLearning has thought long and hard about this issue and has solved it.  Again, ease of use, quick are the keys and a well deserved clap should be given to GeoLearning.

LMSs that kick ass: GeoLearning

Janet Clarey

Of all commercial LMSs, I probably have the most hands-on experience with GeoLearning ’s various products and services having managed an enterprise implementation several years ago. It was a multi-phase implementation (LMS, LCMS, Talent Management) that went off pretty smooth and the team at GeoLearning was great to work with. Anyway, GeoLearning’s LMS is pretty super too (AWESOME transition, huh?). GeoLearning’s collaboration-and-blended-learning-requirements-checklist. Actually, it kick’s some ass and I talked to Will about that. Enjoy!

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

One Step Behind

eLearning 24-7

GeoLearning. Back in the day, a punk rock group called Madness released a wonderful tune called, “ One Step Beyond “, sadily if you were to look at the state of the e-learning industry as a whole today, perhaps the song should have been called, “One Step Behind&#. What is surprising is that this is nothing new. The industry as a whole, always has been one step behind, as if there is general fear to harnass the technology now, rather than later. It is understandable.sort of. In 2002, a company created video courses that were AICC compliant and could be bookmarked. Apple.

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

Niche Is the New Black: ASTD Conference Day 2

CLO Magazine

SumTotal Systems picked up Geolearning at the beginning of 2011. One of the good things about tradeshow season is the chance to catch up with friends and colleagues in the industry. It’s also a great chance to catch up with friends outside the industry in the conference city. While I was in Orlando for ASTD’s 2011 International Conference and Expo I had the chance to have dinner with a couple of good friends I haven’t seen in a few years. Since I saw Chris and Moki last, they’ve dropped out of the 9 to 5 and started up their own business serving a unique niche.

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.

E-Learning 24/7 Latest News and Notes

eLearning 24-7

GeoLearning LMS. Latest news and notes. Coming this Thursday June 24th :  The Revolution is Coming -  How tablets will take e-learning farther and further than b4. Product Reviews: Coming in July - All Exclusives! Topyx LMS by Interactyx – Now supports the Ipad tablet and will enable you to create HTML5 courses via their content authoring tool and fully SCORM certified – This part is coming this summer. Plateau LMS. Mzinga - Newest product b4 it hits the streets.  You will read about it here first! What it does, has, and everything in between. API List. 10, 2010.

Hot List

Tony Karrer

Social Learning Question of the Day E-Book Now You Can Design E-Learning Courses Like a Pro Twitter, Networks, and “following” people Learning Circuits Blog Big Question: What are your Challenges, Plans and Predictions for 2009 Hopes and Predictions for 2009 Hot List Items How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website Copyright-friendly image source websites " Moving at the Speed of Creativity YouTube - E-learning tips eLearning Learning Hot List Keywords Work Skills FLV Knowledge Work iPhone Twitter Jing GeoLearning Saba Mzinga Cornerstone Workshop Notes on the weekly hot list.

2010: mLearning Year in Review

mLearning Trends

In fact, each of the “Four Horsemen” who rule the enterprise – namely SumTotal , Saba , Plateau & Geolearning – gave it a go in some way although no one outside their immediate customers or PR agencies seemed to notice. A.K.A. How our January 2010 Predictions Played Out! On balance, it was an interesting year and there were far more expected outcomes than there were actual surprises.

LMS & LCMS Directory

eLearning 24-7

Two vendors – Plateau and GeoLearning products will be reviewed and presented to you in the next three weeks.  Contains over 200 systems.  To view the specific system, click on the system’s name and it will take you to the site or if possible, directly to the information on the system.   Click to view and download the directory, which is in an Excel file -  E-Learning 24/7 LMS & LCMS Directory. Notes. CMSs, learning portals geared only are not on the list. Open Source LMSs are not on the list, you can find this information here. Vendors Reviewed. Top 5 Up and Coming List.

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). 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. Back in 2007, I pointed out various aspects of what I was seeing: strategy/strategic and performance are back as topics after dropping way down in 2006 surprisingly trainer is also back, you would think in the age of eLearning 2.0

LMS Market – An inside scoop

eLearning 24-7

For the debut review, the vendor is GeoLearning. Today, I was going to discuss how to market your LMS to your employees, but instead wish to focus on a common question, I often receive about LMS vendors.  Specifically, the inside scoop. Here is some insight into the market (just a tad), some of which you may know, others which you may not. One additional word, as many of you may know, I have launched my “Secret LMS Shopper&# program which will provide an unbiased review of a LMS/LCMS vendor, incl. the front end, admin end and everything in between, plus screen shots. Love and Hate.

eLearning User Groups

eLearning Weekly

GeoLearning. Last week I went to the Metrics That Matter user group in Chicago. During my trip, I started thinking about user groups related to learning and technology. Other than conferences, where do learning and technology professionals get together to discuss ideas with each other? Conferences are great; I attend them and present at them on a fairly regular basis. But too often these events are more focused on presentations than collaboration and idea sharing. We can learn a ton from each other simply by trading stories and experiences, and we should do this more often. Cornerstone.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: eLearning Guild Event Take Home Point #1

Learning Visions

The group included Andy Snider ( Snider Associates ), Bjorn Billhardt ( Enspire Learning ), Pete LeDoux ( GeoLearning ), Doug Foster ( D Foster Associates ), Adam Girard (Bank of America) and myself. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, April 18, 2007 eLearning Guild Event Take Home Point #1 Last Thursday night after the eLearning Guild event, I was fortunate to have dinner with a small group of eLearning professionals -- a diverse group coming at the industry from lots of different angles. social networks. Please.

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.

LMSs that kick ass: Saba

Janet Clarey

GeoLearning. The sixth LMS in the LMSs that kick ass Friday series is Saba. Saba’s primary market is corporate learning with just more than half of all implementations installed behind-the-firewall (largest implementation 2,000,000 learners). Their total number of registered users/learners worldwide is 17,000,000 at over 1300 organizations. Saba is a major player among corporate LMSs -you can say it’s a benchmark system. interviewed Ben Willis, Sr. generation of our suite; we are now moving into the 6.x generation of the suite). suite. Thanks Ben. Generation21. Meridian KSI.

LMSs that kick ass: Meridian KSI

Janet Clarey

GeoLearning. Continuing on with the Friday series that - each week - features an LMS that kicks ass, I’m pleased to feature Meridian KSI. spoke with Roy Haythorn, Vice President of Operations for Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC. Let’s find out what’s new at Meridian KSI. Q: Hi Roy. know you’ve been incorporating some social media tools into your LMS. What is Meridian KSI doing with social media? A: Roy Haythorn - Online communities and blogs are two of the biggest social media tools that Meridian has made a part of its LMS. Thanks Ray, well said. Generation21.

LMSs that kick-ass: Latitude

Janet Clarey

GeoLearning Continuing my Friday series featuring LMSs that kick-ass, I’m pleased to profile Latitude.  Latitude is a pure LMS so you may be wondering why the heck are they featured here. Well, because they kick-ass for their view of the role of the LMS. They feel the best way to address social, informal learning (powered by social media)  is not to integrate it into an LMS. Instead, they bolt the LMS on an existing CMS. (An example of a CMS would  be a website like iGoogle which can be personalized and widgetized). So the CMS is the front end, not the LMS. Great stuff Kurt!