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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. Getting back to Skillsoft and SumTotal. have no problem with Skillsoft buying SumTotal. They are not. B2B training?

SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning

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Today, SumTotal announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. 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. GeoLearning has been the ideal partner for organizations seeking to increase sales, accelerate time to market, raise productivity, generate new revenue streams, and reduce expenses. As of January 5, 2011, SumTotal and GeoLearning are now one integrated company with a unified strategy and vision. industry

Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

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It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. 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). In the near future, watch out for the growth of: Adaptive learning platforms. It depends on what products and services you’re offering in the market. 5. THE INTERVIEW: 1. Virtual classrooms.

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

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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). Skillsoft and SumTotal are both pioneers in their respective markets and each grew through a series of acquisitions. SumTotal is the combination of Click2Learn, Docent, Pathlore, GeoLearning, Mindsolve, and several other technology companies. Skillsoft's acquisition of SumTotal gives the company both. Expanded sales force for SumTotal. One could call it "SkillTotal.").

SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning: LMS Market Consolidation Continues

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Today another major shift takes place in the talent management systems market: SumTotal Systems announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. Background: SumTotal Systems is the largest provider of learning management systems today (and also a major provider of integrated talent management systems). The acquisition of GeoLearning makes sense for several reasons.

SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning: LMS Market Consolidation Continues

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Today another major shift takes place in the talent management systems market: SumTotal Systems announced the acquisition of GeoLearning. Background: SumTotal Systems is the largest provider of learning management systems today (and also a major provider of integrated talent management systems). The acquisition of GeoLearning makes sense for several reasons.

Special Post – Why the Big Four are not on my latest Top 10 LMS List

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Since my Top 10 list of LMS vendors has been posted online, I have received quite a bit of e-mail wondering why the biggest names: Cornerstone On Demand, Saba, SumTotal and SuccessFactors are not on the list. A LMS should first be a LMS. When I talk about a LMS, I am saying specifically a learning management system and the vendors themselves should see their own product first and foremost as a LMS, not as a TM/PM or whatever.  There is a wide assumption that if a product sells a lot it means that it is better than anyone else.  SumTotal. 2012 Lists. See above.

How Microsoft themselves use SharePoint to help 45,000 employees learn better

SharePoint and Assessment

Director of Operations and Platforms at Microsoft, responsible for training and readiness for the customer facing roles at Microsoft. spent 13 years running technology and product strategy for SumTotal Systems. started in learning technology developing and then managing a product called Ingenium (Jim and I first met back then) at a company called Meliora Systems.

How Microsoft themselves use SharePoint to help 45,000 employees learn better

SharePoint and Assessment

Director of Operations and Platforms at Microsoft, responsible for training and readiness for the customer facing roles at Microsoft. spent 13 years running technology and product strategy for SumTotal Systems. started in learning technology developing and then managing a product called Ingenium (Jim and I first met back then) at a company called Meliora Systems.

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. Background: SumTotal Systems is the largest provider of learning management systems today (and also a major provider of integrated talent management systems). The acquisition of GeoLearning makes sense for several reasons.

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

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One of the largest training content companies (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). Skillsoft and SumTotal are both pioneers in their respective markets and each grew through a series of acquisitions. SumTotal is the combination of Click2Learn, Docent, Pathlore, GeoLearning, Mindsolve, and several other technology companies. Skillsoft's acquisition of SumTotal gives the company both. Expanded sales force for SumTotal. SumTotal will still have to be an open platform.

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

One of the largest training content companies (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). Skillsoft and SumTotal are both pioneers in their respective markets and each grew through a series of acquisitions. SumTotal is the combination of Click2Learn, Docent, Pathlore, GeoLearning, Mindsolve, and several other technology companies. Skillsoft's acquisition of SumTotal gives the company both. Expanded sales force for SumTotal. SumTotal will still have to be an open platform.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

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With a flurry of acquisitions and many new technologies now available for learning, it is increasingly difficult for a corporate training manager to develop an integrated learning platform. These companies set in place an explosion of innovation to build e-learning platforms. Many were underfunded, but still built great products focused on addressing this rapidly growing market.

HR and Talent Software Vendors Get Into. Data Management

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Second, this product is the key to bringing non-Workday data into the flexible, object-oriented Workday database. The product is built around the concept of "templates," which are a combination of data extraction, analysis, custom fields, and custom reports in Workday. SumTotal's Elixr. 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. Workday BigData Analytics.

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

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Perhaps they will also pitch LMS365 too, which is their other platform. Anyway, social exists in the platform, along with a built in authoring tool and the system is SCORM course standard. . Between the two systems, I am leaning more towards LMS365, just because I honestly believe it has a future in the SharePoint space much more so than their other product (nothing against it, but…).   I mean ELF SharePoint LMS isn’t going anywhere,  but again, this is just my opinion, LMS365 is a new take with the integration of Office 365. Anyway, the product is dated.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

With a flurry of acquisitions and many new technologies now available for learning, it is increasingly difficult for a corporate training manager to develop an integrated learning platform. These companies set in place an explosion of innovation to build e-learning platforms. Many were underfunded, but still built great products focused on addressing this rapidly growing market.

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. Yet many learning leaders struggle with outdated platforms and static learning approaches, suggesting a need for better technology-enabled learning solutions.

Wrapup from HR Technology Conference 2013 and SuccessConnect

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While most of the talent software companies are growing rapidly ( CornerstoneOnDemand , Lumesse , SumTotal , JobVite , Halogen , PeopleFluent , Silkroad , PageUpPeople ), more than 50% of buyers are now looking for totally integrated systems which include an HRMS. Today only Oracle and SAP are close to fulfilling on this, but interestingly 12% of buyers (according to Lexy Martin's research ) want Workday to fill this gap - so the writing is on the wall: standalone talent management systems are slowly being collapsed into HRMS vendor platforms. Innovation continues.

B2B Top Five LMSs

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Resellers who are part of your business learning network – maybe you provide them courses on how to sell your product. Talk to anyone who has a multi-tenant (multi-portal) platform and immediately they will pitch that they are ideal for any markets including the B2B.  What they fail to miss immediately, is just having a multi-tenant platform/aka parent/child/child aka portal/sub-portal aka PAAS (Platform as a Services) with multiple instances, is just a piece of the whole pie. oh, and nice folks too. #5 – SumTotal Learn. Yep, people love lists.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

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mean besides making additional money, I would never want to have their name on the platform. On the home page the product is able to recommend courses based on what courses have been started and completed – per user. While the UI is vastly improved, on the admin side it needs a slight touch – but don’t get wrong the product is doable and nice. Platforms for higher education and K-12. video learning platform hits the rankings. Video learning platform – you might be asking what in the heck is that? Saba: See SumTotal. K-12).

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. Oracle Taleo – Seriously, either overhaul this thing or dump it and torch it.   I feel bad for the folks who were learn.com, then thought Taleo would improve it, then Oracle.   And BTW, nearly every LMS can interface with Oracle products. Not everyone gets in. Not in.

Why Companies Need a Chief Learning Architect

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Added to this is the fact that most large corporations have somewhat of a "mess" in their corporate learning infrastructure. I've been working with three very large global organizations over the last 60 days (brand names) and these companies each have dozens of learning platforms, disparate e-learning content, no integrated assessment, and multiple learning portals.

Final Post Analysis of #HRTechConf 2015

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SumTotal by Skillsoft. According to a source, SumTotal is coming out with a new revamped version – including UI in 2016.  My source tells me that this new version is in production as we speak.  I have reached out to SumTotal about seeing this latest version in the next few weeks.  I’ll keep you posted. For folks who use their product, I was told by a salesperson that xAPI is not on their radar, nor is any type of on/off synch mobile app.  . Considering that the rest of their product was live on various computers, I’m a little confused. 

The Cornerstone Effect

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First off let me be clear, this post is not about the  Cornerstone OnDemand LMS in the sense of whether it is a good or bad platform. It was those statements, which based on the Cornerstone platform, created assumptions that those folks had misinterpreted as being universal, when in reality, they were not. ” In the LMS space, it has become the one term that if cast upon your platform is the sign of death, at least to many other vendors. The term implies to those who pitch it, as that their LMS is something new and out of the box, not like those traditional platforms.

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. If your LMS is in the cloud (SaaS), you have a web site, what stops someone from checking out your product and buying it – regardless of where they are in the world? Well hello there! 

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

With a flurry of acquisitions and many new technologies now available for learning, it is increasingly difficult for a corporate training manager to develop an integrated learning platform. These companies set in place an explosion of innovation to build e-learning platforms. Many were underfunded, but still built great products focused on addressing this rapidly growing market.

The Integration of Talent Management Systems Comes to Forefront

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Million up 62%), SumTotal announced 90% revenue growth, Saba's stock is up 21% this month, and LinkedIn announced that its revenues in the recruiting market have now eclipsed that of Taleo (136% YTY growth). Buyers of talent management systems want integrated talent platforms (and data). SilkRoad and SumTotal now offers an integrated HRMS as well.). What's going on?

The Social Collaboration Party – Should Learning Gatecrash ?

Learning Cafe

Alex Grahovac - Director, Learning Products & Strategy ANZ at SuccessFactors. Alex has worked in senior leadership positions in Jive, SumTotal, Talent2 and Saba. Jeevan has worked for EY, PWC, Boots, SumTotal and Upside. Thu, Sep 11, 2014 12-1 PM Sydney , Register. In February this year Facebook was 10 years old with 1.4 billion Facebook users. Will it work ? Panel.

Naming Names – LMS Mini Reviews

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Instructure Bridge (Yep those HE folks are adding a corporate system to their product line). Oh wait, this isn’t the Black Sox scandal of 1919, it is though the end of a very nice K-12 platform). My take is that Bridge is going the way of some LMS/Learning Platforms that pitch either the “non-traditional” angle or “focus on features” people only need angle or “simple, easy to use angle” with simple as the key word. . SumTotal. SumTotal. And when I say mini, I mean mini – like maximum of three paragraphs.  IMC-AG.

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LinkedIn buys Lynda.com for $1.5 Billion, What Does it Mean for L&D and HR?

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The company stated they plan to keep Lynda.com as an independent business unit but will start experiments to test integration with LinkedIn's sales force and other products. decided not to support Flash in its products. First, LinkedIn's sales force will eventually be able to sell this to corporate buyers, expanding the corporate adoption of these types of platforms.

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. Gimbal – John introduced Qualcomm’s new product Gimbal , which they describe as a social awareness platform. ASTD conducted a free webinar on that research report this week.

Top Ten Learning Management Systems – July Rankings

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Oh, here is my latest directory of LMSs. #10 – Meridian - Despite a web site that should be kicked into outer space (hello, update?), the system itself has a lot to offer. I see it as a platform that could easily be for 1,500 and up users, although it may sit better at 5,000+. Back for another installment of the rankings. So, why aren’t they higher? Minor tweaks still needed.

CornerstoneOnDemand Strong Quarter: Growing Share in LMS Market

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Our research shows that Cornerstone will grow to be the fourth biggest LMS vendor next year, following Oracle, SAP, and SumTotal with around 5% global market share. SumTotal, which has a well-engineered solution, has been digesting other companies over the last few years, taking energy away from sales and marketing. There are a few dynamics taking place here. 1.

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

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Therefore, I am going to provide the following: $-$$$$:  Price point based on 500 users.  In some cases it will be noted if it is based on a higher set of users, since there are platforms that prefer a minimum or focus on larger size businesses including associations, etc. xpertus One   ($$$-$$$$)- Still the best multi-tenant platform in the market. Each update takes the platform up on notch on its competitors.  If you are someone who is considering some of the bigger dogs like Cornerstone or SumTotal, I would seriously look at these guys.  who are children.

ATD ICE 2016 – Post Review

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One person was literally eating while I was asking about a product. SumTotal. I ran into the issue myself with a few vendors who seemed as though they were too busy to talk to me (even if a bunch were just standing around), too busy to show me a demo (even when they had it on the screen), assessing/verifying you as a prospect,  talking to you as though you were an imbecile or treating you poorly in their booth – as in nasty. Their retort, “We do not have the ability to make an instance of our product”    At the show, I got the cold shoulder from one person. 

CornerstoneOnDemand Strong Quarter: Growing Share in LMS Market

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Our research shows that Cornerstone will grow to be the fourth biggest LMS vendor next year, following Oracle, SAP, and SumTotal with around 5% global market share. SumTotal, which has a well-engineered solution, has been digesting other companies over the last few years, taking energy away from sales and marketing. There are a few things going on here. 1.

Top 20 Learning Management Systems 2013-14

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Overall, LMS vendors are updating features more frequently than in any previous time.  A factor clearly is an increase in platforms and capabilities. Numerous vendors posted a full demo of their product on my lmsdemos.com site.  If you (i.e. Now on to the Rankings (Yeah, cheer, cheer, clap, clap). # 20 SumTotal - Love the new UI, but the system still needs a few tweaks here and there.  Multi-tenant, very configurable platform. In an earlier post, I presented the top ten LMSs of 2013-14, but held back on announcing the top 20.  Not anymore.  Moodle ranks #46. 2.