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Skillsoft buying SumTotal – My Take

eLearning 24-7

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. Who provides learning or training (some people see a difference between) to customers?  They are not. B2B training?

eFront as a SumTotal alternative

eFront

The client was using SumTotal as its backbone LMS and was in need of a comprehensive and efficient alternative solution. Why change from SumTotal. The decision to move away from SumTotal was not an easy one. SumTotal is one of the leaders in the LMS space for numeral reasons. This means that any customization needs to come either as plugin or through SumTotal directly.

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. GeoLearning is the leading provider of managed services and on-demand learning management software. 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. Why is SumTotal acquiring GeoLearning?

Avoid Confusion: Hide the SumTotal LMS Player Controls Using Articulate Storyline 2

CommLab India

What if your LMS provides navigation options too? recenly worked on a e-learning course developed using the rapid authoring tool, Articulate Storyline and published it to SumTotal LMS. By default, the SumTotal LMS provides navigational elements on top of the screen to every course published to it. Every eLearning course includes navigational elements by default.

SumTotal Announces Acquisition of Accero and CyberShift

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today SumTotal Systems, one of the largest (privately held) providers of learning and talent management software, announced the acquisition of both Accero (global complex payroll provider) and CyberShift (mid-sized provider of time and attendance, expense management, and contingent workforce management software). Fig 1: SumTotal HCM Solution.

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.

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?

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). Earlier this year Wiley acquired CrossKnowledge with this same goal: providing a more integrated, embedded, and engaging learning experience for corporate employees. The combined company now has nearly 10,000 customers, more than 60 million users, and more than 2,400 employees around the world, making it among the largest corporate training providers. Skillsoft's acquisition of SumTotal gives the company both.

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

eLearning 24-7

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. SumTotal. Or better yet, let me provide you with some details. Look at their product lines:  SumTotal Talent (uh, Talent/PM), SumTotal Work (includes Payroll), SumTotal elixHR (HR), SumTotal Learn – okay, three are HR/OD related and one is pure learning. . Cornerstone On Demand Saba SuccessFactors SumTota

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%.

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

SharePoint and Assessment

spent 13 years running technology and product strategy for SumTotal Systems. This company eventually became SumTotal Systems after a merger with Docent. One benefit of this approach is that we are able to provide employees with a single training discovery experience even though we have two primary learning management systems in service of employees. Jim is a Sr.

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

SharePoint and Assessment

spent 13 years running technology and product strategy for SumTotal Systems. This company eventually became SumTotal Systems after a merger with Docent. One benefit of this approach is that we are able to provide employees with a single training discovery experience even though we have two primary learning management systems in service of employees. Jim is a Sr.

Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

As the Senior Partner of Bob Little Press & PR , you have been providing business-to-business public relations (PR) services to many organizations in the ‘learning’ and ‘learning technologies’ industry for years. 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). ABOUT BOB LITTLE (Senior Partner, Bob Little Press & PR). THE INTERVIEW: 1. Learnnovators: Hi Bob. LCMSs.

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.

eFront as a SumTotal alternative

eFront

The client was using SumTotal as its backbone LMS and was in need of a comprehensive and efficient alternative solution. Why change from SumTotal. The decision to move away from SumTotal was not an easy one. SumTotal is one of the leaders in the LMS space for numeral reasons. This means that any customization needs to come either as plugin or through SumTotal directly.

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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). Earlier this year Wiley acquired CrossKnowledge with this same goal: providing a more integrated, embedded, and engaging learning experience for corporate employees. The combined company now has nearly 10,000 customers, more than 60 million users, and more than 2,400 employees around the world, making it among the largest corporate training providers. Skillsoft's acquisition of SumTotal gives the company both.

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). Earlier this year Wiley acquired CrossKnowledge with this same goal: providing a more integrated, embedded, and engaging learning experience for corporate employees. The combined company now has nearly 10,000 customers, more than 60 million users, and more than 2,400 employees around the world, making it among the largest corporate training providers. Skillsoft's acquisition of SumTotal gives the company both.

HR and Talent Software Vendors Get Into. Data Management

Learning on the Leading Edge

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. In addition to SumTotal's end to end talent management tools (and they also sell a robust analytics system), the company recently introduced a data integration product called elixHR. Why is SumTotal getting into the middleware business? More interestingly, however, SumTotal has gone much further.

SumTotal vs. Moodle vs. Inquisiq: One Non-Profit’s Quest for the Best LMS

Inquisiq LMS

The most popular systems like SumTotal and Moodle may seem like a safe bet (nobody’s ever been fired for hiring IBM, right?), but that’s not always the case, as HP Freeman discovered shortly after deciding to move from SumTotal to Moodle. The program also provides certification; successful completion of the training results in the award and subsequent tracking of certificates. HP Freeman had been using the SumTotal Learning Management System to deliver and manage the training program. In mid-2013 they had decided to leave the SumTotal system and move to another LMS.

SumTotal vs. Moodle vs. Inquisiq R3: One Non-Profit’s Quest for the Best New LMS

Inquisiq LMS

The most popular systems like SumTotal and Moodle may seem like a safe bet (nobody’s ever been fired for hiring IBM, right?), but that’s not always the case, as HP Freeman discovered shortly after deciding to move from SumTotal to Moodle. The program also provides certification; successful completion of the training results in the award and subsequent tracking of certificates. HP Freeman had been using the SumTotal Learning Management System to deliver and manage the training program. In mid-2013 they had decided to leave the SumTotal system and move to another LMS.

SumTotal vs. Moodle vs. Inquisiq R3: One Non-Profit’s Quest for the Best New LMS

Inquisiq LMS

The most popular systems like SumTotal and Moodle may seem like a safe bet (nobody’s ever been fired for hiring IBM, right?), but that’s not always the case, as HP Freeman discovered shortly after deciding to move from SumTotal to Moodle. The program also provides certification; successful completion of the training results in the award and subsequent tracking of certificates. HP Freeman had been using the SumTotal Learning Management System to deliver and manage the training program. In mid-2013 they had decided to leave the SumTotal system and move to another LMS.

The Inevitable Fusion of Learning and Talent

CLO Magazine

It provides employees with meaningful context regarding their current capabilities as well as a roadmap of what they need to accomplish. Brent Colescott is director of business strategy and transformation, SumTotal, a Skillsoft company. However, almost 20 years later as the human capital field is desperate for a revolution, most organizations are unprepared for battle. Governance.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

" In the mid 2000's a shakeout started and vendors segmented themselves into two categories: those that focused on global enterprises – (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and SAP) - and vendors which focused on the mid-market (Learn.com, GeoLearning, Blackboard, Certpoint, CornerstoneOnDemand, SilkRoad, NetDimensions, and others). Then came talent management.

B2B Top Five LMSs

eLearning 24-7

Resellers who are part of your business learning network – maybe you provide them courses on how to sell your product. Content Providers – the fastest growing B2B right now in e-learning; best or most amazingly of all – it can be just one person who has created a course (content) and then has their own clients who purchase the course or courses to provide to their own employees;  the days of large content providers as the only option is gone. oh, and nice folks too. #5 – SumTotal Learn. Yep, people love lists. Channel Partners. Uh, no.

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

eLearning 24-7

If I was to compare the Big Dog Four – SuccessFactors, Saba, Cornerstone OnDemand and SumTotal by Skillsoft, Saba would win hands down.   I should note that Saba is another HCM possible player, and that the majority of their customers also buy two modules (learning and performance). SumTotal by Skillsoft. I can’t figure them out.  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. Anyway, SumTotal is another system heading towards the HCM space.

Final Post Analysis of #HRTechConf 2015

eLearning 24-7

Let’s jump right in – but first let me say this – I for the life of me cannot understand why the conference on day one did not provide free lunch boxes? . 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. SumTotal by Skillsoft (Part two). Anyone?). Good). What I heard and saw.

Courseware LMSs – Good or bad for the industry?

eLearning 24-7

Maybe you scored it via Wiley, but in many possibilities you purchased the content thru your LMS vendor.  It’s much easier than say going directly to the content provider, buying it from them and then having them talk to your LMS vendor to put it in for you (which, honestly you should do, because it will save you money). First off, there are vendors out there who pitch they are an LMS when in reality they are a courseware provider that has some type of learning platform.   I see it often in press releases or via a publication who says it is one thing when in reality it is another.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

" In the mid 2000's a shakeout started and vendors segmented themselves into two categories: those that focused on global enterprises – (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and SAP) - and vendors which focused on the mid-market (Learn.com, GeoLearning, Blackboard, Certpoint, CornerstoneOnDemand, SilkRoad, NetDimensions, and others). Then came talent management.

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

eLearning 24-7

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. This year’s report still provides you with the details, data and info that crushes any other report out there. It’s nearly here.  In a little over two months, my 2016 Top 50 LMS Report will be available for purchase.   Not everyone gets in. Everyone is considered. 

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

eLearning 24-7

Rankings are based on my directories which are updated monthly; I also keep a separate directory which will contain more vendors than listed within the visible directories – reason being it offers clients (those who hire me – buyers to have an added bonus, of course it contains much more info); that said the monthly directories provide key info and in future updates have new columns added. Marketplace now included courses you can buy from other content providers – how is this different from some vendors of today who can add content from 3rd party vendors, when you call them?

The Integration of Talent Management Systems Comes to Forefront

Learning on the Leading Edge

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). SilkRoad and SumTotal now offers an integrated HRMS as well.). SumTotal, PeopleFluent, and Saba have demonstrated similarly seamless integrations in their new releases.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

" In the mid 2000's a shakeout started and vendors segmented themselves into two categories: those that focused on global enterprises – (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and SAP) - and vendors which focused on the mid-market (Learn.com, GeoLearning, Blackboard, Certpoint, CornerstoneOnDemand, SilkRoad, NetDimensions, and others). Then came talent management.

The Talent Management Systems Market Surges Ahead

Learning on the Leading Edge

" The original concepts of talent management software (pioneered by a company called Authoria, now part of PeopleFluent) were to provide an integrated software system to manage all the things HR has to do (recruiting, performance management development planning, etc.). Lots of analysts speculate that this market will become dominated by the ERP providers. Vendor Landscape.

Why Companies Need a Chief Learning Architect

Learning on the Leading Edge

Learning management systems, MOOCs , simulation tools, content management systems, new content providers, social profiles, collaborative learning, video sharing, mobile learning, on-demand learning, new forms of assessment, and the use of Big Data are all changing rapidly. And SumTotal now supports context-embedded learning in applications like Salesforce. And all this is not easy.

Designing Learning for Peak Performance

Learning Cafe

Lachlan  provides career coaching support for the professional rugby union players at the NSW Waratahs in the following three areas: Career and Employment Advice, Educations Guidance and Lifestyle Support. Jeevan has worked for EY, PWC, Boots, SumTotal and Upside. Thu, March 5, 2015 12-1 PM Sydney , Register. Overview. The physical and mental training is designed for peak performance.

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. However, 68% of high-performance organizations still do not provide learning via a mobile device, which further suggests that the market is still nascent. Manager, Learning Technology at Qualcomm).

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

eLearning 24-7

The page will provide direct access to a wealth of information from many of the vendors (all were offered the opportunity to do so).   My goal is to get it up and running by next Saturday.  If you are a buyer, you will receive the info – user/password, prior to the site going live (which to repeat is not yet live). Hopefully they provided you with some additional insight and knowledge.