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.

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. Why is SumTotal acquiring GeoLearning?

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Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


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.

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. 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. From a general product standpoint, go take a look at or Consumer Reports.

ATD17 Post Review: Rants & Raves Edition

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Mini Takeaways on several products. Best Product. There were a few video learning platforms there and one product I did like on the video course build side, more on that in a bit. There were vendors pitching their products as micro-learning platforms.

#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’m not sure why they “appear” as separate products on their site.

LMS Decision Making Criteria B4 U Buy

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Ask someone to name a few LMSs or at least one, and I suspect it will be Cornerstone OnDemand or SumTotal. People either love or hate Cornerstone OnDemand, SumTotal Learn, Saba, SuccessFactors. Did they sound interested and passionate about their product?

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.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

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I 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. A video learning platform hits the rankings.

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

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I 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. And BTW, nearly every LMS can interface with Oracle products. I just think there a way too many better platforms out there. Super robust platform – has it all. .

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. We are all in one platform.

ATD2015 Conference Post – Review

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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? in the form of information, insight and yeah, products.

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. 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. . At least they have a product. .

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.

The Social Collaboration Party – Should Learning Gatecrash ?

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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.

Top Ten Learning Management Systems – July Rankings

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I see it as a platform that could easily be for 1,500 and up users, although it may sit better at 5,000+. The user interface is slick and feature wise the product has a lot to offer. SumTotal is also coming out with a new UI for their learning side.

Top 20 Learning Management Systems 2013-14

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A factor clearly is an increase in platforms and capabilities. Numerous vendors posted a full demo of their product on my site. 20 SumTotal - Love the new UI, but the system still needs a few tweaks here and there. 11 MediaCore - A video learning platform in the top twenty? 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.

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

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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. E 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.

Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning

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Q : I am curious on why Cornerstone On Demand, Saba and SumTotal do not appear in your top twenty lists even though they appear on other sites as the best products in the market. But, I do not look at the number of users, number of clients (in terms of ranking as the best of the best), I look at the platform as a whole – including those extra variables people tend to leave out - user interface, customer service, support, training and a few other items. .

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

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Their product is more geared towards a human capital management system, especially with the BizX Suite. If this is something you are looking for – i.e. a HCM, then they are the ones to go with – over Cornerstone, Oracle-Taleo, SumTotal and alike.

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

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Gamification as of right now, does not truly include gaming elements -0h sure some might say that to be the case, but in reality, well: If a platform says they have gamification it means that they have at least one of the following items. It comes from YouTube or Vivemo or similar, and then embedded in a course or directly into your learning platform or maybe just right within the sites themselves; in the EDTECH space – YouTube rules. But SumTotal and alike do it as well.

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

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They involved talent management, “hello and goodbye” with vendors, social learning, upswing in mobile learning, new feature sets in the authoring tool space, flat lining in web conferencing and standalone platforms. LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. Product training becomes real – they interact, engage and see it in real time, rather than a static experience.

What is in store for the LMS Space: My Forecasts for 2016

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A few VLPs (Video learning platforms) have had the ability for zooming in/out and quite a few feature sets; now it comes to the general LMS market. Yes it will be a splash, it’s Workday after all, but their product IMO is targeting some certain folks i.e. Cornerstone, SuccessFactors, SumTotal by Skillsoft and to a lesser degree Saba. Lately there have been quite a few articles relating to where the LMS is heading, what is the future of the LMS market and so forth.

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The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

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Trying to proactively dislodge Cornerstone, SumTotal, Saba, SuccessFactors or Oracle as a business model is a fool’s errand. The disadvantage is the same as always — lack of content portability if you leave your LMS platform. #6

ATD ICE 2016 – Post Review

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One person was literally eating while I was asking about a product. SumTotal. SumTotal – I should add that in a previous e-mail discussion (which will be posted in my Linkedin group) they backed away from having me see the system front and back for a product review. 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. Top Products.

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

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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 are heady days for learning leaders.

Learning Technologies UK 2015 Review

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I did see a few vendors I have never seen before, and there were some debuts there too (which to me is defined by someone who is either brand new to the market or been out 6 months or less and debuting product). I just don’t understand how people have zero clue on e-learning and yet sell and e-learning product. I would easily put it in the learning platform category. The product (Onboard ) itself according to Junction-18, won’t go live until April.

2016 LMS Market Trends, Observations and Predictions

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For example, having your customers share projects, templates or workarounds they developed with your software product has broad appeal to other customers as well as internal product development and marketing teams. The 2016 LMS market is not what you think.

Learning and the Flexible Workforce

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Instead, jobs are defined by “a patchwork of temporary projects and assignments, with the help of apps and platforms with perky names,” according to “Goodbye Jobs, Hello ‘Gigs’: How One Word Sums Up A New Economic Reality,” an NPR article by Geoff Nunberg.

ASTD Webcast On New Mobile Learning Research

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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.

Top 50 LMS Mid Rankings Report – What you need to know

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My personal directory contains 610 LMS/LCMS/Learning platform vendors. Volatile - in that people change systems more than say some other e-learning products (ex: authoring tools, web conferencing products). They see themselves as awesome and everyone else as less than that, forgetting that not everyone stays stagnant and that it is human nature to see your product, offering, etc. SumTotal.

Analysis of ASTD International Conference and Expo 2013

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to the expo vendors who forgot to bring any type of product example to the show – this event will go down in history! Best booth – Gamelearn, very modern and hip – but no demos; so Mindmarker wins out – nice hip booth and mobile devices with their product on it to play around on. Products that rocked. Each year this is always a few products that wow me and this year’s show continued the trend. . Oh, right you sell the product.

ASTD International Conference Day 1 Wrap-Up

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First day cool product of the show. SumTotal – Get ready for a new UI for the learning module. Speaking of SumTotal, as you may or may not be aware any of their modules can be purchased as a standalone or any combination. One huge thing I am really hating about SumTotal is their pricing model for their mobile app. This on top of whatever number of seats I am paying for in the platform.


M-Learning: Where’s the app for that?

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Sure, it is for their specific mobile learning platform (and I’m glad they do it), but they have one. SumTotal? We are talking 338 LMSs in the worldwide marketplace (commercial systems) and 4 have an app you can download on the iTunes store to use with their product – sorry emTrain yours doesn’t count. They are happy to tell you however, that their product works with over 500 different devices. Productivity?

Top 10 LMS Forecasts for 2015

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I’m a big fan of them and I use the product. There are already some vendors doing this – eLogic Learning includes close to 130 courses, when you buy their system, Docebo includes some courses with their platform, SumTotal does too (since being acquired by Skillsoft), and there are others as well. Welcome to the new year, which means a lot of people telling you, “Happy New Year”, so rather, I will say, “Greetings and salutations.

Step right up to the LMS Sideshow

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This idea that unless you have heard of them, they are not a good product or rather they are a lesser product just isn’t true. Right off the top of my head, after I remove my top hat, I can think of fifty systems that have an outstanding product. The first to use SumTotal. Hello, hello, hello! Come over and see the show. You kid, you in the back, there are scary things in this show, come on over. (in in my carnie voice).

Wake UP CLO’s – Change Now

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Live and Die by the Big Dogs – Cornerstone, SumTotal, Saba and SuccessFactors. And yes, maybe you went out of the box purchased a lesser known vendor’s platform and it failed for X or Y because they promised this and it didn’t do that, OR the product just stinks. .

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