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Latest Talent Expansion Suite Release Embeds Skillsoft Content Directly into User Experience Across SumTotal Talent Applications

March 18, 2015

Latest Talent Expansion Suite Release Embeds Skillsoft Content Directly into User Experience Across SumTotal Talent Applications

Skillsoft, a global leader in learning and talent management, today announced general availability of SumTotal Systems’ latest Talent Expansion® suite, which helps organizations drive employee engagement and retention by delivering a continuous learning environment that, empowers employees to develop the skills they need to succeed in their current jobs and advance their careers.

The latest release of Talent Expansion, the first solution delivered together by Skillsoft and SumTotal, allows users to access Skillsoft’s more than 60,000 IT, leadership and business content assets spanning multiple modalities directly from within SumTotal’s talent and learning processes. By combining the contextual recommendation capabilities delivered by SumTotal with Skillsoft’s competency-aligned content assets, customers have access to a highly-personalized solution that knows what learning actions to deliver based on the skill and competency they require to drive employee enablement and team performance, leadership development and succession planning.

Personalization and User Experience: Top Priorities for Employees and HR

Shifting global market trends, combined with skills gaps or mismatches and the rise of millennials in the workforce are forcing organizations of all sizes to look for new ways to engage, develop and retain their people.

According to recent research from Jeff Freyermuth, principal research analyst at Gartner,
“Gartner continues to see organizations of all sizes and industry segments investing in new learning applications to improve the user’s (learner’s) experience and drive broad adoption. With employee experience and ease of use being top of mind, organizations are searching for solutions that offer a more targeted and personalized user experience. In addition, this more personalized learning approach coincides with organizations looking to leverage greater analytical capabilities to evaluate the overall effectiveness of training.”1

Offering a simplified user experience that delivers searchable, on-demand learning opportunities embedded directly into talent processes, this Talent Expansion release not only helps expedite employee time to proficiency and productivity, but also helps organizations make better decisions about their people through predictive, cross-functional analytics and end-to-end reporting capabilities.

“By embedding Skillsoft’s rich content directly into the SumTotal Talent Expansion workflows and processes and extending Skillsoft’s patented search capabilities into those processes, we are allowing employees to interact seamlessly – in whatever modality is most effective for them – with the information they need to do their jobs better, grow their skills faster and progress in their careers,” said Hardeep Gulati, general manager and head of SumTotal. “From an employee perspective, this user experience and immediate access to information translates into increased engagement and job satisfaction, which drives greater talent mobility and career progression. For the business, stronger employee engagement reduces turnover, accelerates innovation, increases competitive advantage and drives higher organizational agility and performance.”

“This release represents a significant milestone for Skillsoft and SumTotal, and underscores our unified commitment to delivering powerful learning and talent management solutions that appeal to a wide range of users and learning styles,” said John Ambrose vice president of strategy and corporate development at Skillsoft. “Talent Expansion takes a consumer-based approach to delivering personalized, in-the-moment learning experiences that engage users while addressing the specific requirements of today’s expansive workforce, from millennials to baby boomers.”

To learn more about learning-centric Talent Expansion, visit www.skillsoft.com/expansion or visit http://www.sumtotalsystems.com/why-sumtotal/talent-expansion/.

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