SkillSoft Announces Perspectives 2011 Award Winners

U.S. Army, Cox Communications, H.J. Heinz Company, Taco Bell, American Heart Association, Farmers Insurance and MD Physician Services Recognized for Innovative Learning Efforts

NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SkillSoft, a leading SaaS provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses, today announced the winners of its Perspectives 2011 Industry Awards at its annual user conference being held this week in Orlando, FL. The winners, which include the U.S. Army, Cox Communications, Taco Bell, H.J. Heinz Company and others, demonstrate how SkillSoft's learning solutions are enabling organizations across a broad spectrum of industries to improve their performance through a diverse set of innovative learning programs.

The awards were judged by a panel of industry experts, including: Lorri Freifeld of Training Magazine, Cushing Anderson of IDC, Jeanne Meister of, Mollie Lombardi of Aberdeen, Paula Ketter of T&D Magazine, Bill Brandon of Learning Solutions Magazine, John Hollon of, Susan Smith-Nash of eLearning Queen, and Sally Hovis, SkillSoft's vice president of learning design.

Perspectives 2011 brings together hundreds of SkillSoft customers from a variety of business, governmental and educational entities to network and discuss how to link learning to business goals. SkillSoft annually honors several companies for their notable efforts in e-learning, recognizing innovative ideas and inspiring leaders who are helping to transform the learning landscape.

"Organizations today use e-learning in a variety of ways to address diverse business challenges," said Jerry Nine, COO of SkillSoft. "We're proud to recognize this impressive group of organizations and individuals who have harnessed the power of learning technology to deliver innovative results aligned with their business objectives."

The Perspectives 2011 Industry Awards categories and winners are:

    --  Learning in Emerging Business Achievement Award:Canadian-based MD
        Physician Services, which serves Canada's physicians with financial and
        professional help at every step of their careers, was recognized for
        adapting learning to the fast-paced and evolving landscape of a small to
        medium sized business environment. In just the first year, the program
        was extremely successful, and as more and more employees turn to
        e-learning as their means of "just in time" leaning resources, the
        company has seen significant savings in training and travel costs.
        Honorable Mention was awarded toLIME.
    --  Best IT Training:Cox Communications,the third-largest cable
        entertainment and broadband services provider in the country, was
        honored for their blended learning program, "Advanced Technical Training
        Path to Cisco Certification," which utilizes Books24x7 resources and
        SkillSoft Live Learning for Cisco certification exam preparation to help
        the company achieve business goals related to network reliability.
        Honorable Mention was awarded to KPMG Management Services LP.
    --  Integrating Learning into the Life of the Enterprise:Global food
        brandH.J. Heinz Company sought to establish a blend of independence and
        autonomy in each of its business units across 48 countries, while
        maintaining consistent standards for operations and developing core
        leadership capabilities. Over the past nine months, the Heinz Academy
        program has successfully developed leadership capabilities at all levels
        and Heinz has seen direct results in terms of improved employee
        engagement and retention. Honorable Mention was awarded to Arrow
    --  Custom Award:Taco Bell met the challenge of delivering a consistent
        training experience throughout its more than 6,000 restaurants by
        offering employees a customized, multi-lingual blended learning program
        which combines online learning with hands-on training. Learners have
        consistently said that the program is fun, engaging and provides the
        information and practice they need to provide the highest level of
        customer service. Honorable Mention was awarded to Sun Life Financial.
    --  Public Sector Excellence in Learning:Today's Army is made up of young
        people who are familiar with technology and who expect online learning
        that is dynamic, fast and always available. For the third year in a row,
        the United States Army has been recognized for the Army e-learning
        program which utilizes SkillSoft courseware and inGenius social learning
        to help the armed forces develop the skills needed both to perform in
        their current roles and to pursue job opportunities following active
        duty. Honorable Mention was awarded to Lawrence Livermore National
    --  Learning Professional of the Year:Annette Thompson, senior vice
        president and chief learning officer for Farmers Insurance, has been
        instrumental in transforming the company's approach to learning.
        Starting in 2004, she re-engineered the Agency Training unit, creating
        learning that drove agent behavior change and tangible growth, and
        ultimately proving that learning was a strategic advantage capable of
        driving organizational business results. Through her dedication to
        learning, Thompson has created within Farmers an environment of greater
        accountability to metrics, consistent learning methodologies, greater
        shared content, common technology platforms and vendors, and a
        leadership and reporting structure that attaches learning to business
        results.Honorable Mention was awarded to Michelle Jansen of Lockheed
        Martin Space Systems.
    --  Program of the Year:The American Heart Association's (AHA) American
        Heart University was initially created to provide a place for all staff
        and their families to have free, online access to world-class education.
        As a result of recruitment of an experienced corporate university dean
        to build the program and overwhelming executive support, the program now
        has 100 percent participation from the AHA's more than 2,900 staff. The
        program has allowed the AHA to deliver training to all staff nationwide,
        while also cutting its training budget by millions of dollars and
        facilitating the retention of key staff.

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