Acquisitions Still Going Strong in E-learning Market

The e-learning market continues to mature as acquisitions, mergers and consolidations still dominate the news this fall. Most are the result of a fairly new market trend of connecting learning strategies to overall business objectives.

Two recent acquisitions were Element K by SkillSoft and Flypaper Studio by Trivantis.

SkillSoft bought the Element K business from NIIT Ventures for $110 million in cash, subject to adjustments. SkillSoft had been primarily a learning content and learning platform vendor, but Element K adds virtual labs, ILT print materials and custom development services to SkillSoft’s array of product offerings.

Also, the addition of Element K employees in sales, customer support and product development strengthens SkillSoft’s long-term ability to compete for a greater share of the $48 billion global corporate training market that includes many larger players with more comprehensive product offerings.

 “As our enterprise customer organizations are increasingly connecting their learning strategies to their overall business objectives, we find those organizations
looking for a greater range of products and services says Chuck Moran, SkillSoft CEO. “Our enterprise customers have many choices of suppliers to meet their ever-expanding needs, and we continuously look for ways to expand our capabilities to sustain and increase our competitiveness. In addition, by combining the two organizations, we will be able to expand our investments in the technology, service and content solutions delivered to customers.”

Earlier this year, SkillSoft itself went private by S.S.I.

Meanwhile, Trivantis has announced the official acquisition of its partner, Flypaper
Studio. The deal enhances the companies’ complementary skill sets by coupling Lectora authoring software with Flypaper, a full-featured Flash interactions builder and digital signage platform.

Don Pierson remains as president of Flypaper Studio but will also be executive vice president and a board member of Trivantis.

“This acquisition creates significant opportunities as we address the rapidly growing needs in the e-learning, Flash and digital signage markets,” says Trivantis chair and CEO Charles J. Beech. “The Trivantis and Flypaper combination makes the perfect fit for both parties and enables us to showcase new products.”

Earlier this year, GP Strategies acquired R.W.D. Technology’s consulting business, Taleo acquired Learn.com, and Blackboard was acquired by Provident Equity Partners.

The e-learning market continues to mature as acquisitions, mergers and consolidations still dominate the news this fall. Most are the result of a fairly new market trend of connecting learning strategies to overall business objectives.

Two recent acquisitions were Element K by SkillSoft and Flypaper Studio by Trivantis.

SkillSoft bought the Element K business from NIIT Ventures for $110 million in cash, subject to adjustments. SkillSoft had been primarily a learning content and learning platform vendor, but Element K adds virtual labs, ILT print materials and custom development services to SkillSoft’s array of product offerings.

Also, the addition of Element K employees in sales, customer support and product development strengthens SkillSoft’s long-term ability to compete for a greater share of the $48 billion global corporate training market that includes many larger players with more comprehensive product offerings.

 “As our enterprise customer organizations are increasingly connecting their learning strategies to their overall business objectives, we find those organizations
looking for a greater range of products and services says Chuck Moran, SkillSoft CEO. “Our enterprise customers have many choices of suppliers to meet their ever-expanding needs, and we continuously look for ways to expand our capabilities to sustain and increase our competitiveness. In addition, by combining the two organizations, we will be able to expand our investments in the technology, service and content solutions delivered to customers.”

Earlier this year, SkillSoft itself went private by S.S.I.

Meanwhile, Trivantis has announced the official acquisition of its partner, Flypaper
Studio. The deal enhances the companies’ complementary skill sets by coupling Lectora authoring software with Flypaper, a full-featured Flash interactions builder and digital signage platform.

Don Pierson remains as president of Flypaper Studio but will also be executive vice president and a board member of Trivantis.

“This acquisition creates significant opportunities as we address the rapidly growing needs in the e-learning, Flash and digital signage markets,” says Trivantis chair and CEO Charles J. Beech. “The Trivantis and Flypaper combination makes the perfect fit for both parties and enables us to showcase new products.”

Earlier this year, GP Strategies acquired R.W.D. Technology’s consulting business, Taleo acquired Learn.com, and Blackboard was acquired by Provident Equity Partners.

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