Blackboard Announces Availability of New SaaS Offerings

New SaaS Offerings Provide Tiered Levels of Service Ensuring Deployment Flexibility and Choice for Customers Using Flagship LMS, Blackboard Learn™

Jan 21, 2016, 13:48 ET from Blackboard Inc.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc., the world's leading education technology company, today announced two new options for deploying its flagship learning management system (LMS) Blackboard Learn™ via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Blackboard Learn SaaS Plus and Blackboard Learn SaaS Advantage are now available for higher education institutions in the United States.

Today's announcement is the latest milestone in the company's plan to provide its customers with customized, flexible and powerful options for deploying their LMS. 

The SaaS offerings, which will be available in two tiers differentiated by their respective options and service levels, build on the company's expertise and cloud deployment options by allowing customers to experience their current version of Blackboard Learn in a more flexible and customizable way. Customers using Learn in a SaaS environment have access to significant benefits such as zero-downtime upgrades, higher quality through continuous delivery of regular bug fixes, new services innovation, and increased scalability.

The new Plus and Advantage tiers give institutions the ability to scale, customize and configure Blackboard Learn for their specific and individual needs. These tiers of SaaS also offer more support for commercial and custom-built integrations, additional service tiers, and a new Flexible Deployment Option. The Flexible Deployment Option allows schools to have control over when new features and enhancements are deployed to their environment.

"This is a big day for our customers, as it represents the latest step we've taken to provide them with an LMS that is tailored to meet their exact needs," said Mark Strassman, Senior Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Blackboard. "We believe strongly in the power of SaaS as a critical component to the future success of our customers. These new SaaS offerings will provide customers with greater control and flexibility, giving them more choices for how to accomplish their goals while implementing the right solution for their institution."

The SaaS Plus and SaaS Advantage offerings are currently available to higher education institutions in the United States. Details about availability in other markets are forthcoming.

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About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. We challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern-day learner and the institutions that serve them. In partnership with our customers and partners in higher education and K-12 as well as corporations and government agencies around the world, our mission is to help every learner achieve their full potential by inspiring a passion for lifelong learning. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.

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