IBM Mindspan Solutions Launches Content Partner Initiative

IBM's e-Learning Business Unit Provides its Partners with Ready-to-Use

Materials and Content Development Support;

Customers Gain Access to Vast e-Learning Topics



Jun 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from IBM Mindspan Solutions

    SOMERS, N.Y., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Mindspan Solutions, the worldwide
 leader in e-learning solutions, today announced the Lotus LearningSpace
 Content Partner Program, to help eligible business partners develop and market
 their e-learning content, and create new content for customers that leverages
 Lotus LearningSpace's ability to offer self-paced, collaborative and real-time
 learning experiences, tracking and management capabilities and seamless
 integration of course content and authoring tools, all in one platform. With
 this new initiative, IBM Mindspan Solutions provides eligible content
 developers and publishers a new avenue to promote content in the e-learning
 market through the Lotus LearningSpace Content Catalog and Lotus LearningSpace
 Content Partner Agreement, with support provided via the Lotus LearningSpace
 Content Developer Support Site.   As a result of these efforts, IBM Mindspan
 Solutions customers will gain greater access to a vast and centralized catalog
 of existing and new training content for use with Lotus LearningSpace.
     "This initiative highlights IBM Mindspan Solutions' commitment to our
 content provider community by providing them with the opportunity and support
 tools to enhance their customer reach," said Laura Sanders, vice president of
 IBM Mindspan Solutions. "The program also demonstrates our ongoing efforts to
 provide customers with a large selection of content that runs on Lotus
 LearningSpace and helps fulfill their e-learning needs."
     With the Lotus LearningSpace Content Partner Program, eligible business
 partners will now have access to a new cost-free channel to help generate
 additional revenue and exposure.  In addition, customers and partners can have
 quick and easy access to an immense selection of content to run in their
 existing Lotus LearningSpace environment, which will leverage their technology
 investments and speed the deployment of their e-learning solutions.  Combined
 with its current standards-based technologies and services, IBM Mindspan
 Solutions now supports a broad variety of e-learning content through its
 business partners, custom content services and authoring tools.
     "Helping new and existing business partners to develop and share e-
 learning solutions on the Lotus LearningSpace platform will help IBM Mindspan
 Solutions attract new customers.  Readily available e-learning content is
 critical to organizations trying to quickly address a variety of industry,
 operational and regulatory business needs," stated Michael Brennan, an e-
 learning analyst, International Data Corporation (IDC).
 
                    Business Partners and Customers Increase
             e-Learning Investment via Lotus LearningSpace Content
 
     The Lotus LearningSpace Content Partner Program is comprised of three
 components to provide a low-cost marketing venue, software licensing discounts
 and in-depth developer support:
 
     Lotus LearningSpace Content Catalog -- a searchable Web site that allows
     existing and potential Lotus LearningSpace customers to view courses
     provided by more than 1,000 titles from IBM Mindspan Solutions business
     partners and alliances. The Web site provides searching capabilities to
     identify a course listing by subject, vendor, title, platform and
     language.  Each course listing provides customers with an overview of the
     courses, the content provider, and purchasing information.
 
     Lotus LearningSpace Content Partner Agreement -- allows eligible content
     publishers to resell Lotus LearningSpace for sole use with their existing
     content as a bundled offering to their customers with a discount on
     software prices.
 
     Lotus LearningSpace Content Developer Support Site -- a dedicated Web site
     that provides support tools for content developers working with Lotus
     LearningSpace, including access to technical support through e-mail and
     searches. In addition, the Content Developer Support Site includes Lotus
     LearningSpace AICC Content Compatibility documents which assists
     developers in making their content compliant with the AICC standard so it
     can be launched, and students' progress can be tracked, via Lotus
     LearningSpace.
 
     WebLearning.com, an IBM Mindspan Solutions business partner, develops a
 family of high caliber HR training and skills development courses, including
 diversity and harassment courses that provide positive behavior change inside
 the organization.
     "Most of our customers are looking to address a very specific business
 challenge and are not necessarily interested in making an infrastructure
 decision," comments Jeffrey Davidson, president and CEO, webLearning.com. "As
 a partner of IBM Mindspan Solutions, the ability to bundle Lotus LearningSpace
 with our content offerings is going to help streamline the buying decisions of
 our customers by providing the content they need and a reliable, time-tested
 platform to run it on."
     Berbee, an IBM Mindspan Solutions business partner and application service
 provider, delivers high-value network consulting, electronic commerce and
 applications solutions for businesses.
     "Berbee's experience helping content partners build Lotus LearningSpace
 delivery capabilities is a key differentiator for us in the marketplace," said
 Paul Shain, president and CEO, Berbee. "We are also uniquely positioned with a
 reliable, secure infrastructure and a dedicated e-learning practice committed
 to demonstrating the organization-changing power of e-learning for our
 clients."
     The Lotus LearningSpace Content Partner Program is free to business
 partners that join the IBM Mindspan Solutions Business Partner community.
 Business Partners interested in joining the program should visit
 www.ibm.com/partnerworld/software to begin the self-nomination process.
     Access to view and search the Lotus LearningSpace Content Catalog is free
 to all visitors, and is located at www.lotus.com/lscatalog and
 www.ibm.com/mindspan.  Customers interested in purchasing content will work
 with the individual content partner for the acquisition and licensing terms of
 the content.
 
     IBM Mindspan Solutions - A Complete e-learning Solution
     IBM Mindspan Solutions, the worldwide leader in e-learning solutions,
 leverages IBM's and Lotus' extensive experience, technologies and worldwide
 reach to provide organizations with e-learning solutions that solve mission-
 critical learning needs.  IBM Mindspan Solutions utilizes dedicated e-learning
 sales specialists and an experienced set of worldwide service resources
 focused on the learning marketplace.  These resources include more than 3,400
 services practitioners, as well as a global content development community with
 15 facilities around the world.  Over the course of the year, IBM Mindspan
 Solutions helped more than 500 organizations in 54 countries implement cost-
 saving e-learning initiatives, enabling them to solve business problems, such
 as bringing products to market faster, while increasing competitive advantage
 and improving quality and productivity. For more information visit the Web
 site at www.ibm.com/mindspan.
     Lotus and LearningSpace are registered trademarks of Lotus Development
 Corporation. IBM Mindspan Solutions and Mindspan are trademarks and IBM is a
 registered trademark of International Business Machines Corp.  All other
 trademarks are owned by their respective companies. For more information on
 the IBM Mindspan Solutions offerings including Lotus LearningSpace, visit
 www.ibm.com/mindspan.
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE: All news releases and related information on this topic are
 available on the Internet, via the Lotus Development Corp. press room at
 http://www.lotus.com/pressroom.
 
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SOURCE IBM Mindspan Solutions
    SOMERS, N.Y., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Mindspan Solutions, the worldwide
 leader in e-learning solutions, today announced the Lotus LearningSpace
 Content Partner Program, to help eligible business partners develop and market
 their e-learning content, and create new content for customers that leverages
 Lotus LearningSpace's ability to offer self-paced, collaborative and real-time
 learning experiences, tracking and management capabilities and seamless
 integration of course content and authoring tools, all in one platform. With
 this new initiative, IBM Mindspan Solutions provides eligible content
 developers and publishers a new avenue to promote content in the e-learning
 market through the Lotus LearningSpace Content Catalog and Lotus LearningSpace
 Content Partner Agreement, with support provided via the Lotus LearningSpace
 Content Developer Support Site.   As a result of these efforts, IBM Mindspan
 Solutions customers will gain greater access to a vast and centralized catalog
 of existing and new training content for use with Lotus LearningSpace.
     "This initiative highlights IBM Mindspan Solutions' commitment to our
 content provider community by providing them with the opportunity and support
 tools to enhance their customer reach," said Laura Sanders, vice president of
 IBM Mindspan Solutions. "The program also demonstrates our ongoing efforts to
 provide customers with a large selection of content that runs on Lotus
 LearningSpace and helps fulfill their e-learning needs."
     With the Lotus LearningSpace Content Partner Program, eligible business
 partners will now have access to a new cost-free channel to help generate
 additional revenue and exposure.  In addition, customers and partners can have
 quick and easy access to an immense selection of content to run in their
 existing Lotus LearningSpace environment, which will leverage their technology
 investments and speed the deployment of their e-learning solutions.  Combined
 with its current standards-based technologies and services, IBM Mindspan
 Solutions now supports a broad variety of e-learning content through its
 business partners, custom content services and authoring tools.
     "Helping new and existing business partners to develop and share e-
 learning solutions on the Lotus LearningSpace platform will help IBM Mindspan
 Solutions attract new customers.  Readily available e-learning content is
 critical to organizations trying to quickly address a variety of industry,
 operational and regulatory business needs," stated Michael Brennan, an e-
 learning analyst, International Data Corporation (IDC).
 
                    Business Partners and Customers Increase
             e-Learning Investment via Lotus LearningSpace Content
 
     The Lotus LearningSpace Content Partner Program is comprised of three
 components to provide a low-cost marketing venue, software licensing discounts
 and in-depth developer support:
 
     Lotus LearningSpace Content Catalog -- a searchable Web site that allows
     existing and potential Lotus LearningSpace customers to view courses
     provided by more than 1,000 titles from IBM Mindspan Solutions business
     partners and alliances. The Web site provides searching capabilities to
     identify a course listing by subject, vendor, title, platform and
     language.  Each course listing provides customers with an overview of the
     courses, the content provider, and purchasing information.
 
     Lotus LearningSpace Content Partner Agreement -- allows eligible content
     publishers to resell Lotus LearningSpace for sole use with their existing
     content as a bundled offering to their customers with a discount on
     software prices.
 
     Lotus LearningSpace Content Developer Support Site -- a dedicated Web site
     that provides support tools for content developers working with Lotus
     LearningSpace, including access to technical support through e-mail and
     searches. In addition, the Content Developer Support Site includes Lotus
     LearningSpace AICC Content Compatibility documents which assists
     developers in making their content compliant with the AICC standard so it
     can be launched, and students' progress can be tracked, via Lotus
     LearningSpace.
 
     WebLearning.com, an IBM Mindspan Solutions business partner, develops a
 family of high caliber HR training and skills development courses, including
 diversity and harassment courses that provide positive behavior change inside
 the organization.
     "Most of our customers are looking to address a very specific business
 challenge and are not necessarily interested in making an infrastructure
 decision," comments Jeffrey Davidson, president and CEO, webLearning.com. "As
 a partner of IBM Mindspan Solutions, the ability to bundle Lotus LearningSpace
 with our content offerings is going to help streamline the buying decisions of
 our customers by providing the content they need and a reliable, time-tested
 platform to run it on."
     Berbee, an IBM Mindspan Solutions business partner and application service
 provider, delivers high-value network consulting, electronic commerce and
 applications solutions for businesses.
     "Berbee's experience helping content partners build Lotus LearningSpace
 delivery capabilities is a key differentiator for us in the marketplace," said
 Paul Shain, president and CEO, Berbee. "We are also uniquely positioned with a
 reliable, secure infrastructure and a dedicated e-learning practice committed
 to demonstrating the organization-changing power of e-learning for our
 clients."
     The Lotus LearningSpace Content Partner Program is free to business
 partners that join the IBM Mindspan Solutions Business Partner community.
 Business Partners interested in joining the program should visit
 www.ibm.com/partnerworld/software to begin the self-nomination process.
     Access to view and search the Lotus LearningSpace Content Catalog is free
 to all visitors, and is located at www.lotus.com/lscatalog and
 www.ibm.com/mindspan.  Customers interested in purchasing content will work
 with the individual content partner for the acquisition and licensing terms of
 the content.
 
     IBM Mindspan Solutions - A Complete e-learning Solution
     IBM Mindspan Solutions, the worldwide leader in e-learning solutions,
 leverages IBM's and Lotus' extensive experience, technologies and worldwide
 reach to provide organizations with e-learning solutions that solve mission-
 critical learning needs.  IBM Mindspan Solutions utilizes dedicated e-learning
 sales specialists and an experienced set of worldwide service resources
 focused on the learning marketplace.  These resources include more than 3,400
 services practitioners, as well as a global content development community with
 15 facilities around the world.  Over the course of the year, IBM Mindspan
 Solutions helped more than 500 organizations in 54 countries implement cost-
 saving e-learning initiatives, enabling them to solve business problems, such
 as bringing products to market faster, while increasing competitive advantage
 and improving quality and productivity. For more information visit the Web
 site at www.ibm.com/mindspan.
     Lotus and LearningSpace are registered trademarks of Lotus Development
 Corporation. IBM Mindspan Solutions and Mindspan are trademarks and IBM is a
 registered trademark of International Business Machines Corp.  All other
 trademarks are owned by their respective companies. For more information on
 the IBM Mindspan Solutions offerings including Lotus LearningSpace, visit
 www.ibm.com/mindspan.
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE: All news releases and related information on this topic are
 available on the Internet, via the Lotus Development Corp. press room at
 http://www.lotus.com/pressroom.
 
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                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X57245485
 
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