IBM Wins Silver Excellence in E-Learning Award

IBM Recognized for Innovative Technology in Workforce Productivity

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ARMONK, NY - 25 Sep 2003: IBM announced today that has presented the company with a Silver Excellence in E-Learning Award for Innovative Technology. The award recognizes IBM's LearningSpace® Everyplace®, a mobile learning solution based on IBM Lotus e-learning software technology that provides enterprise learners with the flexibility they need to stay focused on their business activities.

Now in its seventh year, the awards program (formerly the Brandon Hall of Fame Awards), showcases exceptional work in the e-learning industry. As one of the e-learning industry's leading research and consulting firms, provides feedback and benchmarking to entrants in an overall effort to help advance the e-learning industry.

IBM LearningSpace Everyplace met and exceeded's innovation standards by providing a complete mobile learning experience. LearningSpace Everyplace is built on three components - Profiled Notification, Mobile Access and Learning Interaction - that allow users to design an individualized learning experience, access it anytime, anywhere and interact with others using the solution.

"Learning, like the rest of the enterprise, is going mobile. The frontline workforce already leverages a portfolio of devices to stay in touch, connected and available," said James Sharpe, Director of e-Learning Technology - IBM Learning Solutions. "Mobile learning allows the workforce to increase access to the critical information sources, learning materials and expertise to learn what they want, where they want, when they want. IBM's innovative mobile learning technology suite aims to drive the overall application of mobile technology to workforce productivity."

"LearningSpace Everyplace is the latest in a long line of successful, award-winning IBM e-learning software solutions. It provides a new level of interactivity and availability between a learner and their e-learning program," said Andy Sadler, Director of Workplace Learning Products at IBM. "No longer do users need to check the learning system for updates; the system can notify them automatically when something has changed. Users can remain focused on the core daily business activities and allow their learning to follow them. The award validates our use of innovative technology in our approach to workforce enablement."

This year, entries were submitted in three categories: Best Practices, Custom Content, and Innovative Technology. Entries were evaluated by judges with expertise in instructional design, online learning and the implementation of e-learning.

"The winning entries have done a terrific job this year. The innovation and desire to excel that is demonstrated in these programs gives us all something to celebrate," said Brandon Hall, Ph.D., of and chairman of the Excellence in E-Learning Awards program. "These ground-breaking efforts and best practices benefit the industry as a whole."

IBM was recognized during an Awards ceremony and dinner held on Tuesday, September 24, 2003 in Los Angeles, Calif., as part of the Online Learning 2003 Conference & Expo, held September 23-25. Winners are listed at

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