Skillsoft and SumTotal Win Awards from Aragon Research, Brandon Hall Group, Elearning! Media Group, Nucleus Research, Stevie® Awards and Training Industry

The companies’ products, customers and executives received more than 30 awards and accolades in 2018

BOSTON – December 13, 2018 – Skillsoft and SumTotal today announced seven new award wins, bringing the total number of awards and accolades for their corporate learning and Human Capital Management products, customers and executives in 2018 to more than 30. Recently, Aragon Research, Brandon Hall Group, Elearning! Media Group and Training Industry recognized the companies’ original products. In addition, Nucleus Research ranked SumTotal a Leader in its Talent Management Technology Value Matrix 2018. Further, Chief Marketing Officer Tara O’Sullivan was recognized for her leadership prowess at the annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business.

Most recently, Skillsoft and SumTotal won the Aragon Research 2018 Innovation Award for Learning. The Aragon awards recognize providers’ visionary uses of technology not only to adapt as markets change but also to help inform how their markets evolve. The Innovation Award acknowledges the ability of Skillsoft’s content solutions and Percipio learning experience platform as well as SumTotal’s Learning Management System to help organizations achieve success while delighting learners with consumer-inspired designs.

Prior to that, Skillsoft and SumTotal were both recognized with Brandon Hall Group 2018 Excellence in Technology Awards. Brandon Hall Group’s awards acknowledge vendors’ design, functionality, usability, and overall measurable benefit to organizations. Percipio won Silver for Best Advance in Emerging Learning Technology, and SumTotal won Silver for Best Advance in Integrated Talent Management.

Meanwhile, Skillsoft’s Technology and Developer portfolio was named to Training Industry’s selection for the 2018 Top Training Companies™ list for the IT Training sector of the learning and development market. Selection to the 2018 Training Industry Top 20™ IT Training Companies List was based on Skillsoft’s breadth and quality of IT training content and courses in addition to its leadership and innovation in IT training.

Elearning! Magazine readers voted SumTotal Learning Management Best of Elearning! The Elearning! Media Group’s user’s choice awards honor exceptional applications across the learning and technology marketplace. Either Skillsoft and/or SumTotal has earned a Best of Elearning! award in each of the program’s 14 years.

Similarly, Nucleus Research positioned SumTotal as a Leader in its Talent Management Technology Value Matrix for the fourth consecutive year. The Nucleus Research Technology Value Matrix provides a transparent means to help businesses quickly assess a variety of technology solutions based on functionality and usability. Vendors that are positioned as a Leader tend to offer technology that is both highly functional and easy to use. Nucleus cited SumTotal’s success consolidating talent acquisition, learning management, talent management, and workforce management into a single integrated platform as a key strength as organizations increasingly look for an integrated view of talent.

Lastly, Tara O’Sullivan, Skillsoft’s chief marketing officer, won a Bronze Stevie® Women in Business Award in the Women Executive of the Year – Business Products – 11 to 2,500 Employees category. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor female executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards recognized Tara for her success in leading Skillsoft’s and SumTotal’s global marketing, content and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives as well as for her efforts as a strong advocate for women in business. Tara was also a finalist for this year’s Aragon Research Women in Technology Awards and the Irish Women in Business Awards.

“The more than 30 awards and accolades that Skillsoft and SumTotal received throughout 2018 reflect our ongoing mission to provide high-quality, inventive, cloud-based learning and performance support resources,” said Chad Gaydos, chief operating officer, Skillsoft. “Our innovative solutions are designed to help organizations to achieve competitive advantages through superior learning and talent development.”

For a comprehensive list of Skillsoft’s and SumTotal’s awards, visit and

About Skillsoft
Skillsoft is a front-runner in corporate learning, delivering beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for modern enterprises. Skillsoft comprises three award-winning systems that support learning, performance and success: Skillsoft learning content, the Percipio intelligent learning experience platform and the SumTotal suite for Human Capital Management.

Skillsoft provides a comprehensive selection of cloud-based corporate learning content, including courses, videos, books and other resources on Business and Management Skills, Leadership Development, Digital Transformation, Technology and Developer, Productivity and Collaboration Tools and Compliance. Percipio’s intuitive design engages modern learners and its consumer-led experience assists in accelerating learning. The SumTotal suite features four key components built on a unified platform: Learning Management, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Management.

Skillsoft is trusted by thousands of the world’s leading organizations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. Learn more at


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