SOURCE: Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC

Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC

April 06, 2010 14:32 ET

Fusion Productions and Meridian Knowledge Solutions Forge Partnership to Train Professional and Trade Associations

WEBSTER, NY and CHANTILLY, VA--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) - Fusion Productions signed a strategic agreement with Meridian Knowledge Solutions to bring the Virginia-based software maker's award-winning(1) learning-management system (LMS) to America's nearly 100,000 professional, trade and non-profit groups. Both companies see fertile ground in providing Fusion's professional development and e-learning services with Meridian's learning management system (LMS) to the nation's associations. 

Fusion's experience working with trade and professional associations ranges from producing industry-wide meetings and events to developing professional online learning and educational portals. Fusion pioneered online education research for associations when in 1999, through the ASAE Foundation, the firm published "Online Learning Strategies: Association Models for Success."

Before striking an agreement with Fusion, Meridian had already achieved success selling its flagship product, the Meridian Global LMS, to an array of trade groups including ones serving teachers, healthcare workers, the automotive industry and professional associations.

"Our two firms know the professional development needs of associations and non-profits," said Roy Haythorn, executive vice president of operations for Meridian. "Among other things, associations look to learning and development as a way to deliver value to members in supporting the need for certification, continuing education and licensure."

Donald Dea, co-founder of Fusion Productions, added, "We conducted extensive due diligence in qualifying Meridian's platform, organization and product road map to bring forward an enterprise platform that is geared to solving the learning portal needs of associations."

Meridian's learning portal for associations mirrors the "unique processes, integration, and interface considerations of associations and non-profit organizations," said Dea. The Meridian portal supports members by tracking continuing education, managing competencies and delivering professional development courses. The portal will help an association brand itself and ensure its members comply with continuing education, certifications and regulatory considerations. The portal will also enable users to obtain the education and knowledge they need to support their professional and business needs at the moment they need it.

One of the first places Fusion and Meridian will promote the new alliance is at Fusion's DigitalNow conference, which takes place from April 7 - 10, 2010. Trade groups of all kinds know DigitalNow as an annual gathering for the industry's top executives. 

About Meridian
Our flagship product, Meridian Global LMS, integrates learning content management, workforce analytics, knowledge management, and competency modeling in one learning management system (LMS). In addition to Meridian Global LMS, we provide professional services, courseware development, and hosting services. We serve 6.5 million users at more than 270 public- and private-sector employers. And our software is used by companies that range in size from 900,000 employees to less than 100 workers. Our clients include AutoZone, Panera Bread, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, Whirlpool and more than 80 federal, state and local governments.

We are the number one ranked learning-technology company for customer loyalty. Our award-winning software aims to deliver learning, distribute knowledge, and sharpen business skills, which will make you a leader in your industry. Our Chantilly, Va.-based company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Visionary Integration Professionals. To follow Meridian on Twitter, visit

About Fusion Productions
Fusion Productions helps clients achieve business objectives by delivering engaging messages through strategically designed and flawlessly executed meetings, e-learning, and technology. 

Fusion Productions, co-producers of the renowned DigitalNow conference, is at the forefront of today's technology solutions including: social media strategy and execution, eLearning, website development, learning platforms, and full AMS integration. Fusion enables associations to offer increased value and personalized member experiences. Fusion is a certified minority business enterprise.

(1) 2009 Best of Elearning! Award of Excellence; "Visionaries" quadrant of the 2009 Magic Quadrant for Corporate Learning Systems, Gartner, Inc.; "Best Value LMS,"; Gold "Excellence in Customer Service Award" from Chief Learning Officer magazine.

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