SOURCE: Meridian Knowledge Solutions

Meridian Knowledge Solutions

March 11, 2011 12:51 ET

Learn How the LMS Is About to Change, Forever

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - Mar 11, 2011) - Reports of the death of the LMS are, as Mark Twain might say, an exaggeration. Not only is the global LMS market growing, according to research(1) from Bersin & Associates, but future buyers will seek more diversified features from their LMS. From content as a service to intelligent tutors, the training landscape is drastically shifting. And it will change the LMS forever. A first step toward changing learning management systems is a new Run-time Web Service (RTWS) API that allows for direct calls between training simulations and training software.

To learn how the new RTWS API can change the way you train, join Avron Barr, software veteran, author and director of strategic communications for the International Federation for Learning, Education, and Training Systems Interoperability (LETSI), and Christopher Sawwa, director of e-learning at Meridian Knowledge Solutions, for a free, one-hour webinar on March 18, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT. Register here for this discussion.

Essentially, RTWS replaces JavaScript API with a SOAP-over-HTTP system. This means training pros can launch e-learning courses, as well as simulations, from mobile apps, desktop apps and virtual worlds.

Join Barr and Sawwa for this information-packed Meridian webinar and you will learn:

  • About the innovations that are reshaping the way the LMS will soon work,
  • How RTWS shifts the architecture for online training by eliminating the browser window, and
  • How an LMS taps RTWS to launch and report on mobile simulations.

"LETSI sees systems interoperability as a key to the rapid evolution of e-learning products, teaching methods and business models," said Barr. "Meridian has helped us pioneer an open e-learning infrastructure where web-based products and services can exchange data with and between myriad learning technologies."

"Any LMS that makes use of RTWS is going to improve security and enable training professionals to work with an array of training content across multiple platforms," added Sawwa. "RTWS is a technology enabler the training industry has not had until now."

Barr has been a software industry consultant, researcher and entrepreneur for 25 years. He published the four-volume "Handbook of Artificial Intelligence." And Stanford University retained Barr to direct a six-year study of the global software industry, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Sawwa's experience includes senior-level consulting roles with the U.S. Department of Defense as well as numerous years as a software architect developing learning management systems. He is a member of LETSI and IEEE.

A software developer's guide for RTWS and code samples are available free at

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 approximately 8 million users at more than 300 public- and private-sector employers. Our software is used by companies that range in size from 1,000,000 employees to less than 100 workers. Our clients include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, AutoZone, Panera Bread, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy 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 Herndon, Va.-based company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Visionary Integration Professionals. To learn more, visit, or follow Meridian on Twitter at

(1) "Learning Management Systems 2011," Bersin & Associates

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