Rand A Technology Corporation

Rand A Technology Corporation

March 01, 2005 11:11 ET

RAND Worldwide Launches SOLO Learning Tool


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MARCH 1, 2005 - 11:11 ET

RAND Worldwide Launches SOLO Learning Tool

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 1, 2005) -

Enables Continuous Learning in the Workplace

Rand A Technology Corporation (TSX:RND), operating as RAND Worldwide®,
announced today that ASCENT - Center for Technical Knowledge™, is
launching a new learning tool called SOLO (Searchable Online Learning
Objects). SOLO provides users of engineering software applications from
developers such as Dassault Systemes, PTC, and Autodesk, access to an
online searchable database of learning objects that will assist them
with their day-to-day use of the software.

Accessible through the Internet or deployed for Intranet access, SOLO
features a user-friendly search engine that identifies learning objects
related to a user's search query. The extensive database includes RAND's
own knowledge related to software applications such as CATIA V5 and
SMARTEAM from Dassault Systemes, Pro/ENGINEER and Pro/INTRALINK from
PTC, and AutoCAD, Inventor, ADT and Revit from Autodesk. Furthermore,
RAND can import a customer's own knowledge collateral into SOLO in a
secure manner such that search results include articles from both RAND
and the user's own company.

RAND Worldwide has been supporting and educating automation design
technology users for over 18 years. SOLO expands on RAND's current
education offerings to provide a means for customers to gain immediate
access, at their desktops, to knowledge captured by members of RAND's
training, technical support, and consulting groups. Knowledge is
presented in the form of focused learning objects that offer information
in a variety of formats, including high-level overviews, step-by-step
procedures, best practices, software issue work-arounds, and hands-on
practice exercises.

"Our overall focus is to increase job productivity for engineers,
designers and architects. As part of our learning continuum, we are
adding the critical component of workplace learning", stated Joe Oswald,
Executive Vice President, for RAND Worldwide. "With the never-ending
innovation of software tools, our customers need a convenient and
unobtrusive way to quickly gain the knowledge they need, where they need
it, and especially when they need it. Solving that challenge led us to
the development of SOLO."

"RAND Worldwide recognizes that learning is not an event that takes
place only in a classroom at a scheduled time; the need for knowledge is
anywhere, anytime," added Frank Baldesarra, President and CEO of RAND
Worldwide. "We continue to innovate products and services that focus on
increasing our customers' productivity with their chosen Product
Lifestyle Management (PLM) tools. SOLO represents another example of
this by bringing knowledge associated with these tools and related
processes to the users' desktops."

ASCENT will be hosting a web-based teleconference to demonstrate SOLO on
Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at 2:00 pm EST. Please e-mail SOLO@ascented.com
to attend.

About RAND Worldwide

RAND Worldwide is one of the world's leading providers of professional
services and technology to companies looking to improve their
competitiveness and profitability by enhancing key aspects of their
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) capabilities, including product
planning, product development, and product management. As the only
global, technology-independent systems integrator in the world, RAND
Worldwide currently employs approximately 450 people in over 70 sales
and client service centers in 17 countries. The Company's corporate head
office in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada can be reached at 905-625-2000 or
through the Internet at www.rand.com.

About ASCENT-Center for Technical Knowledge

ASCENT develops and produces knowledge products for the leading
engineering software tools: Pro/ENGINEER, CATIA, and Autodesk. The
ASCENT team contains members from several disciplines including
engineers, technical writers, courseware developers, instructional
designers, architects, and technical translators. ASCENT's curriculum
group specializes in the creation of blended education programs that
incorporate the best of expert-led and technology-based training
offerings to create the most effective course content and ensure that
users achieve maximum productivity from their chosen engineering tools.
ASCENT can be reached through the Internet at www.ascented.com.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    RAND Worldwide
    Paul Burden
    (905) 625-2000
    pburden@rand.com