SOURCE: SumTotal Systems

March 11, 2008 08:05 ET

SumTotal Takes Talent Management Innovation Mobile

Announces Ability to Develop Interactive Content for iPhone

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - SumTotal® Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUMT), a global provider of learning, performance and talent management solutions, today announced that the upcoming release of its industry-leading ToolBook® Instructor will include the ability to rapidly create learning and interactive content for Apple's iPhone™. Using new ToolBook SmartStyles -- intelligent, professionally designed layouts optimized for the iPhone -- and new support for the Safari web browser, organizations now have the ability to create rich, interactive content, enabling a Web 2.0 experience for mobile users that was not available before. The iPhone will be the first of other devices, such as Windows Mobile phones, to take advantage of this solution.

A recent survey by Bersin and Associates, a research and advisory consulting firm focused on enterprise learning and talent management, found that 18% of companies are currently delivering learning to mobile devices on a regular basis and another 35% are actively looking for such solutions.

"There is a strong trend toward development of rapid, informal content which employees can access at any time," says Josh Bersin, president. "More than one billion devices are now in operation. SumTotal's solution enables organizations to easily deliver online learning to employees through one of their most popular devices -- their mobile phone."

The eLearning Guild, a worldwide community of practice comprising over 29,000 e-Learning designers, developers, and decision makers, recently published a major report on Mobile Learning. Nearly half of the respondents said that a lack of standards across the industry was a barrier to adopting mobile learning, but they also conceded that mobile learning was key to increasing learner and user access and availability. "What we also found that's exciting, is that nearly 45% of members that completed the survey indicate that they plan to do more mobile learning in the next 12 months," says Steve Wexler, director of research and emerging technologies for The eLearning Guild. "And of the members who have employed mobile learning, 52% report an improvement in user performance and an 83% report making e-Learning more readily available to learners in their organization.

"One of the truly miraculous things about the iPhone is how many Web pages work -- and work well -- without any thought to redesigning them for a small screen. It is the first small, portable, won't-leave-home-without-it device where Web sites not designed with a small screen in mind just work."

Wexler sees ToolBook's explicit support for simultaneous delivery of content for large screens and the iPhone as something that Guild members will be very pleased about. "Guild members have made it clear that they don't want to have to double their development efforts; that is, they want to develop it once and have it work on multiple platforms. ToolBook's support for this capability will assuage a major concern of many Guild members."

"Mobile learning has been a hot topic with our customers -- the ability to reach and develop talent in a changing and dynamic workforce that is constantly on the move is a significant step forward for them," says Sanjay Dholakia, senior vice president and general manager, Learning and Talent Management business unit at SumTotal. "Our investment in innovation is leading to unique talent management solutions that are focused on customer success -- workers on a production floor, sales associates that are interfacing with customers or even workers delayed at an airport. Talent development and learning is most effective when received at the time of need -- no matter where you are. Having pioneered the move of learning management to the web, we are thrilled to now pioneer its move beyond."

With a microsite dedicated to mobile learning, SumTotal is providing examples of mobile learning content for the iPhone, a whitepaper on best practices for creating mobile learning, demos, and the ability to sign up for the free ToolBook Instructor 9.5 beta program at http://www.sumtotalsystems.com/mobile.

About SumTotal Systems, Inc.

SumTotal Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUMT) is a global provider of learning, performance and talent management solutions. SumTotal deploys mission-critical solutions designed to align goals, develop skills, assess performance, plan for succession and set compensation. SumTotal's solutions aim to accelerate performance and profits for more than 1,500 companies and governments of all sizes, including six of the world's 10 biggest pharmaceutical makers, six of the 10 largest automotive companies in the world, four of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, three of the world's top five airlines, five of the six largest U.S. commercial banks and two of the world's top five specialty retailers. Mountain View, Calif.-based SumTotal has offices across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For more information about SumTotal's products and services, visit www.sumtotalsystems.com.

SumTotal, the SumTotal logo and ToolBook are registered trademarks or trademarks of SumTotal Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Safe Harbor Statement/Forward-Looking Statements

Information in this press release contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the anticipated benefits, results and performance of SumTotal's products and solutions, such as ToolBook Instructor; SumTotal's position in the talent management market and the potential growth of the mobile learning market. These statements represent SumTotal's expectations or beliefs concerning future events. These statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance or events and are based on current expectations, estimates, beliefs, assumptions, goals and objectives, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from the results expressed or implied by these statements. Readers of this press release are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to: (i) unknown errors, defects or bugs in SumTotal's software solutions, including without limitation ToolBook Instructor and the inability to fix in a timely fashion such bugs, errors or defects; (ii) the acceptance of SumTotal's software suite and future product offerings; (iii) the compatibility of ToolBook Instructor with various mobile devices, including, but not limited to, the iPhone and Windows Mobile phones; (iv) the ability to successfully manage and increase growth, both within and outside of the United States, significant current and expected additional competition, and the need to continue to expand product distribution and services offerings; (v) the actual demand and growth of the market for performance management products and services; (vi) the ability to successfully implement SumTotal's solutions in the future; (vii) the ability to successfully address technological developments and standards; and (viii) other events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in SumTotal's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's annual report for fiscal year 2006 on Form 10-K filed on March 16, 2007, its quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on November 8, 2007, its Prospectus Supplement filed on Form 424B2 filed on May 21, 2007, Form S-3/As filed on September 28, 2006, and October 2, 2006, and its Form 8-Ks. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as the date of this news release, and SumTotal does not assume any obligation to update such statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release.

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