March 28, 2011 08:00 ET

Taleo Social Learning and LMS Drive Higher Employee Performance

Social Learning Portals and Collaboration Technology Deliver Deep Value to Millions of Users

DUBLIN, CA--(Marketwire - March 28, 2011) - Taleo Corporation (NASDAQ: TLEO), the leading provider of on-demand talent management solutions, today announced that millions of users are realizing the value of Talent Intelligence and the benefits of an integrated learning and performance management solution to drive business results. A key element of this customer success comes from Taleo's unique ability to satisfy customers' core LMS needs as well as their emerging social learning aspirations.

One of the many customers achieving these successful results is Vi, formerly Classic Residence by Hyatt, a leading national provider of senior living and care. The organization distinguishes itself from other senior-living companies by striving to deliver a high level of personalized service and quality care to its residents. Training plays a key role in engaging employees to deliver on the company's service commitment. The introduction of a state-of-the-art online university has significantly expanded learning opportunities throughout the company, while reducing training costs and providing employee training resources that boost employee development opportunities and preparation for advancement.1

"As the virtual, boundary-free classroom experience evolves, employees will take an increasingly active role in contributing and leading the learning experience. Vi leverages Taleo's blog functionality, RSS feeds, and YouTube within our learning management system, E-Campus, to engage our learners. We've also taken advantage of Taleo's unique customizable micro-learn centers to enable our functions within the company to create their own unique and relevant learning experience," said Judy Whitcomb, Senior Professional in Human Resources, AVP - Learning and Organizational Development, of Vi. "This, along with strong internal marketing and communications, has contributed to over 1,000 percent increase in E-Campus utilization over the last several years and employee engagement."

With Taleo, customers can leverage robust LMS features including certifications, compliance, CEU management, instructor-led training management, curriculum development, virtual classroom integrations, and web-based training. Taleo customers also benefit from an industry-leading library of over 30,000 web-based training titles developed by internationally recognized content developers.

In addition to these core LMS features, Taleo Learn also includes sophisticated social features that enable organizations to share expertise:

  • Through its unique Sub-Learn Center technology, Taleo Learn enables customers to create an unlimited number of collaborative spaces where employees can share expertise, share files and network with one another around corporate initiatives, formal training events, or specific business topics.
  • With its portal technology, Taleo Learn supports many of the key features of a wiki. It also enables the embedding of external content via RSS feeds, YouTube videos, and widgets, providing a way for organizations to aggregate internal and external expertise into a central portal.
  • In addition to its architectural support for collaboration, Taleo Learn includes features designed to capture and share organizational knowledge in a general way -- discussion forum technology, ratings and reviews, social networking, and support for file sharing, including the sharing of video and audio files.

These social features can support formal learning activities, or they can be used "stand-alone" to support more general collaboration needs, both within the enterprise and within the extended enterprise. By mixing and matching formal and social features in their learning portals, customers can design tailored experiences for different learner populations and can continually evolve this blend to solve their changing needs over time.

"We're at an inflection point in how people learn in the workplace," said Michael Gregoire, CEO of Taleo. "As we move toward social learning and enterprise collaboration, it's important to remember that organizations still need LMS solutions to satisfy complex regulatory and compliance reporting requirements as well as the delivery of more traditional learning such as instructor-led training, which still accounts for more than 50% of the training in large enterprises. With Taleo Learn, our customers get the best of both worlds: an industry-leading LMS and robust social learning capabilities."

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About Taleo
Taleo's (NASDAQ: TLEO) cloud-based talent management platform unites products and an ecosystem to drive business performance through talent intelligence. Over 5,000 customers use Taleo for talent acquisition, performance, learning and compensation management, including 47 of the Fortune 100. Further, Taleo's Talent Grid cloud community harnesses the expertise of Taleo customers, more than 200 million candidates to date, and 140 partners and industry experts.

Forward-looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the demand for and benefits from the use of Taleo's solutions. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon Taleo's historical performance and its current plans, estimates and expectations and are not a representation that such plans, estimates, or expectations will be achieved. These forward-looking statements represent Taleo's expectations as of the date of this press release. Subsequent events may cause these expectations to change, and Taleo disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements in the future. Further information on potential factors that could affect actual results is included in Part I, Item 1A of Taleo's Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the SEC on February 28, 2011, and in other reports filed by Taleo with the SEC.

1 BERSIN & ASSOCIATES, "Extending the Reach of an Organization"

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