SOURCE: Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC

Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC

November 29, 2010 08:36 ET

With New Run-Time Web Service, Meridian Learning Management System Says Hello Training Sims, Goodbye JavaScript and Browser

CHANTILLY, VA--(Marketwire - November 29, 2010) - E-learning software developers and training managers can now say goodbye to their browsers and JavaScript fixated content thanks to a partnership between the International Federation for Learning, Education, and Training Systems Interoperability (LETSI) and Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC. LETSI, Meridian and a host of other LETSI members have unveiled a new Run-time Web Service (RTWS) API that allows for direct calls between training simulations and training software, such as the Meridian Global LMS, and uses the industry standard computer protocol known as SOAP. Essentially, RTWS replaces JavaScript API with a SOAP-over-HTTP system. This means training professionals can launch e-learning courses, as well as simulations, from mobile apps, desktop apps and virtual worlds. It also means Meridian's LMS can track and report on the results of such training.

Meridian will demonstrate how RTWS works with its LMS at The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla., from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 in booth #637. The software demonstration will show attendees how the Meridian Global LMS taps RTWS to launch, track and easily report on both an Android-based mobile simulation and native desktop app.

"LETSI sees systems interoperability as a key to the rapid evolution of e-learning products, teaching methods and business models," says Avron Barr, director of strategic communications for LETSI. "Through its sponsorship of LETSI and involvement in our working groups, Meridian has shown its commitment to pioneering an open e-learning infrastructure, where new web-based products and services can securely exchange data with installed systems and each other."

RTWS redraws the communication architecture for online training by eliminating the browser window and creating a direct connection with the Meridian LMS server and any type of course. Content using RTWS will benefit from secure communication by support for SSL as well as payload-level encryption.

RTWS enables a training department that has created, say, a driver-training simulation course to register learners for a course, launch the course and track results with the Meridian Global LMS.

"Traditionally, learning management systems couldn't handle simulations in this way," said Chris Sawwa, director of e-learning for Meridian Knowledge Solutions. "But any LMS that makes use of the RTWS is going to improve security and enable training professionals to work with a wider array of training content across multiple platforms. It's a technology enabler the training industry has not had until now."

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, 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 learn more, visit, or follow Meridian on Twitter at

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