SkillSoft, Pearson Partner to Offer Cisco Press Books

A partnership between SkillSoft and Pearson results in the distribution of Cisco Press titles being available on Skillsoft's Books24X7 customers within the ITPro collection.

SkillSoft, a software-as-a-service provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for enterprises, government, education and small to medium-size businesses, announced an agreement with Pearson Technology Group, a division of Pearson PLC, publisher of Cisco Press, to deliver selected Cisco Press titles to Books24x7 customers, within the ITPro collection.

The agreement provides SkillSoft clients additional resources for training and development and IT certification, and adds a third type of Cisco authorized self-study content to SkillSoft's overall solution, which already includes Cisco-related e-learning and Live Learning courses. SkillSoft's Books24x7 offers a collection of more than 25,000 professional digital book titles that allows users to search, browse, read, organize, recommend and share information.

"Cisco is dedicated to collaborating with educational leaders such as SkillSoft and Pearson to support the development of technical talent so that our customers and partners have the best possible experience with Cisco technology," said Erik Ullanderson, manager of global certifications for Learning@Cisco. "We're confident that as a result of these new training options, Cisco certifications will continue to be highly regarded and relevant to employers across the globe."

ITPro is the Books24x7 flagship collection, providing technology professionals access to more than 9,000 IT resources. Select Cisco Press books now available live in ITPro include books such as "Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices, Part 1", "Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security" and "Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks." Books24x7 is also mobile accessible and integrated into the learning programs of many organizations, including contributions from publishers such as McGraw-Hill Professional, John Wiley & Sons, and Microsoft Press.

The company's content offerings include business, IT, desktop, compliance and consumer/SMB courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as Leadership Development Channel video products, KnowledgeCenter portals, virtual instructor-led training services and online mentoring services. SkillSoft's Books24x7 product offering includes access to the aforementioned 25,000 digitized IT and business books, as well as book summaries and executive reports. Technology offerings include the SkillPort learning management system, Search-and-Learn, SkillSoft Dialogue, inGenius and virtual classroom.
"Cisco Press titles are often requested by our customers," said John Ambrose, SkillSoft's senior vice president of strategy, corporate development and emerging business. "They are clearly a leading resource for networking and IT professionals. Adding Cisco Press to ITPro supports our objective to continue providing the industry with the most powerful on-demand e-reference resources for the enterprise IT market."