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IBM, Thomson to Partner on E-Learning Courses

IBM Corp. (, a provider of e-learning services and technologies, and Thomson Corp. (, a provider of corporate and professional learning solutions, have announced an agreement to jointly pursue solutions for corporate and government e-learning worldwide, which is claimed to be an $18 billion market. IBM and Thomson will offer thousands of e-learning courses on topics such as business law, information technology, budgeting, e-commerce, and grammar.

Under the agreement, the companies will combine IBM's e-learning technologies and services with Thomson's learning products and services, which include a large portfolio of professional and technical e-learning courses. IBM and Thomson will co-market and resell their combined assets to corporate and government customers. They will also jointly develop next-generation courseware and e-learning solutions based on open industry standards that enable employees to participate in advanced, collaborative online classroom environments.

Using Thomson's development tools, IBM will also customize Thomson courses to help customers train employees on company-specific products or practices. IBM will also support Thomson clients with strategic consulting, systems integration, and hosting services. Thomson will support IBM's clients through the creation of high-level industry and function-specific learning tracks that contain high-quality branded content. IBM will tailor and customize courses by leveraging its 13 Knowledge Factories worldwide. These factories are where IBM education, technology, and other learning experts develop specialized learning solutions for customer initiatives that include new product introductions and employee orientation courses. The IBM/Thomson collaboration will also result in the largest authorized e-learning library for IBM products and services, including IBM eServer, Lotus Notes and Domino, WebSphere, and DB2. For more information, visit

Source: IBM Corp.

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