Blackboard Launches New, Expanded Corporate Partnership Program
Program Enables Partners to Better Serve the Blackboard Community
WASHINGTON, Oct 27, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Blackboard Inc.
(Nasdaq: BBBB), a leading provider of educational enterprise technology,
announced today the launch of the Blackboard Alliance Program(TM), a new
partnership program that will expand opportunities for partners to work with
Blackboard and support its user community.
Currently, Blackboard counts more than 130 commercial partners that have
developed more than 150 different products in addition to hundreds of other
academic and open source applications that have helped members of Blackboard's
user community customize and enhance their Blackboard(R) platform. The
products range from lesson capture tools to lesson planning software to
technical services, and are available to Blackboard users through the
Company's Web site as well as from individual partners.
The Blackboard Alliance Program will establish three new partner levels-in
addition to the Blackboard Building Blocks(R) program-offering new and
existing partners a range of opportunities to work more closely with
Blackboard to bring their solutions to market.
"We are excited about the potential for this program to dramatically
improve collaboration in our partner community and ultimately benefit the
millions of learners, instructors and administrators who use Blackboard
solutions every day," said Matthew Small, Chief Business Officer at
The Blackboard Alliance Program expands on the success of the long
standing Blackboard Building Blocks program, which includes the Blackboard
Developers Network(TM) (BbDN) program, comprised of more than 2,000 commercial
and academic members who have developed hundreds different extensions and
customizations for the Blackboard platform.
Blackboard also announced charter partners at each of the program's new
-- Blackboard Strategic Partner(TM): Dell(TM) and Presidium Learning Inc.
-- Blackboard Premier Partner(TM): Echo360(TM) and Wimba Inc(R).
-- Blackboard Signature Partner(TM): Elluminate, Inc., SoftChalk LLC(TM) and Respondus, Inc.
The unique structure of the program provides partners with new
opportunities to target specific markets served by Blackboard, including the
higher education, K-12, international and corporate and government markets.
Partners at various levels will benefit from increased technical support,
customized Blackboard events packages, access to Blackboard marketing and
sales resources and integration into Blackboard product distribution channels.
"SoftChalk is very proud to be a charter partner in the new Blackboard
Alliance Program," said Sue Evans, CEO and co-founder of SoftChalk, a company
that specializes in software to support lesson planning by teachers. "We have
worked closely with Blackboard for many years, and we expect that the new
program will enable us to more effectively reach and support teachers and
"Our partnership with Blackboard allows us deliver our offering in a new
way, so that we provide not only campus wide lecture capture to institutions
but also personalized convenience to faculty members who can turn their
office, home or class into an academic studio at the click of a mouse," said
Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360.
For more information about the Blackboard Alliance Program, please visit
http://www.blackboard.com/alliance. For more information about Blackboard,
please visit www.blackboard.com.
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) is a global leader in enterprise technology
and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students
and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow
thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government
organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus
commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their
communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C.,
with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
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SOURCE Blackboard Inc.