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Blackboard Awarded Gold Medal in Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards

Platform Recognized as Premier Solution for Sales Training

WASHINGTON – February 15, 2012 – Blackboard Learn™ for Sales has taken home the gold in the sales training software platform category in the 2011 Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards, Blackboard Inc. announced today. The cloud-based learning management solution, developed specifically for corporations focused on sales training and professional development, was recognized as an innovative product in the sales and marketing industry.

Blackboard Learn for Sales embeds the concept of social learning directly into the Salesforce CRM platform. Sales managers and corporate trainers can tailor training programs across their enterprise to address evolving business priorities and measure successes against team performance and defined business goals.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the Brandon Hall Group,” said Paul Terry, president of Blackboard’s Professional Education group. “This award affirms our commitment to transforming traditional corporate training courses with a strategic approach that aligns sales training and business metrics. The clients we’re working with have really leveraged the solution to move the needle on sales performance and impact the bottom line.”

With powerful collaboration and communications tools like Salesforce Chatter, blogs, and video mash-ups, Blackboard Learn for Sales allows for instant, real-time information sharing, creating a more engaging learning experience that supports peer-to-peer and informal knowledge sharing. The solution can also be enabled for use on smartphones and other mobile devices.

“2011 provided us with a unique viewpoint of how organizations are driving business results and performance improvement through technology,” said Mike Cooke, CEO of Brandon Hall Group. “This was the year in which technology providers and their clients have been able to transform the power of mobile, social, talent, learning, sales and marketing technologies, with proven, validated results. Most impressive to our judges was an underlying theme around collaborative relationships, a deep understanding of client needs and how technology can be leveraged to create opportunities and operating efficiencies for organizations of all sizes. I am proud to announce these first-rate solution providers as award winners in the most competitive year yet.”

The Brandon Hall Technology Excellence Awards recognize innovators in the marketplace for products available in the areas of learning, talent management and sales and marketing. Entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent, senior judges along with Brandon Hall Group’s industry expert analysts and leadership.

For more information about Blackboard Learn for Sales, please visit www.blackboard.com/salesforce.

About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. 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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