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Xythos, a Blackboard Company, Named to KMWorld’s 100 Companies that Matter In Knowledge Management

Cost Saving Results and Ease of Use Drive Customer Satisfaction

WASHINGTON – April 8, 2009 – Xythos Software Inc., a Blackboard Inc. company (NASDAQ: BBBB), today announced that KMWorld Magazine has named Xythos one of the “100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management” for 2009. Compiled by practitioners, theorists, analysts, vendors and their customers and colleagues, this is the ninth year that KMWorld has published the list, and the third consecutive year that Xythos has been selected for the honor.

“Each company embodies as part of its culture agile and limber execution of its mission, embracing a spirit of both adaptability and innovation,” said Hugh McKellar, editor in chief of KMWorld. “Xythos’ continued focus on improving content management technology to meet the demands of customers and a challenging economic environment demonstrates leadership and a well-earned spot on the list. Content management technology must deliver increased economic and strategic value and Xythos gets that.”

Content management solutions play a critical role in streamlining business operations and improving knowledge sharing among organizations of many types. As part of Blackboard, Xythos technology helps manage content throughout the learning process – from grade school to advanced and professional education. As a result, users can enjoy lifelong learning benefits from Blackboard and Xythos’ familiar method of content management from the classroom to the workplace and beyond.

“Content management and collaboration software has a critical role to play helping organizations and education institutions remain viable in this tough economy,” said Ed Miller, CEO of Xythos. “We appreciate KMWorld’s recognition of Xythos and our continued focus to ensure customers succeed.”

Whether customers prefer managing their own applications or software delivered as a service (SaaS) Xythos’ open, standards-based enterprise content management solutions offer easy integration with their existing technology.

To learn more about Xythos ECM solutions for Mac, Windows and other Web devices please visit To learn more about Blackboard, please visit


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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Karie Jones, Blackboard Inc.
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