Partnerships & Alliances – JAN/FEB 2015

The latest training industry mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and more.

  • Second City Communications, the business solutions division of improvisational theater The Second City, and SAVO, a market leader in sales productivity solutions, partnered to expand Second City’s RealBiz Shorts Sales content library into the sales enablement space. This alliance will provide video-based sales training solutions and a day-long co-creation event at The Second City theater in early 2015. Second City Communications also launched RealBiz Shorts Talent, with video content developed in collaboration with 20 global companies as founding members.
  • Unicorn Training has invested in game studio Amuzo, with the two partnering to bring the mobile and cross-platform game experience to educational games for the corporate sector.
  • Xerox announced an agreement that expands its learning portfolio with the acquisition of Intrepid Learning Solutions’ learning services. Xerox’s acquisition does not include Intrepid’s cloud-based learning technology business, which will continue to go to market under the Intrepid Learning brand. The two companies will launch a partnership alliance to present clients with unified learning options using Intrepid’s technology and Xerox’s e-learning, consulting, administration, and classroom training programs.
  • OpenSesame, a marketplace for buying and selling e-learning, formed a new strategic partnership with CLMI Safety Training and Demos to address the growing gap between needed skills and existing talent. CLMI Safety Training will offer top courses through OpenSesame on topics such as chemical safety, hearing conservation, and forklift safety.
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training Top 100 and Emerging Training Leaders.