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Blackboard Launches Corporate Sales Training Solution Integrated With Salesforce CRM

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), today announced the launch of a cloud-based learning management solution developed specifically for corporations focused on sales training and professional development. Fully integrated into Salesforce CRM, Blackboard Learn™ for Sales, is designed to align employee development programs with key corporate priorities and business goals by allowing sales reps, business partners and service teams to directly enroll in and complete training courses on Blackboard's flagship learning management platform .

The announcement was made today at Dreamforce 2011, the cloud computing event of the year being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

With a single Salesforce login, sales managers can measure the impact of training on sales growth, certify reps on new products, deliver training to geographically dispersed or traveling teams, and create targeted courses for reps needing improvement. Blackboard Learn for Sales fully complements the usage of social learning tools and is integrated with Salesforce Chatter, allowing colleagues to instantly share information and ideas.

"Our new solution allows salespeople to parallel their daily Salesforce usage with an engaging interface that delivers impactful and collaborative product, promotion and sales training," said Tim Hill, president of Blackboard Professional Education (ProEd). "Now sales leaders will be able to align training with sales and business metrics. It's high time that companies integrate sales tracking and pipeline management with sales and product training to really move the needle on sales performance. Through our partnership with salesforce.com, we are helping maintain peak employee performance levels that will have a real impact on a company's bottom line."

Used worldwide by millions of learners and by hundreds of companies, associations, and government agencies, Blackboard Learn embeds the concept of informal learning directly into the platform by incorporating social learning tools and Web 2.0 innovations that  enable collaborative, peer-to-peer learning experiences. The application can also be enabled for use on smartphones and other mobile devices.

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