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REDWOOD CITY, Calif.-December 10, 2001-SmartForce (Nasdaq: SMTF), the world's largest e-Learning company, today announced that it will provide the SmartForce e-Learning solution as part of the newly announced B2E ("business-to-extended enterprise") solution set from PwC ConsultingÔ, a business of PricewaterhouseCoopers. B2E helps global organizations unlock the potential of their businesses, and optimize their existing assets using the power of the Internet and specific Web-based portal technologies. Through B2E, SmartForce will deliver integrated learning solutions aimed at driving business transformation and maximizing workforce productivity and operational efficiency.
As part of B2E, SmartForce will continue its existing relationship with PwC Consulting by delivering a configurable learning platform that addresses client-specific learning needs and organizational objectives from one source. The SmartForce e-Learning solution is comprehensive, integrating advanced technologies and the world's largest body of content with vital learning and competency management functionality, as well as value-added e-Learning services. Through B2E, clients of PwC Consulting will benefit from a learning solution that is quick to implement, cost-effective and available to learners worldwide, regardless of an individual's role or location.
Nicole Gardner, a PwC Consulting partner who leads its Learning Solutions Group, said: "Our relationship with SmartForce has complemented PwC Consulting's experience with the 'know how' to deliver solutions that address the real and immediate needs of our clients. SmartForce shares with us a vision for how B2E can help connect and transform the businesses of our clients."
"PwC Consulting is one of the largest users of SmartForce e-Learning," said Greg Priest, chairman and CEO of SmartForce. "This new agreement deepens an already strong relationship between the two companies. Furthermore, linking PwC Consulting's services with SmartForce e-Learning for B2E sends a strong message to the marketplace that e-Learning can play a critical role in the successful execution of strategic business initiatives and workforce transformation."
About SmartForce e-Learning:
SmartForce e-Learning is a comprehensive application infrastructure to support e-Learning initiatives in enterprises globally. Encompassing the largest body of e-Learning content in the world, and a fully integrated student environment, learning management system and a range of custom content creation and publication tools, SmartForce e-Learning provides the architecture that global enterprises are using today to implement e-Learning strategies to support their critical strategic business initiatives.
SmartForce, the world's largest e-Learning company, provides integrated enterprise e-Learning solutions. SmartForce e-Learning is available as a fully hosted Internet environment through an Internet rental model. With more than 2,500 major corporate customers, SmartForce e-Learning solutions bring the power of the Internet to the critical training business process. SmartForce e-Learning is also used by leading companies worldwide to provide the infrastructure to support their e-Learning initiatives. SmartForce is quoted on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol "SMTF." The company, which has more than 1,500 employees worldwide, has corporate headquarters at 900 Chesapeake Drive, Redwood City, Calif., 94063. Phone: 650.817.5900. Fax: 650.817.5061. Web site: www.smartforce.com.
About PwC Consulting
PwC Consulting™ (www.pwcconsulting.com) is a leading global provider of services that transform the businesses of established and emerging enterprises around the world. With an extensive network of global alliances, deep industry-specific knowledge, and broad capabilities in strategy consulting, process improvement and technology integration, PwC Consulting practitioners place innovative ideas into bold, meaningful actions that can help realize a strategic vision, drive business success, and enhance enterprise value for our clients.
PwC Consulting™ refers to the management consulting services businesses of the member firms of the worldwide PricewaterhouseCoopers organization.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwcglobal.com) is the world's largest professional services organization. Drawing on the knowledge and skills of more than 150,000 people in 150 countries, we help our clients solve complex business problems and measurably enhance their ability to build value, manage risk and improve performance in an Internet-enabled world. PricewaterhouseCoopers refers to the member firms of the worldwide PricewaterhouseCoopers organization.
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