Infor to Buy CERTPOINT for Learning Management Expertise
March 19, 2013 Alex Woodie
Infor this month unveiled plans to buy CERTPOINT Systems, a developer of learning management software used by large enterprises. Infor says the deal shows it’s serious about making its human capital management (HCM) suite a top-notch contender in the field.
CERTPOINT’s software is used primarily in the sales, distribution, and support organizations of large enterprises. The software is designed to ensure the successful transfer of knowledge in certain critical circumstances, such as the launch of a new product, to drive sales and service training, or to meet regulations.
The company’s learning suite, called CERTPOINTVLS, includes integrated content creation, management, analysis, and distribution capabilities.
The company boasts on its website that its content creation tool can turn any subject matter expert into a “cost cutting power user creating, updating, and localizing effective and engaging media rich e-content faster than ever before”! Multiple authors can work together on content, mixing text, images, audio and video clips into their course material, and upload it to the server with the press of a single button.
But wait, there’s more! CERTPOINTVLS also includes competency and talent management functionality that helps customers determine which courses to pick to meet job training goals, while delivery includes Web 2.0 and mobile e-delivery options. Another component of the suite helps to rate how well users are absorbing the new information, and even link subject matter competence to business goals and performance objectives. No educational tool these days is complete without some social-media style capabilities, so CERTPOINT also includes wiki, blog, and podcast capabilities.
Infor says more than 1,300 customers around the world use CERTPOINT in more than 30 languages. The customer list includes Honda, Stanley Black & Decker, Lutheran Medical Center, Meritus Health, and Toyota.
Infor plans to make CERTPOINT a component of its HCM suite, which also includes talent, payroll, human resource, and workforce management solutions. “In addition to complementary functionality, the acquisition of CERTPOINT sends the signal that Infor intends to be atop the leaderboard of SaaS Enterprise human capital management solution providers,” states Tarik Taman, general manager of HCM Infor.
Details of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close by April 1.