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Knowledge Anywhere Unveils New E-Learning Programs for Companies with Multinational Audiences.

Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 6, 2004

As Businesses Continue to Grow and Expand into Global Market, So

Does the Need to Offer Their Training Initiatives to an

International Community

Knowledge Anywhere, Inc., a leading provider of custom e-learning solutions, today announced that it has developed an e-learning solution for companies with multinational audiences. Following on the success of its U.S.-based e-learning solutions, Knowledge Anywhere, has completed an e-learning program to bring training to companies with employees and customers in a variety of countries.

According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 the company, Knowledge Anywhere has a proven expertise in helping multinational companies deliver innovative e-learning programs to audiences around the world. Knowledge Anywhere's core competency A core competency is something that a firm can do well and that meets the following three conditions specified by Hamel and Prahalad (1990):
  1. It provides customer benefits
  2. It is hard for competitors to imitate
  3. It can be leveraged widely to many products and markets.
 in custom content development allows the company to localize lo·cal·ize  
v. lo·cal·ized, lo·cal·iz·ing, lo·cal·iz·es
1. To make local: decentralize and localize political authority.

 training programs in a cost-effective and efficient manner. This is due to the tools, processes and expertise the Knowledge Anywhere team brings to the table.

"Our customers' global presence and strategic branding initiatives make it imperative that we design e-learning solutions that deliver effective and consistent worldwide educational messages," explained Bill Strelke, executive vice president, marketing and business development, with Knowledge Anywhere, Inc. "As you can imagine, doing business and training around the world can be very expensive. We have figured out a way to make it easy and cost effective to internationalize in·ter·na·tion·al·ize  
tr.v. in·ter·na·tion·al·ized, in·ter·na·tion·al·iz·ing, in·ter·na·tion·al·iz·es
1. To make international.

2. To put under international control.
, localize and customize e-learning content so companies don't have to reinvent the wheel (jargon) reinvent the wheel - To design or implement a tool equivalent to an existing one or part of one, with the implication that doing so is silly or a waste of time. This is often a valid criticism.  every time they want to make training available to a new audience in a different country. Our processes have enabled us to offer superb programs and service to our customers around the world."

Strelke added internationalization The support for monetary values, time and date for countries around the world. It also embraces the use of native characters and symbols in the different alphabets. See localization, i18n, Unicode and IDN.

internationalization - internationalisation
 is different from localization Customizing software and documentation for a particular country. It includes the translation of menus and messages into the native spoken language as well as changes in the user interface to accommodate different alphabets and culture. See internationalization and l10n.  and customization. Internationalization is the process of planning and implementing products and services so that they can easily be adapted to specific local languages and customers. Localization is the process of translating all text and audio into another language. Customization refers to any other changes in content, functionality and usability to make it relevant and acceptable to the local culture.

The internationalization process includes: designing the site to ease translation; allowing space in user interfaces for translation into languages that require more characters; creating print or Web site graphic images so that their text labels can be translated inexpensively; and using written examples that have global meaning. Foresight (graphics, tool) Foresight - A software product from Nu Thena providing graphical modelling tools for high level system design and simulation.  and planning during the initial development phase can eliminate much of the challenges associated with localization and customization.

Some of the reasons companies are choosing to internationalize content is that it allows them to reduce time and cost for localization and it enables them to generate higher revenues and profits from other markets. With internationalized content a company also can maintain single source code for all applications, which makes it much easier to ensure consistency and reuse reuse - Using code developed for one application program in another application. Traditionally achieved using program libraries. Object-oriented programming offers reusability of code via its techniques of inheritance and genericity.  content.

One of the programs that Knowledge Anywhere delivered enabled a customer to reduce the need for classroom training by up to 25%. To achieve this reduction, Knowledge Anywhere's customer offers a significant amount of its classroom work online and requires that employees complete it prior to coming to class, thus increasing the productivity of classroom training. A further benefit of the program is that it enables the company to successfully "train the trainer," whereby one laboratory technologist can attend the classroom program, participate in the online training and have a readily accessible tool to educate the other ten to 20 instrument operators in their lab on operation and troubleshooting Troubleshooting is a form of problem solving. It is the systematic search for the source of a problem so that it can be solved. Troubleshooting is often a process of elimination - eliminating potential causes of a problem. .

Increasing customer productivity has universal appeal for the company and its laboratory customers.

About Knowledge Anywhere

Founded in 1998, Knowledge Anywhere, Inc. is an award-winning company that specializes in building technology-based learning solutions and performance support systems that provide tangible results. We use innovative technology to offer a broad base of products and services, including custom and mobile content development, and virtual classrooms. Our clients use our solutions to facilitate the delivery of proprietary knowledge, employee instruction and product training to dispersed dis·perse  
v. dis·persed, dis·pers·ing, dis·pers·es
a. To drive off or scatter in different directions: The police dispersed the crowd.

 audiences via the Web. Headquartered in Bellevue, WA, Knowledge Anywhere's clients include AT&T Wireless, Microsoft Corp., Kenworth Trucks, Dade Behring Inc., E&J Gallo, Nextel Partners and F5 Networks. In 2003, Knowledge Anywhere was named one of the Top 10 "Fastest Growing Technology Companies in Washington State" and one of the "Fastest Growing Technology Companies in North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. " by Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 and Fast 500 programs. Also in 2003, Knowledge Anywhere was named one of the "Fastest Growing Private Companies in Washington State" by the Puget Sound Puget Sound (py`jĕt), arm of the Pacific Ocean, NW Wash., connected with the Pacific by Juan de Fuca Strait, entered through the Admiralty Inlet and extending in two arms c.  Business Journal. For more information, please visit our website:, or view our showcase,
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