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LMS Provider Meridian Racks up Industry Kudos in 2008; Client Roster Grows 20 Percent.

Meridian Continues Focus on R&D for 2009

CHANTILLY, Va. -- Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.

LLC - Logical Link Control
 marked 2008 with industry accolades; a new version of its learning management system (LMS); a 20 percent year-over-year increase in clients; and, a 300 percent year-over-year uptick Uptick

A transaction occurring at price above its previous transaction. In order for an uptick to occur, a transaction price must be followed by an increased transaction price.
 in implementations of Meridian Global LMS, the company's flagship software for training.

Industry Accolades

In May, The eLearning Guild's global survey of LMS software showed Meridian earning the top cumulative score among 11 LMS providers. The independent survey polled 1,252 e-Learning professionals worldwide. Meridian scored first, second or third in 19 of 20 categories in the Guild's report - "Guild 360o Report on Learning Management Systems." Survey respondents listed Meridian's LMS as the industry's "easiest to use."

Meridian also garnered the following kudos in 2008:

* Received a Gold "Excellence in Customer Service Award" from Chief Learning Officer magazine;

* Listed in "visionaries" quadrant quadrant, in analytic geometry
quadrant.

1 In analytic geometry, one of the four regions of the plane determined by two lines, the x-axis and the y-axis.
 of Gartner's 2008 Magic Quadrant The Gartner Magic Quadrant is a proprietary research tool developed by Gartner Inc., a US based research and advisory firm. It is designed to provide an unbiased qualitative analysis of a “markets’ direction, maturity, and participants.  for Corporate Learning Systems;

* Earned a Best of Elearning! Excellence Award for its flagship software product - Meridian Global LMS; and

* Named a "Top Training and Simulation Company" by Military Training Technology magazine.

Successful User Conference

Last fall, Meridian hosted its fourth annual user conference outside Washington, D.C. The two-day event featured the latest technology for learning; exclusive customer case studies, and the unveiling of Meridian's 15,000-course virtual training library.

"Ninety-two percent of our attendees rated this year's conference a four or better, on a scale of one to five, with five being outstanding," said Roy Haythorn, vice president of Operations for Meridian. "Informative and entertaining were two words we heard, again and again."

New Version of Flagship Software

In 2008, Meridian released a new version of Meridian Global LMS, which delivers, analyzes and manages training via the Internet. Meridian Global LMS 2008.2 gives managers easy-to-use functions for carrying out employee performance reviews, staying on top of compliance training and building online communities. The Web 2.0 features of Meridian's LMS include "team rooms," which consist of online forums that both instructors and course-takers can use to develop themselves professionally.

New Clients Look to Meridian LMS

In 2008, Meridian saw its roster of commercial and government clients grow year-over-year by a healthy 20 percent. Meridian's new software license deals range in size from medium-sized businesses (with a few thousand employees) to numerous organizations with more than 50,000 users, each. These clients include J.B. Hunt Transport Services The collective functions of layers 1 through 4 of the OSI model. , Inc., Sodexo, Inc., The Iowa Department of Public Health and the University of Iowa's College of Public Health, The Saint Louis University Saint Louis University, mainly at St. Louis, Mo.; Jesuit; coeducational; opened 1818 as an academy, became a college 1820, chartered as a university 1832. Parks College (est. 1927 as Parks College of Aeronautical Technology) in Cahokia, Ill.  School of Public Health, multiple commands of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy, and a federal government agency associated with the United States intelligence community Noun 1. United States Intelligence Community - a group of government agencies and organizations that carry out intelligence activities for the United States government; headed by the Director of Central Intelligence .

LMS Implementations Grow

Meridian has seen a 300 percent year-over-year increase in implementations of its Global LMS software in 2008 for two reasons. First, Meridian's services team has earned a reputation for providing superior customer support, including smoothly executed software implementations. In an industry ripe with stories of botched botch  
tr.v. botched, botch·ing, botch·es
1. To ruin through clumsiness.

2. To make or perform clumsily; bungle.

3. To repair or mend clumsily.

n.
1.
 or drawn-out software implementations, Meridian has largely avoided the pitfalls through its meticulous approach. Second, because of Meridian's 100-percent .NET architecture and a closely held A phrase used to describe the ownership, management, and operation of a corporation by a small group of people.

In a closely held corporation, the same people often act as shareholders, directors, and officers, and no outside investors exist.
 technological advantage, LMS upgrades at Meridian are arguably ar·gu·a·ble  
adj.
1. Open to argument: an arguable question, still unresolved.

2. That can be argued plausibly; defensible in argument: three arguable points of law.
 the industry's easiest.

"I've seen several LMS implementations where customization and upgrade service costs were actually much higher than initial LMS licensing fees. Meridian has really differentiated itself by externalizing system parameters," said Bryan Chapman, chief learning strategist strat·e·gist  
n.
One who is skilled in strategy.

Noun 1. strategist - an expert in strategy (especially in warfare)
strategian

market strategist - someone skilled in planning marketing campaigns
 for Chapman Alliance, a learning-technologies consultancy. "By walling off the customized code, Meridian is directly solving a problem that causes great frustration among LMS users. The move could literally save Meridian users tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of dollars in the long run."

R&D Among Key Initiatives for 2009

"A few years ago, we chose to completely redesign the Meridian architecture from the ground up, making it a 100-percent .NET architecture," said Haythorn. "It put us a few steps behind the competition in the short term, but, after we were through with the redesign, it gave our customers an LMS that was not only incredibly easy to upgrade but also voted the industry's most useful to learners.1"

The focus on research and product development reaped rewards for Meridian and its customers in 2008. And the company will continue to commit people and dollars to explore and develop the latest tools for building top-notch learning programs in 2009.

About Meridian

Our flagship product A primary product of a company, which is typically why the company was founded and/or what made it well known. For example, MS-DOS, Windows and the Microsoft Office suite have been flagship products of Microsoft. CorelDRAW is a flagship product of Corel Corporation. , Meridian Global LMS, integrates learning content management, workforce analytics, knowledge management, and competency modeling in one learning management system (LMS). In addition to Meridian Global LMS, we provide professional services (job) professional services - A department of a supplier providing consultancy and programming manpower for the supplier's products. , courseware development, and hosting services.

We serve 5 million users at more than 250 public- and private-sector employers. And our software is used by companies that range in size from 900,000 employees to less than 100 workers. Our clients include AutoZone, Panera Bread Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA), is a chain of bakery café restaurants in the United States, specializing in serving specialty breads, sandwiches, soups, bakery items, and in select cafés, pizzas and organic potato chips. Corporate history
In 1993, Au Bon Pain Co.
, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, Whirlpool and more than 80 federal, state and local governments.

We are the number one ranked learning-technology company for customer loyalty. Our award-winning software aims to deliver learning, distribute knowledge, and sharpen business skills, which will make you a leader in your industry. Our Chantilly, Va.-based company is a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

Notes:
In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of Visionary Integration Professionals.

To learn more, visit http://www.meridianksi.com.

1 May 2008, The eLearning Guild's "Guild 360o Report on Learning Management Systems."
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