OutStart Listed in 2008 Corporate Learning Systems Magic Quadrant

Boston – August 28, 2008 – OutStart has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the “visionaries” quadrant of this year’s “Corporate Learning Systems Magic Quadrant .” The Corporate Learning Systems Magic Quadrant, previously named the “Magic Quadrant for E-Learning Suites,” provides a synopsis of and advice about software firms that deliver, analyze and manage training via the web.

“We believe the inclusion of OutStart vis-à-vis last year’s Magic Quadrant is the result of two things. First, it is evidence of the growing importance that buyers of learning technologies are putting on content, specifically learning content management systems (LCMS),” said Massood Zarrabian, CEO of OutStart. “Second, buyers now see the value of combining social collaboration software with learning content software to create and share knowledge.”

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant positions vendors between vertical and horizontal axes with the horizontal axis representing completeness of vision and the vertical axis indicating ability to execute.

For its latest Magic Quadrant, Gartner evaluated vendors on the functionality of their corporate learning solution (CLS) and their ability to execute. A CLS has four core components:

• LMS: This supports a variety of functions relating to the administration and management of learning interventions, such as assessment, records management, provision of learning, management of training resources and reporting.
• LCMS and content authoring tools: These enable the creation, storage, delivery and reuse of learning content.
• Virtual classrooms and multimodal electronic delivery capabilities: These underpin formal, informal and blended approaches to learning.
• Professional services: For the creation of custom content, development of learning strategy and support of implementation.

Gartner’s analysts evaluated OutStart prior to the Boston-based company’s July 22, 2008, merger with Eedo Knowledgeware Corp. According to OutStart, its merger with Eedo now makes the combined company the world’s largest LCMS vendor.


About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2008 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About OutStart
OutStart software powers the transfer of knowledge through formal learning, informal learning and social software. By making the exchange of knowledge frictionless, OutStart enables knowledge workers - employees, partners, and customers - to perform their roles far more effectively.

AgustaWestland, Autodesk, BB&T, British Telecom, CVS Caremark, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Internal Revenue Service, General Dynamics, Lufthansa, MetLife, The Boeing Company, the US Navy, and Verizon Wireless rely on OutStart to increase individual and organizational performance, improve knowledge transfer and lower operating costs. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., OutStart has offices throughout Europe and North America and can be found on the web at www.outstart.com

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