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12/4/2012IBM Completes Acquisition of Kenexa
IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the closing of its acquisition of Kenexa. Kenexa bolsters IBM's leadership in helping clients embrace social business capabilities while gaining actionable insights from the enormous streams of information generated from social networks every day. The net purchase price is approximately $1.3 billion.
9/5/2012Kenexa Releases the Industry’s First Social LMS, an Integral Part of Its Learning Suite
The Learning space is reinventing itself as formal training for the workforce moves toward collaborative, social-learning based solutions, according to a recent Bersin & Associates research report. Kenexa (NYSE: KNXA), a global provider of business solutions for human resources, today released the first and only Learning Suite that incorporates an enterprise-grade Social Learning Management System (LMS).
6/21/2012Kenexa Announces Upgraded Hot Lava Mobile Release
Kenexa (NYSE: KNXA), a global provider of business solutions for human resources, today announced the launch of Kenexa Hot Lava Mobile 3.0, a leading mobile solution used to develop, manage and analyze the results of independent device communications, snack learning, performance support, sales enablement and surveys. The launch of Hot Lava Mobile 3.0 marks Kenexa’s entry into the mobile learning marketplace. Kenexa added Hot Lava Mobile to its portfolio in February as part of its acquisition of OutStart.
2/6/2012Kenexa Agrees To Acquire OutStart, a Leading Provider of Next Generation e-Learning Solutions
Kenexa Agrees To Acquire OutStart, a Leading Provider of Next Generation e-Learning Solutions


12/7/2011OutStart LCMS Honored as Best of Elearning! Award Winner
In recognition of superior product innovation and customer satisfaction, OutStart LCMS has received the Best of Elearning! Award for Best Learning Content Management System. Hosted by Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, the Best of Elearning! Awards are the exclusive readers' choice awards in the eLearning market.
11/4/2011Mobile Learning and Native PowerPoint Content Contribution Now Supported by OutStart LCMS – Evolution 2012 Module
OutStart announces the immediate availability of OutStart LCMS – Evolution 2012 Module, the latest version of its leading learning content management system (LCMS) for automating the development, management, maintenance, delivery, and publishing of modular and personalized learning.
10/5/2011Hot Lava Mobile 2011 Fall Edition Provides Native Mobile Apps for Smartphones and Tablets, Streaming Video, and LMS Support
OutStart announces the immediate availability of OutStart Hot Lava Mobile 2011 Fall Edition, the latest version of its mobile learning solution that helps organizations easily develop mobile learning, performance support, and communications for basic cell phones, Smartphones, and tablets.
9/27/2011Yum! Brands and AAA to Present on Content Personalization and OutStart to Host Mobile Surveys at 2011 Enterprise Learning! Conference and Expo (ELCE)
As part of Enterprise Learning! Conference and Expo’s (ELCE’s) focus to help executives build smarter organizations by leveraging learning and workplace technologies, two OutStart customers, Yum! Brands and AAA, will speak on content personalization delivered through a learning content management system (LCMS). The Enterprise Learning! Conference and Expo (ELCE) is being held at the Anaheim Hilton at the Convention Center from September 27-29, 2011.
9/9/2011OutStart Named a Top Learning Portal Company for 2011 by
OutStart was recently named a Top 20 Learning Portal provider by for the second consecutive year.
9/8/ 2011 Edition Extends LMS and Traditional eLearning to Include Informal, Social, and Mobile Learning
OutStart announces the immediate availability of OutStart 2011 Edition, the latest version of its affordable learning and knowledge suite that blends learning management, content development and management, social business software, and mobile capabilities.
6/20/2011OutStart to Present Four Sessions, Participate on a Panel and Exhibit at eLearning Guild’s mLearnCon Mobile Learning Conference
In support of the booming interest and importance of mobile learning, OutStart will present and participate in multiple sessions, as well as exhibit at eLearning Guild’s mLearnCon Mobile Learning Conference (June 21-23, 2011). OutStart sessions include:
5/18/2011OutStart Wins Gold Brandon Hall Learning Technology Award
OutStart wins coveted Brandon Hall Gold Award for Technology Excellence in the Learning Content Management category. The submission entitled “LCMS Personalization Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” describes how, in keeping with todays self-serve, social, and quick access to information world, OutStart LCMS delivers personalization content in a variety of ways to maximize the flow and effectiveness of knowledge.
4/18/2011OutStart Participates in Panel Discussion on Using PowerPoint as an Authoring Tool at 2011 WATS Pilot Conference
John Alonso, Co-founder and CTO of OutStart will be participating in a panel discussion on the pros and cons of using PowerPoint as an authoring tool at the World Aviation Training Conference and Tradeshow (WATS) and Pilot Conference (April 19 – 21, 2011).
2/24/2011élogos Partners with OutStart to Develop and Grow Training Solutions for Spanish and Latin American Markets
OutStart today announced that élogos has selected OutStart LCMS to resell to its market in Spain and Latin America. élogos will also utilize OutStart LCMS as a core component in its new lifelong learning approach. OutStart LCMS is the leading learning content management system (LCMS) for automating the development, management, maintenance and delivery of modular and personalized learning content – including online, instructor guides, mobile, assessments and the ability to deliver training in different languages.
2/22/2011OutStart Leads Panel Discussion on the Future of Mobile Learning and Discusses Mobile Learning Use Cases at 2011 SALT New Learning Technologies Conference
John Alonso, Co-founder and CTO of OutStart and Scott Edwards, VP and Product Manager of OutStart will be leading sessions on mobile learning at the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT) Orlando New Learning Technologies Conference (February 23-25, 2011).


12/8/2010For Second Straight Year OutStart LCMS and Hot Lava Mobile Win Best of Elearning! Awards
For the second consecutive year, OutStart won two Best of Elearning! Awards from Elearning! Magazine for OutStart LCMS and Hot Lava Mobile. OutStart LCMS won for Best Learning Content Management Solution, and OutStart Hot Lava Mobile was awarded Best Mobile Learning Solution. OutStart formal, social and mobile learning solutions are consistently recognized for their innovation and excellence.
11/18/2010ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN Taps Two OutStart Solutions to Enhance Experiences for Attendees
OutStart today announced that organizers of ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN, the largest global e-learning conference for the corporate, education and public service sectors, selected two OutStart technologies to enhance the conference experience. OutStart’s social business software, OutStart Participate, is powering the conference’s new online social network, ONLINE EDUCA Connect. In addition, OutStart Hot Lava Mobile is providing post-session and post-event evaluations to attendees through their mobile devices.
11/17/2010Mobile Learning Reaches the Tipping Point with OutStart Hot Lava Mobile; The Promise of Easy, Accessible Mobile Learning is Now a Reality
Mobile learning is now accessible and practical for any organization with the new version of OutStart’s Hot Lava Mobile. Hot Lava Mobile is the first software solution to overcome key technical and usability challenges to enable the broad use of mobile learning and priority communications. With it, organizations can confidently develop, deploy and analyze mobile learning programs that support key corporate initiatives.
10/14/2010OutStart Named a Finalist in Three Best of Elearning! 2010 Awards; Best Learning Content Management Solution, Best Simulation Development Tool & Best Mobile Learning Solution
Outstart would like to thank its customers for their support in voting for and naming OutStart solutions finalists in the Best of Elearning! 2010 Awards. OutStart is a finalist in three categories: Best Learning Content Management Solution – OutStart LCMS; Best Simulation Development Tool – OutStart SoftSim; and, Best Mobile Learning Solution – Hot Lava Mobile.
10/12/2010OutStart Adds Mobile Development and Delivery to; Other Benefits Enhance Accessibility, Collaboration, Content Development and Personalization
OutStart, listed as a Visionary in Gartner’s Corporate Learning Systems Magic Quadrant since 2004, today introduced the new version of its corporate learning system, OutStart now includes major capabilities for mobile learning enabling organizations to reach their remote and on-the-go workforce. The company also enhanced benefits around accessibility, communication & collaboration, content development, and personalization to address the full range of formal and informal learning needs of today’s organizations.
9/24/2010OutStart Named a Top Learning Portal Company by
Following an extensive review of corporate learning providers, OutStart was recently named a Top 20 Learning Portal provider by Training Industry’s recognition reaffirms OutStart’s unwavering focus on providing best-in-class learning solutions that meet the continuum of formal, social and mobile learning demands of its customers.
8/23/2010OutStart Shares Insights on Transforming Customer Relationships in Social CRM Roundtable
On August 25, Jeff Heine, vice president of sales for OutStart, will participate in a roundtable discussion produced by DestinationCRM and CRM Magazine entitled, “Get Ready for Social CRM.” To demonstrate how organizations can transform their customer relationships, Heine will draw upon his experiences helping enterprises apply social business software to improving business performance.
8/16/2010OutStart Leads Panel on the Future of Mobile Learning at SALT Washington Interactive Technologies Conference
Jeff Whitney, vice president of marketing for OutStart, will moderate a panel on mobile learning at the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT) Washington Interactive Technologies Conference (August 18-20). Each panelist brings a unique perspective to the topic of mobile learning ensuring a wide ranging and thoughtful discussion that will explore the definition of mobile learning, how organizations are using mobile learning today, and what the future holds for mobile learning technologies and usage.
7/26/2010OutStart Named One of “Five Emerging LMSs to Watch” by Brandon Hall Research in CLO Magazine
Boston – July 26, 2010 – In the July 2010 issue of CLO Magazine, the chairman of Brandon Hall Research named OutStart as one of Five Emerging LMSs to Watch. More than just an LMS, OutStart is a complete, integrated learning system that includes a fully-functional LCMS, a comprehensive LMS and a collaborative social software platform.
6/15/2010OutStart Teams with Alcatel-Lucent University to Showcase “Mobile Technology use with Evaluation” at eLearning DevCon 2010
OutStart’s Technical Director Mike Gregory joins Alcatel-Lucent’s Dave Batchelder, Sales Training Manager at Alcatel-Lucent University, to discuss “Mobile Technology use with Evaluation” at the eLearning DevCon 2010 conference in Salt Lake City June 14-16. In this presentation attendees will learn about Alcatel-Lucent University's challenge around data collection and analysis of attendee feedback data.
6/11/2010OutStart’s Jeff Whitney Featured in Enterprise 2.0 Panel “The Inside-Out Organization: Connecting to Customers and Markets”
On June 15, OutStart’s Vice President of Marketing Jeff Whitney will participate in a panel discussion on “The Inside-Out Organization: Connecting to Customers and Markets” at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston. Whitney will draw upon his extensive experience at organizations implementing social business solutions to provide insights and practical guidance to attendees. Enterprise 2.0 2010 is happening June 14-17 at the Westin Boston Waterfront.
5/19/2010OutStart’s John Alonso to Discuss Benefits of Mobile Learning to Law Enforcement at the 2010 STARS Workshop
John Alonso, Co-founder and CTO of OutStart, will present “Mobile Learning for a Mobile Workforce” to the attendees of the STARS Workshop in San Antonio on May 25. Public safety professionals, including members from local, state and federal law enforcement, will learn how mobile technology can provide invaluable training and refresher information to officers and other public safety individuals while deployed in the field.
4/21/2010OutStart’s John Alonso to Discuss the Benefits of Mobile Learning for a Mobile Workforce at WATS 2010
On April 29, OutStart co-founder & CTO John Alonso will speak in on the topic of mobile learning for a mobile workforce at the World Airline Training Conference & Tradeshow (WATS) in Orlando. In his presentation, entitled “The Flying Classroom – Mobile Learning for the Mobile Workforce: Can We Afford Not to Do It?” Mr. Alonso will focus on the values and virtues that mobile learning.
4/19/2010OutStart Sponsors Social Media for Business Executives Roundtable; Social CRM Industry Analyst Allen Bonde Leads Discussion of Executive Experiences, Successes and Challenges Applying Social Media and Web 2.0 Models
On April 21, OutStart is sponsoring an executive roundtable event on Social Media for Business hosted at Hewlett-Packard. Led by social CRM industry analyst Allen Bonde of Evoke CRM Partners, this event brings together an intimate group of customer service, training and marketing leaders for a half-day session to share their experiences, successes and challenges applying social media and Web 2.0 models in their business, and hear about some of the latest trends and best practices.
4/5/2010OutStart Introduces Always Learning Webinar Series to Help Organizations Connect Their People to the Know-How, Creativity and Learning They Require to Drive Business Results; Monthly Panels Bring Experts Together to Share Strategies and Lessons Learned
Individuals and organizations interested in connecting people to the know-how, creativity and learning they require to drive meaningful business results are invited to visit the OutStart sponsored Always Learning Webinar Series led by industry analyst Bryan Chapman. Each monthly, 30-minute interactive session brings practitioners from leading companies together to share tips, techniques and lessons learned. Webinar panelists will highlight how they approached specific challenges and leveraged formal learning, social collaboration and/or mobile technologies to meet their needs. The newly launched series will run for the remainder of 2010 and into the early part of 2011. For more information on the Always Learning paradigm read the OutStart blog post What is Always Learning?
2/25/2010OutStart Executives Share Expertise at SALT New Learning Technologies Conference; CEO Massood Zarrabian Presenting Keynote Address
At the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT) New Learning Technologies Conference (March 3-5) OutStart executives will share their insights, experiences and best practices with academics, and industry, government and military professionals to learn about new developments in learning and training technologies. President and CEO Massood Zarrabian will open the conference on March 3 with the keynote address “Getting Real about Learning.”
1/28/2010OutStart Participate 2010 Raises the Bar for Social Business Software, New release offers new workspaces, enhanced social networking and more personalized UI
OutStart announces OutStart Participate 2010, the latest release of its social software for business. The 2010 release provides enterprises with new workspaces, enhanced social networking and additional Web 2.0 and mobile features to enable employees and customers to share and find the information they need, while offering the benefits of SaaS. The result: a better user experience, quicker deployment, broader adoption, and more effective collaboration and continuous learning across the enterprise.
1/7/2010OutStart LCMS and Hot Lava Mobile Earn 'Best of ELearning!' Awards
The readers of Elearning! magazine have awarded OutStart Inc. two Best of Elearning! awards for OutStart LCMS and Hot Lava Mobile, respectively. After receiving more than 1,700 online ballots from readers who nominated an array of products as the best, Elearning! magazine’s staff tallied the results and OutStart won for its work during the past year in the following categories: “Best Enterprise LCMS” and “Best Mobile Learning.”


12/10/2009To Support Its Aircraft Contracts, BAE Systems Overhauls Training With OutStart Learning Content Management Software
BAE Systems is taking a new, holistic approach to the way it develops training for its Military Air Solutions’ customers around the world. Spurring this new method of doing business is a concept that the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence and its defence contractors call “through-life capability management.” Essentially, through-life capability management ensures that the capabilities needed to accomplish missions are sustained consistently and logically, from cradle to grave.
11/12/2009OutStart Participate Well Positioned to Ride Social Business Wave, Participate Customer DIRECTV Riffs on Social Media in Upcoming Webinar
OutStart, a leader in social business software and learning systems, is seeing unprecedented demand for its OutStart Participate social business solution. Participate applies the full potential of Web 2.0 models like communities, collaboration, and user-generated content in a secure, managed environment that makes social media work for the enterprise. Learn more about Participate during an upcoming CRM Magazine Web Event, on November 18, 2009. Register for this session at:
10/7/2009Hot Lava Mobile to Boost Quality of Education for 150,000 African Students
Pilot project launched to turn the mobile devices carried by 150,000 Ghanaian and Nigerian students into a platform for publishing, delivering and tracking multimedia learning content.
8/20/2009OutStart Expands Across Australia, Asia and Pacific
OutStart, a maker of social business software and learning systems, has expanded its global footprint by opening an Asia-Pacific headquarters in Sydney, Australia.
7/28/2009OutStart Sees Software Sales Surge in German-speaking Countries; Company Signs 100th Customer
Berlin-headquartered OutStart GmbH, a subsidiary of OutStart Inc., has signed its 100th customer within the German-speaking region of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Companies from Audi to Fresenius to Lufthansa now use one or more of OutStart GmbH’s solutions to connect their people to the know-how, creativity and learning they require to be efficient, effective and agile.
7/8/2009Market Leader OutStart Unveils ‘Next-Gen’ Single-Source Learning Content Management System
OutStart Inc. announced the immediate availability of OutStart LCMS 2009. The new OutStart software delivers next-generation learning content management system (LCMS) functionality to develop, manage, maintain and deliver modular learning, which replaces the one-size-fits-all courses that have been a staple of the training industry for decades.
6/9/2009WEBACAD Manages European Content Production Project with OutStart’s LCMS Software, OutStart Meets Complex Requirements for Development of Certified European E-Learning Manager Program
WEBACAD, an e-learning content development company, has chosen the OutStart learning content management system (LCMS) to develop, manage, maintain, and deliver e-learning content for an online training initiative known in Europe as the Certified European E-Learning Manager (CELM) program
6/8/2009OutStart Merges with Mobile Leader Hot Lava Software
OutStart will make use of Hot Lava’s patent-pending technology to develop, deliver and track mobile content for everything from product training to assessments, surveys, job aids, and checklists. OutStart plans to incorporate Hot Lava Mobile capabilities in its learning and social solutions as well as offer Hot Lava Mobile as a stand-alone solution.
4/14/2009OutStart Appoints Vice President of European Sales
OutStart Inc. has promoted Matthias Schulz to vice president of European Sales, a newly created position. In addition to leading European Sales, Mr. Schulz will continue as the managing director, or Geschäftsführer, of Berlin-based OutStart GmbH.
2/18/2009New Learning Technology Conference Taps OutStart’s Alonso to Speak on Selecting LCMS Technology
OutStart Founder and CTO John Alonso will present “Selecting the Right LCMS for Your Business” to training professionals at the New Learning Technology Conference. Mr. Alonso’s presentation will highlight how to choose the right class of learning content management system (LCMS) to meet an employer’s learning and business strategies.
1/28/2009American Management Association Receives Two “Best of Elearning!” Awards; OutStart LCMS Plays Key Role
Elearning! Magazine’s awards program recognized AMA for excellence in the Best Leadership Training category for its Advanced Executive Leadership course and in the Best Soft Skills Content category for its Blended Learning: Business Skills course. AMA developed the content for these courses by using the OutStart LCMS – ForceTen Module
1/22/2009OutStart to Showcase Wireless Mobile Capabilities at Learning Technologies Conference - OutStart and Customer Royal Navy Also to Present
OutStart will highlight how learners can use OutStart’s solution set to develop, manage, maintain, deliver and access an array of formal and informal learning from popular wireless mobile devices. Additionally, presentations covering innovative strategies and best practices for developing, managing, maintaining and delivering learning and knowledge will be made.


12/16/2008OutStart Announces 2009 Global User Conference
OutStart will host its 2009 global user conference in Miami, Florida, April 29 - 30. OutStart has designed its conference for senior-level executives as well as day-to-day users of OutStart’s software. The agenda includes case studies highlighting the way executives at leading companies met their business challenges using OutStart’s learning and social software; networking and brainstorming opportunities; in-depth product sessions punctuated with best practices; and, a not-to-be-missed OutStart Customer Appreciation Night.
12/11/2008CAE selects OutStart’s LCMS to Support Worldwide Training Operations for Canadian Air Force
OutStart to implement its OutStart LCMS (learning content management system) software as part of a global project to help Canada’s Air Force transform its training operations.
8/28/2008OutStart Listed in 2008 Corporate Learning Systems Magic Quadrant
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.
8/7/2008Outstart Now Certified for the AppExchange from
To meet the sales knowledge-gap challenge, sales pros can now look to the integration of and Salesforce CRM for answers. To use, customers easily access the portal within Salesforce CRM, ask questions of the system and provides relevant knowledge just as an expert would.
7/22/2008OutStart and Eedo Knowledgeware Merge
OutStart Inc. and Eedo Knowledgeware Corp. have combined their operations, making the new company the largest provider of software for creating and sharing organizational knowledge through learning and social collaboration.
6/17/2008Global eLearning Standards Group Taps OutStart's John Alonso to Speak About Linking Learning to Virtual Worlds Technology
OutStart Founder and Chief Technology Officer John Alonso will speak to an international audience of training professionals about integrating virtual world simulations and learning content on June 19, 2008, in Hamburg, Germany. Alonso goes to Hamburg at the invitation of the Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee (AICC), a worldwide association of technology-based training pros who promote elearning standards across multiple industries.
5/1/2008OutStart's Q1 Results Mark Eighth Consecutive Quarter of Profit
OutStart closed its first quarter on March 31 by posting another three months of healthy profitability and positive cash flow. The recent quarter marks the eighth consecutive time the company has recorded such results.
4/9/2008LINGOs Selects OutStart Employee as Volunteer of the Year
LINGOs, which assists non-governmental organizations around the globe with learning and training names OutStart employee as volunteer of the year
4/3/2008With OutStart, Cummins Powers the Exchange of Two Kinds of Knowledge
Cummins Power Generation, the Minneapolis maker of electrical generators, decided people need to exchange two kinds of knowledge – structured and informal – to work with its products. So the company has purchased OutStart software to deliver on-demand training and spark collaboration, in one place. The goal is to upgrade the way the Minneapolis company, a division of Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), teaches its global network of employees, distributors and customers about its products.
3/21/2008Bersin & Associates, Federal Government Distributed Learning Association and OutStart Team Up to Put Learning on Tap with Webcast and Seminar
During this archived webinar, Chris Howard of Bersin & Associates shows training professionals the trends, tools and teamwork needed to shift from simply creating courses to giving employees strategic and laser-focused learning at a moment’s notice.
1/29/2008OutStart to Present and Exhibit at the Learning Technologies Conference
Company executive to highlight ways to maximise learning combining formal and informal training technologies
1/29/2008OutStart Reports Results for 2007
OutStart announced results for 2007. The company was profitable for the second consecutive year, achieved more than $2 million in EBIDTA, and reported healthy positive cash flow in its fiscal year that ended Dec. 31, 2007.
1/9/2008Bersin & Associates Names the National Science Teacher's Association a 2007 Learning Leader for its Innovation with OutStart Evolution LCMS
The NSTA won the award for its development of online learning experiences focused on science content that reaches more than 25,000 teachers today and is expected to grow to more than 1 million. With OutStart Evolution LCMS, NSTA was able to create reusable and repurposable interactive content with built-in metrics for evaluation of use and formative learner feedback.