Globalized Learning Technologies Build on Sun's International Training Expertise to Deliver Enterprise Solutions Worldwide

10/3/2002 - Building on its experience as one of the top IT training companies in the world and a leading provider of organizational learning, Sun Microsystems announced the rollout of its new worldwide enterprise learning solutions, anchored by its globalized SunTM Enterprise Learning Platform. The globalized platform combines with Sun's worldwide education consulting services and continually expanding learning content and delivery options to provide richer learning experiences to globally diverse student populations. For the enterprise, this can mean reduced training costs, better managed skill development for a more competitive workforce, improved organizational performance, and a more effective way to help meet regulatory requirements and deploy new products and services. Furthermore, the new enterprise learning solution will prove even more valuable to multinational organizations in delivering training to employees in different countries.

The new Sun Enterprise Learning Platform now provides significantly greater functionality for French, German, Korean, Japanese and simplified Chinese language users who can now enter data using their specific language and cultural conventions. Key features for the globalized learning platform will allow for greater localization of data, messages and system labels, for example, and customers will be better able to meet organizational, professional, and cultural requirements, promoting ease of use and a more satisfying learning experience.

This new globalized technology platform will be backed up by Sun's worldwide education consulting staff with its years of experience in working with the training needs of organizations around the globe. Education consultants help companies plan, deploy and manage learning solutions by starting with an organization's business goals, and focusing on learning strategy, learning management and learning content as appropriate.

Sun also has been constantly expanding its learning curriculum to meet enterprise customers' needs. It has complemented its own extensive IT technology training with other business curriculums including subjects such as soft skills, sales training and technology content from other providers. Furthermore, Sun is already delivering this rich content through the Web and in classrooms at over 400 Sun and authorized locations in over 60 countries.

As an important part of Sun's enterprise learning solutions strategy, Sun works with other providers of learning technologies and curriculum content to provide a best-in-class approach in helping companies effectively manage their organizational talent. This collaboration allows Sun to fully exploit open learning standards-based solutions for its customers.

"With its worldwide infrastructure, presence, learning methodologies, and consulting services, coupled with the new globalized platform, Sun has created a truly unique capability for meeting international enterprise learning needs," said Terry Erdle, vice president of Sun Educational Services, the Sun Services training group. "This enhancement gives Sun's enterprise learning solutions an edge in an increasingly global marketplace."

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