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IBM and Thomson expand e-learning partnership

IBM and Canadian electronic publisher Thomson have agreed to widen their collaboration in electronic learning to offer government agencies and private-sector companies worldwide an extensive menu of products and services.

Demand for e-learning - the use of IT products and technologies for educational purposes - is increasing among companies and government agencies because they have found that it can lower training costs and is more effective.

However, the e-learning market is still fragmented and there are still very few products and services available. IBM and Thomson hoped that their joint offering would set them apart and attract clients.

IBM and Thomson have collaborated for years in e-learning, but the agreement intensifies the relationship, officials said.

The non-exclusive agreement, calls for the companies to:

  • Integrate e-learning products from each other


  • Co-market and resell each other's products and services


  • Beef up the e-learning library for IBM products and services


  • Develop new e-learning products and services, such as software-based teaching material and online courses

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