Global Knowledge Recognized as a 2014 Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year Finalist

  Global Knowledge Recognized as a 2014 Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year

Learning services leader showcases expanded training options to help busy

Business Wire

TORONTO -- July 2, 2014

Global Knowledge, the world’s leading IT and business skills training
provider, today announced it has been named a finalist for the 2014 Microsoft
Learning Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global
field of top Microsoft Corporate Partners for demonstrating excellence in
innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft

“Our expert instructors and learning solutions teams spend a great deal of
time with students to understand their evolving needs. We understand the
increasing demands on their time and responsibilities, as well as the shifts
Microsoft is driving with iterative software advancements. Accelerated pace
expectations, coupled with evolving business environments, are placing
unprecedented skills acquisition and development needs on IT teams,” said
Michael Fox, SVP, Enterprise Solutions for Global Knowledge. “We lead the way
in offering our students the most flexibility, the most convenience and the
most innovation in delivery options and continuous learning initiatives to
support their Microsoft learning.”

Awards were presented in multiple categories, with winners chosen from a set
of more than 2,800 entrants from 117 different countries worldwide. Global
Knowledge was recognized for providing outstanding learning solutions and
services. The Learning Partner of the Year excels in providing innovative
training or marketing solutions to drive skills and certification growth. The
Award spotlights a new solution brought to market, a new platform, a
leading-edge marketing and sales practice, or a new business model that the
Partner has successfully implemented. Recognized Microsoft Learning Partners
demonstrate alignment with advancing adoption and deployment of Microsoft
technologies through training and certification, and exhibit more creative
ways to engage with innovative and exceptional training. “Microsoft’s success
as a company depends on great partners, and Global Knowledge is a shining
example of the kind of innovation our partner ecosystem drives year after
year,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group,
Microsoft Corp. “We are honored to recognize Global Knowledge as this year’s
finalist for the 2014 Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year Award, and we
applaud Global Knowledge’s dedication to providing innovative solutions that
drive results for our mutual customers.”

Global Knowledge delivers comprehensive Microsoft training worldwide and
offers continuous learning through instructor-led courses that include access
to live practice labs, 24x7 mentoring and unlimited class retakes, along with
six months of indexed class recordings for virtual students.

Global Knowledge was recognized for also offering Microsoft classes in a new,
innovative flexible virtual format, combining the benefits of live,
instructor-led training with the convenience of self-paced learning for six
hours per week during a 30-day period.

“Being recognized as an innovative Microsoft Learning Partner with awards
during three of the past four years is a huge accomplishment,” said Ben
Watson, Global Knowledge Senior Product Director. “Working closely with
students all over the world, we understand how critical it is to provide them
with the most flexible delivery options and schedule balanced with the
benefits of real-world expertise from a live instructor. We know that having
ongoing access to your actual class recordings and labs is imperative to
skills development – and retention. Everyone can use a little help when they
get back to work and implement best practices in their own unique
environments, so we continuously evolve our learning solutions to meet those
needs. This includes post-course peer community support and 24x7 mentoring to
help clarify a concept, troubleshoot a challenge or shave valuable time off of
a project.”

Global Knowledge has been enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network since 2007
and has enjoyed ongoing recognition for continued innovations in providing
learning services, being named Learning Partner of the Year in 2013, Learning
Competency Marketing Acceleration Partner of the Year in 2011 and winning the
2012 Canadian Impact Award for Learning Competency Partner of the Year. The
Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognizes Microsoft partners that have
developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past

About Global Knowledge
Global Knowledge is the world’s leading IT and business skills training
provider. Offering the most relevant and timely content delivered by the best
instructors, we provide customers around the world with their choice of
convenient class times, delivery methods and formats to accelerate their
success. Our business skills solutions teach essential communications skills,
business analysis, project management, ITIL^® service management, process
improvement and leadership development. With thousands of courses spanning
from foundational training to specialized certifications, our core IT training
is focused on technology partners such as Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Citrix,
IBM, Juniper, Microsoft, Red Hat and VMware. We offer comprehensive
professional development for technologies like big data, cloud, cybersecurity
and networking.

Founded in 1995, Global Knowledge employs more than 1,300 people worldwide and
is headquartered in Cary, N.C. The company is owned by New York-based
investment firm MidOcean Partners. Learn more at


Global Knowledge
Marnee Bruno, 416-964-8688 ext. 2704
Vice President, Marketing
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