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Mountain View, CA, United States, 2006/11/02 - SumTotal will provide hosting operations to support the DAC’s migration to an upgraded version of the SumTotal learning management system (LMS) and learning content management system (LCMS). NASDAQ: SUMT
SumTotal® Systems, the largest provider of talent and learning solutions, received a $1.5-million subcontract during its third quarter for continued support of the U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center’s (DAC) current and future global training initiatives. SumTotal will provide hosting operations to support the DAC’s migration to an upgraded version of the SumTotal learning management system (LMS) and learning content management system (LCMS). This upgrade will also expand the capacity of DAC’s student population to well over 100,000 users worldwide. SumTotal serves as a sub-contractor to SI International (Nasdaq: SINT) of Reston Va., a provider of information technology and network solutions, on this award.
The McAlester, Okla.-based DAC will use SumTotal Enterprise Suite™ Version 7.2, an integrated LMS/LCMS software platform, to instruct U.S. military personnel on the proper handling of ammunition, explosives safety and logistics support to Department of Defense military and civilian personnel, other federal agencies and military students from allied nations. SumTotal’s LMS delivers online education via the Internet, and its LCMS helps course designers rapidly create an array of content, including simulations.
“The LMS can prepare students for face-to-face training, and also provide a lifeline to their lessons after they get to the field,” said William S. Scott, distance-learning supervisor – DAC Training Directorate. “This helps keep students stay connected to their newly acquired skills, and it increases retention. This is crucial to mission readiness and success.”
The primary focus of the DAC is to support ammunition readiness for the 21st century war-fighter as well as supporting the global war on terrorism. With the support of SI International and SumTotal, the DAC currently provides web-based training to over 25,000 students on an annual basis.
“The Defense Ammunition Center is a leader in constructing innovative solutions that are increasing the readiness of the arms, ammunition and logistics community.” said James Gill, director of Government Solutions for SumTotal. “It is a privilege for us to be part of this mission-critical project, and we are honored that DAC and SI International selected us as a partner to continue this important work in support of our war-fighters.”
In 2004, SI International won an initial contract to provide an enterprise-wide learning solution used to evaluate DAC training courses, create web-based training development processes, develop a long term Training Plan, and implement the SumTotal LMS/LCMS. Under the new contract, of which SumTotal is a sub-contractor, SI International will provide continued support for previous tasks, implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning training solution, and design and development of an Arms, Ammunition and Explosives (AA&E) web portal. The contract was awarded under the Millennia Lite Functional Area 2 GSA contract vehicle and has a one-year base period with four one-year option periods. The contract value is approximately $9 million, if all options are exercised.