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Brandon Hall Honors SumTotal Customers Praxair and McAfee with Talent and Learning Excellence Awards

SumTotal and Its Customers Recognized for Innovation in HR Solutions and Programs

Gainesville, Fla.–  Oct. 21, 2014– SumTotal Systems, LLC, a Skillsoft company and a leading provider of next-generation HR solutions,  today announced the company and its customers, Praxair, Inc., and McAfee, earned gold and silver excellence awards, respectively, from Brandon Hall Group.

In a joint submission for the 2014 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards, SumTotal and Praxair (NYSE: PX) won gold in the “Best in Talent Management Technology Implementations” category; Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. In the second joint submission, McAfee and SumTotal took silver for “Best Use of Learning and Talent Technologies” for sales and marketing; McAfee, part of Intel Security, is recognized as the world’s largest dedicated security technology company.

„I’m honored to recognize this group of elite organizations with phenomenal programs across HCM functions. The winners truly exemplified excellence around the critical business dimensions across the award categories, including a high standard of performance in their organization and demonstrated clear, measurable business results through these innovative programs,” said Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group COO.

Praxair earned a gold excellence award for its progressive approach to implementing SumTotal Talent Expansion® applications to further advance its international HR processes for employee data management, performance management, compensation and development.  The company developed a robust process to rollout an integrated solution to its 27,000 employees located in 50 countries. Praxair’s approach has helped the company to make incremental HR improvements tailored to the needs of each of its locations using SumTotal’s elixHR® Platform.

McAfee earned kudos for transforming its sales kickoff training to improve user experience, reduce training time, and increase compliance. The company used SumTotal’s learning and analytics solutions to incorporate gamification to make learning more fun and engaging and to provide real-time data to leaders to encourage employee participation. As a result, on-time completions jumped from 75 percent in 2012 to 99 percent in 2013, and user satisfaction ratings climbed from 3.5 in 2012 to 4.5 in 2013 on a five-point scale.

“Our relationships with Praxair and McAfee exemplify how SumTotal collaborates with customers to help them achieve business goals. These companies, and their senior leaders, demonstrate a commitment to investing in their employees and creating great places to work,” said Hardeep Gulati general manager and head of SumTotal. “We congratulate both organizations for their achievements and are proud to be recognized alongside them for their innovative approaches to learning, talent and HR programs.”

Now in its 20th year, the Brandon Hall Excellence Awards recognize organizations that have successfully developed and deployed programs, strategies, processes, systems and tools to achieve measurable results. The entries were evaluated by a panel of independent senior industry experts and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives.

Representatives from McAfee will present another success story, “Mobile learning in the Real World,” at SumTotal’s upcoming global user conference, TotalConnection, which will be held Oct. 27-30 at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami.

See how McAfee and other customers, including US Airways, Experian and Howden, are achieving success with SumTotal Talent Expansion solutions at or  To learn more about SumTotal, visit

About SumTotal Systems

SumTotal Systems, LLC, a Skillsoft company and a leading provider of integrated HR solutions, is increasing the performance of some of the world’s most successful organizations, including AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN [ADR]; London: AZN), Amway (KUL: AMWAY), and Seagate (NYSE: STX).  SumTotal’s people-focused Talent Expansion® applications, available on premise and in the Cloud, enable contextual, just-in-time development designed to help organizations discover, develop and unleash the hidden potential within their workforce and business ecosystem. Today, more than 3,500 organizations, including several of Fortune’s “Best Places to Work,” rely on SumTotal’s award winning solutions to empower their employees. Visit the SumTotal Blog or follow @SumTotalSystems at  and on Facebook at for more learning and talent management tips and perspectives.

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Hailey Hedge
SumTotal Systems, a Skillsoft company
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