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  • CERTPOINTVLS 8.0™ learning platform lands Best Advance in Learning Management Technology
  • Award winners exemplify the commitment of innovation and excellence that drives growth and over-the-top business results”, Mike Cook, CEO Brandon Hall Group

Roslyn, NY, December 21, 2012. Global learning technologies innovator CERTPOINT Systems has landed a highly-coveted Gold Brandon Hall Award for Best Advance in Learning Management Technology in the 2012 Excellence in Technology Awards.

The CERTPOINTVLS 8.0  global enterprise platform submission focused on the value of the platform in supporting learning both inside and across the extended enterprise. It showcased the system design and user experience making it unique in helping deliver commercial growth. Key features of the platform helping to drive business impact include its integrated social and mobile learning, integrated authoring tool, multiple branded portals, support for flexible, federated models, ability to globalize and localize, and easy user management.

Comments  Ara Ohanian, Chief Happiness Officer and CEO CERTPOINT Systems, “A Brandon Hall Gold is the ultimate accolade for our commitment to innovation, mobile and social learning, and above all, to client partnerships that deliver business results. To close the year with a clutch of Brandon Hall awards: two Silvers and Gold is a great place to be. Congratulations to our team who made this possible.”

“It is our honor to recognize this year’s award winners, who exemplify the commitment of innovation and excellence that drives growth and over-the-top business results”, said Mike Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Inc.

Entries were evaluated by a panel of independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executive leadership based upon the following criteria:

  • Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
  • Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
  • Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?

The Gold award is the latest in recent recognition for CERTPOINT Systems. Earlier this year CERTPOINT was awarded Silver in Brandon Hall’s Excellence in Learning Awards in “Best Results of a Learning Program” and Silver in the Sales and Marketing Excellence Awards in “Best Sales Training for Extended Enterprise”. Both awards are presented for measurable business results. The 2012 Chief Learning Officer Learning in Practice Awards awarded TTI and CERTPOINT a certificate of merit, while Training magazine featured TTI/CERTPOINT in Proving that your LMS fuels business growth”.

CERTPOINT has reported a series of new business wins including Hearst Magazines, Motorola, DCI Donor Services, GoWireless and Cummins Mid-South LLC. 2012 has seen CERTPOINT appointed Ulti-Pro’s learning technologies partner.

The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is often called the “Academy Awards” by learning, talent and business executives. The program was one of the first of its kind in the learning industry. Entries come from organizations around the world – small, medium, large and global enterprises, government, not-for-profit, and associations.

About CERTPOINT Systems Inc.

CERTPOINT Systems is an award-winning global learning technologies Innovator. Its all-in-one learning management systems are used by more than 1,200 organizations in 80+ countries and 40+ languages to manage performance, deliver knowledge and track business results.

Global leaders such as L’Oréal, Toyota, Honda and Stanley Black & Decker partner with CERTPOINT to arm employees and partners with the business-led knowledge they need to win and retain customers. The SaaS-based CERTPOINTVLS™ platform is multilingual and integrates authoring, reporting, mobile delivery and social collaboration tools into a single LMS and LCMS solution. It quickly drives productivity across the extended enterprise and deep into sales and service channels. CERTPOINTVLS is easy to use, rapid to deploy and cost effective.

Founded in 1996, CERTPOINT Systems has consistently developed and evolved the CERTPOINTVLS platform to provide clients with cutting-edge tools that incorporate the most recent developments in the rapidly changing online learning environment.  Please visit the company at

About Brandon Hall Group, Inc.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is the most well-known and established research organization in the performance improvement industry. We conduct research that drives performance, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.