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|Headquarters||Gainesville, Florida, USA|
Bill Donoghue, CEO|
Jeffrey Laborde, CFO
SumTotal Systems, Inc. is a software company based in Gainesville, Florida that provides human resource management software and services to private and public sector organizations. The company delivers solutions through multiple cloud-based channels, including Software as a Service (SaaS), Hosted Subscription, and premises-based licensure. The company has regional offices in the US, Canada, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.
The company now called SumTotal Systems originated in the 2003 merger of Click2learn (Asymetrix) and Docent Software.
1997-2002: Background as Asymetrix
Asymetrix Learning Systems, based in Bellevue, Washington, was founded in 1984 by Paul Allen and funded through his Vulcan Ventures. Asymetrix then spent around ten years developing software for online education. Among the first products from this development period was ToolBook. Other titles included Asymetrix Librarian and the e-Learning Network - an early software as a service product. Additionally, an early three-dimensional rendering system Asymetrix 3D F/X was released in 1994 and later renamed Web3d. Asymetrix also produced a variety of screen savers for a short period, and developed Compel (a graphical presentation and prototyping program).
The company was recapitalized in 1995 with more funding from Allen. In October 1996, SoftBank invested about $3.8 million in Asymetrix. In September 1997, Asymetrix acquired Aimtech for about $3.1M in stock. In October 1996, the company spun off its client/server tools into a newly created wholly owned subsidiary, ASX Corporation, which was renamed ConQuer Data, Inc. It was later renamed Infomodelers, which was then sold to Allen. Further acquisitions followed. In September 1997 Asymetrix acquired Oakes Interactive Incorporated, Acorn Associates Incorporated and TopShelf Multimedia for approximately $2.1 million. In the first half of 1998 it acquired New York-based Meliora Systems and Illinois-based Strategic Systems Associates. In 1998 Asymetrix went public. The June initial public offering (IPO) raised approximately $31 million. After the IPO, Allen controlled about 45% of the shares. Asymetrix was listed on the Nasdaq exchange with the ticker symbol ASYM, with a lukewarm market reception. In September 1999 Asymetrix issued $10 million in preferred stock to Vulcan and Marshall Capital.
In October 1999 Asymetrix's name was changed to click2learn.com, when James A. Billmaier was its chief executive. Between 1995 and 1999, like many companies in the dot-com bubble, Click2learn reported growing revenues but continued operational losses. Kevin M. Oakes took over as chief executive in January 2000. In early 2000, the company spun off its graphics and rendering software as InfoModelers and was acquired by Visio Corporation. Other noteworthy acquisitions included the May 2001 purchase of IntelliPrep Technologies, Incorporated and Meliora who made Ingenium. As products were consolidated into their Aspen Enterprise Productivity Suite, losses continued through 2002, resulting in operational cost control measures including reductions in workforce. In 2003 click2learn (formerly Asymetrix) and Docent announced intentions to merge.
1997-2002: Background as Docent Software
Docent Software was founded in 1997 and based in Mountain View, California. David Mandelkern and Pardner Wynn founded the company, with Wynn as chief executive and Mandelkern as chief technology officer The company developed business-oriented training software. Pardner and Cynthia Wynn (then married) had developed Stanford Testing Systems in 1994, doing business as TestPrep, which was incorporated into Docent software holdings. Docent was funded by venture capital in six rounds from investors such as Norwest Venture Partners, Advanced Technology Ventures, and Invesco. It had operating losses for 1997, 1998, and 1999. David R. Ellett replaced Wynn as chief executive in July 1998 on the cusp of the dot-com bubble. In 2000 Docent filed for an initial public offering (IPO) and went public on NASDAQ on September 29, raising approximately $85 million in the process. Later, Docent acquired gForce Systems in October 2001 for $5.3 million, which included about $4.7 million in debts and liabilities. Following the years of operating losses, R. Andrew Eckert joined as president in December 2001 and ultimately replaced Ellett as CEO in April 2002. After growing to over 200 employees at the time of the IPO, by 2002 the company had reduced its staff by 20% to cut costs.
2003-2004: Formation of SumTotal Systems
In 2003 click2learn (formerly Asymetrix) and Docent announced intentions to merge. click2learn's shareholders received slightly more than half of the stock in the merged company - former shareholders in Click2learn owned about 52% and Docent about 48% of the shares. At the time of the merger, click2learn employed over 300 people, 100 of which in Hyderabad, India and Docent employed an additional 170. The combined company became Hockey Merger Corporation in February 2004 while a new name was planned. On March 18, 2004, the new name SumTotal Systems was announced for the combined company, with headquarters in Gainesville, Florida. The merger was completed in 2004. Shares in the new company were listed on the Nasdaq exchange with symbol SUMT (previous symbols were CLKS and DCNT).
In October 2005, SumTotal acquired Pathlore, a mid-market learning management systems company with a focus in state and local government and healthcare. In 2006 SumTotal acquired the privately owned software company MindSolve Technologies, founded in 1994, for about $12 million. Mindsolve focused on performance management software. In May 2009 Vista Equity Partners, the largest software-only private equity fund, agreed to acquire SumTotal for $160 million and closed the transaction in July 2009.
In July 2011 SumTotal acquired CyberShift, a Parsippany, New Jersey software company focused SaaS multitenancy workforce management and expense solutions, and Accero, an enterprise payroll and benefits solution provider. The two acquisitions added features to SumTotal's employee life-cycle management software. At the time of the acquisition, CyberShift's 1000 customers grew SumTotal's customer base to around 3400, and employees to around 1000.
In August 2014, Skillsoft Limited, a computer-learning software and content provider, announced that its subsidiary, Skillsoft Corporation, has entered into an agreement to acquire SumTotal Systems, LLC from affiliates of US-based private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. In September 2014, SumTotal was acquired by SkillSoft.
Products and services
SumTotal's solutions include learning management, workforce management, talent management, HR, planning, analytics, payroll and benefits. The company delivers its solutions through multiple cloud-based vehicles: Software as a Service (SaaS), Hosted Subscription, and in some cases premises-based licensure. The company has multiple regional offices in the US, Canada and outside of North America including Europe and APAC.
- Named to the Deloitte 2008 Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications and life sciences companies in North America.
- Software as a service for talent development, ResultsOnDemand, placed on KMWorld's Trend-Setting Product List of 2009.
- Called one of the top vendors in talent management systems by Bersin & Associates in its report, Talent Management Systems 2010: Market Realities, Implementation Experiences, and Solution Provider Profiles.
- 2012 Excellence in Talent Management Initiatives, Asia's Best Employer Brand Awards.
- Named top LMS vendor by Aberdeen Group, with 75 percent of its surveyed customers citing satisfaction with their company's learning program in 2012.
- Leaders Quadrant by Gartner, Inc. in 2012.
- SumTotal elixHR named Top HR Product of 2013.
- 2013 Best of Elearning! Awards in Four Categories - Best Learning Management System (Enterprise), Best HR Solution, Best Simulation Tool, Best Development Tool.
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