KnowledgePlanet Announces Availability of Firefly Show Me Edition (SME)

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Firefly SME, available for free for a limited time only, brings reduced capabilities of the industry's most sophisticated simulation-based learning platform within reach of every developer in the learning community at large.

With Firefly SME, we're offering developers who, as a result of price barriers might otherwise gravitate toward less robust software simulation solutions, a free entry point to a more powerful development alternative

based learning solutions that maximize workforce and talent potential, today announced the availability of Firefly Show Me Edition (SME), an abridged version of the company's premiere Firefly Simulation Developer tool, which will enable developers to solve basic training challenges through simulated software demonstrations. Firefly SME, available for free for a limited time only, brings reduced capabilities of the industry's most sophisticated simulation-based learning platform within reach of every developer in the learning community at large.

Over the last five years, hundreds of elite organizations such as Cerner Corporation, Pfizer, Inc. and Norton Healthcare have been actively using KnowledgePlanet's complete Firefly Simulation Developer tool to easily and rapidly develop immersive software simulations. Specifically as a result of the proven benefits of Firefly's practice-based learning capabilities, organizations have derived tangible business results that span from employee performance improvements of 40% and development productivity gains in excess of 500%, to training delivery cost savings in the millions of dollars.

"With Firefly SME, we're offering developers who, as a result of price barriers might otherwise gravitate toward less robust software simulation solutions, a free entry point to a more powerful development alternative," said Mike Merriman, KnowledgePlanet's Vice President of Content Technology Solutions. "Despite being limited to software demonstrations, Firefly SME still outperforms the large majority of tools that are on the market today for purchase, providing the same core capturing, embedded instructional design, and multi-path functionality of the complete Firefly Simulation Developer tool. Even more importantly, it offers a clear, seamless upgrade path to advanced capabilities that other tools are not equipped to provide."

Designed for ease of use and flexible deployment, Firefly SME insulates novice and experienced developers from scripting or programming, with a simplified process for recording application screens and functionality, as well as a template-based, intuitive environment for authoring instructional content and screen objects. Web-based and plug-in free, simulations can be made easily accessible to learners through a simple browser, or imported into eLearning courses.

For organizations that choose to upgrade to the complete Firefly Simulation Developer tool, KnowledgePlanet has implemented a hassle-free process that will allow developers to easily convert and modify Firefly SME simulations into interactive, engaging practice-based learning, enabling unrivaled reuse and repurposing.

Availability

Firefly SME is available for download via the KnowledgePlanet website at http://www.knowledgeplanet.com. To help orient new users to the Firefly SME platform, the download includes access to an interactive product tutorial. KnowledgePlanet also offers regularly scheduled introductory Webinars for its entire suite of solutions, including Firefly SME and the entire Firefly product line. To register for a Webinar today, visit http://www.knowledgeplanet.com.

About KnowledgePlanet

KnowledgePlanet is a leading provider of performance-based learning solutions and services that drive business alignment, operational efficiencies and competitive advantage through workforce and talent development. Our On-Demand Learning suite automates human capital management processes, providing a single-source, scalable platform that enables improved productivity, retention, and revenue growth while significantly reducing costs.

A pioneer in corporate learning, KnowledgePlanet leverages more than 20 years of proven best practice expertise to serve hundreds of world-renowned customers in attaining better value from training investments.

To learn more about KnowledgePlanet, visit http://www.knowledgeplanet.com.

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