QMIND Design Collaboration Software Now Available on Federal Government GSA Schedule

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Partnership with Symmetry Services Group to Serve E-Learning Needs of Government Agencies

Public sector organizations have embraced automation of training based on the need to demonstrate specific job skill attainment

QMIND, a leader in design collaboration software for rich media and instructional content, today announced that its flagship product, the QMIND Design Collaboration Platform, is now available for purchase off of the federal government GSA schedule.

Federal agencies have embraced e-learning technology in order to improve efficiencies in government for the training of personnel. QMIND has partnered with Symmetry Services Group located in the Washington D.C. area to list QMIND software and services on the Symmetry GSA schedule. By having QMIND on Symmetry's GSA Schedule, federal agencies and their contractors will save time and money in gaining access to QMIND's products and services to pursue e-learning projects.

"Public sector organizations have embraced automation of training based on the need to demonstrate specific job skill attainment," said Michael Berkley, President and CEO of QMIND. "By using the QMIND Design Collaboration Platform, these agencies in conjunction with their prime contractors will be able to become more efficient in creating electronic training content with the participation of distributed teams."

For instance, the FBI offers more than 2,500 courses to its 30,000 employees, and has seen tremendous benefits from e-learning. The FBI's Virtual Academy is available to employees on their desktop computers, and it includes performance support tools and instant advice for managers who need information about dealing with different situations, said Jim Trinka, the bureau's assistant director of training and development. (FCW.com, August 29, 2005)

The recently announced QMIND Design Collaboration Platform Summer 2006 Release (see separate QMIND press release dated July 31, 2006) has extended the core QMIND software capabilities for storyboarding content, review collaboration, and production automation. With this release, public sector agencies will be able to streamline the creation of new content and enhancement of existing content using QMIND's new capability for automating the conversion of Microsoft Word documents into interactive FLASH multimedia. QMIND also has concurrently created an open API to FLASH enabling extended multimedia production capabilities using QMIND for government e-learning projects.        

"QMIND significantly reduces time-to-delivery by fostering collaboration among distributed teams throughout the entire design and approval workflow," said William Fowkes, President of Symmetry Services Group. "The government market also values that QMIND is available as a web-hosted service or in an enterprise server edition which can address security requirements."

Pricing and Availability

The QMIND Design Collaboration Platform Summer 2006 release is available immediately for public sector organizations from the Symmetry Services Group GSA Schedule #GS-35F-0171S. Pricing for QMIND software on the GSA schedule is approximately $1,840 per user based on an annual subscription.

About QMIND:

QMIND develops and markets web-based software enabling teams to collaboratively design, review, and publish interactive multimedia for training and marketing. QMIND's flagship Design Collaboration Platform is the world's first team-based multimedia design offering addressing the specific needs of geographically distributed creative teams. QMIND is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and sells its software to corporations directly and through a network for authorized resellers.

About Symmetry Services Group:

Symmetry Services Group is a woman-owned small business located in Vienna, Virginia just outside the Capitol Beltway. Its market area includes the Federal Government, State of Virginia and commercial organizations with geographic reach to the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam and the United States Virgin Islands. Symmetry provides information technology and financial services and support to government and commercial organizations.

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