Richardson and RWD Technologies Partner to Provide Comprehensive Online Learning for Sales Training

Richardson and RWD Technologies Partner to Provide Comprehensive Online Learning for Sales Training

Philadelphia, PA - May 16, 2005 - Richardson, a leading sales training and consulting firm, and RWD Technologies, Inc. (RWD), a company that develops, implements, and supports products and services in the areas of training, consulting, and organizational performance across enterprises, today announced that they are combining forces to offer eLearning courseware for sales professionals through a fully hosted online learning environment. Through this alliance, RWD’s widely deployed University360® Learning Management System (LMS) will be used to host Richardson’s QuickSkills eLearning courseware, which covers topics such as selling, strategy, presentation, negotiation, and management.

The combined solution featuring RWD's University360 and Richardson's QuickSkills will be showcased and demonstrated at the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) Conference and Exposition, June 5-9, 2005 in Orlando, Florida, at Richardson's booth #1301 and at RWD's booth #1330.

“We selected RWD because they offer the complete set of tools and services needed to manage a training-for-profit business,” said David DiStefano, chief operating officer of Richardson. “Their premium eLearning content capability coupled with their robust and scalable LMS will allow us to provide the highest quality content and services to our customers.”

“Richardson has an impressive 27-year track record of providing industry leaders across all business sectors with made-to-order, comprehensive sales and management training and software,” said Beth Ann Pelegan, division director of RWD Technologies' Applied Technology Solutions group. “The combination of RWD's University360 and Richardson 's QuickSkills will bring an added level of usability, options, and features for companies that provide training to their sales teams.”

RWD provides the tools, services, and expertise for managing and running a successful training business. Its full-service offering includes strategy, premium eLearning content development, learning management infrastructure, operations, and customer support. RWD is helping organizations deliver premium learning solutions for sale to the customers, partners, and end-users. Richardson 's eLearning QuickSkills solution offers dozens of ready-to-use courses for all phases and roles, from manager to field sales representative, in the sales and sales management process. 

Initially, Richardson and RWD will focus on servicing sales organizations within the financial services, pharmaceutical, and high-tech markets, which are areas where both companies have a strong background in providing a full range of eLearning solutions. 

About RWD Technologies, Inc.

RWD Technologies is a professional services organization composed of three operational divisions: Applied Technology Solutions integrates enterprise-class software systems, develops custom applications for pharmaceutical and other regulated industries, and provides global blended eLearning solutions; Enterprise Learning Solutions provides support services to organizations that utilize SAP, PeopleSoft, and Oracle systems and has developed software products to train end users of these systems; and Performance Solutions engages in lean consulting and vehicle launch support services to the automotive industry and reliability improvement to the railroad industry, and human performance improvement services to the petroleum and chemical industries. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, with offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Japan, and Australia, RWD serves major multinational corporations throughout the world. For more information, visit www.rwd.com.

About Richardson

Richardson (www.richardson.com) is a leading sales training and consulting firm. They accelerate the productivity of sales people by ensuring they have the skills, strategies, and processes to achieve their objectives and implement their organization's strategy. Utilizing a comprehensive curriculum, coaching, and consulting, they help develop the critical skills sales organizations need to win. Their curriculum includes sales, sales management, strategy, negotiations, and service training delivered through seminars, one-on-one and team coaching, and interactive eLearning. Leveraging more than 25+ years of seminar and consulting experience, Richardson now offers eLearning Richardson QuickSkills as a flexible, interactive, high-impact eLearning alternative to clients and individuals worldwide.

Richardson Media Contact: 215-940-9255, or info@richardson.com