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Cisco Wins Gold Brandon Hall Learning Award

SAN JOSE, Calif., October 31, 2006 - Cisco® today announced
Oct 31, 2006

SAN JOSE, Calif., October 31, 2006 - Cisco® today announced that it has been awarded a Gold Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Award for its Mobile Learning Delivery Platform, developed in conjunction with Sify eLearning, the learning services practice of Sify Ltd. The Mobile Learning Delivery Platform enables Cisco's Quick Learning Modules to be read on handheld devices such as PDAs.

"Cisco engineers are constantly on the move, configuring and troubleshooting Cisco products," said Rick Stiffler, director of partner and customer learning services at Cisco. "Providing mobile professionals with quick and easy access to information is becoming increasingly important. We're honored to be recognized for these efforts and look forward to the continued development of the platform as a key training and enablement vehicle for Cisco employees in the field."

A Cisco Quick Learning Module (QLM) is a just-in-time, free online training component that aids in enhancing skills or completing a specific configuration task on newly released Cisco products. Cisco and Sify created a customized Macromedia Flash tool to develop and deliver the QLMs on the PDA platform that overcomes the screen area limitations.

The Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards are presented annually by Brandon Hall Research, one of the leading research firms in training and development. Now in its 12th year, the awards program showcases exceptional work in the use of technology to enhance learning."The winning entries this year show great design and wonderful creativity," said Brandon Hall, Ph.D., chairman of the awards program. "These winners really set the standard for innovative learning."

Cisco's Mobile Learning Delivery Platform was recognized during a ceremony held Oct. 24 in Denver as part of the 2006 Training Solutions Conference & Expo. The winners are listed at

Entries were submitted in the categories of Custom Content, Learning Technology, Learning Case Studies, and Live Online Learning. In 2006 a total of 252 entries, representing 16 countries, were submitted. The entries were evaluated by independent judges from 44 countries around the world.

About Brandon Hall Research

Brandon Hall, Ph.D., is the CEO of Brandon Hall Research and author of the groundbreaking "Web-Based Training Cookbook." Since 1992, Brandon Hall Research ( has been providing independent research reports and expert advice on using technology in learning. Brandon Hall Research conducts the awards program each year to recognize the best in innovative learning. To honor the award winners Brandon Hall Research hosts the Awards reception and ceremony in partnership with VNU and in conjunction with the Training Solutions Conference & Expo.

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