Surgient, a leader in Virtual Lab Management Applications for automating software demo, test and training labs, today announced that the Surgient Virtual Training Lab Management System (VTMS) software has been awarded a prestigious Silver medal as part of the 2006 Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards program. Expert judges bestowed the award in the Learning Technology category after reviewing more than 250 submissions. This is the second year in a row that Surgient received an honor; in 2005, the company won an award for Innovative Technology.
Surgient VTMS automates the set-up, deployment, configuration and tear down of complex software environments used to provide real-world software training labs. VTMS eliminates the high costs and inflexibility of fixed computing resources as well as time-consuming, manual processes involved in setting up hands-on labs in both the classroom and online. Instructors benefit from increased productivity, as VTMS streamlines the complex tasks of building and configuring the labs, allowing users to focus both time and effort on training.
"The need for innovative training solutions in the software industry continue to grow as applications become more complex and the costs associated with providing hands-on training rise," said Bill Daniel, president and CEO at Surgient. "We are very pleased to receive the Silver Medal from Brandon Hall Research for the second year in a row and see this as further validation of both VTMS as the industry-leading virtual lab solution and the market need for virtual lab management as a new integral component of ensuring the success of a software training program."
Brandon Hall Research, a research firm tracking training and development, presents the awards annually. Now in its twelfth year, the awards program showcases exceptional work in the use of technology to enhance learning. VTMS was recognized during a ceremony and reception held on Tuesday, October 24 in Denver, as part of the 2006 Training Solutions Conference & Expo.
"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."
Independent judges from 44 countries evaluated a total of 252 entries submitted in the categories of custom content, learning technology, learning case studies, and live online learning.