WBT Systems to Support Microsoft® SQL Server™

August 27, 2001

WALTHAM, MA USA – August 21, 2001 – WBT Systems, a premier provider of scalable e-Learning solutions to organizations worldwide, today announced expansion of their TopClass e-Learning Suite™ to support Microsoft SQL Server as a preferred database platform, alongside Oracle 8i.

By supporting SQL Server, WBT Systems is responding to the needs of customers and partners who want to simplify installation and maintenance, and realize a more significant return on investment.

Native SQL Server support allows WBT Systems’ TopClass® to be deployed faster, and eliminates the need for dedicated IT or database administration resources, further reducing time to deployment and total cost of ownership. Deployment time can be measured in hours and days, and not the weeks and months required for other solutions. By supporting SQL Server, WBT Systems is enabling a broader range of organizations and industries to achieve successful e-Learning implementations with the award winning TopClass e-Learning Suite, similar to hundreds of existing clients.

According to Duncan Lennox, WBT Systems’ Chief Technology Officer, “The TopClass e-Learning Suite has always delivered the fastest out-of-the-box deployment of any e-Learning solution. Supporting Microsoft SQL Server is a natural extension of that philosophy for WBT Systems.” He goes on to say, “Our SQL Server support allows us to take the ease of installation and management of TopClass to new levels and further reduce the total cost of ownership of our customer’s e-Learning solution, allowing them to focus on running their business and not managing technology.”

WBT Systems continues to be responsive to customers and prospects in meeting their e-Learning needs. Moving forward TopClass customers will have a choice between Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server databases.

About WBT Systems

WBT Systems provides proven e-Learning solutions to rapidly create, deploy, and manage on-line learning content. The company’s TopClass e-Learning Platform™ is an easy to install, administer, and use web-based training solution with hundreds of thousands of users worldwide across organizations such as Nokia (BUE:NOKA.BA), Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW), Frank Russell, Holcim, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The TopClass product suite enables fast deployment and the ability to easily convert existing content, and rapidly deploy to the web to maximize re-usability and deliver a measurable return on investment. The company has major offices in Europe and the United States, with headquarters in Massachusetts.