Cargill Switches to KnowledgeNet
for Worldwide Employee Development
Leading Global Agri-food Company Chooses KnowledgeNet for
Strategic e-Learning Due to High Quality Offering and Ease of Integration
Ariz. (April 9, 2002)
-- KnowledgeNet® Inc., the leading supplier of next-generation e-learning solutions,
today announced that Cargill, an international marketer, processor, and distributor
of agricultural, food, financial and industrial products and services, has chosen
KnowledgeNet to provide Web-based courseware that aligns with Cargill's e-learning
strategy. KnowledgeNet's extensive library of next-generation courseware will
replace Cargill's existing library, and will be made available to business managers
and administrators around the world. The contract is a multi-year agreement
with provisions to incorporate future KnowledgeNet e-learning products.
high quality of KnowledgeNet's e-learning and its proven effectiveness were
foremost among Cargill's criteria in its decision to standardize its IT training
on KnowledgeNet. Additionally, KnowledgeNet successfully demonstrated that its
e-learning content could be quickly and easily integrated with Cargill's existing
learning management system (LMS).
Miller, manager of training and development at Cargill, is responsible for ensuring
that internal training services map closely to Cargill's business objectives.
Her group deploys training solutions to Cargill's thousands of employees worldwide.
Miller noted that knowledge transfer - the actual retention of what is learned
during training - is of paramount importance in Cargill's overall employee development
strategy, and an area where KnowledgeNet's e-learning solutions were particularly
were looking for an e-learning solution that would offer our employees improved
training accessibility and effectiveness, while minimizing the time they spend
in a classroom or online," said Miller. "KnowledgeNet's e-learning
products will provide us with the efficiencies of online learning, coupled with
the instructional design and testing characteristics normally associated with
observations were echoed by Steve Nguyen, Cargill's e-learning specialist assigned
to evaluate various e-learning solutions. "When we compared KnowledgeNet's
e-learning content to that from other vendors, we were struck by its visual
interactivity and sound instructional design, as well as the extensive use of
simulations and built-in labs. These features ensure high retention of the content,
and allow learners to experiment and practice online, and then immediately translate
what they've learned into improved on-the-job efficiency," commented Nguyen.
"KnowledgeNet's presentation of complex concepts was cleaner and better
illustrated than that of other vendors' products, and the built-in testing capabilities
of the courseware were more flexible compared to anything we had previously
Integration with existing LMS a crucial factor
but surprisingly easy with KnowledgeNet
management systems have become a popular way to streamline the administration
of training programs and derive maximum return on training investments. Cargill
uses a proprietary LMS called Intranet U from ATC, Inc. The Intranet U LMS software,
internally branded as "Learninglinks," is Cargill's primary vehicle
for ensuring that training investments support business objectives, for driving
employee awareness of what training is available, and for managing the delivery
of training. KnowledgeNet's smooth integration with this AICC compliant LMS
was therefore of critical importance. KnowledgeNet's Open Learning Architecture
(OLA) enabled this integration to be completed with less than ten hours of technical
project was one of the easiest AICC integrations we've ever done," noted
Larry Erickson, President of ATC and architect of the Intranet U enterprise
software. "KnowledgeNet's technical staff have a high level of expertise
and a partnering attitude. This made it possible for us to serve Cargill's needs
Miller added, "KnowledgeNet's responsiveness and proactive attitude was
a significant factor in our final decision. They brought potential integration
issues to our attention long before we even knew they were issues, and we view
KnowledgeNet as more of a business partner than a vendor or supplier."
agreement and strong working relationship with Cargill is representative of
the partnership approach we take with all our customers," commented Tom
Graunke, CEO and co-founder of KnowledgeNet. "We welcome Cargill to our
roster of blue-chip customers and look forward to ensuring that all their e-learning
needs are met and exceeded."
is an international marketer, processor and distributor of agricultural, food,
financial and industrial products and services with 90,000 employees in 57 countries.
The company provides distinctive customer solutions in supply chain management,
food applications and health and nutrition.
About KnowledgeNet Inc.
delivers next-generation, internet-based training -- "e-learning"
-- that enables enterprises and individuals alike to enjoy online training with
the freshest content and best instructional design possible with hands on experience.
The Company's over 1,000 courses of synchronous and asynchronous content delivery
solutions represent an integrated suite of e-learning products that can be easily
customized to suit individual learning styles. KnowledgeNet has received nearly
a dozen industry distinctions for its e-learning solutions. KnowledgeNet is
a Cisco Learning Solutions Partner, and is a Microsoft Certified Technical Education
Center (CTEC) as well as a Microsoft Certified Partner. Customers include blue-chip
companies and institutions such as AT&T, Cisco, EMC, GE, Lockheed Martin,
Sun Microsystems and WorldCom. Founded in 1998, KnowledgeNet is a privately
held company based in Phoenix, Arizona and is backed by Cisco Systems, Morgenthaler
Ventures, Sierra Ventures, Trinity Ventures, and Berkeley International Capital
KnowledgeNet at http://www.knowledgenet.com.
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