IBM and Thomson have entered an agreement to jointly develop and sell online professional training programs, the companies said Tuesday. Under the agreement, they will combine their "e-learning" products and services, which include software, hosted computer-based training systems, classroom instruction and course content for a variety of subjects, ranging from business law and information technology to budgeting and grammar. The online courses are designed to help businesses and government agencies reduce the administrative and travel costs of employee training programs, the companies said. IBM and Thomson said they also plan to work together to develop courses and products.
The partnership expands IBM's course content to a broader range of subjects, while Thomson, which offers products and services for schools as well as businesses, will gain the ability to tap IBM's marketing power, technology infrastructure and consulting force. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.