SumTotal Opens China Office

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<p><strong>Beijing &mdash; May 23&nbsp;</strong><br />SumTotal Systems Inc., a global provider of talent and learning management solutions, has opened an office in Beijing to help Chinese companies meet the country&#39;s growing demand for highly talented employees.<br /><br />&quot;We are honored that SumTotal Systems has decided to open an office in Beijing,&quot; said Zang Chunxiang, director of training and development for the Republic of China&#39;s Ministry of Labor and Social Security. &quot;Chinese companies realize the tremendous value they can gain by transforming their organizations and workforces to compete on a global scale. </p><p>&quot;We feel SumTotal opening this office is going to play a key role in that development.&quot;<br /><br />One effect of China&#39;s rapid economic transformation is that demand for highly talented employees (especially people with local and international managerial skills) now exceeds supply. </p><p>This is driving up some of the compensation packages for top talent and managers to global levels as companies continue to set up branch offices, regional headquarters and factories in China.<br /><br />&quot;It&#39;s difficult for Chinese and foreign companies to find the<br />number of talented managers they need in China,&quot; said Dave Crussell, SumTotal Systems chief operating officer. &quot;Younger workers often lack practical experience and leadership skills, while more experienced managers are in short supply and command higher salaries. For multinationals, it is now a challenge not only to recruit the best people but also to develop and retain them.&quot;<br /><br />SumTotal thinks a key to developing China&#39;s talent is the<br />software maker&#39;s award-winning learning and talent management platform: the SumTotal Enterprise Suite. </p><p>The SumTotal suite gives employers the power to assess the potential of employees, develop the skills and know-how of a workforce and supercharge a staff&#39;s performance by aligning a workforce&#39;s goals with an employer&#39;s business aims. </p><p>To date, more than 1,500 of the world&#39;s best-known companies and government agencies have tapped SumTotal&#39;s software to deliver learning, assess performance and manage talent.<br /><br />As talent and performance management systems become an increasingly important point of discussion for Chinese businesses, systems such as SumTotal&#39;s are seen as a way to gain competitive advantage on a global scale, said Li Zebin, general manager for Great Wall Computer<br /> Software and Systems Inc. Ltd.</p><p>&quot;We believe there&#39;s an outstanding opportunity to market and sell SumTotal&#39;s software to our customers in China,&quot; Li said. &quot;The opening of this new office will enable closer collaboration with SumTotal and will provide us with significant help to introduce the benefits companies can enjoy from implementing a learning management system.&quot;<br /><br />SumTotal Systems, whose new office is in the Chaoyang<br />District, already has many customers in China, including Shanghai Telecom, Liaoning Mobile (a wholly owned subsidiary of China Mobile), Tencent and Shanghai Roche.<br /><br />&quot;With China unlocking its markets to international competition, and Chinese ventures expanding to compete in overseas markets, we feel SumTotal Systems&#39; state-of-the art talent management solutions are set to play a key role in making Chinese companies more competitive on both a global and local level,&quot; said Alex Raymond, SumTotal Asia-Pacific vice president.</p>

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