The e-Learning Journey with Solstra(TM) Continues at Ford

UK-based Futuremedia PLC (Nasdaq: FMDAY), a leading provider of integrated e-Learning solutions, today announced that The Ford Design Institute (FDI) of Ford Motor Company based in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, has agreed to extend its current 20,000 learner/user Solstra licence for another three years.

The Futuremedia and Ford teams have worked closely over the last two years to produce a Solstra Learning Management System that positions FDI perfectly for a substantial planned increase in usage over the coming months. Futuremedia sees the order extension, agreed five months before expiry of the original, as evidence of a successful working relationship.

The extension of the licence now allows Ford Motor Company training management to ramp up the deployment and provision of on-line support for Ford engineers involved in the Ford Technical Education Program (FTEP) and Assessment of Prior Experience & Learning (APEL).

Peter Norris, Futuremedia Account Director for Ford Motor Company, commented: “The contract renewal indicates the seriousness with which Ford takes e-Learning within its various business units. It also reinforces the company’s ongoing commitment to providing fast, effective and relevant training to its personnel, wherever and whenever it is required.”

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Solstra 2000 offers organisations a solution for convenient, cost-effective and flexible delivery of learning to dispersed audiences via the Internet or an intranet, together with an effective method of knowledge management. Its open architecture means it can be quickly installed to operate across a range of heterogeneous IT platforms.

Its ‘Administrator’ function automatically monitors and records learning activity of all users, providing management with an overview and creating a ‘bank’ of information. Using Solstra 2000, personnel can update learning content centrally and distribute it instantly and inexpensively over the net to the appropriate audience.

Solstra 2000 also protects and maximises investment in existing learning material by accommodating net-based products, regardless of who produced them. It also directs users towards other relevant learning or knowledge available within an organisation — whether in the form of expertise or other learning materials. As an efficient system for delivering and sharing knowledge, it can be used by organisations to demonstrate enterprise-wide compliance to government regulations and standards or best practice. For more information, visit

About Futuremedia

Futuremedia PLC is a leading provider of integrated e-Learning solutions to B2B markets. The easycando(TM) Network provides businesses with easy access to e-Learning content, infrastructure and services through fully hosted and branded solutions. easycando(TM) leverages the collaborative working functionality of Centra Software and other leading integrated applications. Futuremedia plc and easycando leverage existing knowledge and proven technology such as Solstra, jointly developed with British Telecommunications plc.