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Bersin & Associates Announces Consulting Partnership with RWD Technologies

Partnership Program Gives RWD Professionals Access to Proprietary Methodologies, Toolkits, and Research for Corporate Learning Engagements

Oakland, CA – October 20, 2009 – Bersin & Associates, the only research and advisory firm to focus solely on enterprise learning and talent management, announced that RWD Technologies, a leading provider of human and operational performance improvement solutions, has joined the company’s Certified Consulting Partnership Program.

Bersin & Associates recently established the Certified Consulting Partnership Program in order to extend availability of its proprietary methodologies for strategy and planning, technology selection and procurement, and customized benchmarking to select service providers. In addition to access to Bersin & Associates’ comprehensive research libraries, the program includes an intensive three-day training workshop for RWD consultants, as well as regular, exclusive analyst briefings and project support sessions.

“Over the past three years, our proprietary, research-based methodologies have helped companies successfully tackle critical learning and talent management challenges and ensure business impact,” said Bob Danna, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Bersin & Associates. “Our Certified Consulting Partner Program is designed to meet the market demand for such services and to ensure that select partners have the training, research resources, and continual analyst and advisory support to effectively employ our methodologies for the greatest advantage of their clients.

RWD’s stellar reputation, global reach, and expertise in high-stakes, mission-critical engagements makes the company an ideal partner for Bersin & Associates. We know RWD professionals will employ our research and research-based tools to the best advantage of their clients.”

“Bersin & Associates is a recognized thought leader in enterprise learning and talent management,” said Gary Walker, senior vice president of partners and alliances for RWD. “In addition to giving our professionals access to a wide range of objective and timely research resources, the partnership brings an extra level of assurance to our clients, many of whom are operating under significant business pressures and highly complex regulatory requirements.”

Bersin & Associates’ Certified Consulting Partner Program is designed to encompass these primary service areas: enterprise learning, talent management, and talent acquisition. The company will select a strictly limited number of partners in each area.

About RWD Technologies, LLC

RWD is a leading provider of human and operational performance improvement solutions that help employers maximize the return on their investments in people, processes, technology, equipment, knowledge and customers. Since 1988, RWD has assisted clients and partners in enhancing organizational productivity through its broad range of integrated products and services, which include human capital management and IT consulting services, business transformation and lean process improvement, end-user training, change management, knowledge management and operator effectiveness management. RWD’s solutions are used in thousands of organizations globally, and in industries such as manufacturing, energy, automotive, aerospace, healthcare, life sciences, consumer products, financial, telecommunications, services, higher education and the public sector.

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, RWD serves Fortune 500 and other organizations around the world. RWD is privately held, with more than 900 employees in two dozen offices in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.rwd.com.

Copyright © 2009 RWD Technologies, LLC. All rights reserved. RWD Technologies and RWD are registered trademarks of RWD Technologies, LLC in the United States and several other countries. All other names are or may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

About Bersin & Associates

Bersin & Associates is the only research and advisory firm focused solely on enterprise learning, talent management, and talent acquisition. The company’s WhatWorks® membership program is designed to deliver actionable and practical guidance and to improve operational effectiveness and business impact to companies of all sizes and all industry sectors.

Bersin & Associates WhatWorks® members gain access to a comprehensive library of best practices, case studies, benchmarks, and in-depth market analyses designed to assist professionals in making fast and confident decisions. Members also have direct access to analysts and a wide range of tested tools and models to address both strategic and day-to-day challenges. More than 5,000 organizations have used Bersin & Associates’ research and advisory services to guide talent and corporate learning strategies.

Research areas include planning and strategy, learning programs and delivery, talent management, leadership development and succession planning, talent acquisition, technology and infrastructure, informal learning, social networking, measurement and analytics.

For more information, go to www.bersin.com or call 561 455 0622, extension 223.