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Skillable history.

The pioneer in hands-on learning, skill validation and virtual training labs.

Skillable is the hands-on learning and virtual labs platform built to adapt quickly in the face of constant change.

Skillable believes validated experiences and challenge-centric learning will transform the way organizations upskill their customers, partners and employees. Industry leaders such as Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, Veritas and Skillsoft trust Skillable’s full stack lab development and hosting platform, generating more than 35 million lab launches over its tenure and well over one million new users each year.

To enable technology training teams’ agility the company offers a suite of products and services to develop, manage and deliver effective hands-on training, skills assessment and validation.

The leadership team of Skillable traces its roots back almost three decades in the IT training industry. With experience that includes delivering technical training, creating training content and managing training organizations across multiple countries, the team has worked and engaged in every facet of technology training, content production and assessment. Skillable’s leaders have managed multiple successful training delivery companies, pioneered new and innovative ways to build and deliver training, worked heavily in the assessment and testing industry and managed some of the world’s largest training delivery programs by the world’s leading software companies.

The Skillable you know today got its start in 2004 and grew through the years, notably in 2014 from a merger between holSystems and Terillian Technologies. holSystems was Microsoft’s preferred lab hosting and delivery vendor, managing massive events and training programs worldwide. Terillian Technologies was the platform powering some of the world’s largest independent training companies such as New Horizons and Global Knowledge, significantly reducing costs and increasing reach.

The combination of these two leading organizations sparked a surge of platform innovation, including the 2018 release of Cloud Slice, a proprietary technology that enables hands-on training on public clouds at lower costs, at better scale and with faster setup, as well as numerous other innovations and “firsts” amongst virtual lab providers:

  • Deliver dynamic, instructions that directly interact with the learning environment.
  • Deliver scored labs with knowledge checks, scripted activity-based assessments and performance testing.
  • Enable shared labs with shared resources so multiple users can work cooperatively or competitively, individually or in teams.
  • Enable the lab environments to automatically perform tasks, such as invoking a web API, sending notifications to students and invoking commands in the cloud.
  • Achieve SOC 2 Type 2 certification.

In 2020, Skillable expanded its capabilities in technical content and course development with the acquisition of Wadeware. That same year, Skillable became the official lab platform for Microsoft’s Global Skills Initiative for Enterprises, Partners and Academia.

In March 2021, Skillable announced a partnership with Shamrock Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm with a long and impressive track record of collaborating with technology companies to grow their businesses. With approximately $3.5 billion in assets under management, Shamrock partners with strong management teams, taking an active, collaborative approach to creating value in each investment. With Skillable’s track record of game-changing innovation in the technology training industry, this latest investment will help accelerate innovation and drive further transformation, ushering in the company’s next phase of growth, while it continues to deliver leading technology and services to companies around the world.

On November 1, 2021, the company known for transformation transformed itself, rebranding from Learn on Demand Systems to Skillable. Becoming Skillable further connects the organization’s name to its vision that validated experiences and challenge-centric learning will transform the way organizations upskill their customers, partners and employees.

With more than 35 million labs delivered, over 4,000 daily concurrent labs and more than 100,000 daily active users in 216 countries, Skillable is ready to drive.

Our mission is to increase opportunities through skilling. The work we do changes lives.

Skill validation and challenge-centric learning experiences will transform how we develop skills.

Our leadership team is filled with pioneers in IT skilling and technology.