The gForce Is With Docent

Internet learning and services provider, Docent Thursday says it has acquired gForce Systems, Inc. of Menlo Park for $3 million in cash and 500,000 shares of stock.

The Mountain View-based company says the addition of gForce really adds to their suite of services. It’s own Internet-based software platform allows for companies to develop, deliver, manage, and measure e-learning for employees, customers, partners, and professional communities.

“The acquisition of gForce complements Docent’s vision of bringing the benefits of eLearning to the extended enterprise,” says Docent chairman, president and CEO Dave Ellett. “gForce’s ability to rapidly publish and retrieve unstructured information, combined with our full range of enterprise eLearning solutions, will help our customers leverage time sensitive information to achieve measurable business results.”

Ellett says Docent customers can immediately take advantage of all of gForce’s products including its gForce Exchange, Author, Studio, Publisher, Server, Manager and Test.

The nice thing about the deal is that since gForce has already made job cuts this year, Docent will be keeping about 95 percent of gForce’s people including their engineers and architects. All of which will be moving them into the Mountain View headquarters.

Docent also stands to gain some valuable partners in the acquisition. gForce’s customers include Cisco, KPMG Consulting, Interwoven, Agile, Silicon Valley Bank and the Pacific Exchange.

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