Latitude Upgrades DaimlerChrysler Academy Learning Center

DaimlerChrysler Academy (DCA) Receives 2007 Release of Ready Solutions(TM) Learning Management System

SALINE, Mich., June 20 - Latitude today announced an upgrade of its Ready Solutions(TM) learning management system (LMS) for DaimlerChrysler Academy (DCA). The 2007 version builds on technology that's already saved DCA roughly 50 percent on operating costs. The latest version of Ready Solutions helps managers more easily identify and address skill gaps in their workforce, targets learning according to job descriptions and work locations, and provides quick access to learning through a tabbed home page interface.

The Ready Solutions LMS provides Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep® dealerships in North America with a technologically advanced and cost-effective solution to manage training and certification programs. Faced with accelerated time-to-market for new products and sophisticated training and certification programs, the Chrysler Group's business model requires that certifications go beyond the traditional model of course completion requirements.

"With Set-and-Forget(TM) planning and enrollment, Ready Solutions 2007 helps dealership managers ensure that they maintain proper skill coverage in their workforce," said John Zonneveld, senior Latitude consultant. "An interactive, graphic display of technical and departmental curricula helps managers more easily identify skill gaps and curriculum progress at individual and departmental levels."

Set-and-Forget enrollment allows managers to add courses that will close skill gaps to a student's 'interest list'. When an interest list course becomes available and the learner has met prerequisites for the course, the Ready Solutions LMS automatically enrolls the learner in the course and sends a notification message.

DCA can control access to LMS functionality and training content according to job code and location. Data is segregated into "owner organizations" to prevent users who log into one organizational structure from viewing data specific to a different organization. For example, service technicians that work at multiple dealerships can be identified with different job codes and LMS access at each business location.

In the latest release, the Ready Solutions LMS's Quick-Click Learning(TM) user interface presents a wide array of information for students and managers in an easy-to-navigate tab structure. Tabs include My Schedule (which incorporates the teaching schedule for instructors and a new Subscription Courses section), Certification, Curriculum, History (combining certification and training), Training Path, Groups, and My Employees (used by managers to quickly see employees being trained, pending interests and approvals, department curriculum and department certification).

About Latitude Consulting Group

Latitude, a senior technology consultancy, helps the extended enterprise improve channel performance and training effectiveness by integrating learning management, business intelligence, and other corporate systems. Latitude solutions combine data and systems so organizations can more easily evaluate and improve training, certification, and other programs based on their impact on business results.

With headquarters in Saline, Michigan, Latitude can be reached at 888-577-2797,, or

Source: Latitude Consulting Group

CONTACT: Andy Kill of Airfoil Public Relations for Latitude Consulting Group, +1-248-304-1424,; or Kurt Crisman of Latitude Consulting Group, 888-577-2797 x120,

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