Industry-leading Specialty Distributor for Dental, Veterinary and Rehabilitation Markets Uses SumTotal Talent Expansion™ Applications to Keep Pace with Business Growth

Gainesville, Fla.– Oct. 21, 2013 – SumTotal® Systems, LLC,  the largest independent provider of integrated HR solutions, today announced that Patterson Companies (Nasdaq: PDCO), an industry-leading specialty distributor serving the dental, veterinary and rehabilitation supply markets, has selected SumTotal Talent Expansion applications to expand its mobile and social learning capabilities.

Patterson Companies, which is listed among Forbes’ Most Trustworthy Companies, delivers its services and products to companies around the globe with more than 7,000 employees in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France and China.

Patterson Companies’ Vice President of Human Resources Jerry Thygesen said HR technology is a central part of the company’s strategic objectives by ensuring current employees and the next generation of leaders get the information and learning opportunities they need to excel in their careers and drive business growth.

“We are committed to talent excellence. That commitment goes beyond initially hiring employees and extends to how we can help them grow, develop and progress within the company,” Thygesen said. “Part of meeting that challenge means addressing mobile learning for our very decentralized workforce and providing social capabilities to weave informal learning into our programs and address how many employees prefer to get information. SumTotal’s solutions will help us meet all of these needs.”

Thygesen said an interactive, intuitive user interface, robust reporting capabilities and plans to extend the company’s talent management programs made SumTotal the best match.

“Innovative organizations, like Patterson Companies, recognize that getting the most out of their people means providing them with the tools they need to do their jobs better, while they are doing them, by pervasively delivering content in context,” said Holly Rollo, SumTotal chief marketing officer. “We are excited to collaborate with Paterson Companies to provide them with solutions to meet their business goals today and into the future.”



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