We recently announced our strategic decision to exit the Moodle Certified Partner Program, and restated our fervent commitment to continue to provide clients with the most mature and stable Moodle-based Software as a Service (SaaS) product in the market and continue to support the Moodle project. With this change, we will accelerate investment and development of our SaaS Moodle-based product and continue driving innovation for the Moodle community.
Our decision to leave the Moodle Certified Partner Program does not affect in any way our unwavering support of open source and open standards. We have a very strong admiration for Moodle Pty and its contributions to education and the open-source community.
SaaS as a Differentiator
We are committed to providing our clients with the best possible Saas Moodle-based product on the market. Our Moodle-based SaaS product, introduced in 2008, is now available in Amazon Web Services (AWS) regions around the world. This supports our ability to better focus on further optimizing and expanding our market-leading SaaS operations and support.
We are a major player in the open-source community with more than 1,000 clients using our Moodle-based product and 20 percent of them have joined in the last year with a growing pipeline. We are adding more than one new client per business day, largely driven by the market’s move to SaaS and our product being the most mature and stable in the market. Accelerating investment in this area will ensure we continue to provide our growing client base with the best possible tools to help solve their most pressing challenges in their organizations and institutions today and into the future.
We are accelerating investment in important functionality, such as better support of IMS Global standards, enhanced in-product help and support features, continued focus on universal access and deeper integrations with critical third-party partners.
We are also focused on providing clients with a deeply integrated EdTech platform. In addition to the hundreds of third-party certified plugins we support, we have delivered new tools to the open-source community including our accessibility checker Blackboard Ally and our plagiarism detector SafeAssign. We will continue to focus on bringing new capabilities, services and products to the Moodle community, enhancing the learning experience.
What This Means for the Open-Source Community
Exiting the Moodle Certified Partner Program will not have any impact on our support of the open-source community and there will be no change in our ability to utilize updates and enhancements from the community. Additionally, there will be no change in the current user experience for clients and no drop-off in our pace of innovation and development. We will continue to contribute code and features back to the Moodle community—and work to move the community forward together.
We will introduce a new name and branding for our Moodle-based SaaS product soon. The new branding will align with the overall Blackboard brand. We hope you will like it.
These investments in innovation and development will ensure that our Moodle-based SaaS product is closely aligned with our overall mission to deliver innovative teaching and learning solutions that meet the evolving needs of institutions and organizations around the world and we look forward to the future.
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