Anthology Client FAQs
Q: What is today’s announcement about?
Today we are announcing that Anthology and Blackboard, a global provider of cloud-based software solutions in education, have officially merged (pursuant to the previously announced agreement).
Q: How is this different than what was previously announced?
On September 13, 2021, we announced that Anthology had entered into a definitive merger agreement with Blackboard to combine the two companies. The merger transaction is now closed.
Q: When will Anthology and Blackboard become one company?
Anthology and Blackboard completed the closing of their merger on October 25, 2021. For you, our valued client, it means business as usual. In the weeks and months ahead, we will work to integrate our two companies. Our goal is to continue to provide you outstanding service during this time with minimal impact.
Q: What does this merger mean for Anthology and Blackboard clients?
On behalf of our clients, we aspire to make the lives of learners, educators, and leaders easier. We help create experiences that are more informed and personalized to support learning, teaching, and leading more effectively. We will do this through our combined product offering that spans the full learning journey. By responsibly leveraging data, our solutions will enable insights and information at the right time and in the right way. While supporting learners and institutions in their endeavors to improve, data privacy and security will remain at the forefront of our approach.
Q: How does this merger benefit my institution, school, or organization?
You will have access to the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of teaching and learning, engagement, administrative and student success solutions – all from one trusted partner. This offers you an efficient and effective ecosystem of the most critical solutions needed in education. What we collectively bring to the table has the potential to transform how your institution operates and provides you with new opportunities for institutional and learner success.
By bringing Anthology and Blackboard together, we will create the most comprehensive and modern EdTech ecosystem at a global scale for education. It will enable deeper insights about the learner so that institutions can deliver unmatched personalized experiences across the full learner lifecycle.
Combining the two companies will also enable us to focus our investment on driving the next wave of EdTech innovation, which will benefit the global education community.
Q: Who is Blackboard?
Blackboard provides comprehensive teaching and learning, virtual classroom, and communication capabilities to 150 million users in more than 80 countries. Its clients include higher education institutions, K-12 schools, governments and businesses.
Q: I don’t use Blackboard’s Learning Management System (LMS). How will this merger impact my school/institution?
The merger does not require school/institution use of Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS). We will continue to support integrations to third-party Learning Management Systems. There will be no impact on your Anthology Student Information System (SIS) or any other Anthology products.
Q: Who will lead the company?
Jim Milton, Chairman and CEO of Anthology, has been named Chairman and CEO of the combined organization.
Q: Who will be part of the new executive leadership team?
Q: With the close of this merger, who am I doing business with?
Today, there is nothing different in how you conduct business with either Anthology or Blackboard. Legal entities for both companies will remain intact, and current contracts will remain in place. As the integration plans of the two companies develop over time, we will notify you of any changes.
Q: What will happen to my existing contract with Anthology or Blackboard?
There will be no changes to the conditions of your current contract for the tenure of its term.
Q: What happens if I have an existing contract with Blackboard in addition to my Anthology contract?
As a result of this merger, you will receive the benefit of doing business with a single vendor that has the long-term success of your institution in mind, across all areas of your institution. Your current contracts will remain in place for the time being. When the time comes for your organization’s respective renewal, we will reach out to discuss consolidating into a single contract.
Q: Does this announcement have any impact on the products my organization uses?
No. We are committed to staying focused on our existing product roadmaps and successful deployments of our solutions. There is minimal overlap between the products of each company.
Q: Will you continue to commit to open standards and integrations with tools from other companies?
We will bring together some of the most important parts of the education ecosystem – Student Information System (SIS), Learning Management System (LMS), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Constituent Relationship Management (CRM), and much more – and be in a position to provide unmatched value, reliability, and innovation to our clients. At the same time, one of our core tenets will be openness and client choice; therefore, we will maintain an open partner ecosystem which will ensure that our products continue to work well together with other products you may choose to use at your institution.
Q: How does this impact your approach and commitment to data privacy and security?
The privacy and security of our client’s data is a key priority for the combined company. The merger will not impact our commitment to protect client data vigilantly. Our view is that clients own their data, and we will never sell student data. We will act in accordance with these core tenets, such as continuing our adherence to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other relevant privacy and security standards.
Q: I have an open support ticket. Will your support process change and impact my request?
Each company’s support processes remain unchanged. We are committed to working through any support needs you and your team may have.
Q: Will Anthology and Blackboard be integrating their products and solutions?
We expect there will be exciting opportunities to integrate aspects of our joint solutions and to offer a robust set of connected tools for education. By combining Blackboard’s capabilities - including teaching and learning, community engagement and student engagement/success with Anthology’s solutions -including Student Information Systems (SIS), Constituent Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), student and alumni engagement, retention and compliance - we will provide you, our valued clients, a full suite of enterprise-level products and services that will drive learner and institutional success.
Q: Will there be any changes to your business partners and/or integrations?
Our partnerships and software integrations will continue as usual. There are no changes to our partnerships as a result of this agreement, and we will remain steadfast in our commitment to each partner.
Q: Will there be a new partnership framework?
We will continue to offer our partner programs independently as-is. Moving forward, we will evaluate the programs further and look for ways to optimize our offerings. As we do so, our goal will be to provide new and extended opportunities through our expanded products and services.
Q: Who will be my point of contact moving forward?
Please reach out to the current company representatives with whom you have an existing relationship.
Q: Who can I talk to with any questions?
Please reach out to your company representative(s) as you normally would.
Last updated on October 24, 2021