BATON ROUGE, La. -- E-learning will be part of a massive, statewide employee portal project underway in Louisiana. The state is implementing enterprise portal services that initially will reach 45,000 employees and deliver integrated information and business processes through a single user-centric window.

Among other things, the portal solution will facilitate e-learning and real-time online training for state workers. It also will provide managers with centralized access to relevant human resources information for employees on their teams.

"In Louisiana, we're committed to getting more and better information into the hands of people who serve our citizens," said Gov. M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr. "I am very pleased to be offering this means for the civil servants of this state to access services and information about their jobs. They will find it easier to do their jobs with the benefit of a portal, and that in turn will make them more efficient and effective. That's good news for Louisiana's taxpayers and residents."

The state is using SAP's MySAP Enterprise Portal solution to build the new portal. Louisiana officials expect new employee self-service functions to be available by August 2003. Manager self-service features, learning management and other innovative functions will be phased in over a two-year period.