SOURCE: Plateau Systems

Plateau Systems

September 18, 2009 08:30 ET

Plateau Positioned in "Leaders Quadrant" of Leading Industry Analyst Firm's 2009 Corporate Learning Systems Magic Quadrant

Company's Focus on Customer Success Makes Plateau Highly Attractive to Customers Deploying Global Learning and Talent Management Solutions

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - September 18, 2009) - Plateau Systems, a leading provider of enterprise-class SaaS solutions for talent management, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned Plateau in the Leaders Quadrant of its recently released "Magic Quadrant for Corporate Learning Systems (CLS)." This year's report evaluated 17 vendors in the corporate learning systems market based on Gartner's assessment of their "Ability to execute" and "Completeness of Vision."(1)

"We are pleased that Gartner recognizes Plateau, which we believe is for our market strength and leadership in consistently conceiving and delivering thoughtful, flexible learning and talent management solutions that allow customers to solve real workplace challenges," said Paul Sparta, Chairman and CEO of Plateau Systems. "Our recent launch of Plateau Talent Gateway further demonstrates Plateau's thought leadership and highlights our ability to understand how emerging technologies, like social networking, are relevant to learning and how they can translate into business value for our customers. As the first talent management solution to fuse a complete talent profile with a social networking and portal platform, and link it directly to Plateau's Talent Management Suite, Plateau Talent Gateway has the potential to transform the learning industry and further bolster Plateau's position in the market."

Gartner identifies Leaders as those vendors who "not only meet the market's current requirements, which are continually changing, but also anticipate future requirements. Vendors must also articulate how they will address these requirements as part of a vision for an expanded CLS. In addition, Leaders have a track record of financial performance and an established market presence. Their installed base gives them a strong presence in the CLS market, and they demonstrate continued growth in customers and revenue. The market perceives Leaders as thought leaders, with well articulated plans for product development, marketing and channel support. Leaders have the highest combined scores for Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. These strategic providers will continue to drive the market forward by broadening their CLS functions and integration. Buyers can expect that, as a group, Leaders will be considered as part of most new product purchases and will continue to have high success rates in winning new business."

According to Gartner, "The CLS market has shifted from a relatively narrow software market focused on supporting training or e-learning to the creation of broader social learning platforms. These platforms make learning more integral to the actual work that people do. In particular, advanced learning and development (L&D) programs now focus on increasing business performance and creating communities of learners who teach each other, often on the job within the task that the learner needs to perform."

Dovetailing with Gartner's views on how social networking is transforming learning, Plateau Talent Gateway brings the best of social networking, portal, and Web 2.0 technologies together in a single solution and provides 80 drag-and-drop tools including blogs, wikis, discussion groups, digital asset libraries, expert location and RSS feeds -- made available through configurable, standards-based JSR 286 portlets. Organizations are deploying this collaborative solution to drive workforce productivity and innovation, facilitate information-sharing and employee collaboration and extend formal, informal and just-in-time learning activities inter- and intra- enterprise-wide.

Today, more than 10 million users across 250 organizations, including the largest corporate, non-profit and government learning institutions, have adopted Plateau's learning and talent management solutions to optimize employee performance and increase workforce productivity. For more information about Plateau, visit

About the Gartner Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Plateau

Plateau led the charge in transforming corporate workforces in the mid-'90s with its award-winning learning management system (LMS) platform, which streamlined the management and delivery of learning and training across some of the world's most respected organizations, including General Electric, the United States Air Force and Capital One Services. Plateau expanded its LMS platform, and in early 2000 delivered the industry's first fully integrated, Java-based talent management platform, which allowed organizations to link learning and training with employee performance to ensure that employee goals aligned with corporate objectives. Today, organizations around the world rely on Plateau's enterprise-class SaaS solutions to drive innovation, facilitate collaboration and connect people in ways that support the organization's most critical business objectives. Customers and industry analysts continue to recognize Plateau as a customer satisfaction leader and for its continued leadership, vision and technology innovation. Plateau is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and has offices across the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit

(1) Gartner, Inc., "Magic Quadrant for Corporate Learning Systems," Carol Rozwell, September 10, 2009.

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