SOURCE: Plateau Systems

Plateau Systems

September 30, 2009 08:02 ET

Plateau's 14th Annual User Conference Showcases Talent Management Leaders and Pioneers, Attracts Global Audience

Customers Including Boston Scientific, Diebold, Genzyme, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, National Science Foundation, Southern Nuclear, Thomson Reuters, and Zions Bancorporation Led Break-Out Sessions; Customer Excellence Awards Recognized Top Talent Projects; Defense Intelligence Agency Highlighted as First Federal Government Agency to Deploy a SaaS Talent Management Solution

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - September 30, 2009) - Plateau Systems, a leading provider of enterprise-class SaaS solutions for talent management, concluded its 14th annual Insights 2009 user conference last week in San Francisco, with HR leaders from more than half of Plateau's global customers organizations attending.

Reflecting this year's theme, "Building Bridges: Leveraging Human Capital to Achieve a High Performing Workforce," Insights 2009 brought together learning and talent management visionaries and industry leaders from across the globe to exchange thoughts, ideas and real-world experiences around how organizations can bridge the talent gap and build effective talent management strategies in their organizations. Featuring keynote presentations delivered by Plateau executives and HR leaders from Plateau customer organizations, breakout sessions led by customers and partners and interactive educational labs, this year's agenda provided attendees with several formal and informal opportunities to meet and interact with Plateau leaders, industry experts and other Plateau users.

Highlights from Insights 2009 included:

-- The release and live demos of Plateau Talent Gateway, the first talent management solution to fuse a complete talent profile with a social networking and portal platform, linked directly to a talent management suite. This thoughtful, innovative offering brings the best of social networking, portal and Web 2.0 technologies together in a single solution to facilitate organizational collaboration, knowledge-sharing and learning activities 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.

-- Customer keynote presentations from Colleen Corey, Corporate Human Resources Director at Bio-Rad Laboratories; Jim Marchiori, Director of Organization Capability, Learning & Development, Organization Change Management at DCP Midstream; and Brian Hayer, e-Learning Manager at Rolls-Royce. Colleen Corey's presentation focused on Bio-Rad Laboratories' use of Plateau's full suite of Talent Management solutions in developing its next generation of leaders. Jim Marchiori discussed how DCP Midstream is leveraging Plateau's Talent Management Suite to manage mandatory compliance training and career development training, while also linking performance with compensation -- all of which are critical to the organization's mission of developing employees to reach career goals and empowering them to manage their professional growth. Brian Hayer presented real-world best practices for delivering a global, on-time/on-budget implementation of Plateau, based on Rolls-Royce's experience and success in deploying Plateau's solutions across 60 countries.

-- Plateau conducted an invitation-only Analyst Day, a one-day event in which leading industry and financial analysts and Plateau executives met to discuss Plateau's latest product release, Plateau Talent Gateway; exchange thoughts and insights around the evolution of the talent management market and the recent consolidation; and debate the definitions as well as the pros and cons of software-as-a-service and "the cloud." More than 15 well-known talent management experts and financial analysts attended this event.

"Talent management remains a corporate priority and our customers are continuing to realize value from their Plateau investments. This commitment was clearly demonstrated with the strong customer and industry-leader turnout at our Insights conference, in spite of the challenging economic conditions," said Paul Sparta, Chairman and CEO of Plateau. "This year's conference was an opportunity for us to reinforce our long-standing commitment to delivering thoughtful, flexible solutions that reflect our deep understanding of the latest industry trends and advances in technology. With the release of Plateau Talent Gateway and our world-class SaaS talent management solutions, we are future-proofing our customers' Plateau investments and significantly extending the value of these investments by making talent management data and assets available and accessible to customers quickly, easily and seamlessly."

During the conference, Plateau hosted its annual Customer Advisory Board meeting comprised of Plateau customers representing a wide range of industries. During the meeting, members from global organizations met with Plateau executives to discuss the state of talent management and provided expert insight into how talent management is perceived within their organizations, how they are using Plateau's solutions to drive business value within their organizations and how Plateau can continue to support their talent management initiatives.

Customer Excellence Award Recognition

This year's Insights conference featured Plateau's Sixth Annual Customer Excellence Awards, recognizing customers who have demonstrated innovation and success in leveraging Plateau's software to address their talent management challenges. Final winners were selected from a competitive field by their peers and announced at the Insights Evening Gala, held at the San Francisco Exploratorium. This year's Customer Excellence Awards winners include:

-- Best Launch -- Port of Seattle

-- Best Overall Use of Product -- Diebold

-- Best Business Solution -- Defense Intelligence Agency

"Our customers have once again succeeded in raising the bar on innovation by conceiving and executing thoughtful, forward-thinking talent management strategies utilizing Plateau's solutions," said Shelly Heiden, Executive Vice President of Global Operations at Plateau. "All of this year's Customer Excellence Award finalists distinguished themselves as visionaries by utilizing Plateau's talent management solutions to enable comprehensive talent management initiatives. This year's winners further differentiated themselves by demonstrating success in leveraging Plateau's solutions to encourage innovation, improve execution and drive business results. We congratulate them as this year's Customer Excellence Award winners."

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

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