Eastman Chemical and Nortel Receive TEDS Awards

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Gold Standard Awards Presented at Annual TEDS User Conference

A highlight of the 2008 TEDS User Conference held last week in Kingsport, Tennessee was the presentation of TEDS Gold Standard Awards to two world-class companies: Eastman Chemical Company, headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee and Nortel, with world headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. TEDS, Inc. is a software development and consulting company with home offices in Atkins, Virginia, and specializes in talent management solutions for large organizations.

Eastman Chemical received the TEDS Gold Standard Award for Excellence in Implementation of Enterprise-Wide Competency Management. The award recognizes Eastman for its innovative and highly successful management of employee competencies in a highly regulated industry.

Eastman produces over 1,200 products that enhance the lives of people worldwide. While most of Eastman’s products are not household words, they are used in making everything from packaging for food, drinks and personal care products, to the fabrics in clothing and home furnishings, to paint for homes and automobiles, to the plastics used in thousands of products.

Eastman’s success in enterprise-wide competency management is documented in a case study titled Linking Competencies to an LMS; How Eastman Chemical Tracks Training Requirements to Maintain Compliance Standards. The study was conducted by Bersin & Associates and is available at http://www.teds.com

Nortel received the TEDS Gold Standard Award for Excellence in Implementation of Global Training & Certifications. The award acknowledges Nortel’s exemplary implementation of strategies and processes to develop, deliver, and manage training and professional certifications for customers, strategic business partners, and employees.

Founded in 1895 as Northern Electric and Manufacturing – a supplier of telecommunications equipment for Canada’s fledgling telephone system – Nortel has attained global recognition as a leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, power global commerce, and secure and protect critical information. Nortel delivers technology to service providers and enterprise customers, including end-to-end broadband, voice-over IP, multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband.

Nortel’s accomplishments in strategic learning management and certifications are also detailed in a case study published by Bersin & Associates. The study, titled Global Training & Certification for the Extended Enterprise examines Nortel’s utilization of TEDS to systematically and successfully manage their learning and certifications in more than 150 countries for nearly 150,000 learners. It further demonstrates the advanced features and functionalities the TEDS system delivered to support Nortel’s growth and expansion. This study was also conducted by Bersin & Associates and is available at http://www.teds.com

The 2008 TEDS User Conference featured in-depth reviews of TEDS v.9.0, the latest iteration of the TEDS Talent Management Suite, and TEDS Compensation Manager, the latest addition to the suite. The annual User Conference brings TEDS users together for peer sharing and best practices sessions.

About Eastman:
Eastman manufactures and markets chemicals, fibers and plastics worldwide. It provides key differentiated coatings, adhesives and specialty plastics products; is a major supplier of cellulose acetate fibers; and produces PET polymers for packaging. As a Responsible Care® company, Eastman is committed to achieving the highest standards of health, safety, environmental and security performance. Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, Eastman is a FORTUNE 500 company with 2007 sales of $6.8 billion and approximately 10,500 employees. For more information, visit http://www.eastman.com.

About Nortel:
Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Nortel’s next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel's technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information visit http://www.nortel.com.

About TEDS:
TEDS®, Inc. offers the only organic and comprehensive enterprise-wide talent management solution that includes the management of competencies, learning, performance, compliance, recruiting, succession, and compensation. Employing a single platform, TEDS strategically aligns business objectives with all facets of the talent lifecycle. TEDS products and services are deployed at some of the world's largest organizations and are available individually, in any combination, or as a comprehensive solution. For more information, visit http://www.teds.com or call TEDS Sales at 276.782.7206.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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