Plateau Positioned in Leaders Quadrant for Leading Industry Analyst Firm's Corporate Learning Systems Magic Quadrant : Leading Analyst Firm Evaluates Plateau's Talent Management Solutions for Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision

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Plateau Systems, a leading provider of talent management software, services and solutions, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned Plateau in the Leaders Quadrant of its recently released “Magic Quadrant for Corporate Learning Systems (CLS),” which evaluated 14 vendors in the corporate learning systems market.1

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Over the past several years, Plateau has demonstrated a consistent ability to deliver products, solutions and services that solve our customers' growing workforce and corporate learning challenges

The Gartner Magic Quadrant represents Gartner's judgment of vendors' ability to execute and the completeness of their vision in a technology market. Gartner identifies Leaders as those vendors who "must not only meet the market's current requirements, which are continually changing, but also anticipate future requirements. Also fundamental is the ability to articulate how they will address these requirements as part of a vision for an expanded CLS. In addition, Leaders have a proven 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. In terms of vision, they are perceived 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 functionality 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."

"Over the past several years, Plateau has demonstrated a consistent ability to deliver products, solutions and services that solve our customers' growing workforce and corporate learning challenges," said Paul Sparta, Chairman and CEO, Plateau Systems. "We view Plateau's positioning in Gartner's Leaders Quadrant as validation that we're continuing to execute and deliver world-class talent management solutions that enable our customers to seamlessly manage and leverage their talent to increase productivity and maximize employee performance."

According to Gartner, "The justification for using a CLS is that it aids the process of educating employees, partners and customers, so that an enterprise can achieve its desired level of business performance sooner than if people had been left to work things out for themselves. As attitudes toward training have matured, enterprises have come to appreciate the need to create engaging content that enhances the learning experience and increases retention." Gartner continued, "The degree of integration of individual e-learning applications into a single packaged product varies widely [in the CLS market]. This has caused confusion and disillusionment among buyers, but has become a significant differentiator for those CLS vendors that offer more complex offerings. Vendors that score more highly for Completeness of Vision (the horizontal axis on the Magic Quadrant) tend to have more comprehensive offerings as well as integration with installed employee performance management applications."

More than 250 organizations and 10 million users have adopted Plateau's talent management solutions, including the largest corporate, non-profit and government learning institutions. Plateau Learning increases workforce productivity and performance by managing training across the extended enterprise. The solution provides management of learning processes and data, development and deployment of online and offline learning and evaluation content, and secure auditing and reporting of regulatory compliance information.

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About the Gartner Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2008 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 is a leading provider of adaptable Web-based software for developing, managing and optimizing organizational skills and talent to increase workforce productivity and business operations performance. Plateau's software is being used by some of the world's largest, most successful enterprises, including the American Red Cross, General Electric, Internal Revenue Service, and Wendy's International. Industry analysts, including Forrester Research and Bersin & Associates, have rated Plateau a leader in functionality, technology, and customer satisfaction. The company is headquartered in Arlington, Va. For more information on Plateau, visit

1 Gartner, Inc., "Magic Quadrant for Corporate Learning Systems," Carol Rozwell and James Lundy, June 30, 2008.

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