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SuccessFactors Acquires Plateau: Accelerating a Global Powerhouse

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today SuccessFactors announced the acquisition of Plateau, enabling the company to enter the learning management systems market with a bang. Let me comment a bit on the Plateau acquisition. We have worked closely with Plateau for years, and this is a company with $65-70M in revenues which has consistently delivered one of the most scalable, well-engineered, successful learning management platforms in the market. Plateau has been an engineering-centric company with a strong focus on client satisfaction, an open architecture, and a strong professional services strategy.

SuccessFactors Acquires Plateau: Accelerating a Global Powerhouse

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today SuccessFactors announced the acquisition of Plateau, enabling the company to enter the learning management systems market with a bang. Let me comment a bit on the Plateau acquisition. We have worked closely with Plateau for years, and this is a company with $65-70M in revenues which has consistently delivered one of the most scalable, well-engineered, successful learning management platforms in the market. Plateau has been an engineering-centric company with a strong focus on client satisfaction, an open architecture, and a strong professional services strategy.

My Conversation with Paul Sparta: Update on Plateau, SAP, and SuccessFactors

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today I had a chat with Paul Sparta , the founder of Plateau and one of the key product leaders at SuccessFactors and now SAP. As a result of the acquisition, the SuccessFactors and Plateau teams now have thousands of SAP customers to work with, and they feel that their job is to slowly but openly build product plans to make sure these customers are successful.

SuccessFactors Q2 2011 Earnings - Plateau Moves to SaaS Focus

Learning on the Leading Edge

SuccessFactors just announced another stellar quarter (48% YTY growth in revenues, 42% YTY growth in billings), and the CEO Lars Dalgaard talked extensively about the company's progress with the acquisitions of Infohrm, Cubetree, Jambok, and Plateau. And with SaaS architected solutions, offerings like Jambok, CubeTree, and Plateau can be integrated very quickly. Now a few comments about the Plateau Acquisition. We have worked with Plateau for many years and this company was (and still is) one of the premier enterprise-class solutions for corporate learning.

SuccessFactors Acquires Plateau: Accelerating a Global Powerhouse

Learning on the Leading Edge

Today SuccessFactors announced the acquisition of Plateau, enabling the company to enter the learning management systems market with a bang. Let me comment a bit on the Plateau acquisition. We have worked closely with Plateau for years, and this is a company with $65-70M in revenues which has consistently delivered one of the most scalable, well-engineered, successful learning management platforms in the market. Plateau has been an engineering-centric company with a strong focus on client satisfaction, an open architecture, and a strong professional services strategy.

2016 eLearning Hype Curve Follow Up

Web Courseworks

Plateau of Productivity. Last December, we placed some of eLearning’s most interesting trends on the hype curve. Now that we are over halfway through 2016, we felt it was time to reflect on how well our predictions played out here at Web Courseworks as well as the eLearning industry. Innovation Trigger. EHR Integrated PI activities also made this white paper. Quick Hits. Appearance.

Gartner Hype Cycle for Education, 2013

Learning Visions

The 2013 Gartner Hype Cycle for Education takes a focused look at digitalization trends on learning technologies, showing things like Quantum and Affective Computing on the uptick; Big Data and MOOCs at the peak; ideas like BYOD Strategies slipping into the trough; Tablets climbing the Slope; with E-Book Readers, Self-Publishing, and Mashups hitting the plateau. I''ve heard of the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, but never realized there was one for Education. guess it''s all those rocks I''ve been hiding under. Does this mesh what you''re seeing

Gamification, Virtual Worlds and The Gartner Hype Cycle

Kapp Notes

Plateau of Productivity” — A technology reaches the “plateau of productivity” as the benefits of it become widely demonstrated and accepted. The final height of the plateau varies according to whether the technology is broadly applicable or benefits only a niche market. The hype cycle has five cycles on a graph as outlined below from Wikipedia.

Gamification and Serious Games Headed to the Mainstream

Knowledge Guru

Plateau of Productivity – the technology finds its place and becomes mainstream. Gartner Group, which monitors trends across many industries, has labeled gamification as a trend that is sliding into the “trough of disillusionment”  within the education industry. Does that mean that it—and its cousin learning games—are dying? Those with strong underpinnings will remain.

MOOCs: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Headed

Your Training Edge

Several pundits and observers have noted that MOOCs are following the Gartner hype cycle for emerging technologies, and most agree that we are now somewhere between the “trough of disillusionment” and the “slope of enlightenment,” on our way to the “plateau of productivity.”. Now the pendulum is swinging back to somewhere in the middle. The bad news came from a couple of different fronts.

The Average Joe imperative

E-Learning Provocateur

In fact, while we experienced a peak of inflated expectations with Second Life, and then the trough of disillusionment, I don’t think as a profession we ever reached the slope of enlightenment, let alone the plateau of productivity. There once was a time when I thought Second Life was going to take over the world. – that I saw it as an unstoppable force. So what happened?

Is eLearning Ageist?

24x7 Learning

There is certainly evidence that shows that as a person ages they learn at a slower rate, but if you read my article “Old Dogs, New Tricks”, research has shown that intellectual ability actually increases until age forty, stays on a plateau and doesn’t show decrease until about age sixty. eLearning and Age: Is eLearning Ageist? Are young people smarter, as Zuckerberg claims them to be?

The dawn of a new generation

E-Learning Provocateur

However in the past 6 months improvements have plateaued despite improving the content and structure of the training workshops. User-generated content (UGC) is not a novel concept, but most of us in the corporate sector have barely scratched its surface. And yet… the world is changing. The event was hosted by Jeevan Joshi and presented by myself, Andrew Mazurkiewicz and Cheryle Walker.

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SAP To Buy SuccessFactors: Major Shift In Talent Management Market

Learning on the Leading Edge

Think about all the big Oracle or PeopleSoft customers who purchased Successfactors or Plateau. Also consider the reaction of the 3000+ customers who license SuccessFactors or Plateau today. Even though Lars claims that the Plateau integration was done in 45 days, customers still have to weigh in and understand what this kind of acquisition means to their long term investment.

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AICC, SCORM , xAPI, CC/LTI, CMI-5…What Does It All Mean?

eLearning Chef

Plateau > SuccessFactors, Skillsoft, Captivate, Presenter, etc.). I f nothing else, the growth of eLearning seems to correlate directly to the growth of bizarre acronyms. Currently, there are three primary methods of tracking lesson data back to a centralized storage site and database. There are ultimately more than that, which I’ll mention at the end, but first is an overview of the top three methods for tracking eLearning progress and interaction. Arguably the first eLearning standard. SCORM. SCORM also defines how content may be packaged into a transferable ZIP file… ”.

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How to Use a Learning Management System for Performance Support

Absorb LMS

We’re likely now approaching the Plateau of Productivity for performance support. About a dozen years ago, learning and development professionals thought performance support was bigger than Tom Hanks , Meryl Streep , and The Beatles all rolled into one. Conferences about performance support were filled to capacity. Electronic performance support support systems (EPSS) were the rage.

Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)

eLearning 24-7

SuccessFactors –  Just for those folks to remember, SF is owned by SAP and had acquired Plateau.  They haven’t been Plateau for a few years, so stop calling them Plateau – a pet peeve of mine.  It’s nearly here.  In a little over two months, my 2016 Top 50 LMS Report will be available for purchase.   This post isn’t so much a “buy, buy”, rather it is to give insight into the process, considerations, and factors. Not everyone gets in. Sorry, that’s marketing.  You want marketing, I know some sites that will list you.  Not in.

Top Ten Learning Management Systems – July Rankings

eLearning 24-7

The user interface is slick – way better than the days of Plateau – which some people still call it – uh, its not. It is way better than anything Plateau ever did, but for the amount of money the system costs and the fact SAP now owns them, there is no reason that the UI should look like it does. Back for another installment of the rankings. Pricing is high.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

" In the mid 2000's a shakeout started and vendors segmented themselves into two categories: those that focused on global enterprises – (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and SAP) - and vendors which focused on the mid-market (Learn.com, GeoLearning, Blackboard, Certpoint, CornerstoneOnDemand, SilkRoad, NetDimensions, and others). Then came talent management.

How to Use a Learning Management System for Performance Support

Absorb LMS

We’re likely now approaching the Plateau of Productivity for performance support. About a dozen years ago, learning and development professionals thought performance support was bigger than Tom Hanks , Meryl Streep , and The Beatles all rolled into one. Conferences about performance support were filled to capacity. Electronic performance support systems (EPSS) were the rage.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

" In the mid 2000's a shakeout started and vendors segmented themselves into two categories: those that focused on global enterprises – (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and SAP) - and vendors which focused on the mid-market (Learn.com, GeoLearning, Blackboard, Certpoint, CornerstoneOnDemand, SilkRoad, NetDimensions, and others). Then came talent management.

The E-Learning Slug Awards

eLearning 24-7

Another has changed a bit here, bit there, and even then it seems dated; but as a whole, change is not happening as quick as I expected.   The shell, please –  , Congrats – SuccessFactors (they made such strong changes post Plateau, then the drop-off of late). It’s going to be a slugfest. Slugging it out? Slugfantastic! Yes, I made up that word, but go with it. I don’t know about you, but while I love giving out awards to systems, authoring tools and e-learning tools that deserve it, rarely do you hear about platforms that are slugs. . slug to pass you by? Anyone.

What to Do When You Hate to Hate Learning

CLO Magazine

If we don’t jump to a new learning curve, the plateau may become a precipice. I love to learn. But when it’s actually time to learn, it’s not always as fun as I’d hoped. I can feel clumsy. worry about appearing inept. I may fight fatigue and hunger. might be grumpy or struggle to complete my other work. So sometimes I hate it — this thing I love. Golf Association database.

Incremental vs. Revolutionary

In the Middle of the Curve

Or when there is a plateau of some sort that can''t be gently nudged. I see this dynamic at play both at the individual / personal level and at the organizational / cultural level. During lunch yesterday, I had a chance to talk to a group from a health care system outside of Kansas City, MO. This was their first eLearning Guild event and they were pretty excited. If you go back and read my early blog posts from 2006 / 2007 - I started this blog when I was in the health care industry. In both cases, it is often best to move slowly and stealthily. This is HUGE progress. Like a charm.

When Acquisitions Pay Off

Learning on the Leading Edge

SuccessFactors announced its acquisition of Plateau last spring, a move heralded by many ( [link] ). At Insight 2011, the Plateau-now-SuccessFactors user conference in San Diego, Paul Sparta, Chief Integration Officer, stated that the integration is ahead of schedule, good news for current and future customers. Lars Dalgaard, SuccessFactors’ CEO, talked about the business results from the acquisition, some unanticipated, which creates an increased advantage for both SuccessFactors and customers of both it and Plateau.

Top 20 Learning Management Systems 2013-14

eLearning 24-7

That said, it offers a lot of bang for the buck. #12 SuccessFactors -  Thankfully the ol’ Plateau design is long and gone, and replaced with a crisp user interface.  My only concern with them is what role SAP will play in their future. #11 MediaCore -  A video learning platform in the top twenty? In an earlier post, I presented the top ten LMSs of 2013-14, but held back on announcing the top 20.  Not anymore.  Below are my top 20 rankings for 2013-14. Before the Top 20, here are the. Top Three Open Source LMSs of 2013-14.  One of these vendors is listed in my top 50. Notables.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

" In the mid 2000's a shakeout started and vendors segmented themselves into two categories: those that focused on global enterprises – (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and SAP) - and vendors which focused on the mid-market (Learn.com, GeoLearning, Blackboard, Certpoint, CornerstoneOnDemand, SilkRoad, NetDimensions, and others). Then came talent management.

The writings of Lee Kraus: Lunch

Learning and Technology

Brad Cooper from Plateau Doug for Kinection among a few. The writings of Lee Kraus Welcome! I try to focus on creativity, innovation, collaboration, technology, and elearning. Home My Story Portfolio iPad Bookshelf Social Media October 11, 2004 Lunch tags: Training2004 This is a quick post from the Cyber Cafe. The conference has been good so far in its early stages. have been able to grab a few things to ponder. have meet some interesting people. will try to type up my ideas tonight. Lee Kraus, 2010. Template by Tina Chen. Powered by Blogger

Saba Earnings show Growth and Momentum - Now Truly a SaaS Company

Learning on the Leading Edge

But SuccessFactors still has no real LMS offering - so we still have to wonder when SFSF will either acquire a company like Plateau, Saba, or a smaller LMS company. Plateau Systems, another elder statesmen in the learning management systems market, continues to grow and evolve toward SaaS. Today Plateau's LMS revenues are around half of Saba's, and Plateau offers the entire range of talent management solutions as well. This week Saba Software released one of its strongest financial results in many years. So the company sees lots of opportunity out there.

Saba Earnings show Growth and Momentum - Now Truly a SaaS Company

Learning on the Leading Edge

But SuccessFactors still has no real LMS offering - so we still have to wonder when SFSF will either acquire a company like Plateau, Saba, or a smaller LMS company. Plateau Systems, another elder statesmen in the learning management systems market, continues to grow and evolve toward SaaS. Today Plateau's LMS revenues are roughly equal to Saba's, and Plateau offers the entire range of talent management solutions as well. This week Saba Software released one of its strongest financial results in many years. So the company sees lots of opportunity out there.

Special Post – Why the Big Four are not on my latest Top 10 LMS List

eLearning 24-7

Plateau is long gone and buried and people should realize that. Since my Top 10 list of LMS vendors has been posted online, I have received quite a bit of e-mail wondering why the biggest names: Cornerstone On Demand, Saba, SumTotal and SuccessFactors are not on the list. A LMS should first be a LMS. When I talk about a LMS, I am saying specifically a learning management system and the vendors themselves should see their own product first and foremost as a LMS, not as a TM/PM or whatever.  Best Selling doesn’t mean the Best. The car company Honda is listed as a best seller.

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

eLearning 24-7

Back in the days, the Plateau platform was ghastly awful.  Well here it is, the final countdown. Other final countdowns: Europe – great song, but really how many times can you listen to “it’s the final countdown” Movie starring Kirk Douglas, Charlie Sheen – “The Final Countdown”, the navy goes back in time before Dec. 7, 1941 – great movie.

Less Talked-About -- but VERY Compelling -- Benefits of SaaS

Learning on the Leading Edge

· Both Saba and Plateau have indicated their SaaS business is growing at 4-5X the rate of their licensed software business; with Plateau indicating that SaaS accounts for 90% of new platform bookings. In Bersin & Associates’ “Talent Management Systems 2010” study (published in late 2009), we estimated that more than 70 percent of Integrated Talent Management solution implementations were being delivered via SaaS (Software as a Service). Million, up 33% year-over-year. · SuccessFactors announced record Q4 billings of $88.5 Steve Goldberg.

#Rhizo14 Community not curriculum and the end is near

Viplav Baxi Meanderings

It also makes sense to think of curricula instead of curriculum – different ways to transcend the same plateau. Before I begin (and I am going to miss the hangout again as it will be at 3 AM India time), I think Dave rocked again in #rhizo14. Way to go Dave! Dave is our Elvis. I am conflicted when I think about curriculum. Like a Rhizome, Rhizo14 is an event in my meanderings.

Wrapup from HR Technology Conference 2013 and SuccessConnect

Learning on the Leading Edge

Some of these include SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics (a more traditional data warehouse but with a huge amount of embedded content and IP to make predictive analytics and workforce planning easy), Headlines (predictive analytics delivered to mobile), Jam (one of the leading social tools designed for learning, onboarding, and other HR applications), one of the leading LMS Platforms (many of the Plateau team are still there) and a variety of other new features in the core applications. Innovation continues. It is no longer simply a place to "rate employers" (ie.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

iPad Cornerstone OnDemand Plateau Saba Augmented Reality Cloud Computing Analytics Mobile Learning GeoLearning Performance Support Outsource Low Cost iPhone Learning Theory Creative Commons Facebook Portal Learn.com Leadership eLearning Strategy Knowledge Management Voiceover Obviously, the Cornerstone OnDemand is because of the IPO. I'm hoping that others will join the effort. Video galore.

SuccessFactors Acquires Jambok - Is this Corporate Learning 3.0?

Learning on the Leading Edge

Jambok's product competes directly with solutions like Saba Live, the Plateau Talent Gateway, and even Sharepoint and YouTube itself (you can create your own YouTube channel if you dont mind sharing.) Today Saba and Plateau have a productized knowledge sharing solution, and CornerstoneOnDemand has a social networking product integrated into its platform.