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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 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.

Product Review: Plateau TMS (Talent Management System)

eLearning 24-7

I’ll be the first to admit, that I was not a big fan of the previous versions of the Plateau system. After viewing the Plateau TMS, my concerns in one area have been eliminated, in others, not so much. Plateau LMS is a Talent Management System, made up of four modules. Plateau Learning. Plateau Performance. Plateau Career and Succession. Plateau Compensation. Front end (what the end user sees) UI – A giant Kudos to Plateau. Euros and other currency (beyond USD)  in the Plateau Compensation. Plateau TMS Details.

2016 eLearning Hype Curve Predictions

Web Courseworks

We think this one has a relatively clear path to the Plateau of Productivity. We project that Badges will reach the Plateau of Productivity before xAPI, simply because Badges is a less ambitious standard than xAPI that clearly meets the very common use case of tracking completion of a learning activities across different platforms. Plateau of Productivity: Blended 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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 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?

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.

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.

SAP 45

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.

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.

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… ”.

AICC 88

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

#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.

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.

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.

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

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.

#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.

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.

LMSs, TMs and HCMs

eLearning 24-7

Oracle then followed suit by acquiring SuccessFactors who had acquired Plateau in the past. Oracle in short fashion soon made an announcement that employee recruitment, training and management tools would merge with Fusion, which is a Human Capital management software.  I’m sure the people who had purchased Plateau or even SuccessFactors Learning system were delighted to hear the news. And now a brief announcement: Shocking news! SumTotal is calling their product a Human Capital Management system. Oh wait, others were starting the trend. The Taleo Spin. Call to Arms.

Learning Solutions Series: Top 10 Learning Management Systems

InsiderHub

Here are the top 10 LMS brands owned: Blackboard Internal/Developed In-House SAP/SuccessFactors/Plateau SumTotal Cornerstone OnDemand Oracle Skillsoft/Skillport Saba HealthStream Moodle Others Learning management systems are used in both corporate as well as academic settings. With its usefulness, then, why do only half of organizations have one? Solutions Series

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.

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.

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.

A Personal Approach to Career Management

CLO Magazine

Others are confronting a career plateau for the first time and do not understand how to continue to develop their identities and evolving personal views of career success. Invest in learning initiatives to enhance career management skills. Ensure senior leaders know how to develop social capital inside and outside their organizations. Senior leadership talent is in high demand. To retain this talent segment, organizations need to understand the career factors that motivate executives. Most senior leaders did not want to move up to C-suite roles.

2010 LMS Products of the Year

eLearning 24-7

Big Dog (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, Cornerstone OnDemand, Learn.com). Otherwise, you get bleech, IMO.   If you are seeking TM as your focus and you want one of the big dogs – I found Plateau’s system to offer appropriate functionality for it, but found some real concern in other areas (see my product review).  Your competitors are not always the Big Dogs – Learn.com, Saba, Plateau, etc. So, how can I honestly say to myself, Plateau is my top competitor, when my yearly revenues are 3M? These standout to me. Categories. Big Dog LMS. Academia. Corporate.

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.

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.

Five Years of Blogging

Experiencing eLearning

Monthly views plateaued for most of 2009 and 2010, but started increasing again in 2011 as I posted more often. Five years ago today, I published my first two posts on this blog. As I noted in my first post, five years ago I was developing a course on social media tools for K-12 teachers called Building Collaborative Online Environments. didn’t feel that I could really encourage teachers to use these tools with digging in to use them myself. Will Richardson was the SME for that course, and I’m very grateful for his influence in starting me on this path.

eLearning Portal Integration

Tony Karrer

For example, a Plateau case study (PDF) talks about: The biggest benefit Reuters has seen from its Plateau LMS to date is from deep linking functionality. With deep links in Plateau, users can launch content in two or three clicks. I've had a similar discussion several times over the past few months. These discussions center on what requirements should go into an LMS RFP and more broadly how the LMS should really be integrated into the organization. Initially, the conversation was about having learning content appear on the enterprise portal. For courseware it can be hard.

Advice for High-achievers and Leaders Who Coach Them

Training Industry

If you are a star performer, you will plateau at some point in your career if you can’t make and learn from mistakes. Your ability to do things well could keep you from taking risks. common pattern among high-achievers and leaders who have a history of excellence is a consistent focus on the tried and true. They won’t venture beyond what they know they will do well. Decisions that risk putting their exemplary record at stake practically paralyze their thinking. People who discovered early in life what they could be the best at may appear bold but they are not necessary courageous.