Plateau Accelerates International Expansion

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<strong>Arlington, Va. &mdash; Oct. 18</strong><br />Plateau Systems, a provider of talent management software, content and services, has announced a new Asia-Pacific headquarters office in Sydney, Australia, to support the growing demand for talent management solutions throughout the region.  <br /><br />As the company&rsquo;s global customer base continues to grow, Plateau is increasing its sales and customer support resources for organizations requiring best-in-class talent management solutions to help train employees, retain essential staff and fill critical competency gaps.<br /><br />According to a 2006 report from staffing services and employment provider Manpower Inc., 40 percent of companies worldwide are having difficulty filling jobs and 61 percent of employers in Australia find it difficult to identify qualified candidates.  <br /><br />To address this worldwide shortage, a recent <em>BusinessWeek</em> study: &ldquo;Talent Management: The New Business Imperative,&rdquo; states that each company must &ldquo;estimate the gaps in its industry and determine the skills it needs to meet the business objectives,&rdquo; so that it has &ldquo;the right people in the right places at the right time and at the right price to execute is business strategy.&rdquo;  <br /><br />The study goes on to state that &ldquo;Tight integration [between all talent management components] would produce a robust database of information about the competencies of individuals that is available to decision makers throughout the enterprise.&rdquo;<br /><br />With Plateau, companies in Asia-Pacific can address the growing shortage of qualified workers by taking a proactive approach to talent management, focusing on the skills and capabilities of their current team to fill internal gaps and enabling employees to develop their own career paths.  <br /><br />Plateau&rsquo;s fully integrated talent management solution allows organizations to improve performance management and personnel development of its employees by tying performance reviews to development requirements.  <br /><br />This helps these organizations to better prepare employees for achieving career goals and potentially fill upcoming competency gaps.<br /><br />To support its expanded Asia-Pacific presence, Plateau is also working with leading partners to deliver product and customer support.  <br /><br />These partners include Human Capital Solutions (HCS), which helps organizations to implement HR and learning strategies through a mixture of professional services, content provision and IT solutions, and SeerPharma, Asia-Pacific&#39;s leading and largest professional consultancy specializing in the delivery of technical compliance and validation, QA knowledge and training solutions to the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries.<br /><br />&ldquo;The talent crisis is affecting companies worldwide, and these organizations are looking for proven solutions to help them better understand their current competencies, where there may be gaps and where they may be at risk,&rdquo; said Paul Sparta, Plateau chairman and CEO. &ldquo;By expanding our presence and resources in this region, Plateau is delivering an integrated talent management solution that allows companies to improve their overall workforce productivity through strategic training, evaluation, compensation and retention activities.&rdquo;

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