Arlington, Virginia – (The Hosting News) – May 2, 2007 – Verizon Business will provide increased bandwidth, scalable hosting, and global content distribution support, to web-based software development and management firm, Plateau Systems’ on-demand talent management applications and iContent offering.
One of the industry’s most comprehensive solutions for procuring, distributing, hosting, and managing custom and third-party talent management content, Plateau has been a Verizon Business customer since 2003. Providing applications and managed services to enable performance management, compensation management, career and succession planning, and learning and development, Plateau’s addition of Verizon Business IP Application Hosting services, includes Akamai Technologies Inc.’s global content distribution platform.
Chris Gesell, Director of IT Solutions Product Marketing for Verizon Business remarked, ”With Verizon Business IP Application Hosting, Plateau is meeting the increased customer demand for its Distance Learning, Blended Learning as well as it’s on-demand Business Edition offerings and managed services offerings for iContent. As more organizations move toward SaaS models, similar to what Plateau has pioneered in the Talent Management market, we expect to see an increase in bandwidth, hosting and storage needs from our customers.”
According to the company, content integration and administration remain two of the biggest challenges facing organizations today. iContent cost-effectively addresses these challenges by integrating packaged and custom content and hosting and deploying it to users globally over a secure and scalable content distribution network. Providing a single place to locate, store and deliver thousands of packaged content offerings from leading providers as well as custom content, iContent allows organizations to accelerate the availability and delivery of content to end users and saves them time and money by reducing the costs associated with administering and storing content. Verizon Business IP Application Hosting services are part of Plateau’s strategy to meet growing global demands for its hosting and managed services offerings, which support iContent. Underpinned by Verizon Business and powered by Akamai’s Web Application Accelerator solution, iContent’s scalable and reliable content distribution network (CDN) ensures optimal application performance for distributed end users across an organization.
Shelly Heiden, EVP Global Operations at Plateau commented, ”Plateau’s hosted and managed services offerings are driving triple-digit demand for increased bandwidth. With Verizon Business supporting this critical need, we are able to expand into new markets, grow our business offerings and maintain our position as the leading provider of SaaS offerings in the Talent Management space. Over the past year, we have seen a marked increase in customers selecting SaaS subscription models for their content and talent management solutions. With the rapid growth in the iContent customer base, Plateau remains committed to investing in delivering the industryâ€™s most scalable, comprehensive, and cost-effective solution for simplifying and expediting content procurement, deployment and management.”
Ms. Heiden joined executives from Verizon Business and Akamai at an executive roundtable titled ”Powering High-Performance SaaS Solutions for Your Business.” During th interactive sessions, moderated by Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, participants discussed the benefits and challenges of delivering applications via SaaS. Plateauâ€™s iContent solution was highlighted to demonstrate the value of building a solution on a SaaS infrastructure powered by world-class providers like Verizon Business and Akamai Technologies.
Verizon Business IP Application Hosting is designed to enable customers to outsource web-enabled business sites within secure Verizon Business data centers. Verizon Business provides 24/7 support and fast, reliable and scalable bandwidth resources. The data centers are connected to Verizon Business’ global IP network and support today’s most widely deployed computer operating systems.
Plateau is a global provider of adaptable, web-based software for developing, managing, rewarding and optimizing organizational talent to increase workforce productivity and drive business success. Plateau’s software powers talent management initiatives across organizations including the American Red Cross, General Electric, the Internal Revenue Service, Capital One Services and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Industry analysts at Bersin and Associates, Forrester Research and other leading information and technology research and advisory firms continue to recognize Plateau’s leadership in delivering best-in-class functionality, technology and customer satisfaction. Plateau is headquartered in Arlington, Va., with offices across the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications is a provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large business and government customers worldwide. Combining its global network reach with advanced technology and professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers seamless business solutions to customers around the world.
To learn more about the roundtable event, please visit: www.saascon.com/live/48.
For more information about Plateau, please visit: www.plateau.com.
To learn more about Verizon Business, please visit: www.verizonbusiness.com.