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NASA Recognizes Plateau for Outstanding Contributions to Successful Launch of Agency-wide Learning Management System

By SpaceRef Editor
September 6, 2006
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Plateau Honored with Multiple NASA SATERN Awards for Demonstrating Innovative, Out-of-the-Box Thinking, Commitment to Teamwork and Dedication to Overall Success of Agency’s e-Training Initiative

Plateau Systems, a leading provider of software for developing, managing and optimizing organizational talent, today announced the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Plateau the NASA SATERN Firm Award for its contributions to the recently launched SATERN project. Scott Hardy, a senior project manager in Plateau’s Global Services organization received the NASA SATERN VIP Award on behalf of Plateau for his individual contributions to the project. SATERN, the System for Administration, Training, and Educational Resources for NASA, is an agency-wide e-Training effort recently launched by NASA in support of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) for improving the government’s responsiveness to citizens and efficiency of operations.

“The invaluable contributions of Plateau, and specifically Scott Hardy, were critical for ensuring the successful, on-time deployment of SATERN,” said Bill Brewster, NASA Program Manager for the SATERN E-Gov initiative. “SATERN represents a fundamental piece of NASA’s Human Capital Management strategic goals. The expertise and responsiveness exhibited by Plateau in support of this critical project contributed to its successful implementation. In addition to providing high-quality service, which enabled a smooth installation and implementation of the SATERN system, Plateau and Mr. Hardy worked collaboratively with NASA’s project team members, demonstrating a true spirit of partnership. NASA is pleased to recognize both the corporate and individual efforts of Plateau and Scott Hardy for their outstanding support, steadfast dedication, and commitment to ensuring the success of SATERN.”

NASA’s SATERN Awards honor companies and individuals that have made significant contributions to the success of the SATERN project. Plateau received the NASA SATERN Firm Award for the company’s dedication to making the SATERN implementation a success. The NASA SATERN VIP Award received by Hardy honors significant individual contributions that go above and beyond job performance requirements. Honorees have met and exceeded project milestones while fostering a sense of teamwork, actively participated in the contribution of new ideas, embraced and managed change during the project, and fostered cross-agency collaboration.

In 2005, NASA selected and deployed Plateau’s learning management software to enable 57,700 employees and contractors throughout the agency to administer and track training. The system, formally launched in May 2006, provides all NASA employees with easy-to-use, one-stop, online access to training information and enables employees to view course offerings directly from their desktops, enroll in courses, schedule training, and view their individual training history. In addition to providing the NASA workforce with Web-based access to training and career development resources, SATERN enables supervisors to access employee training history records, training calendars, current registrations, the status of external training requests as well as a variety of custom reports required by the agency.

Selecting Plateau’s comprehensive learning management system has enabled NASA to retire three home-grown systems: NORS for online registration, AdminSTAR for learning administration, and SOLAR for course content delivery. By replacing these systems and consolidating learning data in Plateau’s single system, NASA has significantly increased efficiencies Now, with Plateau’s solutions, all NASA personnel – from supervisors and training coordinators to employees and contractors – can register, receive, track and evaluate learning and learning content, test learners and report on learner progress, provide management with reports, and receive course content from a variety of sources, all from a single system and single user sign-on.

In the next phase of the project, NASA will use Plateau for competency management and to create individual development plans that identify and address performance gaps. NASA employees and contractors will be able to launch learning courses and other content from directly within their individual development plans. Using Plateau, NASA supervisors will also be able to determine the impact of learning on operational performance.

“NASA is clearly one of the world’s most high-performance organizations, employing some of the smartest, most innovative people on the planet,” said Paul Sparta, chairman and CEO of Plateau Systems. “To not only be selected as its agency-wide learning solution, but also to be honored by NASA for individual and company contribution toward the success of the SATERN project is enormously gratifying for everyone here at Plateau. NASA’s success also validates Plateau’s proven capabilities and our commitment to driving results for leading organizations world-wide.”

About Plateau: Plateau is a leading provider of adaptable Web-based software for developing, managing and optimizing organizational talent to increase workforce productivity and business performance. Plateau’s software is being used by some of the world’s largest, most successful enterprises, including 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, please visit


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