Regardless of the approach that an organization chooses to implement it is crucial to the success of the program that best practices and benchmarking are part of the plan. Best practices and benchmarks are an integral part of linking the organization’s current and future needs and help in defining a proactive strategic solution. A typical best practice approach is having the human resource professionals responsible for defining the tools and the processes associated with the plan. Business or service unit managers define the deliverables that will link to the organization’s strategy creating a map of its own. Technology is a key factor to the success of any talent management plan. Providing an integrated succession planning solution with Human Resources, career planning, performance and learning processes enables an organization to use the most accurate information for their succession plans.