Saba (NASDAQ:SABA), the premier people cloud provider, today announced that the leading European consumer electronics retailer, Media-Saturn is leveraging Saba People Cloud Applications to support and enable people performance with the right training, improve succession planning, and increase employee retention. In addition, Saba’s multilingual capabilities enabled Media-Saturn to use the system in markets throughout Europe and Asia. Media-Saturn now has 70,000 people profiles and the system has been rolled out to 13 countries and 800 store locations.

“We chose Saba because they gave us a strategic advantage since they have an integrated learning and performance solution that is highly global and scalable. We needed to get the right people in place and make sure they had the right skills,” said Christian Förg, Head of HR and Payroll Solutions at Media Saturn.

Media-Saturn selected Saba People Cloud Applications to maintain a leadership position in the fast-paced retail industry. The company needed effective succession planning and employee development in order to improve internal training programs, performance tracking and employee retention. Saba People Cloud Applications enabled Media-Saturn to deploy Saba Learning and Saba Performance solutions in the Cloud quickly and with no additional IT investment, all across a decentralized environment. Using Saba People Cloud Applications has resulted in marked improvements in employee retention and decreased reliance on outside hires, as well as a reduction in cost per employee for using the Saba solutions.

Media-Saturn has implemented Saba Learning, Saba Succession, Saba Performance Reviews and Saba Goals & Objectives to identify the top performers and employees with special abilities, and to more effectively develop and retain key employees while managing the company’s talent pool. Media-Saturn can now identify the top candidates for promotion within the organization, lowering the fees needed to pay for external candidate search.

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“Once we deployed Saba Succession and Saba Performance Management along with the LMS application we had deployed earlier, we will have a learning goal correlate to a performance review and a performance goal be a learning objective,” Förg further elaborated.

“We also had to understand their skill sets and skill gaps through our performance review process. Once we identified our top performers, we wanted to offer them actionable coaching and social learning to develop them into future leaders and to provide an actionable way to close skill gaps by offering them targeted development programs,” said Förg while highlighting the importance of integration between Learning and Performance solutions.

Finally, Förg commented on how Saba’s People Cloud Applications seamlessly make new innovations available rapidly – “We are also pleased with the cloud computing model, our issues get resolved rapidly and upgrades happen like turning on a switch. It’s that simple.”

Saba People Cloud Applications Highlights:

Saba People Cloud Applications are a unified set of solutions that include the power of formal and social learning and rich talent management applications with leading-edge collaboration capabilities such as Web conferencing and enterprise business networking. The applications are built organically on a unified platform with a common people profile. Whether a user is looking to create a succession pool, start a performance review or manage a team of employees, the system provides a comprehensive and consistent view of the employee information. This visibility enables managers to align the right employees to specific initiatives more quickly, thereby increasing productivity, time to market, and success rates. Saba People Cloud Applications not only enable users at all levels to make better decisions with more complete and consistent people intelligence but also provides a very actionable and seamless way to close skills gaps and develop people.

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About Media-Saturn

The Media-Saturn Group is the leading consumer electronics retailer in Europe with net sales of more than 19 billion euros in 2008. Headquartered in Germany, Media-Saturn operates with two sales lines, Media Market and Saturn. The clear leaders in consumer electronics in Europe with over 800 locations in 17 countries, Media-Saturn is widely considered a trendsetter in the industry.

About Saba

Saba (NASDAQ:SABA) provides a unified set of People Cloud Applications including enterprise learning, people management, and collaboration technologies delivered through the Saba People Cloud. Today’s people-driven enterprises are using Saba's solutions to mobilize and engage people around new strategies and initiatives, align and connect people to accelerate the flow of business, and cultivate, capture, and share individual and collective knowhow to effectively compete and succeed.

Saba's premier customer base includes major global organizations and industry leaders in financial services, life sciences and healthcare, high tech, automotive and manufacturing, retail, energy and utilities, packaged goods, and public sector organizations. Saba’s solutions are available through the Saba People Cloud and are underpinned by global services capabilities and partnerships encompassing strategic consulting, comprehensive implementation services, and ongoing worldwide support.

Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Saba has offices on five continents. For more information, please visit or call +1-877-SABA-101 or +1-650-779-2791.

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