Saba (NASDAQ: SABA), the premier People Cloud provider, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned Saba as a “Challenger” in the 2011 “Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace.” The Magic Quadrant positions vendors based on their completeness of vision, and ability to execute.

Gartner Comments (1):

“Enterprises continue to invest because they need to support community hubs, idea sharing, expertise location, project teams, social intranets, collaborative document authoring and better communication.”

“…All vendors featured in this Magic Quadrant have reached a respectable level of enterprise acceptance. However, this apparent stability hides some fundamental changes occurring in the market for enterprise social software. For example, vendors from other, more established software categories have started to enter this market. Within the enterprise, social software has started to evolve into an information-sharing platform.”

“…Some vendors have recognized that social functions can add value to existing product lines and that closer integration with their application portfolio enhances social networking products.”

Supporting Quotes:

“Many organizations are struggling to look for new ways to drive revenue, reduce costs and take advantage of the advent of social networking and mobile access,” said Emily He, VP of Product Marketing at Saba. “Saba addresses this challenge by helping organizations tap into social and mobile capabilities that help engage and connect people to accelerate innovation, enhance learning and create an always-on interactive environment built for high-growth.”

Saba Enterprise Social Networking:

Saba Social is an award winning enterprise social networking solution that transforms the workplace by enabling rapid innovation, knowledge sharing, and highly connected communities of employees, partners and customers. Saba Social uniquely integrates social business software features such as ideas, discussion forums, questions, video channels, expert location and social bookmarking with online collaboration features like chat and integrated web conferencing with rich HD video and audio.

Saba’s Enterprise Social Networking solutions help organizations transform their business by enabling:

  • Rapid innovation to increase revenue and outpace the competition
  • Highly connected and informed customer & partner communities
  • A social intranet that creates a culture of motivated and engaged employees
  • Faster and smarter product development with direct feedback from customers
  • Faster on-boarding with social mentoring, recommendations and virtual job shadowing.

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About the Magic Quadrant

The Gartner Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2011 by Gartner, Inc., and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

(1) Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace”, by Nikos Drakos et al., Aug. 24, 2011

About Saba

Saba (NASDAQ:SABA) provides a unified set of People Cloud Applications including enterprise learning, talent management, and collaboration solutions 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 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 www.saba.com or call +1-877-SABA-101 or +1-650-779-2791. SABA, the Saba logo, Saba Centra, and the marks relating to Saba products and services referenced herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Saba Software, Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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