HR Technology Conference 2011, Booth #439 — Saba (NASDAQ:SABA), the premier People Cloud provider, today announced it has increased the number of worldwide users to 23 million. Organizations are increasingly turning to Saba for its People Cloud applications that leverage their most important assets—their people and People Networks. Additionally, Saba made significant enhancements to its learning management, talent management and real-time collaboration and social applications, helping its growing customer base to more rapidly develop skills, share knowledge and improve the motivation, alignment and productivity of their people across the enterprise.

According to PwC’s 14th Annual Global CEO Survey, organizations are increasingly realizing that despite high unemployment in mature markets like the United States and Western Europe, there are still major skills shortages around the world. Simultaneously, in high growth markets like China, Brazil and India, there is fierce competition for a limited pool of top talent. This means that organizations cannot rely on recruiting and hiring from the outside and must be much smarter about internal talent reviews, calibration, learning, knowledge sharing and mobility.

“Retaining and nurturing the best people and focusing on people as the core strategy, is critical in today’s competitive market,” said Bobby Yanzani, CEO and founder of Saba. “We are enabling our customers with a suite of world-class talent management applications to cultivate a knowledge sharing and learning culture to address global challenges of hyper-competition, workforce complexity and shorter product life cycles. Our customer adoption is validation that our strategy is working, as we begin to realize our vision for the industry’s first, unified People Cloud offering that enables organizations to become transformative, smarter and more adaptable to the changing world of work.”

Key Product Enhancements

Saba introduced several new industry-leading capabilities to help organizations increase performance and improve the visibility of people across the enterprise, including:

Saba Talent Management

  • Talent Review - new capabilities in Succession Planning, including:
    • Ability to conduct talent reviews across the enterprise; comprehensive monitoring of all open talent pools, slates and talent review processes.
  • Talent Calibration - new capabilities in Succession Planning, including:
    • Ability to calibrate individuals or groups in teams or across the enterprise to easily identify tiers of top performers, steady contributors and areas for development.
  • Enhancements to Saba’s rich and deep Dynamic People Profile, including:
    • Profile complete notification and additional fields to support talent review and calibration, such as development needs and functional capabilities.
  • More comprehensive Competency Management capabilities, including:
    • Detailed tracking of competencies by assigning groups to people, jobs, locations, or even groups of people. This plays a critical role in strategic planning and allows a finer grade of people understanding across the organization.

Saba Learning Management
  • Saba introduced the general availability of Saba Social Learning, an integral and powerful component of the extended enterprise's total learning environment.
    • Provides more collaborative, immediate and context-relevant learning methods that encourage and accelerate the real-time exchange of organizational knowledge among employees, partners and customers to improve business results.
  • Advanced Certification Management and Compliance capabilities, including:
    • Weighting and mastery score: Ability to assign weights to individual courses or modules within a certification or curriculum.
    • Sequencing: Saba is making it easier for customers to manage their complex certification workflows by providing support for regulated sequencing and pre-requisites.
    • Enhancements to SF 182/EHRI reporting, support for regulations such as EU Right to Learn.
  • Simplified user experience and workflows that include:
    • Simplification of commonly used workflows such as end-user registration and the Web-based training (WBT) launch process.
    • Enhanced search capabilities to make it intuitive for learner to find right content.
    • Enhanced prescriptive rules to make bulk enrollment process simpler.

Saba Real-time Collaboration
  • Advanced virtual classroom: Enhanced integration between Saba Learning Management and Saba Centra
    • Enables seamless access to blended learning programs, knowledge assets and important documents. For example, using Saba Centra together with the Saba Learning Suite makes it easier for organizations to capture knowledge from subject matter experts and share that information. In addition, unified search functionality enables users to search across all formal and informal learning content.
    • Customers reduce the cost of compliance training, lower time-to-compliance and improve productivity by seamlessly launching virtual classroom from within Saba Learning and creating audit reports for the virtual training.

Saba Testing and Assessment
  • Saba added best-of-breed testing and assessment capabilities, giving users the seamless ability to also test, assess and certify skill levels and learning effectiveness.
  • Saba Testing and Assessment solutions are used by leading organizations for assessment, certification, compliance, sales force readiness, customer and partner training, change management, recruitment and on-boarding, competence management and training evaluation.

Industry Accolades:

Supporting Quotes:

“There is strong integration between learning and development for development planning. Customers continue to cite this as strength. The offerings provide innovative use of social software concepts to provide ongoing feedback to employees.”

“Saba drives social learning leadership and has innovative performance management. The vendor was early to the performance market from the learning side; it has stellar offerings in goal management, performance and succession planning.”

“Organizations looking to utilize their talent to be ready for their roles and provide the performance desired should look at how learning and social engagement can support knowledge sharing and visibility across the workforce. Saba is helping organizations establish this new talent engagement approach that can foster agility and improve the speed of business across employees, suppliers, customers and partners.”

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About Saba

Saba ( NASDAQSABA) enables organizations to build a transformative workplace that leverages the advent of social networking in business and the ubiquity of mobile to empower an organization’s most mission-critical assets – its people. The company provides a unified set of People Cloud Applications including learning management, talent management, enterprise social networking and real-time collaboration delivered through the Saba People Cloud. Saba solutions help organizations leverage their people networks to become more competitive through innovation, speed, agility, and trust.

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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