Saba (OTCPink: SABA), a global leader in next-generation cloud solutions for talent management, today announced groundbreaking functionality in its Saba Cloud, including The Intelligent Mentor (TIM) and Rock Stars, that is designed to transform traditional career development into a deeper and more personal experience and to make succession planning into a more comprehensive and effective process. New to talent management, TIM acts as a career GPS for employees to help them build their professional network and a roadmap for success. It is built on Saba’s patent-pending machine learning technology that automatically learns about an employee based on their activities in the Saba Cloud. By doing so, TIM makes personalized and relevant recommendations about content, classes and mentors that can help them be more productive on the job and develop in their careers. Users enter data to get great feedback, while human resource and executive teams benefit because they are always operating with up-to-date and complete profile and career interests data. TIM makes career development and succession planning more accessible and flexible for any organization because it is designed to work with or without models, such as global competency frameworks or centralized role-based learning assignments, that can sometimes be complex and costly to implement and maintain. TIM does this by learning the interests and characteristics of users in the system and establishing affinity groups to power personalized recommendations based on users with similar goals and interests. With TIM, Saba Cloud is a talent management system that learns. Another significant new capability, Rock Stars, uses social dynamics to help surface high-potential and high-performing employees through informal peer feedback. While traditional succession planning and talent calibration processes are critical to building a leadership pipeline, sometimes executives and managers may not have a full picture of the true stars in the organization based on their everyday activities and the value they add to the productivity of their peers. Saba has significantly enhanced the succession planning and career development process with “Rock Stars” identifications.
Through an intuitive and insightful talent dashboard, Saba Cloud provides managers and HR teams with a broad view into key talent indicators and overall workforce strength. The Saba Cloud dashboard focuses on six main data points:
- People Quotient (pQ) scores: Patent-pending technology that measures an employee’s influence, reputation, and impact within the organization.
- Badges: Enables real-time feedback and social recognition from an individual’s network and provides a historical record of that feedback that can be referenced for quarterly and annual performance reviews.
- Role model and Rock Star endorsements: Allow employees to recognize their colleagues as role models and rock stars within the workplace and showcase their talents and leadership to the wider team.
- Contribution: See overall contribution and performance of employees at-a-glance, based on several factors such as performance and potential scores, role model and rock star endorsements, and formal mentorship nominations.
- Risk: Managers can understand the overall retention risk of their people based on key talent indicators.
- Bench strength: Helps managers and HR teams see details of bench strength for key employees and positions, identify risks, and assess timing of readiness for successors.
“As companies become more agile and team-driven, many traditional HR practices need to change. Many of the principles of human resources that we use today were developed at the turn of the century, when organizations were hierarchical structures driven from the top,” said Josh Bersin, Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte. “Now we need performance management, recognition, employee development and leadership strategies that focus on empowering teams, not just standardizing the process.”“Until now, end users improved their skills based on outdated performance reviews and training resources assigned to large groups. They often didn’t know about the learning materials or colleagues that could help them to really advance in their careers. And from an employer perspective, HR cannot effectively plan for the company’s succession since they don’t directly observe the daily activities or skills of each worker,” said Hemanth Puttaswamy, vice president of strategy and application development at Saba. “With capabilities such as TIM and Rock Stars, Saba Cloud provides the ability for end users and management to leverage new technologies for their mutual benefit.” Supporting Resources
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Source: “Predictions for 2013. Corporate talent, Leadership and HR – Nexus of Global Forces Drives New Models for Talent,” Bersin by Deloitte/Josh Bersin, January 2013.